The Imagining Queer Europe Then and Now conference ended with Graham Bell Tornado‘s spectacular live performance, ANTITAINMENT ’70 at Edinburgh’s Traverse Theatre. The musical cabaret performance combined singing, video projections and sociopolitical commentary focused on comparisons between British performers with their Spanish contemporaries, addressing the different levels of freedom experienced by queers in 1970s UK and post-Franco Spain. Photo by Conny Karlsson Lundgren.
Berlin-based artist Liz Rosenfeld narrated an hour-long performance lecture as the opening event on Day 2 of the Imagining Queer Europe Then and Now conference on March 15, 2019. The audience was led into a darkened theatre space at Traverse Theatre, where they heard Rosenfeld’s voice over speakers, but could not see her. Rosenfeld recounted the many ways cruising functions as a theme and method in her practice, pointing to key moments in her career, and screening three short videos that directly addressed the theme, including the premiere of Between Revolutions (2019). Audience members were invited to ‘cruise’ around the space while she spoke, moving from chair to chair, corner to corner, in the darkroom atmosphere Rosenfeld created.
As part of the opening day of CRUSEV’s Imagining Queer Europe Then and Now conference, Stockholm-based artist Conny Karlsson Lundgren presented his multi-media installation ‘(Dissident) Dance Actions’. The piece is the result of research Karlsson Lundgren undertook in the archives of Denmark’s Bøsseaktivisterna (The Gay Activists), and takes form in textiles, film, and a video in which three dancers reënact gestures from the group’s dance actions in the 1970s. Karlsson Lundgren led the audience of approximately fifty conference attendees through his research processes, and screened the moving image material. The event took place at Edinburgh’s Stills Gallery on March 14, 2019. Photographs by Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay and Nat Raha.
Thursday 14 – Saturday 16 March 2019
Programme for CRUSEV UK’s conference, featuring artists, academics and activists exploring queer histories and cultural expressions of the 1970s offer the political present.
Thursday 14 – Saturday 16 March 2019
All events are free to attend and open to all. Please book free tickets for each day you intend to join us via Eventbrite.
Thursday 14th March
Wee Red Bar, Edinburgh College of Art
74 Lauriston Pl, Edinburgh EH3 9DF
Registration, Tea, Doughnuts
Welcome from the Organisers
3.15pm – 4.45pm
Opening in-conversation event: ‘Deviations and Conversions Seventies Style’ – Mandy Merck (Royal Holloway, University of London) with Laura Guy (Newcastle University)
4.45 – 5pm – Tea Break
5pm – 6.20pm
‘Spanish Underground Cinema and Queer Transnationalism’ – Film screening and discussion.
Teo Hernández, Images du bord de la mer, 1969, 36 mins
Iván Zulueta, Roma-Brescia, Cannes, 1974 (excerpt)
Celestino Coronado, The Lindsay Kemp Circus, 1973 [3-minute clip]
Stills, 23 Cockburn St, Edinburgh EH1 1BP
7.30pm – 8.30pm*
‘(Dissident) Dance Actions’ – Screening and presentation by Conny Karlsson Lundgren, Artist
Friday 15th March
Traverse Theatre 2, 10 Cambridge St, Edinburgh EH1 2ED
10am – 11.15am*
‘Resisting Interpretation’ – Performance lecture by Liz Rosenfeld, Artist
(Please note that there’ll be no entry for the performance after 10.10am)
11.15 – 11.45am – Tea Break
11.45am – 12.45pm
Panel: ‘Queer Temporalities, Sexual Boundaries’
‘Reflections on Hubert Fichte’s Essay on Puberty (1974)’ – William Martin, Al Quds Bard College of Arts and Sciences
‘Harvesting Time: The Legacy of Jean Genet and the Post-Algerian French 1970s’ – Jackqueline Frost, Cornell University and Université Paris 8
12.45pm – 1.45pm – Lunch [provided]
1.45pm – 3.15pm
Panel: ‘Queer Colours of Archives’
‘European Queer 70s and Becomings: Spatiality, Queerness and Bombay Dost’ – Grinjo Joseph, Tezpur University
‘Patrick Kelly at Le Palace: Lost things, Dead Ends, and the Mythology of Visual Documentation’ – Sequoia Barnes, Edinburgh College of Art
‘Planets and stars and time travel: a French queer of color perspective of time’ – Tarek Lakhrissi, Artist, Poet and Writer.
