Sexuality

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.

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Twitter: @groles
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Roles 6th Annual Conference Call For Papers

The Roles Sexuality & Gender Forum at the University of Birmingham will be holding its 6th annual conference on the Thursday 19th May 2016 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 Gender and Sexuality. This conference is organised by students and is designed to provide a platform for presenting research to an audience of students and established academics alike. We are delighted to announce our keynote speaker will be Dr Julia Downes, Lecturer in Criminology and Social Work at the Open University, whose research focuses on the intersections of gendered violence, social justice and feminist activism.

Please send your abstract to rolessexualitygender@gmail.com by Saturday 30th April (max 250 words plus 50 word bio). We hope to issue responses by mid April for those who submitted for the original deadline. 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, 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.

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

Update: The deadline was extended to 30th April 2016 from 31st March 2016.

Roles 5th Annual Conference Call for Papers

Poster image. Title: “Roles Call for Papers”; subtitle: “A Gender and Sexuality Forum; 5th annual conference with keynote speaker Meg Barker, 21st May 2015, University of Birmingham.” Text: “A one-day interdisciplinary intersectional postgraduate conference. Please send a 250-word abstract and 50-word bio to rollessexualitygender@gmail.com by 20th March 2015. 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. Live tweeting and blogging of event.” Other text: “Trans*; otherness; sex work; queer; feminism; the body; femininities and masculinities; nonbinary; facebook: facebook.com/rolesforum; twitter: @groles; wordpress: groles.wordpress.com” Poster design: www.rorymidhani.com

Roles 5th Annual Conference Call for Papers

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.

Please send a 250-word abstract and 50-word bio to rolessexualitygender@gmail.com by 20th March 2015.

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.

Facebook: facebook.com/rolesforum

twitter: @groles

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Artwork is by the wonderful Rory Midhani

Round Table Discussion – ‘Bringing the body (back) in’

  ‘Bringing the body (back) in’  

In this session, we hope to explore some of the tensions the surround our lived bodily experiences in opposition to the meanings that culture and society inscribe on our bodies.

 Wednesday 30 March, 6-7pm

G13, Arts Building

 All interested postgraduates are welcome. 

‘Roles’ provides a supportive, stimulating environment in which postgraduate researchers from all disciplines can share, discuss and debate how issues of gender and sexuality inform, affect and are bound up in both our academic and our daily lives. 

 We also have the upcoming research-in-progress seminar to look forward to!

   Monday 21 March 2011 – Rachel Slater from Law will give a presentation entitled:

Gendered Persecution: The Feminist Critique of Refugee Law

 5.15pm, Strathcona seminar room 7

 All welcome

 

We would be delighted if you would join us. Although this discussion is primarily aimed at postgraduate researchers, please feel free to forward this invitation to any keen final-year students that might find the meeting productive. It will also be a fantastic opportunity to meeting other PGs working in the field; so whether you are working on gender and sexuality or simply have an interest in current research in the area, come along to meet us!

Documentaries of interest

Thanks to Holly R. for suggesting the following documentaries that might be of interest to the Roles network:

‘Too Fast To Be A Woman’ 22nd February on BBC2 (and on iPlayer for a week thereafter)

The Story of Caster Semenya an athlete who was made to undergo sex-testing, the results of which were never disclosed.

Q. Does the public or media ever have a ‘right’ to know these things? Why aren’t there mixed sex athletic competitions?

‘Eye To Eye’  (1989), directed by Isabel Hegner

A documentary about Robert Mapplethorpe through interviews with his lover Jack Walls just before Mapplethorpe succumbed to his AIDS-related illnesses.

Q. There are postcolonialist themes in the imagery used, but is there more to be said about representations of gay men by a gay man (was this what was shocking to the 1970s/80s public?)?

Q. Amongst other things in the documentary, Walls says that whatever people think about the photos on first viewing them, after a while the photos take on a life of their own and stop being photos of Mr X or Mr Y and simply become images. What do you think about this statement?