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Ph.D., Queen's, (ABD)
M.A., Queen's, 1987
B.A., Mount Allison, 1985
"Knowledge implies a certain political conformity in its presentation. In a history course, you are asked to learn certain things and to ignore others ... To take [an] example: the workers, at the beginning of the nineteenth century, carried out detailed investigations into their material conditions. This work served Marx for the bulk of his documentation ... Yet this knowledge has never been allowed to function within official knowledge ... Knowledge keeps its distance: this should not be known! ... This presentation affects everything that is said and done in the present."
M. Foucault, "Revolutionary Action: 'Until Now'," 1971"
Steven is a Canadian social historian, specializing in the history of sexuality. He first came to Queen's back in the mid-1980s to begin graduate work in the Department of History. He must have liked it; he's still around. Steven is the founder and on-going co-chair of the Canadian Committee on the History of Sexuality, a sub-group of the Canadian Historical Association (http://www.cha-shc.ca/cchs). He is the past chair of the Toronto Centre for Lesbian and Gay Studies, once a community-based experiment in popular education, now folded into the Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies at the University of Toronto. Steven has been active in the gay/lesbian movement for many years, and writes frequently on politics, culture and history for the lesbian/gay community press. He lives in Toronto.
In 2012/13, I will be teaching two courses. In addition to HIST 124, the first-year Canadian survey course, I will also offer HIST 312, the core seminar in Canadian social history. This year's seminar will focus on social historians' response to the current struggles over the political uses and abuses of Canada's past. For more details on these courses, see the descriptions on the undergraduate page of the Department website. In addition to regular academic teaching, I've also participated in community and adult education initiatives, including "Free Queen's" and, for three years, in the Continuing Education program at Ryerson.
HIST 124: Canada and the World
HIST 312: Canadian Social History
HIST 210: The History of Sexuality in Canada
HIST 278: Canada to 1896
HIST 300: The History and Politics of Friendship
HIST 458: Social History of Modern Canada
HIST 464: The History of Sexuality
My research falls primarily within the history of sexuality. I am currently completing two projects: Infamous Men: Perversion and Policing in Toronto, 1880-1940 (University of Chicago Press) and Sodom North: Explorations in Lesbian/Gay History in Canada (University of Toronto Press). I'm also interested and publish in the areas of gender and working-class history, Foucault studies, historiography, and archival theory and practice. My work has appeared in a variety of academic journals and anthologies, including the Canadian Historical Review, Labour/Le Travail, Journal of Urban History, Left History, Journal of the History of Sexuality, Radical History Review, and the Journal of Canadian Studies. "My most recent publication, "Police/Archives," appears in Archivaria (Fall 2009) in a special issue on "Queer Archives. The essay was awarded the Association of Canadian Archivists' 2010 W. Kaye Lamb Prize for the article that "most advances archival thinking in Canada.