Queer London Research Forum Launch Event

Friday 29 November 2013 @ 6.30pm

Old Cinema, University of Westminster

 

Following the success of the Queer London conference in March 2013, Katherine M. Graham and Simon Avery are pleased to announce the launch of the Queer London Research Forum at the University of Westminster.

 

This Forum is designed to facilitate interdisciplinary discussions about versions of Queer London c.1850-present. A series of seminars will be held in 2013-14 and we are in the process of developing a web forum to continue debate and dialogue further.

 

The launch event for QLRF will take place on Friday 29 November at 6.30pm in the Old Cinema, University of Westminster (Regent Street Campus). We are pleased to welcome the artist Christa Holka (http://www.christaholka.com/) and Sam McBean (Gender Institute, LSE) who will be discussing the intersections between queerness, the digital archive and London, which they both interrogate in their work. Katherine and Simon will open the event with some remarks about the development and future of the Forum overall.

 

The event will be followed by a wine reception.

 

We very much hope that you will be interested in attending. Places must be reserved. This can be done by emailing www.queerlondonforum.co.uk or see our Twitter feed @QLResearchForum.

 

 

Panel titles for the Queer London conference include:

  • Lesbian Modernisms
  • Wars and Inter-Wars, c.1914-1945
  • Groups, Clubs and Politics, c.1890-1940
  • Representations of the ‘Contemporary’
  • Queering the Centre
  • Politics and Identity
  • Performance and the Visual

We have now closed registration for the conference. We have been absolutely overwhelmed with interest and we’re very sorry that we cannot accommodate any more participants, but we are restricted by physical space and financial considerations.

Best, Kate and Simon

Queer London Conference
Department of English, Linguistics and Cultural Studies
University of Westminster
Saturday 23rd March 2013
 
Keynote Speaker:
Dr. Matt Cook (Birkbeck College, University of London)
 
REGISTRATION NOW OPEN
 
This one-day conference is dedicated to a consideration of London and its role in creating, housing, reflecting and facilitating queer life. It will bring together scholars from a variety of different disciplines and backgrounds to consider representations of queer London and how London itself represents queers.
 
That London is a focus and centre for queer life and culture can be seen on its stages; in its bar and club scenes; in its film festivals and its representations in film; in its performance art; in its political life; in its gyms; in its history; in its book groups and book shops; and in its representations in the contemporary queer fiction of writers like Alan Hollinghurst and Sarah Waters. That London is a hub and an axis goes without saying. What the ‘Queer London’ conference offers is an opportunity for further analysis and investigation of these representations/representational platforms and consideration of the socio-cultural role that London plays in queer life.
 
The conference focuses on the period 1885 to the present and includes papers as diverse as 1920s lesbian London; modes of queer activism; the art and photography of Francis Bacon; London’s drag scenes; Alan Hollingshurst’s queer London; queer Soho; and London’s queer sex work.
 
The conference programme will shortly be posted here – http://queerlondonconf.wordpress.com/
 
The conference will be from 10.30am until 7pm and will be held in the University of Westminster’s building at 309 Regent Street.
 
The conference will be FREE to attend but places are limited. In order to reserve a place, please email queerlondonconf@gmail.com, including your name, contact details and affiliation.
 
If you have any questions, please get in touch with Dr. Simon Avery (s.avery@westminster.ac.uk) and Dr. Katherine M. Graham (k.graham1@westminster.ac.uk).

Follow us on twitter @queerlondonconf

 

Queer London Conference: Call for Papers

Saturday 23rd March, 2013
Department of English, Linguistics and Cultural Studies, University of Westminster

Keynote Speaker:
Dr. Matt Cook (Birkbeck College, University of London)

This one-day conference is dedicated to a consideration of London and its role in creating, housing, reflecting and facilitating queer life. It aims to bring together scholars from a variety of different disciplines and backgrounds to consider representations of queer London and how London itself represents queers.

That London is a focus and centre for queer life and culture can be seen on its stages; in its bar and club scenes; in its film festivals and its representations in film; in its performance art; in its political life; in its gyms; in its history; in its book groups and book shops; and in its representations in the contemporary queer fiction of writers like Alan Hollinghurst and Sarah Waters. That London is a hub and an axis goes without saying. What the ‘Queer London’ conference aims to do then is to offer an opportunity for further analysis and investigation of these representations/representational platforms and to consider the socio-cultural role that London plays in queer life.

The conference will focus on the period 1885 to the present and welcomes interdisciplinary proposals and those from a wide range of disciplines, including: Literature, History, Art, Cultural Studies, Theatre and Performance Studies. Potential topics might include, but are not limited to:

• Mapping queer London
• Lesbian Londons
• Queers of colour and London
• Queer modernisms
• Queer institutions and structures
• Literary representations of queer London
• Films of queer London
• Queer drama and performance in/on London
• Queer histories of London
• London’s queer temporalities
• Queer flâneurie
• London’s AIDS narratives
• Queer urban subcultures
• London’s queer festivals
• Queer sex workers
• London’s queer activism
• Heterosexual and homosexual London, meeting points and overlaps

Please send abstracts of 500 words, or proposals for panels of three linked papers, by Friday 30th November 2012 to Dr. Simon Avery and Dr. Katherine M. Graham at the University of Westminster. Abstracts should be sent as Word attachments to s.avery@westminster.ac.uk and k.graham1@westminster.ac.uk, and should include details of your current affiliation and a very short author bio.

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