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.

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?’

Madhavi Menon, author and professor at Ashoka University, India, will speak publicly on her research in India’s queer history and about her book, Infinite Variety: A History Of Desire in India, at The University of Manchester.

Artist Gemma Parker and Manchester’s infamous House Of Ghetto will be presenting The Hidden Pin Up, a powerful and beautiful piece of dance and spoken word, performed by Justina Aina and Lenai Russell,  looking at the fetishisation of the black female body and tackling a legacy of racial stereotypes.

Closing the programme, curator and producer Greg Thorpe will be hosting a public conversation on trans and drag, supported by Superbia, between artistic director of award winning Trans Creative, Kate O’donnell, and international drag superstar, Cheddar Gorgeous.

The Sexuality Summer School will also be collaborating in 2019 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




Monday 20th May, 12 noon – 2pm
Professor Elizabeth Freeman (UC Davis)
Beside Her in Time: A Conversation with Elizabeth Freeman
Chair: Jackie Stacey (Manchester)
Venue: SALC Graduate School, Ellen Wilkinson, University of Manchester, Oxford Rd. M13 9PL
(free and all welcome)

Monday 20th May, 6:30-8pm
Public lecture: So Mayer (Club Des Femmes, independent scholar and poet)
Dial(ogue) D for Dyke Disruption: A Queer Toolkit for Blowing Up the Film Canon?
Venue: HOME, 2 Tony Wilson Place, Manchester M15 4FN

Tuesday 21 May/Wednesday 22 May evenings 7-9pm
Lois Weaver and Peggy Shaw (Split Britches)
Retro(per)spective 1980-2018
Venue: John Thaw Theatre, Martin Harris Centre, Oxford Rd. M13 9PL
Presented by the Department of Drama and the SSS
(Tickets from the Martin Harris Centre)

Wednesday 22nd May 
Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick Memorial Symposium
(Sponsored by York University and the Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick Memorial Foundation, New York)

10am-4pm John Casken LT, Martin Harris Centre, University of Manchester M13 9PL

7-8.30pm NB room change: SALC Graduate School, Seminar Room, Ellen Wilkinson Building, University of Manchester, M15 6JA

10am-4pm: Dialogues on Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick’s A Dialogue on Love (1999)
1. Jason Edwards (York) and Angus Brown (Birmingham); 2. Meg Boulton (York) and Mary Baine Campbell (Brandeis); 3. Victoria Coulson (York) and Monica Pearl (Manchester); 4. Katie Kent (Williams) and Jonathan Flatley (Wayne State); 5. Jane Hu (Berkeley) and Sarah McCarry (Brooklyn-based author)

7-8.30pm: Evening roundtable with: María José Belbel (Spanish translator of Touching Feeling and A Dialogue on Love), Stephen Barber (Rhode Island), Adam Frank (British Columbia), Ti Meyerhoff (CUNY), Lauren Berlant via video (Chicago).

Thursday 23rd May, 5.30-7pm
Public Lecture: Madhavi Menon (Ashoka University)
The History of Desire in India: Dialogues with Queer Theory
Chair: Jackie Stacey (Manchester)
Venue: John Casken LT, 2nd Floor, Martin Harris Centre, Oxford Rd. M13 9PL
(free and all welcome)

Thursday 23 May, 7.15-7.30pm
Performance: Black Gold Arts and Gemma Parker
The Hidden Pin-Up
Venue: Samuel Alexander Foyer, University of Manchester, Oxford Rd. M13 9PL
(free and all welcome)

Friday 24 May, 6:30 – 8pm
Performance Dialogue: Cheddar Gorgeous (The Family Gorgeous) and Kate O’Donnell (Transcreative)
A Queer Dialogue on Trans and Drag
Venue: HOME, 2 Tony Wilson Place, Manchester M15 4FN