Sexual Migration and the ESOL Classroom

Posting from: Ibrar Bhatt, School of Education, University of Leeds

In November 2012 there was an interesting and lively debate on an ESOL Research mailing list about LGBT issues in ESOL classrooms. It seems that recent legislative changes, such as the 2010 Equality Act and subsequent revisions to the OFTSED framework, have brought to the fore issues such as sexual orientation, civil partnerships and gender reassignment and how they impact on ESOL provision. In order to undertake more research, provide a forum for the discussion of these issues, and ultimately to take the debate of the ESOL Research list further, we are thrilled to have secured funding from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) to hold a series of 6 seminars. The seminar series aims to explore the wide ranging challenges faced by ESOL practitioners in ensuring that the protected characteristics outlined in the 2010 Equality Act (specifically, sexual orientation, civil partnership status and gender reassignment) are appropriately addressed.

The first of this seminar series was held at the Institute of Education in London, and opened the debate by examining the nature of the evolving legal frameworks regulating the lives of those identifying themselves as LGBT and the resulting challenge for ESOL provisions.

The second in the series will be held at the University of Leeds on 29th March 2014 and will address phenomena of sexual migration and explores the complex trajectories of sexual migrants and asylum seekers and how these complex identities impact on ESOL provisions as they respond to evolving legal frameworks.

Speakers and sessions for the seminar are as follows:

1) Holly R. Cashman (University of New Hampshire, USA) Queer Latinidad in the US: Identities, communities and language practices

2) Richard Mole (School of Slavonic and East European Studies, UCL) Russian LGBT migrants in Berlin: between the ethno-national and the queer diasporas

3) S. Chelvan (Barrister, No5 Chambers) How can I prove who I am? Examining the barriers and hurdles which face the LGBTI refugee

4) Calo Giametta (Aix-Marseille Université) Sexuality as a rights-claiming object and the politics of humanitarianism

5) Workshop groups on LGBTQ migration stories in the ESOL classroom: what are the issues? (With follow up feedback session with John Gray)

The seminar is free, but places are limited. ESOL practitioners, research students and LGBT activists can apply for funding to attend. For more information contact me (Ibrar Bhatt – or Mike Baynham (

To reserve a place or apply for funding to attend, please complete a booking form through this link ( and send to Ibrar Bhatt ( For further information and updates, please check the series website

The seminar series aims to bring together researchers, activists, and practitioners from a range of disciplines and areas of professional activity with a view to exploring its themes from a multiplicity of perspectives. This is a unique opportunity to engage and interact with researchers, practitioners and activists working at the intersections of LGBTQ issues in education. Please complete a booking form and join us …


Poetry and the Visual Arts, 4 April 2014

Poetry and the Visual Arts
4 April 2014
Cripps Court, Magdalene College, Cambridge

This one-day workshop on poetry and the visual arts forms part of the AHRC-funded network ‘Contemporary French Poetic Practice: An Interdisciplinary Approach’. Please see the provisional programme below. All are welcome and there is no charge, but for catering reasons we would request that you contact Nina Parish ( by 21 March if you would like to attend, mentioning any dietary requirements.

On Saturday 5 April at 5pm the poet Philippe Beck will present and read from his new book Opéradiques (Flammarion, 2014) in Benson Hall, Magdalene College, Cambridge. Wine will be served and all are welcome.

Please see here for further information.


9.30-10.00 Arrival, coffee, and welcome

10.00-12.00 Session 1
Philippe Charron (École des hautes études en sciences sociales) ‘Projection, exposition et intention. L’usage de la notion d'”image” comme champ d’action chez quelques auteurs contemporains (D. Arnaudet, Emmanuel Fournier, J. Mauche et Anne Portugal).’
Clive Scott (University of East Anglia) ‘The Sensorium of Literary Translation’
Greg Kerr (University of Glasgow) ‘ “Entre voir et vu”: Edmond Jabès and the questioning of the image’

12.00-1.15 Lunch (Cripps Gallery)

1.15-3.15 Session 2
Luigi Magno (università Roma 3) ‘Pour une poésie surfaciale’
Philippe Met (University of Pennsylvania) title tbc.
Geneviève Guétemme (université d’Orléans) ‘Jacques Jouet : Poésie et monotype’

3.15-3.45 Tea

3.45-5.15 Session 3
James Wishart (King’s College, London), ‘Distance optique et remaniements du collage dans les textes critiques de Bâtons, chiffres et lettres de Raymond Queneau.’
Mary Shaw (Rutgers University) and Claude Mouchard (Paris VIII), ‘Prismes, partitions ? Configurations de la voix dans quelques poèmes visuels’

5.15-6.15 Break and viewing of books on display in Cripps Gallery

6.15-7.00 Conversation : Jacques Jouet and Geneviève Guétemme

Transnational Affects, AHRC International Symposium, Wednesday 21st May 2014

Transnational Affects

Queen Mary, University of London

Wednesday 21st May 2014, 9:30-18:00

Mile End campus, Arts One building, Arts Lecture Theatre

An AHRC International Symposium co-hosted by the Centre for the History of Emotions, Queen Mary, University of London and the Gender Research Group, Newcastle University

