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Friday15February2013 ParallelSession1:9:5011:20am 1A:Film:LesbianaAParallelRevolutionDir:MyriamFougre 1B:Panel:HealthandWellbeinginLesbianLives 1.AlexKarydi IntimatePartnerViolenceinLesbianRelationships:AModernView Abstract Historyhashadauthorsexaminethemedicalcommunity'sattemptstoexplore intimatepartnerviolence(IPV)inthelesbian,gay,bisexual,andtransgender (LGBT)population.Theirfindingssuggestedthatthesecommunitiesneedshave oftenbeenneglected.Theauthorsidentifiedthatheterosexualwomenhave beenthefocusofIPVscreeningandintervention.However,theyarguedthat thereiscomparableprevalenceofIPVinLGBTindividualsanditsdetrimental healtheffects.Inconclusion,theyidentifiedthatsadlylittlehadbeendonefor LGBTrelationshipsinregardstoIPV.Theywereabletostressthedifficultiesof IPVinLGBTrelationships,andoutlinethedifferencesbetweenLGBTand heterosexualIPV.Inconclusion,theyfocusedonactionscliniciansshoulddo whenaddressingIPVintheirLGBTclient.Throughthispaper,thediscussion generatedwillprovidecommunity(s)orindividualswiththefollowingideas:

TheimportanceofunderstandingIPVinLesbianrelationship DefiningIPVinLesbianrelationships Responsibilitiesofprovidersandcommunityorganizationsinhelping womenovercomeIPV

Website:http://www.thelesbianguru.com 2.DrJasminaCherguit(ClinicalPsychologist),ProfessorJanBurns(Salomons CanterburyChristChurchUniversity),DrSharonPettle(ConsultantClinical Psychologist),DrFionaTasker(Birkbeck,UniversityofLondon) Lesbiancomothers'experiencesofUKmaternityhealthcareservices. Abstract Aim:ThispaperisareportofastudyoflesbiancomothersexperiencesofUK maternityhealthcareservices. Background:Withtheincreaseinfertilityprovisiontolesbiancouples,maternity healthcareservicesareincreasinglycomingintocontactwithlesbianco mothers.Literaturehighlightstheneedtoinvestigatedonorconceivedlesbian familiesandanabsenceofresearchfocusingontheuniqueexperiencesofco mothersinthematernityprocess. Methods:Aqualitativestudywascarriedoutinvolvingtenlesbiancomothers, whosechildrenwereconceivedviaanonymousdonorinseminationtotheir partners.DatacollectiontookplacebetweenMayandSeptember2009. Results/Findings:Aninterpretativephenomenologicalanalysisrevealedtwo maintypesofcomothersexperiences,thoseconnectedwithmaternityservice structuresandinterpersonalexperienceswithmaternitycarestaff.Comothers

feltexcludedbyheterocentricorganisationalservicestructures.However,theco mothersoverwhelmingexperienceswithstaffwerepositiveandinclusive. Despitethis,comothersreportedthatanyambiguousornoninclusive experienceswithprofessionalsleftthemquestioningwhethertheseexperiences wereduetohomophobicattitudesorprofessionalincompetence. Conclusion:Theresultsindicatethattheselesbiancomothersfelt predominantlyincludedandacceptedbymaternityservices.Ambiguous interpersonalexperiences,however,evokeddoubtsinthisregard.Inaddition, organisationalheterocentricstructuralbarriersremain.Structuralservice deliverychangescouldfacilitatecomothersfeelingsofinclusionandhighlight theimportantrolepractitionershaveincontributingtocomothersexperiences. Biography DrJasminaCherguitcompletedherdoctorateinClinicalPsychologyat Salomons/CanterburyChristChurchUnivertityin2010andisnowwokingin learningdisabilityCAMHSinWestLondon.Herrangeofinterestsinclude, lesbianparents,donorconceptionandMAITSCharity(MultiAgency InternationalTrainingandSupport)developingmanualsandtrainingpackages forparentsofchildrenwithdisabilitiesinIndia.Email:jcherguit@hotmail.com 3.ProfessorSallyRMunt,SussexCentreforCulturalStudies&JaneTraies,PhD candidate,UniversityofSussex LifeHistoriesandHealthNarrativesofOlderBritishLesbians Abstract Ourpaperpresentsdatafromthelargestresearchprojecttodateonlesbiansand ageing,theLivesofBritishLesbiansOver60Project.Theresearch,undertaken in201011,consistedofsome50semistructuredlifehistoryinterviewsand around400onlineresponsestoalengthyqualitativeandquantitative questionnaire.Theresultisawonderfullyrichdatasetwhichisstillinthe processofinterpretation,usinglifehistoryandnarrativetechniquesaswellas quantitativedataanalysis.Thispaperusesfindingsfromthesurveyandfrom olderlesbiansnarrativeswhichfocusonphysicalandmental/emotionalhealth. Thedataunderlinetheimportanceofsocialfactorstomaintaininghealth. Emergingthemesinclude:experienceofchildhoodillnessandsocial exclusion;beingrejectedbyorestrangedfromparents;effectsofpressureto conformtoheterosexualnorms;lowselfesteemleadingtoabuseofalcohol, drugsetc.;stressofbeingcloseted;lackofsocialsupportincrisis(e.g. bereavement)whencloseted;disenfranchisedgrief;dealingwithhomophobia fromneighbours,peopleinpubs,employersetc.;illnessanddisabilityinolder age;attitudestowardshealthservicesandservicesforolderpeople;fearsabout failinghealthandlossofindependence;mentalandemotionalresilience. 1C:WorkshopTitle:RecognisingDiversity?:EqualitiesinPrincipleand Practice SallyHines Abstract ParticipatoryActionWorkshop:AKnowledgeExchangeProjectFundedbythe EconomicandSocialResearchCouncil(ESRC),ledbyDrSallyHines(Directorof CentreforInterdisciplinaryGenderStudies(CIGS),UniversityofLeeds.

Therelationshipbetweentransgenderandfeminismandsexualpoliticshas,and remains,contentious.Thisparticipatoryactionworkshopseekstoexplorethis relationshipbyexploringtheviewsofworkshopparticipantsaboutrecent changesaroundgenderdiversitybroughtbythe2004UKGenderRecognition Act(GRA). TheworkshopwilldisseminatetheresearchreportfromSallyHinesprevious ESRCfundedresearchontheGenderRecognitionActbeforemovingonto discusstheaimsandobjectivesofhercurrentknowledgetransferproject.Sally willusecasestudiesfromaGenderRecognitionReviewtofacilitateknowledge sharingandstrategydevelopmentaroundthepolicyrecommendationsfromthis previousresearch.Specifically,shewillaskworkshopparticipantstodiscuss theirviewsonvignettes1.Workshopdiscussionswillbeseenasadatagathering exercisethroughwhichtoexamineviewsaboutthecurrentframeworkofrights fortranspeopleinrelationtoissuesofgender,sexuality,intimacyandthebody. Theworkshopwillidentifyissuesofconsiderationandfurtherrecommendations forfutureredraftingoftheGRA. Biography SallyHinesisanAssociateProfessorofSociologyandGenderStudies,and DirectoroftheCentreforInterdisciplinaryGenderStudies(CIGS)atthe UniversityofLeeds,UK.Herworkisconcernedwithtransformationsin gendered,sexualandembodiedidentities,andtheirlegalandpolicy implications.HerforthcomingbookGenderDiversity,Recognitionand Citizenship:TowardsaPoliticsofDifferencewillbepublishedbyPalgravein 2013. 1D:THEDIRECTPATH:LesbiansCreatingTheirOwnConnectiontoSpirit AleineRidgeandFeliceRhiannon Manyofushavebeenturnedoff,turnedoutofand/orvictimisedwithin organisedreligions.FeliceandAleinehavesiftedthroughsomeoftheexisting traditionsforwaystonurtureourspiritualselves,tofindpracticesthatsupport ourintentiontocultivatethespiritualaspectofourlives. Thepurposeofthisworkshopistopresentsomeofthosesiftings. Wehavechosenfromadiversesmorgasbordofbreathing,praying,movingand stillnesswhichwecanpracticetogetherandonourown...insilence,withvoice, withbody,withmind,withheart. Asagroupwecanexperienceourspiritualselvesthroughtheseexamplesof experientialconnectionstodifferenttraditions,eachofusfindingadirectpathto herlesbianheart. Jewishwomansprayer Shamaniccallinginofthe4elements/directions Sufigreetingthedivineintheother Buddhistlovingkindnessmeditation Hindugoddessofcreativity
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A vignette presents a hypothetical situation, to which research participants respond. The 4 vignettes presented at the workshop will be of hypothetical situations informed by interviews carried out by Sally Hines in relation to peoples experiences of, and attitudes towards, the Gender Recognition Act.

Biographies AleineRidge Cameoutin1977,workedasacounsellorsince1973andasatranspersonal psychotherapist,supervisorandtrainersince1990. OrdainedasanInterfaithMinisterin2010. BroughtupChristian,chosewiccaandshamanicwaysofworking. ExploredBuddhism,interestedinallpaths,dedicatedtomyown. FeliceRhiannon AnordainedOneSpiritInterfaithministerandqualifiedYogaTherapist,Felice cameoutin1974.Herspirituallifeblossomedfromthereafterbeingraisedinan observantJewishhousehold.Shehasinquireddeeplyintoseveralpathsto Spirit...Wicca,Buddhism,andHinduism,seekingandfindingthefeminineenergy ineachpath.Sheiscurrentlyexploringthepathwhichhasnoname. ParallelSession2:11:301:00pm 2A:Panel:DeathoftheLesbian 1.LizMillward,UniversityofManitoba DisproportionateDeathRates:TheDangerofbeingaLesbianCharacter Abstract Lesbianfilmandtelevisioncharactersseemtodieatalarmingrates.Tarain Buffy:TheVampireSlayer,PaulieinLost&Delirious,EvainAnotherWay,and MayainPrettyLittleLiarsarejustsomeexamples.Charactersinsubtextual lesbianrelationshipsarenotsparedeither:thinkJanetfromStargateSG1or Xena:WarriorPrincess.FollowingtheworkofTerryCastle,thispaperexamines thehistoryoffictionallesbiansdeaths,inliteratureandpulpnovels,andthen exploreswhatproportionofonscreenlesbiancharacterscontinuetodie.It suggeststhattheongoingpracticeofviolentlykillingoffthelesbiansubvertsthe impactoftherecentproliferationoflesbianrepresentations. Biography LizMillwardisAssociateProfessorofWomensandGenderStudiesatthe UniversityofManitoba.Shehaspublishedseveralarticlesonlesbianhistory, culture,andgeography,includingtheXenaverse,fictionallesbianpilots,lesbian conferencesinthe1970s,and,withDr.JaniceDodd,StargateSG1.Shealso researchesthehistoryofwomenandaviation.Sheiscurrentlywritingabook calledMakingaScene:AculturalgeographyoflesbianCanada,19641984. 2.JaniceDodd,UniversityofManitoba TheReportofMyDeath.:Fanfictionresistancetonarrativesoferasure. Abstract NoelleCollieretal.(2009)presentevidencethatlesbianviewersareableto drawaffirmativemeaningfromrepresentationsoflesbiansintelevisionshows (Buffy:theVampireSlayerandXena:WarriorPrincess)despitethehistorically clichdendingofthesecharacters.Whilemanyinthefancommunities expressedasenseofbetrayalattheviolentdeathsoflesbiancharacters,writers offanfiction,asafurtheractofresistance,createdstoriesthatforman alternativecanon,thuserasingtheerasure.Usingexamplesfromonline

fanfictionforX:WPandStargate:SG1,thispaperexaminessuchrestorationof lesbianlives. Biography JaniceDoddisProfessorofWomensandGenderStudiesandPhysiologyatthe UniversityofManitoba.Shehaspublishedarticlesontherepresentationof womeninscienceand,withDr.LizMillward,therepresentationofwomen scientistsintelevisionandfanfiction 3.IreneFubaraManuel,UniversityofManitoba Boom,ByeByeAndallisWellinHeteropolis:Homophobia,Sexismand theRealityoftheLesbianDeathTrope Abstract SakiaGunn(May26,1987May11,2003),a15yearoldAfricanAmerican lesbianstabbedbyamanwhoseadvancessherejected;EudySimelane(March 11,1977April28,2008),aSouthAfricanfootballerandlesbian,gangraped, beaten,stabbed25timesinherface,chestandlegs;andMollieJudithOlgin(May 12,1993June23,2012),19yearoldlesbianshotatcloserangeinPortland, Texas,withhergirlfriendsurvivingashottothehead.Thesewomenslives, similartothestoriesoflesbiansrepresentedinmedia,endwithanabruptfade toblack.Thispaperexploresthedeathoflesbiansinreality,comparingittothe patterninmediainwhich,inanattempttoreclaimpatriarchalpowerover womensbodiesorrestoretheorderofheterosexuality,lesbiansarekilledoff. Biography IreneFubaraManuelisaDoubleHonoursstudentwiththedepartmentof PsychologyandWomensandGenderStudiesattheUniversityofManitoba. CurrentlyworkingonherPsychologyhonorsthesis,shewasawardedthe LambdaFoundationforExcellenceLesMcAfeeMemorialAwardforher 2011/2012honorsthesisinWomensandGenderStudies:APlaceLikeHome: TheIdeologicalPositionofQueerRacializedImmigrants.Shealsopresentedthis thesisbyinvitationtotheSexualityEducationResourceCentre,Winnipeg, Manitoba.ResonatingwithheridentityasaqueerAfricaninCanada,her interestsrevolvearoundsexuality,intersectingidentities,andthecultural aftermathofcolonization. 2B:Panel:Delinquency,SexEducationandReform 1.AnastasiaJones,YaleUniversity LesbianismandJuvenileDelinquencyintheU.S.PublicImagination Abstract Inthispaper,Iaimtoexplicatepopularconnectionsbetweenfemalejuvenile delinquencyandantisocialsexuality,particularlylesbianism,intheinterwar U.S.Duringthisperiod,homosexualityandcriminality,bothofwhichwere thoughttorevolvearoundissuesofheredity,pathology,environment,and repression,werethesubjectofvibrantpublicdebateanddiscourse.Thelink betweensexualperversionandfemalejuveniledelinquentsinthepopular imaginationwasespeciallystrong.Adolescentgirlsfrequentlyattractedthe attentionofpoliceandsocialworkers(andofteneventuallyfoundthemselves incarceratedinreformatories)fortransgressingculturallyacceptedsexual mores.Themostcommoncriminalcharges,incorrigibilityandimmorality,

werecommonlyusedascodeforanysexualactivityoutsidetheboundsof marriageafraughtarenaforaeugenicsobsessedpublic.Further,bothfemale juveniledelinquentsandthefemaledirectorsofwomensprisonsattracted approbationforthesupposedlyrampantlesbianismthatflourishedbehindthe wallsofthefemalereformatorysystem.Usingreformatoryrecords,sociological andmedicalstudiesofincarceratedwomen,andpopularcommentarieson juveniledelinquency,Iwillteaseoutthelinksanddisconnectsbetweenthe supposedlydangerouslyperverseheterosexualitythatresultedinadesignation offemalejuveniledelinquentontheonehand,andtheunnaturalbutbenign lesbianismoffemalereformatoriesontheother.Thispaperwillbeatruncated versionofthefinalchapterfrommydissertation,TheNormalLesbians:Sex BetweenWomenandtheGrowthofModernSexualCategoriesinU.S.Culture, 19201940.Iamcurrentlyinthemidstofwritingthisproject,andhave presentedworkinprogressformsofearlierchaptersattheBerkshire ConferenceontheHistoryofWomen(2011)andtheEuropeanSocialScience andHistoryConference(2012). Biography AnastasiaJonesisaPhDCandidateintheDepartmentofHistory,YaleUniversity. 2.ValBrown,Historian TheLifeofMay(Toupie)Lowther Abstract IamalocalhistorianandhavebeenlookingatthelifeofMay(Toupie)Lowther 18741944.Shewasawellknownsportswoman,shefencedandplayed championshiptennis.ShealsoservedinFranceduringWW1andwasafriendof UnaTroubridgeandRadclyffeHall.Ihaveresearchedherfamilysince shehaspreviouslybeenwronglyidentifiedas"LadyBarbara"Lowther.Toupie LowtherlivedinPulborough,WestSussex,inthelast10yearsofherlife: herbrotherisalsoassociatedwithEastSussexandhermotherandsisterwith BrightonandHove. Biography ValBrownisalocalhistorian.HerpreviousworkWomensHospitalsinBrighton andHove(2008)hasbeenpublishedbyHastingsPress. 3.StephanieWestcott,UniversityofWisconsinGreenBay EducatingtheAmericanLesbian:1950sSexEducationandtheBirthofa GayGeneration Abstract ThispaperwillexplorethewaysthatColdWarsexeducationtaughtschoolage lesbiansabouttheirownsexuality.Counteringhistoricalnarrativesthatthe 1950sintheUSwereaneraofsilenceanderasureforlesbians,myresearchinto sexeducationmaterialsoftheerarevealslesbianismhadaplaceinthepublic classroom.Popularpsychoanalytictheoriesofthedayreassuredparentsand teachersthatalesbianphasewasanormalpartofsexualdevelopment. Curricularmaterialscreatedwiththatinmindcreatedspaceforquestionsabout sexualdevianceandrevealedtheextenttowhichchildrenwerealreadyfamiliar withhomosexualityanditseroticpossibilities.Thosepossibilitieswereregularly bothsuggestedanddismissedinthesexeducationfilmsoftheday.Popularwith manysexeducationteachers,hygienefilmswereusedinclassroomsacrossthe

UnitedStatesinthepostWorldWarIIera,freeinginstructorsfromthe embarrassmentoftalkingaboutsexualsubjectmatterandcontrollingthe messagesstudentsreceivedaboutsexualbehaviorandsexualidentity.But hygienefilmsguardedinformationaboutsexandsexualitycarefully, simultaneouslypromisingtorevealeverythingastudentneededtoknowand obscuringsexualdetailstothepointofabsurdity.Theresultwasasexeducation curriculathatofferedglimpsesofwhatlesbianslookedlike,wheretheywentto findoneanother,whatsamesexattractionmightbelike.Byexaminingthose hygienefilmsandtheclassroomcurriculathataccompaniedthem,Iwillargue that,ratherthanremainsilentonthesubjectoflesbianism,thesepostwarsex educationclasseseducatedAmericanstudentsonsexualdevianceandpresented thepossibilityoflesbianlovesandlivestoagenerationofgirls. Biography StephanieWestcottisadjunctassistantprofessorofDemocracyandJustice Studies,inthehistoryandwomensstudiesprograms,attheUniversityof WisconsinGreenBay.ShereceivedherPhDinhistoryfromtheUniversityof WisconsinMadisoninMay,2012.Sheiscurrentlyrevisingherdissertation, ProducingPanic:Media,Morality,andAmericanSexuality,19451970,and researchingaprojectontheintersectionsofdesegregationandqueerpopular cultureinthe1960sUS. 4.KateTurner,UniversityofWestminster HomosexualLawReformandScottishNationalIdentity,1950Present Abstract Scotlandsrecenthistoryischaracterisedbyapoliticalturnaround,whichhas seenitmovefromfailingtodecriminalisehomosexualityuntil1980lagging behindEnglandandWalesbythirteenyearsinrealisingthisreformto currentlyleadingthewayonmarriagereformintheUK.Thisprojectdelineates thefactorsbehindthischange,takingformationsofnationalidentityasapointof focusindeterminingthechangingtreatmentofhomosexualityinScotland. AnalysisofsourcessuchasthewritingofhistorianRogerDavidson,everyday newspapersofthetime,andgayandlesbianpublications,uncoversa masculinisedandheterosexistnationalidentityintheScotlandof195080, whichisconsideredasignificantfactorunderpinningthedelayin decriminalisationofhomosexualityatthistime.Thecontemporarybackingof equalmarriagebytheScottishNationalParty(SNP)isassessedwiththese findingsinmind.Analysisofcontemporaryvisualcampaignsforequalmarriage, alongsidetheSNPandUKConservativeconsultations,isimplementedtoassess whethertheSNPsupportofmarriagereformsignifiesradicalprogressionor, alternatively,assimilationofqueeridentityintothemajorativenorm;bothin termsoftheinstitutionsofmarriage,andintraditionalScottishnationalidentity boundupinheterosexism.Thepaperutilisestheanalysisofthepolitical situationinScotlandtoconsidermoregenerallywhatwemeanbyprogression inthemodernmoment.Thepaperwillalsoquestionbroadlyhowmarginal sexualities,andsexualidentities,arenegotiatedagainsthegemonicstructuresof nationhoodandtraditionalideasofmarriageinthecontemporarymoment. 2C:Workshop:QueerFeminineOrientations:ComeandMakeYourOwnFab FemmeCollage!

AlexaAthelstan Abstract Areyouqueerfeminineidentifiedandwanttohavesomefuncreatingavisual representationofyourqueerfeminineidentity?Thisworkshopoffersyouthe opportunitytoexploreyourideasaboutqueerfemininityandidentityby creatingyourownfabfemmecollage.Collagescanbeaboutanyofthefollowing themesoranythingthatisofspecificimportancetoyouandyouridentity1) Howyouembodyyourqueerfeminineidentityineverydaylife2)Howdoyou definefemmeandqueerfemininities?3)Whoinspiresyou?4)Howdidyou cometothisidentity?5)Whatotheraspectsofyouridentityareimportantto howyouexperienceandembodyyourqueerfemininity? Iwillprovidethebasicmaterialsformakingthecollages(e.g.card,scissors,glue, pensandmagazinesforcuttingoutpictures).Ifyouareplanningoncomingto theworkshop,itwouldbehelpfulifyoucouldbringanythingextraalongwith youthatyoudefinitelywanttoincludeinyourcollagetorepresentyouridentity (e.g.fishnets,lace,glitter,pictureofLadyGaga).Theworkshopwillberoughly dividedintotwosections.Thefirstsectionwillgiveyouplentyoftimetocreate yourownfemmecollage.Inthesecondpartoftheworkshopwewilldiscussion howthesecollagesrepresentyourqueerfeminineidentity,asagroup.So,come along,bringyourinspiration,creativityandyourwillingnesstowieldagluestick andapairofscissorsandletshavesomefunmakingcollages! Biography AlexaAthelstanisinthesecondyearofherPhDatLeedsUniversity,UK, pursuingaprojectthatisinterestedintheorisingqueer,alternativeand subversivemodesoffeminineembodimentsubjectivityineverydaylife.Usinga theoreticalframeworkofBordieusconceptofthehabitus,Butlers(1999)theory ofgenderperformativityandparticularlySaraAhmeds(2006)queer phenomenologyconcerningprocessesoforientation,theprojectinvestigates howsubjectswhoselfidentifytheirfemininityasbeingqueer,alternativeor subversive,manifesttheirgenderidentityaccordingtotheaffects,objects, people,spaces,aestheticsandpositionedintersectionsofidentity,thatthey orientatethemselvestowardsandawayfrom.Theprojectusesamixed methodologicalapproachinvolvinganalysisofthreerecenttextspublishedon femmeandqueerfemininities,UlrikaDahlandDelLaGraceVolcanosFemmesof Power(2008),ChloeBrushwoodRoseandAnnaCamillerisBrazenFemme (2002)andJenniferClareBurkesFemmethology(2009),aswellasinterviews andvisualmaterialsintheformofcollagesandphotographs,producedby16 participantsintheUK.Infact,alargepartofthematerialsthatIamlookingatfor thisprojectarethecollagesandphotographsthatinterviewparticipantscreated abouttheirqueerfeminineidentities. 2D:Workshop:Transmenandwomensspaces RobClucas Abstract Tworecentencounterswithwomensspaceshavegivenmecausetoreflecton thedifferentwaysofconceptualisingtransmasculinity.Myfirstwasadiscussion withathoughtfulandtheoreticallysophisticatedfriendandcolleaguewho volunteersatawomenscentre.Inaninformalconversation(thatdoesnt representtheconsideredviewofthewomenscentreconcerned),shethought

thatIwouldntbeabletovolunteerthere,asIdontidentifyasfemale.Mysecond encounterwasattendingameetingofagroupthathasDykesinitstitle,but whichwelcomes,amongothers,FTMpersonswhofeelthattheystillhavelinks tothewomenscommunity. IwasremindedoftwoeverydaywaysofthinkingaboutFTMpeople:transmen asoppositetowomen,andtransmenaspersonsonacontinuumoffemale masculinity.Halberstam,inFemaleMasculinity,rejectstheoppositesand continuumviewsoftransmasculinity.Shesuggestsinsteadthatthelines betweenthetranssexualandthegenderdeviantlesbianinevitablycrisscross andintersect(1998,164).ForHalberstam,itisessentialtochallengethe existinggenderhierarchies,andsheclaimsthatthisworkcanonlybedoneby masculinitiesthatarefeminist,antiracist,andqueer(ibid,173).WhilstIm sympathetictothequeertheoreticalapproachinthispoliticalworkthat Halberstamidentifies,Imalsoawarethatthereareresonancesintheopposites andcontinuumviewsoftransmasculinitythatseemtopointtoimportant personaltruthsfortransmen,andfor(lesbian)women.Thisworkshopaimsto facilitatetheexplorationoftheseviews. Biography RobClucasisLecturerinLawattheUniversityofHull.Hisrecentpublications includeworkontheappointmentofgaybishopsintheChurchofEngland.AsB. Clucashehaspublishedarticlesonjurisprudence;medicalethics,particularly conjoinedtwins;humanrights,andchildrensrightsandwelfare,andwithG. JohnstoneandT.Ward,hecoeditedthecollectionTorture:MoralAbsolutesand Ambiguities(2009).RobwastheinauguralChairoftheLGBTStaffNetworkat theUniversityofHull,andisaTrusteeoftheAnglicanpressuregroupChanging Attitude.Hiscurrentresearchinterestsareinequalityissuesandthechurch,and feministtheoryandpornography. 2E:Film:JansComingOut,Director:CarolynReid KeynoteAddress:ProfLisaDowning,UniversityofBirmingham BisexualEthicsandContemporaryQueerLives ParallelSession3:3:004:30pm 3A:Panel:ArtisLong,LifeisShort:Modernwomenartists,collaboration andlegacyattheVictoriaandAlbertMuseum Thepapersinthissessionproposalallfocusoncollaborationsbetweenwomen artistsrepresentedintheV&A,whowereinvolvedinintimaterelationshipswith otherwomenartistsduringtheperiod18501950.Theyaddressthewaysin whichthemodernerabothfacilitatedandlimitedthesewomen'sartistic productionandwehopethattheensuingdiscussionmayexploreboththework presentedandthecurrentplaceofsuchworkwithinnationalmuseums. 1.ZoeClayton TheBostonMarriageofJudithAcklandandMaryStellaEdwards watercolouristsanddioramamakers(19191971) Abstract

