BOOK OF ABSTRACTS [PDF]:Lesbian Lives 2019 book of abstracts

*NB this is a provisional programme subject to change*

Friday 15th March

09:00 – 09:45 Registration and coffee – Grand Parade, Sallis Benney

09:45 – 10:00 Welcome – Grand Parade, Sallis Benney

10:00 – 11:00 KEYNOTE: Phyll Opoku-Gyimah, Executive Director and Co-Founder of UK Black Pride – Grand Parade Sallis Benney

11:00 – 11:30           Break

11:30 – 13:00   Parallel Sessions – All in Edward Street

Please choose 1 panel session or workshop to attend

Panel 1 – Lesbian Pasts   -Edward street room 309  Chair : Caroline Gonda

Sarah-Joy Ford – Queering Suffrage: an embroidered strategy for making lesbian lives visible

Isabelle Salem Diego Sentis – Let’s celebrate the riots of Stonewall by documenting the history of our (lesbian) bars

Rose Collis – Forty Years Out (And Counting) — An Illustrated Presentation

Evan Hazenberg – ‘Sounding lesbian’ in New Zealand: Then and now

Panel 2 – Lesbians in/on/and Popular Culture – Edward Street room 211 Chair: Olu Jenzen

Ann-Marie Hanlon – The Politics of Visibility in Irish Popular Music

Julie Mooney-Somers – Why mass media anti-smoking campaigns fail to engage lesbian, bisexual and queer (LBQ) women in Australia

Zoe McCluskey – “I kissed a Girl and I liked it”: Navigating through Cis-Gender Female Subjective Experiences and Pop-Song Representation of the ‘Heteroflexible Discourse’

Panel 3 – Living Lesbian Lives – Edward Street room 103 Chair: Lucie Fremlova

Doreen Fumia – Researching Lesbian Ageing using photo voice

Dean Inwood – LGBTQ+ individuals’ lived experiences of coming out

Gail Neill – ‘And so I was reminded that I was not normal’: Young women with disabilities reflect on their experiences growing up LGBTQ in Northern Ireland.

Mary Leontsini and Persefoni Kerentzi – “(In)visible homoerotic practices of Greek women: (Im)possible relationships or strategic practices”?

Workshop 1 – “The L-files: Writing lesbian lives from scratch” – Enrica Pianaro  – Dorset place room 501

13:00 – 13:45          Lunch – Edward Street – 1st floor 

13:45 – 15:15 Parallel Sessions – Edward Street

Please choose 1 panel session or workshop to attend

Panel 4 – Fashioning Lesbian Bodies – Dorset place room 501 Chair: Irmi Karl

Eleanor Medhurst – Walking Lesbian Flags: the re-appropriation of pink within queer femininities

Erin J. Rand – “Ravishing Resistance: The Radical Aesthetics of Queer Feminine Fashion”

Simone Tichter – Decentering Bodies: Objects at Dyke Marches

Panel 5 – Gendering Lesbians – Dorset place room 201 Chair: Katherine O’Donnell

Levi Hord – Non-Binary Lesbians: Rediscovering Lesbian Specificity in ‘The Moment of Trans’

Victoria Suvoroff – (In) Visibility in language attributed to representations of female masculinity as exemplified by Soviet history

Rachel O’Connell – “Thigh gaps are a currency where I come from”: Willam Belli, Commodification, and Queer Femininities

15:15 – 15:30           Refreshment break – Edward Street- 1st floor

15:30 – 17:00   Parallel Sessions – Edward Street

Please choose 1 panel session or workshop to attend

Panel 6 – Politics and philosophy -Edward Street Room 104 Chair: Kath Browne

Tay Glover – Exploring Black Queer Lesbian Symbolic Annihilation and Southern Black Lesbian Rival Geographies of Pleasure and Resistance

Flavia Meireles – Marielle Franco – a lesbian in politics and her strategies

Tena Thau – “Love Drugs” and Queer Visibility

Workshop 2 – Speed Dating with our Archives – Isabelle Salem Diego Sentis – Dorset place room 501

Workshop 3- Queer haven Berlin?: Lesbian* visibility within the queer of color discourse in Berlin – Nazlı Cabadağ & Gülden Ediger -Dorset Place room 201   

From 17:00   Informal drinks at the Marlborough pub

Saturday 16th March

09:00 – 10:00           Registration and coffee – Edward Street

10:00 – 11:30     Parallel Sessions – Edward Street

Please choose 1 panel session, workshop or screening to attend

Panel 7 – Costing Lesbian relationships?: Kinship and economics -Edward Street room 105 Chair: Lorenza Ippolito

