Saleem Haddad with Nadia Atia


Novelist and filmmaker Saleem Haddad in conversation with Dr. Nadia Atia

Tuesday 12 November 2019

6:00 PM – 7:30 PM GMT (Add to Calendar)

QMUL ArtsOne Lecture Theatre
Mile End Road, London E1 4NS (View Map)

Free. All welcome. Booking essential.

Saleem Haddad was born in Kuwait City to an Iraqi-German mother and a Palestinian-Lebanese father. His first novel, Guapa, published in 2016, was awarded a Stonewall Honour and won the 2017 Polari First Book Prize. His short stories have been published in a number of anthologies, including most recently in the Palestinian science fiction anthology “Palestine +100”. Haddad was also selected as one of the top 100 Global Thinkers of 2016 by Foreign Policy Magazine. His directorial debut, Marco, premiered in March 2019 and was nominated for the Iris Prize for Best British Short. He is currently based in Lisbon.

Saleem will be in conversation with Nadia Atia (QMUL). There will be an opportunity to buy copies of Guapa, which Saleem is happy to sign on the day.

Artist Talk by CASSILS

Artist Talk

Tuesday 1 October, 6pm.

Part of the Sexual Cultures Research Group series of public events in the School of English and Drama
Queen Mary University of London

The event is FREE to attend but booking is essential. All welcome.

The lecture takes place in ArtsOne Lecture Theatre, which is located in the ArtsOne Building in the Mile End Campus of Queen Mary University of London. The lecture will be followed by a wine reception with the artist.

Kindly supported by Wellcome Collection and Queen Mary. In association with the launch of Being Human, a new permanent exhibition of art about trust, identity and health at Wellcome Collection, London.

CASSILS is a visual artist working in live performance, film, sound, sculpture and photography. Listed by the Huffington Post as “one of ten transgender artists who are changing the landscape of contemporary art,” Cassils has achieved international recognition for a rigorous engagement with the body as a form of social sculpture. Drawing on conceptualism, feminism, body art, and gay male aesthetics, Cassils forges a series of powerfully trained bodies for different performative purposes. It is with sweat, blood and sinew that Cassils constructs a visual critique around ideologies and histories. 

Caption: Cassils, Alchemized, 2017. 30 x 30 inches, Plexi Face Mount. Photo (c) Cassils with Robin Black

Lecture by Lisa Downing on Female Narcissism

The Sexual Cultures Research Group is pleased to announce a public lecture by Prof. Lisa Downing titled “How Do I Love Me? Let Me Count the Ways…. On Female Narcissism, a Problem in the Psy Sciences.”

Thursday 30 November 2017, 5.30-7pm.
ArtsTwo Film and Drama Studio, Queen Mary University of London, Mile End Road E1 4NS

All welcome. No bookings taken. FREE. Refreshments served.

Abstract. Throughout the history of the psy sciences, there has been very little theorisation of, or published clinical data on, female manifestations of excessive selfishness, self-regard, or self-absorption — i.e. those traits that are pathologised in medical discourse as “narcissism”. Accounts that do exist are often characterised by contradictions, paradoxes and traces of gender bias. In the foundational texts of psychoanalysis, for example, we have Freud’s formulation of the re-routing of “inappropriate” primary female auto-eroticism into a more “properly feminine” secondary narcissism via motherhood and the pride a woman takes in her children. In the American psychiatric tradition, it is notable that there is a lower incidence rate of female patients diagnosed with Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD), characterised by grandiosity and an egoistic lack of empathy. Where instances of female NPD are discussed in the literature, it is usually in the context of the deleterious effects of female narcissism on the nurturing of children (echoing Freud’s preoccupation with adult women as mothers rather than as selves). Throughout examples that cross national, linguistic, and historical boundaries, psy discourses appear to refuse to recognise exaggerated manifestations of female self-regard. My contention in this paper is that the shortage of scholarly consideration of narcissism in women is a facet of a larger cultural phenomenon in which women’s relationship with the whole concept of self is imagined differently from that of men, and is problematised. The material in this paper is part of a book project I am undertaking which considers the cultural, political, philosophical, and psychological meanings of female selfishness in the modern period.

Lisa Downing is Professor of French Discourses of Sexuality at the University of Birmingham, and the author of Desiring the Dead: Necrophilia and Nineteenth-Century French Literature (2003), The Subject of Murder: Gender, Exceptionality, and the Modern Killer (2013), and Fuckology (with Iain Morland and Nikki Sullivan, 2014) among other books.

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Queer Use: A lecture by Sara Ahmed

The Sexual Cultures Research Group is pleased to announce our third event, a public lecture by Sara Ahmed.

Wednesday 17 May 2017, 6pm.
ArtsTwo Lecture Theatre, Queen Mary University of London, Mile End Road E1 4NS

All welcome. No bookings taken. FREE. Refreshments served.

Sara Ahmed’s talk is entitled Queer Use:

The lecture draws from my current research into “the uses of use.” In this lecture I reflect on the gap between the intended function of an object and how an object is used as a gap with a queer potential. I do not simply affirm that potential, but offer instead an account of how institutional and sexual cultures are built to enable some uses more than others. Small acts of use are the building block of habit: use can build walls as well as worlds. To bring out the queerness of use requires a world-dismantling effort; to queer use is to make usage into a crisis.

Sara Ahmed is a feminist writer, scholar, and activist. She is the author of Living a Feminist Life, Willful Subjects, On Being Included, The Promise of Happiness, and Queer Phenomenology.

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