EVENTS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
Registration for the Queer Representation: Pasts, Presents, Futures conference is open and can be done here.
Registration is free of charge and open until midnight 7th May.
The conference programme is accessible here.
UPDATE: We are happy to announce that the Queer Representation: Pasts, Presents, Futures conference will be taking place online
on May 11th-14th 2021. The keynote speakers will be Prof Richard Dyer and Dr Abigail de Kosnik.
If you would like to be considered for the conference, please email us your abstract (150-200 words) and bionote by March 8th to
email@example.com. The conference will be more relaxed and informal as a virtual event. We anticipate
panels consisting of participants introducing their research topic with a 10-minute presentation, before a round-table
discussion on the theme of the panel. With this in mind, we invite you to submit 5 keywords or themes along with your abstract.
Conference attendance will be free of charge but will require booking in advance. Please see the detailed CFP bellow.
CFP: Queer Representation: Pasts, Presents, Futures
When: May 11th - 14th 2021
Keynote Speakers: Prof Richard Dyer (King's College London) and Dr Abigail De Kosnik (UC Berkley)
Institution: The Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, University of Edinburgh
This conference aims to examine how LGBTQ representation has changed through time, continues to evolve in the present, and what role it might play in the future. It draws on recent developments in queer on-screen representation - ranging from the increased focus on transgender and queer of colour protagonists in series such as Pose (2018, FX-), Transparent (2014-2019, Amazon Prime), Vida (2018-, Starz) and Orange is the New Black (2013-2019, Netflix), to depictions of queer characters in children’s programmes such as Cartoon Network’s Steven Universe (2013-) - in order to trace how LGBTQ media comments on both the current state of queer rights, as well as the possibility of queer futurity (Edelman 2004; Muñoz 2009). At the same time, it builds on work done on queer archives and histories (Cvetkovich 2003; Castiglia and Reed 2012; Dunn 2016; De Kosnik 2016) in order to question how queer lives were once commemorated, how these memories live on, and how representation has changed from then to now.
We invite presentations on queer art, film, television, and literature, as well as social media and digital scholarship. The conference will work to represent a multiplicity of queer experiences, spanning divergent historical and geographical areas of representation, as well as the plurality of ideas of what it means to identify as queer today, and what this identification might look like in the future. We build here on work looking at the evolution of LGBTQ representation in diverse contexts, as well as notions of transnational queer representation (Schoonover and Galt 2016) and regionality (Yue 2014; Chiang and Wong 2016). With our inclusive focus on transmedia representations of queerness, we hope to examine narratives of sex, identity, politics, family and gender across a broad range of contexts, mediums and artforms. We ask how queer representation has changed, what versions of queerness we remember today, and how that can manifest in our hopes or fears for the future. Through investigating which narratives of queerness persist, and how representational patterns have changed, we hope we may learn about creative spaces in which queerness can thrive.
We invite abstracts dealing with different examples of LGBTQ representation, as well as presentations which analyse the overall evolution of queer representation in specific mediums and contexts. Topics may include but are not limited to:
- the evolution of queer representation in film, television, literature, gaming, etc.
- different regional and national representations of queerness
- the past, present and future of queer intersectionality
- representations of queer histories and memory
- queer adaptation
- queer representation in different countries and contexts
- different conceptualisations of what it means to represent queerness
- the evolutions of homonormativity and homonationalism
- queer futurity and the future of queer representation
- queer archives (physical and digital)
- queer online space and digital new media
Organisers: Dr Anamarija Horvat and Dr Alice Kelly
Leanne Dawson, Derek Hird, Liz Harvey-Kattou, and Campbell X are about to send out a call for contributions for an edited book on trans representation in global cinema. We are keen for this to be a collaboration between practitioners and academics. In addition to the publication, we envision a series of public/community events.
To express interest, please contact: L.Harveykattou@westminster.ac.uk
MAI is a non-hierarchical, free open-access publication forum/journal of feminist visual culture, and welcomes expressions of interest from feminist scholars, writers, artists, and activists. Please contact MAI directly for submissions and /or further information:
Queering the Migrant in Contemporary European Cinema (forthcoming with Routledge in early summer 2020) is a groundbreaking collection bringing together 17 film scholars working within different cultural contexts and national film traditions and engaging with the representation of migration in European cinema since 2000. The book will address for the first time in comparative detail the theme of queer migration -- the belatedly recognised phenomenon of migrants escaping persecution due to sexual orientation. The focus is specifically migration to, and within, the New Europe (as opposed to issues of immigration or diaspora), and is set against the background of rising nationalism and xenophobia across the continent (including the extremist rhetoric of homonationalism) and the stereotypical portrayals perpetuated by the mainstream media of the suffering, traumatised migrant reduced to his/her mute, faceless body. Through case studies of key recent European films and works of television, the book will argue from multiple critical perspectives that the construction of the migrant, even if in some cases highly contentious, constitutes a valuable site of enquiry not only into current debates about migration and the future of Europe, but also into the very nature of identity as a site of flux, by forcing us to reassess and reconceive the intersectional relations between gender and sexuality and other modes of difference such as race and ethnicity. A new, queer, transmigratory consciousness will be proposed inspired by the notion of migration as a potentially radical form of migrancy -- one coterminous with a ‘transborder’ aesthetics generated by mobile, hybrid, cinematic forms.
Screening of Documentary, A Deal with the Universe, followed by filmmaker Jason Barker in conversation with Dr Leanne Dawson, at Filmhouse Cinema Edinburgh on Sunday 12 May. Two free tickets for the screening will be given away at the Network launch event. More information about the film is available at:
Leanne Dawson and Michael Lee Richardson are currently organising a queer music special, with a focus on music videos.
Speakers thus far include: musicians, Chardine Taylor-Stone (Big Joanie) and Suse Bear (Tuff Love); music video directors, Michael Lee Richardson and Garry Mac; and music journalist, Claire Biddles.
In collaboration with Trans* Youth Glasgow and LGBT Youth Scotland, but it's an event for everyone.
Friday 10 May 2019
12:30 - 17:00
Project Room, 1.06,
50 George Square,
School of Literatures, Languages, and Cultures,
University of Edinburgh,
The Queer Screens Network launch event will comprise a series of short film screenings, panel discussions, and a networking social.
The event is free and includes a late lunch – vegan with gluten-free options – for everyone who comes along (please register here)
Campbell X (filmmaker and social media expert)
Michael Lee Richardson (filmmaker and writer)
Marc David Jacobs (film festival worker)
Ania Urbanowska (filmmaker, editor, and film educator)
Mel Reeve (archivist and writer)
Garry Mac (filmmaker, artist, and writer)
Rhona Shennan (filmmaker)
Lydia Honeybone (curator and film programmer)
Film screenings include:
DES!RE (Campbell X, 2017)
My Loneliness is Killing Me (Tim Courtney, 2018)
These are my Hands (Evi Tsiligaridou, 2018)
A Familiar Face (Rhona Shennan, 2018)
The launch has been generously funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council as part of Leanne Dawson’s AHRC Research Leader-funded project, which explores the intersection of queer and working-class identities, both onscreen representation and offscreen inclusion in film/arts spaces