LGBT History Month Event: “The Queer Art of the Manifesto”, a talk by Dr. Laura Guy & an Exhibition

Tuesday 25 February 2020, 5.15PM

Speaker(s): Dr. Laura Guy, University of Edinburgh

The Queer Art of the Manifesto

How do the peculiar temporalities and ephemeral qualities of manifestos provide experimental approaches to writing histories of queer culture? This talk turns to the aesthetic dimensions of manifestos distributed from the early years of gay liberation to contemporary queer movements. Discussing polemics written by groups like Radicalesbians, the Combahee River Collective, and Wages Due Lesbians, the relationship of form and content will be considered through the subjects of reproduction, circulation and translation.

Laura Guy’s writing on queer feminist visual culture has been published widely including the essays ‘Wanting Pictures After Feminism: Re-reading On Our Backs’ in Women: A Cultural Review (2019) and ‘’I Want a Dyke for President’: Sounding Out Zoe Leonard’s Manifesto for Art History’s Feminist Futures’ in Feminism and Art History Now: Radical Critiques of Theory and Practice (2017). With Glyn Davis she is working on an edited book exploring queer print cultures in Europe after the 1960s (Bloomsbury, 2020). She is an Early Career Academic Fellow in Art History at Newcastle University and the 2019/20 Fellow in Contemporary Art Theory and Curating at University of Edinburgh.

Location: The Treehouse (BS/104), Humanities Research Centre, Berrick Saul Building

Admission: All welcome!