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Sexuality Summer School 2018: Queer Longing


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The Sexuality Summer School brings together postgraduates, researchers and international scholars along with artists, performers, filmmakers, and activists to facilitate discussions that speak to contemporary debates in queer and feminist sexuality studies with a clear emphasis on the interdisciplinary study of culture.

Over five days, postgraduates come together with invited speakers, performers, and artists to discuss key queer and feminist debates in sexuality studies relating to this year’s theme of ‘Queer Longing’. These events take place at the SALC Graduate School at the University of Manchester. Registration costs £150 and is open to postgraduate taught and research students (Masters and PhD) involved in the study of sexuality. Read the full programme and register here: estore.manchester.ac.uk.

The postgraduate programme is accompanied by a programme of mostly-free public events taking place at cultural and arts centres throughout the city of Manchester, including HOME and the Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art. These events are for everyone and the SSS warmly invites you to join them. The public events programme is listed below.

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Monday 21st May  12–2pm  

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

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Monday 21st May 5.45–8.30pm  

Film Screening + Panel: Moonlight (Barry Jenkins, 2016) and DES!RE (Campbell X, 2017)  Followed by a roundtable discussion, including Campbell X, Ajamu X, Andrew Moor (MMU), Monica Pearl (University of Manchester), chaired by Jackie Stacey (UoM). 

Venue: HOME

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Tuesday 22nd May 5.30–7pm  

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

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Tuesday 22nd May 8–9.30pm  

Performance Lecture: 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

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Wednesday 23rd May 7–8.30pm  

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

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Thursday 24th May 6–8.30pm 

Exhibition + Panel: ‘Dialogues on Sexuality and Longing in Chinese Contemporary Art’ with Shen Xin, Whiskey Chow, and Li MaiziCollaboration with the Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art 

Venue: Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art

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For any enquiries, please email: sexualitysummerschool@gmail.com

Later Event: May 22
Scottee: 'Fat Blokes'