CfP: AGender: Female and Transgender Masculinities

AGender:

A Conference about Female and Transgender Masculinities

16 and 17 June 2014 – Leeds Art Gallery

This conference is inspired by the artwork (and lives) of the artists Marlow Moss and Claude Cahun which will be shown in exhibitions at Leeds Art Gallery during the summer of 2014. It will explore female and transgender masculinities in the context of visual arts, queer culture and community engagement. In a lively combination of key note presentations and participative workshops this event will generate and discuss strategies to challenge negative attitudes to gender variance. It is hoped that the event will attract diverse participants including academics, artists, activists and professionals.

Themes could include:

Artist-led workshops exploring female and transgender masculinities, drag and camp.

Female and transgender masculinities, performativity and queer theories.

Health and wellbeing issues and hate crime victimisations arising from negative attitudes to gender variance.

Gender binarism and sports including perceived risks of becoming masculine and associations with lesbianism and transgenderism.

Queer cultural readings of the artists’ work, other LGBTQ historical individuals and the time period.

Perspectives on the conference themes influenced by intersectionality particularly post-colonial/critical race theories, Jewish queer culture (both artists had Jewish heritage) and disability theories.

Proposals for both academic papers and participative workshops will be considered.

150 word proposals to be sent to: jude.woods@leeds.gov.uk no later than 1.4.14, applicants will be informed about their inclusion by 22.4.14.

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  1. E-mail Jude Woods at Leeds Art Gallery – jude.woods@leeds.gov.uk . There’s a booking form through Event Brite being set up. The conference is free, but it was originaly costed at £15 per day so we’re asking if people can afford to donate anything towards the costs of it that they do at the venue. It’s totally optional though, and if people can’t afford to that’s fine – no-one will be rattling a tin! It promises to be a fantastic couple of days! Hope you can make it.

  2. E-mail Jude Woods on jude.woods@leeds.gov.uk. The conference is FREE but it was originally costed at £15 a day so we’re asking if people can afford to donate something towards costs that they do so at the venue. It’s totally optional though, and if you can’t afford to that’s fine – no-one will be rattling a tin! An Eventbrite page is being set up for booking through as we speak. The venue is accessible and there’ll be BSL signers. Kids are welcome but are the accompanying adult’s responsibility – no crèche. It promises to be a fantastic couple of days – hope you can make it!

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