Sexuality Summer School 26 – 30 May: Queer Anatomies

Registration for the Sexuality Summer School is open to all PhD and Masters students and will go live on 14 February 2014 at The number of students is limited to 35 so book early to avoid disappointment. Price: £70 (early bird, until 14 March) / £80 (regular). Includes some food / refreshments and tickets to public events at Contact and the Cornerhouse.

The Sexuality Summer School is a five-day event for postgraduates, organized by the Centre for the Study of Sexuality and Culture (CSSC) at the University of Manchester since 2008. The Sexuality Summer School brings together postgraduates, researchers and international scholars, and also artists and filmmakers, to facilitate dialogue and discussions that speak to contemporary debates in queer and feminist sexuality studies, with a particular emphasis on the interdisciplinary study of culture. In 2014, our focus will be on cultural theories and histories of anatomy.

The Sexuality Summer School includes public events (see below for details) with Jaspir Puar (Rutgers), Jim Hubbard (director, United in Anger), Richard Dyer (Kings), Valerie Traub (Michigan), Peggy Shaw and Lois Weaver (Split Britches), Mary Bryson (British Columbia) and Chase Joynt (Chicago). The Summer School will also include workshops with Claudia Castañeda<> (Emerson), with Erika Alm<> and Kajsa Widegren<> (Gender Studies, Gothenburg) and members of CSSC at the University of Manchester, including: Jackie Stacey<>, Monica Pearl<>, David Alderson<> and Laura Doan<>.

The Sexuality Summer School is sponsored this year by the University of Manchester Faculty of Humanities; Cornerhouse; Contact; Screen; Science, Stroke, Art 2014; and SEXGEN.

For more information about the Sexuality Summer School, including details of previous events, go to<>, email us and get on the mailing list at<>, find Sexuality Summer School<> on Facebook or tweet us @SSS_Manchester<>.

SSS 2014 Public Events (open to everyone):

Monday 26 May – 12-2 – lunchtime public lecture: Professor Jasbir Puar<> (Rutgers)

Monday 26 May – 6-8 – film screening at Cornerhouse: United in Anger: A History of ACT UP<> (2012) followed by Q&A with director Jim Hubbard<>, Professor Richard Dyer<> (Kings) and Dr. Monica Pearl<> (Manchester). Co-sponsored by Screen<>

Tuesday 27 May – 4-6 – public lecture: Professor Valerie Traub<> (Michigan and Simon Visiting Professorship, Manchester). Co-sponsored by SEXGEN northern network<>

Tuesday 27 May – 7.30-9.30 – workshop at Contact: Peggy Shaw<> and Lois Weaver<> in Green Screening: A Conversational Workshop<> (to book:

Wednesday 28 May – 8-10 – evening performance at Contact: Peggy Shaw<> in her new show: RUFF<> followed by ‘Ask the Doctor: Q&A’ (sponsored by Science, Stroke, Art 2014<> as part of Action on Stroke Month<>) (to book:

Thursday 29 May – 5-7 – public lecture: Professor Mary Bryson<> (University of British Columbia) and Chase Joynt<> (Chicago) on Cancer’s Margins<>


The Other Foundation (tOF) is an African trust dedicated to advancing human rights in Southern Africa, with a particular focus on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people. Our primary purpose is to expand resources available to defend and advance the rights and well-being of LGBTI people in the Southern African region. We do this by working both as a grant-maker and a fundraiser.

The Atlantic Philanthropies has provided a generous start-up grant over a five-year period to cover all operational costs, subject to tOF being able to raise additional funds from other sources.

The OTHER Foundation has decided to extend the deadline on the call for proposals (see below) and peer reviewers. This is due to the level of interest in the call and the time constraints on applying caused by the Christmas and New Year holidays.

The deadline has now been extended to Monday, 10 February 2014

If you have already submitted an application could you please e-mail, to ensure that we have your application.You can also use this address for any queries you may have on the application process.