JudithAckland(18921971)attendedartschoolinhernativeDevonforseveral yearsbeforejoiningtheRegentStreetPolytechnicin1919,whereshemetfellow studentMaryStellaEdwards(18981989).Theybecamepartnersforlife, retreatingeachspringandautumntoacabinwheretheypaintedthebulkof theirpicturestopographicalwatercolourscenesofthesurroundingcoastand countrysideofBideford,NorthDevon.Thepairalsotravelledwidelyonpainting holidaysandinventedanewmethodofmodelmakingin1945,specialisingin historicdioramas.NowownedbytheNationalTrust,thecabinisauniquely preservedandfaithfulrecordoftheirartisticcollaboration.Inthispaper,Iwill discusstheirjointoeuvreandtheirworkintheV&Acollection. Biography ZoeClaytonisaCataloguerintheWordandImagedepartment.Shehasworked indocumentarymaking,photographyandfilmfestivalsinFrance,London,and Manchester,andspecialisesinearlyphotographytechniques,particularly stereographsandthehistoryofqueerfilm. 2.DawnHoskin TheSuffrageAtelier:WorkingTogether&ContestingWomanliness Abstract ThispaperwilldiscusstheSuffrageAtelierasahomosocialgroupthatcontested conceptsofwomanlinessandcultivatedanenvironmentthatfosteredpersonal andcreativerelationshipsbetweenwomen.TheSuffrageAtelierformedin1909 toencourageartiststohelpforwardtheWomen'sMovementbymeansof Advertisements,BannersandDecorations.Withastrongbackgroundincraft, theseprolificwomenworkedtogethertotranslatethesuffragettemessageinto powerfulvisualsymbols.Theysupplieddesignsandinstructedothersinvarious productiontechniquesandtheuseofimagerytopropagatetheirmessage. Togethertheychallengeddominantideologiesoffemininityandconstructed visiblenewinterpretationsofwomenssocialroles. Biography DawnHoskinisanAssistantCuratorintheFurniture,TextilesandFashion Department.Sheiscurrentlypartoftheprojectteamworkingontherenovation andredisplayoftheMuseumsEurope16001800Galleries,whichwillopenin December2014.SheisaboardmemberfortheactivistgroupClimateRushwho taketheirinspirationfromthesuffragettes.Dawnhaspreviouslyspokenonthe earlyhistoryofbicyclesinrelationtowomensemancipationandcurrent researchprojectsinclude:crossdressingat18thcenturymasquerades;18th centurysingeries;andtheworkof1980sperformerKlausNomi. 3.MaraGold CollaborativeArrangements:theworkofFrancesHodgkinsandDorothy Richmond Abstract ThispaperwillconsiderhowattitudestowardstheBritishColoniesallowed femalehomosexualandhomosocialrelationshipstoprosperwithintheArtsand CraftsMovement.Theperiodofthelatenineteenthandearlytwentiethcentury, wasoneinwhichlesbianandbisexualwomendominatedwithintheliterary, visualandperformingartsofNewZealand,andthismovementinparticular, thoughtheirworkhistoricallyhasbeenneglectedbyscholarsofthisera.The

workofFrancesHodgkins(18691947)andDorothyRichmond(18611935), especiallytheirlithographsanddrawings,emergedasadirectresultoftheir closepersonalrelationshipandwillserveasacasestudytoillustratehowsuch intimacyshapedtheworkofNewZealandwomenartists. Biography MaraGoldisaresearcherinmovementlearningintheTheatreand PerformanceDepartment.ShehasanMAinAdvancedTheatrePracticefromthe CentralSchoolofSpeechandDramaandiscurrentlycompletingasecondMAin CulturalHeritageatUCL.Shehasabackgroundinprofessionaltheatreandher studiesinClassicsandHistoryatVictoriaUniversityinWellingtonculminatedin aresearchpostatTePapaTongarewa,NationalMuseumofNewZealand. 3B:Panel:CentrefortheStudyofSexualDissidencePanel:Lesbian RepresentationinLateTwentiethandTwentyFirstCenturyFiction 1.KatharineHarris,UniversityofSussex Theliesoffictionaresometimestheonlywaytogetatthetruth:The modernlesbianincontemporaryhistoricalfiction. Abstract Thispaperexplorestheinventionofhistoriesforthemodernlesbianinrecent novelsbyEmmaDonoghueandSarahWaters.Suggestingtheimportanceof fictionsaboutthepastasmuchasfacts,itanalysestheseimaginedhistoriesin detail.Throughthis,thepaperexploresthemethodthatDonoghueandWaters employtoresistpastmarginalisationsofthelesbianinhistoricalrecordandin theliterarycanon.Thisalsoindicatesthattheanachronisticpresenceofcertain politicsandlanguagefromthepresentday,remindingusthatthisisfiction,not fact,andthatthemodernlesbianisessentialtotheconstructionofthesenew pasts. Biography KatharineHarrishasanundergraduatedegreefromtheUniversityofCambridge andcompletedaMastersinEnglishatKingsCollegeLondon,withadissertation onthenovelsofSarahWatersandtheirconstructionofimaginedhistories. KatharineiscurrentlyadoctoralstudentattheUniversityofSussex,researching historicalfictioninthetwentyfirstcentury.Herworkplacesparticularemphasis onthemarginalisationofcertainsocialgroupsinhegemonicheteropatriarchal History,andthepotentialforcontemporaryhistoricalfictiontounderminethis. Thisisinflectedbyideasregardingpostmodernhistoriographicnarrativeand questionsofqueerandgenderedreinventionsofpastoppression. 2.LauraEllenJoyce,UniversityofSussex ButcheryandtheLesbianDetectiveinDanielWoodrell'sWinter'sBone Abstract Thispaperwillconsidertheroleofthelesbiandetectiveinthe2006North AmericannovelWinter'sBonebyDanielWoodrell.ThecharacterofReeDollyis explicitlyandimplicitlycodedasqueerandbutch.Shealsotakesontheclassic detectiverole.Throughhuntingandbutchery,Reenavigateshunger,fearand destitution,culminatinginthefinalactwhichsecuresherfamily'sfuture,whilst simultaneouslynegatingherown.IndependenceisnotavailabletoReeonceshe hastakenontheroleofthedeadfather.Conversely,sheisfreedfromthe

necessityofheterosexualmarriage,andisconsideredbyherpeersas'asgoodas aman',apositionwhichsheenjoys.Thispaperseekstoinvestigatethelinks betweenmeatandmurder,betweenbutcheryandthelesbiandetectiveinthis novel,andwillattempttorecovertheexcisedandelidedcentralityofthelesbian relationshipbetweenReeandGail. Biography LauraEllenJoyceisasecondyearPhDcandidateinCreativeandCriticalWriting atTheUniversityofSussex.Herresearchinterestsincludemasculinityand spatiality,criminalgeography,psychogeographyandtheuncanny,21stcentury radicalcrimewritingandgenderedreceptionofClassics.Sheteachescritical theory.SheisontheeditorialboardofExcursions,aninterdisciplinarypeer reviewedjournal.SheisprojectcoordinatorfortheAHRCGlobalQueerCinema project.SheisalsocoorganiseroftheNGenderseminarseriesatSussex University.Herfirstnovel,TheMuseumofAtheism,dealswiththemurderofsix yearoldbeautyqueen,JonbenetRamsey. 3.NozomiUematsu,UniversityofSussex QueeringMaternityin1980sBritain:InvestingtheReproductive TechnologiesinLessingsTheFifthChild(1988)andWintersonsSexingthe Cherry(1989) Abstract Thispresentationwillexaminetherelationbetweenreproduction,happiness andtechnologicalinnovationinthe1980sinBritaininDorisLessingsTheFifth ChildandJeanetteWintersonsSexingtheCherry.The1980sarethedecadewhen thebody,themother,andmotherhoodareradicallycalledintoquestion.Dueto technologicalinnovationsinrelationtoreproduction,therebecameafracture betweentheconventionalfigureofmotherhood,mothernatureandnew technologicalreproductivepossibilities.Historically,inwesterncultureand philosophy,themeaningandthesignificanceofwomanhoodhasbeeneasilyand unreasonablyreducedtothebodyinoppositiontothesubject.However,with prenatalscreeningandsurrogacy,bothofwhichemergedandwerehugely arguedinthe80s,thisnaturallinkisdebunkedasfictional.Ontheonehand, thesetechnologicalinnovationsprovideinfertileandhomosexualcoupleswith theopportunitytoconstructanewkindoffamily.Ontheotherhand,thesesame innovationsalertedconservativepeopletotheunderminingofthetraditional family. Throughlegislationonsurrogacy,InVitroFertilisation(IVF)andotherchildcare policies,theBritishGovernmentcontrolledreproductiveactivitiesthroughthe ideologyoftheconventionalfamily.Thus,the1980sarethedecadewhenthe conceptofmothernatureanditsscientificalternativeswerenegotiated. Aswewillsee,thesetechnologiesunderlietheworksofDorisLessingand JeanetteWinterson:therhetoricofeugenicsfortheprenatalscreeningsits behindTheFifthChild(1988),whileIVFshadowsSexingtheCherry(1989). LessingsTheFifthChild,insightfullyexposesthelackofchildcarebytheTories inthe1980swhenamotherhasatroublesomeordisabledchild:themonstrous childmakesthemothermonstrous,andthisprocessalienatesthemotherfrom society.WintersonsSexingtheCherryseeksanewmaternalintimacythatdoes notrequirebiologicalkinship,asseenintherepresentationofmonstrous mother,DogWoman,andthedescriptionofgrafting.

Biography NozomiUematsuisastudentrepresentativeinSexualDissidenceCommitteein UniversityofSussexin2012,andalsosheisaPhDstudentthere,inSchoolof English.HerresearchisfundedbyJASSO(2012),UniversityofHitotsubashi (2011),andRotaryInternationalfoundation(2010).Sheisinterestedinhowthe conceptofhappinessworksasaregimeinneoliberalsocieties,andinvestigates howwomenswritinginthe1980ssubvertsthisideologythroughthedepiction offemalesexualityandintimacy.Thisisacomparativefeministprojectandthe authorsshewillinvestigateare:DorisLessing,JeanetteWinterson,Angela Carter,RiekoMatsuura,AmyYamada,TaekoKono.Shehasgiventhree conferencepapersatSussexandinJapanonMonstrousIntimacy,Jeanette Winterson,DorisLessingandAmyYamada. 3C:Panel:TranscendingNations,BordersandSpaces 1.ClaireBennett,UniversityofSussex SeekingasylumintheUK:ThePerspectivesoflesbianasylumseekers Abstract Lesbianasylumseekersfacesignificantissueswhenapplyingforasyluminthe UKasbothgenderandsexualityarenotcoveredinthe1951Refugee Convention.Consequently,asylumclaimsbasedon'persecutionaroundsamesex experiences'needtobearguedforundertheparticularsocialgroupcategory. ThisisthemostcontroversialandarbitraryofallfiveRefugeeConvention grounds.Likemanyrefugeewomen,lesbiansmayhavebeensubjecttosexual andphysicalviolenceaspartofthepersecutionandthestigmatheyexperience intheircountryoforigin.Manylesbiansarealsospecificallytargetedand experiencecorrectiverapeaswellasimprisonment,publicbeatings,family rejectionandsocialisolation.Aspartoftheasylumprocess,womenhaveto discloseanddiscusstheirexperiencesofrape,sexualandphysicalviolencetoa rangeofindividualsingreatdetail.Inaddition,claimsbasedonanindividuals homosexualityalsorequirethemtoevidencetheirsexualityinorderto convincetheUKBorderAgencypersonnelandimmigrationjudgesthattheyare alesbian.ThispaperwilldiscussthemethodsandfindingsofmyDPhilresearch whichinvolvedinterviewingelevenlesbianasylumseekersandrefugees(three timeseach)whohadallexperiencedphysicalandsexualviolenceintheir countryoforiginandsoughtinternationalprotectionintheUK.Thepaperwill outlinethedifficultieswomenassociatedwithnavigatingtheUKasylumprocess onthebasisoftheirsexualityandinparticularnarratingtheirsexualstories throughalegallens.Howwomenreflectonwhatitsliketobealesbianasylum seekerintheUKwillalsobediscussed. Biography BeforemyDPhil,Ispent11yearsworkinginthevoluntarysectorincluding sevenyearsininternationaldevelopmentlargelybeinginvolvedinarangeof projectswithwomenandstreetchildren.Ihaveextensiveexperienceworkingin AfricaandAsia,whichhasalsoincludedworkinrefugeeandrepatriationcamps inPakistanandCambodia.ImmediatelypriortomyDPhil,Iworkedasa researcherforanNGOworkingwithwomenasylumseekerswhohad experiencedgenderbasedpersecution.Ihaveastrongidentityasaqualitative

socialresearcher.Ibelieveworkingdirectlywithpeopleandengagingwiththem helpstodetanglethecomplexityofsubjectiveexperiences. 2.MarciaPoelman Comingoutandcominginforfirstandsecondgenerationmigrant,lesbian women.AnexplorativeresearchinFlanders,Belgium Abstract FlemishLGBTorganizationshardlyreachLGBTpersonsfromethnicminorities, especiallywomen.Basedoninterviewswith10lesbianwomenfromethnic minoritiesinthecityofAntwerp,Belgium,wediscusstheinterplayofsexual orientation,ethnicityandgender.Itentailsspecificthresholdsconcerning comingoutandcomingin.ThemainstreamWesternstandardofcomingoutis notalwaysdesiredorattainableforthesewomen.Adesireforauthenticity drivesthemtofindnewwaysofreconcilingtheirsexualorientationwiththeir socioculturalbackground.Comingin,orenteringLGBTsubculture,isthought totakeplaceinasafe'peer'environment.Forethnicminorities,theLGBT subcultureoftenisno'peer'environment.Andifitis,thestrictsocialcontrol womenfromethnicminoritiesfacelimitsitsaccessibility.TheevolutionofLGBT venuesintogayfriendlyandmixedplacesmakescominginevenmorecomplex forthisgroup.Tomakecomingineasierforthisgroup,offeringspecificactivities targetedatethnicminoritywomenremainsasoundideasincetheneedis manifest.Atthesametime,mainstreamLGBTorganizationscouldworkon interculturalcommunication,placehomosexualityinabroadframework,discuss racismandprejudicewithinthegaycommunityanddevelopapolicyonprivacy. 3.ClareBDimyonMBE,PRIDESolidarity OntheRainbowTrailoftheEuro2012FootballChampionshipsinUkraine Abstract In2012PolandandUkrainejointlyhostedtheEuro2012Football Championships,invitingpeoplefromacrossEuropetocometowearsilly costumes,wavetheirflagandfollowtheirteam.ClareDimyonfromPRIDE Solidaritydecidedtodojustthat,althoughitwasntquitewhattheUkrainian government,thenproposingasetofdraconianhomosexualpropagandalaws, wasexpecting.AsClaresawthatEnglandwasplayingUkraine(thehostnation), herexcitementincreasedassheidentifiedthattheywereinthesamegroupas SwedenandFrancewhoseembassies,withtheUKhavesupportedLGBT+ friendlyinitiativesacrosscentral&easternEurope.Shediscoveredafull houseinGroupB,(alsoplayinginUkraine)ofGermany(withthefirstopenly gayForeignMinister),theNetherlandsandDenmark,eachwithexcellentLGBT+ credentialsandPortugal,aCatholiccountrywheresamegendercouplescanbe legallymarried. Fromtheteamcolours,therewerefivecoloursoftherainbow:RedDenmark (Germany),OrangeNetherlands(Germany),Yellow&Blue:Sweden&Ukraine Green:PortugalandBlue:France(lesBleus!)leavingonlypurple,whichwas achievedwhenthelesbianfootballteaminKherson(southUkraine)thatClare visitedwassuppliedwithapurplekitfromPRIDESportsfollowinginthesteps ofherQuakerforebears.StartingwithKyivPRIDE2012,whosepublic manifestationwasabandonedinthefaceofsevereviolence,Clarestayed creatinga6weekrainbowtrailaroundUkrainevisitingLGBT+peopleinsix

majorcities,proliferatingPRIDEandLGBT+culture.Inasubversionofsymbols, StGeorginawithherDutchcrown,notveryhomophobicdragonand homophobiazappinglasersword,paradedwitharainbowflaginthree Ukrainiancitiesandjustaftermidnighton28thJunemadeaonewomanPRIDE insidethestadiuminDonetsk,wishingstadiumofficialsandcelebratingSpanish fansaHAPPYPRIDE. 4.Dr.LeanneDawson,DepartmentofEuropeanLanguagesandCultures,The UniversityofEdinburgh QueerSubjectivity,TimeandSpaceinAngelaMaccaronesFremde Haut/Unveiled(2005)andKimberlyPiercesBoysDontCry(1999) Abstract FremdeHautfeaturesanIranianlesbianseekingasyluminGermanyonthe groundsofhomophobicpersecutioninherhomeland.Whendeniedit,Fariba assumestheidentityofSiamak,adeadmaleacquaintancewhohadbeengranted asylum.Asylumonthegroundsofsexualityisaratherrecentconceptwhich may,rathercrudely,locatethesupposedlyforwardthinkingnationofGermany inadyadicstructurewithFaribashomelandofIran.Homophobia,sexism,and xenophobia,however,prevailinthesmallGermantownwhereFariba/Siamaks sensitiveandforeignmasculinitymaypassasstraightbutisstillconsidered other.ThismaybecomparedtoPiercesfilmicrepresentationofBrandon Teenasstory,BoysDontCry.AlthoughFaribaclaimsalesbianidentityand Brandonmostcertainlydoesnot,bothusethesmalltown(stereotypically traditional,repressed,evenbackward),ratherthanthecosmopolitancityasa settingtoexploretheirrespectivefemalemasculinities.Thecouplingofboth Fariba/SiamaksandBrandonsmasculinitywiththeirattractiontowomen ensuretheyareinitiallyreadasstraightmenindulginginrelationshipswith localheterosexualwomen.Thispaperwill,therefore,explorethenotionof passingandhowthismayshatterarangeofdyadsrelatingtoqueersubjectivity, timeandspace. Biography Dr.LeanneDawsonisaPostdoctoralResearchFellowinEuropeanLanguages andCulturesatTheUniversityofEdinburgh,wheresheteachesandsupervises withinbothGermanandFilmStudieswhileworkingonasecondmonograph examiningqueertransculturalidentitiesincontemporaryGermanfilm.Shehas writtenarangeofarticles,publishedandforthcoming,onqueerfemininitiesin Germanliterature,theatreandfilm.Hermonograph,Femme:QueerFemininities inGermanCulturewillbepublishedbyUniversityofChicago/UniversityofWales Pressin2013.SheisEditorialAssistantforStudiesinEuropeanCinemaanda literaturereviewerforanumberofotherpublications.Outsideoftheacademy, sheworksasafreelancetranslatorandacademictexteditor,teachespeopleof allagesaboutGermanculturalstudies,film,andgender,andisaconsultanton therepresentationofgenderandsexualitytoadvertisingandnewmedia agencies,theatreproductionsandradioshows. 3D:Performance:TrudyHowson,lesbianpoetandpoliticalactivist Presents:The"L"Word. "Love,laughterlongingloss.

Thisisthepromise Thisisthecost... OfbeingaLesbian" Trudywillperformherownpoetryexploringthisfascinatingtheme,and buddingandfloweringpoetsareinvitedtobringalongandsharetheirown work.Thissessionisanopportunitytotakepartin"TheUltimateInteractive LesbianPoem".Or,tojustlistenandenjoy. Biography Trudywaspreviouslyasingerandactressandworkedformanyyearsin mainstreamandalternativetheatre,radioandtelevision.Trudyappearedinthe following: SisterhoodOfSpit....22pieceallfemaleswingorchestra,playingLondon venues JesusChristSuperstar...RockOpera;LondonWE,andtouringUK ILikeMeLikeThis...GaySweatshop,touringUKandEurope CoronationStreet...ITV WorldsEnd...BBC SacredHearts...Film4 Nowshewritesandperformsherpoetryatfestivals,art/politicaleventsandon radio.Shewrote"GoingForGold"fortheLondonOlympicswhichwasfilmedby theBBCandusedasatrailerintherunuptothe2012Games.Shehasrecently returnedfromtouringSoutheastAsiawheresheperformedatGayevents (ChennaiDaas)andforsomeofMyanmarspoliticalactivists.Trudyis passionateaboutjustice,equalityandcivilliberty.Sheisalsoanactivemember ofthe"HoorayForLesbians"club. 3E:FilmScreenings 3.003.30pm ReturntoSender,Dir:LizzieThynne,UK,8 BarbaraJones,builder,Dir:LizzieThynne,UK,6 Withintroductionsbythedirector 3.304.15PM ButchLosses,Dir:JanetJones,UK,12 Withintroductionanddiscussionwiththedirector Session4:305:20pm LauraDoaninconversationwithChrisRoulston Session5:306:30pm JaneHill(Presenter,BBCNews);KimThomas(SeniorAdvisor,EditorialPolicy); AmandaRice(Head,BBCDiversity);andKathyCaton(BBCPrideandProducer, StargazingLIVE,BBC2).

