24 - 25 February 2017

There have been minor changes to the Programme. The most up to date version can be found here

Printed copies of the Book of Abstracts will be available at a cost of £2.00 each.  Alternatively, a copy may be downloaded here


Rebuilding the Argo: A New Queer Marriage Plot - Heather Love

Heather Love

Heather Love teaches English and Gender Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. She is the author of Feeling Backward: Loss and the Politics of Queer History (Harvard), the editor of a special issue of GLQ on Gayle Rubin (“Rethinking Sex”), and the co-editor of a special issue of Representations (“Description Across Disciplines”). She has written on topics including comparative social stigma, compulsory happiness, transgender fiction, spinster aesthetics, reading methods in literary studies, and the history of deviance studies. She is currently completing a book project on practices of description in the humanities and social sciences.





'Why Should Love Hurt?: comparing love and violence across sexuality and gender identities'  Catherine Donovan

Catherine Donovan is a Professor in Social Relations and Head of the Centre for Applied Social Sciences at the University of Sunderland. Catherine has spent nearly 30 years researching the intimate and family lives of lesbians, gay men and, more recently, bisexual and trans people. Her recent co-authored book, What’s Love Got To Do With It: Domestic Violence and Sexuality reports on the first study comparing love and violence in heterosexual and same sex relationships with a focus on how love is implicated in violent and abusive relationships. Catherine led the Coral Project, an ESRC collaborative project focussing for the first time on the abusive behaviours of LGBT people in their intimate relationships. She is also involved with collaborative projects on third party reporting of hate incidents and student safety; and is developing a Bystander Intervention Programme. Catherine is also working in collaboration with colleagues at Huddersfield, Sheffield Hallam and an independent research organisation to develop projects on child sexual exploitation and sex and relationship education for young LGB and/or T people.




CampbellX is an award-winning filmmaker who was included on the Independent on Sunday Rainbow List 2015, who constantly pushes the boundaries of film making, opening up opportunities and creating spaces for people who have been shout out of representation in mainstream film and TV. Having previously worked on a range of queer films and been on the jury for film festivals, CampbellX has just finished filming for Different For Girls, a new LGBTQ web series. Campbell is also completing an experimental short called DES!RE about the desire for transmen as well as female masculinity. 






Katherine Browne

Professor Katherine Browne is a Professor in Human geogaphy at the University of Brighton with a specialism in sexualities and genders. She co-authored ‘Ordinary in Brighton: LGBT, Activism and the City’ and co-edited ‘Lesbian Geographies’. In her work, she has looked at: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans experiences, lives and needs; women who are mistaken for men and gender non-conformativity; feminist communities and how we might undertake queer (and) feminist research. In her current work she is exploring what makes lives liveable for LGBTQ people in India and the UK with Niharika Banerjea, Sappho for Equality and UK Activists; and Resisting LGBT Equalities with Catherine J. Nash and Andrew Gorman-Murray.



Performance: Deep in the Heart of Me