GenSex: Gender and Sexuality Research Group

22nd Jun 2011, 4:00pm - 6:00pm

Performing Arts Centre

GenSex – Edge Hill University’s Gender and Sexuality Research Group – is holding its final session for academic year 2010/11 on Wednesday 22nd June 2011, from 4pm-6pm, in Studio 4 in the Centre for Performing Arts at the Ormskirk Campus.

The Gender and Sexuality Research Group is an inter-disciplinary group which promotes research into gender and sexuality studies.

This session will include a talk by Mark Edward, Senior Lecturer in Performance at Edge Hill University, titled ‘No Place to Call Homo: The Temporality of the Gender Performing Body’ and a reading of the work of contemporary poet Ade Jackson, followed by a question and answer session with him and a discussion of his writing’s focus on gender and sexuality.

Speaker Biographies

Mark Edward has worked for Rambert Dance Company (Ballet Rambert), Senza Tempo Dance Theatre Company in their world premiere of Lazurd, Penny Arcade (Andy Warhol film ‘star’) in her Bad Reputations, Julie Tolentino (Madonna’s collaborator) on the Bottom Project, Paul Johnson, Chief Executive of Dance Ireland, in a period of Research & Development resulting in Dr Diana Theodores Book Writing Dancing Righting Dance: articulations on a choreographic process.

His research projects have taken the form of body politics, acid house phenomena and club culture, writing and creating research practice, discographies and his latest project ‘Living the Dream: Experiencing the Psychosis.’ Mark’s other practice as research has involved the persona Gale Force addressing situation(ism) and reaction theory within an everyday working environment and controversies surrounding the construction, performative and illusion of gender. This has been explored through Gale Force hijacking public spaces.

Mark’s choreographies have been selected for: British Dance Edition 2008 (BDE), Arts Festival 2008, Arts Festival 2007, DanceFest UK 2007, Arts Forum 2007, Marks of Time 2007, Leap 2007, Dance Cuts 2006, New Dance Fest, Whitworth Art Gallery, New Moves North West, Young Blood Series.

Ade Jackson is a poet, musician and spoken-word artist who tells noir-ish stories against a backdrop of folk and flamenco-tinged finger-picking guitar. A poetry collection, Latenight Sistersongs, is available from Headland Publications.

His second, as yet untitled collection, explores notions of self, identity, sex and transcendence with a lyrical, often surreal sweep, yet always grounded by flashes of sardonic wit. Much of his recent work concerns itself with aspects of gender polarity as explicated in both Eastern and Western alchemical and yogic practice.

Jackson’s writing has appeared in Orbis International, Trespass, The London Magazine and Nerve, and he has just completed a first novel.

Critical acclaim for Ade Jackson:

  • “Arguably Liverpool’s best beat poet” – Lisa Jones, HeartBeats;
  • “One of the great Liverpool voices… an unrelenting beat aesthetic and an ever weather eye from the back streets… a bit of Cave, a bit of Cash, a soupcon of Cohen, and a whole lot of Catherine Street…” – Jonathan Raisin, Lost Voices.

Contact Details

Would you like to give a paper to GenSex or lead us in a workshop or seminar? Interdisciplinary research-based debates, presentations and art installations are always welcome.

Topics can include masculinities, feminisms, gender theories, queer studies, sexuality and subversion, bodily narratives and transgendered identities – just contact Dr Mari Hughes-Edwards by emailing edwardsm@edgehill.ac.uk.