October 01, 2015

Feminism 201

I will be speaking at the UCLU Women's Network event Feminism 201 in London on Monday 5th October, alongside Bridget Minamore, Pavan Amara, Fez Endelaust and Lucy O'Riordan.

The event takes place from 7pm at Sir Ambrose Fleming LT, Roberts Building, University College London.

Entry is free, but organisers have asked those planning to attend to reserve themselves a ticket in advance here.

There is also a Facebook event page.

Feminism 201 poster

September 14, 2015

CFP: Sexualities Special Issue ‘Trans Genealogies'

SexualitiesGuest editors: L Moon, R Pearce and DL Steinberg

Forthcoming 2016

Deadline for submission of papers: November 30 2015

We would like to invite submissions for a forthcoming Special Issue of Sexualities on the topic of ‘Trans-Genealogies: Gender, Sexuality and the Emergence of Trans'. Below please find email contact information for the Guest Editors, a synopsis of the Special Issue and advice for authors. The Guest Editors will be very happy to discuss your ideas for papers in advance of submission.


Please submit your papers by November 30 2015 for consideration for the Special Issue

Special Issue Synopsis

This special issue of Sexualities focuses on the emergence of Trans as a growing vernacular of identity, intersubjectivity and feeling on the intersecting terrains of gender and sexuality. The issue draws its impetus from the recent ESRC seminar series: ‘The Emergence of Trans: Retheorising Gender and Sexuality’ (2012-14).

Authors are encouraged to address at least one of the following three questions:

  • How does the emergence of Trans challenge, develop or extend understandings of gender and sexuality, reconfigure everyday lives or herald new normativites?
  • How do Trans lives and discourses articulate with issues of rights, citizenship and (complex and intersectional modes of) discrimination, health and welfare, education and popular commonsense?
  • What challenges do Trans identities present for clinical and therapeutic practice, for gender and sexuality theory and for everyday articulations of identity and intersubjective and communal connection?

Thematic Focus / Advice for Authors

The Special Issue will pursue and be organised around four key thematic axes:

1. Trans Genealogies: shifting paradigms and practice in clinical and therapeutic contexts
Emergent themes include: narratives of ‘authenticity’ that guide clinical protocols, psychotherapeutic approaches and patient self-identifications; ‘pathways of care’ surrounding interventions and management of Trans bodies; professional discourses (educational, diagnostic) and clinical and practice protocols vis a vis patient or client experience; and ‘alternative’ therapeutic discourses and the Trans self-help context.

2. Trans in everday culture: social networks, social movements, everyday lives and everyday repertoires
The focus here concerns the emergence of Trans social networks, social movements and citizenship struggles, including the impact of digital technology and web based resources on gender and sexuality activism and new identifications. Key themes include: communal, popular and ‘everyday’ repertoires of body, identity, feeling and experience; the impact of digital technology and social networking, and Transformations in everyday vernaculars of gender and sexuality, everyday lives and ‘on the ground’ experiences.

3. Trans in Popular representation
A third thematic focus concerns the spectacular, social semiotic, aesthetic and visual repertoires of Trans. Trans has emerged as a cross-media phenomenon involving traditional and new media from film and television to web-based media to photography to performance art, giving rise to emergent popular and commonsense dimensions of Trans.

4. Trans Epistemologies: retheorising gender and sexuality
The fourth thematic focus concerns the epistemic, intersubjective and affective implications of Trans culture, discourse and practice. Key questions in this context include a) to what degree and in what terms does the emergence of Trans challenge conceptual norms across different cultural sites from professional to popular to everyday practice;and b) what challenges do the epistemic underpinnings of Trans herald for sexuality and gender studies? Does Trans, for example, represent a ‘postcloset’ epistemology? Does it represent an emergent meta-narrative and, in its wake, a Transformed ‘post Kinsey’ understanding of gender, sexuality, bodies and experience?

July 06, 2015

Reappropriating Value(s) in Higher Education – Storify

I recently spoke about redistribution within/through academia at the inspiring BSA-sponsored event "Reappropriating Value(s) in Higher Education".

The organisers have created a Storify account of social media accounts from the day, which can be read below.