DrWho,Vastraandthelesbianfromouterspace:Audiences,Workforce andLGBportrayalattheBBC Saturday16February2013 ParallelSession4:9:0010:30am 4A:Panel:Counterpublicsandalternativespaces 1.NicoleEngel,TheOhioStateUniversity AnEthicofLove:WhatHappensWhentheQueersareDykes Abstract Mydissertationlinksresearchonqueercounterpublicswiththeoriesoffeminist andlesbianethics.Itasksthefollowingquestion:whatkindsofethical possibilitiesaregeneratedatsitessituatedatthecurrentintersectionofthe lesbian,thefeminist,andthequeer?Ianswerthisquestionbyexaminingtwo sitesheadedbyqueerwomen:theChicagoDykeMarchandqueerpornography. Itismycontentionthatqueercounterpublicssuchasthesearecurrently mobilizingsomeofourmosttrenchantpoliticalcritiquesandrelational alternativesadirectresultofthetheoreticalandactivistlegaciesthatinform thesesites(thelesbianfeminist,radicalwomanofcolor,and/orqueerofcolor), andtheembodiedandeconomicspecificityofthesubjectswhooverwhelmingly createandmaintainthesecounterpublics(lesbian,trans,ofcolor,and/or economicallyunderprivileged).Forthisconference,Iwillpresentmyresearch ontheChicagoDykeMarch,sharingsomeinitialfindingsemergingfrommy recentinterviewswithCDMCmembers,pastandpresent. Itisimpossibletooverestimatethesignificanceofthecritical,political,and ethicalworkthequeerhasinspiredoverthepast20years.However,without diminishingtheimportanceofthatwork,itisnecessarythatweinthefieldsof feministtheoryandlesbianstudiescontinuetochallengetheuncritical canonizationofcertainscholarship,theadoptionofimprecisegenealogies,and thecontinueddevaluationofparticularsites(theMidwest)andsubjects (lesbians,youth,theimpoverished,trans,etc.).Thisprojectfurthersscholarship ontheactivistperspectives,relationalpractices,andpoliticalimaginingsof queerwomenintheUnitedStates.Assuch,itservesasacorrectiveto scholarshipinthefieldofqueertheorythatconsistentlyneglectsissuesof gender(andrace,class,nation),andthepracticesofwomenandlesbians.Itismy hopethatthisprojectwillcontributetothelesbianandqueerofcolor scholarshipthatseekstodecenterthewhiteandthemale,theWesternandthe bourgeois,inthepursuitofethicalandpoliticalalternativesforamorejust future. 2.CJRowe,UniversityofBritishColumbia MichiganWomyn'sMusicFestival:PlaceMakingandtheQueerPersistence ofFeminism Abstract TheMichiganWomynsMusicFestivalwasfoundedonaphilosophicalconcept thataroseoutofthewomensmusicmovementandradicallesbianfeminist politicsofthe1970s.Sinceitsinception,thewomensmovementhasmoved

throughsignificantchanges,fromtheriseandgrowthofwomensonlyspaces, womenspublications,womensshelterstotheclosingofwomensbookstores andotherwomensonlyspaces(Case,1996).Atthispointintime,ithasbecome commonplacetoheartheproclamationthatfeminismisatanend,thatweareat atimeofpostfeminism.Iffeminismhasserveditspurposeandgenderequality hasbeenachievedwhythendoesthisintentionalwomenscommunitypersistat atimewhenit,andthemovementthatitgrewoutof,isbeingtoldthatitisdone, isatanend,hasachieveditsgoals,andisnolongerneeded? ThistalkwilldrawontheexperiencesoflongtimeFestivalworkerstoexplore knowledgeconcerningthenatureoffeminismduringatimeofpostfeminism.It willalsoexplorecontemporaryconceptionsofsexualcitizenship,queer temporality,andtheperformanceofmemoryasitislinkedthrough remembrances,performance,andtheirritualizedtellings(Buckland,2002; Muoz,2009). Biography CJRoweistheDiversityAdvisor,WomenatUBCsAccess&DiversityandaPhD CandidateintheCenterforCrossFacultyInquiryinEducationatUBC.Through herworkasaDiversityAdvisor,sheusesafeministintersectionalapproachto provideleadershipinexaminingpolicies,processes,andprogramsthroughthe lensofdiversitytofacilitatethepositiveexperiencesofallwomenstudentson campus.Overtheyears,shehasworkedandvolunteeredwithnationalCanadian equalityseekingorganizationsconductingresearch,developingpolicy,and lobbyingonsuchissuesassamesexmarriage,transgenderandtranssexual humanrights,womensaccesstointernetcommunicationtechnologies(ICTs), andviolenceagainstwomen.Heracademicresearchisbroadlyfocusedonthe persistenceoffeminism,embodiedpedagogy,performancestudies,andwomens music. 3.Dr.CatherineJ.Nash,BrockUniversityandDr.AndrewGormanMurray, UniversityofWesternSydney Lesbianspacesintransition:insightsfromTorontoandSydney Abstract Thepaperexaminesthetransformativeprocessescurrentlyunderwayinthe (re)constitutionofexpresslylesbianurbanspaces,throughacomparative considerationoflesbianplacemakingactivitiesinToronto,CanadaandSydney, Australia.Contemporarygeographicalscholarshiparguesthatmoretraditional andrecognizedgayspaces,suchasestablishedgayvillages,areindeclineas sexualandgenderedminoritiesareabletomovemorefreelyandvisiblyacrossa varietyofurbanareasinlightofprogressivesocialandlegislativechanges.While lesbianvisibilityandplacemakinghasalwaysbeendistinctivefromgaymale spaces,lesbianshavemadeuseofgayneighbourhoodswhileclaimingalternative residentialandcommercialspaceswithindistinctivesocialnetworksand visibilities.Thispaperexploresthecontextsandpossibilitiesfornew,expressly lesbianspacestoemergewithinthetransformativeneoliberalsocialandpolitical contextsinwaysthatbothcontestpastformulationswhileassertingseemingly stableformsoflesbianidentitiesandpolitics.Throughanexplorationofthe similaritiesanddifferencesintheseprocessesinTorontoandSydney,weseekto delineatethecomplexitiesoftheseemergentandexpresslysexualizedand genderedlocations.Buildingonthisinvestigation,weseektodeveloparesearch

agendawhichspeakstocontemporarytransformationsinlesbianlivesand spatialpolitics.Webegintoconsiderlesbianplacemakingthroughprocessesof mobility,which(re)constituteidentities,politicsandbelonging.Thispromisesto contributetoconceptualizationsofthesexualandgendereddimensionsof mobility,whichareoftenoverlookedinnewmobilitiesscholarship. 4B:Panel:Normativity,consumerismandlesbianidentity 1.MartaDora,JagiellonianUniversity Invisiblebutwellequipped:SextoysforlesbiansinPoland Abstract Polandisacountryfullofcontradictionsinthefieldofsexuality,inparticular thoseofitsaspectswhichrelatetowomenandsexualminorities.Aslesbians,we havevirtuallynorightsrecognizedbylawbutitdoesnotstopusfromsharing householdsandraisingchildren.Alsooursexlifeseemsnottoexist,assocalled homosexualintercourseisdiscussedonlyaccordingtomen.Andyet,thereare numerousplaceswherewecanprovideourselveswithcertainaidsand householdequipmentisnotwhatImean. Beingawomenandalesbianobviouslyhasanumberofpoliticaldrawbacks, however,primarilycanbesourceofuniqueexperienceandunquestionablefun.I havedecidedtotakeaglanceatthemodernlesbiansbedsandaskabout whethergirlsuseanyadditionalgearandifso,howhappyaretheyaccordingto thevarietyandaccessibilityofsuchtoysinPoland.IsusingsextoysO.K.?How andwhetherthephallicshapedtoyscorrespondtolesbiansidentity?Dowomen prefertoshoponline?Why/whynot?Doesagenderofashopassistantmatter? SimultaneouslyIhavecheckedmyselfwhatalesbianhastofacewhenenteringa sexstore,notalwaysdedicatedexclusivelytowomen. Combiningthosetwofieldsmentioned,myresearchconsistsoftwoparts.The firstoneisanonlinequestionnairefocusingonwomens(mostlylesbians) preferencesaccordingtosextoys,theirprosandcons,accessibility,visibilityand qualityinPoland.Thesecondpartofmyresearchisakindofparticipant observationbasedonvisiting15shopsinbothKrakowandWarsawinorderto examine,amongotherthings,theattitudetowardsfemaleclientandtheaccuracy inrespondingtoherneeds. Biography MartaDoraIamaPh.D.candidateintheInstituteofPsychologyatthe JagiellonianUniversityinKrakow,Poland.Myresearchinterestsincludethe historyofsexuality(thehistoryofsexualperversionsinparticular),sexual educationandsexualhealth. 2.MagdalenaMijas,JagiellonianUniversity Idealandidentity:Analysisoflesbians'onlinepersonaladvertisements. Abstract Mypaperwillpresenttheresultsofanalysisofpersonaladvertisements publishedwithintwomonthsontwomainwebsitesdedicatedtoLGBTpeoplein Poland:www.innastrona.plandwww.kobietykobietom.com[thelatter dedicatedexclusivelytononheterosexualwomen].Analysiswillincludeonly personaladvertisementswrittenbyandaimedatwomen.Onthebasisof distinguishedlesbians'mostwantedandlesbians'mostunwanted[both expressedintermsof:masculinity/feminity,LGBTcommunitymembership,age,

socialstatus,sexualorientation/identityanditsspecificaspects,emotionaland sexualpreferencesorevenhobbyofpotentialpartner]aswellaspersonal characteristics,desires,fearsandlongingsrevealedbyauthorsofadvertisements IintendtoreconstructaportraitofmodernPolishlesbianandlesbian relationshipfocusingonthenorm/idealoflesbianidentity,lesbiandesireand lesbianloverepeatedlyrevealedincollectedmaterial.DuringfurtheranalysisI amgoingtodiscussareasofexclusionandomissioninherentinthedesignof lesbianidealandidentity.AllthistakingintoaccountthespecificsofthePolish socialcontextagainstwhichlesbiansconstructtheirsubjectivities. Biography IamPhDcandidateintheInstituteofPsychologyattheJagiellonianUniversityin Cracowcurrentlywritingathesisontheconceptofsexualinversioninthe scientifictheoriesoffemalehomosexuality.Myresearchinterestsincludehistory ofsexualityandsexology,theoriesofsexualdifferenceinpsychoanalysisand feminismandLGBTQsexualities. 3.MeganChawansky,UniversityofBrighton Themodernlesbiansportsgirl:Makingspaceforlesbiansubjectivitiesin sportfordevelopmentandpeaceprogrammes Abstract Thispaperexaminesbothacademicliteratureandtrainingmaterialsfromwithin thenewandgrowingSportforDevelopmentandPeace(SDP)movementto highlighttheommissionoflesbiansubjectivitieswithinthemovement.In particular,itexaminesmaterialsfromgirlcentredprogrammestoarguethatthe movementforegroundsdiscussionsofreproductionandsexualhealthwhile minimisingexplorationsintothemultiplesexualitiesandcomplexsexuallivesof girls.Whilethehistoriclinkageoflesbianidentitieswith(certain)sporting practiceshelpstoexplainpartofthisomission,inthispaperIsuggestthat foregroundingdiscussionofreproductionandsexualhealthoperatesto constructacertainkindofsafeandappropriatesportinggirlhood.Thispaper concludeswithacallformorenuanceddiscussionsofsexualitieswithintheSDP literatureandtrainingmaterialsandforconversationsthatacknowledgecultural andhistoricalcomplexitiessurroundinggender,sexualitiesandbodies. Biography MeganChawanskyisalecturerintheSchoolofSportandServiceManagementat theUniversityofBrighton.Hercurrentresearchexaminestheframingofgirls andgirlhoodwithintheSportforDevelopmentandPeace(SDP)movement. 4.CorineTaylor(UniversityofLeeds) NonnormativeGenderIdentities,Accessibility,andthePrivilegeof Identity Abstract MyPhDresearchisconcernedwithhowqueerand/ornonheterosexualpeople whoarefemaleidentified,orwereassignedfemaleatbirthbutnolonger identifyassuch,experience,manage,andmodifytheirbreasts.Drawingon literatureinthefieldsofcosmeticsurgery,transtheoryandbodymodification, andusingCressidaHeyesworkonFoucaultstheoryofnormalizationandZowie Davysconceptofbodilyaestheticsanddistinctionsbetweenthesocial,sexual andphenomenologicalbodies,myresearchaimstoexploreif,andwhat,norms

aroundbreastsandidentityexistinqueerand/ornonheterosexualcommunities andhowidentitiesarenegotiatedinrelationtobreastedexperienceandacross differentsocialcontexts.Myfieldworkconsistedofthirtysemistructured interviewsandthispaperwillexploreoneofthethemesthathasemergedfrom thisresearch:theideaofaccessinrelationtoqueerand/ornonnormative genderidentities. Theuseofnonnormativetermstodescribeidentity(e.g. genderqueer,cisgenderetc.)wascommonamongstinterviewparticipants, whichpromptedmetoconsiderhowpeoplecameintocontactwiththeseterms. Participationinqueercommunities(bothphysicalandonline)anduniversities werekeysiteswherepeoplefirstengagedwiththesetermsandconceptsand fromthisIwouldsuggestthathavingaccesstononnormativegenderidentities entailscertainprivilegesinitself.Thispaperwillexploretheideathathavingan identitythatisdifferenttowidelyunderstoodandnaturalisedgendersand sexualitiesisonlysustainablewhentherearepeoplewhocanunderstand and/orreadtheidentity,andwilladdressquestionsconcerningwhocanhave alternativegenderidentitiesandwheretheseidentitiescanbeacknowledged. Thiswillalsoprovidesabasisfordiscussingtheusefulnessofgendermultiplicity asatoolforresistinggendernormalisation. Biography CorinTaylorisathirdyearPhDstudentinGenderStudiesattheCentrefor InterdisciplinaryGenderStudies,UniversityofLeeds.ShereceivedherBAin WomensStudieswithCriticalTheoryfromLondonMetropolitanUniversity (2005)andherMAinGenderStudies(Research)fromtheUniversityofLeeds (2010).Herresearchinterestsincludetheborderlandsbetweenfemaleandtrans masculinities,transitionvlogsandtheuseofsocialmediabyLGBTQ communities,andsubculturalnormssurroundingnonheterosexual,female bodiesandtransmasculinebodies.Herresearchproject,QueerTechnologiesof theBreast,focusesonthemodificationandmanagementofbreasts,andthebody morebroadly,byqueerand/ornonheterosexualpeoplewhoselfidentifyas femaleorwereassignedfemaleatbirthbutnolongeridentifyassuch. 4C:Workshop:WorkingWithLesbianVisualTextsinEducationalContexts AndreaFranciscoAmat,Professor,DepartmentofEducation,UniversitatJaume IdeCastelln(Spain)&BeatrizGonzlezdeGarayDomnguez,Departmentof MediaStudies(CAVPI),UniversidadComplutensedeMadrid(Spain) Embeddedasweareintheinformationsociety,mediaspaceisgrowingata dizzyingpaceandisincreasinglyencroachingonourpersonalandprofessional lives.Theimmediateconsequenceofthisgrowthistheincreasedpowerofthe media.Mediamessagescanbeconsideredasmirrorsofreality,aswindowson theworldorasconstructorsofreality.Thisworkshopisbasedontheideaofthe mediaasconstructorsofreality,ontheinfluenceofthemediaonpeoples educationandsocialization,ontheconstructionofsocialimaginary,andon ethicalchoices. LGTBIcommunityhastraditionallybeenoneofthegroupsthemediaindustry hasmarginalized,notonlythroughexclusion,butalsothroughtheuseof

stereotypicalimagestorepresentit,therebygeneratingprejudicesandnegative attitudes.Inthesemediaconstructions,lesbiansandbisexualwomenhavebeen doublydiscriminatedbecausetheybelongtotwominorities.Infact,until relativelyrecenttimestheywerealmostinvisible.Themediahelpedtocreate thenotionoflesbiansandbisexualwomenasnonexistentinthesocial imaginary,andthisinvisibilityperpetuatedthediscriminationagainstthemand restrictedtheirpossibilitiesofachievingcivilrights. Theaimofthisworkshopistopromotecriticalandactivecitizenshipby denaturalizingthestereotypesoflesbianandbisexualwomenconstructedbythe mediaandtoachieveanewformofliteracyabletoembraceinclusion. Thestudyofstereotypesinthemediaisausefulwayofexaminingthe connectionbetweenimageandideology.Oneofthemostrelevantissuesin approachingthissubjectconcernshowstereotypesareconstructedbythe media,becausealthoughstereotypesarecognitivelyusefulandnotnecessary negative,theyareloadedwithideologyaswell. 4D:Panel:LesbiansandAgeing 1.JillWilkens,InstituteforSocialScienceResearch,LondonSouthBank University Lonelinessandisolationinolderlesbiansadiscussionofsomeofthe issues Abstract Severalstudiessuggestthatlesbiansandgaymensufferdisproportionatelyfrom lonelinessandisolationastheyage(Musingarimi,2008a;KuyperandFokkema, 2010).Thereisalsoevidencethatgroupornetworkmembershiphaspositive benefitsandmayservetoreduceisolationanddepression(DietzandDettlaff, 1997;Jacobs,RasmussenandHohman,1999andGrossman,2006).Thispaper discussestheissueoflonelinessandisolationinolderlesbians.FormyMA dissertationIinvestigatedtheimpactofattendanceatasamesexuality,same generationsocialgrouponlonelinessandisolationinolderlesbians.Usinga focusgroupandsemistructuredinterviews,Iexploredthelivesoften participantsofOlder&WilderagroupwhichmeetsattheEquityCentrea dedicatedLGBTcentreinBradford,WestYorkshire.Theresearchdemonstrates thatthegroupofferssomerespitefromlonelinessandishighlyvaluedbyits membersasanopportunitytomeetinasafeplaceandwithpeoplewithwhom theycanbethemselves.Thegroupandthecentreoffermanymembersasense ofbelonging,althoughnotallmembersfeltequallyconnectedtothegroup whichmaybetodowithseveralfactorsincludingsocialclass.Myresearch suggeststhemodelofsocialspaceofferedbythecentreisahighlypositiveone andsuggeststhattheintroductionofarangeofsamesexualitygroupsin dedicatedcentreswouldbeofbenefittosexualminoritiesofdifferentages, ethnicitiesandsocialclassbackgrounds. Biography JillWilkensgraduatedfromtheUniversityofEastLondonin1986withaBAin Sociologyandthenembarkedonacareerinpost16education.Jilltookacareer breakin2010tostudyforanMAinWomensStudies(SocialResearch)atthe UniversityofYork,exploringthepositioningofolderlesbiansinsociety,their susceptibilitytolonelinessandsocialisolationandtheirmembershipof

organisedsamesexualitygroups.HerMAresearchfocusedonanLGBTCentrein Bradfordandthebenefitofthesocialprovisionitoffers.Sheisnowundertaking aPhDatLondonSouthBankUniversitywhereshehasanInstituteforSocial ScienceResearch(ISSR)Studentship. 2.JaneTraies,CentreforCulturalStudies,UniversityofSussex BecomingVisible:LesbiansOver60 Abstract Mydoctoralresearchinvestigatesthelivesandexperiencesoflesbiansover60 intheUK;itrelatestothisconferencesconcernwithlesbiansinthehistoryof sexuality,andwithitsthemeofage,ageing,andgenerationgaps.Althoughthere isnowasmallbutsteadygrowthofinterestinnonheterosexualoldage,gay menarebetterrepresentedthanlesbiansinsuchresearch,andtherehasuntil nowbeennolargescalesystematicenquiryintotheparticularexperiencesof olderlesbiansinBritain.Myworkaimstoredressthatbalance,drawingona databaseofsome400questionnairesand40lifestories.Oneoftheresultsof thisworkhasbeentoproblematiseoldlesbianasacategory.Using intersectionalitytheoryasameansofenquiry,thispaperexploresthe multiplicityofconflictingandoverlappingidentitieswhichmightclusteraround thecategoriesold,lesbianandwoman. Biography Afteraworkinglifespentteachingothers,Janebecameafulltimestudent herselfin2008.HerMPhildissertationexaminedthelackofolderlesbian representationinthemediaandpopularcultureof21stcenturyBritain.Her doctoralresearch(www.womenlikethat.co.uk)isanattempttoredressthat culturalinvisibilitythroughanempiricalinvestigationofthelivesand experiencesofolderlesbians. 3.DoreenFumia,PhD,DepartmentofSociology,RyersonUniversityandSheila Pardoe,GovernmentofCanada StayingOut:LesbiansandAginginBrightonandToronto(Canada) Abstract AtaworkshopinBrighton,UKonLGBTQandAginginApril2012about20 peoplegatheredtodiscusstheconcernsfacingolderLGBTQfolk.InToronto, Canadathe519CommunityCentrerunsanactivegroupforolderLGBTQpeople. TheresearchonwhichthispaperisbasedaddressesissuesofLesbiansand Aginginthesetwocommunities.Lesbian,Gay,Bisexual,Transidentifiedand Queerwomen(andmen)haveprotestedfortherighttobefullcitizens,for legitimatevisibility,tocomeoutofthecloset,getmarried,haveandkeeptheir childrenandarenowdealingwithareturntotheclosetasweage.Whilemore successhasbeengainedinthebeginningofthe21stcenturythatallowsusto stakeclaimstoliveopenlyasqueerfolkwhathappenswhenoursafespacesare dismantled?Manyqueerfolkhaveformedfamilyorcommunityinnon traditionalways.Asweage,wearereturnedtomoretraditionalsettingsunder heteronormativehealthcareandserviceproviderswhereouridentitiesand relationshipsareoftenunrecognized.Factorssuchasalienationfromour familiesoforiginordependingonthechosenfamiliesmayleaveusboth vulnerabletofewersupportsandstrainingtoaccessourchosenrelationshipsas ourabilitiestomakedecisionsonourownbehalferodes.ThefearthatLGBTQ

peoplearebeginningtolivewithisthatofextremeisolationandincreased homo,biandtransphobia.Thereisarealneedtoexaminecommunityservices andpolicymakerstounderstandandaccountfortherequirementsandtrendsof agingpopulations.ThestoriestoldaboutandbyagingLGBTQwomenthrough indepthinterviewsofferarichsocialhistorytohelpuscollectivelyface challengesasweage. Biographies SheilaPardoeearnedherMastersdegreefromtheImmigration&Settlement StudiesprogramatRyersonUniversity,Toronto,Canada.Whilecompletingher Mastersdegree,Sheilafocusedherresearchonthesociopoliticalandcultural notionsofbelongingofracializedlesbianwomenimmigrantsinToronto.Her currentresearchexaminesageinglesbianwomeninBrightonandTorontoand sheisalsoresearchingwiththeCityofTorontoasthecitypreparestohost WorldPride2014.Sheilasresearchinterestsfocusondiverselesbianwomen andcommunityculturesaswellasurbanpoliticsandqueerbelonging. DoreenFumiaisanAssociateProfessorintheDepartmentofSociologyat RyersonUniversity,Toronto,Canada.HercurrentresearchonLesbiansand AgeingexaminesthesocialandculturalaspectsofageinginbothBrightonand Toronto.Shehaspublishedintheareasoflesbianmotherhood,lesbianidentities andsamesexmarriage.SheisactiveinCanada'sonlyschoolforLGBTQYouth, TheTriangleProgram. 4.JanneBromseth,GenderStudiesDepartment,StockholmUniversity Afamilyofourown.Elderlesbianandbisexualwomennarratingfamily andcloserelations Abstract LGBTpersonslifeconditionsandstrategiestocreateviablelivesarehistorically andculturallysituated,andsoisthemeaningandcontentoftheconceptof family.Thepositionoflgbtpeoplesrightsandpossibilitiesascitizenshave changedradicallyoverthelast30years,intheWesternworld,alongwithlarger structuralchangesoftheorganizingandmeaningoffamily,intimacyandclose relations(Budgeon&Roseneil2004).Thetermchosenfamilieswasestablished ingaysubculturesduringthe70ies,referringtofamiliesnotrestrictedtoblood relatives,buttodifferentvariantsofimportantcloserelations,includingfriends, partners,loversandexlovers,pets,biological/adoptivechildrenaswellas acceptingbiologicalrelatives(Weston1989).Italsooftenincludedlgbtand feministcommunities.Westonarguesthattheconceptofchosenfamilythus putsweightontheagencyoftheindividualtoactoutsideoftheprescribedpaths ofrelationalhierarchiesandvirtuesofwhichlivesandrelationsareconsidered realandvaluable.Thenotionofchoicehavebeencriticizedbyseveral researchersovertheyearstofollowandthesocial,economicandcultural resourcesaslimitsofchoice,inparticularasrelatedtoolderage(Heaphy2010). ThispaperbuildsonresultsfromaSwedishqualitativestudyofthelife conditionsandresistancestrategiesofelderlesbianandbisexualwomenin Sweden.Howdotheyrelatetotheconceptoffamily?Howisitfilledwith meaninginnegotiating,reproducingandcontestingnormativeconceptsofwhat familyis,indiscourseandpractice?InthepaperIwillinparticularfocusonthe

