Category Archives: Academic

Registration for PopSex 2016 Open

The blurb says: The second annual Sex and Sexualities in Popular Culture: Feminist Perspectives symposium is returning to the Bristol Watershed in September 2016. Following an exciting inaugural symposium in 2015, this year’s event will continue our tradition of offering … Continue reading

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Research Matters

The talk that caused to me walk out of the trans history conference was so bad that almost every slide was either incompetent or dishonest in some way (it can be hard to tell the difference between someone who is … Continue reading

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Day Two at #MTHF16

Today started off with a lot of international material. Kevin went off to see the paper on trans people in Japan (and discovered that the Japanese language didn’t have gendered pronouns until they started translating English and German texts and … Continue reading

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Day One at #MTHF16

Day one of the conference proper saw Kevin and I taking an early morning bus for the University of Victoria. The more I see of this island, the more beautiful it seems, and the university campus did nothing to dispel … Continue reading

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Launching #MTHF16

Kevin and I spent most of today playing tourist around Victoria. The weather was beautiful again, and we are both very footsore as a result. Victoria is a beautiful city, and it has loads of bookstores. Of course today is … Continue reading

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Social Constructivism and Trans History

My apologies for delving into theory here, but this is rather important and something I need to think through. Writing blog posts helps. When you do LGBT history you hear a lot about how we must never impose modern ideas … Continue reading

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Last Sunday in Manchester

It occurs to me that I haven’t yet blogged about the Sunday of the LGBT History Academic Conference. That’s remiss of me, because it means that only people on Twitter and Facebook will have seen the above photo. It is … Continue reading

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Let’s Talk About Sex

It seems to be a day for writing about things I am doing. As well as the story, I am delighted to announce that in September I will be a keynote speaker at an academic conference. No, seriously, I will. … Continue reading

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Thank You, Goddess

Well that seemed to go well. I got several very kind comments about my paper on trans people in ancient Mesopotamia and Rome. For those asking, I have a bit of work to do on it, and may get some … Continue reading

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My Manchester Schedule

There are two things I am going in Manchester this week. One is giving a paper about trans people in ancient Mesopotamia and Rome at an academic conference. You have to sign up for a ticket for that, but if … Continue reading

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Two Academic Conferences

OK, so I have quite enough to be doing right now. But here are a couple of calls for papers that I am considering responding to. First up is the academic track of this year’s Finncon. It has the advantage … Continue reading

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New Fafnir

The latest issue of Fafnir, the Nordic Journal of Science Fiction and Fantasy Research, is now available. The English language content includes a paper on ecological themes in fantasy, and a fascinating examination of gender and magic in Neil Gaiman’s … Continue reading

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International Trans Studies Conference

Next September (7th-10th) the University of Arizona will be holding an international transdisciplinary conference on gender, embodiment, and sexuality in Tucson. I can’t go, of course, because it is in the USA, but it does look very interesting. I was … Continue reading

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New Fafnir Published

The latest issue of Fafnir, the Nordic Journal of Science Fiction and Fantasy Research, has just been published. This issue has three articles in English: two about Sir Terry Pratchett and one about Michael Crichton. The Pratchett articles are a … Continue reading

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Doing Trans History #HistTrans

It was perhaps not the best timing in the world to be spending last weekend in a hotel in Manchester. I was up in the middle of the night on both Friday and Sunday mornings for events at Worldcon. But … Continue reading

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Trans Duly Historicised

Well that was fun. Some really great papers, and mine seemed to go down well too. I’ll write more about it tomorrow, but I have to be up at 3:30am for the Hugo Award Ceremony so I’m going to bed … Continue reading

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Historicising Trans Symposium

Tomorrow I’ll be off to Liverpool where I will be delivering a paper at the Historicising Trans Symposium at John Moores University. I’m looking forward to seeing some old friends (well, friends I have know for a while who are … Continue reading

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Hello Mozambique

Every so often my academic friends tweet about interesting books and papers. I got one this morning (thanks Olivette!). The book in question is Sexuality and Gender Politics in Mozambique: Rethinking Gender in Africa by Signe Arnfred, who I think … Continue reading

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Gender and Spirituality Workshop

I spent Friday in Exeter at an event billed as a Variant Sex and Gender, Religion and Wellbeing Workshop. It was run primarily by academics who study intersex people, but there was plenty of trans involvement as well. The event … Continue reading

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Trans Studies Now – The Conference

The purpose of my trip to Brighton was to attend an academic conference at the University of Sussex. The title of the conference was Trans Studies Now, and the objective, fairly obviously, was to present the very latest in trans … Continue reading

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