Information for Academics
Conference Timetable available here
Count Me In Too and the Brighton and Sussex Sexualities Network (BSSN) are co-hosting the Transforming Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans Lives conference on 15th September 2010 at the Jury's Inn Hotel, Brighton.
With academics researching sexualities often criticised for their irrelevance, and researchers of all stripes being asked to prove the ‘impact’ of their work (a key factor in the forthcoming Research Excellence Framework), this conference offers a timely intervention, bringing academics, activists, service providers and members of LGBT communities together to jointly ask and seek answers to the central question: ‘What is it that transforms LGBT lives’?
Working across disciplines and contexts, the conference aims to explore key issues in gender and sexual liberation such as how theory and research can effect social change, what methodologies enable genuine partnership work with LGBT communities and service providers, and the (changing) nature of local and national politics in the ‘equalities’ era. Crucially, the conference will address issues of identity, assimilation, exclusion and normativity within the LGBT collective, highlighting ways in which LGBT communities as well as equality-focused services might respond to the critiques of queer, bi and trans theories and activists.
The Transforming LGBT Lives conference will provide an excellent opportunity to engage with a diverse range of speakers and delegates from both within and external to the Academy.
The conference schedule includes different perspectives on theory, policies, practices, activism and research and key speakers include:
- Caroline Lucas – Green Party MP for Brighton Pavilion
- Emma Reed - Head of Sexual Orientation and Transgender Policy, Government Equalities Office
- Dr Surya Monro - LGBT Equality in Local Government project, University of Huddersfield
- Dr Richard Ward – University of Manchester
You can also sign up to the Transforming LGBT Lives Facebook group – a good way to network and discuss before the conference itself.
Please contact Nick McGlynn ( ) for any further details.
This guide will give you a general idea as to how the conference will run, what will happen in the run up to 15th September, and the basic format of the day itself. Information about accessibility, about getting involved in the conference and on travel and accommodation can be found in this guide. We have also included information on the cost of attending the conference here.
As stated in the Call for Participation, the organising team is keen to provide an accessible platform for disseminating academic research to a wide range of audiences and practitioners. Guidelines on presentation formats will be sent to accepted speakers. Inclusive methods of presentation that engage a diverse range of audiences for effective impact are particularly welcome. We really want the Transforming LGBT lives conference to be a friendly and inclusive space and on this page you'll be able learn more about how we are helping to make this a reality.