Queer Conversation with Dennis Altman


Event Date: 24 May 2016

The Keynes Library
Birkbeck, University of London
43 Gordon Square,
London, WC1H 0PD

The Birkbeck Institute for Social Research in association with Birkbeck Gender and Sexuality (BiGS) presents:

Queer Conversation with Dennis Altman

Drawing on forty years of writing about queer life and politics, Dennis Altman reflects with Caoimhe Mader McGuinness on queer life and politics – in local and global perspective.This informal ‘in conversation’ event marks the publication of Dennis Altman and Jon Symons’ Queer Wars. It is chaired by Birkbeck’s Lynne Segal.

Dennis Altman, a Professorial Fellow in Human Security at LaTrobe University, is the author of thirteen books, since Homosexual: Oppression & Liberation was first published in 1972. In 2006, The Bulletin listed Dennis Altman as one of the 100 most influential Australians ever, and he was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in 2008. He has been President of the AIDS Society of Asia and the Pacific [2001-5], a member of the Governing Council of the International AIDS Society [2004-12] and the Board of Oxfam Australia [2006-10]. His most recent books are The End of the Homosexual? [2013] and [with Jon Symons] Queer Wars [2016]

Caoimhe Mader McGuinness is a PhD candidate and teaching associate at Queen Mary University of London. Her project seeks to critique liberal conceptions of the politics of theatre in contemporary London whilst also seeking to identify performances and events that might destabilise such conceptions. Her framework draws from a combination of Feminist, (post) Marxist, Queer and Critical Race theory, as they inflect and destabilise liberal modes of imagining community. She has been published in Contemporary Theatre Review and Studia Dramatica. Alongside scholarly pursuits, she is also an anti-casualisation activist and union representative, as well as having been involved in grassroots queer organising over the last 10 years in London.

Lynne Segal has been engaged in Left & feminist politics since coming to London from Sydney in the early 1970s. She teaches at Birkbeck, University of London, in Psychosocial Studies, and has published wisely on feminism, gender and politics, including: Is the Future Female? Troubled Thoughts on Contemporary Feminism; Slow Motion: Changing Masculinities, Changing Men; Straight Sex: The Politics of Pleasure; Why Feminism? Gender, Psychology & Politics; Making Trouble: Life & Politics. Her latest book is Out of Time: The Pleasures & Perils of Ageing. She is currently thinking about moments of collective joy, what remains after the commodification of happiness.

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