“When I tell people I am gender non binary trans* femme, I first feel overwhelmed because that is a lot of words, and then confused because I don’t understand how a group of words that I not so long ago discovered in a language that isn’t my own can dictate so much in my life. I was initially thrilled to have a phrase to describe who I am after years of not being able to define myself. These days however, I have been feeling a disconnect with the terminology available to describe my gender to the ways in which I live my life, per my gender. Frankly, I do not even think about my gender that much, it is more of an evolving spiral of production and reproduction as opposed to a set-in-stone definition– And that is very exciting. “

Transnational Queer Activism

Janice Irvine and Jill Irvine, eds.

This call for papers seeks contributions to an edited volume on transnational queer and LGBT politics, movements, and activism. This volume will feature work that bridges theoretical and empirical methodologies, and that is located within both disciplinary and interdisciplinary frames. Drawing upon current research on a broad range of cases, it aims to provide a comparative analysis of queer politics both within countries and across regions.  We are particularly interested in the notion of queer as it has traveled around the globe and the opportunities and/or obstacles it presents for various types of activism, movement building, strategic action, and identities. In addition, we are interested in articles that address the following

1.) What political strategies have queer and LGBT movements pursued?
How have these strategies been shaped by factors such as nation, religion, gender, and other axes of difference?

2.) How do LGBTQ activists frame issues? How do global discourses,
norms, and languages shape local issues and how, in turn, do local
issues and frames shape global discourses?   Do queer politics versus
LGBT politics create alternative or mutually reinforcing sets of issues
and political demands?

3.) What alliances do LGBTQ movements and activists build locally,
regionally and  internationally?  What factors have caused rifts or
fissures in queer or LGBT movements? To what extent does queer activism
intersect with other forms of activism/resistance?

4.) How have activists disrupted or been shaped by geographical and
other binaries, such as east/west, north/south.  Are there different
variants of queerness as it is understood and applied in transnational

Paper proposals of no more than 250 words should be submitted to Jill
Irvine at Jill.Irvine@ou.eduand Janice Irvine at by
April 1, 2014.  Proposals will be reviewed quickly and authors will be
notified by May 15, 2014.   Draft papers, approximately 8,000 words in
length, will be due January 15, 2015.

Technologies of Sex & Gender Unconference: Queer Theories and Subjects
GLBT Studies International Communication Association Preconference

MAY 22, 2014 – SEATTLE

This ICA preconference brings together scholars, activists, and artists working on gender, sexuality, communication, media, and technology to examine, debate, and plan new projects, including:

• Investigating how the strategies activists and artists have developed in this field can transform academic research practice, as well as how academics can contribute to activist and artistic technology projects
• Providing an interdisciplinary environment in which LGBT, queer, and gender-nonconforming technology scholars, activists, and artists can network with each other, learn about current work in these fields, forge partnerships, and develop new collaborative projects
• Creating applications, games, and art that explore, celebrate, or undermine sexualized and gendered subjectivities.
• Researching how LGBT, queer, and gender nonconforming populations employ technologies in specific historical and cultural contexts (particularly by looking at the intersections of gender, race, nationality, class, and sexuality in these contexts)
• Discussing how queer, transgender, and feminist theories can be brought to bear on technology research, and how these fields can and must transform each other in the process
• Exploring how queer, transgender, and feminist theories can be integrated into technology design practice
• Ascertaining how scholars have used and can use technologies to study sexual- and gender-nonconforming communities, including their own

The preconference’s goal is to provoke encounters that would set in motion future collaborations and networks among artists, activists, and scholars. It utilizes the “unconference” format, in which participants, rather than organizers, decide on the agenda from among their own submitted proposals. This allows for more intensive interaction, higher-level conversations, and a more engaged, productive experience than traditional academic conferences.

Proposals due JAN. 20, 2013. For info, see or contact

Sponsors: Dept Communication University of Washington, School of Media and Communication at Temple University,  The Stranger, School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences at UW-Bothell, Greater Seattle Business Assoc., Co-sponsoring ICA Divisions/Interest Groups: Feminist Scholarship, Popular Communication, Ethnicity and Race in Communication, Global Communication and Social Change, Communication History,  Game Studies.