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Please note this conference has been postponed to 2021, and some details may change.


April 2021







Introduction: Professor Sarah Franklin


Panel 1: Queering Institutions




Keynote: Campbell X









Panel 2: Queer Methods




Panel 3: Queer Temporalities




Panel 4: Queer Gardens




Performance (tbc)


Book Launch (tbc)






Campbell X



Sara Ahmed


Campbell X

Leverhulme Early Career Fellow (University College London)

10 Things I Wish I Knew When I Was 20

Campbell X is a transgender writer/director who directed the award-winning queer urban romantic comedy feature film STUD LIFE. Campbell directed and produced the short film DES!RE, the documentary VISIBLE which headlined the Scottish Queer Film Festival in December 2018. Campbell directed the award-winning LGBTQ webseries DIFFERENT FOR GIRLS and is one of the directors of the transgender webseries Spectrum London.

In 2015 Campbell was voted as in the top 50 LGBTIQ people in the UK by the Independent on Sunday Pink List. 

In 2013 Campbell was selected to be on the jury for Short films for Outfest LGBT film Festival in Los Angeles, the jury for Lili Award in MIX Copenhagen in 2015, the IRIS Prize, and Doc N Roll Festival and in 2018 in the Short Film Festival. Campbell is developing their second feature film Low Rider, produced by Stella Nwimo and co-written by Guy Bolton.

Campbell is the Co-curator with Kayza Rose of Family a QTIPOC intergenerational event including films, performances and clubbing. Campbell is also the Co-founder with Neelu Bhuman of Wahala Film Fund a completion fund for short films by and about QTIPOC people.




Panel 1: 

Queering Institutions

Institutions are built with certain bodies in mind. This speaks not only to their shape, but to their purposes, their loyalties, and to what can be imagined within the confines of their walls. We have seen the many ways in which state, cultural, and educational institutions have instrumentalised queer people to achieve their own ends. In this panel we ask how institutions can be put to queer use (Ahmed). What can be learned from the very shape of these institutions that can allow us to pervert them as part of an intersectional queer agenda? And where institutions must fall, what must we build/what are we building in their place?



Chairs: Waithera Sebatindira & Siyang Wei 


Abeera Khan

PhD candidate in Gender Studies (SOAS University)

Christine Pungong

Former CUSU Welfare Officer and a member of ‘bare minimum’, an interdisciplinary anti-work arts collective.

Lola Olufemi

Co-author of A FLY Girl's Guide to University (2019), author of Feminism Interrupted: Disrupting Power (2020), and a member of 'bare minimum', an interdisciplinary anti-work arts collective.


Panel 2: 

Queer Methods



Chair: Hakan Sandal


Dr Senthorun Raj

Lecturer in Law (Keele University)

What is queer law? Why is it queer to think about emotion in law? How might an affective conception of legal analysis queer pursuits for legal rights and reform? In this talk, I will explore the importance of reading emotion in law — as a method of doing jurisprudence — to evaluate debates about law reform aimed at improving the lives of LGBT people. Using the work of queer scholars like Sara Ahmed, Eve Sedgwick, and Davina Cooper, I will look at how emotions circulate across different registers of law (legislative institutions, individual litigants, law reform processes, legal doctrines, etc) concerned with “progressing” the rights of LGBT people (in homes, workplaces, public venues, etc). Reading emotion in law enables us, as scholars and activists, to map affectively what legal recognition makes possible for LGBT people who experience discrimination and inequality while also exposing how emotional enactments circumscribe the terms of legal recognition in ways that obscure and erase LGBT and/or queer lives. I will focus my discussion on two recent law reform debates in the UK: legal gender recognition and LGBT sex education in schools. Emotion offers a queer lens for us to both critique and pursue an LGBT human rights agenda in law. 

Naoise Murphy

PhD Candidate, Centre for Gender Studies (University of Cambridge)

Dorothy Macardle and the queer supernatural 

'I seem to be skidding about in time,' thinks the central character of Dorothy Macardle’s 1945 gothic novel The Unforeseen, as she experiences disturbing ‘previsions’ of the future. Functioning as a vital counterpoint to her work as a propagandist historian, Dorothy Macardle’s gothic novels propose the supernatural as a queer method of knowledge production and transmission. By reading texts like The Unforeseen alongside theories of queer temporalities, Macardle can be positioned as a critically queer commentator on the trajectory of Irish republican politics. In a newly-formed State that valorised heterosexual marriage, she unearths the horrors of male violence that are an ever-present reality for the female subject. Her method of ‘skidding about in time’ calls official histories and traditional modes of knowledge production into question in powerfully relevant, queer ways. 

