Whilst we are all in lockdown, the Sexuality Summer School has brought together a host of queer artists, academics and activists from around the world to collaboratively put together a living resource of talks, readings, conversations and provocations responding to the SSS20 theme, Queering The Archive.
Del LaGrace Volcano
Del LaGrace Volcano is a photographic visual artist producing work that seeks to disrupt and trouble socio-cultural binaries using visceral pleasure and political provocation as a primary strategies of resistance. Volcano was born intersex but assigned and raised female from birth, living the first 37 years of their life as female. They have been living as non-binary and openly intersex since 1995. Del earned an MA in Photographic Studies at University of Derby, UK in 1992 after studying photography at the San Francisco Art Institute from 1979-81 and Volcano has produced five photographic monographs, from LoveBites in 1991 to The Drag King Book in 1999 with Jack Halberstam to Femmes of Power: Exploding Queer Femininities in 2008 with Ulrika Dahl.
Jordy Rosenberg is the author of Confessions of the Fox – a New York Times Editors Choice selection, shortlisted for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, a Lambda Literary Award, a Publishing Triangle Award, the UK Historical Writers Association Debut Crown Award, and longlisted for The Dublin Literary Award. Confessions has been recognized by The New Yorker, the Huffington Post, Buzzfeed, Kirkus Reviews, LitHub, Electric Literature and the Feminist Press, among other places, as one of the Best Books of 2018. Jordy’s work has been supported by fellowships and residencies from The Lannan Foundation, The Ahmanson-Getty Foundation, and the UCLA Center for 17th- and 18th-Century Studies.
Jordy is a professor of 18th-Century Literature, Gender and Sexuality Studies and Critical Theory at The University of Massachusetts-Amherst.
Photo by Beowulf Sheehan
Monica Pearl was a member of ACT UP/New York in the late 1980s/early 1990s. She teaches American Literature and Film at the University of Manchester, UK and has written extensively on AIDS and AIDS representation, including the book AIDS Literature and Gay Identity: The Literature of Loss.
Photo by Ruth McCarthy
Topher Campbell’s is an award-winning filmmaker, theatremaker and writer. His work focuses on sexuality, masculinity, race, human rights, memoir, and climate change. In 2005 he was awarded the Jerwood Directors Award and was nominated for the 2011 what’s On Stage Theatre Event of the Year Award. In 2017 he was Longlisted for the Inaugural Spread the Word Life Writing Prize for his forthcoming memoir Battyman. In 2000 he co-founded rukus! Federation a Black Queer arts charity with photographer Ajamu X. This culminated in the internationally recognised rukus! Archive currently held in the London Metropolitan Archives. The rukus! Archive won the Landmark Archive Award in 2008. His films have appeared in festivals worldwide including his first film The Homecoming a meditation on art Black masculinity and sexuality. His latest film FETISH, a collaboration with 2014 Mercury Music Prize Winners Young Fathers is an audacious naked performance shot on the streets of New York. In 2017 Topher was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Sussex for his work in the arts and Black LGBTQ advocacy.
Julietta Singh is a writer and academic working at the intersections of postcolonial studies, feminist and queer theory, and the environmental humanities. She is the author of Unthinking Mastery: Dehumanism and Decolonial Entanglements (Duke University Press, 2018), No Archive Will Restore You (Punctum Books, 2018), and The Breaks (Coffee House Press, forthcoming).
Clare Hemmings is Professor of Feminist Theory in the Department of Gender Studies at LSE. Her work is concerned with the many lives of feminist and queer theorising and patterns of institutionalisation, translation and narration of feminism and queer studies. Her books include Bisexual Spaces (2002), Why Stories Matter (2011) and Considering Emma Goldman (2018), and she has published a range of special issues, most recently with Ilana Eloit ‘Haunting Feminism: Encounters with Lesbian Ghosts’, for Feminist Theory (2019). Her new work is on generation and storytelling, and engages questions of class, whiteness, gender and sexuality through a series of short stories drawing on and corrupting family histories. Combining fantasy with memoir, the project seeks to foreground the moments in family dynamics that challenge what we think we know about gender roles, sexuality and citizenship. The work for SSS comes from this new project.
Roma Havers is a Manchester-based queer poet and theatre-maker, whose current work explores, failing bodies outness and how poetry can shorthand memory into something new. While working with Young Identity she has been commissioned by HOME, Manchester Histories and Manchester International Festival. She has also performed for radio, television and festivals including Hay Festival and BBC Contains Strong Language. In July 2019 she was poet in residence for MMU Special Collections Library. Her first solo show ‘Bolted’ debuted with UKYA in February 2019, and her second solo show ‘LOB’ – a tennis poetry bonanza – launched with The LGBT Consortium in January 2020.
