Updates & Related Events


clara-gift-sssTHE UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER, 22 – 26 MAY 2017


Speakers include:

* 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: sexualitysummerschool@gmail.com


Event of Interest: Dirty Work? November 8th 13:00-17:30


Manchester Metropolitan University are holding a one-day workshop on gender and sexuality research in the Research Centre for Applied Social Sciences, titled ‘Dirty Work? Sexuality and Research in Higher Education’.

The event will take place on Wednesday November 8th from 13:00 to 17:30, LT5 in the Geoffrey Manton Building off Oxford Road.

For more information, and to register your place, please visit the Eventbrite page.


Event of Interest: Leicester LGBT+ Film Series

The Leicester LGBT+ Film Series is a new initiative that aims to bring together students, academics and members of the general public through the medium of film. The film series was inspired by the Birmingham LGBT Centre’s queer film series which runs yearly. The series consists of one screening a month, and will run alongside the academic year. Each film will be introduced by a scholar who will provide an informal introduction to the film and theme of the month, and will be followed by drinks at Rainbow & Dove, a local gay bar situated in the centre of town (close to the train station, taxis and various bus routes). The series is organised and ran by Connor Winterton, PhD candidate at Birmingham City University, however there are a number of other collaborators, which includes: the Leicester LGBT Centre, the Birmingham School of Media, CATH (Cinema and TV History – DMU), and the University of Leicester.
The theme for the first month is ‘Queer Horror’, the screening will be of Carrie (1976) and takes place on Friday 13th October (6.30pm – 9pm). The film will be introduced by Dr. Darren Elliot-Smith, senior lecturer at the University of Hertfordshire. Dr. Elliot-Smith’s research to date is focused on representations of queerness, gender and sexuality in horror film and television and extends to experimental film, adaptation studies, the appreciation of cult and trash in the moving image and applications of psychoanalysis to horror and fantasy texts.
The screening(s) will take place in the Attenborough Film Theatre (Attenborough Tower) at the University of Leicester, details of the theatre are here: http://www2.le.ac.uk/services/rooms/attenborough/att-uft  and directions to the campus can be found here: https://www.le.ac.uk/maps/ 


The event is completely free, and seats cannot be reserved. It is advisable to book a ticket online instead of simply showing up, to avoid possible disappointment. The event begins at 6.30pm, the film introduction will last 20 minutes (with 5 minutes for questions) and the film will begin at 7pm. This is a rough time-scale for every month, and the screenings will always be finished by 9.30pm at the latest.

Events of Interest: Elisabeth Lebovici, ‘Precious Liquids’ and ‘Interdisciplinarity as Resistance’


As part of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in the Arts and Languages (CIDRAL) Autumn Semester series on Constraints of Creativity, Elisabeth Lebovici will be giving a public lecture and seminar/roundtable.

Lebovici is a French art historian, critic and curator, whose most recent work reflects upon her work in art history in conjunction with her activism as part of ACT UP Paris.

The Public Lecture (12th October, 5-7pm in University Place, Room 6.210) will focus on her latest monograph, Ce que le sida m’a fait – Art et Activisme à la fin du XXe siècle (What AIDS Has Done to Me: Art and Activism at the end of the 20th Century).

The Seminar and Roundtable (13th October, 10am-12pm, Roscoe Building, Room 2.2) will focus on the interdisciplinarity of Lebovici’s research and how this approach can relate scholarly work to activism. 

The events are free to attend, and will be followed by a wine reception.

For more information, visit: https://www.alc.manchester.ac.uk/cidral/connect/events/cidral-programme/

Event of Interest: Working Alongside Trans and Gender Variant People

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Gendered Intelligence will be holding a two day course for therapists and counsellors on ‘Working Alongside Trans and Gender Variant People’ on 4th and 5th October 2017.

“The aim of the course is to equip therapists and counsellors with the knowledge and confidence to work alongside trans and gender variant people.
It has been created in response to demand for more in-depth and specialist learning from therapists and counsellors themselves, and to the need of the trans community for a pool of trans-knowledgeable therapists and counsellors to draw on.
The training will be a mix of formal presentations, interactive exercises and reflective discussions delivered in a small group learning environment by two professional trainers who combine extensive therapeutic and trans-specific knowledge and practice.
This course is for practising psychotherapists, therapists and counsellors who are working with, or are interested in working with, trans and gender variant people. We particularly welcome bookings from QTIPOC / trans therapists and counsellors.”

The course costs £325, and there are places for 18 people.

For more information on how to book, what this includes, the schedule and the organisers, please visit: http://genderedintelligence.co.uk/professionals/therapists-and-counsellors

Event of Interest: The Queers are Revolting! People’s History Museum 10th August


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.


Event of Interest: Aks Festival, 22nd-23rd July

Aks-Festival-copy-2Aks 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

Event of Interest: Gender, Sexuality and Digital Culture


A half day symposium at City, University of London, University Building B200, Northampton SquareEC1V 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


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