As a new initiative for the 2014/15 academic year, we aim to establish The Durham Queer Studies Colloquium – an interdisciplinary platform for the discussion of issues pertaining to queer culture, identity and politics in their broad contexts.

(general discussion of scope and aims and initial ideas for first few meetings)

5.30 pm on Thursday, 13 November
Seminar Room, Hallgarth House
Department of English Studies
77 Hallgarth Street

The colloquium will include a range of activities:

  • a regular reading group (revisiting some of the foundational texts of queer theory alongside more recent developments and debates)
  • film screenings, performances, presentations, and discussions of queer cultural artefacts (most obviously, artworks, music, literature, film, performance…but other suggestions are welcome)
  • occasional talks, seminars, and workshops

This initiative aims to be as inclusive as possible, covering a range of cultural, historical and disciplinary perspectives on queer culture. We welcome the participation of all postgraduate, postdoctoral and staff across all departments and faculties with interests in sexuality and queer studies, as well as interested parties in the broader community.

The initiative will be hosted by the Department of English Studies, in co-ordination with Durham University’s Centre for Sex, Gender and Sexualities, and aims to establish links with other universities and the queer community in the North East. Please email us for more information and to register your interest.

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