GenSex 2012-13 Workshop

28th Nov 2012, 3:30am - 5:30am

Edge Hill University

GenSex Session: Queer Performativities

The first GenSex session of this academic year.

Speakers include:

  • Emma Deeks, Department of English and History, Edge Hill University: ‘Feminist Pornography?’
  • Sarah Hyland, Department of English and History, Edge Hill University: ‘Evil Slutopia: A Global Perspective on Gender and Sexuality’
  • Mark Edward, Senior Lecturer in Department of Performing Arts, Edge Hill University: Council House Movie Star: a 25 minute film that captures the sublimely bizarre characteristics of the everyday life of Gale Force, an ageing WAG/HAG queen (and failed child star of OMO Washing Powder) in her Council House.

 Workshop Abstracts:

  • ‘Feminist Pornography?’: This paper will focus on the endeavour of one woman to create ‘female and feminist’ pornography. The case study for this analysis are the ideals and productions of Anna Arrowsmith (known in the pornography industry as Anna Span); a female porn director and self-proclaimed feminist who literally made her personal political by running as a Liberal Democrat candidate in the two thousand and ten elections. The discussion of her, and her work, will interrogate what ‘feminist pornography’ is deemed to be, and whether, if it does exist, it holds the potential to change ideas about women and how their sexuality is viewed.
  • ‘Evil Slutopia: A Global Perspective on Gender and Sexuality’: This paper argues, in terms of twenty-first century same-sex desire and trans first person memoirs, that a world-wide queer voice must be negotiated and articulated, with far-reaching ramifications for those which deem themselves straight, and those with a twist.  Gender and sexuality must be undone and cut free, with urgency, from the rigid shells of regularity, and released into an atmosphere of instability and diversity.
  • Council House Movie Star: Short Film and Q and A: What happens when drag queens get old in this unforgiving, youth obsessed, Jeremy Kyle world? Council House Movie Star is a 25 minute film that captures the sublimely bizarre characteristics of the everyday life of Gale Force, an ageing WAG/HAG queen (and failed child star of OMO Washing Powder) in her Council House. Audiences are invited to step through the front door into Gale’s dated council house interior.

“Council House Movie Star draws viewers into the poignant absurdities and eccentricities of life, providing real moments of fun underscored with a sense of sadness and loss. The work invites us to enter the past, to reflect on a world that is passing and has passed”.

For further information please contact Mari Hughes-Edwards Group Chair