Sexuality Summer School 2019 Registration NOW OPEN

Registration for this year’s Sexuality Summer School 2019 is now open!

To pay the registration fee, please visit:

For more information on the registration process and eligibility, please visit:


Important Details for Registration for SSS 2019


Please read carefully for information on how to register for the Sexuality Summer School 2019. Registration is a two-step process: you need to complete payment AND submit an Eligibility Statement in order to register.

Eligible Applicants

The Sexuality Summer School is open to postgraduates (Master’s and Doctorate level students) engaged in the study of sexuality in any discipline. If you are an independent researcher, but would like to attend, please get in touch as soon as possible to discuss further your suitability for this event. If we feel that you do not meet the criteria (based on your written submission), we reserve the right to refund your registration fee and offer the place to someone else. Please note that we expect you to attend at least 80% of the week’s events.

Step 1: Payment Process

The online shop through which you can pay your registration fee (£150) for the 2019 Sexuality Summer School will open at 9am on Thursday 28th February 2019. The online shop is the University of Manchester’s estore:
You will be asked to provide payment information and a brief biographical note with your university affiliation and status (this can be added or changed later). If you begin the estore booking process, please complete it immediately as incomplete payments cause problems for others attempting to pay.

Step 2: Submission of Eligibility Statement

If you have completed payment through estore, you will then have until 5pm on Thursday 7th March to submit a written statement (word or PDF document, no longer than 1 page) explaining how the Sexuality Summer School relates to your research, what you hope to contribute to the discussions, and what you expect to gain from the experience.

Please send your submission to If we have not received your statement by 5pm on Thursday 7th March, we will assume that you are no longer interested and offer the place to the next person on the waiting list.


If you are having problems making your payment, please first check your browser. The estore technicians recommend Internet Explorer. If that does not solve your problem, please email and one of our team will help you.

Waiting List

If the problem is that the total places have already been filled, then you will be added to the waiting list. If a space becomes available, you will be notified by email. You will then have 24 hours to pay the registration fee through the online shop. If you do not pay within this time frame, the place will be offered to the next person on the waiting list. If you would like to be taken off the waiting list, please email:


If you need a refund due to illness or unforeseen circumstances, please note refunds are only available until Tuesday 2nd April. No more refunds will be given after this point. Applicants found not to meet the eligibility criteria will be contacted by the 14th March 2019, and refunds for these will be taken for processing by the Friday 5th April 2019. All other refunds will be taken for processing in early April. You should therefore receive your refund up to two weeks after this date. If that has not been the case, please get in touch with


Event of Interest: Queering the Whitworth


Queering the Whitworth Tour
Thursday 14 February, free.
The tour will run twice, 6pm – 7pm and 7.15pm – 8.15pm.
Booking necessary.

February is LGBT History Month, this is a national event across educational, cultural and community spaces where people come together with a shared vision for learning and talking about LGBTQ+ History and community. The month helps to facilitate and uncover hidden or ignored queer histories and helps to tell these stories.

To coincide with this, we will be running a tour that will take in eleven works from our collection, stretching from Renaissance prints to contemporary wallpaper, some of which are currently on display in our exhibitions. We will retell stories from ancient Rome, the effects on people implicated in the first public debate on homosexuality in the 1700’s, and remember forgotten artists that were once celebrated in their time.

This tour links in with our social media project #Queeringthewhitworth.
Tickets are available from 10am on 2 February. To book your ticket please follow this link:…
Image: Walter Crane, Study of Love’s Altar, 1870.
The Whitworth, The University of Manchester

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!

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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.