Masquerades of Research - Lime Tree Theatre

Masquerades of Research

Part I & II (2020, 2022) is the first fictional biography of queer sociologist, Laud Humphreys, starring Mark O’Halloran.


Followed by a post screening interview hosted by El Reid Buckley.



Masquerades of Research

Masquerades of Research

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The two-part feature film Masquerades of Research: Part I and II, (1 hour 5 min), is a fictional biography of pre-queer sociologist Laud Humphreys (Mark O’Halloran), author of the infamous book Tearoom Trade: Impersonal Sex in Public Places (1970, 1975). Part I begins in St. Louis in 1967 in a pre-Stonewall and pre-Watergate USA, exploring the impetus behind Humphreys “Sociologist as Voyeur” research method — a still radical gesture and one of the first in the Western canon to turn the ethnographic gaze back onto the hypocritical conservative mindset that created it. Why can’t statistics be avant-garde? Part II begins in a Californian office in 1975, where we find Humphreys sweating in a radically different USA on the cusp of republishing Tearoom Trade. Its relevance to contemporary discussions of intimacy, social presentation and data control is delicately carried by visual intensities and rich performances that keep as many secrets as they give away.


This screening is generously supported by the Department of Sociology, University of Limerick, and also by the UL Centre for the Study of Popular Music and Popular Culture and the UL Arts Office.


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