conflictingrelationsofthebiologicalfamilyinthepastandthepresentparents, childrenandgrandchildreninparticular,andtheexperiencesoftheirconditions. Howisheteronormativityandhomophobiaverbalizedinnarratingclose relationsandwhatisatstake? Biography JanneBromseth,PhD,hasbeenresearchinglesbianliveandsubculturessince 2001.Herdissertation,Genretroubleandthebodythatmattered.Constructions ofgender,sexuality,identityandthebodyinaScandinavianmailinglist communityforlesbianandbisexualwomen,(2006),lookedintothenegotiation ofgroupboundariesandnormsoflesbiansubcultureinamediatedgroup environment.Since2009shehasbeenworkingonaprojectonthelifeconditions andresistancestrategiesofelderandyoungerqueer,lesbianandbisexual women(1830and6094)(withFannyAmbjrnsson).Shehasinparticular focussedonthegenderedandsexualconditionsofagingamongsttheelder generationofinformants,andthecomplexcoconstructionsof heteronormativity,ageandtimeinthelifenarratives. 4E:Panel:Lesbianidentityformationsanddisruptions 1.SallyODriscoll,EnglishandWomensStudies,FairfieldUniversity ContemporaryFemmeIdentity Abstract Femmesinthetwentyfirstcenturyremainsomewhatambiguousintermsof identityandselfdefinition.Inthispresentation,Ibeginwithclassicdefinitions offemmeidentityfromthelatetwentiethcentury,suchasJoanNestleswork. Nestlesessaysmapoutalanguageofsexualpositioningthattheoretically separatessexfromgenderforfemmeidentity,andthusopensupamoreflexible interpretation,reclaimingbutchandfemmeforcontemporaryqueers.Yetthe developmentofgenderqueeridentitiesinthelast15yearshascomplicatedher argument.Morerecently,femmetranswomenhavefurthermodifiedconceptsof femmeidentity.Asaselfidentifiedfemme,Ifindthesediscussionsimportantfor lesbianidentityacrossagenerationaldivide.TherecentFemmeConference (heldinBaltimore,Maryland,USAinAugust2012)presentedavigorous discussionofhowtheverydeliberatepresentationoffemininitypracticedby femmetranswomenmodifiesthecategoryforalllesbians.Thispresentation then,beginswithsomebasictheoreticalgroundingonthetraditionalmeanings offemmeidentityandexploresrecentcomplicationsproducedbygenderqueers andfemmetranswomen.Iconcludewithsomeconclusionsaboutthecontinuing vitalityoffemmeidentityacrossgenerationsanditscomplexanddifferent meaningsforthosewhoclaimit. 2.FlorenceBinard,UniversitParisDiderot,SorbonneParisCit,France. LesbianResistancetoEugenicsandNewPsychologyinSurplus(1924)by SylviaStevenson Abstract ThislesbiannovelbySylviaStevensonisoneoftherareinterwarnovelsthat denouncedwhatwasthencalledthenewpsychology.SallyandAveril,two formerMTdriversduringtheFirstWorldWarhavesetuphometogetherinthe countrysidewheretheymeetDr.BarryHope,whomtheybefriendbutwhosoon

becomesarivalforSally.Intheunequalbattlethatwillopposethem,Sallywill havetofacealonethesocietythatreproachesherforher'selfishattitude'in attemptingtodeprivethewomanshelovesoftherighttomarryandhave children. InthisnovelStevenson/Sallyaimstodeconstructthediscourseonsexual instinctsandshowitsincoherence.Publicopinionpraisesthematernalinstinct which,inwomenasinanimals,issupposedtosurpasseverything,butonthe otherhand,itcondemnsthekillinginstinct.Inthefirstcase,Natureisconsidered asallpowerfulandwonderfulwhereasinthesecondcaseitisseenasdangerous. Womenareassimilatedtoanimalsinthatwomen/femalesobeytheirinstincts whereasManisasuperioranimalthankstohiscapacitytocontrolhisinstincts. AccordingtoStevenson/Sallythematernalinstinctdoesnotexist,itisa constructionofwhatshecallspaterfamilias.Butinthenameofscience, societyworshipsPureNatureandstigmatiseswomenwhodonotfeelthe needtomarryaccusingthemofendangeringtheracebytheirasexuality. Theaimofthispaperwillbetoshowthroughtheexampleofthisnovelhow womenconstructedafeministdefenceoflesbianism. Biography FlorenceBinardisaSeniorLecturerinBritishhistoryandgenderstudiesatthe UniversitParisDiderot,SorbonneParisCit.Shehaspublishedwidelyonthe historyofsexualityinlatenineteenthandtwentiethcenturyBritain. 3.LitalPascar,TheHebrewUniversity,Jerusalem,Israel. ReadingtheLesbianRomance,LeavingtheLesbianRomance Abstract ThispaperexaminesthereceptionofLesbianromanceliteraturebyLesbian Israeliwomenofvarioussocial,economic,andagegroups,inordertoask broaderquestionsabouttheinterrelationsofsubgenreconsumptionand processesofidentificationinsexualminoritycultures.Basedonfieldworkwithin theIsraeliLesbiancommunity,andusinginsightsfromculturalandfeminist studiesofreception,thepapertracestheunfoldingofLesbianromancereading withinindividualreaders'livesaswellasacrossaspecificcommunity,focusing ondifferencesanddistinctionsinconsumptionandidentification.Theanalysis addresseskeyquestionssuchaswhatisalesbiantext,howisitidentified,used, andinterpretedassuchbyLesbianreadersatspecificmomentsintheirlives. Theinterviewsshowthatasignificantportionoftheparticipantsconstructtheir lesbianidentityusingaprogressionnarrative,thatconstructsaoneway movementfromindistinctconsumptionoflesbiantextaroundthe'gettingoutof thecloset'stage,toamoreselectivepatternofconsumptioninthecurrentstage oftheparticipant'slives.Theturningpointtowardselectivereadingwasmarked bytheparticipantsaspartofa"lesbianmaturationprocess"theywentthrough. Myclaimisthattheseconsumptionpatternsareaconsequenceofthe participant'saspirationtoconstructtheirlesbianidentityasastableand consolidatedone,throughthecreationofalinearlesbianmaturationnarrative. Biography I'mcurrentlyworkingonmyM.A.thesisintheCulturalStudiesdepartmentof theHebrewuniversityofJerusalem.MyB.Awasinpsychologyandsociologyin TelAvivUniversity.I'monDean'slist,andrecentlyreceivedascholarshipof excellencefromtheLaferInstituteforgenderstudiesintheHebrewuniversityof

Jerusalem,andanotheronefromtheMandelinstituteforexcellenceinadvanced studiesinthehumanities.Mymainresearchinterestsaregenderandqueer issuesandtheirinteractionwithpopularculture.Thispaperincludespartofmy thesispaperandconcernsthesameissues.Iintendtoelaborateonthese subjectsinmyfuturePhDresearch.InthelasttwoyearsI'veplannedand producedthefirstandsecondqueerstudiesconferencestotakeplacein theHebrewuniversityofJerusalem:MindtheGap.InmysparetimeIvolunteer asanactivistintheIsraeliLGBTQcommunity. 4F:ArtisticandFilmicPresentations 9.009.30 DeborahAlmaWheeler,MichiganStateUniversity Artistpresentation Abstract Thepowerofconsumerproducts/objectstomovebeyondtheirconscious intentionsisasobviousasitisinsidious;forexample,theapparentlyrandom sizeandproportionoftheavideogamejoystickcontrollerorthedelicatelayers foundtuckedinsideafoldedwallet.Thelibidohasbroughtseveralveiled undercurrentsofmeaningtotheformsfoundontheproductionline.These sensualandobjectifiedproducts/objectsreachfromtherealmofutilitytothe realmoftrophyorornament.Inconnectiontotheobjectsthemselves,Ihave purposelyusedmannequinsorartificialwomentoreinforcetheroleofthe consumeraswellastoillustratethesignificanceinvolvedingesturalmovement oftheseseductivemarketingtools. Oneofmyparticularbodiesofwork,theWomankinnSeries,featuresateamof suchartificialwomen.Thesesculpturesthereforecontinuethediscourse surroundingwomenssocialdominationbyjuxtaposingphallocentricobjects withleather strapons.Thismixingofheteroandhomoeroticsensibilitiesisanefforttonot onlydisruptthatdiscourse,butalsotoharnessthepowerfulandculturally hypnoticobjectthatisthephallus.Products/objectsthemselvesreferencea languageandconformtoasystemthatisproducedintandemwiththeobject. Whenobjectsareremovedfromthematerialframestheyexistinvisiblyin,the shiftingcontextexposesthembrightlyinanewlight,oneinwhichtheviewercan begintoperceivethemdifferently.SuchanexamplewouldbemyS/Himsseries, whichfocusesonthepoeticnatureoftheword/languageandalsothe functionalityoftheobject.Whichinturnexemplifiesthespacesinbetweenand referencesthenotionofathirdgender.Inevitably,objectssetthestagefora hiddenculturalcurriculum,onethatregulatesindividualsandperpetuatesthe normsandformsthataccompanysexandgender. 4F:Film:ThePurplePlaceDir:AnaBelenJarrin,PurpleshoelacesDir:Steph M.Anderson,Afield(ofinterconnectedrealities)Dir:paularoushandmaria lusitano Keynote:RobynPierce(10:3011:00am)LipService(BBC3)andsocialmedia communities. ParallelSession5:11:1512:45pm

5A:Performance(doublebill):GoryGoryAlleluia! RosieLugosi,TheLesbianVampireQueenANDBirdlaBird:HoldingCourtwith BirdlaBird RosieLugosi 'GreetingsMortals...Idohopeyou'reallsittinguncomfortably.' Celebratedasspanktasticallysuperb!byBizarremagazine,RosieLugosiisa mistressofmusicalmayhem.Sheisanelectrifyingcomiccabaretsinger,oneof theUK'smostindemandfemmecees,andcertainlythekinkiest.Notcontent withfivesolocollectionsofpoetryunderherglitterybeltanddebutnovel,The PalaceofCuriosities,winningtheinauguralMslexiaNovelCompetition,shehas beentantalisingaudiencesworldwidewithheruniqueblendofcamphumour andtwistedtunesfortenyears.SherevelsinsubversiveparodiesofAndy Williams,ShirleyBasseyandGloriaGaynor(tonameafewpoorvictims)ina queervampfetishstyle.ShehasappearedthroughouttheUKaswellasEurope andtheUSA,andsingswithcultgothbandTheMarchViolets.Shefeaturesin bothRachelAdamsphotographyprojectTheModernLesbian,andFemmesof Power(DellaGraceVolcano&UlrikaDahl).www.rosielugosi.com Biography Winnerof: DadaAwardforPerformanceArtistoftheYear EroticOscarforSoloPerformer PressQuotes SplendidlyeclecticBritainsonlyradicallesbianseparatistfeministbitch goddesstopfemmevampirequeenSkin2 TheEnglishundeadlesbiansingercomicicon.TimeOutNewYork 'Aflamboyanthostess.SixfeetofimmaculatePVC...Rosie'ssuperiorattitudeand schoolmarmpromisestoseeusaftertheshowrepeatedlywinherfans...she's neverhadanythingbutsquealsofdelightfromheraudience.Terrifyingly terrific!'ThePinkPaper Sixfoottallinsixinchstilettos,shelaysintotheaudiencewithafinelyjudged batteryofinsultsanddoubleentendresandtheyloveit.Diva BirdlaBird BirdlaBirdisanartistwhostraddlescomedyandperformanceart,shehasbeen describedasa"QueerPearlyQueen"anda"HauteCoutureFishwife".Bird favourscollaborationandworkswithahostofartistsanddesignerstocreate surrealandsatiricalperformances.Bird'sperformancesexplorecoupleculture, austerity,adoption,terrorism,catholicism,class,feminism,andqueerfemininity. BirdwasacollaboratoronTheFeMuseumproject,aperformativearchive exploringFemmelegacyandlineageledbyLoisWeaver.Sheoftenworkswith

theDuckiecollectiveandappearedintheiranticapitalistneopanto"Copyright Christmas"attheBarbicanTheatrein2011.BirdgracesthecoverofFemmesof PowerbyUlrikaDahlandDelLaGraceVolcano(2009).ShefoundedBirdClubin 2006withMariaRosaYoung,andwentontoorganizeBirdPride,theUKsfirst everFemmepresenceattheannualPridemarch. BirdClubwasashellbreaking,queerfemmecabaretnightwhichblurredthe boundariesbetweenart,politicsandpartying.Birdwilldiscusswhysheprefers clubstogalleryspaces.Inthis"eggciting"lecture,Birdwillholdforthonher favoritesubjectherselfinawittyandamusingmanner.Shewillalsoshow documentationofrecentshowsinotherwords,lotsofimagesandvideoof herself.Youareinvitedtojoininandaskquestions,ifyoucangetawordin edgeways. 5B:Panel:QueeringFamilies 1.DrKateORiordan,UniversityofSussexandUniversityofCaliforniaSantaCruz Twoofmyparentswerelesbians'andotherstories... Abstract ManyadultsintheLGBTandqueercommunityhavehadLGBTparents, guardiansorsignificantcarersintheirlives.Thispresentationdrawson autobiography,interviewswithLGBTadults,andonmediasourcestoput togetheranunderstandingofsomeoftheseexperiencesandtoexplorequestions abouthowtoengagewiththismaterial.Itaimstoopenupsomeofthe complexityandunpredictabilityoftheseexperiencesandtodevelopthistopic foraudiencediscussionandparticipation.Itasksabouttherepresentationof experienceinrelationtothoseoftoday'smodernlesbiansandotherLGBT peoplewhomaysometimeshavehadlesbianparents.Storiesabout intergenerationcommunityandkinshiparenotoftenrepresentedoraccessed eitherincommunitymediaorinmainstreamrepresentationsofLGBTlives.This islinkedtherelativeinvisibilityofolderlesbians.TherichliteratureonLGBT kinshipseesworkonrepresentingfamilyandyouth,thedoingofqueer parenting,andaccesstoIVFandadoptionfigure.Butsurprisinglyperhapsthe experienceofpreviousgenerationsofqueerswhohadqueerparentsislargely invisible.Afterall,comingoutisusuallyaboutcomingoutfromthestraight familytotheLGBTfamilyandcommunity.Althoughtherearemultipletypesof LGBTvisibilityandinvisibilityaddressingthisparticulargapisimportantfor today'sincreasinglyfamilialandnetworkedpolitics. 2.JuliaErhart,PhD,DepartmentofScreenandMedia,FlindersUniversity, Adelaide,Australia BearingChildren:RepresentationsofFamilyinQueerTheories Abstract Feministtheorists,historians,andhistoriansofsexualityhavelongbeen interestedinnotionsofthefamilyasatechnologyinthefosteringand maintenanceofheterosexualityandgendernorms.Theconstructionoffamily asapowerfulyetoppressiveforcecanbeseenincountlessliteraryand philosophicaltextsthroughoutthetwentiethcentury,bywriterssuchasVirginia Woolf,AdrienneRich,MoniqueWittig,MichelFoucault,JudithButler,and numerousothers.ThesewordsfromPatriciaMurphyRobinson(contributerto

PleasureandDanger:ExploringFemaleSexuality1984)areemblematicofanon goingbutseeminglyomnipresentoppositionbetweentheapparently burdensomeandrepressiveproductionofchildren(ontheonehand)andthe pleasuresofsexuality(ontheother):theessenceofthematteristhatwework forandintheinterestsofthebourgeoisieandwebearchildrenforthatclassto use.Thisconferenceisanopportunitytoshareourlongingforsexual pleasurewithouttheresponsibilityofbearingchildrentobeexploitedbymales andthebourgeoisie(2523). Thetermsoftheoppositionbetweenfamilymaking(seenasrepressive)and sexuality(seenasliberatory)seetheirmostrecentincarnationintheareaof researchonqueertemporality,thatincludestextsbyElizabethFreeman,Lee Edelman,andJudithHalberstam.Identifyingculturalinvestmentinthefutureas a)normativeandb)emblematisedmosttypicallyinthesocialinvestmentin children,queertemporalitytheoristsessentializefamilytoindicateallparents livingwithchildren,regardlessofsexuality,intraparentingrelationships, numberofparents,andsoon.Insodoing,theyleavenoroomforinvestigating howdifferentlyconfiguredfamiliesmighttroublethestatusquo.Theaimofthis presentationisbothtoidentifytherepresentationoffamilywithinqueer theoriesandtoexploremomentsofsuchtroublinginworksbyphotographer CatherineOpieandothers. Biography JuliaErhartisHeadoftheScreenandMediaDepartmentatFlindersUniversity, inAdelaideAustralia.SheresearchesandteachesintheareasofGenderand Screen,Nonfictionmedia,andAustralianScreencomedy.Articlesbyherhave appearedinnumerousanthologiesandjournalsincludingTheQueerScreen Reader(OxfordUP,2007),CameraObscura,Screen,andScreeningthePast.An articlebyherontheTVcomediesofChrisLilleyisforthcominginContinuum, andanessayonthesubjectofdonorconceptionisforthcominginanedited anthologytobepublishedbyPalgrave,entitledQueerLove.Juliaiscurrentlyat workonamanuscriptonqueerfamiliesandrepronormativity.Email: julia.erhart@flinders.edu.au 3.HilaAmit,SOAS,UniversityofLondon FreeRadicals:choosinganonbirthlifeamongPalestinianLesbiansin Israel Abstract InherpaperProNatalismanditsCracks:NarrativesofReproductionand ChildfreeLifestylesinIsrael"(2010),OrnaDonathidentifiesIsraelasaWestern countrywithapronatalistideology:acomplexofbeliefs,attitudesandpractices thatencouragereproduction.Likewise,thePalestiniansocietyinthe48borders ofIsraelhaveassignedmotherhoodasignificantplace,asintheJewishsociety, butaparallelresearchfocusingonPalestinianwomen'srefusaltogivebirth haven'tbeenwrittensofar.Onthecontrary,theresearchdealingwith Palestinianwomenhaven'taddressedmotherhoodasanoptionorassomething tobeputunderquestioning. Inherwriting,Bellhooksarticulatedthemarginallocation,aliminalspaceinall ofitsmeaning,anunsafeplacewhichtheindividualswhooccupyitarealwaysat risk.Hooksalsodiscusstheresistancepotentialthatliesinthisposition.The

marginalizedlocationenablestocreateandinventlocationsofradicalopenness, whichallowtheoutcastindividualstosurvivewithinthem.Inmanyaspects,one mightthinkofPalestinianlesbiansasoccupyinghooks'marginallocation,or whatHomiBahabacalledThirdspace. InterviewswithPalestinianlesbiansindicatethatthesewomenperceivetheir sexualidentityasacoreidentitythatconstructsanddevelopstheirpersonality, releasingthemfrommarginalpositionsofpowerandenablingthemmore freedomofaction,bothintheiroriginalPalestiniancommunitiesandinJewish space. Thesewomen'schoicenottogetpregnantallowsustothinkoftheirrefusalof birthgivingasachoicedrivenbyradicaluniquethinkingthatcutsacross discourses.Thewomenaddresstheirpersonallevel,disconnectedfrompolitics andideologicalchoices.However,theyallframetheirindividualchoiceswithina politicaldiscourseandasocialcontextinwhichoppressionofwomenstems, amongotherthings,fromtheirbeingmothers. Basedonthesewomen'snarratives,Iwillpresentapotentialforaradical thinkingofparenting,motheringandfamilystructure.Iwillarticulatehow marginalpositionallowsrebuildingoffamilynorms.Specifically,Iwilldiscuss howthispositionallowscreatingauniqueandradicaldiscourses,whichrise fromconceptsofkinship,anddealswithfeelingsofcommitment,solidarityand support,eventhoughtheydonotnecessarilybasedonbiologicalconnections. Biography I'maPhDCandidateinthecenterforgenderstudiesintheSOAS,Universityof London.I'mworkingunderthesupervisionofDr.RaulRao(workingtitle:Queer PalestiniansintheWest:HomeandAway).IrecentlyfinishedmyM.A(magna cumlaude)attheGenderandWomenstudiesprogram,TelAvivUniversity.My thesis"FreeRadicals:choosingnottobemothersinPalestinianlesbian communityinIsrael",waswrittenunderthesupervisionofProfessorHanna Herzog.Iwasgrantedtwice(20102010)anexcellenceScholarship:Fullliving scholarship,TheFacultyofHumanities,TelAvivUniversity.In20112012,I participatedinaresearchgroupattheVanLeerJerusalemInstitutedealingwith ArabFeminism. 5C:Panel:BacktoSappho,andagain:Lesbianspaces,lesbiantimesand communityinSkalaEressos,Lesvos Inthissessionweaimtoforegroundandexplorethesignificanceofcommunity, place,spaceandrecurrenttimecomingbacks,comingtogethersandcoming homesinlesbianlives.Withscholarly,artisticandactivistattachments,the presentersengagewithSkalaEressos,Lesvos,thebirthplaceofSappho,asa venueforlesbiantourism,attractingwomenlovingtravellersfromalloverthe worldsincethe60s.Howcancommunityevolveinsuchanapparentlyfragile context,wherewomencomeandgoeveryweek,andhowareboundariesof communitynegotiated?Thiswillbelookedintobytakingthepracticesofthe SkalaWomensRockGroupaspointofdeparture,anopengroupofwomenwho goswimmingeverymorningintheseatotheRock,abigcliff400metersform theshoreofSkala.Hundredsofwomenofdifferentgenerations,homeplaces, birthplacesandsubcultureshavebeenswimminginthegroupsinceits

beginningsin2010.Weaskwhatmakesthespacesandtimesofcommunity andhowdoweinhabitthem? 1.BradyBurroughs,CriticalStudiesinArchitecture,SchoolofArchitectureand theBuiltEnvironment,KTH,Stockholm MeditationsonlesbianswhomeditateonLesvos:Anexplorationonthe roleofvulnerability,desireandempowermentintheinhabitationof lesbianspace Abstract AttheendofthebeachinthetinyGreekvillageSkalaEressos,Lesvos,Sapphos birthplace,standsthemainbluestuccoedbuildingofZorbatheBuddhathe beachfrontcafwhereTheSkalaWomensRockGroupgathereverymorningat 10amfortheirdailyswimandbreakfast.Fromthisplace,springsaseriesof spaceswherelesbianwomenbathtogether. Throughshortfictionalmeditationsonspecificsituationsencounteredwithin thiscontext,thispaperlooksathowourmostvulnerable,passionateand empoweringmomentsaffectandtransformthespacesweinhabit.Key theoreticalreferencesarebellhookswritingonspiritualityandcommunity building,SaraAhmedsideasonorientationandinhabitationindescribing systemsofsocialnorms,andMoniqueWittigsTheLesbianBodyasanimportant fictionalsourceofinspiration.Thisworkexploresaffectintheinhabitationof spaceandfictionalmodesofwritingasacriticalmethodology,toexamine contemporarysitesofstudyinanethicallyresponsibleway. Biography BradyBurroughsisanarchitect,teacherandresearcherattheSchoolof ArchitectureandtheBuiltEnvironment,KTH,Stockholm,withinCriticalStudies. Shehastaughtdesignstudioinbothfoundationstudiesandmasterslevelsince 2000.Recently,shebeganaPhDprojectonwomenonlybathingplaces.More specifically,thisresearchisbasedonacasestudyaroundTheSkalaWomens RockGroup,anallwomenswimminggroup,locatedinSkalaEressos,Lesvos, Greece.Herresearchbridgesthegapbetweenarchitectureandgender,withthe supportoffeministandqueertheory.Keyreferencesaretheworksof poststructuraltheoristJudithButler,RosiBraidottiswritingsonnomadic subjectivitiesandSaraAhmedsqueerphenomenologicalapproachtothingsand bodies.Aparallel,notunrelated,interestinBradysresearchliesinthe experimentationanddevelopmentofcriticalpedagogieswithinarchitectural education.ArelatedpublicationonthesethemesDoBodiesMatter?:Stone, water,light,skinandmaterialperformativityinThermeVals(2007)canbe foundintheDIVAwebarchive:http://su.diva portal.org/smash/record.jsf?searchId=1&pid=diva2:197264 2.TzeliHadjidimitriou,photographer&travelwriter DancingNudesLincontro(themeeting)lightandthefemaleformthrough underwaterphotographyinSkalaEressos,Lesvos,Greece Abstract Thisseriesofphotosisanexperimentationoftheplaybetweenlight,waterand skin.TheDancingNudesareaseriesofunderwaterfemalenudes,photographed overaperiodof4yearswithinthewatersofSkalaEressos,Lesvos.

