Performing Queer Subjectivities

Performing Queer Subjectivities

Here’s to you Mrs Robinson: Performing Queer Subjectivities
Conference 14th - 15th November 2009
Brian Friel Theatre, Drama and Film Centre, Queen’s University Belfast

The conference will bring together academics and artists to explore ideas about the place of queer performance – artistic, social and/or political – in contemporary society, and the responses to these performances.

The conference takes an interdisciplinary approach to issues ranging from recent media debates about the ‘performance’ of the LGBTQ community at Dublin Pride to the interrogation of sexual shame in dance performance, with papers from sociology and anthropology as well as theatre and performance studies.

In association with OUTburst Queer Arts Festival there are two public sessions: a panel discussion on the place and importance of theQueer Arts Festival, with speakers including Alma Selimovic, who will talk about the dangers involved in running Queer Sarajevo; and a rehearsed reading of Billy Cowan’s Smilin’ Through, directed by David Grant.

There will also be the launch of Queer Performance in Ireland, a new collection of writings edited by David Cregan (Carysfort Press).

Keynote Speaker: Professor Brian Singleton (Trinity College Dublin)

Confirmed Speakers:
Dee Heddon, Fintan Walsh, Richard O’Leary, Eibhear Walshe, Mark Phelan, Jonathan Skinner, Joseph Mercier, Murray Healy, and arts practitioners Ruth McCarthy (OUTburst), Alma Selimovic (Queer Sarajevo), Daniel Holfield, Billy Cowan and Brenda Murphy.

Associated Events
The conference is part of a series of events at Queen’s run in conjunction with OUTburst Festival, Friday 13th – Saturday 21st November. These include the European premiere of Bison, by award winning Australian playwright Lachlan Philpott and Untold Fables, a solo exhibition by Dublin photographer Daniel Holfeld.

Registration fees are £45 full/£30 student.

For more details contact Alyson Campbell More information about OUTburst Festival can be found at

This conference is supported by Drama Studies and the School of Languages, Literatures and Performing Arts at Queen’s University Belfast and OUTburst Queer Arts Festival 2009.