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Ms Flora Dunster

Post:Doctoral Tutor (English)
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My dissertation, completed in 2019, is titled Hurled Toward the Future: The Queer Subjunctive in British Lesbian Photography, 1987-1996, considered the role of lesbian representation in developing nascent queer cultures. It theorised the 'queer subjunctive' to situate and understand these cultural practices against the backdrop of socio-political pressures like Section 28 and the sex wars. I am now best contacted via, rather than though Sussex email. 



Theatre, Drama and Performance Studies, University of Sussex (CHASE/AHRC funded)


Contemporary Art Theory, Goldsmiths, University of London, 2014 (distinction)


Art History (major), Women's Studies (minor), McGill University, 2012 (first class honours)



Conference and Symposium Papers

'Performance and World Making in London's Sex Radical Club Cultures,' Association for Art History Annual ConferenceBrighton, 2019

'Queer/Lesbian/Feminist: Thinking Queer Art History Through the Sex Wars,' Queer Conversations: Looking to Art History and Visual Culture, Courtauld Institute of Art Graduate Symposium, 2019

'These Women Are Beyond Recognition: Del LaGrace Volcano's Xenomorphisis and the Queer Lesbian Feminist,' Association for Art History Annual Conference, Courtauld Institute of Art, 2018

'Over-Identification and Attraction,' Researching with Difficult Feelings, Birkbeck Centre for Contemporary Theatre, 2017

'Her Main Objection Seems to Be the Presence of Naked Bodies Themselves: Tessa Boffin and the Politics of Representation," Speak, Body, University of Leeds, 2017

'Art Outside the Gallery: Derek Jarman's Public Queerness,' AAH New Voices: Art Outside the Gallery, Plymouth University, 2016

'The End Belongs to Others: On Amorous Mourning and the Social Imperative of Getting Over,' Radical Negativity, Centre for Feminist Research, Goldsmiths, 2014

'Each Becomes the Other in Consumption: Irigaray's Feminist Intersubjectivity and the Work of Eva Hesse,' Women and Art, Concordia University, 2012



'In Conversation with Sunil Gupta,' Cruising the Seventies: Imagining Queer Europe Then and Now, Edinburgh, 2019

'Veronica 4 Rose,' screening and discussion at Focal Point Gallery, Southend, 2018

'Soft Covers: Queer Feminist Publishing,' workshop with Helena Reckitt, Kefiloe Siwisa, and Amy Tobin at Strange Perfume Bookfair, South London Gallery, 2018

'We're Reclaiming Dyke Completely: Legacies of the Lesbian Sex Wars,' Public lecture at Jerwood Space, London, 2018

'Lots of Iced Tea and No Deep Thinking: Romance, Representation, and the Lesbian Sex Wars.' Introduction to Desert Hearts, Fabrica Gallery, Brighton, 2017



'The Sideways Ethicality of a Forever Mutating Skin' in Orlando 03, 2018

'Sexual Revolution' in The Art of Feminism ed. Helena Reckitt (London and San Francisco: Tate Publishing and Chronicle Books), 2018