Thephotosariseoutofplayandcuriosity,ratherthanchoreographyand direction.Withmycamera,Icapturethesensualtransformationoffemalebodies withintheweightlessnessofthesaltysea,wherebodiesfollowotherrulesunder thewaterduetothedistortionoflightandmovementofthesea.Theyfindthe transcendentalqualitiesoftheancientgoddesses,leavingbehindtheidealforms ofthemodernday.Itisanelogetothefemalebodyinallitsformsand representationsinafreeandflowingway. Thepresentationconsistsofa10minuteslideshowofimagesaccompaniedby themusicofanallfemalemusicgroupIcollaboratedwithfromItalycalled Shivadiva. Biography TzeliHadjidimitriouwasborninMytilene,Lesvos.Sheholdsadegreein EconomicsandpursuedfurtherstudiesinthefieldofDirectionofPhotography fortheCinema,inRomeIn1985,onascholarship,sheattendedaseriesof seminarsbyMichelangeloAntonioniontheartofcinematography.A professionalphotographerinGreecesince1988,shehasworkedintelevision andalsointhecinemaindustry,collaboratingwithmanyfilmandphotography directors. Althoughmostlydescribedasanartisticlandscapephotographer,her"lens" hasalsofocusedextensivelyonartworks,interiorsandarchaeologicalsubjects andshecollaborateswithmuseums,galleries,architectsandpublishinghouses. HerworkispresentedregularlyinindividualandgroupexhibitionsinGreece andabroad.Sheisaregularcontributorofarticlesandphotographstoseveral newspapersandmagazines. Shehaspublished3travelguidesand6photographicbooks,allcenteringon architectural,historicandculturalplacesofGreece.Sometitlesinclude:In CommunionWithStone,TheRuralArchitectureofLesvos(2009),Agirlsguideto Lesbos(2012),39CoffeeeHousesandaBarbersshop(1997),UrbanHousingof the30s;ModernArchitectureinPrewarAthens(1998). 3.FayeRickett,activist,SkalaEressos,Lesvos,Greece ReachoutandTouchThefloweringofCommunity:activismthrough communitybuilding Abstract TheSkalaWomensRockGroupisawomanonlyswimminggroup,basedina smallGreekvillagecalledSkalaEressosinLesvos,Greece.Thisvillageisiconicas thebirthplaceofSappho,thehighpriestessofAphrodite,the10thMuseandthe sourceofouridentityaslesbians. ThemodernfemalecompanionsofSapphoarecreatingauniqueexperienceof lesbiancommunity.TheSkalaWomensRockGroupwassetupin2010toreach outandwelcomealllesbianshome.Itprovidesasafeplacetoenterinto communitywithotherlesbiansfromallovertheworld;offeringareference grouptoexchangestories,lifeexperiences,exploreourcreativityanddevelop ourpowerfulpotentialasacollective. IwouldliketopresentadigitaldocumentationoftheSkalaWomensRockGroup andthemanyactivitiesthathavearisenoutofthecommunityandcreativityof thegroup. Biography

FayeRickettcompletedhercareerintheCityofLondon,asachangemanager andproductivityconsultant.SheisqualifiedwithaBAinSocialPsychologyand SocialStudiesandaMAinStrategicHumanResourcesandChange Managerment,specialisinginlearningorganisations.Shehasspenttime researchingtheFindhornSpiritualCommunity,Scotlandexploringalternative communitybuilding.In2008shemovedtoSkalaEressos,Lesvos,Greecewhere shehasbeenanactivistandcommunitybuilderasoneofthefoundersandmain organizersofTheSkalaWomensRockGroup. Chairanddiscussant: IsabelleDussaugeisaresearcherandactivistandworksattheCenterfor GenderKnowledge,UniversityofUppsala,Sweden.DussaugeholdsaPh.D.inthe historyofscienceandconductsresearchinthehistoryandsociologyofmedicine andofthebody.ShehaspreviouslybeenworkingattheDeptforhistorical studies(KTH,Stockholm)andtheDeptofthematicstudies/technologyand socialchange(Univ.ofLinkping). JanneBromseth,PhD,isaresearcherandateacherattheGenderStudies DepartmentatStockholmUniversity.Shehasbeenresearchinglesbianlivesand subculturessince2001.Herdissertation,Genretroubleandthebodythat mattered.Constructionsofgender,sexuality,identityandthebodyina Scandinavianmailinglistcommunityforlesbianandbisexualwomen,(2006), lookedintothenegotiationofgroupboundariesandnormsoflesbiansubculture inamediatedgroupenvironment.Since2009shehasbeenworkingonaproject onthelifeconditionsandresistancestrategiesofelderandyoungerqueer, lesbianandbisexualwomen(1830and6094)(withFannyAmbjrnsson).She hasinparticularfocussedonthegenderedandsexualconditionsofaging amongsttheeldergenerationofinformants,andthecomplexcoconstructionsof heteronormativity,ageandtimeinthelifenarratives.Shehasaparticular interestforqueerandlesbianfeminismassocialmovementsandresistance cultures,andthecontinuityandchangestakingplaceovertimeandacross generationsofnonheterosexualandqueerfeministsincreatingalternativelife scriptsandcommunities. 5D:Panel:MakingArt,LivingLifeintheMidTwentiethCentury 1.MarkCornwall,UniversityofSouthampton,UK. ExilesofLove:LdaMerlnovandtheWorldoftheCzechLesbian,1918 1945 Abstract Thispaperisafirstanalysisforawesternaudienceoftheworkoftheprolific CzechwriterLdaMerlnov(190688,bornLudmilaSkokanov).In1929she publishedthefirstlesbiannovelinCzech,Vyhnancilsky[ExilesofLove], which sold out in a few months. Highly praised for its realism by the Czech decadent poet and homosexual campaigner Ji Karsek, it secured for Merlnov a post bagofthreehundredfemaletragiclettersandconfessions.Despitethissudden impact,thenovelhasreceivedvirtuallynoattentioninCzechoranyother language.LikeallofMerlnovsworksitwasbannedunderCommunismafter

1948.Onlyrecently(firstintheofficialCzechliterarylexiconof2000),has Merlnovratedamention.Inthe1930sshehadwrittenarangeofnovelsfor youngwomenandteenagers.SomeofthempromotedtheNewCzechWoman withalesbiansubtext,notablytheMarieandMartaseriesorthe1938novel insk dvka aboutaChinesewomantryingtocopeininanaliencentral Europeanenvironment.Thispaperthenwillassessthelesbiandimensionof Merlnovaswritings,whilealsoevaluatinghercontributionstotheCzechjournal forhomosexualemancipation,Hlassexulnmeniny[TheVoiceoftheSexual Minority].Lastlythereisthecontextofherprivateandprofessionallifeasa dancerintheCzechcityofOlomouc,turnedauthorinPrague,whohada marriageofconveniencebutthen(post1945)foundafemalepartnerforthe restofherlife.Thepaperdrawsonsomekeynovelsandplaysandonarangeof vividillustrationsfromMerlnovasuntappedarchiveinPrague,inorderto assessanunknown20thcenturylesbianwriter. Biography MarkCornwallisProfessorofModernEuropeanHistoryattheUniversityof Southampton.HespecialisesinthehistoryofEastCentralEuropeincludingthe historyofhomosexualityinthatregion.HislatestbookonthatthemeisThe DevilsWall:TheNationalistYouthMissionofHeinzRutha(HarvardUP,2012). 2.DanielleCooper,YorkUniversity,Canada. AgnesMartinandtheCriticalSexualityofAbstraction Abstract FromOctobertoSeptember2011,theSmithsoniansNationalPortraitGalleryin Washington,D.C.hostedanexhibitionentitled,Hide/Seek:Differenceand DesireinAmericanPortraiture.Theshowfeaturedaneverbeforeexhibited workbythemodernartistAgnesMartin,entitledNudePortraitfromcirca 1949.Includingthisworkintheexhibitionwasnotonlystrikingbecause Martinsfamousworksfromthe1960sonwardsstrictlyadheretoanabstract, linebasedandoftengridlikeidiom,butalsobecauseMartinspentmostofher lifereclusivelyintheNewMexicodesertandneverdirectlyspokeabouther sexualityorromanticlife. InspiredbyMartinspresenceintheHide/Seekexhibition,thispapertracesthe waysinwhichMartinandherworkarediscussedinrelationtogenderand sexuality,highlightingrecentclaimsthatshewaslesbian,queer,and/orsexually different.Thegoalofthispaper,therefore,isnottomakepronouncements aboutMartinssexualityorgenderpresentation,butrather,todevelopacritical approachthatconsidershowsexualityandgenderoperateswithin interpretationsofMartinswork.Indoingso,Iwillnotonlyrevealhowsuch claimsreflectassumptionsmadeaboutgenderandsexualityinartscholarship, butalsodemonstratehowcertainsexualcategoriesmostnotably,the ambiguoussexualdifferenceandqueerareprivilegedoverotherssuchas lesbianorasexualforspecificpoliticalends. Biography DanielleCooperisadoctoralstudentattheGraduatePrograminGender, FeministandWomensStudiesatYorkUniversity.Herresearchfocuseson LGBTQidentityandcommunityrepresentationinculturalandinformation basedinstitutionalcontexts.ShealsoholdsaMastersdegree(M.I.)fromthe

FacultyofInformationattheUniversityofTorontoincollaborationwith theMarkS.BonhamCentreforSexualDiversityStudiesandanundergraduate degreeinFineArtHistory(B.A.Hons)fromtheUniversityofToronto.Her recentresearchincludesethnographicprojectsatthePrideLibraryatthe UniversityofWesternOntarioandtheLesbianHerstoryArchivesinBrooklyn, NewYork. 3.TamsinWhitehead,UniversityofNewHampshire,USA. LesbianSelfrepresentationandthePoliticsofHonestyinValentine AcklandsAutobiography,ForSylvia Abstract In1949,thepoetValentineAcklandwrote"ForSylvia,AnHonestAccount,"an autobiographysheaddressesinthetitletoherpartner,SylviaTownsend Warner.Itisarareandremarkablerecordforitstime,yetithasnotreceivedthe criticalattentionitdeserves.InthispaperIexaminesomeofthepossible reasonsforthis.Iarguefortheimportanceofthework,whichhasvaluenotonly asanhistoricalexampleoflesbianautobiographicalwritingfromawomanwho grewupduringtheModernistperiodandlivedthroughtwoworldwars,butalso intermsofitsrelevancetocurrenttensionsinqueerpoliticstoday. InForSylvia,Acklandisopenaboutherlesbianism,expressesjoyinthe discoveryofherloveforwomen,andisdeterminedlygendertransgressive. However,sheisalsocommittedtobeingtruthfulaboutwhatmaybeseenas negativeaspectsofherlife:promiscuity,alcoholism,depressionandselfdisgust. Thiscouldexplainwhyherautobiographyhasnotgainedgreaterrecognition evenwithinqueercircles,asemphasisbecomesincreasinglyplacedupon positiverepresentationofqueerlivesasameansofcounteractinghomophobic opinion,mostparticularlyinthecurrentfightforthelegalizationoflesbianand gaypartnerships. Thisdrivetowardadmittingonlypositiveimagesofqueerpeopleacknowledges thepoliticalnatureofrepresentation,buttodisavowthedifficultandpainful strugglesthatqueerpeopleexperienceistodepoliticizethosestruggles,andthe feelingsandeffectstheyproduce.Thepoliticalonceagainbecomesthepersonal andisdrivenintoinvisibility.Thisistoplaceapartofqueerlivesandhistories backinthecloset.Itistodenyapartofwhoweare. Biography TamsinWhiteheadisaLecturerintheWomensStudiesProgramatthe UniversityofNewHampshireSheisalsoaPhDcandidateinEnglishLiteratureat thesameinstitution.Hercurrentscholarshipfocusesonthesignificanceand radicalpotentialofqueerselfrepresentation.Sheisparticularlyinterestedin howtherelationshipbetweentheexperimentalformandexpressionofthe complexityofqueeridentitiesfunctionsassocialandpoliticalintervention. RecentpublicationsincludeForeignBodiesandIntimateEncounters:Politicsand IdentityinGreggBordowitz'sFastTrip,LongDropandHabit;Intersexand Intersections:Gender,SexandSexualityinLuciaPuenzo'sXXY;andRejectingthe MarginsofDifference:StrategiesofResistanceintheDocumentaryFilmsof PratibhaParma. 5EPanel:DesiringIdentitiesSexandLesbianHistory

1.LindaGarber,SantaClaraUniversity,California,USA. TheFulfillmentoftheLove':WritingSexintoLesbianHistory Abstract BeforewehadAnnLister'sdiaries,therewasalmostnotraceoflesbiansexin history,besidespornographyformen,andthereforelittleconcreteevidenceof lesbianhistoryatall.Inthemainstream,proofof'genitalsexualexperience'is thesinequanonofbelievable'lesbianexistence'inhistory.Lesbianscholarsmay notneedorbeabletoprovethatRooseveltandHickok,orPankhurstandSmyth, werehavingsex;still,lesbiansneedlesbiansexintextsforpleasure,butalso forasenseofself,forvalidationandwefrequentlyfinditinliterature.Barney neededSappho;GrumbachneededTheLadies;LordeneededCarriacouwomen whose'love[for]eachotherislegend.'WeneedBarney,Grumbach,and Lorde.Insomesense,thereisnomodernlesbianwithouthercounterpartinthe past. Eventhough'weareeverywhere,'it'simportanttoseethatwewerethereas well,andonewaywereassureourselvesisthroughhistoricalfiction.Wherethe historian'sprofessionlimitshertosurmise,thenovelist'srequiresherto describe,andit'seasytoguesswhosebooksenjoywider readership.Researchingamonographonlesbianhistoricalfiction,Ibegantosee apatternofsexualencounters,fromprestigiousnovelstotitillating'Bold Strokes'romancetitles.Mybookwilldiscuss'historiographicmetafiction,'failed recuperationsoftheAmericanWestern,conflationsoftransandlesbianhistories andthecentralchapter,titled'AnInterlude,'explorestheimportanceofsexto thelesbianhistoricalimaginationthatunderpinsmodernlesbianidentity. ThetalkIpropose,likethechapter,isanexperimentalblendofscholarly analysisandcreativepasticheofsexscenesfromthenovels.WiththispaperI aimtoentertainaswellasedify,toscratchthepersistentitchthat,accordingto oneauthor,requires'thefulfillmentofthelove.' Biography LindaGarberistheauthorofIdentityPoetics:Race,Class,andtheLesbian FeministRootsofQueerTheoryandtheeditorofTiltingtheTower:Lesbians/ Teaching/QueerSubjects.Sheisacontributortoseveralvolumes,includingThe LesbianPremodern,andsherecentlypublishedthefirstentryonlesbianpoetry evertobeincludedinThePrincetonEncyclopediaofPoetryandPoetics.Sheisa cofounderofOutThere,thefirstconferenceintheUnitedStatesofCatholic universitystaffandfacultyworkingonqueerissues.Sheisanassociate professorofWomen'sandGenderStudies,andtheDirectoroftheCriticalGender StudiesResearchInitiative,atSantaClaraUniversityinCalifornia. 2.CarolineGonda,StCatharinesCollege,Cambridge,UK. TheEpitomeofSapphismandtheFirstModernLesbian:AnneDamerand AnneLister Abstract Thispaperfocusesonthecontrastingstoriesoftwowomenwhoindifferent wayschallengewhatTerryCastlemischievouslycallsthenolesbiansbefore 1900myth(Castle,1993):thesculptorAnneDamer(17481828)andthe YorkshireheiressAnneLister(17911840). AnneLister(17911840)isfrequentlythoughcontentiouslyreferredtoasthe firstmodernlesbian.Followingtheextraordinaryimpactofhersexuallyfrank

diaries,firstbroughttolightbyHelenaWhitbreadin1988,Listerhasoftenbeen madetobearthewholeevidentiaryburdenofprovinglesbianorprotolesbian existenceintheearlynineteenthcentury,andJamesKent's2010filmTheSecret DiariesofMissAnneListerreinforcedtheimpressionofListerasanisolated figure.YetasStephenColclough'sworkhasshown(Colclough,2010)shewas partofanetworkofintimatefemalerelationssustainedinpartthroughshared practicesofqueerreading. IncontrasttoAnneLister,AnneDamerleftnorecordofsexualrelationswith otherwomen,buthersamesexintimaciesneverthelessmadeherthesubjectof lampoons,jokesandscurrilousepigramsfromthe1770stothe1790s.AsEmma Donoghuestates(Donoghue,2010),DamerwasseenasnotjustaSapphist,but theepitomeofSapphism:acontemporary,HesterThralePiozzi,wrotein1795 that'TisajokeinLondonnowtosaysuchaonevisitsMrsDamer.Regardless ofanyprivatesenseofsexualidentity,Donoghueargues,Damerwashaunted formorethantwodecadesbythesocialidentityofawomanwhodesired women.PiozzisdescriptionofDamerasaladymuchsuspectedforlikingher ownsexinacriminalwaysuggestsanidentitybasedondesireratherthan sexualacts. Biography CarolineGondaisaFellowandDirectorofStudiesatStCatharine'sCollege, Cambridge.SheistheauthorofReadingDaughtersFictions17091834:Novels andSocietyfromManleytoEdgeworth(1996)andcoeditorofQueerPeople: NegotiationsandExpressionsofHomosexuality17001800(2007,withChris Mounsey)andLesbianDames:SapphismintheLongEighteenthCentury(2010, withJohnBeynon).SheisthecoorganizerofthebiennialQueerPeople conferenceseriesheldatChrist'sCollege,Cambridge,whichshecofoundedwith ChrisMounseyin2002andnowrunswithSteveJoy.Shehaspublishedon contemporaryScottishlesbianwriting,twentiethcenturylesbiantheory,lesbian feministliterarycriticism,andrepresentationsofthelesbianinfiction.Her currentresearchisfocusedonlesbiannarrativepossibilitiesandthequeerwork ofallusionfromtheeighteenthcenturytothepresentday. 3.AnnaBorgos,HASInstituteforPsychology,BudapestandLabriszLesbian Association,Budapest TheAmorlesbicusinthemedicalliteratureandsocialrealityofprewar Hungary Abstract Inmypresentation,Iamgoingtoexplorethereceptionoflesbianattractionas representedinthepsychiatricandpsychoanalyticliteratureavailableinHungary intheearly20thcentury.Thisperiodistransitionalinthissense,too:wecanfind pathologisation,searchingforbiologicalexplanations,aswellasthefirsthuman rightsandliberatingdiscourses.Thestructureofthetextsisquitetypical:ifthey mentionwomenatall,theyusuallydiscussthelesbiantypes,theoriginand functionofsamesexlove,thepotentialsofcuring,thespacesofthelesbian subculture,andsomeofthemalsorepresentthebeginningofahumanrights discourse. IwillalsointroducesomeHungarianprewarcasesoffemalesamesexlove availableinthesources.BesidesbrieflypresentingthecasesofSndor/Sarolta Vay,CcileTormay,andSophieTrk,Iwillalsoreflectonthetheoretical

problemofpresentdaydenominationsofsamesexattractionsbetweenwomen ofanearlierhistoricalperiod.Behindthedifferentlabelswecanfinddifferent conceptsoflesbianismanddifferenthistoricalapproaches.Onegroupof argumentsclaimsthatallwomenattractedtotheirownsexareforerunnersof todayslesbians.Fromanotherpointofview,thisoverrehabilitatingattitude seemsahistoricandgeneralizing,coveringawholeseriesofshadesandself definitionsdevelopedindifferentsocialcircumstances. Biography AnnaBorgosisapsychologistandwomenshistorian.Sheisafellowatthe ResearchInstituteforPsychology,Budapest.SheholdsaPhDinpsychologyfrom theUniversityofPcs.Herresearchfieldissituatedattheborderlandof psychoanalysis,genderstudiesandliteraryhistory;shehasbeenexploringand publishingstudiesonHungarianwomenintellectualsoftheearly20thcentury. SheisalsoengagedinfeministandLGBThistoryandactivism;sheisafounding memberofLabriszLesbianAssociation.Herbook,PortrkaMsikrl(Portraits oftheOther)cameoutin2007.ShepublishedamonographwithJuditSzilgyiin 2011:Nrk s rnk. Irodalmi s ni szerepek a Nyugatban(Women writersandpoetesses.LiteraryandwomensrolesinNyugat). 4.ChrisRoulston,UniversityofWesternOntario,Canada. IdentityorIdentifications:IsQueerHistoryChanging? Abstract Recentwritingsonqueertemporalitiesandqueerhistoryhavebeenquestioning howwethinkaboutthequeerpast,andtheimplicationsofourinvestmentinit. Wehaveshiftedfromamodeofhistoriographythatlooksforqueeridentitiesto onethatquestionstheverynotionofidentityinrelationtothepast.Thispaper willconsiderthedifferencebetweentheideaofqueeringhistory,andthatof lookingforqueersinhistory. Biography ChrisRoulstonisProfessorofFrenchStudiesandWomen'sStudiesandFeminist ResearchattheUniversityofWesternOntario,Canada.Herlastbook,Narrating MarriageinEnglandandFrance(2010)ispublishedwithAshgatePress. 5F:Film:CircumstanceDir:MaryamKeshavarz Keynote:SarahSchulman,WritingLesbian:TheFirstThirtyYears ParallelSessions6:2:304:00pm 6A:Film:CodependentLesbianSpaceAlienSeeksSame Dir:MadeleineOlnek 6B:Panel:LesbianEmancipationin/throughthemedia 1.MonikaPater Endinginvisibilityandchallengingfear:TheemergenceoftheGerman lesbianmovementandtheroleofthemedia Abstract "Yes,youhavecomesofarthatyoucanrevealyourinclination,butII'mafraid."