June 15, 2015

DJ setlist: Queer Fest Leeds @ Wharf Chambers, Leeds (13/06/15)

Bonnie Tyler - Holding Out For A Hero
David Bowie - Let's Dance
Soft Cell - Tainted Love
Madonna - Like A Prayer
Savages - Husbands
Le Tigre - TKO
Reel Big Fish - Take On Me
Rocky Horror Picture Show OST - The Time Warp
Jesus & His Judgemental Father - Party Hat
Kate Bush - Hounds of Love
Florence + The Machine - You Got The Love
Republica - Ready To Go
Liines - Never There
Blondie - Call Me
R.E.M - It's The End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)

April 05, 2015

Academic week – Sexual Cultures Conference and Trans* Health Workshop

I've already posted about the Sexual Cultures Conference - this is now just a few days away! I'm greatly looking forward to sitting on one of the conference's keynote panels on the first day with Jay Stewart (Gendered Intelligence), Jade Fernandez (Stonewall) and Kat Gupta.

The overarching theme of the conference (and, by extension, the panel) is "academic meets activism". I'm planning to talk about my move into academia from activism and my involvement in events such as the Emergence of Trans seminar series and Spotlight on: Genderqueer that attempted to speak to both academia and activism. I'll be aiming to highlight some of the limitations and drawbacks of such events as well as their strengths, and think about how future organisers might be able to build upon these lessons.

The whole programme for Sexual Cultures is fascinating, and I'll certainly be dropping by as many sessions as possible. However, I'll also be popping out for a few hours on Thursday to attend a Trans* Health Workshop at King's College London. At this event, I'm planning to speak about some of the early findings from my PhD research, including reflections on the emergence and evolution of 'trans' narratives and their intersection with medical discourse.

March 01, 2015

DJ setlist: Shenanigans @ Canal 125, London (28/02/15)

Another fantastic night at Shenanigans. The theme for this one was "These Are Not The Cylons You Are Looking For", so I went all out on a sci-fi/space/robot theme for my set!

Tsunami Bomb - Planet Schmanet Janet
Amanda Palmer - Astronaut
Beastie Boys - Intergalactic
St Vincent - Digital Witness
Prodigy - Invaders Must Die
Nine Inch Nails - Closer
Black Sabbath - Iron Man
Queen - Flash
Deep Purple - Space Truckin'
Rage Against The Machine - Wake Up
Muse - Supermassive Black Hole
Hospital of Death - Transformers
Eagles - Journey of the Sorcerer
Sonny Rhodes - Ballad of Serenity
David Bowie - Starman

February 25, 2015

Shenanigans: These Are Not The Cylons You Are Looking For

I'm looking forward to returning to Canal 125 to DJ at Shenanigans once again this Saturday!

The event kicks off at 8pm and I'm on second, at 9pm.

Not The Cylons

>>>Facebook event page.

February 24, 2015

Being trans and LGBQ: a panel discussion

On Thursday 26th February I will be speaking about the relationship between trans identity/experience and sexual orientation at UCL.

"When LGBQ trans people can be excluded and marginalised by both transphobia in LGBQ spaces and homo-, bi- and lesbophobia in trans spaces, how do we live all these aspects of our identities? How do our communities manage or fail to meet our needs, and how can we and they change this? There will be an opportunity for questions and contributions from the floor.

Ruth Pearce, activist, academic and musician
Jack Marr, poet and speculative fiction writer
Nardina Kaur, academic and member of Sarbat
Naith Payton, writer and reporter for Pink News
Surat Shaan Rathgeber Knan, founder of Rainbow Jews
Gabriella Basso Ricci, postgraduate student and freelance translator
Daniel Fernando Diaz-Cebreiro, undergraduate student, activist and LGBT Representative on NUS Black Students' Campaign committee

The venue is wheelchair-accessible. All welcome - no need to be a UCL student! If you have any questions or comments, please contact uclu-lgbt.officer@ucl.ac.uk."

The event will take place in the Harrie Massey Lecture Theatre from 6pm.

>>>Facebook event page.

February 15, 2015

How do we make the Women's Movement intersectional?

Tomorrow I will be speaking at an event hosted by the University of Bristol Students' Union (UBU).

At the event panellists will share their views on intersectonality in the women's movement. There will also be a chance for the audience to contribute to the debate and ask questions.

I will be sharing the panel with:

Megan Armstrong (UBU Women's Officer)

Susuana Antubam (NUS Women's Officer)

Fahma Mohamed - (Integrate Bristo)

Sammi Whittaker - (NUS Women's Committee)

The event, which is free to attend, will take place in AR11 on the second floor of the Students' Union building.

Further details can be found here.

February 11, 2015

Subterfuge Bloody Valentine

Not Right will be contributing to a surreal night of sound and imagery in London this weekend.

Subterfuge Bloody Valentine, The Others, Stoke Newington, 14th Feb

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