BDSM in Brum: The PhD

Please help me to fund an all-important trip to San Francisco!

BDSM in Brum: The PhD
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This project received pledges on Mon 29 Feb 2016

whisk lesley away to san francisco (for academic reasons!)

My name is Lesley and I am a PhD student at Birmingham City University. My research concerns the history and development of the BDSM* community in Birmingham and the wider West Midlands. I am really passionate about this research, and am making great progress in the early stages!

*BDSM = Bondage & Discipline / Domination & Submission / Sadism & Masochism, colloquially known as 'Kink' :D

Lesley's story

I am raising money to pay for my airfare to San Francisco. I will be presenting a paper on my research at the annual meeting of the Association of American Geographers (AAG) in March 2016.

Not only is this an amazing opportunity for me to connect with the great and good in my research field, but there will also be a 'field trip' to the headquarters of at the Armoury. In addition to this I will be making arrangements to attend events run by the Society of Janus to network and see how BDSM social events in San Francisco are organised and managed. I will also be visiting the LGBT Museum, known as "San Francisco's queer Smithsonian" for further information and inspiration. 

This is an amazing opportunity for me to be able to visit the community and the locations I've read so much about, and it will give my studies a huge boost as I will be able to compare the Birmingham and San Francisco scenes. 

Where will the money go? 

I am raising money to pay for my air fare to San Francisco - any money I raise will be put towards this aim. If I am lucky enough to raise more than my target amount this will go towards paying for my hotel cost (I'll be staying at a wonderfully boho 2-star hotel). 


Apart from my unending gratitude, there will also be a number of rewards available to those folks who support my project. There will also be a number of updates throughout the course of the project, as well as interesting info from related media at my PhD Twitter account @muckybooksblog

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1 year, 4 months ago

Wowsers!! We've raised £400!! Thank you to everyone who has pledged. I'm amazed and humbled by your support xx

1 year, 4 months ago

Nearly there! Even more good news... My presentation to academic colleagues went so so well and I was really encouraged by the amazing feedback that people gave me. It's a wonderful adventure and I have so many ideas for the future!!

1 year, 6 months ago

Hello all! This project is really gathering momentum! :)

I'm approaching my first presentation to academic colleagues about my work so far. This is open to all, so if you'd like to attend please get in touch. Details are here:

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28 Feb 2016

Happy Birday Lel :)

27 Feb 2016

Good luck Lesley! I'm sure you'll love SF, and I hope they have some gluten free sourdough for you! xx

4 Feb 2016
Lyndsey Harris

Best of luck Lesley!

16 Jan 2016
Problem Solving Prof

Good luck!!!

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