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‘Speaking Truth to Power: A History of Galop and the LGBTQ Community’s Responses to Violence’

Techne Collaborative Doctoral Award (CDA) studentship

  • Date23 January 2022

Royal Holloway, University of London (a member of the Techne consortium), and the Bishopsgate Institute are delighted to announce a call for applicants for a fully funded collaborative doctoral studentship from October 2022, under the AHRC’s Collaborative Doctoral Award scheme funded by Techne.

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Dominant discourses of contemporary British LGBTQ history present a narrative of increasing rights and equality. This public narrative of linear progression is largely due to a focus on top-down party political, policy, and legislative histories. However, a holistic view considering the social and cultural realities and lived experiences of LGBTQ people reveals a more complicated picture. This project will elucidate this story via a history of Galop, the UK's anti-abuse LGBTQ charity. Celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2022, Galop has played a crucial role in fighting violence against LGBTQ people and supporting LGBTQ survivors of violence. Despite its role in the landscape of British queer history, there has been little to no historiographical attention paid to Galop.

Collaborating with the Bishopsgate Institute, one of the leading queer history archives in the UK, this project will employ the prism of Galop's history to track the changing ways in which LGBTQ people have been subjected to forms of violence and how LGBTQ communities and organisations have responded.

For more information, including eligibility criteria and how to apply, please see the call for applications. Please note the deadline of 18th February. 

Further Information

For informal enquiries about the project, please contact Dr Amy Tooth Murphy (

For information or queries about the RHUL application process, please contact Dr Karoline Cook (


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