The Roles Gender and Sexuality Forum invite submissions to the fifth annual conference. This one-day interdisciplinary intersectional postgraduate conference will take place on Thursday the 21st of May 2015 at the University of Birmingham. We are delighted to announce that our keynote speaker will be Meg Barker.
This is a free event and we will strive to make this conference fully accessible. We will have facilities for wheelchair access, assistant animals, rest spaces and visual accessibility. Please contact us if you have any questions or further access requirements. There will be live tweeting and blogging of the event.
We are delighted to invite you to a one-day conference in Birmingham on 10th November this year. The conference, organised jointly by the counselling services at the University of Birmingham and Cardiff University, is aimed at all in HE and FE who are concerned to address the needs of sexual minority students on campus. We hope to bring together professionals from a wide variety of services and departments – senior management, registry staff, equality advisers, counsellors, accommodation staff, chaplains – to consider practical ways of addressing the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer students.
We have an exciting range of keynote speakers and workshop leaders, including:
Dr Robert Schoenberg, Director of the University of Pennsylvania LGBT Center
Terry and Bernard Reed, Directors of the Gender Identity Research and Education Society (GIRES)
Our aim is to build a vision of what ‘best practice’ might look like in providing safe and supportive campuses for sexual minority students, and to learn from pioneers in this field. You will take back to your place of work ideas to implement in your own setting, and a fresh vision of what a truly inclusive campus might look like.
Attached is a flyer for the day which contains details of how to book, as well as providing more details of our programme. The venue is Lucas House at the University of Birmingham conference park where there is good pre-conference accommodation and free parking available. 5834 Conference flyer AW
We look forward to welcoming as many of you as possible to what promises to be an important and inspiring day.
Thanks to Lisa Metherell for coming in to talk to us yesterday evening – It was an extremely interesting and entertaining experience in which audience members were treated to a rigorous background of theoretical concepts that inform Lisa’s work, a compelling narrative of an encounter with one of her art installations and an impromptu disco atmosphere to boot!
Lisa is a practice-led PhD candidate at Birmingham City University. Her work explores tensions between Queer theory and phenomenology in encounters with art installations.
In the examples used during her talk, Lisa’s work included the use of mirrors, lights, desks, chicken wire and a considerable amount of glitter! Among the plethora of themes, ideas and experiences that Lisa’s art inspired of its own accord, during her talk she explored the potential of ‘disorientation’ and the ‘shattering’ of the gaze.
The Gender and Sexuality Research Seminar will take place this afternoon, Wednesday 18 May, 5pm, in the Photograph room in the Barber institute.
Lisa Metherall, an artist researching a practice-led PhD at Birmingham City University will give a seminar entitled ‘Queer Encounters with Art: (Dis)Orientations Beyond the Representation of Sexual Bodies’.