Rita Béres-Deák – Revisiting the lesbian closet: Hungarian lesbians’ decisions not to come out in their families of origin

Jacqui Gabb & Katherine Allen – Who’s in and who’s out: the (analytical) cost of research on LGBTQ parenthood

Elisabeth T. Sandler – Female same-sex parents’ visibility in connection to leave

Karin Schönpflug – Lesbian identities in neoliberal economics

Panel 8 – Healthy Lesbian Lives? -Edward Street Room 102 Chair: Laetitia Zeeman

Catherine Meads – The invisibility of lesbians, bisexual women and women who have sex with women in health research

Julie Mooney-Somers – The SWASH survey of lesbian, bisexual and queer women’s health: How community shaped and sustained a 22 year collaboration in Sydney, Australia.

Claudia Carvell – The Sexual Wellbeing of Women Who Have Sex With Women – What Do We Know?

Workshop 4: singing workshop with Aneesa Chaudhry – Edward Street room 309

11:30 – 12:30 KEYNOTE: Julia Downes

discussant Deanna Dadusc – Edward Street Lecture Theatre room 105

12:30 – 13:15           Lunch – Edward Street

13:15 – 14:45 Parallel Sessions – Edward Street

Please choose 1 panel session, performance, workshop or screening to attend

Panel 9 – Roundtable and life stories by older lesbians -Edward Street room 105

Jane Traies, Rosie Bailey, Marguerite Saffery, Kate Foley- ‘How many old lesbians does it take to write a history book?’

Panel 10 – Sex and Dating – Edward Street room 102  Chair: Kate O’Riordan

Róisín Ryan-Flood – ‘Haven’t you literally been on a date with every single woman in London yet?!’: Lesbian Online Dating

Siyang Wei – The Visibility of Identity: Lesbian Encounters with ‘Compulsory Sexuality’

Fiona Rooney, Tom Vlietstra, Yalda Tomlison – (in)visible sex: LGBTQI Identity, meaningful sex and Intellectual Disability

Performances 2: ‘Dysphoria to Euphoria’ Poetry show by Alice Denny -Edward Street room 103

Workshop /performance 5: “Hiding in Plain Sight” with Jane Hoy and Helen Sandle     – Edward Street room 304

Screening: Invisible women and A Lesbian Life: Outing the 70s & 80’s followed by Q&A with Angela Cooper – Edward Street room 309 Chair: Patricia Prieto Blanco

14:45 – 15:00 Refreshment Break

15:00 – 16:00 KEYNOTE: Katherine O’Donnell – Edward Street Lecture Theatre 105

16:00 – 17:30     Parallel Sessions – Edward Street

Please choose 1 panel session or screening to attend

Panel 11 – Lesbian Geographies -Edward Street room 105 Chair: Lucie Fremlova

Laine Zisman Newman – Troubling ‘inclusive’ spaces in queer women’s communities

Kirby Fullerton – Boundary-making and the Management of Visibility: Lesbian lives in Seoul, South Korea

Jessica Mancuso – Lesbian (In)Visibility in Manchester: How socio-cultural factors influence lesbian visibility in LGBTQ spaces

Nina Held – ‘Here, I have no choice’: being a lesbian and a refugee – Intersectional experiences of time and space

Panel 12 – Activism in the academy and beyond – Edward Street room 102 Chair : Irmi Karl

Jinfang Yang – The constructed and legitimized heteronormativity in academy: “Invisibility” of the female-homosexual population & “Invisibility” of the heterosexual population in the Psychology of Spain, Portugal, Latin America and China

Kate O’Riordan and Sharon Webb – What’s in a name: queer politics on campus

Alva Gotby – Making work visible: Wages Due Lesbians and the labour of queer life

Ellie Milne-Brown – ‘…that eventually became queer’: queer women’s becomings -with queer men in the context of HIV/AIDS

Panel 13 – Queer visions: Lesbian in Art and Film Archives – Edward Street room 103 Chair : Olu Jenzen

Miranda Forrester – Queering the female Gaze: Re-examining the invisibility of lesbian artists

Caroline Gonda – Queer visions: lesbians in the archive and the politics of (in)visibility

Kris Beaghton – Off-screen space: Barbara Hammer’s lesbian experimental cinema

Dagmar Brunow – From the safe space into cyberspace? The ambivalence of lesbian visibility in film archives –

Screening: Young, Black and Trans – Edward Street room 309 Chair: Patricia Prieto Blanco

17:30 – 18:15 Q&A with producer of Young Black and Trans followed by Closing remarks Edward Street Lecture Theatre 105

From 19:30     International Women’s Day Mixtape – After Party.

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