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Tendencies at Twenty

Thursday 14 February 2013, 1.15PM to 5.15pm

To celebrate queer history month, Valentine’s Day, and the 20th anniversary of the publication, in 1993, of Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick’s groundbreaking queer-theoretical text Tendencies, the Centre for Modern Studies will be hosting an inter-disciplinary symposium where 12 diverse scholars will each offer a short position paper on a chapter from the book, before a roundtable discussion at the end of the day. 

Confirmed speakers include

  • Alex Beaumont (University of York)
  • James Boaden (University of York)
  • Victoria Coulson (University of York)
  • Nicole Devarenne (University of Dundee)
  • Jason Edwards (University of York)
  • Helen Finch (University of Leeds)
  • Denis Flannery (University of Leeds)
  • Izzy Isgate (University of York)
  • Sarah Monks (University of East Anglia)
  • Bob Mills (University College, London)
  • Ben Nichols (King’s College, London)
  • Pamela Thurschwell (University of Sussex)
  • Jo Applin (University of York)
  • Claire Westall (University of York)
  • Carol Mavor (University of Manchester)


1.15-2.15 Queer Tutelage, chaired by Jason Edwards

  • Jason Edwards(University of York), ‘Welcome and Introduction: T Times and Queer and Now’
  • Nicole Devarenne (University of Dundee), ‘Privilege of Unknowing: Diderot’s The Nun
  • Ben Nichols (King’s College, London), ‘Tales of the Avunculate: The Importance of Being Earnest
  • Denis Flannery (University of Leeds), ‘Is the Rectum Straight: Identification and Identity in The Wings of the Dove

 2.15-2.30 Tea

 2.30-3.30 Crossing of Discourses, chaired by Claire Westall

  • Izzy Isgate (University of York), ‘Jane Austen and the Masturbating Girl’
  • Helen Finch(University of Leeds), ‘Nationalisms and Sexualities’
  • Bob Mills, (University College, London), ‘How to Bring Up Your Kids Gay: The War on Effeminate Boys’
  • Alex Beaumont (University of York) ‘Epidemics of the Will’

3.30 to 3.45 Coffee

 3.45-4.45 Across Genders, Across Sexualities, chaired by Jo Applin

  • Pam Thurschwell (University of Sussex) Willa Cather and Others’
  • Victoria Coulson (University of York), ‘A Poem is Being Written’
  • James Boaden(University of York), ‘Divinity: A Dossier, A Performance Piece, A Little Understood Emotion (written with Michael Moon)’
  • Sarah Monks (University of East Anglia), ‘White Glasses’ and ‘Memorial for Craig Owens’

 4.45-5.15 Round Table, chaired by Jason Edwards and Carol Mavor


Location: Bowland Auditorium, Berrick Saul Building

Admission: All welcome