***PLEASE NOTE advance booking for this event is now fully booked, however, Queer Day School is a DIY education project set up by artist Olivia Sparrow, aimed at LGBTQIA+ people who feel they are disengaged with mainstream education, academia and other traditional modes of learning.
You are invited to participate in a free afternoon of talks, films and discussions with an open syllabus – from activism to pop culture, personal histories to queer theory, cruising to performance art, anything goes! Come and share ideas, talk and socialise in a welcoming, dry, safe space. Queer Day School operates under the radical notion that no form of expression is wrong.
SHOUT SAYS: We love everything about this project, education should be for everyone and anyone. If you’ve ever wanted to learn more about queer thinking but felt like it wasn’t for you then Queer Day School is the place to be this festival.
Queer day school runs from midday-6pm, and will include a light lunch and refreshments.
Are Brummies Queer?
This talk will introduce the beginnings of new research ideas into exploring what it means to be queer in the Midlands. In exploring the parallels between the way queerness and midland-ness are constructed the talk will consider how the two identities are both at odds with one another and surprisingly similar and begin to look at the implications of this. twitter.com/CarverAdam
Talking About Walking
Bethan McKnight is an artist who is trying to understand exactly what that means. Since January they have been recording how many miles they walk in a day. At Queer Day School they will be talking about walking, pop culture, liking things and mental health.
A performance about identity, fashion and social change. instagram.com/officialwellings
Consuming Kristen Stewart: Examining a Celesbian Icon
In April 2017 Kristen Stewart AKA ‘that girl from Twilight’ declared on SNL that she is ‘so gay, dude’. It was a moment many had waited for, and subsequently saw Stewart cement her status as a celesbian icon. This talk will look at why it is that Stewart has been so embraced by queer women, and what Stewart means to those women who idealise her. How does Stewart, a queer woman, inhabit her role as a celebrity? What expectations does she, and does she not, conform to? And what is a celesbian anyway? Through an examination of Stewart’s public persona, her off-screen style, as well as her interactions with the press and her large online following this talk will seek to answer these questions. instagram.com/ellieturnerk
The LGBTQ Community in Health and Social Care
From the perspective of a queer nurse working in the NHS in 2018, I will examine the invisibility of LGBTQ+ populations within health and social care and what this invisibility might mean for our health and wellbeing as we grow older. I will use fictionalised accounts, my own experiences and research. I intend this talk not to give solutions but as a call to arms. The generation who fought and won many of the freedoms my generation barely think about are being pushed back into the closet when they are at their most vulnerable. I would like to end my talk by asking for ideas about how we can practically move forward.
The Queer In Translation
This talk will touch upon three topics where queerness and translation meet or can meet. The first part will look at the similarities between how a “good” translation and a “good” queer person operate within mainstream academic and heteronormative society. The second part will address translating queer experiences that are outside the vocabulary and culture of the language to which we want to translate, using the example of Arabic literature. The final part will look at what translation strategies we can use to queer, to destabilize fixed definitions and identities, the translating experience and what this can mean for queer histories and persons today. This lecture will not answer but instead pose questions, problems, and situations that need to be explored through translating texts and our reflecting on that process. georgereiner.com
The Middle Bit
Jack’s middle bit has been loved by some, hated by many and has categorised him against his will. For many in the queer community it dictates whether you’re a bear or a twink, but are these ‘tribes’ an outdated method? Instead of providing communities are they dividing and shunning? Part standup, part performance lecture Jack hopes that by presenting his middle bit he can explore where this body shaming and racism comes from. Prepare for fat tugging, bra sizing and hairy wobbly bits. jackwilkinart.weebly.com/
Reading from ‘NSFL’
jf Hancell is a queer writer and artist. They currently reside in a homeless hostel in east Manchester. Their work has appeared in issues of 'DREAD' and 'Penny Thoughts'. This will be their first public reading from 'NSFL': an upcoming collection of poems about masochistic and romantic obsession, class and poverty, rape and recovery, substance and self abuse, love and loss. instagram.com/jfhancell
Not A Gay Goes Bi: A Queer Look at Sondheim
Not A Gay Goes Bi is a lecture recital that applies queer readings of assumed heterosexual characters that have featured in the musicals of Steven Sondheim. Despite being a gay musical theatre composer, Sondheim has rarely written canonically gay characters. With the exception of Road Show, and the recent West End Production of Company, elements of queerness in his works has been in the form of subtext. This lecture demonstration looks at songs from, Into The Woods, A Little Night Music and more and suggests ways in which queer culture, experiences, and history can inhabit theses songs. With a selection of songs ranging from the dramatic, to camp, to comedic this lecture is one that educates and entertains! instagram.com/joashhh
Beyond The Rainbow
A short documentary made entirely of portraits of Montrealers identifying on the LGBTQ+ spectrum. adelaydemarker.tumblr.com