upcoming events

 On this page you can find details of all our future events! The majority of our events are online, and those that aren't will be done in a hybrid way.

The aim of these events is to offer you a chance to learn more about queer lives, research, and understanding. We collaborate with a number of groups and individuals to help us put these events on and together we hope to bring you the most up-to-date and topical content.

If you ever miss our events, we try to record a large of these and you can catch up via our Youtube.

We hope to see you soon!

Queer(ing) Religion: Transnational perspectives on gender and sexual diversity in religious communities and texts

Tuesday 14th-15th June 

Location: Online

Tickets: Here

Queer/disrupt, in collaboration with the Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies, invites for its second online international conference held on June 14th - 15th 2022. This year’s topic is the intersections between queer theory and religious communities and texts. The conference is funded by the Margherita von Bretano Center (Freie Universität Berlin).

In scholarly as well as activist circles, religious and queer projects are frequently seen as incommensurable (Boellstorff, 2005). As a result, religion or piety as a crucial factor in shaping queer experience is often elided, rendering the experiences of those who desire/struggle to integrate the two irrelevant to the study of sexuality and gender. In fact, Melissa Wilcox observes that “many queer theorists, like many queer activists and perhaps many LGBT people in general, regard religion as so inimical to their purposes and lives that it is not even worthy of critique” (Wilcox, 2006, p. 73). This tendency is especially problematic given the well-documented role that religion plays in the lives of many queer individuals (Minwalla et al., 2005; Rodriguez & Ouellette, 2000; Shah, 2016), as well as the abundance of religious scholarship that is inclusive of gender and sexual diversity (Greenough, 2019; Kugle, 2010; Muhammad et al., 2011). Adriaan van Klinken has observed that the lack of critical attention of queer theorists to religion obscures the potential of the latter to challege heteronormativity. Addressing this gap is crucial within any decolonial project in what he calles a “postsecular intervention,” which “must address the secular assumption that underlies much of queer studies (van Klinken, 2019, p. 14).

This conference aims to address not only the lack of a comprehensive exploration of the ways in which queerness and religion can be “reconciled,” but also aspires to a critical re-evaluation of the assumptions this binary is based on. In doing so, we aim to offer a platform to foster and strengthen transnational connections between and within marginalized communities, and to envision alternative patterns of solidarity.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email hello@queerdisrupt.com.

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A Stitch in Time: Fashioning Queer Identities

Monday 14th March 6:30-8:30pm 2022

Speaker: Daniel Fountain

Location: Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, Jordan Wl, Coventry CV1 5QP

Tickets: https://coventry2021.co.uk/what-s-on/a-stitch-in-time-fashioning-queer-identities/

As part of Daniel Lismore's Be Yourself; Everyone Else Is Already Taken programme of events gratefully supported City of Culture Coventry 2021 and Herbert Art Gallery & Museum.

Artist and academic Daniel Fountain will give a talk about the significant role that fashion and craft has for expressing queer identities. Taking Daniel Lismore's 'living sculptures' as inspiration, Fountain will give an overview of work by various counter-cultural figures throughout contemporary history who have paved the way for us to 'be ourselves'.

Dr Daniel Fountain is Lecturer in Art History and Visual Culture at the University of Exeter. They are also an artist, curator, and researcher with interests in contemporary art, craft, and queer visual culture. Daniel is currently developing an edited collection titled Crafted With Pride: Queer Craft and Activism in Britain, which will be published by Intellect in 2022. They have exhibited artwork on an international level and have lectured at 8 Universities in the UK and Canada on programmes in Art History, Fine Art, Textiles, and Fashion. They have also curated a range of public programmes in collaboration with organisations such as National Museums Liverpool, Tate and Paul Mellon Centre. More details about Daniel’s work can be found via www.danielfountain.com.

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