Queer Studies Research Tea: Quilting the Lesbian Archive and Representing African LGBTQ refugees

The left half of the image is a light modern tapestry. The right half of the image is a collage of images featuring a black man with his head in his hands.

Our research teas provide a relaxed space for those who already engage with queer studies to discuss their work, and for those who are interested in queer studies to find out how it is being used and how they themselves might engage with it, without any requirement of prior preparation.

As our first speakers this academic year, we’re delighted to (virtually) welcome to Oxford Sarah-Joy Ford, an Artist currently undertaking a practice based PhD at Manchester School of Art and co-director of the Queer Research Network Manchester, and John Marnell, a PhD fellow at the African Centre for Migration and Society, University of the Witwatersrand, and co-convenor of ALMN, the African LGBTQI+ Migration Network.

Sarah-Joy will talk about her PhD research; using quilting as a methodology for re-visioning lesbian archive materials. In particular – some snap shots of the challenges, adaptations and alterations of continuing a research practice devoted to touching/material under lock down.

John’s paper, ‘Telling a different story: On the politics of representing African LGBTQ migrants, refugees and asylum seekers’, will share findings from a participatory zine-making workshop with LGBTQ migrants, refugees and asylum seekers living in Johannesburg, South Africa. As well as analysing the project’s creative outputs, the paper will pose a more general question: how do the research methods we use shape the stories we end up telling?

Presentations will be followed by time for questions and discussion.


This event is taking place on the communication platform Zoom. Join us here: Link

Meeting ID: 847 0333 0938

Passcode: 6ysKTL

If you have never used Zoom before, you can download a free version and find video tutorials on their website: zoom.us. The Zoom call will open at 13:50 so that Zoom newcomers have time to settle in before we start at 14:00.


All are most welcome to attend, whether or not you are affiliated with the University of Oxford. Please bring your own tea.

If you have any questions or access requirements, please contact ruth.ramsden-karelse@merton.ox.ac.uk

Images used with permission of Sarah-Joy Ford and John Marnell.