Call for Participants

Call for Participants: Outside/rs 2022 conference- making space at the queer intersections of sex and gender

Outside/rs 2022 is a postgraduate conference, scheduled for April 1st and 2nd 2022 and hosted at the University of Brighton. The conference will be held online on the 1st of April, and in-person on the 2nd April, though delegates will have the option of attending either day in-person or online.

Outside/rs aims to build a common understanding of the challenges in accounting for outsider gender identities and sexualities. We seek to define what Outside/Inside means in relation to gender, sex and queerness.

Outside/rs is a space to explore how marginalised groups negotiate a relation to exclusion and establish viable cultural possibilities on the margins, just as the monikers Insider and Outsider shape communities through a creation of difference. We ask: what do the Inside and Outside mean for LGBTQIA+ people? And how can we understand and challenge their impact on our collective belonging?

The conference brings together participants whose work explores the possibilities of constructing or imagining Outsides and that examines how queer acceptance, visibility and politics are established and contested on the Inside(s).

Exclusions and inclusions make pervasive impacts on individual lives, whether they work through dynamics of gender, sex, sexuality, race, class, able-bodiedness or other metrics of difference. Thus, there is a pressing need to interrogate our relation to Outside(s) and to devise strategies to make space(s) for Outsider identities and experiences.

Outside/rs 2022 provides community members the opportunity to present their work or share their experience professionally, politically or personally. It also makes space for ‘outsider’ communities and forms of engagement. We hope to promote lively critical interactions between participants and will endeavour to create an environment where all are encouraged to engage in constructive examinations of our practices and modes of representation.

You will find the submission guidelines for community members here

and you will find the submission guidelines for academics here