Queering the Archive: A Digital Prequel

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In mid-May, the Sexuality Summer School will host a series of online contributions by artists, academics, activists and writers on the theme of Queering the Archive.

Whilst the face-to-face Sexuality Summer School has been postponed until 2021, its scheduled contributors from around the world have decided to come together digitally during lockdown to produce a living archive of talks, readings, conversations and provocations responding to the SSS theme.

In the spirit of queer collaboration, contributors will make available readings of new writing, dialogues about archiving their work and reflections on their current visual practice. We welcome your responses and thoughts on these contributions.


 About the SSS

The Sexuality Summer School (SSS) is a postgraduate summer school held annually in May at the University of Manchester. During the same week the Summer School also hosts a series of public events including lectures, films and performances. Throughout the year the Sexuality Summer School also co-sponsors events at the University and at venues like Contact and HOME, including Queer Contact and POUTfest.

The Sexuality Summer School is a five-day event for postgraduates, organised by the Centre for the Study of Sexuality and Culture (CSSC) at the University of Manchester since 2008 and funded by the University of Manchester Faculty of Humanities, Manchester Pride and Screen. The Sexuality Summer School brings together postgraduates, researchers and international scholars, as well as artists and filmmakers, to facilitate dialogue and discussions that speak to contemporary debates in queer and feminist sexuality studies, with a particular emphasis on the interdisciplinary study of culture.

You can find details of all of our past summer schools, including posters and public events details, on the left hand side of this page. You can also see a sample schedule. See “updates and related events” for all updates about the Sexuality Summer School and all other events that you might be interested in.

For more information about the Sexuality Summer School, email sexualitysummerschool@gmail.com to get on the mailing list, Facebook Sexuality Summer School or tweet @SSS_Manchester.



Updates & Related Events

Event of Interest: Trans Vegas Digital, 19-21 June 2020

“One Global pandemic, 35 trans artists and 120 zoom calls later, we proudly bring you #TRANSVEGAS2020, our first online Trans Arts Festival”   – Kate O’Donnell, Trans Crative’s Artistic Director This June (19th – 21st) will see the fourth annual Trans Vegas arts festival in Manchester! In the light of the COVID-19 lockdown the festival will, for the first …

Event of Interest: Virtual Reading Group on Julietta Singh’s reading for SSS Online

As part of the Sexuality Summer School’s digital prequel the Queer Research Network Manchester will be hosting an online reading group on the work of Julietta Singh’s ‘The Breaks’ on 18 June. More details and the readings can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/events/254388995980765/ https://qrnm.home.blog/2020/06/04/reading-group-julietta-singh-the-breaks/ Further information about the digital prequel can be found here: https://sexualitysummerschoolonline.wordpress.com/ To …

Video of Interest: Homecoming: A Short Film about Ajamu

https://player.bfi.org.uk/free/film/watch-the-homecoming-a-short-film-about-ajamu-1995-online Homecoming: A Short Film about Ajamu (1995, dir. by Topher Campbell) – also featuring Stuart Hall, Kobena Mercer – is free to watch on BFI player. “By the 1980s and 90s, Brixton had acquired a fearsome reputation as home to a rebellious black presence. This tough urban image also hid a thriving gay scene and …