Sexuality Summer School 2022: The Desire for Identity

Monday 23rd – Friday 27th May

The Sexuality Summer School is a week-long event comprised of a series of workshops for 40 postgraduate students, alongside a public arts events programme open to all.

Visit our free digital programme responding to the theme ‘Queering the Archive‘ developed between 2020-2021 for a flavour of what to expect in 2022.

Please see below for this year’s public events programme.

Public Event 1: Monday 23 May, 3-4:30pm

Opening Public Lecture: ‘Indigestion: Transsexuality and the Queer Aversion to Identity’ 

Kadji Amin (Emory University)

This event will be in person with Kadji Amin joining us via videolink.

Venue: SALC Graduate School Conference Room, Room C1.18 Ellen Wilkinson Building, University of Manchester (free and all welcome)

While feminist and queer debates have radically opened up the ways in which we think about identity, debates in trans studies often emphasise the vitality and political urgency identities may offer. This talk from Kadji Amin looks across these dialogues to ask how trans challenges some of the assumptions underwriting the urge to queer identity. 

Click here to register for this free, in-person event

Public Event 2: Monday 23 May, 6pm

Screening of Rebel Dykes (2021)

Venue: HOME, 2 Tony Wilson Place, Manchester M15 4FN

Join us for a screening of Rebel Dykes, a raucous documentary using animation, interviews and archival footage to explore the story of a group of women who met in 1980s post-punk London doing art, music, politics and sex, and how they went on to change their world. 

Join us for a screening of Rebel Dykes, a raucous documentary using animation, interviews and archival footage to explore the story of a group of women who met in 1980s post-punk London doing art, music, politics and sex, and how they went on to change their world. 

Producer, Siobhan Fahey and Directors Harri Shanahan and Siân A. Williams will join us for a post-screening discussion and Q&A.

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Public Event 3: Tuesday, 24 May, 6pm 

Public Performance Lecture: ‘Category Mistake’, mandla rae (Manchester-based poet, producer, programmer, facilitator and theatre maker)

Venue: International Anthony Burgess Foundation, 3 Cambridge Street, Manchester, M1 5BY

Join us for a performance lecture in which mandla rae tells the story of the experience of being a ‘category mistake’ – an identity that society does not want to admit exists. 

mandla is a queer Zimbabwean-born, Manchester-based practitioner who examines the notion of identity and its regulation on the body to explore possibilities of resistance through a performance practice of embodied movement, gesture, and spoken word.

This event is presented in partnership with SICK! Festival

There will be BSL interpretation for this event.

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Public Event 4: Wednesday 25 May, 7pm 

Performace: Essi Rossi – Ejaculation Falls

Venue: STUNLIVE, 335 Stretford Road, Hulme, M15 5ZA

The word ejaculation means both sexual climax and a sudden, emotional burst of words, a desire to be heard. Ejaculation Falls is a performance where a group of people gather together to celebrate sexual diversity. It is an opportunity to share things regarding sex and sexuality that are often hidden or silenced in public conversations. The performance leads its viewers to the other side of norms and collective beliefs. It invites us to examine sexuality’s power and various dimensions, to give new words to the ways in which we talk about sex.

The word ejaculation means both sexual climax and a sudden, emotional burst of words, a desire to be heard. Ejaculation Falls is a performance where a group of people gather together to celebrate sexual diversity. It is an opportunity to share things regarding sex and sexuality that are often hidden or silenced in public conversations. The performance leads its viewers to the other side of norms and collective beliefs. It invites us to examine sexuality’s power and various dimensions, to give new words to the ways in which we talk about sex.

Please join Finnish artist Essi Rossi and the performers for an open conversation, and to share your own experiences of themes addressed in the performance.

This event is presented in partnership with SICK! Festival

Click here to book your ticket

Public Event 5: Thursday 26 May, 3pm 

Conversation: Performing Sexuality

Venue: STUNLIVE, 335 Stretford Road, Hulme, M15 5ZA

Join mandla rae and Essi Rossie for a conversation exploring gender, sexuality, identity and performance.

This event is presented in partnership with SICK! Festival

Free event, no booking necessary.

Public Event 6: Thursday 26 May, 6-7.30pm

Roundtable discussion of: Feeling Queer Jurisprudence: Inquiry, Intimacy and Identity (2020) by Senthorun Raj (MMU), with Eddie Bruce-Jones (Birkbeck) and Sharon Cowan (Edinburgh)

Venue: SALC Graduate School Conference Room, Room C1.18 Ellen Wilkinson Building, University of Manchester.

Free event, no booking necessary.

Public Event 7: Friday 27th May, 4-5.30pm

Roundtable discussion of: Grace Lavery’s Please Miss: A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Penis (2022) , with Grace Lavery (via videolink), Honor Gavin and Sabine Sharp (Chair)

Please note, Change of Venue. This event will now take place at: SALC Graduate School Conference Room, Room C1.18 Ellen Wilkinson Building, University of Manchester (free and all welcome)

For our closing event for the 2022 Sexuality Summer School: The Desire for Identity, we will be joined by Grace Lavery (via videolink).

Please Miss (2022) is a memoir of gender transition and recovery from addiction, a dance across genres, a ripping-up of the rulebook, Please Miss is unlike anything you’ve ever read before.

This event is presented in partnership with Queer Research Network Manchester

Click here to register for this free, in-person event

 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: Rewritten (On) Film: Doing Speculative Film Histories – with Speaker So Mayer.

UCL Film Studies Seminar 23 November 2022, 6:00 pm–8:00 pm To register, click here. As Allyson Nadia Field writes in her introduction to this summer’s issue of Feminist Media Histories: ‘Loosening our commitments to what was to ask what might have been? and what might be? allows for repressed narratives to surface and alternative possibilities …

Event of Interest: Abortion in the Pre/Post Roe Imagination

University of Manchester, Samuel Alexander A11320th October, 4-5pm This roundtable event, “Abortion in the Pre/Post Roe Imagination,” will feature Prof. Karen Weingarten, author of Abortion in the American Imagination: Before Life and Choice, 1880-1940, Belfast-based artist and abortion rights activist Emma Campbell, Dr. Molly Geidel and Dr. Monica Pearl.

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