REGISTRATION FOR ROLES 2017 IS NOW OPEN!!

To register for the 7th Annual ROLES: A Sexuality & Gender Forum conference on 18th May 2017, please fill out this form.

Registration is free and includes lunch, refreshments and a wine reception. Registration on the day from 9am.

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[Image Description: Poster for Roles 7th Annual Conference.

Text on the left side in red and black reads:
“ROLES: A Sexuality & Gender Forum 2017
7th Annual Conference

Call For Papers: We invite you to submit abstracts related to any and all aspects of the study of Sexuality and Gender

250 word abstract & 50 word bio

Submission to rolessexualitygender@gmail.com by Saturday 11th March 2017”

Image on right side depicts a monochrome photograph of Marsha P Johnson and Sylvia Rivera at the Stonewall Riot Police Line, with large red roses and small gold stars edited in around and above the picture of them.

Text at the bottom in white and black writing on a red box reads: “18th May 2017
Gisbert Kapp Building, University of Birmingham

This is a free event and we will strive to make this conference fully accessible. We will have facilities for wheelchair access and rest spaces. Please contact us if you have any questions or further access requirements. There will be live tweeting of the event.”

Text at bottom in white writing on a black box reads:
“facebook.com/rolesforum
Tweet @groles
groles.wordpress.com”]

Roles 2017 Keynote Announced: Dr. Katharine Jenkins

Exciting news!

We can now confirm that the keynote speaker for Roles 7th Annual Conference will be Dr. Katharine Jenkins, who will be presenting ‘Gender Identity: A Guide for the Perplexed’.

Abstract: There is widespread confusion among cis people about the notion of gender identity. This matters for two reasons. Firstly, because cis people are called upon to use this concept, including about themselves. Secondly, because this concept can play a useful political role in the movement for trans rights, for example in anti-discrimination legislation, which requires that it be generally understood. Gender identity is often defined as ‘having a sense of oneself as a man, woman or some other gender’. However, it is increasingly common for terms like ‘woman’ to be used to refer to gender identity. This leads to circularity in the definition of gender identity: someone has a gender identity of ‘woman’ if she has a sense of herself as someone who has a gender identity of ‘woman’. This talk proposes a definition of the concept of gender identity that avoids this circularity whilst being suitable for use in emancipatory political practice.

Biography: Dr. Katharine Jenkins
I joined the Philosophy Department at the University of Nottingham as an Assistant Professor in September 2016. Before that, I was a Junior Research Fellow at Jesus College, Cambridge. I hold a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Sheffield, and a BA and MPhil in Philosophy from the University of Cambridge. I grew up in the Lake District and I think I’ll always miss the fells.

When I’m not doing philosophy (and sometimes when I am) I enjoy hiking, yoga, knitting, sewing, and playing tabletop games.

Poster for 7th Annual Conference!

Our wonderful new poster, designed by Zoe Paterson:

[Image Description: Poster for Roles 7th Annual Conference.

Text on the left side in red and black reads:
“ROLES: A Sexuality & Gender Forum 2017
7th Annual Conference

Call For Papers: We invite you to submit abstracts related to any and all aspects of the study of Sexuality and Gender

250 word abstract & 50 word bio

Submission to rolessexualitygender@gmail.com by Saturday 11th March 2017”

Image on right side depicts a monochrome photograph of Marsha P Johnson and Sylvia Rivera at the Stonewall Riot Police Line, with large red roses and small gold stars edited in around and above the picture of them.

Text at the bottom in white and black writing on a red box reads: “18th May 2017
Gisbert Kapp Building, University of Birmingham

This is a free event and we will strive to make this conference fully accessible. We will have facilities for wheelchair access and rest spaces. Please contact us if you have any questions or further access requirements. There will be live tweeting of the event.”

Text at bottom in white writing on a black box reads:
“facebook.com/rolesforum
Tweet @groles
groles.wordpress.com”]

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ROLES 7TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE CALL FOR PAPERS

We are delighted to announce that the Roles Sexuality & Gender Forum at the University of Birmingham will be holding its 7th annual conference on the Thursday 18th May 2017 and we are now calling for papers. The conference will be offering an interdisciplinary space, and we invite you to submit abstracts related to any and all aspects of the study of Sexuality and Gender. This conference is organised by postgraduate students and is designed to provide a platform for presenting research to an audience of students and established academics alike.

Please send your abstract to rolessexualitygender@gmail.com by Saturday 11th March 2017 (max 250 words plus 50 word bio). If you would like any more information on this conference then do not hesitate to get in touch via email or social media. You can also look at our blog, where you will find details of our previous work as a forum including last year’s conference.

We look forward to receiving your submissions!

This is a free event and we will strive to make this conference fully accessible. We will have facilities for wheelchair access and rest spaces. Please contact us if you have any questions or further access requirements. There will be live tweeting of the event.

Facebook: facebook.com/rolesforum
Twitter: @groles
WordPress: groles.wordpress.com

Step-free access for Roles 2016

Below is a map showing a step-free route from the University campus train station to the European Research Institute building (G3), which takes roughly 10 minutes.

station to ERI

The route will be signposted on the day. Below are some directions and further info:

Directions: On exiting the train station, turn left and take the first left down University Road West until you reach the Ring Road. Turn left, going past the Munrow Sports Centre. This road has a relatively steep incline (if you think this will be a problem and that you may require assistance on the day please contact us). When you reach Pritchatts Road, it is possible to cross directly over to the ERI (G3), however this can be a busy road and it is safer and flatter to cross at the traffic lights opposite North Gate. The entrance to the ERI is on the Pritchatts Road side and has a power-assisted door.