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SSS 2015, Monday 18 May: ‘Why Sing?’ Roundtable and Screening of John Greyson’s Fig Trees (2009)


As the opening evening event of Sexuality Summer School 2015: Queer Arts as Activism, John Greyson, Richard Dyer and Lisa Henderson will be joining us for a roundtable and film screening.

Monday 18 May, 5.00 – 8.30pm

International Anthony Burgess Foundation, Chorlton Mill, 3 Cambridge Street, M1 5BY, Manchester

‘Why Sing?’ Roundtable with filmmaker John Greyson (York, CA) in conversation with Richard Dyer (Kings) and Lisa Henderson (UMass, Amherst) (5.00 – 6.30pm)

followed by a screening of John Greyson’s Fig Trees (2009, 109 mins) (6.45pm – 8.30pm)

All welcome – free with no booking required. First come, first served; please arrive early to avoid disappointment.

Recommended readings to accompany the session are available here

John Greyson is the Associate Professor of Film at York University (Toronto). Recipient of the 2000 Toronto Arts Award for film/video and the 2007 Bell Award in Video Art, Greyson is a filmmaker, video artist, writer, activist and educator whose productions have won accolades at festivals throughout the world. The film to be screened, Fig Trees (2009), was awarded the Teddy Award for Best Documentary at the Berlin Film Festival. Greyson’s publications include Urinal and Other Stories (1993) and he is also co-editor of Queer Looks: Perspectives on Lesbian and Gay Film and Video (1993). He is a co-investigator on York’s Future Cinema Lab, a joint research project with Janine Marchessault and Caitlin Fisher. Greyson is also active in various anti-censorship, AIDS, peace and queer activist media projects, including The Olive Project, Deep Dish TV, Blah Blah Blah and AIDS Action Now.

Richard Dyer is Professor of Film Studies at Kings College London and St Andrews University, Scotland. His work focuses on issues of representation and entertainment, and the relations between them: how the form that a representation takes has much to do with its entertainment value, how entertainment works through representations. He has focused especially on the very notion of entertainment, trying to unpack this common sense construct, and on representations of gender, ‘race’ and sexuality. More recently he has focused on Italian cinema and on music and film (including the work of Nino Rota and the use of songs in, mainly, American movies). He is now embarking on a study of the serial killer in European cinema and on La dolce vita.

Lisa Henderson is Professor in Communication at the University of Masschusetts, Amherst. Her research interests include cultural production, sexual representation, feminist media studies and cultural studies of social class. In most projects, these categories combine and redefine each other while addressing questions of personal, community and institutional power and autonomy. Her work also addresses questions of feeling, identification and everyday life. Love and Money: Queers, Class and Cultural Production (2013) was a 2014 finalist in LGBT Studies for a Lambda Literary Award. Her new writing project is about friendship as political form, and her new media project is Culture Lab, a space in the field of Communication for developing collaborations between media scholars and cultural producers, especially filmmakers.


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