Sexuality Summer School 2020 programme

Queering the Archive

Sexuality Summer School 2020

Public Events 18-22 May

Lecture with Julietta Singh (University of Richmond); (author of No Archive Will Restore You

Poetry Reading by Roma Havers (Poet in Residence with Special Collections, Manchester Metropolitan University)

HOME Screening of A Place of Rage (1991, dir. by Pratibha Parmar)

(In collaboration with the CNW) Reading by Jordy Rosenberg from Confessions of the Fox (2018)

Ajamu X in Conversation with Topher Campbell

Presentation by Del LaGrace Volcano

Performance Lecture by Mojisola Adebayo (Queen Mary, UoL)

Registration opens:  Monday 17th February 2020.

The SSS week comprises public events in the evenings and seminars for up to 40 registered postgraduates each day for 5 days. 

Most of the public events are free, but to attend the daytime workshops, you will need to pay a registration fee (£150) and send in a short statement to explain how the Summer School relates to your research interests and how you think it will benefit you. This registration fee will cover entry fees to all the public events, the opening buffet, as well as lunch and wine receptions on most days during the week.

Registration will go live on Monday 17th February 2020 through the University of Manchester’s online estore.

If you require funding to enable you to attend, you may need to secure this funding before you register.

It is your responsibility to research any funding deadlines, how to apply, and how long it will take to find out the outcome of the funding competitions.

We have done some preliminary research for you on a few options:

  • For all postgraduate students funded by a research council, please contact your funding body to ask what funds they have available.
  • For University of Manchester PhD Students in SALC, there is conference funding available. For more details on how to apply, please see:
  • For other University of Manchester Master’s and PhD students, please get in touch with the PGT or PGR director for your School to find out what funding is available.
  • For postgraduate students at other institutions, please speak to your home institution (your supervisor or programme director) about what funding is available. You may also want to check out The Alternative Postgraduate Funding Guide:

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’s 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 public engagement, using public lectures, Q&As, performances and film screenings to open up these conversations to Manchester’s LGBT community. As a result, we hope our attendees will imagine other possibilities to bring their research and ideas to different audiences.

The week’s events 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 others’ 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 delegate or at our public events!

For more information on what the Sexuality Summer School is like, and to watch our new video, please visit: 

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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.

For more information about the Sexuality Summer School, email to get on the mailing list, Facebook Sexuality Summer School or tweet @SSS_Manchester.



Updates & Related Events

Event of Interest: PAULINE DELABROY-ALLARD, All about Sarah – Q&A

THURSDAY 19 MARCH 2020 / 19:00-20:30 Blackwell’s Bookshop University Green 146 Oxford Road – M13 9GP French author Pauline Delabroy-Allard is coming to Manchester to talk about her debut novel All about Sarah. A literary sensation in France, the work was shortlisted for the Prix Goncourt in 2018. Pauline Delabroy-Allard will be in conversation with …

Events of Interest:

5 – 7p.m. Tues 25th February 2020 (now a Teach-Out as part of the UCU strike action) Monica Pearl ‘A Thousand Kindred Spirits’: Reflections on AIDS Activism’ Co-sponsored by CSSC, EAC and the LHIVES Reading Group on HIV. The Old Abbey Tap House, Guildhall Close  M15 6SY (in the Manchester Science Park, next to UoM)   …