We are delighted to announce our 12th summer programme for 2019:

Queer Dialogues, 20-24 May 2019

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This summer’s programme will explore the theme of ‘queer dialogues’ through lectures, performances, workshops and readings in venues around Manchester.

In 2019 the Sexuality Summer School will facilitate a five-day, city-wide, public conversation on gender, sexuality and culture, engaging with international artists, academics and activists involved in feminist and queer debates about life and death, love and loss, collaborations and failures, illness and therapy.

In 2019 the Sexuality Summer School is thrilled to be welcoming back to Manchester long-time North American collaborators and lesbian icons Split Britches performing Retro(per)spective, a medley of 30 years of Split Britches’ performances that made the politics of gender and sexuality and the humour of human relations accessible to all ages and persuasions.

Opening the programme will be writer and academic, Elizabeth Freeman, author of the acclaimed Time Binds: Queer Temporalities, Queer Histories (2010), who will be in dialogue with Jackie Stacey (University of Manchester) on her contributions to queer studies.

Later that evening the scholar and poet So Mayer (Club Des Femmes) author of Political Animals: The New Feminist Cinema (I.B. Tauris, 2015) and The Cinema of Sally Potter: A Politics of Love (Wallflower, 2009) will presenting at HOME as part of their Celebrating Women In Global Cinema programme, ‘Dial(ogue) D for Dyke Disruption: A Queer Toolkit for Blowing Up the Film Canon?’

Madhavi Menon, author and professor at Ashoka University, India, will speak publicly on her research in India’s queer history and about her book, Infinite Variety: A History Of Desire in India, at The University of Manchester.

Artist Gemma Parker and Manchester’s infamous House Of Ghetto will be presenting The Hidden Pin Up, a powerful and beautiful piece of dance and spoken word, performed by Justina Aina and Lenai Russell,  looking at the fetishisation of the black female body and tackling a legacy of racial stereotypes.

Closing the programme, curator and producer Greg Thorpe will be hosting a public conversation on trans and drag, supported by Superbia, between artistic director of award winning Trans Creative, Kate O’donnell, and international drag superstar, Cheddar Gorgeous.

In 2019 the Sexuality Summer School will also be collaborating with The University of York and the Sedgwick Memorial Foundation to deliver a full day event on Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick’s A Dialogue on Love. Speakers tbc.


LISTINGS (More tbc):


Monday 20 May (12 noon – 2pm )
Professor Elizabeth Freeman (UC Davis)
Author of Time Binds: Queer Temporalities and Queer Histories and previous GLQ editor.
‘On Queer Dialogues’ (with Jackie Stacey), Conference Room, 1st Floor, SALC
Venue: Graduate School, Ellen Wilkinson, University of Manchester, Oxford Rd. M13 9PL

Monday 20 May (early eve, time tbc):
So Mayer (Club Des Femmes and independent scholar and poet)
Presentation with clips:
Dial(ogue) D for Dyke Disruption: A Queer Toolkit for Blowing Up the Film Canon?
Introduction and post-talk dialogue with Samar Ziadat (freelance curator and co-ordinator of, member of @ScotsQueerFilm)
Venue: HOME, 2 Tony Wilson Place, Manchester M15 4FN

Tuesday 21 May/Wednesday 22 May evenings 7pm
Lois Weaver and Peggy Shaw (Split Britches)
Retro(per)spective 1980-2018
Venue: John Thaw Theatre, Martin Harris Centre, Oxford Rd. M13 9PL (tickets from MHC)
Presented by the Department of Drama and the SSS

Wednesday 22 May 10-9pm (all welcome, no tickets necessary)
Public Event: Sedgwick Memorial Symposium
In collaboration with the University of York and the Sedgwick Memorial Foundation
10-5: Dialogues on Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick’s A Dialogue on Love
Jason Edwards and Angus Brown
Meg Boulton and Mary Baine Campbell
Victoria Coulson and Monica Pearl
Kathryn R. Kent and Jonathan Flatley
Jane Hu and Sarah McCarry
7-9: Evening roundtable includes: Lauren Berlant and Adam Frank inter alia
Venue: John Casken LT, 2nd Floor, Martin Harris Centre, Oxford Rd. M13 9PL

Thursday 23 May, 5-7pm
Public Lecture: Madhavi Menon
(Ashoka University, India and author of A History of Desire in India)
‘The History of Desire in India: Dialogues with Queer Theory’
Venue: John Casken LT, 2nd Floor, Martin Harris Centre, Oxford Rd. M13 9PL

Thursday 23 May, 7.15-7.30pm
Live Performance: The Hidden Pin-Up: Black Gold Arts and Gemma Parker
Venue: The University of Manchester, Oxford Rd, space tbc.

Friday 24 May (early eve tbc)
Cheddar Gorgeous (The Family Gorgeous) and Kate O’Donnell (Transcreative)
‘Drag and Trans: A Queer Dialogue’
Venue: tbc


 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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Updates & Related Events

Important Details for Registration for SSS 2019

Please read carefully for information on how to register for the Sexuality Summer School 2019. Registration is a two-step process: you need to complete payment AND submit an Eligibility Statement in order to register. Eligible Applicants The Sexuality Summer School is open to postgraduates (Master’s and Doctorate level students) engaged in the study of sexuality …

Superbia Scholarships for the Sexuality Summer School 2019

Superbia is the year-round programme of culture from Manchester Pride. We curate, promote and support LGBT+ culture in Greater Manchester, encouraging participation, supporting new work and engaging Manchester’s thriving LGBT+ community. Through our dedicated Superbia Grants programme we have assisted dozens of people to produce hundreds of projects engaging thousands of participants across the city. …