Centre for the Study of Sexual Dissidence

Queory Archive 2011

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!

 

16 March 2011

The Other Art of the Other Europe: The Erotics and Politics of Gay and Lesbian Art in East/Central Europe

Pawel Leszkowicz, Fulton Lecture Theatre B, 5pm.

Over twenty years after the fall of Communism and under the UE anti- discrimination legislation, Central and Eastern Europe is changing and grappling with its own sexual revolution and LGBT rights. Every country is different, but generally in this part of the continent the fiercest conflicts and battles over queer rights are being fought. The peculiarity of most Central and Eastern European countries is their stable conservatism and political clout of the nationalist right of a strong homophobic character. Pawel Leszkowicz argues that against this repressive background, queer art, culture and campaigns develop dynamically, representing sexual/political dissent and creating alternative visual culture and civil society. The new wave of queer art, especially the one created by gays and lesbians, is very visible and discussed. The time of struggle inspires artistic expression. The power of art lies in the impact of the image, its psychological and social effectiveness. That is why the author concludes that gay and lesbian art has a particular effect of communication and change in the society trained in a very heteronormative system.

 

2nd February 2011

The Anarchy of Queer

Jamie Heckert (University of Edinburgh), 5pm-7pm.

 

Wednesday 19 January 2011

Addressing the Gay Gene: Biohistories and Queer Genealogies

Kate O'Riordan (University of Sussex), Fulton 107, 5pm-7pm.

The gay gene first emerged as a tropic motif in the 1990s and this paper examines the address of the gay gene as it has been constituted through a number of sites. The paper traces this address through mediation, scientific institutions and public engagements with science. Different responses to this address are drawn out in the paper by looking at the reception of the gay gene in the 1990s and again a decade later in the early 21st Century. The responses possible at different moments are related to the form of the address and to the identities of respondents as well as to differing contextual factors and these specificities are illustrated in the paper. The paper concludes by offering an assessment of the materialisation of the gay gene through what can be thourhg of as its bio-digitisation.