IfoundthisstatementinalettertotheLAZ(LesbischesAktionszentrum/lesbian actioncenter),Berlin,writtenin1974.Itwaswrittenasresponsetothefilm undwirnehmenunsunserRecht(andwetakeourrights),airedonpublic TVinJanuary74.TheLAZ,foundedin1972,wasabletoinfluencethefilm heavily;oneoftheirconditionstotakepartwasthattheiraddresswasshown togetherwiththeinvitationtocontactthem.Thiswasthesecondoftwofilms airedonpublicTV1973/74inwhichlesbians,theireverydaylivesandthe discriminationtheyfacedwereportrayed,alongwithdemandsforsocial recognition.Onlyafewyearsbefore,thetopicofhomosexualitywasanogofor media,womenwholovedwomenwerenotpresentineverydayencounters,the mediaorthepublic.OnthebasisofarchivalmaterialfromSpinnbodenanda qualitativeanalysisofpresscoverage,mypaperwilltrytotracethe developmentsthatledtotheemergenceoflesbianemancipationgroupsandthe crucialroleofmedia(alternativeandmassmedia)inthisprocess.Inthis discussionIaminspiredbytheideasofA.K.AppiahinThehonorcodeonthe reasonsforamoralrevolution,especiallyasinbothfilms,thefearofbeing ostracisedbecomesveryclear.ThereforeIconcentrateonthecircumstancesthat enabledwomenintheearly70stocombattheirfearandpresentthemselvesas lesbians,demandingrespect.Thefirststeptheyhadtotakewastochallengethe socialrules,heteronormativity,underwhichtheirwayoflivingandlovingwas deemedabnormal.Muchhaschangedsincethe70sandIwouldliketodiscussif thechangescanbedescribedamoralrevolutionandifyes,ifwecanconsider thisrevolutiontohavebeensuccessful. 2.TuulaJuvonen,UniversityofTampere,Finland Cantwowomenlivehappilytogether?ImagesoflesbiansintheFinnish magazinesofthe1970s Abstract IconcludedmyPh.D.thesisabouttheconstructionofthepostWorldWarII FinnishhomosexualitybystatingthattherewerenolesbiansinTampereinthe 1950sand60s(Juvonen2002).AlthoughIwasabletoidentifyformythesis somefemalecouplesandeventointerviewolderwomenwhohadhadsamesex sexualrelationsduringthattime,bytheendofthe1960sthereseemedtobeno sharedconceptofalesbianavailableinFinlandtoidentifywith.Inmycurrent researchprojectQueerNarratives:IntimateandSocialLivesofWomenwith SameSexSexualAttractionsinTampere19712011Ilayouthowembracinga lesbianidentityemergedinFinlandasaviableoptionforwomenafterthe decriminalisationoffemaleandmalehomosexualdeeds.Mypaperarguesthat thelesbianimages,whichbecameavailableinthemediaduringthe1970swere onecrucialstepinthatprocess.Itjuxtaposestwotextualmaterialstogether, whichbothstartedtointroducetheirowndiscoursesaboutlesbianismduring the1970s.FirstofthemisapopularentertainmentmagazineHymy.Despiteof itsscandaloustoneHymywasamongthefirstpubliclyavailablevenues,which allowedlesbianstospeakupforthemselves.Thesecondisasmallmagazine called96,whichwasfoundedin1969andpublishedbyFinlandsfirstregistered lesbianandgayorganisationPsyke.Iamcurrentlyintheprocessofcollecting andanalysingthematerials.Alreadynowitisevidentthattheinventionofa lesbianfromascratchwasnotaneasytaskforeitherofthemagazines.Bothhad toinventtheirownwaystotackle,amongotherthings,thelackoflanguageand

theisolationandfearfeltbywomenwithsamesexsexualattraction.Inmy paperIdiscussthetextualstrategieschosenbytherespectivemagazinesandthe variousimagesoflesbianstheymadeavailablefortheirreaders. Biography TuulaJuvonenisanAcademyResearchFellowintheSchoolofSocialSciences andHumanities,UniversityofTampere,Finland. 3.BeatrizGonzlezdeGarayDomnguez,UniversidadComplutensedeMadrid LesbianCharactersintheHistoryofSpanishTV Abstract In2005Spanishparliamentpassedthesamesexmarriagelaw.Atthattimea greatnumberofTVserieswereseenasrevolutionaryinrelationtothe homosexualrepresentation.Nevertheless,SpanishTVproductionshaventbeen soprolificwithregardtoLGTBIcharactersinclusioninotherhistoricalperiods. ThecausesmustbetracedintheidiosyncrasyofthepoliticalhistoryofSpainand inthepeculiarTVbroadcastingsystem.FromthebeginningofSpanishtelevision broadcastinguntiltheendofFrancoism,Spanishfictionalproductionsjustdidnt dealwiththehomosexualissuebecauseitwassimplyaprohibitedbehaviour. ThefirsthomosexualcharactersdocumentedonSpanishTVappearedafter Francosdeath.Theyweregueststarsinacertainepisodeofaseriesand thereforetheshortofrepresentationwasincidental.Theywerecharacterssuch asateenagegirlwhohasmasculinehobbiesandwhohasgrownupwithher threebrothersandanauthoritarianfatherthatturnsouttobeinlovewithher teacherina1986sepisode,notbychancetitledTaboos,oftheideologically progressiveshowSegundaenseanza(TVE1:1986)[SecondLesson];oracouple insideasqualiddrugdealinginsidedeathbabiesatmosphereinanepisodein whichoneisrapedandtheotherendsupdeath.Lateron,lesbiancharactersthat claimtheequalityoftheirsexualorientationstartedtoappear.Thediscourse stillfocusedinthesexualorientationofthesecharactersandtheproblemsit leadedto,butnowthemessageistopromotetolerance.Afterthattherewereno necessityforavindicatorspeechorforthehomosexualcharacterstoself acceptancesoanintegratedkindoflesbiancharacterappeared.Inthispaperwe willexamineexamplessuchasMdicodefamilia(Telecinco:199599),Aquno hayquienviva(Antena3:200306),HospitalCentral(Telecinco:2000)orLos hombresdePaco(Antena3:200510). 6C:Panel:QueerFemininitiesandModesofAttraction 1.SarahStevens,OhioUniversitySchoolofFilm TheTyrannyoftheClitoralOrgasm:HysteriaandQueerFemininityinPost FeministFilm Abstract BillyKentsTheOhinOhio(2006)andJohnCameronMitchellsShortbus(2006) soundthealarmsofpostfeminismandthepostqueer,inwhichwomenand queerfolkseverywhereseemtobehavingorgasmsandsatisfactorysexlives, exceptfortheirprimaryfemalecharacters.Pricilla(PakerPosey)inTheOhand Sofia(SookYinLee)inShortbusbothdisplaytheclassicsymptomofthe hystericalwoman,theinabilitytohavearealorgasm,meaningonethatis givenbyaman,specificallythehusband.Thispaperfocusesonhowbothfilms

negatealternativemodalitiesofsexualitythatresistandrocentricmodelsof sexuality.Further,Iexaminethetransformativepowerofqueerfemininityasit issuppressedinbothTheOhinOhioandinShortbus.Further,usingGramsci,as anorganizationframework,Iarguethatthefilmscontaintracesofthe hystericalwoman,withintheirnegotiationofthemythoftheclitoral orgasm.FiveyearsafterPricillaandSofiaexperiencedblissonthebigscreen, EmileJouvetsqueer,radicalsexpositive,roaddocumentaryTooMuch Pussy!premieredatCannesFilmFestival.Thefilmattemptstotakean inventoryoftraceslikethosepresentedinMitchellandKentsfilm.Thefilm queersthepostfeminist,respondingtoboththediscrepanciesbetweenqueer theoryandtheembodiedexperienceofperformingqueerfemininity.Thefilm makesanattemptattakinginventorythroughemployingthehistorical feministpracticesofconsciousnessraising,performanceart,andlivesexacts. Additionally,Jouvetsfilmallowsviewerstoexplorequeeredtemporaland spatialelementsoffilm,providingalternativewaysformediatingand negotiatingqueersubjectivityinfilmspectatorship.Finally,thesethreefilms pointtoadiscrepancybetweenthepostinpostfeminism(andinthepost queer)andtheperpetuationofandrocentricmodesofsexuality. 2.RosieGarland,WriterandPerformer RosieLugosi,LesbianVampireQueenPerformingqueerfemininityand performingitallwrong Abstract InthispaperIproposetoexaminethesourcesof&inspirationsforthecostume performancealteregoofRosieLugosi,TheLesbianVampireQueen,featuredin bothRachelAdamsphotographyprojectTheModernLesbian,andFemmesof Power(DellaGraceVolcano&UlrikaDahl). ThelesbianvampireasQuintessentialoutsider:Examiningcrossoverimagesof vampires/lesbiansasoutsiders/outcasts/abject.RequeeringtheLesbian Vampire.Examiningthedequeeringofthevampireimagesincetheriseofthe Twilightphenomenon.Howqueerisqueer?LesbiansdontdresslikeTHAT.Or atleasttheyshouldnt:HowRosieLugositransgressesnotionsandperceptions ofhowlesbiansperformandpresentlesbianismtostraightandqueer communities.ButyoudontlooklikeaREALlesbianPerformingthe monstrousfeminine:HowRosieLugosiphysicallyembodiesthemonstrous femininethroughtheoutwardtrappingsofthedominatrixlesbianvampire crone:Disturbingandchallengingidentitysystems,andoutragingsocialorder. Performingthetensionsthatlesbians/womeningeneralfeelabouthowreal lesbians/womenarerepresentedinsociety/media.Exploringhownormal societyisentranced,fascinated,obsessedandrepulsed.Performingthecrone. Transgressingageboundaries(eg;howwomenaresupposedtodressata particularage).Linkingthehorrorofvampireswiththehorrorofoldersexually activewomen.Performingthefeminineandperformingitallwrong:Rosie Lugosiasa(unique?)femaledragqueenawomandressedupasawoman. RosieLugosiasaperversedeploymentoffemininity.Acaricature,shifting betweenpolarisedviewsofgender.Idohopeyouareallsitting uncomfortably:Sadomasochismandlaughter.HowRosieLugosiqueersthe imageofthelesbiandominatrix,usingcomedytosubvertnotionsofnormative sexualityandgenderspecificbehaviours.

3.MelinaAliceMoore.CityUniversityofNewYork KatyPerryKissedaGirlandLikedIt:PopMusicsObsessionwith LesbianChic Abstract Inhermostrecentbook,GagaFeminism:Sex,Gender,andtheEndofNormal (2012),J.JackHalberstamexploresthedeclineoftraditionalmarriage,the visibilityofthepregnantman,andthepresenceofqueerfamiliesasameansof identifyingatangibleculturalshiftinmodernpopulararticulationsoflove,sex, andgender.ForHalberstam,LadyGaga,asapowerfulculturalfigureand persona,representsasignificantculminationofthesegraduallybuilding challengestoheteronormativehegemonyusheringinaneweraofchaotic feminismthatembracesandcelebratesbothgenderfluidityandalternative sexuality.Halberstamstextprovidesapowerfulvisionofrebelliousqueer feminismrecognizedandglorifiedbytheculturalmainstream.However,inthe wakeofGaga,whatarewetomakeoftherapidappropriationofqueered gendersandsexualitiesbythepopmusicmachineingeneral?Whatdoesitmean whencombatbootsandacebandageboundchestsbegintosurfaceinmusic videosandmediathatfalloutsideofthescopeofwhatmaybetermedGagas radicalfeminism?AJulyStyle.comarticleheraldslesbianchicasoneofthis fallshottesttrends,notingpopstarRihannasnewfoundpenchantforcombat bootsasoneexampleoftheSapphicshiftoccurringinthemodernfashion landscape.InherrecentvideoforPartofMe,formerChristianrocksinger turnedpopiconKatyPerry(alreadyinfamousinthelesbiancommunityforher offensivebreakoutsingleIKissedaGirl)joinstheMarinesafterendingabad relationship.Thevideo,whichalmostfunctionsasabizarremilitaryrecruitment tool,featuresPerrycuttingoffherhair,bindingherbreasts,anddonning camouflageaswellascombatbootswhilesingingaboutfemaleempowerment. Engagingwiththeseandotherrecentpopularappropriationsofexperiencesand stylestypicallyinterpretedaslesbian,thispaperconsiderstheimplicationsof themobilizationofthesevisualcuesbyfemaleiconswhoremaininvestedinthe approvalofboththemalegazeandyoung,heterosexuallyidentifiedfemalefans. Biography MelinaAliceMooreisadoctoralstudentinEnglishattheCityUniversityofNew YorkGraduateCenter.SheholdsaB.A.inEnglishfromSmithCollegeanda master'sdegreeinLiberalStudiesfromtheGraduateCenter.Herresearch interestsincludewomenwriters,queertheory,disabilitystudies,and autobiographyandmemoir. 4.AndreaFranciscoAmat,UniversitatJaumeI,Spain ElBanquetedeSafo.Adialogicgatheringaroundmediadiscoursesabout lovewithlesbiansandbisexuals Abstract TheaimofthispaperistoexplainthebasesoftheresearchprojectcalledEl banquetedeSafo.Thisinitiativeseekstocreateacriticalviewofmedia discoursesaboutloveandmodelsofattractionwithlesbianandbisexual womenthroughdialogiclearning.Theobjectiveistoachievetheempowerment oftheparticipantsandtogeneratenewmodelsofattractionbasedonegalitarian andtransformingrelationships.Throughoutthetalk,weexplainthetheoretical frameworkthatinspiredtheprojectandthemethodologicalprinciplesthat

guidedit. Biography AndreaFranciscoAmatisProfessorintheDepartmentofEducation,Universitat JaumeI,Spain. 6D:Panel:Practicesofperformance,translationandmigration 1.SarahMullan,QueensUniversityBelfast FragmentsofIdentity:UsingQueerPerformanceStrategiestoReclaim LesbianIdentity Abstract Thispaperwillexaminethewaysinwhichqueerstrategiesinperformancecan renegotiatelesbianidentity.ThroughananalysisofJaneMontgomeryGriffiths performance,Sappho...in9Fragments,thispaperinterrogatestheuseofqueer performancepractices,suchasElizabethFreemansideaoftemporaldrag (2000),anddiscussesthewayinwhichthesepracticesareutilisedtofacilitate thereclamationofalesbianidentity. IttakesasitsstartingpointSueEllenCaseschallengetothebenefitsofqueer theorieswiththesuggestionthatitisresponsibleforlesbianinvisibility.Case arguesthattheinsistenceonfluidityandantiessentialismwithinqueerhasled tothetermlesbianbeingevacuated(1996,p.1).Alongsidethecontinuing developmentanddiscussionofqueerperformance,therehasappearedtobea parallellackofdiscussionaroundlesbianperformance,suggestingthatCases argumenthassomemerit. Itisthenegotiationoftherupturebetweenqueertheoryandlesbianfeminism liveperformancethatthispaperwillconsider.GriffithsSappho...in9Fragments isparticularlyappropriateforexaminationgivenitsuseofnonlinearhistoryto reclaimanidentityforSappho,onethatisfluid,rescuedfromtheimpositionsof malehistoryandrelevanttothemodernlesbian. Thispaperanalysesthewayinwhichtemporaldrag,useofqueertemporality (2010)andemploymentofaqueerdramaturgy(2011),havebeennegotiated alongsidethe'lesbiansubject'toofferanidentitywhich,althoughitismorefluid, isnotentirelydetachedfromitshistory.Itarguesthatthesepracticescan functionasameansofdestabilisingthelesbianbinarycategoriesassociatedwith lesbianidentitypoliticsofferingaperpetualdialoguebetweensexualidentity anditscritique(2005,p.187),withoutcompromisingonlesbianrepresentation orerasinglesbianhistory. Biography SarahgraduatedfromQueensUniversityBelfastwithajointdegreeinEnglish andDramaandMAinDramaandPerformance.Shewillbeginfundeddoctoral studyatQueenMaryUniversityofLondoninOctober2012.Theworkingtitleof herPhDthesisisAPostLesbianTrajectory?StagesinLesbianPerformance 19962014. 2.MichelaBaldo,UniversityofBirmingham Transnationallesbianperformances:queerdragkingsItalianstyle Abstract Thispaperaimsatinvestigatingthetranslation/migrationofthenotionofqueer outsideEnglishspeakingcountries.Morespecifically,itintendstoanalysehow

theconcepthasbeenusedforselfdefinitionbytheEyesWildDrag,adragking groupfoundedinRomein2007.Dragkingshowsareperformancesinwhich womenimpersonatemalegenderroles,agenrewhichhasgainedpopularityin Italyonlyrecently.Thethreelesbianwomenofthisgroup,formedin2007in Rome,lookatthemselvesnotsimplyasadragkinggroup,butmoreasaqueer group,becauseoftheirinterestinexploringthemultiplenuancesof gender.Theirsisasortofironiccabaretandexperimentaltheatreandtheir particularityrestsonthefactthat,contrarytootherdragkingsgroupsinItaly, twoofthecomponentsofthegroupimpersonateawoman.Moreover,they organisenotonlydragkingworkshopsbutalsoFtoFones,thatisworkshops forwomenwhowanttoexploretheirfemininitydifferently,usingtherepertoire employedbydragqueenimpersonators.Thispaperwillpresenttheanalysis conductedtakingintoaccounttheEyesWildDragsofficialblogandwebsite,TV programsandreviewsaboutthegroupandmyinterviewwiththem,inorderto ascertainwhichtheorisationsonqueerthegrouphasdrawnfrominbuilding theirownnotionofqueer.Thefactthatthegrouptookinspiration,forexample, fromAmericanperformerssuchasATKM,LaurenLoGiudice,formNewYork, DredfromZurichandOcanLeRoyfromBerlinshowsthatthisisatransnational phenomenonandthattranslationplaysabigroleinit.Althoughtranslation studiesasadisciplinehasbecomemorevisibleinthelastyears,aconceptwhich hashardlybeeninterrogatedwithinthefield,withtheexceptionofHarveys work(2003),andtherecentissueofthejournalInOtherWords(2010),isthatof queer.Thispapergoesintothisdirectionbylinkingsociologicaltheoriesof translationtoqueertheories,andusingacriticaldiscourseanalysisapproach (Wodak2003)toexplorethediscoursescirculatinginthemediaaboutthis groupandthoseproducedbythegroupthemselves. Biography MichelaBaldoisaTeachingFellowinTranslationStudiesattheUniversityof Birmingham(UK)wheresheteachescoursesintranslationtheoryandpractice andinterculturalcommunication.In2009sheobtainedaPhDinTranslation studiesattheUniversityofManchesterwithathesisfocussingonmigrant literature(ItalianCanadianwriting)translatedintoItalian,andshehas publishedarticlesonbilingualism,ItalianCanadianliteratureandtranslation, queerstudies,filmdubbingandsubtitling.michelabaldo@yahoo.co.uk 3.MingChih(Michelle)Wu,UniversityofSurrey MigrantIdentitiesandTranslatedIdentitiesintheTranslationofFemale Tongzhi/KuerFiction Abstract InrecenttimesTranslationStudieshasbegintoaddresstheeffectsof globalisation,inwhichsociologicalphenomenasuchascosmopolitanism, migrationandglobalhybridityarediscussedalongsidetheprocessof translation.Inaddition,contemporaryformationsofglobalidentitiescanalso consideredtobefacilitatedbythetranslationprocess.MichaelCronin,inhis studyonidentityandtranslation,forexample,comparestheidentityofthe migrantpersonwiththeconditionofthetranslatedbeing(2006:45).To paraphraseCronin,themobilityofthemigrantidentityisakintoatranslated identity,wherebothareexpectedtotranslatethemselvesfromtheirhome culturetotheirdesignatedculture.Here,thewordtranslationfunctions

symbolicallyandpractically,contributingtothechangesincontemporary culture. UsingCroninsideaoftranslationasastartingpoint,thecurrentstudyaimsto lookatthetranslationofTaiwanesefemaletongzhi/kuerfictionintheEnglish language.ThetwoChineseterms[tongzhi]and[kuer]areusedto describecontemporaryAsianhomosexualidentitiesthathascomesinto formationinthelasttwodecades.TongzhiandkuercultureinTaiwantake inspirationsfromlocalsubculturesandglobalidentitypoliticmovements,most notablyWesterngay,lesbianandqueermovements.Inthetranslationsof tongzhi/kuerfictiontherefore,thetranslatorsarenotonlydealingwithaniche formofChineseliterature,butalsoengagingwithglocalsexualculture.Looking atfemaletongzhi/lesbiantranslatorFranMartinsanthologyAngelwings: ContemporaryQueerFictionfromTaiwan(2003),thestudyarguesthat Taiwanesetongzhiandkuerfictionarealreadyinaculturallymigrantposition, constantlymovingbetweendomesticandforeigninfluences.Theirtranslations therefore,arenotonlytransferencesofinformationfromoneculturetoanother, butanengagementwithmultipleculturalframes:translatingfromanalready translatedculture. Biography IamaparttimeTranslationStudiesPhDcandidateintheUniversityofSurrey. ThetopicofmyresearchisthetranslationofTaiwanesetongzhiandkuer literaturefromtheChinesetotheEnglishlanguage.Despitethefactthatthere arecurrentlyveryfewtongzhiandkuertextsavailableinEnglish,Iconsider tongzhiandkuerliteratureaportalintothewiderglobalnetworksand movementsinrelationtotheformationsofsexualidentities.Iamprimarily interestedintopicssuchasTaiwanesetongzhiandkuerculture/literature, globalisation,politicalframeworks,hybridandmetisidentitesandtheroles literatureandtranslationplayinfacilitatingsocialandculturalchanges. 6E:Panel:UglyFeelingsand(Un)BecomingLesbians 1.PrudenceChamberlain,RoyalHolloway,UniversityofLondon,UK. PoliticalDiscontent:ConsideringUnhappinessasIntegraltotheFormation ofaLesbianFeministIdentityinAlisonBechdelsFunHomeandEileen MylesCoolForYou Abstract Thispaperwillconsiderthepoliticaldiscontentexperiencedintheformationof alesbianfeministsubjectwithintheworkofEileenMylesandAlisonBechdel. DrawingonculturaltheoristSaraAhmedsHappinessandQueerPolitics,Iwill explorethewaysinwhichlesbianunhappinessisvitaltothecultivationofa feministsensibilityinbothwomenswork.Althoughwritingwithindifferent genres,BechdelandMylesbothworkwithinanautobiographicalmode.Through this,eachexploresherdevelopmentasatwicemarginalisedsubject,unpacking theeffectofthissocialpositioningontheirexpressionoffeministpolitics.My aimistoconsiderspecificallytheplaceofgenrewithintheexpressionof unhappiness,anditsroleinconveyingbothpoliticsandsexualitytoareader. Mylestextexploresthedevelopmentofherlesbianawarenessthroughher personalexperience,includingnearprostitutionandexperimentationwith drugs.Incontrasttothis,thedevelopmentofBechdelsselfcharacterisationis

farmoreacademic,emergingthroughherstudyoflesbianliteratureand psychology,wherebyshetheorisedherlesbianidentity.However,thetwo autobiographicalfigureshavetwocharacteristicsincommon:theirfeminism andtheirunhappiness.Mylesfirstpersonexpressesasenseoflonelinessand frustration,whileBechdelsselfillustrationisveryopenaboutherneedfor analysis,inadditiontoherproblematicrelationshipwithherparents.This paperwillconsidertheindividualwaysinwhichbothwomendocumenttheir evolution,bothinsexualityandpolitics,andtheextenttowhichunhappiness drovetheirultimateidentifications. Thepaperwillalsoconsidertherelationshipbetweenunhappiness,sexuality, politicsandtheextenttowhichthethreemutuallyinfluenceoneanother.Itwill alsoexplorethepossibilitythatideologicalfixityresultsinarigidityor inflexibilitythatforcesbothMylesandBechdelsautobiographicalcharacters intocontinuousengagementwitharepeatedlydisappointingsociety. Biography PrudenceChamberlainisaPhDcandidateatRoyalHolloway,Universityof London.Herpracticebasedresearchdevelopsapoeticsofflippancythrough whichtopositionfirstpersonwithinfourthwavefeminism.Herworkhasbeen disseminatedthroughprintaswellasperformanceatPOLYply:ACertainSlantof Light(2010),FeministCulturalCarnivalinYork(2011)andTheJam,hostedby ArtsAdmin(2012).Herrecentcollaborativefluxuspieceinherregime,was commissionedaspartofthePlay!multidisciplinaryartseventattheFirestation inWindsorandalsoperformedatPOLYply:ReFlux(2012),whileheradaptation ofTitusGroanwasstagedbyBlackshawTheatreCompanyattheActorsChurch inCoventGardeninApril2012.PrudenceisanassociateofPOLYply,aseriesof avantgardemultidisciplinaryevents,andisacofounderofPraxis,aseminar dedicatedtothestudyofpracticeandpolitics,bothheldinCentralLondon. 2.staKristnBenediktsdttir,UniversityofIceland&UniversityCollegeDublin, Ireland TheBookthatCameOutoftheCloset:ASmallPieceofIcelandicLGBT LiteraryHistory Abstract SofarverylittleresearchhasbeendoneonIcelandicLGBTliteraturebefore 1980,andtheabsenceoftextsthatfocusonlovebetweenwomeninIcelandic literaryhistoryisstriking.However,itishighlyunlikelythatthesetextsdonot exist.Amoreprobablereasonforthisabsenceisthattheyhavenotyetbeen foundoracknowledgedasqueertexts. InDecember2011ashortarticlebyFreyrrarinssonappearedinthe newspaperFrttablai,statingthatthepoetwhopublishedabookofpoetry, Kirkjanhafsbotni,in1959underthemalepseudonymArnliilfgeir,wasin factnotamanbutawoman.Manyofthepoemsinthiscollectionexpressthe poemsspeakersloveforawomanandhis/heranxietyanddepressioncaused bynotbeingabletobewiththewomanhe/sheloves.Aftermorethan50years inthecloset,thisbookmustnowbeacknowledgedasoneofthefirstpiecesof lesbianliteratureinIcelandandtherebyanimportantpartofIcelandicliterary history. Inthispresentationthestorybehindthisbookwillbetoldandhowitwas rediscoveredin2011.Thecontentofthepoemswillfurthermorebeexplored.

