Manchester University’s Sexuality Summer School 2021: Queering the Archive

by | Jan 28, 2021 | Conferences, Events, News | 0 comments

We are thrilled to announce this year’s Sexuality Summer School will be taking place between Monday 24 and Friday 28 May 2021. Following the successful launch of our Digital Prequel last year, our 2021 programme (online, until further notice) will offer a series of events on the theme Queering the Archive. We will draw on the materials and resources developed last year, supplementing them with real-time online events.    

In addition to film screenings, public lectures, and readings open to the public, the Sexuality Summer School offers up to 35 registered postgraduates the opportunity to attend daytime workshops and seminars run by academics, artists, and activists. Through a mix of event formats, attendees will interrogate questions of what constitutes an archive and who has historically been excluded or absent from archival content and practices. Through discussions of contemporary issues in the study of sexuality and gender, students will also have the opportunity to explore their research, methods and ideas with peers.   

This year’s programme will include: Topher Campbell, Ajamu X, Julietta Singh, Jordy Rosenberg, Esther Newton, Holly Hughes, and Roma Havers.


The public events will be free to SSS students, and attendance at the daytime workshops will be £50. This registration will cover speaker fees and organisational costs. Registration will open at 9am on 25 February 2021 through the University of Manchester’s online estore. Registration usually fills up fast so book early to avoid disappointment.

To complete your registration, you must pay your registration fee through the online estore and submit a short bio (max 150 words) and statement of interest (max 300 words) to with the subject ‘2021 Registration’. Your bio should include your current institutional affiliation, Masters or PhD programme title, and current research interests. Your statement should answer the following questions:  

  • How does the Sexuality Summer School theme relate to your research or practice? 
  • What do you hope to contribute to the Sexuality Summer School? 

    Please submit your bio and statement the same day you pay your registration fee. You may want to prepare these in advance of the 25 February.  

    If you require funding to enable you to attend, you may need to secure this funding before you register. More details on funding options for University of Manchester students will be made available via our mailing list and on our blog soon (see link below).

    The SSS Experience 
    The Sexuality Summer School is an excellent opportunity to discuss your ideas for your dissertation or thesis with others engaged in the field of Sexuality Studies, as well as to consider options for future research at PhD level and beyond. The week of events will offer the chance to examine current debates in queer and feminist theory through the work of renowned scholars, creative practitioners and activists.  

    Moreover, the Sexuality Summer School functions as a model for online public engagement, opening up conversations on queering archives to Manchester’s LGBT community. As a result, we hope our attendees will imagine new possibilities through which to bring their research and ideas to different audiences, on- and offline.  

    The 2021 SSS will bring together students and researchers engaged in this area of study from across various disciplines and across the world. Previous attendees have continued to support each other’s research and professional development, forming reading groups and research networks, and receiving invitations to speak at future events.   

    We hope to see many of you at the Sexuality Summer School, whether as a registered participant or at our public events! For more information on what the Sexuality Summer School is like, and to watch our new video, please visit:    

    To browse our Digital Prequel materials, including a roundtable, readings, interviews, and essays from Del LaGrace Volcano, Julietta Singh, Alyson Campbell, Mojisola Adebayo, Clare Hemmings, Topher Campbell, Jordy Rosenberg, Monica Pearl, Honor Gavin, Roma Havers, and Esther Newton, please visit:  

    You can also find Sexuality Summer School on Facebook or tweet us @SSS_Manchester.  

    For further information about registration, please send an email to or sign up to updates from our blog  

see a short film on Manchester’s Sexuality Summer School

Queering the Archive: visit the Digital Prequel:


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