Alyson’s work as a theatre director spans a broad range of companies and venues in Australia, the UK and the US. She has collaborated closely with Sydney playwright Lachlan Philpott since their production of his play Bison in 2000, creating queer assemblage wreckedAllprods with him in 2001. Recent creative projects include Feral Queer Camp (Outburst Festival, Belfast 2019; Midsumma Festival Melbourne 2020); directing Gertrude Stein’s Doctor Faustus Lights the Lights (VCA, June 2019); Cake Daddy in Belfast and on tour in Melbourne (Midsumma 2019) and Sydney (Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, 2019) with collaborators Lachlan and Ross Anderson-Doherty.
Alyson is an Associate Professor in Theatre at the Victorian College of the Arts. Her research focuses on gender and sexuality, particularly queer dramaturgies and HIV and AIDS in performance. She is co-editor of the collections Queer Dramaturgies: Where Performance Leads Queer (with Stephen Farrier, Palgrave, 2015) and Viral Dramaturgies: HIV and AIDS in Performance in the 21st Century (with Dirk Gindt, Palgrave, 2018). She now likes to write about feral pedagogies and is passionate about Feral Queer Camping.
Mojisola Adebayo is a playwright, performer, director, producer, workshop facilitator and lecturer. She holds a BA in Drama and Theatre Arts, an MA in Physical Theatre, a PhD in black queer theatre (Goldsmiths, Royal Holloway and Queen Mary, University of London). Mojisola trained extensively with Augusto Boal and is a specialist in Theatre of the Oppressed. She has worked in theatre, radio and television, on four continents, over the past 25 years, performing in over 50 productions, writing, devising and directing over 30 plays, from Antarctica to Zimbabwe. Her own plays include Moj of the Antarctic: An African Odyssey (Lyric Hammersmith and Ovalhouse, London), Muhammad Ali and Me (Ovalhouse, Albany Theatre, London and UK touring), 48 Minutes for Palestine (Ashtar Theatre and international touring), Desert Boy (Albany Theatre, London and UK touring), The Listeners (Pegasus Theatre, Oxford), I Stand Corrected (Artscape, Ovalhouse, London and international touring and The Interrogation of Sandra Bland (Bush Theatre, London). Her publications include Mojisola Adebayo: Plays One and Plays Two (Oberon Books) (Oberon Books), 48 Minutes for Palestine in Theatre in Pieces (Methuen), The Interrogation of Sandra Bland in Black Lives, Black Words (Oberon), The Theatre for Development Handbook (co-written with John Martin and Manisha Mehta) as well as academic chapters published by Methuen and Palgrave Macmillan. Mojisola Adebayo is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, an Associate Artist with Pan Arts, Building the Anti-Racist Classroom Collective and Black Lives, Black Words, a Visiting Artist Goldsmiths, University of London and Rose Bruford College, where she is also an Honorary Fellow. Mojisola is also a Lecturer at Queen Mary, University of London. Her latest play STARS also opens at the new Ovalhouse, Brixton House in 2021. Mojisola was commissioned by the National Theatre to write Wind / Rush Generation and this will also be staged in 2021. She is currently writing Family Tree / Harvest for Actors Touring Company and is on a research fellowship exploring theatre, racism and climate change at University of Potsdam, outside Berlin.
Christie Costello is a joint Cambridge Trust and honorary Cambridge Australia Scholar at the University of Cambridge’s History of Art Department, where she is undertaking her graduate studies. Her research considers the contested relationship between queerness, lesbianism and feminism in the 1980s and 1990s, with a focus on art made in and around radical lesbian sex communities in the United States. She is also a member of the queer art collective Bare Minimum (@bareminimumcollective), currently collective-in-residence at the ICA.
Honor Gavin is the author of Midland: A Novel Out of Time (Penned in the Margins in 2014), which was shortlisted for the 2015 Gordon Burn Prize, and of a critical monograph on the encounter between literature and silent film. Co-edited with Adam Kaasa, Uncommon Building: Collective Excavation of a Fictional Structure documents a collaborative exercise in speculative fiction as a means for imagining the urban and was published by Spirit Duplicator in 2017. Honor also writes short stories: some are very short; a longer one was longlisted for the 2019/20 Galley Beggar Press Short Story Prize. They currently teach in the Centre for New Writing at the University of Manchester.