Conference: Exploring queer cultures and lifestyles in the creative arts in Britain c.1885-1967, 12.03.2016, London

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Time: 12th March 2016
Venue: London College of Fashion, 20 John Prince’s Street, London, W1G OBJ, UK
Marking the up-coming fiftieth anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality in Britain, this conference explores how LGBTQ+ artists working between c.1885-1967 shaped the unique nature of the creative arts in Britain. The symposium analyses a broad range of same-sex artistic identities, creative practices and representational strategies demonstrating how the vibrant fabric of British culture has benefitted from the exceptional talents and energies of queer artists, designers and creative practitioners. Papers examine how the unorthodox collaborations and lifestyles of queer individuals and groups working in Britain or abroad contributed to the dynamic vitality of British’s rich creative culture. The conference comes out of a collaboration between Reina Lewis, London College of Fashion, UAL, and Andrew Stephenson, the University of East London.
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Schedule 12th March 2016
9.30 – Registration and coffee
10.00 – 10.15 – Welcome Reina Lewis
10.15 – 11.15 – Keynote 1: chair: Reina Lewis
Laura Doan, Queer History / Queer Memory / The Case of Alan Turing.
11.15 – 1.00 – Session 1: chair: Shaun Cole
1 – Alice Friedman, Domesticity and its Discontents: Queer Paris and the Varieties of Lesbian Life.
2 – Fay Brauer, Virilizing Homosexuality: Queering Art and Body Cultures after the Wilde Trials.
3 – Kristin Franseen,The Secret Lives of Music Critics: Translating Queer Musical Identities in Early Twentieth-century British Music Appreciation.
1.00 – 2.00 – Lunch
2.00 – 3.00 – Keynote 2: chair: Andrew Stephenson.
Christopher Breward, Closets and Wardrobes.
3.00 – 4.45 – Session 2: chair: Fionna Barber?
1. Dominic Janes, Early Twentieth-century ‘Vogue’, George Wolfe Plank and the ‘Freaks of Mayfair’.
2. Jenna Allsopp, Negotiating Female Masculinity in the Early Twentieth Century: the Case of Vera ‘Jack’ Holme (1881-1969).
3. Jack Smurthwaite, Francis Bacon’s Private Wrestling Match.
4.45 – 5.00 – Break
5.00 – 6.00 – Plenary panel: Clare Barlow, Michael Hatt and Elizabeth Wilson
6.00 – 7.00 – Drinks reception
Launch of Queer Fashion, special issue of Journal of Fashion, Style and Popular Culture, edited by Shaun Cole and Reina Lewis
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