Outside/rs 2022: Making Space at the Queer Intersections of Sex and Gender (University of Brighton, 1 and 2 April 2022)

deadline for submissions: 
January 9, 2022
full name / name of organization: 
Marielle O'Neill, Outside/rs 2022 Programming Co-chair
contact email: 

Outside/rs 2022 is a conference for postgraduate researchers, early career researchers and community parties, that provides a space to explore topics of sex, gender and queerness at the margins. To be held on 1 and 2 April 2022, the conference will be a hybrid of in-person, at the University of Brighton, and online sessions. 


For those who exist in queer, marginal, or dissident relations to normativity in its various guises, the ‘outside’ is a familiar place. As Virginia Woolf famously noted, to be locked out of or barred from spaces of privilege was, and still is, a common experience for women. And it is also a common experience for queer, trans or LGBTQIA+ people, as well as BIPOC communities, disabled and neurodiverse people, working class and colonised populations, and many others.


The conference will be online on April 1 and in-person on April 2 in Brighton, UK. Delegates will have the choice of attending online or in-person.


The conference is designed to platform postgraduate researchers and community groups. We invite submissions on any theme relevant to the broad concerns of gender or sexuality that address our conference theme of Outside/rs. We particularly encourage academic interdisciplinary or collaborative approaches to these topics.


Example topics of submissions could include:


Social marginalisation, disruptive gender identities and dissident sexual cultures

Creating safe-spaces and navigating unsafe ones in terms of gender, sex or queerness

LGBTQIA+ and Queer political movements or history

Gender, family and kinship issues or politics

Queer arts, literatures, aesthetics and/or performance

New technologies for LGBTQ people: reproductive, non-reproductive and more

(Auto- )Biographies and ethnographies within and beyond the gender binary

Queer subjectivities, intersubjectivities and phenomenologies

Gendered or bodily boundaries, political borders and abolitionist responses

Outsides: nomadism, liminality and mobilities



Abstracts for complete papers (300 words)

Abstracts for panels (panels consist of 3 papers- include 300 words for each abstract and a cover letter)

Workshop proposals (400 words describing the topics, structure and aims of the workshop)


The deadline for the submission of papers is 9th January 2022. Please send abstracts of 300 words to outsiders2022@gmail.com. Papers will be reviewed anonymously so include personal information i.e., name, institutional affiliation, in your submission email only. See: https://outsiders2022.wordpress.com/academic-submissions/


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