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Free event: Interrogating queer, crip and the body: an international symposium, July 3rd, Sheffield

Interrogating queer, crip and the body: an international symposium

Friday 3rd July, Room 7138/7139, Stoddart Building, Sheffield Hallam University, Howard Street, Sheffield, S1 1WB

This is a free event but please sign up via the Eventbrite here. Feel free to distribute (Poster that can be downloaded and printed available here: Queer Crip Poster).

Robert McRuer (2006), perhaps controversially, tells us that the crip is always queer and the queer is always crip. Whilst the politics of queer, LGBT*, crip and disability research have been debated in north America, rarely do such discussions happened in the UK. This international symposium therefore brings together queer and disabled researchers, activists and artists to discuss queer/crip politics, and their relation to the body.

We do this at a particularly pertinent time in the UK. A time where heightening austerity measures have and will continue to disproportionately affect already marginalised groups, including disabled and LGBT* people. Therefore we see this symposium as a chance to ask how academia, activism and the arts can work together for social justice. We are particularly lucky to have friends and pioneering disability and gender activists, Freyja Haraldsdóttir & Embla Ágústsdóttir, to join us for the afternoon to give us insights into queer/crip activism in Iceland.

We hope you can join us for the day.

12.00 – 12.45: Arrival & Lunch – a chance to chat to one-another before the talks and/or look at visual displays of initial findings from Around the Toilet Research Project.

12.45 – 1.00: Welcoming Address

1.00 – 1.30 Freyja Haraldsdóttir: The wheeling of shame: The political action of sexing up disability and cripping up femininity

1.30 – 2.00  Embla Ágústsdóttir: title tbc

2.00 – 2.30: Kirsty Liddiard, University of Sheffield and Jenny Slater, Sheffield Hallam University: “Like pissing yourself isn’t the most attractive quality, let’s be honest” Learning to contain through youth, adulthood, disability and sexuality

2.30 – 3.00: Break – Tea and Coffee

3.00 – 3.30: Julia Daniels, University of Sheffield: Conditions of Reciprocity: The Possibilities and Potentialities of a Feminist Perspective on Theorising Dis/ability

3.30 – 4.30: Performance from Queer of the Unknown Arts Collective: title tbc

4.30 – 5.00: Book Launch – Youth and Disability: A Challenge to Mr Reasonable by Jenny Slater

We endeavour to make this event as accessible as possible for all involved. There is step-free access to the building, and car parking is available underneath the building by prior arrangement (lift access). The event will have BSL interpretation. Please also get in touch with any specific dietary requirements.

If you have other access requirements then please get in touch and we will endeavour to work with you to meet these.

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