Call for Submissions for the Queer in Brighton Conference

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Call for contributions:

Queer in Brighton: Life Stories, Histories and Differences

 Brighton & Sussex Sexualities Network Conference

18th September 2013, 10am-5.00pm

 

Co-Organisers: Brighton & Sussex Sexualities Network (BSSN), Queer in Brighton (http://www.queerinbrighton.co.uk/) and Brighton Transformed ( http://www.queensparkbooks.org.uk/theme/56.html)

 

This conference seeks to work across activist/academic debates in order to develop understandings of LGBT and queer life stories, histories and differences in Brighton and beyond. It invites presentations, readings, workshops and other interventions that address questions such as:

–       How is place important to queer politics and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans lives?

–       What are queer life stories and queer his/her/hir-stories? How are these celebrated/contested? Who is left out of these stories?

–       How can we tell our life stories and his/her/hir-stories?

–       What does it mean to be/do/practice ‘queer’, ‘now’ and ‘then’? How do queer practices and understandings relate to embodied considerations, such as those relating to health?

–       What are the norms/canons of queer representation in Brighton and other Sussex heritage sites?

–       Is a queer historiography needed to tell a queer history?

–       What politics do these themes bring to the table?

 

These questions are deliberately broad in order to elicit a range of responses and you are invited to address the title of the conference in ways that exceed these inquiries. It is hoped that the questions spark discussions across sectors and artificial divides, including academic/activist, student/teacher, and other boundaries that can inhibit open dialogue and debate. 

 

Please submit a proposal for contributions of around 200 words to BSSN@brighton.ac.uk by July 25th 2013.

 

Sessions will be organised to cross boundaries and sectors and presentation styles should be conscious of the varied audience.

 

As a conference that seeks to engage a range of communities the attendance fee is deliberately low, and all who attend will be charged.  We have a limited number of volunteer roles, which will give individuals a free place at the conference.

 Cost: £25 waged/£15 unwaged, concession.  Cost includes coffee/tea and lunch. 

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