Superbia Scholarships for the Sexuality Summer School 2019


Superbia is the year-round programme of culture from Manchester Pride. We curate, promote and support LGBT+ culture in Greater Manchester, encouraging participation, supporting new work and engaging Manchester’s thriving LGBT+ community. Through our dedicated Superbia Grants programme we have assisted dozens of people to produce hundreds of projects engaging thousands of participants across the city.

We take the broadest possible view of culture, which of course includes education and learning. We are pleased to develop our relationship with the Sexuality Summer School (SSS) at the University of Manchester by offering two annual Superbia Scholarships to the value of £175 each, to enable students to attend the Sexuality Summer School who might not otherwise be able to. The Scholarships are available to anyone who currently lives, works or studies in Greater Manchester, and who otherwise might not apply for the SSS.

The Sexuality Summer School is an annual five-day event comprising daytime seminars and workshops for up to 40 registered postgraduates, alongside a range of lunchtime and evening events open to the public, including lectures, discussions, performances and film screenings. This year’s Sexuality Summer School (Monday 20th – Friday 24th May 2019) is organised around the theme ‘Queer Dialogues’, foregrounding skill-sharing, knowledge-exchange, theoretical debates and public engagement in relation to feminist and queer debates on sexuality.

Postgraduate students on the SSS will have the opportunity to discuss their current research, developing ideas and potential future collaborations with an interdisciplinary group of PhD and Master’s students engaged in the study of sexuality. Moreover, the academics, artists and activists from our public events schedule lead the daytime workshops, giving students the chance to explore questions about ‘Queer Dialogues’ in critical and creative practice. Registration costs £150 and opens on Thursday 28th February 2019.

If you wish to apply for a Superbia Scholarship, please submit approximately 250 words explaining why the Sexuality Summer School 2019 would be a valuable experience for you, what you bring to it and what you would hope to get out of it. The deadline for applications is 5pm on Wednesday 30 January. Please email any initial enquiries to

Your application statement should be sent in the body of an email with the subject header ‘Superbia Scholarship’ and emailed jointly to and

Please include your name, address and institutional affiliation in your application. Notification of a successful Superbia Scholarship application will also include confirmation of your place on the Sexuality Summer School 2019.

Timetable for applications is as follows:

Deadline for submissions: Wednesday 30 January

Successful applicants notified: Thursday 7 February

Scholarship pay date: Thursday 21 February

School registration opens: Thursday 28 February


Suggested Listening: Not Going Shopping – Stop the Clause March 1988, Manchester

This audio documentary was created by Abigail Ward to mark the 30th anniversary of Manchester’s anti-Clause 28 march, 1988. Attended by 20,000 people, the protest was a seminal moment in UK LGBT+ history. The piece seeks to evoke the sounds and emotions experienced on that day through interviews with marchers, fragments of archive and music.

The title comes from the chant, “we’re here, we’re queer and we’re not going shopping”.

Section 28 formed part of the Local Government Act 1988 . It stated that:

A local authority shall not:

a) intentionally promote homosexuality or publish material with the intention of promoting homosexuality
b) promote the teaching in any maintained school of the acceptability of homosexuality as a pretended family relationship

Contributors: Angela Cooper, David Hoyle, Kath McDermott, Louise Wallwein MBE, Luchia Fitzgerald, Paul Fairweather


Islington Mill Art Academy Launches New Collaboration with Man Met University


Islington Mill Art Academy launches new PhD partnership with Manchester Metropolitan University to explore how alternative art school models are working to reimagine art education

Islington Mill Art Academy (IMAA) is a free peer-learning art school which celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2018. IMAA was established at Islington Mill in Salford as an artist-led response to the introduction and subsequent increase in university tuition fees, as well as the drop in the teaching of art in schools, and a strong desire to explore alternative ways of teaching, learning and developing artists.

Since its beginning, IMAA has offered a radical alternative approach to education, operating as a non-hierarchical, entirely peer-led project, in a facilitated supportive, non-judgemental environment. No credentials are required for enrolment, there are no assessments, and no teacher/student hierarchy. The student body decides the focus of their learning and makes a joint commitment to encourage, challenge and support one another in their development.

Since its beginning, IMAA has had a broad and influential impact, with a number of other alternative art schools springing up in its wake internationally. In recognition of ten years of development and pioneering influence, IMAA will embark on a new PhD partnership with Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) in 2019.

The new post is a rare and prestigious Vice-Chancellor-funded research position from MMU which will see a successful candidate explore alternative art school models and how these are working to reimagine art education. The researcher will closely observe IMAA as it embarks on a series of exciting and challenging developments over the coming years.

From October 2019, a PhD researcher will work alongside IMAA to understand how peer-led education can offer radical non-commercial alternatives, to expand definitions of success for artists, and to hopefully foster a new generation of cultural leaders, while considering other alternative art schools in these contexts.

For more comments from Amanda Ravetz of MMU and Maurice Carlin, founder of IMAA, click here

Click here for application and further information

The deadline for applicants is 15 January 2019.
The post will commence October 2019.

