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Sexuality Summer School 2019: Queer Dialogues


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This summer’s programme will explore the theme of ‘queer dialogues’ through lectures, performances, workshops and readings in venues around Manchester.

In 2019 the Sexuality Summer School will facilitate a five-day, city-wide, public conversation on gender, sexuality and culture, engaging with international artists, academics and activists involved in feminist and queer debates about life and death, love and loss, collaborations and failures, illness and therapy.

In 2019 the Sexuality Summer School is thrilled to be welcoming back to Manchester long-time North American collaborators and lesbian icons Split Britches performing Retro(per)spective, a medley of 30 years of Split Britches’ performances that made the politics of gender and sexuality and the humour of human relations accessible to all ages and persuasions.

Also on the billing is award winning author Jordy Rosenburg, professor at University of Massachusetts-Amherst and author of New York Times Editor’s Choice novel Confessions Of A Fox (2018). In collaboration with the Manchester University Centre For New Writing’s trans creative writing workshops, Jordy will deliver a public reading and dialogue with Honor Gavin, author of Midland (2014) and Uncommon Building (2017).

Opening the programme will be writer and academic, Elizabeth Freeman, author of the acclaimed Time Binds: Queer Temporalities, Queer Histories (2010), who will be in dialogue with Jackie Stacey (University of Manchester) on her contributions to queer studies.

Later that evening the scholar and poet So Mayer (Club Des Femmes) author of Political Animals: The New Feminist Cinema (I.B. Tauris, 2015) and The Cinema of Sally Potter: A Politics of Love (Wallflower, 2009) will presenting at HOME as part of their Celebrating Women In Global Cinema programme, ‘Dial(ogue) D for Dyke Disruption: A Queer Toolkit for Blowing Up the Film Canon?’

Closing the programme, curator and producer Greg Thorpe will be hosting a public conversation on trans and drag, between artistic director of award winning Trans Creative, Kate O’donnell, and international drag superstar, Cheddar Gorgeous.

In 2019 the Sexuality Summer School will also be collaborating with The University of York and the Sedgwick Memorial Foundation to deliver a full day event on Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick’s A Dialogue on Love. Invited speakers include: Michael Moon, Jonathan Goldberg, Andrew Parker, Lauren Berlant, Adam Frank, and Maria José Belbel (tbc).