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.

Also on the billing is award winning author Jordy Rosenburg, professor at University of Massachusetts-Amherst and author of New York Times Editor’s Choice novel Confessions Of A Fox (2018). In collaboration with the Manchester University Centre For New Writing’s trans creative writing workshops, Jordy will deliver a public reading and dialogue with Honor Gavin, author of Midland (2014) and Uncommon Building (2017).

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?’

Closing the programme, curator and producer Greg Thorpe will be hosting a public conversation on trans and drag, 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. Invited speakers include: Michael Moon, Jonathan Goldberg, Andrew Parker, Lauren Berlant, Adam Frank, and Maria José Belbel (tbc).


LISTINGS (More tbc):

Monday 20 May (12-2)

Professor Elizabeth Freeman (UC Davis)

Author of Time Binds: Queer Temporalities and Queer Histories and previous GLQ editor.

Public Lecture on Queer Dialogues,

SALC Graduate School, Ellen Wilkinson, UoM.


Monday 20 May (early eve, time tbc):

So Mayer (Club Des Femmes and independent scholar and poet)

Dial(ogue) D for Dyke Disruption: A Queer Toolkit for Blowing Up the Film Canon?

Presentation at HOME, Manchester


Tuesday 21 May/Wednesday 22 May evenings

Lois Weaver and Peggy Shaw (Split Britches)

Retro(per)spective 1980-2018

John Thaw Theatre, Martin Harris Centre

Performances presented by the Department of Drama and the SSS, UoM.


Wednesday 22 May (time tbc)

Dialogues on Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick’s A Dialogue on Love

In collaboration with the University of York and the Sedgwick Memorial Foundation

Public Roundtable: invited speakers include: Michael Moon, Jonathan Goldberg, Andrew Parker, Lauren Berlant, Adam Frank, Maria José Belbel, tbc.

John Casken LT, Martin Harris Centre, UoM.


Thursday eve 23 May (tbc)

Jordy Rosenberg

(UMass Amherst, author of Confessions of the Fox)

Public reading and dialogue with Honor Gavin

In collaboration with trans creative writing workshops, Centre for New Writing


Friday 24 May (time tbc)

Cheddar Gorgeous & Kate O’Donnell

Public conversation on trans and drag hosted by Greg Thorpe

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

Split Britches: Unexploded Ordinances

Only a few tickets left for a Split Britches performance on Thursday at St Helen’s Town Hall! For more information visit: Combining a Dr Strangelove-inspired performance with a daring forum for public conversation, Unexploded Ordnances (UXO),  a theatre piece by Split Britches, explores ageing, anxiety, hidden desires and how to look forward when the …

CFP: Sex, Sexuality and the Arts in the XXIst century

Check out this potential publication opportunity! SAHJ is an open access platform for reviewed articles, academic reflections, student studies, book, film and theatre reviews, cultural commentary and opinion pieces, as well as original photography and graphic art. [ ] SAHJ is currently seeking contributions for Issue 5:1, which will be a single-themed issue on Sex, Sexuality and …