Centre for the Study of Sexual Dissidence

Queory Archive 2008

A list of all the previous Queory seminars over the Centre's history. If anybody knows of any Queories that have been missed, please get in touch with us!


Thursday 15 May 2008

Pecs, Pics, and Profiles: Authoring Gay Male Subjectivity in Digital Space

[Pectoraux, photos et profils: Autorialité et subjectivité masculine gay]

Sharif Mowlabocus (University of Sussex) held at the Université de Paris XIII (Nord), Bâtiment des Lettres, Salle D-116, 10am-12pm.

[A queory lecture given as part of research links between the Centre for the Study of Sexual Dissidence and Cultural Change (as it was then known) and the Centre pour les études des nouveaux espaces littéraires, Université de Paris XIII (Nord)]


Wednesday 5 March 2008

She's Leaving Home, Bye Bye

Alan Sinfield (University of Sussex), Chowen Lecture Theatre, BSMS, 6pm.

An Arrow's Flight by Mark Merlis (1998) holds many pleasures for the reader who enjoys postmodern play with language and reality. Pyrrhus and Philoctetes are represented as existing in simultaneous, alternate worlds, in the time of the Trojan War and the present day.

But who is reading such a queer-centred novel? Is it not more at home in Cultural Studies? Should we be cultivating a syllabus category, "Minority Studies"? Or does the image of the Trojan Horse suggest that EngLit is already infiltrated?

A task, then, is to explore what a Queer Reading might contribute. Instance Shakespeare's Troilus and Cressida. It leads eventually back, through the insights of Mark Merlis's novel, to a more productive model of cultural politics and practics.

Respondent: Jonathan Dollimore.


Wednesday 20 February 2008

Walking the Talk: Young People and the Construction of (Sexual) Subjectivity

Debbie Epstein (Cardiff University), Arts A5, 5pm.

This paper explores the formation of young people’s sexual identities as drawn from field work over several years and in different research projects.  The paper argues that young people produce raced, gendered, and sexual identities in and through certain key relationships.  Their most immediate contexts are the sexual cultures of young people themselves, formed in relation to institutional sites such as schools, popular culture, and household and family relations.  These identities are powerfully formed through what R.W. Cornell has referred to as ‘body-reflexive practices’—that is, the circuit of effects between bodily experiences, emotional life, and cultural explanations for them.  It is important to note, however, that these experiences and understandings are also developed in/through social relations of power. Sexual differences, for example, are always already accompanied by other ‘differences that make a difference’ in people’s everyday lives.  Immediate, face-to-face interactions are always imbued with larger discursive/cultural formations around the sexual, which are often reproduced and changed in such practices as media representation, political and legal practices, the sale and consumption of commodities, education, and scientific, professional, and expert knowledges.  The paper suggests that these understandings have considerable implications for professional or clinical work in, for instance, caring, teaching, or medical professions that are directly and actively involved in the identity constructions of young clients, students, or patients.  The paper argues that ethical practice with young people in relation to their emergent sexual identities is possible when professionals are self-reflexive about the limitations of their own horizons and aware of their own partialities.