Queer Theory Research Lunch: Nonbinary Drag; Sylphs and Sylphides; Drag, Improv, and Play.

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We are very excited to announce the first Queer Theory Research Lunch of Trinity. Each event is comprised of three Oxford-based researchers from across the humanities and social sciences speaking for ten minutes each, followed by twenty minutes of group discussion.

This week, Megan Hughes (DPhil French Philosophy) will talk about the irresistible spectacle of nonbinary drag, reflecting on unclassifiable bodies and on the possibility of frustrating the gaze of the other. Elena Sorochina (MSt European Enlightenment Studies) will explore the literary motif of the sylph and its potential as a vector for the exploration of questions on gender, desire and transgression, primarily focusing on erotic and (proto)-fantastic French texts of the long eighteenth century. Edward Scrivens (DPhil Egyptology) will discuss the ways his own experiences as drag artist and improviser are an expression of play.

We aim to facilitate a space in which those whose work currently engages with queer theory can network. We also wish to provide an opportunity for all those at Oxford who are interested in queer theory to find out how it is being used here and how they themselves might engage with it, without any requirement of prior preparation.

A sandwich lunch will be provided.

If you’re not sure where to go, meet us at the Merton Porter’s Lodge by 12:30 and we will walk to the Mure Room together.

All are very welcome to attend, including undergraduate students and non-academic staff.

Image: JA Nicholls. nice to hold. Oil & acrylic on canvas. Used with kind permission of the artist.


Queer Studies Network

Contact name: Ruth Ramsden-Karlelse

Contact email: ruth.ramsden-karelse@merton.ox.ac.uk

Audience: Open to all