Lesbian Lives Conference 2015 – Call For Proposals

Excerpt of a press release by Lesbian Lives Conference (cross-posted at facebook)

The call for contributions for the 2015 Lesbian Lives Conference: Lesbian Feminism/s Now! – Send us your proposals. Now!

CfP: Lesbian Lives Conference 2015: Lesbian Feminism/s Now

The theme for the 2015 Lesbian Lives Conference is Lesbian Feminism/s Now. The conference will take place at the University of Brighton, UK on the 20-21 February 2015 and is hosted by University of Brighton LGBT and Queer Life Research Hub in conjunction with the Women’s Studies Centre, University College Dublin. The organisers of this two-day international and interdisciplinary conference now welcome proposals from academics, scholars, students, activists, documentary and film-makers, writers and artists.

Proposals are welcomed on (but not limited to) the following:

Lesbian Feminism and Contemporary Politics
Historicising Lesbian Feminism
Lesbian Feminist Ethics
Lesbian Feminist Philosophy
Lesbian Feminist politics and direct action
Lesbian Feminism and Physical Culture (including sport)
Lesbian Feminism and Intersectionalities (race, class, dis/ability)
Black Lesbian Feminism
Trans Lesbian Feminism
Queer Lesbian Feminism
Bi Lesbian Feminism
Lesbian Feminist Politics and Direct Action
Lesbian Feminist Communities
Sleeping with the Enemy: Political Lesbianism
Lifestyle activism
The Lavender Menace: Lesbians and Straight Feminists
The Ideology and Practice of Separatism
Panels on key thinkers in Lesbian Feminism
Sisterhood is Global?: Lesbian Feminism Internationally
Wimmin’s Lands
Androgyny: Theory & Practice
Lesbian Feminist Fashion, Aesthetics and Body Culture
Filling Up & Spilling Over: Lesbian Feminist Music
‘Of Woman Born’: Lesbian Feminist Literature
Lesbian Feminist Art
Beyond God the Father: Lesbian Feminism, Religion & Sprituality
Lesbian Feminist Food cultures
Lesbian Feminist Events & Rituals
Sex Wars: Lesbian Feminist Sex & Sexuality
The Wanderground: Lesbian Feminist Imagination and Utopias
Lesbian Nations: Lesbian Feminist Organisations
Lesbian Feminism in Mainstream Politics
Lesbian Feminism in the Curriculum
Representations of Lesbian Feminisms
Lesbian lives in relation to neoliberal feminism

The Conference Organisers Welcome Proposals

for (A) individual papers, (B) sessions, (C) round table discussions, (D) workshops and (E) visual presentations or performances. This conference also includes a series of film screenings, which run concurrently with the main programme. We encourage submissions across all genres, both fact and fiction which align to the conference theme, and which have been produced between 2013-2015.

The Lesbian Lives Conference is open to all genders and any political and sexual orientations. There is an ethos of welcome and accessibility.

Deadline June 1, 2014

E-mail proposals of no more than 300 words to LGBTQ@brighton.ac.uk by 1st June 2014. For more details and for regular conference updates visit:

The Lesbian Lives Conference has been organised by the Women’s Studies Centre at University College Dublin for the first seventeen years and in 2011 celebrated its 18th birthday in Brighton. In 2015 The University of Brighton is delighted to co-host the 22nd conference.

About The Lesbian Lives Conference

The Lesbian Lives Conference is not just the world’s only annual academic conference in Lesbian Studies, it is a large international event that draws speakers and participants from all continents and hosts the best-known as well as emerging scholars in the field. In the past we have hosted Emma Donoghue, Jackie Kay, Joan Nestle, Cherry Smyth, Del La Grace Volcano, Sarah Waters and academics such as Sara Ahmed, Terry Castle, Laura Doan, Lillian Faderman, Sarah Franklin, Claire Hemmings, Alison Hennegan, Sally R. Munt, Helena Whitbread, Bonnie Zimmerman among many others.

Related Links

See/download the whole the Call for Papers for Lesbian Lives 2015
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Workshop: “A Day in the Life of Asian Pacific America”

Workshop with Lenore Chinn
Workshop with Lenore Chinn

Photo Workshop

“A Day in the Life of Asian Pacific America” – Photo Workshop with Lenore Chinn, Bob Hsiang & James Sobredo
CHSA Learning Center, 965 Clay Street, San Francisco
April 12 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
The workshops are free and open to the public. Come learn about documentary photography and join this national and international effort to reflect upon Asian Pacific American life. Read more about the workshop

Lenore Chinn

Chinese American visual artist Lenore Chinn is known for her portrait paintings exploring the super-realistic depiction of a wide spectrum of people of color, lesbians and same sex couples. Employing a coded iconography rooted in a lesbian/gay cultural perspective. In 2011 Lenore published her first monograph titled ‘CULTURAL CONFLUENCES: the Art of Lenore Chinn’.
Chinn’s inclusion in Harmony Hammond’s Lesbian Art in America: A Contemporary History, the first study of American lesbian visual artists, vastly expanded her national visibility. Her portraits documenting the historical evolution of San Francisco’s queer community challenge the social conventions that currently constitute the racialized order of things. She is included in Encyclopedia of Asian American Artists published by Greenwood Press in 2007.
The artist has been a founding member of Lesbians in the Visual Arts and Queer Cultural Center and is affiliated with the Asian American Women Artists’ Association. In 2013 she was involved in making a documentary shortfilm, THE WORLDS OF BERNICE BING about Asian American painter Bernice Lee Bing (1936-1998).

California – doubt it / talk series

doubt it / talk series:

a conversation between Josh Faught and Julia Bryan-Wilson

Tues, Dec 10, 7-10 pm
n/a – 4303 West St, Oakland, USA

doubt it / talk series is pleased to present a conversation between 2012 seca award winning artist Josh Faught and Julia Bryan-Wilson, associate professor of modern and contemporary art at the University of California, Berkeley. Using the strategy of conversation and dialogue, the talk between Faught and Bryan-Wilson will think through contemporary sensibilities within queer art and making.

doubt it / talk series is a collaborative project to create a physical and social space for contemporary artists to perform queer practices as an artistic extension through lectures, performances and screenings. doubt it / talk series aims to move beyond a determined examination of queer sensibilities and make space for the potentiality of alternative embodiments, dialogues and art practices.

doubt it / talk series is supported by southern exposure’s alternative exposure grant program

A Queer History of Fashion: From the Closet to the Catwalk

Excperpts from the newsletter ‘Leslie-Lohman Museum Recommends’ and www.fitnyc.edu


A Queer History of Fashion: From the Closet to the Catwalk
September 13, 2013 -January 4, 2014
Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, 7th Ave at 27th St, New York, USA

A Queer History of Fashion: From the Closet to the Catwalk features approximately 100 ensembles, from 18th-century menswear styles associated with an emerging gay subculture to 21st-century high fashion. This is the first museum exhibition to explore in depth the significant contributions to fashion made by LGBTQ (lesbian-gay-bisexual-transgender-queer) individuals over the past 300 years.


The Museum at FIT’s thirteenth fashion symposium, A Queer History of Fashion: from the Closet to the Cat Walk, November 8-9, 2013, boasts twenty participants, more than any symposium being held yet. Over the course of two days, an international array of scholars, authors, designers, and curators will discuss both historical and contemporary issues related to queer designers, icons, fashion and style. See the programme.