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May 05, 2014

Daring to be Bad

I will be speaking/performing at an interdisciplinary workshop on rage, frustration and destructiveness in feminism theory and activism, hosted by the Centre for the Study of Women and Gender at the University of Warwick.

When: Thursday 12 June 2014, 4.00 – 6.30 pm

Where: The Wolfson Research Exchange, 3rd Floor, Library, University of Warwick
Snacks and drinks provided!

To register, please send an email to R. or

daring to be bad

April 16, 2014

After Kinsey: (Re)Theorising Sexuality and Gender in a Post–Closet Context

Registration for the final seminar in the ESRC-sponsored seminar series Retheorising Gender and Sexuality: The Emergence of 'Trans' is now open. This will be the fourth and final event in our series, and will revisit themes from previous seminars whilst further exploring the discusive and social possibilities of "trans" identity and experience.

After KinseyT

April 15, 2014

#transdocfail at BSA Annual Conference 2014

I'll be talking about some of the initial findings from my PhD research at the British Sociological Association national conference, Changing Society, next week.

I'm speaking in the 11am-12:30pm session as part of the Social Divisions/Social Identities stream. A copy of my abstract can be found below.

#transdocfail: What makes a Twitterstorm important?

In January 2013 hundreds of trans people took to Twitter to share stories of alleged medical malpractice. The catalyst
for this outpouring of anger and accusation was the creation of #transdocfail, a hashtag intended to promote
discussion of issues faced by trans people accessing medical services in the UK. Within weeks #transdocfail was
being discussed within the mainstream media and the General Medical Council had launched an investigation. How
did an expression of outrage from members of a small minority group so rapidly result in wider recognition and
concrete action?

This paper draws upon a range of qualitative data – from Twitter, Facebook, bulletin boards and newspaper opinion
columns – to explore how #transdocfail was constructed as an ‘important’ and ‘meaningful’ event by trans activists,
allies and community advocates. I argue that several factors contributed to the impact of #transdocfail beyond the
social media platform from which it originated: these included the prior existence of widespread discontent, increasing
publication opportunities for trans journalists, and a strong belief in the importance of the event amongst participants.

I also explore how online discussion of #transdocfail intersected with a contemporaneous controversy over articles
about feminism written by Suzanne Moore and Julie Burchill. The resulting dispute between journalists, news editors
and trans activists ultimately served to provide a wider platform for the dissemination of complaints originating with

May 16, 2013

Trans As Everyday Culture

I'm involved and organising - and will be speaking at - this seminar next week. More information can be found on our website.

trans as everyday culture

May 08, 2013

Subjectivity and Subculture symposium

Kirsty Lohman and I will be presenting a paper at the Subjectivity and Subculture symposium at the University of Warwick on Monday 10th June.

Our paper, entitled "Subculture (or not?): identity and inclusion in trans performance events" is based upon research into the experiences and perspectives of trans musicians and promoters in the Midlands and South of England. We will be speaking during plenary session 3 in the mid-afternoon.

Registration closes on Friday 24th May. To register, email Dr Michelle Kempson:

More information on the symposium can be found here.

May 02, 2013

'Spotlight on: Genderqueer': Storify available

Dr Caroline Walters has kindly curated a collection of tweets from the #gqconf hashtag. It incorporates thoughts, feedback and questions relating to presentations from the Spotlight on: Genderqueer event.

You can see it here.

April 30, 2013

CSWG Graduate Seminar Series – Summer Term Timetable

The first event, Health and the Female Body, will take place tomorrow from 5pm in Room 0.14 at the Ramphal Building, University of Warwick.

CSWG summer term

April 13, 2013

Genderqueer: a Spotlight on International Research

I'm involved in running this event at the University of Warwick - a provisional programme can be found on our website.


March 27, 2013

Research website

I have created a new website for my PhD research project, which is looking at discourses of trans health. The idea of the site is to communicate the basic aims of my research and the approach I'm taking. I'm also hoping to maintain a blog in which I can discuss issues pertinent to the project as it progresses.

The site is available here: Trans Health Study.

March 21, 2013

Call for papers: Spotlight on Genderqueer

Please note: this event will take place within a video-conferencing suite. International contributions via the Internet are encouraged!

9am – 5pm
Monday 29th April
Wolfson Research Exchange, University of Warwick, UK

Abstract submission date: Sunday 24th March

‘Genderqueer’ has come to describe a wide range of gendered identities and experiences during the past couple of decades. Genderqueer books have been published, genderqueer art has been produced, genderqueer events are held. Untold thousands (millions?) of people live genderqueer lives.

However, we believe that ‘genderqueer’ remains under-examined within the academic world. We therefore aim to explore genderqueer lives, identities and experiences from a range of perspectives both within and beyond the academic world.

We invite submissions from a range of disciplines, addressing themes that speak to, relate to, or interact with the concept of ‘genderqueer’. Relevant topics include (but are not limited to):

- intersectionality and identity
- genderqueer intimacies and sexual practices
- genderqueer performance
- genderqueer psychology and therapeutics
- queer(ing) literature(s)
- genderqueer language and communication
- genderqueer geographies and social networks
- genderqueer inequalities

Speakers will be invited to provide an informal presentation for up to 20 minutes.

There will also be an associated evening event in Leamington Spa with a variety of performers.

This is a DIY academic event organised by Dr Lyndsey Moon and Ruth Pearce. To register for the event or submit an abstract (max. 200 words) for consideration, please email or

For more information:

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