Ann Marie Wilson

Assistant Professor of History

The Hague (The Netherlands)

From February 18 to February 28, 2020

Biography —

Ann Marie Wilson is Assistant Professor of History at Leiden University College. Trained as a historian of the United States, she has written on women’s political activism in the nineteenth century. Since moving to the Netherlands in 2011, she has shifted her research focus to modern Dutch history. She is particularly interested in the interwoven histories of migration, sexual diversity, and Dutch national identity. Her current work examines the role of Dutch activists in transnational LGBTQ organizing since the 1970s, with a focus on the International Lesbian Information Service (ILIS), a group which broke away from the International Gay Association (later ILGA) in 1980 and remained active through the 1990s.

In the classroom, Ann teaches global history, queer history, and historical research methods, as well as a service-learning course on multicultural education in The Hague. Together with Andrew Shield, she is co-organizer of the Leiden Queer History Network.

Project at Faber —

At Faber, I will be writing an article about the Dutch response to the 1977 “Save Our Children” campaign of Anita Bryant, the American pop singer who led a successful charge to roll back a gay civil rights ordinance in Florida. While this episode was an important watershed in US history –reenergizing the gay and lesbian movement and sparking a longstanding political dance with the religious right — it also had reverberations abroad. In the Netherlands, the solidarity campaign led to new forms of political organizing, as well as new ideas about Dutch national identity and its relationship to LGBTQ rights.