FRIDAY 17 MAY

18.00      -19.00



Film Screening:

Circumstance (2011)

As part of the Brighton Fringe 2013


Q&A with Director Maryam Keshavarz




08.30-9.00 Registration
09.00-10.45 Keynote 1     

Rahul Rao SOAS

The Queer Question

V. Spike Peterson University of Arizona

(Im)possibly and necessarily queering states/nations

10.45-12.15 Panels 1

Queer Failures/Subversive Successes

/Strange States

 Laura Lyddon  University of Bristol

Strange bedfellows, marriages of convenience and military eunuchs: when states are queered

 Lauren Wilcox  Johns Hopkins University

Impossibly Queer Practices

 Cynthia Weber University of Sussex

Why is there no queer  international theory?

Troubling Borders


Kiriana Dube Great Zimbabwe University

Experiences of rural women left behind by migrant husbands. The case of Chivi South, Masvingo province

Calogero Giametta  London Metropolitan University

‘Rescued’ Subjects? The Question of Agency for Sexuality-based Asylum Claimants

Jenny Hedstrom International IDEA

Solidarity in Exile? Gender, Identity and politics on the Thai-Burma border

Teodora Todorova  University of Nottingham

The (Im)possibly Queer Border: The Case of Anarchists Against the Wall, Israel-Palestine

Questioning international solutions to (post-) conflicts: queer theory, comparativism and perspectives between posts

Catherine Charrett  Aberystwyth University

Struggling to be recognised as … : Hamas’s performance in politics and resistance after 2006

Shine Choi Queen’s University Belfast

Queering divisions in the international through South Korean blockbuster films

Maria Andreana Deiana Queen’s University Belfast

No Man’s Land and the heteronormativity of hope:  Is a queer commentary to post-conflict Bosnia a more desirable alternative?

Maria O’Reilly King’s College London

Normative Violence and Transitional Justice: The Construction and Contestation of Hierarchies of Grief in Post-Conflict Bosnia-Herzegovina

Global Queer Cinema

Ahmet Atay College of Wooster

Queer Imagery of East and West: Representations of Queer Bodies in Grand Ecole

Magdalena Cieslak University of Lodz

A Polish Woman, a Polish queer – negotiating (im)possibilities in popular cinema

Malgorzata Radkiewicz Jagiellonian University

Re-presenting self and subjectivity in Polish women’s art and cinema

Raz Yosef  Tel Aviv University

Returning Lost Love: Melancholy and Queer Diaspora in Contemporary Israeli Cinema

Communicating Queer

Gareth Horsfield and Sarah Cardey University of Reading

Problematizing the Construction of Gender and Sexuality in Development Communication: A Queer Theory Analysis

Shamira Meghani University of Leeds

International Irruptions: Queering the Politics of Feminist Public Discourse

Ken Searle University of Birmingham

Aspirational Identity in Gay Lifestyle Magazines 1991-2011: An Intertextual Analysis

12.15-13.15 Lunch
13.15-14.45 Panels 2 Contesting Queer FuturesHila Amit SOAS

When there is No Past and the Future

is unseen: Thoughts of Queer

Temporalities in Palestinian Lesbian

Activism in Israel

Heike Schotten University of Massachusetts Boston

The Time is Now: Revolution, Futurity,

& Impossibility

Laura Sjoberg  and Lauren Wilcox  University of Florida; Johns Hopkins University

Queering Darwin: Rereading

(Feminist) Evolutionary Approach to IR

Reconsidering Locality and Regionalities in Queer Politics

Katja Kahlina University of Edinburgh

Queering the region: The case of Yugo-regionalism in Croatia

Kazuyoshi Kawasaka University of Sussex

Are LGBT rights becoming Americanised?