ThetitleofthebookreferstoClaudeDebussyspianopreludeLacathdrale engloutie(TheSunkenCathedral)whichisbasedonthelegendofthesunkencity ofYs.Thecitywascondemnedbecauseofthesinfulsexuallifeoftheprincess Dahut,whosunkwiththecityandbecameamermaid.LikeDahut,theunknown Icelandicwomanwhocomposedthepoemswasforcedtoliveasecretlife beneaththesurfaceofthehomophobicsocietybecauseofhersexualdesires. Biography staKristnBenediktsdttirreceivedaBAinIcelandicStudiesandanMAin IcelandicLiteraturefromtheUniversityofIceland.Shehaspublishedthree articlesinIcelandicjournalsonherMAprojectonnarrativemethodsinthe worksofJakobnaSigurardttir,andgiventalksaboutvarioussubjectsat literatureconferencesandseminarsinIceland.Shehasfurthermoreservedasa parademanagerforReykjavkGayPridesince2010.staiscurrentlybasedin DublinandReykjavikwhileworkingonherPhDprojectonqueer Icelandicliterature,whichisfundedbyTheIcelandicResearchFundfor GraduateStudents. 3.ClareTebbutt,UniversityofManchester TheModernManWomanlaMode Abstract Atonceconfoundingandembracingmodernity,thefigureofthe'manwoman' appearedwithsomeregularityinthe1930sBritishpopularpress.Theman womandefiescurrentidentitycategoriesbutwasemployedtocoverwhat wouldnowbeconsideredarangeofdifferentidentities.Inthe1930stheterm wasmostfrequentlyappliedtoaccountsofthosewhohadchangedsexfrom womentomen,butalsoencompassedmasculinewomenand,lessfrequently, femininemen.Thispaperexamineshowdiscussionsofmanwomenappealed tonotionsofscientificmodernity,themodernwomanandthespectreofthe lesbian.Howdidscientificmodernityintersectwithtechnologiesofthebodyand newconceptsofgendertosupportthecreationandacceptanceofanew generationofmanwomen? Biography ClareTebbuttiscompletingaPhDinculturalhistoryattheUniversityof Manchesteronpopularandmedicalconceptsofsexchangein1930sBritain, underthesupervisionofProfsLauraDoanandFrankMort.Majorresearch interestsincludeunderstandingsofthebody,transgenderandintersexhistories, queerrepresentationsandculturalproductionsandsocialchange.HerMAthesis onappealstospaceinthenarrativisationofManchestersqueerhistoryhelped developafascinationforqueerurbanhistory.Thecoorganisationofa conferenceontransnationalfeminismsandthesubsequentcoeditingofa specialissueofthejournalWomenarisingfromtheconference,reflectastrong commitmenttofeministandantiracistactivism. 4.JulieNorrisandEmmaBidwell ViceandVirtue:AreWeGoodGirlsNow? Abstract Whatroleinourlesbianlivesdothesetwopracticesplay?Havewegonefrom thatnamelessvicebetweenwomentoatimewherelesbianswanttotakeon virtuesofmarriage?Isthereanattractiontobeingviewedaswicked?Isvice

queer?Canvirtuebequeeredandwouldyoustillbealesbianifitwas consideredvirtuous? Dr.JulesNorrisandDr.EmmaBidwellwillpresentawideranginganalysisofthe attractionsanddrawbacksofviceandvirtue.AsapsychologistJuleswill examinehowtheyrelatetoourlesbianidentities,whileEmma,aqueertheorist, willargueforthepleasureofvice. Biographies Dr.EmmaBidwellistheDirectoroftheScreeningIrelandprogramforthe UniversityofLimerickSummerSchool,shealsoteachesontheMAinWomens StudiesforUniversityCollegeCork,andrunsworkshopsforprimaryteacherson usingliteratureintheclassroomfortheWestCorkEducationcentre.Sheis currentlyintheprocessofsettingupWestCorkCollege,acentreforfacetoface andonlinelearning,withDr.BernieMcCarthy.EmmalivesinWestCork,Ireland, andhaspresentedatLesbianLivesmanytimes. 6F:Film:SecretYearsDir:MariaTakacs ParallelSession7:4:155:45pm 7A:MusicPerformance:JanAllain Britains best kept songwriting secret. -Rollingstone Magazine. Jan Allain: London born, Independent recording and performing artist and teacher of art and music. www.janallain.com Singer songwriter, guitarist and harmonica player who has established a lesbian cult following in Germany where she toured extensively as duo Jan & Ilse and as a solo artist for more than two decades. Jan Allain has released seven self-penned albums on her own Big Boots Record Label. Jan Allain is currently completing her eighth album Freedoms Daughter (working title). This much anticipated release is a collection of big ballads and groove based acoustic soul songs and was recorded at Eastcote Studio London and features live band and selected guest players. Freedoms Daughter is due for release in September 2013 with album launch concerts planned for London and Brighton. Jan is a qualified teacher in both Art and Music. Her background in education includes states schools, alternative educational projects in performing arts with children, womens groups and adults with learning disabilities in both the UK and Germany. She teaches her own songmagic songwriting workshops (www.songmagicbrighton.com) and mentors bands and up and coming new artists. Jan returned to the UK from Germany, where she lived for seven years, in 2007. She currently resides in Hove, sings with Brightons Soul in the City choir, is a freelance teacher and is about to release her first big studio album in ten years and begin touring again. Jan Allain developed her song repertoire in north London clubs and pubs from 198090, often performing with Irish cellist, Sherry Robinson. In 1990 she formed a duo with Australian cellist Ilse de Ziah. Jan & Ilse toured extensively for seven years and when the duo split in 1997. They had developed a devoted lesbian fan base of over 5000 and sold 12,000 albums outside of the music industry. Jan Allain continued to record and perform with fiddler Clare Lindley from Scotland.

In 2000 Cooking Vinyl Records discovered Jan and released A Kind of Glory. She quit the record deal following her second controversial release with them Apple Size Golden Clitoris which she then released herself. It became a cult classic abroad. 7B:Workshop:QueersensibilitiesinTangoArgentinodancing TheQueerTangotermwascoinedbyUteWalter,whoisbasedinHamburgand belongstothefirstgenerationofEuropeanTangoteachersanddancers:Aqueer perspectivefreestangofromtherestrictionsofheteronormativeandgender specificstructuresandrepresentations[it]valuesinsteaditscapabilityto accomplishanemancipateddialogue.ThefirstQueerTangoHamburgFestival, nowonits10thedition,setanexamplethathasricochetedacrossEurope,theUS andBuenosAires.Queertangocommunitiespromotetheexchangeoftheleading andfollowingrolesregardlessofonesgender,encouragesamesexdancingand welcomeanybodywhowantstoparticipate. Duringtheworkshopparticipantswill: BeintroducedbrieflytotheQueerTangohistoryanditsrecent developments Theimplicationsofchoosingandchangingtheroles BeencouragedtousetheQueerTangomodelasaformfordeveloping leadership,dialogueandempathyandforchallengingthestatusquo. Biography AdrianaPegorerisaninterdisciplinaryindependentdanceartistandtango teacher.Shewastherecipientofseveralawardsandpresentedinternationally experimentalworksmixingchoreographywithimprovisation,video,new technologyandinstallation.Adrianataughtandperformedatthe7thQueer TangoFestivalStockholm,the10thHamburgQueerTangoFestivalandatthe 2ndQueerTangoFestivalBerlin.SheperformedattheLGBTHistoryMonthat theIslingtonTownHallin2011withAstaMoroandin2012withUteWalter (organizedbyWoteverClub). InacademicsettingssheperformedinMartaE.Savigliano's'Wallflowersand FemmeFatales'atHarvardUniversity(2007,USA)andpresentedherown researchatvariousconferences,mostrecentlyatTouchingandtobetouched: Kinaesthesiaandempathyindancing(Berlin)andattheColloqueInternational 'Tango:Creation,Identification,Circulation'(Paris). 7C:Presentation:AgirlsguidetoLesbosbookreleaseandslideshow TzeliHadjidimitriou TheguideiscalledagirlsguidetoLesbosandincludestravelinformation, historicalfactsabouttheislandanditsconnectiontoSappho,descriptionsofthe GreekfoodandculturespecifictoLesbos,aswellasaselectionofmy photography.Inadditiontotheguide,Ihavepreparedaslideshowofimages fromthebook,accompaniedwithmusicbyanacquaintancefromLesbos,asan introductiontomybook.ThemusicfortheslideshowhasbeencomposedbyMin Wilde.

Thisbookismycontributiontothelesbiancommunity,inordertoshareaplace andcultureIlovewithwomenfromallovertheworld.Myhopeistoraise awarenesswithinthelesbiancommunityabouttheheritageofourforemother Sapphoandtoencourageaninterestinthehistoryandcultureofthisspecial place. Biography TzeliHadjidimitriouwasborninMytilene,Lesvos.Sheholdsadegreein EconomicsandpursuedfurtherstudiesinthefieldofDirectionofPhotography fortheCinema,inRomeIn1985,onascholarship,sheattendedaseriesof seminarsbyMichelangeloAntonioniontheartofcinematography.A professionalphotographerinGreecesince1988,shehasworkedintelevision andalsointhecinemaindustry,collaboratingwithmanyfilmandphotography directors. Althoughmostlydescribedasanartisticlandscapephotographer,her"lens" hasalsofocusedextensivelyonartworks,interiorsandarchaeologicalsubjects andshecollaborateswithmuseums,galleries,architectsandpublishinghouses. HerworkispresentedregularlyinindividualandgroupexhibitionsinGreece andabroad.Sheisaregularcontributorofarticlesandphotographstoseveral newspapersandmagazines. Shehaspublished3travelguidesand6photographicbooks,allcenteringon architectural,historicandculturalplacesofGreece.Sometitlesinclude:"In CommunionWithStone,TheRuralArchitectureofLesvos"2009,Agirlsguide toLesbos2012,39CoffeeeHousesandaBarbersshop1997,UrbanHousingof the30s;ModernArchitectureinPrewarAthens1998. 7D:Panel:LesbianActivism:past,present,future 1.AndreaRitter,LabriszLesbianAssociation,Hungary FamilyhistoryoflesbiangenerationsinHungary:apsychologistsview Abstract AHungariandocumentarymadein2009presentsinterviewswithlesbian womenwholivedinHungaryduringthecommunistera,experiencingtheir emotionalchanges,findingtheirpartners,andsearchingfortheirownwaysof lifeintheoftenrepressing,prohibitingpoliticalatmosphere.Laterthese interviewswerealsopublishedinabook.Thetitleofthefilmandthebookis SecretYears.Theintervieweespersonalandsocialrelationships,family background,andtheirsexualorientationallcontributedtohowthey experiencedtheperiodofsoftdictatorship,andhowtheymanagedtoshape theirpsychologicalidentityinthosecircumstances.Theirshorttermandlong termlifestrategies,andselfimagewereinfluencedbythesecretsystemof connectionstheywereinvolvedin,andthesocialandpoliticalthreatsthatthey wereexposedto.Thissituationresultedinapeculiargroupdynamics,cross generationalcommunication,andcomingoutstrategies.Thefilmgivesaninsight intotheworldofdifferentlesbiangenerations,andanillustrationofthe psychologicalsignificanceofsecrets.InmypresentationIshalloffera psychologicallyinterpretedsummaryofthishistoricaldocument,accompanied byabriefshowofsomeepisodesofthefilmitself. Biography Ritter,AndreaPhDisapsychologistlivinginBudapest.ShegainedherPhDinthe

TheoreticalPsychoanalysisprogrammeoftheUniversityofPcsin2007.She specialisesinresearchingtheconnectionsofFrenchandHungarian psychoanalyticalschools,researchingtheoreticalandpracticalaspectsof transgenerationaltraumas,analysingpsychologicalchangesresultingfromthe useofinformationandcommunicationtechnology,andresearchingquestionsof identityinthecaseofdifferentsexualorientations. In2011,theauthorstartedapsychologicalseminarinBudapestcalledSZEXMA. Themoretheoreticalaimoftheseminarwastounderstandcontemporaryforms ofsexualidentity,andanalyzetheminlightofpsycholanalyticandsociological literature.Theseminarlastedfor1.5yearsandtheparticipantsincluded psychiatrists,psychologists,andLGBTpeoplefromotherprofessions.Amore practicalgoalwastoestablishadialog,increaseknowledgeandreducehidden prejudicebyallpartiesinvolved.Atpresenttheseminarisstillbeingcontinued inaslightlydifferentform.ShehasaprivatepracticeinBudapest (www.valtozasrendelo.hu). 2.MeganPaslawski,TheGraduateCenter,CUNY RopeofGold:MarriagePoliticsandthe1930s Abstract Dishearteninglyforanyonewhothoughtfluiditywasintegraltoqueerness, LGBT*discourseaboutmarriagehassolidifiedinthepastfewyears,atleast whenweconsidertheviewsmostcommonlyaired.Paintedinbroadstrokes,the samesexmarriagediscussionhastwosides.Thefirstisaconsciouslyqueer pointofview,asexpressedbysuchtheoristsasMichaelWarnerandLisaDuggan, whichcritiquestheheteronormativityofmarriageandoftensuggeststhat combattingeconomicandphysicalviolenceagainstmarginalizedpeoplehas morepoliticalpotential.Thesecondisaliberalposition,asfoundinEvan WolfsonsWhyMarriageMatters:marriageequalityisaquestionofcivilrights andtheprogressionofsociety.Asoutlinedhere,thesepositionsobviouslylack thenuancedandmultifacetedperspectivesthatmanypeoplehavebroughtto thisdiscussion,butthedescriptiongesturesatapolarizationthatwefrequently acceptasamatterofcourse.However,bothsidesoftenshareonepointof similarity:historyusuallyappearsonlyasanoppressiveforce,leavingitto homophobicdiscoursetoclaimhistoryintheguiseoftradition.Inanattempt tochallengethiserasure,Isuggesttheliteratureofthe1930sasanalternative startingplacefortheorizingtherelationofradicalism,liberalism,andqueerness tomarriage.ByfocusingontheworkofJosephineHerbst,MeridelLeSueur,and RuthSuckow,Ihopetocomplicatecurrentunderstandingsofpolitics,economics, andmarriagebyconsideringthelesbosocialspheresthesewomencreatedin theirfiction.Inthesespheres,radicalwomenmarriedanddivorced,liberal womeneschewedmarriage,andauthorsstruggledtomarrymodernistideals withsocioeconomicrealism.Thiswork,inwhichtheseauthorsstruggledwith thesamequestionsofcommunitybuilding,fairness,andsocietalparticipation thatmarkconversationsaboutmarriage,deservesconsiderationaspartofour tradition. Biography MeganPaslawskiiscurrentlyadoctoralstudentintheEnglishProgramatthe GraduateCenteroftheCityUniversityofNewYork.SheistheeditorofMichael RumakersSelectedLetters(Lost&Found)andthecoeditor,withAmmiel

Alcalay,ofanexpandededitionofRumakersRobertDuncaninSanFrancisco (CityLights).Herareasofresearchincludememoryandhistoricalfiction,queer theoryandfamilysagas,1930sUSliterature,andnarrativesofdisease.Megan livesinBrooklynandteacheswritingandliteratureatQueensCollege,CUNY. 3.FinnMackay,CentreforGender&ViolenceResearch,SchoolforPolicyStudies, UniversityofBristol IstheModernLesbianaFeminist,istheModernFeministaLesbian? Abstract IshalldrawonresearchwithoveronehundredfeministactivistsacrosstheUK, conductedformyPhDin2011.Whilethemajorityidentifiedasheterosexual, thirtysixrespondentsidentifiedaslesbian;agesrangedfromlateteenstolate sixties.IshalladdresstheissueoflesbianinvisibilityinUKfeministactivismand theperceptionthatsexualidentityisnolongerarelevantcategorywithin feministcommunities.Whileyoungerfeministsinparticularfeltthat homophobiaandheterosexismwerenotliveissuesincontemporaryfeminism, olderfeministsbemoanedthedemiseoflesbianfeministautonomousspaces withinfeministcommunities.Participantswereawareofcommonstereotypes regardsfeministsashairylegged,manhatinglesbians.Ishalldiscussthe homophobiainherentinsuchstereotyping;frequentlysustainedandpromoted inacademicandactivisttexts.Thestereotypeofthefeministappearsalmost universal(Scharff,2010;Baker,2008;Rich,2005;Budgeon,2001)andis regularlyusedasshorthand,invokedasreceivedwisdom;presupposingthat readerswillimmediatelyknowwhatismeantbyreferencestostereotypical feminists;suchasthisstatementfromWalby(2011):[feminism]isasignifierof somethingveryparticularandcomeswithadditionalmeaningsattached,which manyseektoavoidIthasacquiredconnotationsofseparatism,extremism, menavoidinglesbianism(ibid)(2011:3).Awaitingforthedisclaimer,Iwas disappointed;thereisnofollowingsentencechallengingtheassumptionthat separatismorlesbianismareinherentlyundesirable,insteadtheuseofsuch labelsasaninsultisleftunquestionedandthesexual,andpolitical,identityofa newgenerationispolicedasaresult.Indeed,whatoftenseemsmissingindebate onsuchstereotypesisthepossibilitythatsomefeministsmayindeedbe lesbians,mayindeedchoosetopursuelargelyseparatistlives;andthepossibility thatthesearepersonalandpoliticalfeministpositionswithmeritandpurpose,is completelyignored. 4.HilaAmit,SOAS,UniversityofLondon WhenthereisNoPastandtheFutureisUnseen:thoughtsofQueer TemporalityinPalestinianLesbianActivisminIsrael Abstract Queersubjectsareconsideredtobebeingswithnopast:withoutachildhood, withoutanorigininthenature,withoutafamilialtraditionorheritage.Similarly, intheheterosexualimagination,queersubjectshavenofuture,mainlybecause theyarenotcreatingafuturegenerationsohavenothingtooffertothepolitical "tomorrow".Scholarssuggestedseveralsolutionsforthesetwoproblems.Onthe onehand,awidespreadcorpusdealingwithqueerhistoriographywascreated. Ontheotherhand,academicsandactivistshaveworkedtocreateacollective future:establishingarchives,museumexhibitionsandattemptingtoprovidethe

nextgenerationsanaccesstoqueer"pasts".Criticismofthesepracticesstates thatitsymbolizesahomonormativetimelineConstructingindividualand collectivelivesintoalinearandchronologicalframework,extractedfromhetro normativehistory.Halberstamcriticizeshangingontothenarrativeoffreedom thatliesinthefuture.Edelmanclaimsthatqueertheoryandpoliticsshould refusetheexpectationofabettersociety,andFreccerosuggestsusinga terminologyofpassionthatarisesindifferenttimes,whichdoesnotrelyonthe pastorthefuture.Shedictatesademandforthepresent.Inthespacethatthese questionsbringsabout,IwishtoexaminewheredothepoliticsofPalestinian lesbianinIsraelispositioned.Onwhattimelinedothesewomenposition themselves?Howdotheyconceptualizethefuture,thepoliticalandthesocial horizonawaitingthem?Fromwheredothesewomendrawtheirmotivationfor activismintheircommunity? "Idon'treallyseeapinkfuture,Ican'tsaythat.Thepinkisateverystage andstage,thatiswhatIcansay.Weshallfindthepinkineverydifferent stage"(Nor,Palestinianlesbian,32yearsold). ThepresentationwilldescribewaysinwhichnarrativesofPalestinianlesbians inIsraelsituatethembetweenthewishtoaspire,aplanforthefuture,andthe inabilitytoseeaclearhorizon.Thisimpossibilitytopositionthemselvesclearly onalineartimeline,evenwhileyearningone,createsanactivistpracticethat concentratesonthepresent.Thatactivismisapoliticof"hereandnow",when theobjectivesandaspirationsofthepresentactionarealwaysdynamicand flexible.Thiswaytheysucceedinestablishingaradicalspacethatenablesthem tocontinueworking,evenwhenchangeisoutofsight,evenwhensomedon't expectachangeatalloratleast,notonethattheywouldseeintheirlifetime. Biography I'maPhDCandidateinthecenterforgenderstudiesintheSOAS,Universityof London.I'mworkingunderthesupervisionofDr.RaulRao(workingtitle:Queer PalestiniansintheWest:HomeandAway).IrecentlyfinishedmyM.A(magna cumlaude)attheGenderandWomenstudiesprogram,TelAvivUniversity.My thesis"FreeRadicals:choosingnottobemothersinPalestinianlesbian communityinIsrael",waswrittenunderthesupervisionofProfessorHanna Herzog.Iwasgrantedtwice(20102010)anexcellenceScholarship:Fullliving scholarship,TheFacultyofHumanities,TelAvivUniversity.In20112012I participatedinaresearchgroupattheVanLeerJerusalemInstitutedealingwith ArabFeminism. 7E:Panel:QueerTimeandtheRevealingDark:LesbianPlaces 1.EwaOpalka,JagiellonianUniversity,Poland. Throughthe(Looking)GlassHouseTheRepresentationsofLesbiansFilm CharactersinAtomEgoyan'sChloeintheContextofClassicalGothicMovies andtheDiscourseofModernArchitectureandthePublicSpace Abstract InmypaperIwouldliketoconcentrateontheproblemofrepresentationofthe AtomEgoyan'sfilmtitlecharacterChloe.Thecentralissueofmyanalytical researchisconnected,ontheonehand,withthetraditionofrepresentabilityof

lesbiancharactersinclassicalHollywoodgothicmoviessuchasAlfred Hitchcock'sRebecca(1940)andFritzLang'sSecretBeyondtheDoor(1947) wheretheheroineisjuxtaposedwiththespaceofthegothichauntedhouse,on theothertheconnectionbetweenthespecificityofthecontemporarypublic spaceandtheconstructionoflesbiancharacter.Iwouldliketorefertosuch researchesasLeeWallece'sLesbianism,Cinema,Space.TheSexualLifeof Apartmentsinwhichtheauthorpresentsveryinterestinganalogyofusing interiorspacesinfilmsasalesbianchronotopebutthemaintheoretical propositionofthepaperwouldbetheanalogybetweenphantompublicspace (RosalynDeutschesEvictions)and,asMoniqueWittingaccuratelynamedit, lesbianasaghostinthe(film)machine. Biography EwaOpalkaisaPh.D.candidateattheInstituteofAudiovisualArtsin JagiellonianUniversity,Poland. 2.PaulinaPalmer,UK. QueeringthelesbianpostmoderninAliSmithsGirlMeetsBoyand JeanetteWintersonsTheStoneGods Abstract In1994LauraDoanpublishedTheLesbianPostmodern.RobynWiegmanand othercontributorstothecollectiondiscusstheinfluenceofpostmodern perspectivesonlesbiantheory,whileDanaA.HellerandDoananalysethe significanceofpostmodernnarrativestrategiestothefictionalrepresentationof thelesbian.Today,asaresultoftheadventofqueertheoryandthe poststructuralistconceptsofthedecentredselfandidentityasprovisionaland contingentthatitreflects,postmodernperspectivesandstrategiescontinueto playakeyroleinlesbianfiction.Thecritiqueofrealistwritingasincapableof evokingthecomplexityoflesbiansubjectpositionsincontemporaryculture sincetheinterplayofthepersonalandthepoliticaltheyreflectare,asJillDolan writes,excessivetorepresentationsconventionalcodesalsopromptswriters torejectrealistnarrativepracticesinfavourofpostmodern. Contextualisingmydiscussioninthelightoftheseideas,Ishallexploreinmy papertheutilisationofpostmodernstrategiesinJeanetteWintersonsTheStone Gods(2007)andAliSmithsGirlMeetsBoy(2007),examiningthewaythewriters employthemtorepresentlesbiansubjectivityandgenderasperformative,as wellastoevokethetensionbetweenlesbian/feministandqueerperspectives. Intertextuaityandtherecastingoftraditionalmotifsandgenres,practices typifyingpostmodernnarrativethatthetwonovelsshare,willreceiveparticular attention.GirlMeetsBoyissetinpresentdayScotlandandreworksthemythof Iphisandhertransformationintoaboybythegods,asnarratedinOvids Metamorphosis.TheStoneGods,incontrast,issituatedinthefutureand,in depictingacrossspeciesrelationshipbetweenafemalehumanandarobot, recastsutopiannarrative.Thedifferencesthetwonovelsdisplayillustratethe variedapproachestothepostmodernincontemporarylesbianfiction. Biography IverecentlyretiredfromthepostofseniorlectureshipattheUniversityof Warwick,whereItaughtintheEnglishDepartmentandhelpedestablishtheMA inWomensStudies.IvealsotaughtasasessionallecturerfortheMAinGender andSexualityatBirkbeck,LondonUniversity.Mypublicationsinclude

ContemporaryWomensFiction:NarrativePracticeandFeministTheory(1989); ContemporaryLesbianWriting:Dreams,DesireDifference(199);LesbianGothic: TransgressiveFictions(1999);andTheQueerUncanny:NewPerspectivesonthe Gothic(2012). 3.TamaradeSzegheoLang,PhDCandidate,YorkUniversity QueerNostalgiaandtheDemandtoProgress Abstract AsweapproachwhatLaurenBerlantclaimsisthedeathofthegoodlife,more andmorepeoplearebecomingdissatisfiedwiththeinsufficiencyofthepresent economic,social,andpoliticalsituation.Thoughmanywanttoholdontowhat SaraAhmedproposesasthepromiseofhappinessacontinuallydeferred futureripewiththepotentialtoachievemainstreamacceptanceandeconomic privilegesomemarginalizedpeoplearelosinghope. Thispaperclaimsthatfuturityoftenimplicatedandusedcoercivelyincreating thenarrativeofthegoodlifecontributestoapresentthatmakespromisesof progress,whichservetokeepqueerpeople(andothermarginalizedgroups) pacified.Thispaperexploresthewordsandartworksofqueerpeopletodaywho, insteadofturningtoJosMuozsfutureorientedcriticalidealism,turntoa criticalnostalgia,whichexpressesadesiretoreturntoanimaginedpast.Someof thesepeopleenvisionthemselvesaspartofacommunityformedaroundAIDS activism,thoughtheyaretooyoungtohaveactuallyparticipatedinit.Others revisitthejoysoflesbiancommunitiesinthe1960sinCanadainsteadof expressingthecommonhistoricalnarrativeofisolationandoppression.Alllook tothepastasofferingsomethingthatthepresentdoesnotandcannotoffer. Criticalnostalgia,asamethodofdecenteringthepresent,signalsadeep dissatisfactionwithand,inturn,acritiqueofmodernpoliticaltactics.Arefusalto liveforthepresentapresentthatmovestowardafuture,thatmakespromises, thatisalwaysprogressingmightbeanotherwayofshowingthatthepresentis notgoodenough. Biography TamaradeSzegheoLangisaPhDcandidateintheGraduateProgrammein Gender,FeministandWomensStudiesatYorkUniversityinToronto,Canada. HerresearchfocusesonmidtwentiethcenturyCanadianlesbianhistory,queer temporalities,affectstudies,andcollectivememory.Hercurrentwork investigatesgayandlesbianarchivesasthesitesofaffectiveconnections betweenpastandpresent.

