Cancellation of the seminar and workshop – UCU strike.

Centre for Transforming Sexuality and Gender seminar with Annukka Lahti  our  International Visiting Research Fellow and Meg-John Barker. The seminar will be a dialogue, in which we explore connections and sparks between their work on LGBTQIA+ breakups and queer grief.

Speaker biographies

Annukka Lahti (she/her) is an Academy of Finland postdoctoral fellow at the University of Eastern Finland. The interrelations of intimacy, power, sexuality, gender and affect are at the heart of her research interests, and she has studied them for several years from queer and affect theoretical, and recently posthuman perspectives. Lahti has published studies on affective inequalities and intimacies, queer and heterosexual relationship contexts, singlehood and LGBTIQ+ breakups. She is a co-editor of the edited volume Affective Intimacies, published by Manchester University Press (2022).Currently, she is examining LGBTIQ+ separations in two different cultural locations in the Academy of Finland-funded project Where the rainbow ends: the becoming of LGBTIQ+ separations  (project 349408, 2022-2025). To read more about the project, please see:

Meg-John (MJ) Barker (they/them) is a writer, zine-maker, collaborator, contemplative practitioner, and friend. They are the author of a number of popular books on sex, gender, and relationships, including graphic guides to QueerGenderand SexualityHow To Understand Your Gender and SexualityLife Isn’t BinaryEnjoy Sex (How, When, and IF You Want To), Rewriting the Rulesand Hell Yeah Self CareThey also publish zines, comics, and free books on themes including pluralitytraumaconsent, and creativity. Website: Twitter: @megjohnbarker, YouTube: MegJohnBarkerPsych

The conversation will be facilitated by Laura Harvey, of the University of Brighton.