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What do women, queer, trans or LGBTQIA+ people, as well as BIPOC communities, disabled and neurodiverse people, working class and colonised populations, and many others have in common? They are outsiders. And the Outside/rs 2022 Conference: Making Space at the Queer Intersections of Sex and Gender is for them/us.

Details

When: April 1-2, 2022
Where: University of Brighton, with hybrid delivery
What:  Outside/rs 2022 isa conference that platforms those researching and working with themes of sex, gender, queerness, community and exclusions.
Who: If you are a postgraduate researcher, early career researcher, or live, work or create in a marginalised community, then please join the conference in April, either online or in-person at the University of Brighton.
Register
Call for Papers/Participants: Due Jan. 9, 2022

Conference Theme

For those who exist in queer, marginal, or dissident relations to normativity in its various guises, the ‘outside’ is a familiar place. As Virginia Woolf famously noted, to be locked out of or barred from spaces of privilege was, and still is, a common experience for women. This is also a common experience for queer, trans or LGBTQIA+ people, as well as BIPOC communities, disabled and neurodiverse people, working class and colonised populations, and many others.

Keynotes

  • Dr. S.N. Nyeck, author of African(a) Queer Presence and the Routledge Handbook of African Queer Studies, virtual keynote
  • Ulrika Dahl, author of Femmes of Power: Exploding Queer Femininities, in-person keynote.

Queer Bloomsbury Panel

The conference will include a panel on Queer Bloomsbury. This will be an online panel on Friday, April 1, and will comprise three presentations (20 minutes each) followed by a half hour discussion/Q&A. The panel will include Madelyn Detloff (Miami University), Jane Goldman (University of Glasgow) and Samson Dittrich (University of Sussex) and will be chaired by Marielle O’Neill (Leeds Trinity University).

Submit an abstract

Conference organizers encourage postgraduate, early-career researchers, and community members to submit a paper on a topic of their choice relevant to one issue, or more than one, to look at, for example, the intersections of class, race and queerness. Read more about submission guidelines in the Call for Papers.

Please send abstracts of 300 words to outsiders2022@gmail.com. Abstracts will be reviewed anonymously, so include all personal information (e.g., name), in the body of the submission email only. Please also include whether you are submitting for the virtual or in-person conference, and your preference for which day. The deadline for the submission of abstracts and panel proposals is Jan. 9, 2022.

Get more information

For all enquiries and to join the mailing list, please email: outsiders2022@gmail.com

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A series of short films that shine a spotlight on 20th-century women writers who can be considered outsiders includes one on Virginia Woolf, who thought of herself as an outsider in terms of education and writing.

Being “locked out” provided her with more freedom, according to narrator Sue Asbee. She adds that Woolf’s achievements lie in her willingness to take risks and to experiment with form and subject matter.

Other writers in the new English literature module at The Open University include Katherine Mansfield, Jean Rhys and Jeanette Winterson.

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