Radical Photographs; Science Fiction and Alterity; Sex Assignment and Brexit

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We look forward to welcoming you to our second 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, Ruth Ramsden-Karelse (DPhil English) will talk about the use of photography as radical practice by drag queens living in the now-demolished District Six. Daniel Ibrahim Abdalla (DPhil English) will be speaking about the relationship between science fiction and alterity in EM Forster’s ‘The Machine Stops’. Valentino Vecchietti (independent academic and intersex human rights campaigner) will discuss raising awareness and creating political change by using queer theory to describe complex structures in accessible ways, drawing on examples of sex assignment at birth and the Brexit debate and aftermath.

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.


Queer Studies Network

Contact name: Ruth Ramsden-Karelse

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

Audience: Open to all