I’m really pleased to announce that the programme for the Homophobia Rewritten symposium I’m organising at Birkbeck is now available. The line-up of speakers includes a fantastic mix of literary and cultural critics, historians and gender studies scholars – and, of course, the brilliant Alison Donnell, who will present the keynote.
New Literary and Cultural Perspectives on Violence and Sexuality
Friday, 13 June 2014
Birkbeck, University of London
9.30: Welcome & Introduction
Heike Bauer (Birkbeck): Dead Queer.
9.45 – 10.45: Dead Ends
Conny Wächter (Paderborn), ‘Internalised Heteronormativity
and Suicide in E.M. Forster and Victoria Cross’.
Lucy Iwamoto (Roehampton), ‘Hate and Homotopias: Young Adult Fiction,
Before, During and After Section 28’.
11.00 – 12.30: Questionable Visibilities
David R. Sorensen (St Joseph’s University), ‘“An Unnamable Object”:
Carlyle, Frederick the Great and the Love that Dared not
Speak Its Name’.
Dominic Janes (Birkbeck), ‘Caricature and Images of Same-Sex Desire
Before the Trials of Oscar Wilde’.
Caroline Walters (Middlesex), ‘Femme Anthologies: Making Femme
1.30-3.00: Popular Injury
Katherine Hubbard (Surrey), ‘Psychology, Homosexuality and the Graphic
Novels of Alan Moore’.
Monalesia Earle (Birkbeck), ‘”Gutter”: Gloria Naylor’s The Women of
Brewster Place (1982)’.
Harriet King (Nottingham), “A Special King of Suffering”: First Nations
Sexuality, Gothic Tradition and Trauma Theory in Tomson
Highway’s Kiss of the Fur Queen’.
3.15- 4.45: Present Tensions
Churnjeet Mahn (Surrey) & Diane Watt (Surrey), ‘Incendiary Sexualities:
Setting Light to Lesbian Bodies in Deepa Mehta’s Fire (1996)’.
Howard Chiang (Warwick), ‘2013: Queering Marriage in Sinophone Communitiies’
Benjamin Eveslage (SOAS), ‘Contemporary Politicisation of
Homosexuality: Presidential Narratives in Sub-Saharan Africa’
5.00 – 6.00: Keynote
Alison Donnell (Reading),
Caribbean Queer: Impossibility or Inevitability
The symposium is supported by the
AHRC, BIGS & the Department of English & Humanities, Birkbeck