Akiko Shimizu University of Tokyo

‘Jerky Connections: Sedgwick’s Touch and the Queerness of “Beside”’

Ning Yu University of Tokyo

Beijing Queer Film Festival and Its Political Possibilities

Making and Unmaking the Military Masculine I: Violent Bodies, Queer Performances:

Chair: Paul Kirby University of Sussex

Victoria M. Basham University of Exeter

Military WAGS: The ‘Homefront’ and (Im)possible Sexualities in the British Military

Sarah Bulmer University of Exeter

Impossible Military Bodies?: Representing Disabled Veterans in Contemporary Britain

Synne Laastad Dyvik University of Sussex

Performing Gender in the Theatre of War

Julia Welland University of Manchester

‘Signature Wound’: The (Un)making of Liberal Warriors

Centre for the Study of Sexual Dissidence:

Audre Lorde’s Queer International Feminisms : I

Film Screening

Audre Lorde: The Berlin Years 1984-92

Introduced by Director:

Dagmar Schultz

14.45-16.15 Panels 3

Superfluous People and

Contemporary Practices of Killing

 Annika Bergman Rosamond and

 Annica Kronsell Lund University

Cosmopolitanism and gendered


 Kathleen Jones San Diego State University

Queerying Hanna

 Louiza Odysseos University of Sussex

Conducting Feminicide: Neoliberalism,

Impunity and Masculinity in Ciudad


 Jillian Terry LSE

Killing a World Away: Distance,

Experience, and the Feminist Ethics of

Drone Warfare

Gender re-envisionings of the (inter)national


Antonia Barradas European Union

Quotas for men in University: Breaking the stereotype in EU law and Swedish law


Nicole Detraz The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Unnatural Assumptions? Gendering Global Environmental Politics

Heidi Hudson University of the Free State

Feminist IR and the study of Africa: (still) together on the theoretical margins?

Audrey Reeves University of Bristol

The Gender Politics of Post-conflict State-Building

Making and Unmaking the Military Masculine II: Mapping Borders and Bodies

Catherine Baker University of Hull

Visualising Masculinity and Discipline in the Balkans: Representations of Space and Contemporary Conflict in Ralph Fiennes’s Coriolanus

Amanda Conroy LSE

‘Society Must Be Defended’; Or ‘Live and Let Die’: The Historical-Racial Dimensions of Men’s Involvement in Extra-Judicial Border Control

Paul Kirby University of Sussex

The Monstrous Masculine?: Understanding Race and Gender in Representations of War Rape

Nivi Manchanda University of Cambridge

Mapping ‘Afghan Masculinities’

Centre for the Study of Sexual Dissidence:

Audre Lorde’s Queer International Feminisms II

Discussion and Audience Q&A:


Chairs: Rachel O’Connell and  Shamira Meghani University of Sussex; University of Leeds

Dagmar Schultz

Stella Bolaki University of Kent

Gail Lewis Open University

16.15-16.45 Break
16.45-18.30 Keynote 2 

Vivienne Jabri King’s College London

Mobilising Queer Theory for a Materialist Understanding of Space and the International

Jon Binnie  Manchester Metropolitan University

The (Im)possibly Queer International Feminist Politics of Solidarity in Central and Eastern Europe



8.30-9.00  Coffee
9.00-10.30 Panels 4

From heteronormativities to homonationalisms


Charmaine Crawford University of the West Indies

Interrogating Feminism, Hetero-normativity and Exclusionary Citizenship in the Caribbean

Haruki Eda Rutgers University

Outing North Korea: Homonationalism and the Regime of the Closet

Amy Lind and Cricket Keating University of Cincinnati; Ohio State University

Navigating the Left turn: Queer Politics and the Citizen Revolution in Ecuador

Impossible Bodies 1


Wendy Harcourt and Silke Heumann Erasmus University

The (im)possibility of queer bodies as the subject of feminism: exploring the tensions in ‘feminist’ praxis

Jessica Kitsell SOAS

Queer Cambodia: using queer theory to question the heteronormativity of sex, gender and sexuality in post-conflict Cambodia

Marta Olasik University of Warsaw

(Im)Possibly Lesbian: (Queer) Lesbian Non-Existence

Interrogating the Militarised Masculine: Reflections on Research, Ethics and Access

Addressing the lived experiences of conducting feminist and gender research in military and para-military settings.

