A conversation with Cleo Madeleine
QUEER, TRANS, WOMAN
1 hr 15 min. Recorded on 14 August 2022.
Cleo’s pronouns are she/her, and she is queer, trans, and a woman. Find out what that means to Cleo in this episode.
Join us as we briefly go down a rabbit hole of queer history and time, talking about the entanglement of sexuality and gender, linguistic limitations, the intersection of history, language, and identity, what is left out of history, the construct of normativity, levels of activism, and the many ways things can get lost in translation.
“I don’t think that we as queer historians – or as queer readers of history – should say conclusive things…what it does is rather than liberating queer history, it projects our hard-won political ideas of ourselves back onto it.”
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Cleo Madeleine is a researcher, activist, and poet based in Norwich, England. She has a PhD in queer historiography from the University of East Anglia and works for the trans-led charity Gendered Intelligence. Outside of work she likes linguistics, dancing, and kissing; she isn’t very good at any of them.
You can find Cleo on Twitter @quidtumcicero.
What we discussed & useful links
- Norwich Pride
- Walter Benjamin and the Angel of History
- Joan of Arc and the play I, Joan at the Shakespeare Globe
- Virginia Woolf and Louisa May Alcott
- The immortal jellyfish (Turritopsis dohrnii)
- The Roman poet Catullus
- Institut für Sexualwissenschaft
- Michel de Montaigne
- The Roman writers Seneca, Plutarch and Tacitus
- The Lesbian Premodern book