Sexuality Summer School 2021: Queering the Archive

We are thrilled to announce this year’s Sexuality Summer School will be taking place between Monday 24th and Friday 28th May 2021. Following the successful launch of our Digital Prequel last year, our 2021 programme (online, until further notice) will offer a series of events on the theme Queering the Archive. We will draw on the materials and resources developed last year, supplementing them with real-time online events. More info here.  

In addition to film screenings, public lectures and readings open to the public, the Sexuality Summer School offers up to 35 registered postgraduates the opportunity to attend daytime workshops and seminars run by academics, artists, and activists. Through a mix of event formats, attendees will interrogate questions of what constitutes an archive and who has historically been excluded or absent from archival content and practices. Through discussions of contemporary issues in the study of sexuality and gender, students will also have the opportunity to explore their research, methods and ideas with peers.  

This year’s programme will include: Topher Campbell, Ajamu X, Julietta Singh, Jordy Rosenberg, Esther Newton, Holly Hughes, and Roma Havers. More info here.  

The Sexuality Summer School is an excellent opportunity to discuss your ideas for your dissertation or thesis with others engaged in the field of Sexuality Studies, as well as to consider options for future research at PhD level and beyond. The week of events will offer the chance to examine current debates in queer and feminist theory through the work of renowned scholars, creative practitioners and activists. 

Moreover, the Sexuality Summer School functions as a model for online public engagement, opening up conversations on queering archives to Manchester’s LGBT community. As a result, we hope our attendees will imagine new possibilities through which to bring their research and ideas to different audiences, on- and offline. 

The 2021 SSS will bring together students and researchers engaged in this area of study from across various disciplines and across the world. Previous attendees have continued to support each other’s research and professional development, forming reading groups and research networks, and receiving invitations to speak at future events. 

We hope to see many of you at the Sexuality Summer School, whether as a registered participant or at our public events! For more information on what the Sexuality Summer School is like, check out the videos on our homepage.

To browse our Digital Prequel materials, including a roundtable, readings, interviews, and essays from Del LaGrace Volcano, Julietta Singh, Alyson Campbell, Mojisola Adebayo, Clare Hemmings, Topher Campbell, Jordy Rosenberg, Monica Pearl, Honor Gavin, Roma Havers, and Esther Newton, visit here.

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 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.

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