The Sexuality Summer School (SSS) is a postgraduate summer school held annually in May at the University of Manchester. During the same week the Summer School also hosts a series of public events including lectures, films and performances. Throughout the year the Sexuality Summer School also co-sponsors events at the University and at venues like Contact and HOME, including Queer Contact and POUTfest.
The Sexuality Summer School allows us to create a dialogue between artists and academics…Cheddar Gorgeous (Drag Artist)
The Sexuality Summer School has been organised by the Centre for the Study of Sexuality and Culture (CSSC) at the University of Manchester since 2008 and funded by the University of Manchester Faculty of Humanities, Manchester Pride and Screen.
The Sexuality Summer School brings together postgraduates, researchers and international scholars, as well as artists and filmmakers, to facilitate dialogue and discussions that speak to contemporary debates in queer and feminist sexuality studies, with a particular emphasis on the interdisciplinary study of culture.
Jackie Stacey has devised and organised the annual Sexuality Summer School since 2008, together with PhD students and in collaboration with colleagues at the University of Manchester, and with several cultural and arts organisations in the city. She is Professor of Media and Cultural Studies and co-director of Manchester’s Centre for the Study of Sexuality and Culture. Her publications include: Star Gazing: Female Spectators and Hollywood Cinema (1994), Teratologies: A Cultural Study of Cancer (1997), The Cinematic Life of the Gene (2010); her co-edited collections include: Queer Screen (with Sarah Street, 2007) and Writing Otherwise: Experiments in Cultural Criticism (with Janet Wolff, 2013). She is currently researching, teaching and writing about the work of Tilda Swinton. In addition to this new focus, she has recently written an article on ‘Peggy Shaw’s Butch Noir’ (differences, 2019).
Sabine Sharp has helped to organise the Sexuality Summer School since 2017. They are nearing the completion of their PhD, which traces the emergence of the category ‘trans’ through feminist science fiction films, novels, and short stories. Their first article, ‘Salt Fish Girl and “Hopeful Monsters”: Using Monstrous Reproduction to Disrupt Science Fiction’s Colonial Fantasies’ was published earlier this year in Contemporary Women’s Writing. Their other research interests include crime fiction, Foucault, 20th century feminist history, 21st century critical theory, zine-making, experimental poetry, and queer/trans anarchist/radical left politics.
Janelle Hixon first attended the Sexuality Summer School as a student in 2016, and has been part of the organising team since 2017. Janelle is a PhD candidate at University of Manchester in Art History and Cultural Practices whose research considers contemporary video art that encounters notions of home in relation to displacement and loss. Using strategies particular to video, Janelle argues encounters with home through structures of longing make visible and embrace the increasing precariousness of belonging in the context of shifting global relations, problematize exclusionary standards of belonging, and generate productive sites for forming new connections. Other research interests include early 20th century photography and experimental film.
Oscar Lister is a PR consultant and Creative Producer working across arts, culture and academia for organisations such as Manchester International Festival, Contact Theatre and Manchester University. Oscar has worked on projects for international artists such as Yoko Ono, Skepta, David Lynch and Philip Glass as well as supporting many emerging artists and organisations from the North West find a national and international platform.
Oscar is himself a creative writer, sound artist, and performer and has produced work for and in collaboration with HOME, Inkwell Arts, Leeds Light Night, The Royal Exchange Theatre, Mother’s Ruin, Leeds City Library, and Leeds Museums and Galleries.