upcoming events

On this page you will find all the details of our future events. These provide a forum for scholars at every level to discuss queer studies from a variety of disciplines and perspectives. We hope to see you there!

Lucy Mooring

Nowt As Queer As Folk

Friday 26th February 2021 - 4-5:30pm (GMT) (Ticketed Zoom Event)

Biography

Lucy is currently an undergraduate at the University of Warwick. She studies sociology and in the summer of her first year was awarded URSS funding for a research project entitled 'nowt as queer as folk'. Her research seeks to understand the intersections and realities of Queer women and rural space. She identifies as queer and is from rural North Yorkshire. Therefore, she feels a personal, as well as academic investment in her research. She is interested in queer biopolitics/biopower and the relationship between queer bodies and the state. She is also attracted to work on the politics of space, and environment, sapphic culture throughout the 19th century broadly, and on queer political economy.

Abstract

Queerness is often posed as antithetical to rural spaces, indeed when authors discuss rural settings in a queer context it is often to further a narrative that it is a place of homophobia and isolation. This talk attempts to counter these notions by uncovering how queer, rural women have historically found themselves and one another. Be this through; lesbian newspapers, phonebanks, zine culture, separatist communes, and the contemporary relationship between queer women and the internet. This perspective forms a critique to the rural to urban trajectory so often imposed as a necessary journey of queerness- the end of which is found in gentrification, consumerism, and queerness as simply capital accumulation. 

Format

Lucy's talk will be streamed as a pre-recorded video followed by a live Zoom Q&A. Due to the interest in this event, Lucy's talk will also be livestreamed via Facebook Live (date forthcoming).

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Migueltzinta Solís and Suzanne Lenon

The Gay Villain Rides Again: The History of a Queer Biker

Friday 16th April 2021: 4.45-7pm (GMT)

Biographies

Migueltzinta Solís is a mestizXXX interdisciplinary artist working currently working on a PhD in Cultural, Social and Political Thought at the University of Lethbridge, Alberta in traditional Blackfoot territory, where he received his MFA in Art. He is trans.

Suzanne Lenon is an Associate Professor in the Department of Women’s & Gender Studies at the University of Lethbridge, Alberta. Her teaching and research are located in the inter-disciplinary fields of socio-legal studies, critical race feminisms, and queer theory, with a focus on the myriad ways race and sexuality interlock in both law and culture.

Abstract

This presentation of archival images and historical research investigates the story of Solitaire, a mysterious figure who haunted the background and fringes of gay and lesbian (queer) motorcycle clubs. Solitaire’s archive is a puzzle, appearing momentarily in one decade then disappearing without a trace, then appearing again in ephemera printed ten years later. Solitaire is unique among figures of proto-queer biker rebeldom, as archival evidence implies that Solitaire primarily rode bicycles, which must have made integration into motorcycle clubs quite difficult if impossible. Due to Solitaire’s elusiveness, it has been difficult to establish certain facts about this until now unexamined historical figure, including basic details such as Solitaire’s race, ethnicity, gender and sexuality. Like with many queer ancestors, the archival traces of this outsider have been largely dismissed, and it has only been thanks to cross-disciplinary scholar Migueltzinta Solís’s exhaustive research that Solitaire’s story has begun to come to light.

Solitaire’s story is a timely body of research, disseminated at a moment where questions of class, power and masculinity are once again clashing and mixing with notions of queerness. Leather culture and aesthetics have found a queer revival through social media influencers, amateur pornographers and queer contemporary artists, filmmakers and scholars. The history of queer leather and bikes is complicated by many class, race and gender politics, bringing up urgent questions around the politics of power, iconography and representation. In a moment where neo-liberal, homonationalist politics threaten to iron flat the textured vibrancy of queer rebel life, this investigation into the mysterious Solitaire’s life provides an important missing link, a single strand of gay villainy side-winding through the intricately woven matrix of LGBTQIA2S+ themstory.

Format

45 min presentation by Miqueltzinta Solís

45 min in conversation with Suzanna Lenon

30 min Q&A with the audience

This event will be recorded and available later on our Facebook and Youtube channel.

The Gay Villain Rides Again_ The History of a Queer Biker

Aidan Norrie

When the King is/is not a Woman: Queering Elizabeth I

RESCHEDULING (NEXT ACADEMIC YEAR)

Biography

Aidan Norrie is a Chancellor’s International Scholar in the Centre for the Study of the Renaissance at the University of Warwick. Aidan is the editor, with Marina Gerzic, of From Medievalism to Early-Modernism: Adapting the English Past (Routledge, 2019), and, with Lisa Hopkins, of Women on the Edge in Early Modern Europe (Amsterdam University Press, 2019). 

Abstract

Elizabeth I is one of England’s most famous monarchs. This fame (or notoriety) is largely the result of her depiction as the Virgin Queen—after all, she is considered unusual for neither marrying nor having children. Few monarchs are so inseparably intertwined with their gender, or more accurately, the heteronormative and patriarchal view of their gender. No other English monarch has blurred the arbitrary gender binary like Elizabeth did; no other female monarch publically declared that they had ‘the heart and stomach of a king, and of a king of England too’. By analysing Elizabeth’s reign through the lens of genderfluidity, the truly genderless exercise of sovereignty in early modern England is made clear, and scholars can stop using Elizabeth’s gender as a way to demonstrate her apparent alterity. 

Aidan Norrie