3.15pm – Tea Break
3.45pm – 5.15pm
Panel: ‘Queer Feelings, Emotional Resistances’
‘Heteronormativity and the Repression of Lesbianism in the 1970s French Women’s Liberation Movement’ – Ilana Eloit, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)
‘“I thought I was the only one that felt that way”: The 1970s as a turning point for the ways to feel about homosexuality in East Germany?’ – Maria Bühner, Leipzig University
‘Queer Theory, Visual Culture, and “emotional resistances” in Torremolinos (Spain) during the Sixties and Seventies’ – Javier Cuevas del Barrio, Universidad de Málaga
6pm – 7.30pm
‘Do you have place?’ – Keynote discussion with Sunil Gupta, Artist, and Flora Dunster (University of Sussex)
7.30pm Dinner [provided for speakers]
Saturday 16th March
Traverse Theatre 2, 10 Cambridge St, Edinburgh EH1 2ED
Lavender Menace Returns – book stall run by Bob Orr and Sigrid Nielsen, Traverse Theatre Bar
Traverse Theatre 2
10am – 11.15am
‘The place of the transfagbidyke is in the revolution’ – Discussion with Grietje Baars (City Law School, University of London) and Nat Raha (Edinburgh College of Art)
11.15 Tea Break
Panel: ‘Desiring Aesthetics’
‘And sex? Re-reading representations of queer desire in 1970s Polish artistic practices’ – Aleksandra Gajowy, Newcastle University
‘On Sequins and Shit. The Sense of Radical Dress in Mario Mieli’s Transsexual Utopia’ – Roberto Filippello, Edinburgh College of Art
‘“Nuremberg For Mothers”: Tony Duvert, French Boy Lovers and the problem of power’ – Paul Clinton, Goldsmiths, University of London
1.15pm – 2.30pm – Lunch [provided]
2.30pm – 3.30pm
Panel: ‘Self-fashioning, self-organising’
‘A personal journey into the radical past of a gay fetish club in Eindhoven, Netherlands’ – Sam Ashby, Artist / Filmmaker
‘Back to the Sweatshop: revisiting ‘early’ lesbian and gay theatre’ – Stephen Greer, University of Glasgow
3.30pm – Tea Break
4pm – 5.30pm
‘F*ck the Future: Imagining Queer Europe’
‘ANTITAINMENT ’70’ – Closing performance by Graham Bell Tornado, Artist
Reception, Traverse Theatre Bar
Live subtitling (speech-to-text transcription) will be provided for all discussions and presentations, except for the performances marked with an asterisk (*).
Films with sound will be subtitled in English
The Wee Red Bar, Edinburgh College of Art
The Wee Red Bar has Ramped/Sloped Access and Automatic Doors. It is accessed from the main Edinburgh College of Art quad, between the temporary Reception and the Cafe. There are accessible toilets and gender neutral toilets within the building.
All areas of the building are fully accessible by wheelchair including lifts and toilets. Guide dogs are welcome.
From the Cambridge Street entrance there is level access to the box office. There is lift access to the bar café and theatres, and adapted toilets on the box office and bar café levels. We also have gender neutral toilets and everyone is free to use the toilets that best reflect their gender identity. Guide and hearing dogs are welcome. Please mention when booking if you require lift access to Traverse 1 or Traverse 2, and make yourself known to Front of House staff on arrival. The Front of House Manager will meet and accompany you to the theatre.
Organised by Cruising the Seventies, UK Team – Fiona Anderson, Glyn Davis, Nat Raha, Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay, Moira Thomson
Call for Papers
14 – 16 March 2019
Imagining queer Europe then and now explores cultural expressions of LGBTQ struggles across Europe in the 1970s, asking what queer histories of this decade might offer in the political present.
