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

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 …

Event of Interest: Reading Group: Jack Halberstam, Wild Things: The Disorder of Desire

“The Queer Research Network Manchester invites you to a reading group on Jack Halberstam’s latest book Wild Things: The Disorder of Desire. When: 3rd December 2020Time: 5-6:30pmWhere: Zoom (invites to be sent out on the day) Readings: Jack Halberstam, Wild Things, Introduction. Pdf here. Jack Halberstam, Wild Things, Chapter One. Pdf here. To RSVP please email: queerresearchnetwork@gmail.com If you want to …

Event of Interest: Mythological Migrations: Chapter 2: The Darkroom

(From former SSS attendee Abdullah Qureshi) Chapter 2: The Darkroom is a multidisciplinary virtual exhibit that looks at: cruising, erotic spaces, and practices that are traditionally understood as sexually promiscuous, and thus, morally rejected or pushed to the peripheries by the dominant heteronormative society, challenging and re-claiming histories of orientalism, activating and disrupting spaces that are …