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Queer Methodologies: Online Graduate Symposium

Day One: Friday 20 November 2020 09.45 – 15.30 GMT
Day Two: Friday 27 November 2020 12.30 – 17.15 GMT

This symposium, organized by the Irish Sexualities and Genders Research Network, is a snapshot of how queer methodologies are currently being developed and deployed within gender and sexualities research practices in Ireland and beyond. With twenty two papers from postgraduate and early career researchers across disciplines, the symposium will highlight the ways Irish scholars are contributing to queer methodological debates, and create space for Irish queer scholars and scholars from outside Ireland to bring their ideas over queer methodologies into conversation with each other.

Everyone is welcome to attend the symposium regardless of institutional or geographical situation. Please note times given are in GMT as the symposium is being organized in Ireland. All sessions will be taking place online via Zoom.

You must register for the symposium in advance. Please register through Eventbrite at this link or at the bottom of this page. Zoom links will be sent to all registered attendees through Eventbrite.

All attendees must agree to the ISGRN events policy which can be found here.

Abstracts for all paper presentations can be found in the symposium program.

Symposium Schedule Day One
Friday 20 November 2020


09:45       Opening Remarks

10:00       Session One

  1. Queer diversity organising in the postcolonial workplace – Hannah Gillard, University of Sydney, Australia
  2. Cruising as method and methodology – Lars Aaberg, SOAS University of London, UK
  3. The Social Life of Sex Workers in a Gentrifying Neighbourhood: Towards an Ethnography of Kamathipura, India – Jo Krishnakumar, University of London, UK
  4. Ethnographically Queering the ‘Indian Family’ – Shannon Philip, University of Cambridge, UK
  5. Queering the family and modes of belonging in contemporary italian women’s writing – Peyker Ozler, University of Exeter, UK
  6. Nowt as queer as folk – Lucy Mooring, Warwick University, UK

12:15       Lunch

13:15       Session Two

  1. Constructing a queer population? Asking about sexual orientation and gender identity in UK censuses – Kevin Guyan, EDI Scotland, UK
  2. Incorporating Gender Diversity and Trans* Experiences into Quantitative Methods – Chris Chevallier, National LGBT Federation, Ireland
  3. The Gendering of ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) in psychiatric institutions – Ellen Phelan, Maynooth University, Ireland
  4. (Dis)counting the bodies: can there be queer methods without queer bodies? – Patrick Hughes, Queens University Belfast, UK
  5. Demechanising Bodies: Exploring the possibilities for a queer/feminist methodology using Theatre of the Oppressed – Aisling Walsh, NUI Galway, Ireland
  6. (Un)Queering Paternal Masturbation of a Profoundly Disabled Son – Marlene De Beer, University of Johannesburg, South Africa

15.30      End of Day One

Symposium Schedule Day Two
Friday 27 November 2020


12.30       Session One

  1. The Charmed Circle and Queer Legal Theory: Developing Queer Methodologies – Alexander Maine, University of Leicester, UK
  2. Conceptualit Frameview: A Methodology – Matt Kennedy, BeLonG To Youth Services, Ireland
  3. The Nonexistent Academic: Anonymity and the seizure of the first-person singular by the system – Lennita Ruggi, NUI Galway, Ireland
  4. Photovoice: re/presentation, accidental queerness and the creation of queer space – Hannah Ayres, University of Warwick, UK
  5. Navigating the UK’s competitive queer ballroom dance scene s a non-binary insider researcher – Yen Nee Wong, University of Surrey, UK

14.30       Break

15.00       Session Two

  1. Probing the Place of Subjectivity in Queer Methodologies and Cultural Studies – Temmuz Süreyya Gürbüz, NUI Galway, Ireland
  2. Reconceptualising the ‘Insider-Outsider’ through Queer, Feminist and Decolonial Perspectives: Reflections on ‘Travelling’ for Abortion Research from England (Back) to Ireland – Aideen O’Shaughnessy, University of Cambridge, UK
  3. Wearing two hats: from LGBTQ forced migrant activist to LGBTQ forced migrant researcher – a Welsh reflexive perspective – Ourania Vamvaka, Cardiff University, UK
  4. I THOUGHT THIS WAS A QUEER SPACE/CLASS/PAPER/RELATIONSHIP: Methodologies Towards a Post-Colonial Queer Academia – Migueltzinta C. Solís, University of Lethbridge, Blackfoot Territory, Canada
  5. Queering Migration Field: Reflections On A Becoming-Woman Story of A Stranger – Gonca şahin

17.00      Closing Remarks

17.15       End of Day Two

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