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In today’s world, difference and diversity are under threat. For the second year in a row, the Outside/rs conference, promises to help enhance the understanding of their importance.

According to its mission statement, “Outside/rs aims to build a common understanding of the challenges in accounting for ‘outsider’ groups. We want to have conversations about what Outside/Inside means in relation to gender, sex, queerness and beyond.”

About Outside/rs 2023

Outside/rs 2023 is a hybrid postgraduate and community conference, scheduled for June 9-11 and hosted at the University of Sussex. The three-day event will be held in-person and online. This year’s theme is “Solidarity with/in the community.”

This conference is organized by a group of postgraduate students, with support from the University of Sussex and the University of Brighton.

As the organizers write: “We are currently in a period of greater divides and contestation within our society, especially when it comes to those who exist in queer, marginal or dissident relations to normativity in its various guises.

“This feeling of division and the fight for solidarity both inside and outside our communities is a common experience for queer, trans or LGBTQIA+ people, as well as BIPOC communities, disabled and neuro-diverse people, working class and colonised populations, and others still.”

The conference attempts to answer the following questions:

  • What does solidarity and contestation mean for LGBTQIA+ people and other groups?
  • How can we understand and challenge the impact of solidarity and contestation on our lives and communities?
  • What can we do about the solidarity/contestation divide, can we bring it down, and is ‘solidarity’ even possible?

Submit a proposal

Conference organizers welcome proposals from PhD. researchers, along with those who work, create or volunteer in the LGBTQIA+ community (including in intersection with other communities or issues).

Proposals for papers, or workshops should be limited to a 300-word abstract and sent, along with a brief bio, by Friday, Feb. 10, to: outsiders_conference@yahoo.com. Papers on Virginia Woolf and the Bloomsbury Group are welcomed.

For more information

Email outsiders_conference@yahoo.com. Registration will open soon.

Follow the conference on Twitter: @Outsiders2023

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