Chair: Paul Kirby University of Sussex

Daniel Conway Open University

Harriet Gray LSE

Lauren Greenwood University of Sussex

Paul Higate University of Bristol

Containing Female Sexualities


Arianne Burford Northern Arizona University

The Poltics of Satiation: Re-Conceptualizing Sexual Trauma and Transnational Lesbian Literature Across Borders

Seo Yeon Park  University of South Carolina

Queering international marriage and multiculturalism in South Korea

Jospehine Tsui and Piyali Bhattachyra Good Girls Marry Doctors

Good Girls Marry Doctors – The Asian American Context

Lauren Wilcox Johns Hopkins University

Women’s Bodies as Sites of Exception: Biopolitics and Sexual and Reproductive Autonomy

Love, Sex, and Globalization: Querying/Queering Gender and Development Frameworks: 1

Suzanne Bergeron University of Michigan-Dearborn

Querying the ‘Business Case’ for Gender and Development

Paul Boyce University of Sussex

The State of Sexuality: Intimate Lives, Constitutional Reform, and Modernity in Nepal

Andrea Cornwall University of Sussex

Queerying Development’s Attachment to the “Good Woman”

10.30-11.00 Break
11.00-12.30 Panels 5

Queer Methods of Research and



 Brunella Bonetti  Paris 7 University

Queer theory and psychoanalytic

anthropology: Lacan face to face with  transgender and drag king  performances 

 Sarah Jamal Aberystwyth University

Keeping it ‘Queer’: Critical Scholarship, Pedagogies and Classrooms


Theorizing Violence Against Women and ‘Persons Other than Women’

Himika Bhattacharya Syracuse University

“Person Excepting Woman”: Debating Gender Neutrality in the Sexual Assault Bill in India

Caron Gentry University of St. Andrews

Patriarchal terrorism

Corinne Mason University of Ottawa

(Im)Possible Affect: ‘Say(ing) NO’ to Violence Against Women

Lipi Mukhopadhyay Indian Institute of Public Administration

Psychological Implications of Violence against Women through the Gender Lens: A Case Study


Samantha van Schalkwyk University of the Free State

Exploring collective narratives of violence: Power(lessness) in Zimbabwean women’s accounts of “rape from a distance”

Gendered Bodies and/in War


Claire Duncanson University of Edinburgh

Regendered militaries

Sharain Naylor University of Hawaii at Manoa

Queer Countermeasures: Producing a discourse of uncertainly, a study of the national production of liberal subjectivity in the U.S. military

Tara Väyrynen and Eeva Puumala University of Tampere

Three bodies of war. A pathway to vitializing the international

Lesbian Cinematic Spaces

Chair: Rosalind Galt University of Sussex

Rebecca Harper University of Nottingham

Queer Exclusion in Recent German Film: Space and Female Masculinity

Hongwei Bao Nottingham Trent University

Locating Lesbian Spaces in Shitou’s Films

Rosalind Galt University of Sussex

Making History Visible: Lesbian Spaces and Queer Globalisms

Laura Joyce University of Sussex

Memento Mori and the Lesbian Uncanny

Love, Sex, and Globalization: Querying/Queering Gender and Development Frameworks: 2

Selin Akyuz and Bezen Balamir Coskun Zirve University

Gendered (In)securities: Refugee Camps in  Southeastern Turkey

Marjaana Jauhola  University of Helsinki

Intersectionality, Memory, and Politics of Mapping Queer Lives in Aceh

Amy Lind University of Cincinnati

Queering/Querying ‘Postneoliberal’ Development in Ecuador

Carolyn Williams LSE

The limits of ‘lesbian’: nomenclature and normativity in feminist approaches to sexuality, gender and development

12.30-13.30 Lunch
13.30-15.15 Keynote 3

Lisa Duggan NYU

Atlas Shrugging: The Impossible Queer Desire of Ayn Rand

15.15-16.45 Panels 6

IFjP Panel

Impossible Bodies 2


Merav Amir and Hagar Kotef Hebrew University of Jerusalem;Ben Gurion University of the Negev/Tel Aviv University

Securitizing Deviance: Normation and normalization in Security Regimes

Anja Koletnik LGBTQ+ and feminist activist

Gender queer and LGBTIQ perspectives of body image

Paul Kramer  University of Aukland

Queer Governmentalities in Contemporary Turkey

Adriana Raggi and Bruno Bresani UNAM

Occupy your holes – Embodiments/Occupations/Economies/Circulations

Sussex Centre for Cultural Studies: Global Feminisms

Ewa Majewska Jagiellonian University

Critiques of success or how can subversive be revolutionary?


Serena Natile University of kent

The Mamas of development in a Mobilised Kenya: a feminist investigation of money, mobility and mobiles


Shuyan Zhou Chinese University of Hong Kong

The Subversive Power of Female Fantasy: Queering Boy’s Love on the Chinese Internet