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Online Public Education Series
Lady of the Night School (part one)

Lady of the Night School is an online public education series starting in October 2021 and run by Decriminalised Futures. This course is open to both sex workers and allies. We explicitly encourage non-sex workers to sign up as your contributions help us fund projects specific to sex workers.
The series is focused on different histories of sex worker movements – looking less at contemporary legislation or practices and more on how we got to where we are today.

Part One of Lady of the Night School is a 3 month course running from October – December 2021. Each month will cover a different topic through:

– Lectures by people knowledgeable in the subjects
– Reading materials that connect to the issues explored
– Discussion seminars to really get a chance to dig deep into the topics
– Plus a little bit of homework in the mix

This course has a limited number of places. Please register early so that you don’t miss out.
Sessions will typically run on Monday evenings at 2 week intervals, except for the first lecture which will be on Thursday 7th October.

The topics and schedule for Part One are:

A history of sex work criminalisation in the UK (October)

This month we will examine the ways commercial sex was criminalised in Britain and the effects this criminalisation had in the 19th and 20th centuries. We will look in part at relevant histories of trafficking/migration and at early 20th century ‘decriminalisation’ campaigns.

Lecture by Dr Julia Laite
Thursday 7th October, 7.00 – 8.30pm

Seminar by Alex Wanjiku Kelbert
Monday 18th October, 6.30 – 8.30pm

Julia Laite is a Reader in Modern History and Director of the Raphael Samuel History Centre at at Birkbeck, University of London. She researches and teaches on the history of women, crime, sexuality and migration in the nineteenth and twentieth century British world and is the author of Common Prostitutes and Ordinary Citizens: Commercial Sex in London (2012) and (with Samantha Caslin) Wolfenden’s Women: A Critical Sourcebook (2020). Her latest book, The Disappearance of Lydia Harvey: A True Story of Sex, Crime and the Meaning of Justice, was published with Profile Books in April, 2021.

Trans Sex Workers Through History (November)

Though the present day trans movement pays lip service to the contributions of trans sex workers through the canonization of Sylvia Rivera and Marsha P Johnson, the histories of trans people and sex workers are far more deeply entwined than they seem! In this lecture, historian and activist Morgan M Page will take us on a whistle stop tour of trans sex workers across more than 700 years of history, from the first appearance of what we might today call a trans sex worker in the English language, to present day activists fighting for liberation and decriminalization.

Lecture by Morgan M. Page
Monday 1st November, 7.00 – 8.30pm

Seminar by Nim Ralph
Monday Nov 22nd, 6.30 – 8.30pm

Morgan M Page is a writer, activist, and historian. She has organized around sex workers’ rights for over a decade in Canada, the UK, and internationally. She is the host of the trans history podcast One From the Vaults, and the co-writer of the upcoming feature film Framing Agnes (2022).

Nim Ralph is a trans writer, educator and activist. Nim has led campaigns for trans & queer rights, environmental justice and anti-racism in the UK, and works with activists globally. They are the Lead Trainer and designer of multiple activist training programmes. You can follow them on twitter: @NMRLPH

Latin American sex worker struggles (December)

This month will explore different sex worker organising movements across Latin America with a focus on Argentina. We will look at significant moments and movement leaders, how these local movements came about, the context that produced these types of organising and movements, and how this links to what the political landscape looks like today.

Lecture by Eugenia Aravena (AMMAR)
Monday 29th November, 7.00 – 8.30pm

Seminar by Kate Hardy
Monday 13th December, 6.30 – 8.30pm

Eugenia Aravena is a member of the organisations Plaperts (The Latín American Network of Sex Working People) and the RRTS (Network for the Recognition of Sex Work)

Participants in the Night School are expected to attend live lectures and to participate in seminar sessions across all 3 months of the course. We encourage everyone who signs up to do the readings and to take on the small homework tasks assigned to get the most out of the course. We will make recordings of lectures and reading materials available for attendees should you not be able to attend a session. Nothing is compulsory – just encouraged!

All lectures will be live captioned in English and auto-captioning will be available for seminars. Live language translation for lectures is available in English and Spanish. Reading materials will typically be in English and seminars will be conducted in English. If you need language translation other than English or Spanish, or need translation during seminars, please indicate this on the registration form. We aim to create a learning space that is responsive to participant’s needs. If you would like to talk through your options further, please do get in touch with our Coordinator, Jess, at events@decriminalisedfutures.org.

The cost for the 3 month course is sliding scale £60 – £180 sliding scale, with four different levels. Regardless of how much you pay, you’ll still be able to access all the materials and attend all events.

You can choose how much you want to pay but we would encourage people with institutional access or in full time employment to pay at the higher end.

If you’re interested in the course but don’t have Monday’s free over the next few months, sign up here to be notified when lectures are made public. You can also sign up to find out when Part Two of Lady of the Night School is announced before anyone else.

If you are a sex worker who cannot afford this please get in touch by emailing events@decriminalisedfutures.org and we can offer you a free place.