Updates & Related Events
THE UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER, 22 – 26 MAY 2017
REGISTRATION OPENS: 1 MARCH 2017
* Robyn Wiegman (Professor of Literature, Duke)
* Clare Hemmings (Professor of Feminist Theory, LSE)
* Laura Doan (Professor of Cultural History, Manchester)
* Dr Nina Wakeford (Artist and Sociologist, Goldsmiths)
* Dr Brian Lobel, artist and performer (Chichester, co-author The Pacifist’s Guide to the War on Cancer)
* Liz Carr, international disability rights activist, presenter and actor (BBC series Silent Witness)
* Holly Hughes (performance artist and Professor of Theatre and Drama, STAMPS, Michigan)
Since 2008, the Centre for the Study of Sexuality and Culture (CSSC) at the University of Manchester has organised the annual Sexuality Summer School (SSS). Bringing postgraduates and international scholars together with performers and activists, the SSS facilitates a week of discussions on contemporary debates in queer and feminist sexuality studies, with a clear emphasis on the interdisciplinary study of culture. The postgraduate workshops and seminars are accompanied by a series of public events in Manchester, including film screenings, performances and lectures, organised by the Summer School team.
In the 2017 SSS, we shall ask ‘Why Be Normal?’ and focus on norms, normativities, anti-normativities and the history of the normal in queer and feminist debates on sexuality and beyond. Daytime workshops for SSS students will be accompanied by public events open to all. Tickets for screenings and performances will be purchasable online through the venues.
This year our funders and partners so far include: the North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership, artsmethods@manchester, the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures, the Women’s Media Studies Network, HOME, the People’s History Museum and the Macmillan LGBT Cancer Support Alliance.
Registration for the Sexuality Summer School is open to all postgraduate taught and research students (Masters and PhD) involved in the study of sexuality. Registration goes live on 1st March at estore.manchester.ac.uk.
The registration fee is £130, which includes the cost of tickets to the public events. The number of places is limited to 40 so book early to avoid disappointment!
To keep up with the latest news regarding the Sexuality Summer School, stay tuned on this blog, where you can also see a short video of what to expect: https://sexualitysummerschool.wordpress.com/
You can also keep track using our Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/Sexuality-Summer-School-179195025807/) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/sss_manchester?lang=en-gb)
For inquiries, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
From 6pm-8pm on Thursday 10th August, the People’s History Museum will be taken over by Instigate Arts for an evening of radical queer activism and art. This evening, as part of the People’s History Museum’s ‘Radical Late’ sessions, looks at the gentrification of Pride and the impact of austerity on the LGBTQ+ community.
For more information, visit: The Queers Are Revolting!
To book, visit: Eventbrite
The event is free, but with a suggested donation of £5 for those who can afford it.
Aks festival is a two day festival celebrating queer minorities, coming to Manchester this weekend. The festival will comprise film screenings, panel discussions and talks. These will focus on race and Black Lives Matter, queer and trans of colour perspectives on Western LGBT politics, feminism and postcolonial and indigenous trans lives and experiences.
Tickets for the entire weekend are only £5!
For more information, and to book tickets, visit: http://superbia.org.uk/events/aks-festival
GENDER, SEXUALITY AND DIGITAL CULTURE
A half day symposium at City, University of London, University Building B200, Northampton Square, EC1V 0HB
June 20th 2.00-7.30pm //// Wine reception @7.30PM
Keynotes: Winnie M Li and Rowan Ellis
New and established scholars and activists reflect on old questions and new challenges. Please join us for an afternoon of talks and discussion at City, in central London, to be followed by drinks and refreshments.
Sue Jackson (VUW, New Zealand) talks about her work with girls on feminism
Roisin Ryan Flood (Essex) reports on her interviews about internet dating
Josie Reade (RMIT, Australia) opens up new ways of thinking about ‘fitspo’
Maree Martinussen (Auckland, New Zealand) explores practices of intimacy in female friendships.
Anastasia Powell (RMIT, Australia) talks about her new book Sexual Violence in a Digital Age
Laura Thompson (City, London) explores sexual harassment on mobile dating apps
Celiya Koster (activist/student, London) discusses co-founding a new intersectional feminist magazine, Typical Girls
We are delighted that the symposium will be followed by two very special keynote presentations by Winnie M Li and Rowan Ellis (6-7.30PM)
Winnie M Li, author, activist, researcher (LSE) will talk about her extraordinary new novel Dark Chapter, discussing ‘Narrating Lived Experiences of Sexual Violence through Crime Fiction’
Rowan Ellis (‘queer feminist geek’) will discuss her phenomenal campaign to get YouTube to lift their LGBTQ+ restrictions
Followed by a wine reception at 7.30PM
Free and open to all but booking essential. Book here:
Organised by the Gender and Sexuality Research Forum at City and supported by the Department of Sociology
Come along on Wednesday 7th June 4pm-6pm for a seminar on Intersectional Discourses: Race and Gender, at Ellen Wilkinson Building AG3/4 at the University of Manchester. This is seminar 4 in the Discourses of the Academy series.
Speakers include Dr. Suryia Nayak (Salford), Sahra Alijah (Manchester) and Nafeesa Nizami (Manchester)
For more information and to buy tickets, visit: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/intersectional-discourses-race-and-gender-critical-discourses-of-the-academcy-seminar-4-tickets-34565181388?aff=eac2
Hi there everyone!
We hope you are eagerly anticipating next week’s events. We can’t wait to get started discussing our theme and enjoying the public lectures, screenings and performances from this year’s speakers! What a line-up!
We just wanted to bring something to your attention: the Eventbrite tickets for Holly Hughes’ performance dialogue ‘Dyke Interrupted’ have sold out, but we expect to have some free spaces at the venue. If you would love to come, but were unable to get a ticket, please do turn up and we will try our best to accommodate you!
Holly Hughes’ event is Tuesday 23rd May at 8pm, in the John Thaw Studio Theatre in the Martin Harris Centre at the University of Manchester.
Any inquiries, please email email@example.com
The Sexuality Summer School is just around the corner! We’re buzzing with excitement, and getting ready for a jam-packed week ahead. Any questions about the public events and this year’s schedule, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
To get you ready for the Performance Dialogue with Liz Carr and Brian Lobel (Thursday 4-6pm in the MRI Undergraduate Lecture Theatre 1, No Tickets Required), here’s a link to listen to Liz talking about her literary influences:
The third seminar of the Critical Discourses in the Academy seminar series, taking place Monday 15th May, 4-6pm, looks at sexual violence and power in university settings.
Speakers this time include:
Dr Anna Bull, Kings College London: Staff Sexual Misconduct in Higher Education: an issue of Power
Chryssa Sdrolia, Goldsmiths, University of London: The Semiotics of Policy: The Power of an Impotent Narrative
Both speakers are associated with the 1752 Group, which is a UK-based research and lobby group working to end staff-to-student sexual misconduct in higher education.
The seminars are being supported by North West Doctoral Training Centre and ArtsMethods@Manchester, and are open to all and free to attend. Book early to ensure a place in this seminar!