Brighton: 18th Annual Lesbian Lives Conference

18th Annual Lesbian Lives Conference on 11-12 February 2011 in Brighton, UK. Hosted by University of Brighton LGBT and Queer Life Research Hub in conjunction with Women’s Studies Centre, University College Dublin. The theme of the conference is ‘Revolting: Bodies, Politics & Genders’. The conference will present papers and works by academics, scholars, students, activists, documentary and film-makers, writers and artists.

About Lesbian Lives XVIII
The Lesbian Lives Conference has been organised by the Women’s Studies Centre at University College Dublin for the past seventeen years and in 2011 it celebrates its 18th birthday in Brighton. The conference is a mix of academics, activists, performers, artists and writers and is open to all genders and any political and sexual orientations. There is an ethos of welcome and accessibilty.

Confirmed Speakers include:  Ali Smith, Emma Donoghue, Joan Nestle, Davina Cooper, Sarah Franklin, Reina Lewis, Caroline Gonda and Rose Collis. Panels include Irish Lesbian Activism and screenings by Irish Queer Women film and videomakers.

The organisers say: Brighton is easily accessed by train from Gatwick Airport – the journey is less than 30 mins. Aer Lingus, British Airways, Ryanair, BMI, Air Southwest all connect Ireland and Gjatwick.

Lesbian Lives XVIII
c/o Dr Kath Browne
University of Brighton
School of the Environment & Technology
Cockcroft Building, Lewes Road
Brighton BN2 4GJ
UK

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'Black Girl Ugly 2010', photo by Sherley Olopherne

‘Black Girl Ugly 2010′, photo by Sherley Camille Olopherne

Art And Arts Related Workshops At Lesbian Lives XVIII
I have had a look at Lesbian Lives XVIII’s programme.  At the conferencey you can join workshops lots of workshops! Here is a list with a few samples which may be of interest to you dear arts professionals and art lovers.

Fingering our Histories: Exploring our Archives
- Lizzie Thynne (Sussex): Surrealism and Resistance: The War-time Campaign of Artists Claude Cahun and Marcel Moore

Taken Spaces: Black Lesbians Against White Aesthetics
- Sherley Camille Olopherne (photographer)

Projecting: LGBT Media Representations
- Fiona Philip (Leeds): Inciting Revolt: Bryher and Hollywood’s ‘Triumphal Bridal Procession’
- Tayfun Tezel (Charles University): Representations of Homosexuality and Homosexual-Oriented Character in Turkish Cinema
- Yasmin max Sason
(UEL): Revolting Lesbians on Israeli Media – Dancing with Conflict on Screening Lesbians on Israeli Media
- Rasha Touqan (LSE): Sex Kitten or Ice Queen: Lesbian Representations in Western Media

Playing a Part: The Story
of Claude Cahun, at Sallis Benney Theatre
- Screening and discussion of ‘Playing a Part’ (Lizzie Thynne, 2005)

Man for a Day
- Presentation and workshop with Diane Torr

Performing an Erotic
- Gael A Harvey (Essex): Queer Cinécriture: The Body Politic in the Lesbian Aesthetic of Barbara Hammer

Lesbian Gaze
- Sam McBean (Birkbeck): Gazing at the Family Photo: Queer Desires in Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home
- Elisha Foust (Royal Holloway): Dykes To Watch Out For: A Meditation on Revolt in the Graphic Novel

sh[OUT]: Contemporary Art And Human Rights at GoMA, Glasgow, UK

Gallery of Modern Art in Glasgow has a social justice exhibition every other year. This year the topic is lesbian, gay, bisexual, intersex and transgender life. The exhibition sh[OUT] will both celebrate and raise awareness of LGBT people, their rights and history.

Artists represented are: Patricia Cronin, Nan Goldin, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Sunil Gupta, David Hockney, Holly Johnson, Deborah Kass, Ins A Kromminga, Sadie Lee, Chad McCail, Robert Mapplethorpe, Catherine Opie, Grayson Perry, Pierre et Gilles, Jack Pierson, Lizzie Rowe, Diane Torr, and Del LaGrace Volcano.

Glasgowmuseums.com writes on their webpage: “Please note: the sh[OUT] exhibition contains some sexually explicit artworks.” – so now I have warned you too!

The exhibition, which opened in April, ends on Sunday November 1, 2009. A catalogue to accompany the exhibition is be available from GoMA.

sh[OUT] events programme:

Del LaGrace Volcano
October 8, 2009, 6.30pm to 7.30 pm, at GoMA
Del LaGrace Volcano is considered one of the pioneers of queer photography and has published five books of work including Love Bites and Femmes of Power.
This talk will include a discussion about the work Herm Torso, currently on show in the sh[OUT] exhibition, and the trans culture in general.

LGBTI representations in art and literature
October 15, 2009, 6pm to 7.30pm, at GoMA
Join Glasgow based authors Zoe Strachan and Louise Welsh along with London based sh[out] artist Sadie Lee for a panel discussion on the topic of LGBTI in Art and Literature.
This session will be chaired by Sean McGlashan, curator of the sh[OUT] exhibition.

An evening with Diane Torr
October 22, 2009, 6pm to 8pm, at GoMA
A talk and performance from internationally renowned performance artist Diane Torr, who features in the sh[OUT] exhibition. Among other investigations, she is a pioneer of drag king culture, and co-author with Professor Steve Bottoms of the forthcoming book Performing Masculinity.

Related links
Del LaGrace Volcano
Diane Torr
Sadie Lee