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Studying the History and Character of LGBTQH History

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The historiography of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and heterosexual (LGBTQH) history, and of sexual and gender history more generally, is the self-reflexive study of the processes by which knowledge of LGBTQH history, and sexual and gender history is hypothesized and theorized, empirically researched, and analyzed, interpreted, written, cited, published, and received over time and in different societies.

The historiographer examines the history of LGBTQH history, and of sexual and gender history, and analyses the implications of naming and conceptualizing a specifically LGBTQH history, and a more general sexual and gender history. What does it mean to study, for example, a "homosexual" or "heterosexual" history, a history of "same-sex" and "different-sex" sexual relations, a history of same-sex and different-sex "love" or "intimacy," or a history of "queer" and "normal" or "normative" sexuality?

The historiographer examines historians' explicit and implicit starting assumptions, and the implications of those assumptions for their work in LGBTQH history, and sexual and gender history. The historiographer studies how a historian's definition -- in the present, at a specific point in time, in a particular society -- of a specific past object of study affects how that historian understands and presents her/his findings about the LGBTQH past, or the past history of sexuality or gender.

The historiographer of LGBTQU history, and sexual or gender history, touches on such elements as authorship, sources, evidence, bias, perspective, interpretation, judgment, causation, style, and audience.

Interconnections in LGBTQH history among (the alphabetically listed) class, ethnicity, gender, politics, race, religion, and sexuality, have also been major areas of concern to historical researchers, as have connections between the history of sexual and gender terminology and the social-historical organization of power, social structures and institutions, and sexual and gender behaviors and identities.

Historiography is often broken down topically, such as the LGBTQH historiography of a particular nation state (for example, the history of LGBTQH life in the United States, or within the Islamic nations, or in China), or the historiography of particular cities or geographic regions (sexuality in urban or rural locations, for example.. The rise of globalism and of newly perceived deep interconnections between countries and nations has lead to a stress on international LGBTQH history, and a global sexual and gender history.

Historiographers study different approaches or genres of history, such as LGBTQH economic history, oral history, political history, or social history. They analyze differences in history written for scholarly readers and popular history written for the general public. They study how history is presented in art, articles, books, movies, popular magazines, scholarly periodicals, on TV and most recently, on the Internet and in other new media.

Beginning in the 1970s and 1980s, and the coming out of independent scholars and academy-based historians, a body of writing on on LGBTQH historiography, and on the historiography of sexual and gender history more generally, has begun to emerge.[1]

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Age-convergent and Age-divergent Relationships in LGBTQH History

Aging and Youth in LGBTQH History

Alienation and Intimacy in LGBTQH History (see also: Sexuality in LGBTQH History)

Bisexual Historiography

Claiming and Denying in LGBTQH History (claiming or denying the homosexuality of creative, famous, or "positive" figures)

Class in LGBTQH History

Ethnicity in LGBTQH History

Essentialism and LGBTQH History (see also Social Construction and LGBTQ History)

Evidence in LGBTQH History

Gay Male Historiography

Gender in LGBTQH History

Heterosexual Historiography

Historians and LGBTQH History

Identity Categories and Politics in LGBTQH History

Immigration and Migration in LGBTQH History

International and National LGBTQH Histories (including internationalism and nationalism in LGBTQH History)

Intersectionality in LGBTQH History

Lesbian Historiography

Normativity in LGBTQH History

Periodization in LGBTQH History (see also: Time as Constructed in LGBTQH History)

The Personal and Political in LGBTQH History

Power in LGBTQH History

Presentism in LGBTQH History

Queer Historiography

Race in LGBTQH History

Romanticizing LGBTQH History

Sexuality in LGBTQH History (see also: Alienation and Intimacy in LGBTQH History)

Social Construction and LGBTQH History (see also Essentialism in LGBTQH History)

Theorizing LGBTQH History

Time as Constructed in LGBTQH History

Transgender Historiography (also see Gender in LGBTQH History)


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