Call for Papers: Cruising the Seventies: Imagining queer Europe then and now
14 – 16 March 2019
Keynotes: Sam Bourcier, University of Lille; Fatima El-Tayeb, UC San Diego, and others TBC
Cruising the Seventies: Imagining queer Europe then and now explores cultural expressions of LGBTQ struggles across Europe in the 1970s, asking what queer histories of this decade might offer in the political present.
The decade that lies between the early expressions of Gay Liberation in the US in the late 1960s and the onset of the HIV/AIDS crisis in the early 1980s occupies a central place in the imaginary of queer politics and the histories that are told of it. Across Europe in the 1970s expressions of queer sexuality manifested unevenly. Through legislative changes, organised rights movements, and counter-cultural practices, LGBTQ individuals and groups emerged into tentative public visibility informed by anti-colonial struggles and in exchange with the Women’s Liberation Movement.
The burgeoning of an emergent LGBTQ politics in this period was shaped through cultural expressions. The circulation of manifestos, experimental literature, film and art, and the aesthetic dimensions of political activism, all represent crucial forms through which queer life was lived and imagined. Revisited through the lens of the present, cultural expressions of LGBTQ activism in the 1970s allow a discontinuous history of queer visibility to appear, one that has been variously mythologised and marginalised, its political possibilities limited, subsumed, and opened out.
At a time of uncertainty in Europe we hope to excavate these unrealised possibilities of queer pasts. We invite papers for an international conference that explore cultural expressions of queer community and politics at a formative period in the history of postnational Europe. We welcome contributions from academics, activists, and artists that turn to aesthetics in order to explore the radical manifestations of queer politics, community, and sexuality across Europe in the 1970s.
With a focus on cultural expressions and aesthetic dimensions of the queer 1970s, possible topics could include but are not limited to:
- Methods and methodologies for addressing the 1970s in the present including perspectives on queer historiography;
- Cultural, dialogic and/or sexual exchanges between Western and Central Europe;
- Histories of movement and migration between European colonies and countries, including tourism to former European colonies;
- The impact of religious, legal and medical discourses and institutions on nascent expressions of LGBTQ visibility;
- Spaces of sexual liberation and queer struggle such as bookshops, bars and cafes, parks and public toilets, and the domestic sphere;
- Intersections between Gay Liberation with anti-colonial struggles, the Third World and Women’s Liberation Movements, socialism and other Left movements;
- The ways that the 1970s influenced or has been imagined through queer theory;
- Reference to the 1970s in contemporary queer activism and art.
Expressions of interest in the form of 250-word abstracts for 20-minute papers or proposals for alternative formats should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by 5pm, Friday 14 September 2018.
We welcome submissions from academics, artists and other cultural producers, activists, independent researchers, and groups. For alternate formats, we will work with applicants to find suitable venues where necessary.
Please feel free to contact us at email@example.com if you would like to discuss your submission in advance of the deadline.
There will be no fee to take part in this conference. Additionally, we are committed to supporting those who work precariously either within or outside of the academy. In recognition of these conditions, bursaries will be available for speakers who do not have access to institutional support. These will support travel and accommodation. Please indicate on your proposal if you would like to be considered for one of these bursaries.
The events will take place across a range of spaces in Edinburgh including academic and non-academic ones. All events associated with the conference will be free and wheelchair accessible. Where possible events and screenings will be accompanied by live or closed captions and translation.
Cruising the Seventies: Unearthing Pre-HIV/AIDS Queer Sexual Cultures explores LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer) social and sexual cultures of the 1970s, and their significance for LGBTQ people across Europe now and in the future. CRUSEV reconstructs aspects of LGBTQ cultures and interactions from the 1970s, the decade before HIV/AIDS, to consider what this knowledge can contribute to queer politics and identity in Europe’s present and future. The three-year research project is financed by the European funding agency HERA, under HERA’s ‘Uses of the Past’ theme.