Queer Cultures

About the research seminar

The seminar is intended to provide an interdisciplinary forum for visiting academics, faculty members, and graduate students across the arts and humanities engaged in the critical discussion of contemporary queer and trans* studies. The sessions endeavour to promote boundary-pushing research in contemporary queer studies, conceived in the broadest terms, within a lively and open culture of participation. Examining the crossing of boundaries, resistance to and transgression of social, sexual and identity norms, the seminar is a space to experiment with ideas and readings, to respond to provocations and to commit to thinking about queer and trans* cultures in a creative and collegial manner. As Susan Stryker’s incites us: “I challenge you to risk abjection and flourish as well as have I.” All welcome.

If you would like to attend our events, please send us an email: culturesqueer@gmail.com 

Call for Contributions

Queer Cultures Symposium
20 June 2022

The McGrath Centre, St Catharine's College
University of Cambridge, UK

All undergraduate and postgraduate students working on topics related to queer and trans* studies are invited! We would like to know more about your current research, build a community of queer/trans* researchers, and create a friendly space for supportive feedback.  

All themes related to queer and trans* studies across disciplines are welcome. In line with our seminar's aim, we would like the symposium to be an interdisciplinary forum. We endeavour to promote boundary-pushing research in contemporary queer and trans* studies, conceived in the broadest terms, within a lively and open culture of participation. Examining the crossing of boundaries, resistance to and transgression of social, sexual and identity norms, we would like to have a symposium that allows us to explore ideas and readings, respond to provocations, and commit to thinking about queer and trans* cultures in a creative and collegial manner. As Susan Stryker incites us: “I challenge you to risk abjection and flourish as well as have I.”

We’re looking for short presentations (10 minutes) in any format and at any stage of readiness. If you would like to get involved, send us the title and abstract (200 words) of your presentation, and a short bio (100 words). 

Please send this to culturesqueer@gmail.com no later than 31 May.

For the most updated information about the Queer Cultures Graduate Seminar, please visit our website and follow us on social media (Twitter).

Queer Cultures Seminar Co-convenors

Lent 2022

Monday 31st January, 5.30-7.00 pm (Zoom, IN SPANISH)
Larissa Pelúcio: El queer y el cono - reflexiones arriesgadas sobre los impactos políticos y académicos del cuir en el sur global

Co-hosted by CLAS

In the Latin American anthropophagic tradition, queer has become cuir, theory 'cu' (culo), marica, bollera, twisted, which escaped from academic rooms and became the language of the streets. The counter-discursive clash, in which the cuir is an important agent, finds in the present conservative reactions that recall transnational movements opposed to the profound changes experienced by the countries of the Southern Cone. In this framework, cuir theory and feminisms become fundamental political forces to confront the setbacks of the present. It is a bit of this history made of many voices that this paper deals with.

En la tradición antropofágica latino americana, el queer se ha convertido en cuir, teoría “cu”(culo), maricas, bollera, torcida, que se escapó de los salones académicos y se volvió en el lenguaje de las calles. El choque contra discursivo, en el cual el cuir es un agente importante, encuentra en el presente reacciones conservadoras que resuenan insignias de movimientos transnacionales contrarios a los profundos cambios que han experimentado países del Cono Sur. En este marco, el cuir y los feminismos se convierten en fuerzas políticas fundamentales para enfrentar los retrocesos del presente. Es un poco de esta historia hecha de muchas voces que trata esta ponencia.

Please register for this event here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/249521293907

Friday 4th February, 2-3pm (Zoom)
Blake Gutt, Medieval and Trans Saints: The Queer and Holy Truth

Blake Gutt is a postdoctoral fellow in medieval French literature at the University of Michigan. He completed his PhD, entitled ‘Rhizomes, Parasites, Folds and Trees: Systems of Thought in Medieval French and Catalan Literary Texts’, at King's College, Cambridge in 2018. The dissertation examined a series of conceptual networks and the ways in which they underlie both text and its manuscript presentation. His current project investigates portrayals of gender transition and transformation in medieval European literary texts through the lens of modern transgender theory. He is the co-editor of Trans and Genderqueer Subjects in Medieval Hagiography, out now with Amsterdam University Press (http://bit.ly/TGQS-final).

Friday 11th February, 5-6pm (Room TBC)
Juliet Jacques in conversation

Juliet Jacques is an author, filmmaker, and trans scholar. Her memoir, Trans: A Memoir (Verso: 2015), combines a personal story of transition with critiques of the 1990s and 2000s trans theory, literature and film to challenge normative narratives of transgender experiences. Her most recent publication, Variations (Influx Press: 2021) is a collection of short stories narrating the history of trans and non-binary people in the United Kingdom from the Victorian period to the present.

Friday 18th February, 2-3pm (Zoom)
The Shape of Sex: A Conversation with Leah DeVun

Leah DeVun is an associate professor of history at the University of Rutgers. Their research focuses on the history of gender, sexuality, science, and medicine in pre-modern Europe, as well as on contemporary queer and transgender studies. DeVun’s book The Shape of Sex: Nonbinary Gender from Genesis to the Renaissance, was published by Columbia University Press in spring 2021. DeVun is also a multi-media artist and curator whose work explores queer, feminist, and gender nonconforming history.

Friday 11th March, 4.30pm onwards (Room TBC)
Screening of NO HARD FEELINGS (2020, Faraz Shariat), followed by a discussion of new queer German cinema with Leila Mukhida

Leila Mukhida is a Lecturer in Modern German Studies at Cambridge University. They specialise in German and Austrian visual culture, with a focus on cinema and the Frankfurt School, sound and industrial history, as well as queer and intersectional approaches to film and literature. In their research and their teaching, they advocate for diversity and decolonization in German Studies. Their book, Sensitive Subjects: The Political Aesthetics of Contemporary German and Austrian Cinema, looks to early German-language film theory in order to explore how post-1989 films by directors including Valeska Grisebach, Michael Haneke, Andreas Dresen and Elke Hauck engender a political sensitivity in viewers. to register for seminars and for any enquiries please email culturesqueer@gmail.com

Queer Cultures Colloquium

Alongside these seminars, you are also welcome to join our weekly colloquium where we will be collectively reading and discussing a series of related texts. More information will be published here in due time.

Follow us on social media @QueerCultureCam.

Frey Kalus (fk309@cam.ac.uk)
Javier Pérez-Osorio (jap93@cam.ac.uk)
Orsolya Petocz (okp20@cam.ac.uk)
Evelyn WhorrallCampbell (emw59@cam.ac.uk)
Co-convenors