Please contact Maurice Carlin for further information:

Split Britches: Unexploded Ordinances

Only a few tickets left for a Split Britches performance on Thursday at St Helen’s Town Hall!

For more information visit:

Combining a Dr Strangelove-inspired performance with a daring forum for public conversation, Unexploded Ordnances (UXO),  a theatre piece by Split Britches, explores ageing, anxiety, hidden desires and how to look forward when the future is uncertain.

BSL interpreted performance. St Helens Town Hall is wheelchair accessible. 

Doors will open at 7pm and the performance will start promptly at 7.30pm.

£6, £3 (concessions – students, senior citizens). Tickets for this event can be purchased online here

Performed by Lois Weaver and Peggy Shaw
Written by Lois Weaver, Peggy Shaw and Hannah Maxwell

Technical Design: Jo Palmer
Video Content Design: Claire Nolan
Design Consultant: Matt Delbridge
Sound Design: Vivian Stoll
Choreography Consultant: Stormy Brandenberger 
Production Manager: Hannah Moore
Company Manager: Laura Petree
Producer: Alex Legge

CFP: Sex, Sexuality and the Arts in the XXIst century

Check out this potential publication opportunity!

Cover Page
SAHJ is an open access platform for reviewed articles, academic reflections, student studies, book, film and theatre reviews, cultural commentary and opinion pieces, as well as original photography and graphic art. [ ]

SAHJ is currently seeking contributions for Issue 5:1, which will be a single-themed issue on Sex, Sexuality and the Arts in the XXIst century, to come out in June 2019.

SAHJ invites contribution proposals from artists, academics and researchers in the fields of sex and sexuality, and their relation to all art forms in the XXIst century.

Topics related to art practices and productions, and their relationship to sex, and sexuality

may include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Sex, sexualities  and artistic innovations in the XXIst century
  • The politics of sexual identity and the arts in the XXIst century
  • New technologies, sex, sexuality and the arts in the XXIst century
  • Embodiment, disabilities and the arts in the XXIst century
  • Sexual artivism in the XXIst century
  • Sex, sexualities, taboos and the arts in the XXIst century
  • Myth, the Sacred and the Arts in the XXISt

Submissions may include:

  • Research articles for peer review (up to 12000 words)
  • Reflections on practice focused art projects or process (Use research articles guidelines editorial)
  • Single page A4 visuals – Practice, creative work, infographics, visual essay, illustration, etc.
  • Commentary, Opinion, Position articles (up to 12000 words)
  • Interviews (up to 12000 words)


  • 15 September 2018: A descriptive abstract to be sent to Editorial Board (max. 350 words in length)
  • 15 November 2018: Answers from Editorial Board
  • 15 January 2019: full draft contribution to be sent to editorial Board for peer re-view
  • 15 March 2019: Final contribution to be sent to editorial Board
  • 15 June 2019: Publication

Contact: Jean-Philippe Imbert, Dublin City University (guest-editor for SAHJ).

Event of Interest: Judith Walkowitz: ‘Feminism and the Politics of Prostitution in the 1980s: A Tale of North and South’

This public lecture is co-hosted by History at the University of Manchester and CIDRAL, and will take place 5-7pm Tuesday 24 April in A101 the Samuel Alexander Building at the University of Manchester.

Judith Walkowitz (Professor Emeritus in History, Johns Hopkins University), will deliver a public lecture entitled ‘Feminism and the Politics of Prostitution in the 1980s: A Tale of North and South.

Feminism and the Politics of Prostitution in the 1980s: a Tale of North and South’, looks at King’s Cross, London in the early 1980s as a staging ground for the contending politics of prostitution in the late twentieth century. It addresses the following question: what did it take for prostitution to move up the feminist agenda by 1982? For answers, it looks at a striking conjuncture of events, practices and forms of knowledge that powered new understandings of prostitution and a greater sense of urgency about it. They include prostitute rights groups and their ethnographies of the “voices of prostitutes,” Margaret Thatcher and austerity cuts, the Yorkshire Ripper and the mass migration of Northern women to the streets of London, conflicts within feminism between Northern anti-violence activists and London municipal feminists allied to Ken Livingstone’s Labour left government.

