Register for Roles 2014 Sexuality and Gender Conference


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We will do everything in our power to ensure that this conference is free of charge, however, as we are still waiting to hear back from potential sources of funding, it is possible that we may need to charge a fee on the day after all.

We will let registered delegates know as soon as possible if this turns out to be the case.


The conference fee will not exceed £15, and we hope will turn out to be £0!


Registration on the day will start at 9am — more details to follow.

Directions to the conference venue

The Roles 2014 Sexuality and Gender Conference is to be held in the Strathcona Building, with Registration and refreshment breaks in the Ashley Building foyer and G22. These buildings are opposite one another and located at the University of Birmingham’s Edgbaston campus.  A map of campus can be obtained by clicking the following link: Edgbaston map.  Strathcona is to be found at R18 and Ashley at R17.

Travel & Accommodation

Getting to the University of Birmingham:


The following bus services from Birmingham city centre will bring you to the University: no. 21, 44, 61, 62 & 63. There is a travel information office within New Street Station, where you can obtain bus timetables and departure point information.


Most cross-country services to Birmingham arrive at New Street Station.  Up to six trains an hour depart for the University on the cross-city line (ten minutes to University station, final destination Longbridge or Redditch).


There are taxi ranks at New Street Station and throughout the city centre.  The journey to the University takes about ten minutes.


Approaching from the north west or south east along the M6:

Leave at Junction 6 (signposted Birmingham Central) to join the A38(M)

At the end of the motorway, keep to the right, go over a flyover, then through some underpasses to join the A38 Bristol Road

The University is on your right, two and a half miles from the city centre.

Approaching from the M42 north:

Leave at Junction 8 to join the M6 northbound and follow the instructions above.

Approaching from the south west:

Leave the M5 at Junction 4 signposted Birmingham SW to join the A38

The University is approximately eight miles from the motorway.

Approaching from the M40:

It is easier to turn south on the M42 and leave at Junction 1, heading north on the A38 Bristol Road

The University is approximately eight miles from the motorway.

Accommodation close to the university:

Awentsbury Hotel, 21 Serpentine Road, Selly Park, Birmingham B29 7HU

Tel (+44)0121 472 1258

A 5 minute walk from the university.

Kensington Hotel, 785 Pershore Road, Selly Park, Birmingham, B29 7LR

Tel: (+44)0121 472 8216

Located around a 10 minute walk from the university.

Ibis Budget Birmingham Centre, 1 Great Colmore Street, Birmingham, B15 2AP

Tel: (+44)0121 622 7575

Situated along the main bus route (bus no. 61, 62 & 63) to the University of Birmingham, this hotel is a 10 minute walk from Birmingham New Street Train station.




Still accepting submissions for the Roles Conference

We’ve had lots of really interesting abstracts for the conference – thanks to everyone who has submitted a proposal so far. The deadline has been extended until 1st April and we will be confirming accepted papers on 4th April. 250-word abstracts on any aspects of sexuality and gender research should be sent to along with a 50-word bio.



Meeting on Monday March 17th: Further discussion of recent Anti-Gay Legislation worldwide, focussing on Uganda, led by Katie Brady Barker, title and format TBC

Hello all, the next Roles meeting will be on Monday the 17th of March, in Muirhead 113 at 5pm, and will continue our discussion of global anti-gay legal practises, this time focussing on Uganda.
The meeting will be led by Katie Brady Barker, title TBC.

Also here’s a couple of articles that seemed germane to the topic in hand:

- Interesting blog about various autochthonous African forms of homosexuality and non-normative gender expression:

- Response to the lack of self-critical historical awareness in Western condemnation of recent anti-LGBTQ* legal developments

Meeting on Monday March 3rd: Screening of ‘Young And Gay In Putin’s Russia’ and Discussion of Recent Anti-Gay Legislation Worldwide, led by Emma Murdoch

The next Roles meeting will be at *5pm* (not 5:30 as previously listed), and will constist of a screening of the 30 minute documentary by Vice magazine reporters, ‘Young And Gay In Putin’s Russia’, followed by a discussion, led by Emma Murdoch, about ecent anti-gay laws passed around the world, drawing on ideas of a self surveying society, the rise of the religious right and the construction of western liberal moral discources.