This lecture is part of the workshop "American Home Front(s) after 1945“ and open to all.

Free admission.

Inclusion Tactics at the Museum of the American Military Family: LGBT Veterans on the Homefront

Lecture / Free admission


How have changing U.S. policies towards LGBT military service impacted ideas of homefronts today?

At the Museum of the American Military Family, museum curators, advocates, and LGBTQ veterans seek to transform perceptions of “what makes a military family.” They deploy practices of memorialization in ways that both reinforce and remake citizenship, sexuality, and race on U.S. homefronts.

Specifically, Deborah Cohler examines how strategies of inclusion cross both nationalist and activist domains.


Deborah Cohler is Professor and Graduate Coordinator at the Women and Gender Studies Department, San Francisco State University. Her areas of interest include feminist theory, queer/sexuality studies, critical military studies, and the interrelationships among gender, sexuality, race, and nationalism. She is the author of Citizen, Invert, Queer: Lesbianism and War in Early Twentieth Century Britain (University of Minnesota Press, 2010) as well as articles on the gendered and sexual effects of World War I and the War on Terror. She is currently writing a monograph that examines mass cultural and subcultural representations of military spouses in U.S. culture at the turn of the twenty-first century.

Organizers: Bavarian American Academy in cooperation FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich and the University of Regensburg


(Photo: Deborah Cohler ©Deborah Cohler)

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