Events of Interest: Lacan and Childhood (Two Events)

Next Monday 16 April, Manchester Psychoanalytic Matrix will be hosting two events on 
Lacan and childhood. (Please see Eventbrite registration details below)

Monday 16th April 2018, 4.15 (drinks and snacks) for 4.30 start. Room AG3/4, Ellen Wilkinson Building, University of Manchester

‘A dull essence Adult: less sense Adult lessons Adolescence:
Some ways to hear a speaking being (of a certain age)’

Carol Owens, Lacanian Psychoanalyst, Dublin

What is an adolescent? What sorts of practices does the category ‘adolescent’ warrant? What sorts of pre- and pro-scriptions exist to protect, regulate, educate, and treat adolescents? These, seemingly “old-fashioned” questions are nonetheless taken-for-granted for anybody who has had a critical psychology or post-structuralist informed education when they have cause to think about the concept ‘adolescent’ and, or, indeed the person so defined. However, a curious thing happens with psychoanalysts and psychotherapists when the issue of working with adolescents arises. The nomination “child psychoanalyst/therapist” sanctifies and regulates the practice of an entire profession of workers, who can apply such accreditation to their work with people up to the age of eighteen. The nineteen-year-old coming for a therapy requires nothing other than a trained analyst or therapist who contentedly regards themselves as working with an “adult”. The field of psychoanalysis and psychotherapy is (potentially and actually) infected therefore with the most banal of constructions: the slide from twelve to thirteen denoting one parameter, the other from eighteen to nineteen delimiting the other. What is legitimated is the constructed and uncontested site of the adolescent as a person of a certain age. In this talk, I want to argue that Lacanian psychoanalysis provides one means of contesting the apparently uncontestable motif of age and its attendant gatekeepers in the Symbolic. As a Lacanian analyst who works with “adolescents” I will use a few short clinical vignettes in order to indicate how and where the ethics of psychoanalysis brought to bear as a critique of the uncontestable, is nothing other than the act of being that psychoanalysis requires of the analyst. Carol Owens is a psychoanalyst and clinical supervisor in private practice in Dublin. She has edited and authored a number of publications in the field of Lacanian psychoanalysis, most recently “Lacanian Psychoanalysis with Babies, Children, and Adolescents: Further Notes on the Child” (with Stephanie Farrelly Quinn, Karnac, 2017)*. She is currently working on an edited collection of essays studying Lacan’s seminars IV and V (with Nadezhda Almqvist, Karnac, 2018), and on a co-authored book on Ambivalence (with Stephanie Swales, Routledge, 2018).  Register on Eventbrite:

 This afternoon event will be followed by a Manchester book launch for Lacanian Psychoanalysis with Babies, Children, and Adolescents: Further Notes on the Child at Blackwell’s Bookshop at 6.30, details and free registration for this event is on Eventbrite:


Please register for the afternoon talk here:

and register for the early evening book launch event here

(if the UCU strike goes ahead on Monday we will relocate the afternoon session to a nearby alternative venue and let you know via the Eventbrite system, the book launch is secure, so please register now if you want to come along)


Event of Interest: 120 BPM with Introduction from Dr Monica Pearl


Tuesday 10th April at 17.40 there will be a screening of the film 120 BPM [Beats Per Minute] (Robin Campillo, 2017) at HOME, with an introduction from our very own Dr Monica Pearl, Lecturer in 20th Century American Literature at the University of Manchester.

For more information about the film and to book tickets, please visit:



We are very excited to announce our public events schedule for the 11th annual Sexuality Summer School (SSS) to which all are welcome!

Monday 21st May 
Public Lecture: Scott Herring, ‘Queer Longing: Some Thoughts on Longevity’
Professor of English
Indiana University, Bloomington
Author of: Queering the Underworld (2007), Another Country: Queer Anti-Urbanism (2010), The Hoarders (2014)
Co-sponsored by CIDRAL
Venue: SALC Graduate School, The University of Manchester

Monday 21st May
Film Screening + Panel: Moonlight (Barry Jenkins, 2016) and DES!RE (Campbell X, 2017) 
Followed by a roundtable discussion with Campbell X, Ajamu, Andrew Moor (MMU) and Monica Pearl (UoM). Chaired by Jackie Stacey.
Venue: HOME

Tuesday 22nd May
Book Launch + Panel: Clinical Encounters in Sexuality: Psychoanalytic Practice and Queer Theory (2016)
With editors Noreen Giffney and Eve Watson, Ian Parker (UoM), Suryia Nayak (Salford) and Dan Anderson (Uclan)
Venue: SALC Graduate School, The University of Manchester

Tuesday 22nd May
Artist’s Talk: Dan Fishback, ‘On A Queer Day, You Can See Forever’
NY-based Performance Artist; Works include Rubble Rubble (2017), The Material World (2012) and thirtynothing (2011)
In collaboration with Superbia
Venue: 53two (For directions please visit:

Wednesday 23rd May
Holly Hughes in conversation with Esther Newton on her forthcoming memoir: My Butch Career
Holly Hughes (Performance Artist and Professor) Esther Newton, Cultural Anthropologist (both from University of Michigan). Newton is author of: Mother Camp: Female Impersonators in America (1972); Cherry Grove, Fire Island: 60 Years in America’s First Gay and Lesbian Town (1993); Margaret Mead Made Me Gay: Personal Essays, Public Ideas (2000)
Venue: 53two (For directions please visit:

Thursday 24th May
Exhibition + Panel: ‘Dialogues on Sexuality and Longing in Chinese Contemporary Art’ with Shen Xin, Whiskey Chow, and Maizi Li
Collaboration with the Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art
Venue: Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art

For inquiries, please email: