Category Archives: Academic

Me On Notches: Serious Trans History

In case you were wondering what all of this swanning off to conferences on Assyriology was about, all can now be revealed. I have a post up on Notches, the History of Sexuality blog. It is all about trans people … Continue reading

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Hirschfeld and Hatshepsut

My friend Jen Grove has a post up on Notches, the history of sexuality blog, today. In it she talks about looking for trans people in the ancient world. As her main example she tells us that Magnus Hirschfeld was … Continue reading

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Forthcoming Book on Gender & Sexuality in SF&F

I am delighted to announce that I will have an essay in Gender identity and sexuality in Current Fantasy and Science Fiction: do we have a problem?, forthcoming from Luna Press later this year. There are 10 authors altogether in … Continue reading

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Trans Theory in Assyriology

Some of the talks from the conference I attended in Barcelona in February have been put online. The full playlist is here (including one on Nefertiti, Egypt fans), but I just want to highlight one here because it demonstrates that … Continue reading

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Sexing The Past

Don’t blame me for that title, it is what the conference I spent the weekend at was called. It was, of course, the annual LGBT History academic conference. This year it took place in Liverpool. I had a great time, … Continue reading

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A Week in Barcelona

Hello, remember me? I know, I have been very quiet this past week. That’s because I have been very busy. The conference days were long, partly because we had so much good material, and partly because, this being Barcelona, we … Continue reading

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Hola World

This is a very quick update from Barcelona. The weather is much better than in England. The food and the wine are great. The University of Barcelona is as beautiful as ever. I am spending much of my time apologizing … Continue reading

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Fiction Meets Science

Further to last week’s academic conference on fiction in archaeology, my new pal Anna has sent me a link to the website for the project she is working on. Here’s the headline blurb: In recent decades, fiction writers have been … Continue reading

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When Archaeology Meets Fiction

I spent today at the Writing Remains conference at Bristol University. It was in the lovely Clifton Hill House, had some great speakers, and came with a free lunch and a wine reception. It was well worth getting up at … Continue reading

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February On The Road

My dance card is looking pretty much full for February already. It is going to be a very busy month. Here’s some of the events you’ll be able to find me at. At the beginning of the month I’ll be … Continue reading

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Travel Planning

If you have asked me about my availability recently I have probably said something along the lines of, “not in February, please”. That’s LGBT History Month, and that tends to mean a lot of travel. Today I have been doing … Continue reading

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Being Trans is not “Dressing Up”

There are a lot of interesting academic conferences around at the moment. More than I have the time and money to go to. One that I have been looking at with interest is the Fantastika Conference. It is, after all, … Continue reading

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New Fafnir Available

A new edition of Fafnir, the Nordic Journal of Science Fiction and Fantasy Research, has gone online. You can find the current issue here. The article I most want to read is one by Stefan Ekman and Audrey Isabel Taylor … Continue reading

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Bristol Festival of Literature Events

The full publicity for my two events at the Bristol Festival of Literature is now out. The “Stories of Strong Women” panel only exists as a Facebook event. You can find that here. Apparently we have 85 people going already, … Continue reading

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Helsinki Worldcon Academic Track – Call for Papers

Finnish conventions always have a great academic presence, and their Worldcon promises to be no different. I have just been sent the Call for Papers for Worldcon 75. The theme of the track will be “100 Years of Estrangement”. The … Continue reading

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YA and Gender Conference, Italy 2017

Hello academic pals. Here is a conference that you may be interested in. It is called Literature, Translation, and Mediation by and for Children: Gender, Diversity, and Stereotype, and it will take place at the University of Bologna at Forlì … Continue reading

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New Fafnir

A new issue if Fafnir, the Nordic Journal of Science Fiction and Fantasy Research, has been posted. You can find it here. In this issue there are two papers by academics from India. That’s impressively international of my Nordic friends. … Continue reading

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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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