Sussex Gallery from Alex’s keynote

Alex Juhasz has put all the objects up (there were a lot of them) on the FOS site in the Sussex Gallery:

(hope you all take a peek).

Here is what Alex wrote:

I’d be interested and grateful to hear any of your thoughts, comments, concerns, criticisms about the “assignment” as a comment on the blog itself (or via email, or elsewhere), here’s where I asked you for it:

I write more extensively about this tactic here in an article on Fembot, if you are interested in more of my thinking:

“I hoped this process, and the site, would encourage feminists who I met in person to engage with me and my work more akin to how we might interact on the feminist-Internet (interactive, archived, accountable, mobile, resplendent with short little shared user-made objects). A room like the Internet; an Internet like a room. I love the many things that were made through these efforts, even as I can only think of them as exercises towards procedures of making feminist-things that I have yet to fully realize. The process was what mattered: the sense of excitement, shock, playfulness, worry, and community that was produced in each and every place along the road when I unmade academic protocol by asking audience members to respond to my scholarly talk by making something. Make they did, and many of the objects were quite extraordinary (especially given how quickly they were made), and all of them were generous and generative.”

Here’s the video I made for you all, too:


Storify @QFSMP_workshop curated tweets from workshop on 17th May 2012 at the University of Sussex

[View the story “Queer, Feminist and Social Media Praxis” on Storify]

A storify of the day, curated by Lizzie. All tweets #qfpraxis here.

Lisa Duggan’s Atlas Shrugging: The Impossible Queer Desire of Ayn Rand, 19 May 2013 Sussex

Lisa Duggan’s Atlas Shrugging: The Impossible Queer Desire of Ayn Rand, 19 May 2013 Sussex.

I am back from the Second Annual IFjP Conference (Im)possibly Queer International Feminisms (University of Sussex 17-19 May 2013) where, after chairing an interesting panel on Queer research methods and pedagogies, I attended Lisa Duggan‘s keynote address Atlas Shrugging:The Impossible Queer Desire of Ayn Rand. This talk was particularly interesting for me because I am at the moment…read more in LoopingThreads, by Aristea Fotopoulou

Lisa Duggan’s Atlas Shrugging: The Impossible Queer Desire of Ayn Rand, 19 May 2013 Sussex.

Thank you all for yesterday!

Dear All,

Thank you for making the SCCS Queer, feminist, social media praxis workshop a space of  dialogue and debate, exploration and experimentation, possibility and promise. We were delighted to have the opportunity to engage with such diverse and fascinating projects and with so many (80!) interesting people.

We would love to hear back from you – particularly comments about what the workshop meant to you. We really value your feedback and it will help us write a report for the event. Here is the feedback form:

If you have photos, blogposts and tweets from the day, please send me the links – we’re doing a Storify of the day and we will update the blog and the facebook page with this.

We will also be in touch soon about how to access the recordings of the sessions and with a CFP for the publication Queer, feminist, media praxis.

I look forward to hearing back from you.

Best wishes
Aristea and the organising team of the SCCS Queer, feminist, social media praxis

Traumfrau Brighton Q&A session tomorrow

59260_102681103267818_1618828301_nWe are delighted to announce that Traumfrau will be doing a short Q&A in the afternoon panel New Media Bodies.

Traumfrau Brighton is a queer art collective, inspired by the riot grrrl movement, who organise dance nights with elements of DIY zine- and print-making. They create an ‘intellectual dancefloor for the unusual crowd’, where participants are invited to acknowledge and celebrate their admiration for strong, inspiring women-icons, or ‘traumfrau’. Their series of traumfrau posters circulating in social media has already left a mark in the Brighton community.

Trigger warning for the performance by Lashings of ginger beer time

A message from Lashings:

One of the acts we will be performing comes with a trigger warning for (distressing imagery of and conceptual engagement with) violence, rape, and objectification. This act will be flagged up in advance within the show, and seats near the door will be reserved for anyone who feels they need to leave during this act. For more information about this (or any other content), feel free to email us on or approach any of us on the day.