What’s On

The Desire for Identity – 23-27 May

The Sexuality Summer School is a week-long event comprised of a series of workshops for 40 postgraduate students, alongside a public arts events programme open to all.

Book your tickets below. For any questions or access requests please contact sexualitysummerschool@gmail.com

Indigestion – Transexuality and the Queer Aversion to Identity

Monday 23 May, 3-4:30pm – The University of Manchester, SALC Graduate School

There will be BSL interpretation for this event.

While feminist and queer debates have radically opened up the ways in which we think about identity, debates in trans studies often emphasise the vitality and political urgency identities may offer. This talk from Kadji Amin looks across these dialogues to ask how trans challenges some of the assumptions underwriting the urge to queer identity. 


Rebel Dykes (2021)

Monday 23 May, 6pm – HOME

This screening of Rebel Dykes will have captions.

Join us for a screening of Rebel Dykes, a raucous documentary using animation, interviews and archival footage to explore the story of a group of women who met in 1980s post-punk London doing art, music, politics and sex, and how they went on to change their world. 

Producer, Siobhan Fahey and Directors Harri Shanahan and Siân A. Williams will join us for a post-screening discussion and Q&A.


mandla rae: Category Mistake

Tuesday, 24 May, 6pm – International Anthony Burgess Foundation

There will be BSL interpretation for this event.

Join us for a performance lecture in which mandla rae tells the story of the experience of being a ‘category mistake’ – an identity that society does not want to admit exists. 

Mandla is a queer Zimbabwean-born, Manchester-based practitioner who examines the notion of identity and its regulation on the body to explore possibilities of resistance through a performance practice of embodied movement, gesture, and spoken word.


Essi Rossi – Ejaculation Falls

Wednesday 25 May, 7pm – STUN Studios

The word ejaculation means both sexual climax and a sudden, emotional burst of words, a desire to be heard. Ejaculation Falls is a performance where a group of people gather together to celebrate sexual diversity. It is an opportunity to share things regarding sex and sexuality that are often hidden or silenced in public conversations. The performance leads its viewers to the other side of norms and collective beliefs. It invites us to examine sexuality’s power and various dimensions, to give new words to the ways in which we talk about sex.

Please join Finnish artist Essi Rossi and the performers for an open conversation, and to share your own experiences of themes addressed in the performance.


Performing Sexuality

Thursday 26 May, 3pm – STUN STUDIOS

Join mandla rae and Essi Rossie for a conversation exploring gender, sexuality, identity and performance.

FREE – no ticket required

Roundtable Discussion with Senthorun Raj

Thursday 26 May, 6pm – SALC Graduate School Conference Room

Senthorun Raj (MMU) author of Feeling Queer Jurisprudence: Inquiry, Intimacy and Identity (2020) is joined by Eddie Bruce-Jones (Birkbeck) and Sharon Cowan (Edinburgh) for a special roundtable at the University of Manchester.

FREE – no ticket required

Roundtable on Grace Lavery’s ‘Please Miss’ 2022

Friday 27 May, 4pm – SALC Graduate School, University of Manchester

For our closing event for the 2022 Sexuality Summer School: The Desire for Identity, we will be joined by Grace Lavery (via videolink) – in partnership with Queer Research Network Manchester

Please Miss 2022 is a memoir of gender transition and recovery from addiction, a dance across genres, a ripping-up of the rulebook, Please Miss is unlike anything you’ve ever read before.