Santos Barreto

PhD Candidate, Centre of Latin American Studies (University of Cambridge)

LGBTQ movements in Argentina and Brazil: a queer framework

New social movements theorists broadly agree that a collective identity is fundamental to the processes of framing groups’ interests and demands and mobilizing social action. However, Gamson’s (1995) ‘queer dilemma’ highlights that social movements often find themselves in the paradoxical position of politically employing the same identity categories that are the basis of their own oppression. Further, the construction and maintenance of a collective identity cannot be taken for a natural development. As individuals’ identities encompass different subjective positions occupied simultaneously throughout life, the work done to craft a collective identity usually simplifies complex identities and erases some individuals’ particular traits and claims. In this talk, I will discuss the use of a queer framework in studying the construction, management and mobilization of collective identities in LGBTQ movements in Argentina and Brazil. I will argue that intra-movement power relations between intersectional identities are a determinant factor in the analysis of movements’ strategic choices, actions, gains and limitations.


Panel 3: 

Queer Temporalities

Queerness is untimely, ephemeral and 'not yet here' (Muñoz), as much out of sync as it is ahead of its time. As both an identity bound to past realities and a practice driven by the promise of futurity, queerness demands alternative modes of understanding History and the ways that we make and inhabit it. In this panel, we explore the political potential of thinking queerly about time: how queer temporalities flow back and forth, interrupting and intersecting, as well as how they come to disturb, disrupt and decolonise sequential notions of past and future, now and then.



Chair: Geoffrey Maguire


Natasha Tanna  

Leverhulme Early Career Fellow (University
College London)

Tentacular Temporalities in the Caribbean: Queerness and Coloniality in Rita Indiana’s La mucama de Omicunlé

Through a reading of the complex temporalities of Dominican writer and musician Rita Indiana’s 2015 novel La mucama de Omicunlé (published in English translation this year as Tentacle), this paper explores how Anglophone theorisations of queer temporalities sit in a Caribbean context, which, with its cultural syncretism and baroque literary aesthetic, was, in many ways, “queer” avant la lettre. Michael Hames-García describes the unmarked whiteness of much queer theory (2011), critiquing the dominant critical chronology of queer studies that perceives ‘theorists of colour [as] simultaneously marginal and new; white theorists provide insights into sexuality, and then theorists of colour (and writings by working-class queers) show how sexuality varies in other contexts’ (2011: 28–29). In this paper I challenge this chronology and develop the notion of ‘tentacular time’ in the Caribbean to read the queer elements of the novel as being in constant connection with issues of coloniality. The sea anemone that is central to the novel’s plot (as it permits one of the protagonists to transition to being a man and to travel in time to prevent ecological disaster) offers a figure through which we might think about conceptualisations of time that situate queerness in dialogue with the island’s colonial past and neocolonial present.


Centre for Gender Studies (University of Cambridge)

Con/tradição : Queer Temporality in Brazil

This talk weaves together different strands of thought to compose a queer Brazilian reading of temporality. While accounting for a larger narrative of Brazilian political discourse toward queer and racialized groups in the country, I bridge the concept of misplaced ideas (Schwarz 1992), the space in-between (Silviano Santiago 1971) and queer utopianism (Muñoz 2009). By doing so, I craft a dialogue between queer theory and Brazilian social theory, which reveals that a study of Brazilian queerness functions as a point of departure to resignify the language of the future at a time where such a notion seems to disappear from the horizon of queer and political interventions.


Panel 4: 

Queer Gardens

If the intervention being made by 'Que(e)rying the Curriculum' is not only to change the content of the syllabus or the canon but to transform the way the university works more radically, then queer changes not only how we perform scholarly labour, but how we inhabit the space of the university. In an era increasingly defined by questions about health and well-being, about sustainable working practices, and about inclusivity in all its forms, we might imagine cultivating queerness to include the creation of new habits, new habitats and new kinds of working environments. In this panel we present the results of a queer learning experiment in the gardens of Murray Edwards College – where fields of corn and jumping genes led to a queer multi-media event on ‘transposition’. Expanding on the metaphor of the queer garden also allows us to revisit the theme of queering institutions, and being intersectionally queer, thus also pointing to new ways of 'que(e)rying' the academy.


Talks (tbc)

Chair: Lucy
van de Wiel



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