The Modern Lesbian Film Programme 2013 ______________________________________________________________________________________ The film programme runs alongside the main conference programme and hosts an exciting and diverse range of short films, documentaries, fictional features and artists moving image that relate to the conference theme, and are drawn from across the UK, Europe, South Africa, Canada and North America. Some of the screenings are accompanied by presentations and Q&As with the directors and filmmakers, these are indicated in the individual screening details. As well as submissions from individuals and independent companies responding to the conference call, the programme also includes two exclusive feature film screenings* kindly provided by Peccadillo Pictures, one of the UKs most recognised distributors of Art House, LGBT and world cinema titles. The film programme has been convened by Dr Sarah Atkinson from the Faculty of Arts, University of Brighton. Dr Atkinson is an academic and filmmaking practitioner specialising in interactive cinema and transmedia storytelling. Her own multi-screen interactive cinema installation Crossed Lines has been exhibited internationally and her first monograph Beyond the Screen: Future Fictions and Audiences will be published by Continuum in December 2013. Her most recent interactive documentary Anatomy of a Film features on the BluRay edition of Ginger & Rosa (Artificial Eye, Dir: Sally Potter, 2012). This is part of a wider investigation into the impact of the digital revolution upon feature filmmaking where she has spent the last eight months documenting the entire production process of the film.

Friday 15 February 2013 I 9.25-9.50am I Sallis Benney

From GLF to WLM


Producer/Director: Lizzie Thynne Editor: Peter Harte University of Sussex, UK 2012 6 minutes To be screened as a tribute to Mary McIntosh

Mary McIntosh, sociologist and author of key papers and books such as The Homosexual Role (1968) and The Anti-Social Family (1982), recalls coming out in the 1960s. She recounts her early involvement in the Gay Liberation Fronts actions such as kiss-ins and protests against the commercial club scene including The Gateways, whom the GLF thought was taking advantage of queers. The theatrical tactics learnt in the GLF were put to further use when on a trip to the 1971 Womens Liberation Conference at Skegness, the GLF women took decisive action to stop male activists running the show. One of a series of films from Sisterhood and After: the Womens Liberation Oral History Project led by Margaretta Jolly at the University of Sussex. The project is the first to publicly archive a comprehensive collection of interviews with this generation of feminists. A spectrum of campaigns and voices are featured exploring the inner workings and lasting significance of the second wave of feminism. The collection will be housed at the British Library and the accompanying British Library Learning website will be launched on 8 March 2013. Sisterhood and After is funded by the Leverhulme Trust.

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Friday 15 February 2013 I 9.50-11.20AM I Sallis Benney

LESBI ANA A PARALLEL REVOLUTION


Dir: Myriam Fougre Coproducers: Myriam Fougre and Pauline Voisard Documentary I Qubec, Canada I 2012 I 63 min English and French /English subtitles
Produced with the financial support of: Conseil des arts et des lettres du Qubec, NFB ACIC- Et PRIM. Distributed by GIV (in Canada) www.lesbiana-film.com

In the 1980s, lesbian culture was flourishing in many cities and small towns across Canada, the United States, in Europe as well as in Israel and Japan. LESBIANA- A Parallel Revolution tells the story of that movement through interviews with some key players of the time. They were activists, writers, philosophers, teachers, carpenters and nurses, trying to invent a different way of life centered on women. This movement was born out of the Feminist Movement of the 1970s. At the root of it all was the liberating feeling that women-loving-women was the source of their strength, that together they could live differently. By taking themselves and each other seriously, they could change themselves, and ultimately, change the world. Myriam Fougre, director, editor, director of photography, co producer: Myriam Fougre is a multidisciplinary artist born in Quebec City, Canada.While living in New York City from 1987 to 1992, she organized the "East Coast Lesbians' Festival" with Lin Daniels. Myriam wrote, shot and directed a poetic, innovative documentary about breast cancer entitled, On a Moving Path. This documentary won Best Experimental Documentary at the Baltimore Women's Film Festival, 2008, and Second Prize at the Image et Sant Festival in Lige, Belgium, 2008. With a grant from the Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Qubec, Myriam shot, directed and edited a documentary about the rise and fall of the lesbian movement of the 1980's called Lesbiana - A Parallel Revolution.

Friday 15 February 2013 I 11:30-1.00pm I Room 204 With introduction and Q&A with the Director and Producer:

Jans Coming Out


Dir: Carolyn Reid Producer: Alison Thompson UK 2011 75 minutes

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Written and directed by Carolyn Reid and produced by, Village Films, Jans Coming Out, is a fun filled, entertaining, feel-good documentary, celebrating contemporary lesbian life. Featuring interviews with a host of recognised names from the UK and the USA, this award-winning documentary has wowed audiences around the world. Presenter, Jan Walker, is a previously married, 50 year old 'Baby Dyke', who unexpectedly discovers her sexuality, after watching 5 full seasons of, The L Word in one long viewing session! Alongside women facing the camera for the first time, award-winning entertainers, entrepreneurs and writers; such as, Val McDermid, Stella Duffy, Zoe Lyons, Jen Brister, Julie Goldman, Cathy DeBuono, Jill Bennett and Meredith Baxter; share Sapphic insights, anecdotes, dating and flirting tips. Locations include Hebden Bridge, London, Manchester, Provincetown, West Hollywood and an Olivia cruise in the Caribbean.

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Hailed as a festival highlight of the BFIs 25th London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, by The Times newspaper, Jans Coming Out, is a positive, unique and inspiring movie. Laugh- out-loud as the cast share their stories; offer Jan new chat up lines and reveal the meaning of terms such as pillow queen, gold star,chapstick and kiki. Jans Coming Out, both celebrates contemporary lesbian life and highlights the importance of being out, loud and proud, in a fun, upbeat and positive style. To quote, Stella Duffy, Jans Coming Out is, ... the most positive, diverse, inclusive lesbian film Ive ever seen. Carolyn Reid; Writer, Director and Cinematographer Carolyn is an experienced writer, director, cinematographer and editor, who has worked in the film and TV industry for over 20 years. She runs a successful film and publishing company without compromising her enthusiasm for creating visually exciting films to engage and educate viewers. Large, small or no budget, broadcast or non- broadcast, the passion for telling stories in a compelling style remains. Whether working with experienced actors/presenters or with people facing the camera for the first time, Carolyn has a natural ability to put people at their ease, producing high quality material for each project she works on. Alison Thompson; Producer and Location Sound Hailing from a commercial background, Alison has transferred her skills seamlessly into the broadcast film, TV and publishing industry. She has been prepared to work from the ground up to broaden her skillset and to understand and participate in the production process. Her wealth of experience in a commercial environment has led to the success of Village Films independent revenue generation. Her attention to detail in all aspects of media production, from budgets to logistics, creates a smooth and painless working environment.

Friday 15 February 2013 I 3:00-4:30pm I Room 204 With introductions from the director, 3:00-3:30pm:

Return to Sender
Producer/Director/Editor: Lizzie Thynne University of Sussex, UK 2012 8 minutes

Image copyright: Raissa Page/ Photofusion

Twenty years ago, the Greenham womens peace camp got US cruise missiles sent back home. The camp began in 1981 when a group of Welsh women arrived at the US base in Berkshire to protest against the weapons being sited there. Rebecca Johnson arrived at Greenham Common as a young woman in 1982 and lived there for five years. She is now Vice President of CND and an internationally recognized expert on disarmament and co-chair of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN). She is the author of Unfinished Business, (2009) on civil society and government strategies to achieve the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT). This short film follows Rebecca Johnson, still a tireless campaigner for disarmament, to Burghfield, where nuclear weapons are still being made in the UK and and to the now tranquil common where the US missiles were once installed. One of a series of films from Sisterhood and After: the Womens Liberation Oral History Project led by Margaretta Jolly at the University of Sussex. The project is the first to publicly archive a comprehensive collection of interviews with this generation of feminists. A spectrum of campaigns and voices are featured exploring the inner workings and lasting significance of the second wave of feminism. The collection will be housed at The British Library and the accompanying British Library Learning website will be launched on 8 March 2013. Sisterhood and After is funded by the Leverhulme Trust. ___________________________________________________________________________________

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On Tools
Producer/Director/Editor: Lizzie Thynne University of Sussex, UK 2012 6 minutes

Barbara Jones was co-founder of the first womens building collective Hildas Builders in the 1980s. Then as now, there are only 4% of women! working in the practical building trades. We catch a glimpse of Barbara and colleagues at work on her own house in scenic Todmorden as she recounts the struggle to get training and respect in such a male-dominated industry. Barbara won a lifetime achievement from Women in Construction on 2011. An inspiring speaker and teacher, she now runs Straw Works, which designs and creates straw bale buildings and trains a diversity of students on site. Straw Works and Associates have worked on over 300 buildings in the UK and Europe. One of a series of films from Sisterhood and After: the Womens Liberation Oral History Project led by Margaretta Jolly at the University of Sussex. The project is the first to publicly archive a comprehensive collection of interviews with this generation of feminists. A spectrum of campaigns and voices are featured exploring the inner workings and lasting significance of the second wave of feminism. The collection of life stories will be housed at The British Library and the accompanying British Library Learning website will be launched on 8 March 2013.

Filmmaker biography:
Lizzie Thynne is a film-maker. She is Senior Lecturer and Convenor of the MA Digital Documentary at the University of Sussex, where she also supervises practice-led PhDs. Her work encompasses visual and written practice. She completed On the Border, a family biography tracing the impact of war and exile in 2012. Her work on Claude Cahun, the surrealist photographer, has appeared as a film Playing a Part (2005), several book chapters and in Papers of Surrealism (2010) and History of Photography (2005).

With introduction and discussion with the director, 3.30-4.15pm:

Butch Losses
Dir: Janet Jones UK 2011 12 minutes

Reflections on a personal journey ! through the emergence of a Butch lesbian identity and the development of a progressive neurological condition. The film explores some of the issues around disability and inclusion and the mapping of sexual territories within a deteriorating body and the wider lesbian community. Beginning with descriptive landscapes of a 70s childhood, the emergence of butch markers, through to work in various trades and the development of neurological symptoms, the film goes on to look at the challenges of communication within sex and for sexual partners. The links to self esteem are highlighted with personal support needs, interpersonal negotiations, and the challenges of inaccessibility in the built environment. Within this journey, the overall perspective reflects on what it means to live with the daily experiences of loss, coming to terms with a changing body and how the shape of our world impacts on individual choice for people with disabilities.

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Filmmaker Biography: Emerging from a dysfunctional 70s childhood into a variety of practical jobs in her teens and early 20s, Janet Jones emerged from a long heterosexual experimental phase, found her way back into education and out into her butch lesbian identity. With feminist politics, community theatre, visual expression, creative writing and lots of work and activism, life moved forward. Halfway through her 30's the most common degenerative neurological condition affecting women emerged and five years into a Community Development and Food Policy role, life changed. Disability and medical retirement necessitated a new creative direction and 10 years on, a different life has taken shape.

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The Purple Place


Dir: Ana Belen Jarrin Spanish with English subtitles Spain 7 minutes (9:05-9:15am)

"The purple place" appeals to an indeterminate space between feminine and masculine. It was built out of some photographic series in which the main characters have changed their bodies, moving in a border area and a transgression of the conventional norms governing body and relations between sexes. In a black space with no handles, "The purple place" runs away from the description to suggest the physical vulnerability. Bodies alone or leaning, sliding or playing with others. Speaking to the camera, the stark expression reveals the tensions generated by the physicality and the need of every individual of self-recognition on the body. The pictures are exploring the hinterland that skin contains and includes pain, confinement, fragility, fear, challenge, need ... With these choices of transformation, "The purple place" characters are challenging the standards of beauty and helping to question the imposed regulations. Filmmaker Biography: Ana Belen Jarrin is from Ecuador, living and works in Barcelona, her photographic work focuses on the portrait of people living in bodies and unusual circumstances. She worked several years with the group of transsexuals in Ecuador and Barcelona and maintains contact with people with different types of disabilities. She received the prestigious scholarship for his project CONCA The Purple Place, was PhotoEspaa Discovery 2008 and Discovery of the Llotja Pati, Emergent-Lleida 2010. She has exhibited several times at festivals such as Encounters TRAFFIC, PhotoEspaa, Spring Photo. Directs specialize in portrait photography workshops and creative photography in Barcelona, Tolosa and Ecuador, is also reader of portfolios. ___________________________________________________________________________________

Purple shoelaces
Dir: Steph M. Anderson USA 22 minutes (9:20-9:45am)

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In part a response to the heteronormativity of sport, over the past couple decades, gay-identified sport leagues have developed locally, nationally, and internationally and strive to offer an inclusive sporting environment to LGBTQ athletes. Initially starting with only 25 players across four teams, the New York City Gay Basketball League is currently home to over 180 female athletes on 19 teams in the city.

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During the Fall 2011 season, filmmaker Stephanie M. Anderson took time away from playing to raise questions about the purpose of gay-identified sport and (continual) need of safe spaces for marginalized groups and individuals. A playful and thoughtful blend of research and film, the documentary short, Purple Shoelaces, explores the liminal spaces of gay sport to offer a portrait of an athletic space where sexual and gender diversity are creatively and candidly normalized. The film centers on the experiences of 4 women diverse by gender presentation, race, and skill level and documents one teams pursuit of a championship title. Through these womens stories, idiosyncrasies, and humor, it is revealed that while solidarity around sexuality may define the leagues identity, for the players, the experience is about more than being gay. Filmmaker Biography: Stephanie M. Anderson is a freelance Videographer and PhD Candidate in Social Personality Psychology at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. In her academic pursuits, she is interested in using film throughout the research process and in particular as a means to engage in public discourse. Her film, Purple Shoelaces is a complement to her dissertation work, and more generally examines constructions of gender, sexuality, race and competition among mens and womens gayidentified basketball leagues within the United States. Anderson is currently in the process of expanding the film and hopes to release the extended version in Fall 2013. __________________________________________________________________________________

A field (of interconnected realities)


paula roush and maria lusitano 2012 UK 35 minutes (9:50-10:25am)

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The video extends our ongoing research onto the study of the modernist collage-novel, Valentine Penrose and her book Dons des Fminines (1951). This pioneering collage-poem is both a re-enactment of Max Ernsts Une Semaine de Bont (1934) and a critique of the patriarchal hegemony evoked in Ernsts work. Women are depicted outside of the domestic sphere, as travelers into exotic places. The female figures maintain their integrity and appear always in pairs, expressing female erotic desire towards each other. Through these and the poem, it is possible to follow and visualise the adventures of two Victorian women, Maria Elona and Rubia, as they travel by ship or balloon, to glamorous landscapes. The poetic depiction of female friendship, combining elements of neo-gothic and surrealist verse and collage make Dons des Fminines into an early precedent of the criture feminine with its claim for a language of female desire and transgression. Valentine Penroses relationship to Max Ernst, Anthony Penrose and particularly to Alice Rahon - to whom it is speculated that Dons des Fminines refers to - have all been scrutinised by art historians and literary critics alike, with the rigor of detectives when dealing with the scene of a crime. Whilst this attention has made Dons des Fminines into one of the most intriguing feminist and queer publishing case studies, there are still many gaps that we found the most stimulating and decided to look closer into. The resulting work combines historical archive, speculative fiction, intertextuality and collage.

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paula roush and maria lusitano are Portuguese London-based artists whose work draws on historiography of genders and sexualities to develop trans-disciplinary visual essays such as A field (of interconnected realities) a work that integrates collage, drawing and video. It has been shown at BOOKLIVE! London June 2012, Kaleid 2012 European Artists book event, London July 2012, Kunstfilmtag: Language is the House We Live In, Dusseldorf November 2012, Sexuality at Home, University College London, December 2012. It will be presented as a solo show at the 198 Gallery, London April 2013 and at the Museum of Electricidade, Lisbon June 2013.

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Saturday 16 February 2013 I 11:05am-12:50pm I Room 204

*Circumstance
Dir: Maryam Keshavarz UK 2011 107 minutes Screening courtesy of Peccadillo Pictures, in association with Cine-Excess

Set in contemporary Iran in the unseen world of Iranian youth culture, filled with underground parties, sex, drugs and defiance, Circumstance is the story of two vivacious young girls - Atafeh and Shireen discovering their burgeoning sexuality, struggling with their desires and the boundaries placed upon them by the world they were born into. Winner of the Sundance Audience Award, Circumstance is a thrilling expos of an Iranian culture rarely seen. Maryam Keshavarz`s directorial debut has blazed a promising trail at film festivals the world over, challenging audience's pre-conceived perspectives of a society and how women can defy the rules imposed upon them, despite the dangers they face. Director biography: Maryam Keshavarz received a BA in comparative literature from Northwestern University and an MA in Near Eastern studies from the University of Michigan. Before turning to filmmaking, she served as a visiting scholar at the University of Shiraz's department of Language and Literature. She then received her MFA from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts in film direction and has been making award-winning films for ten years. Keshavarz's first feature documentary, The Color of Love, an intimate portrait of the changing landscape of love and politics in Iran, won awards at top-tier festivals and was broadcast internationally. Her short film, The Day I Died, garnered top accolades at Mar del Plata, ClermontFerrand, New York Film Festival and Berlin International Film Festival, and was the only short film at Berlinale to win two awards: the Gold Teddy and the Jury Prize. Keshavarz's first narrative feature fiction film, Circumstance, premiered to critical acclaim at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, garnering the coveted Sundance Audience Award, leading to Maryam's inclusion in Deadline.com's 2011 Director's to Watch. Circumstance has won over a dozen international awards including Best First Film at the Rome Film Festival and the Audience & Best Actress Awards at Outfest.

____________________________________________________________________________ Saturday 16 February 2013 I 2:30-4:30pm I Sallis Benney

*Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same


Dir: Madeleine Olnek 2011 USA 76 minutes Screening courtesy of Peccadillo Pictures, in association with Cine-Excess

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CODEPENDENT LESBIAN SPACE ALIEN SEEKS SAME tracks the adventures, misadventures and experiences of three aliens from the planet Zots, sent down to Earth on a mission to rid themselves of romantic emotions, which are considered toxic to their planet's atmosphere. They are told to have their hearts broken on Earth, where such heartbreak is considered a given. Two of the aliens, Zylar (promiscuous and sassy) and Barr (codependent and clutchy) fall into an unfortunate romance with each other, but Zoinx, the third, meets Jane, an Earthling of mild manners who lives an uneventful life and works in a stationery store. Unaware that the sudden object of her affection is an alien (despite her bald head and monotone speech), Jane falls hard for Zoinx. The feeling is mutual. CODEPENDENT LESBIAN SPACES ALIEN SEEMS SAME is an original mash-up of a lo-fi New York City romantic comedy and a sci-fi B-movie spoof, exuding elements of CONEHEADS, EARTH GIRLS ARE EASY and a touch of MARS ATTACKS, full of extra-terrestrial laughs, loves and a dazzling soundtrack. Director Biography: Madeleine Olnek is a filmmaker, director and playwright. Her plays have been described by Newsday as Uproariously Neurotic Comedy. Filmmaker Magazine called her short Countertransference, unforgettable a comedic goldmine. Her plays have been described by playwright Paula Vogel as "incredible contemporary masterpieces" in American Theater Magazine. Olnek is also one of the authors of "A Practical Handbook for the Actor" (foreword by David Mamet). She holds an MFA in film from Columbia University, where she was given the Adrienne Shelly Award for Best Female Director. She has had two short films at Sundance; at Sundance 2009, Olnek was awarded the L.A. Women in Film grant for outstanding direction. "Countertransference" has won Grand Jury prizes from Outfest and Newfest, as well as an award from the Sao Paulo International Short Film Festival. Olneks first film, the award-winning short comedy "Hold Up," was an official selection of Sundance 2006.

Saturday 16 February 2013 I 2:30-4:00pm I Room 204

Secret Years
Dir: Mria Takcs 2009 Hungary 90 minutes

Eleven lesbian women confess about the Secret Years: on women, love, family, happiness and pain. They discuss their identity searching during the Kdr era, the subculture-tolerating 80s, the movement following the transition and their personal struggles. Many Hungarians believe that before 1989 no Gay and Lesbian life in Hungary existed, as socialist society forced Lesbians and Gays into a life of secrecy and invisibility. Hungarian society is still very hostile towards minorities and differences; in public discourse, someone who is recognisably different supposedly cannot speak for or represent the whole of society. However, we are convinced that an authentic reflection of any given political and social system can be found by looking at that systems marginalized groups. Our documentary surveys the generations of lesbians in Hungary that lived, and continue to live, a closeted existence since the 1960s (with few acquaintances and in limited company), and those generations that thanks to freedoms afforded by the 1989 collapse of Communism lead increasingly open and accepted lives. Their life stories will acquaint the audience with both the former systems crippling methods of asserting power over the individual and communities, and with the freedom accompanying the post-communist transition. What had been a taboo topic prior to 1989 gradually has entered into political discourse; but in recent years, visibility brings on new challenges too.

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No Hungarian documentary has yet dealt with this subject matter. This film will compensate for a blind spot not only in the publics awareness of the former Communist system, but will also strengthen the identity of the lesbian community and other minorities by extension. Director Biography: Mria Takcs has covered both intellectual and practical dimensions of audio-visual studies. For years now, she has been documenting the various activities of LGBT and green communities. She is a freelance video-reporter and director of various TV shows.

Saturday 16 February 2013 I 4:15-5:45pm I Room 204

Breaking Out of The Box: Stories of black lesbians


Dir: Busi Kheswa & Zethu Matebeni 2011 South Africa English and Zulu (with subtitles) 40 minutes

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Buhle Msibis poem I Break the Boxes provides the title for this wide-ranging, touching, often funny documentary highlighting the lives of black lesbians in South Africa. The title is appropriate; by telling the tales of six high profile women, the sheer breadth of experience in the black lesbian community is revealed, the profiled women all having redefined their set parameters in one way or another. They are a well-thought out mix of voices and bear compelling witness to an epoch that has seen gay rights go from zero to hero. There are the mother figures, Mary Hames of UWCs Gender Equity Unit and Dr Yvette Abrahams of the Gender Commission for Gender Equality, who set the scene with stories of the antiapartheid activism years (and falling hopelessly in love). The traditional healer, Fikile Vilakazi of the Coalition of African Lesbians, one of the countrys most eloquent spokespersons on the rights of gay people, offers a compelling argument against the gay-is-white argument; if you say being gay is not African then you insult me, because you are saying I am not African. Another strong voice is Out in Africas Theresa Raizenberg, activist and film buff, who remembers the early ABIGAIL years and the changes since. The youth is represented by Jozi FM DJ Charmaine Fino Dlamini and soccer star Portia Modise, both completely out and succeeding in their fields, despite being largely male-dominated sectors. A warm, compelling and satisfyingly affirming film. Biographies: Sbusiso Kheswa has been working in the South African LGBTI sector since 2002, where he has held positions at Gay and Lesbian Memory in Action (GALA), Forum for the Empowerment of Women (FEW), and the Lesbian and Gay Equality Project. He is a passionate advocator for the most marginalised in society, a role he carries out currently at the organisation, Gender Dynamix. He has worked on various research projects, public education and oral history projects. Breaking out of the box, is his first codirected documentary film on black lesbian lives. Zethu Matebeni holds a PhD from Wits University and is currently a researcher at Huma (institute for humanities in Africa) at the University of Cape Town. Author of Black lesbian sexualities and identities in South Africa, 2012, Zethu has published extensively on lgbt issues in South Africa. She is also cocurator of the multi-media exhibition Joburg TRACKS: Sexuality in the City. Zethu is currently working on a second documentary film at the University of Cape Town.

Acknowledgements: Special thanks to Peccadillo Pictures, Paul Smith and Xavier Mendik: CineExcess.

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