Keynote: Jasbir Puar (Rutgers)

Speakers: Joan Anim-Addo (Goldsmiths); Ben Anderson (Durham); Lilie Chouliaraki (LSE); Denise deCaires Narain (Sussex); Alison Donnell (Reading); Caleb Johnston (Edinburgh); Silvia Posocco (Birkbeck); Amit Rai (Queen Mary); Carolyn Pedwell (Newcastle and Queen Mary)

This one-day AHRC international symposium explores what it might mean to offer a transnational perspective on the ‘turn to affect’, focusing on interdisciplinary feminist, postcolonial, queer and other critical perspectives.  The event brings together a range of scholarly fields and geo-political sites to examine how affects, emotions and feelings are produced through transnational relations of power and, in turn, how transnational politics work via the circulation of affect.  Paying particular attention to shifting gendered, racialised, sexualised and classed dynamics, speakers will address the complex ways in which affects are generated within, circulated through, and productive of transnational processes of empire, colonialism, slavery, diaspora, migration, globalisation, neoliberalism, biopolitics, development, global media, international security, and other phenomena.  

Drawing on and extending important work within the fields of affect theory, the history of emotions, transnational studies, international geo-politics, women’s and gender studies, queer studies, postcolonial and critical race studies, and media, cultural and literary theory, among other fields, the event considers the implications of transnational analysis of affective politics for: our understandings of temporality and spatiality; the non- and more-than-human; constitutive entanglements of ‘the discursive’ and ‘the material’, ‘the personal’ and ‘the impersonal’, ‘the biological’ and ‘the cultural’ and ‘the structural’ and ‘the ephemeral’; and critical projects of gendering, queering and decolonizing affect theory.  We will examine how emotions and affects are understood, produced and felt differently across different cultural and geo-political contexts and circuits and asks what role feeling plays in wider transnational processes of translation, mediation, imagination and attunement.  From different angles, the symposium addresses the central question of how we can attend to the affective hierarchies and exclusions that contemporary transnational relations (re)produce while nonetheless keeping our senses open to the unpredictable futures of affective politics. 

This is a free event; however, places are limited.  For further information about the event and to reserve your place please visit:

Convener: Carolyn Pedwell (Newcastle and Queen Mary):

Ottoman Cosmopolitanism Network: Workshop Three

The Ottoman Cosmopolitanism Network is hosting its third workshop at Birkbeck College, University of London on 28 March 2014. The theme of this
workshop will be ‘Visualising the Ottoman City’. The event is free, but space is limited so be sure to reserve your ticket here:

For a full programme with abstracts, please visit our website:


1.00 pm   Welcome/Network Introduction

1.15 pm   Wendy M. K. Shaw (University of Bern): ‘Dressing the Empire: Ethnic Diversity, Photography, and the Modernisation of the Ottoman Imperial Ideal’

1.45 pm   Vazken Khatchig Davidian (Birkbeck, University of London): ‘The Artist and the Migrant Worker in Late 19th Century Constantinople: Simon Hagopian’s Hamal paintings’

2.15 pm – 2.45 pm   COFFEE BREAK

2.45 pm   Gabriel Koureas (Birkbeck, University of London): ‘Parallelotopia: Ottoman Assemblages’

3.15 pm   Yael Friedman (University of Portsmouth): ‘Reclaiming Jaffa’s past and present in contemporary Israeli/Palestinian visual Art’

3.45 pm   Laura Carderera (Curator and Arts Manager): ‘Speak, Memory: the role of the artist in the reactivation of cultural memory and the production of counter-narratives’

4.15 pm – 5:00 pm   COFFEE BREAK & Roundtable Discussion

Venue: The workshop will take place at the Birkbeck Cinema, School of Arts, Birkbeck, University of London, 41 Gordon Square (use entrance at 43 Gordon Square), London WC1H 0PD. While space is limited, the event is open and free of charge.

Workshop Organisers/Network Members: Principal Investigator, Jay Prosser (University of Leeds), Co-investigator, Gabriel Koureas (Birkbeck, University of London), Visual Advisor, Leslie Hakim-Dowek (University of Portsmouth), Project Advisor, Colette Wilson (University of Westminster), Research Assistant, Henghameh Saroukhani (University of Leeds)

CFP: Diplomacy and Culture in the Early Modern World

The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities

31 July to 2 August

This conference is dedicated to diplomacy in the early modern world. It will build upon the recent ‘cultural  turn’ in diplomatic studies that has seen more innovative, interdisciplinary approaches to a subject that was once viewed in heavily bureaucratic and constitutional terms. Scholars are increasingly appreciating the importance of ritual and other forms of symbolic communication in diplomatic practices and the role of diplomatic processes in cultural exchanges. Diplomats were important political brokers whose actions could have profound implications for international relations, but they played an equally important role in the transfer and adaptation of cultural ideas and artefacts through their activities as cultural agents, authors and brokers. The profound impact of diplomacy on culture in this period is, moreover, seen in the increasing prominence of representations of diplomacy in literature and a range of other media. The aim of this conference is to further our understanding of early modern diplomatic practices, of the dynamics of diplomatic exchanges both within and without Europe, and how diplomatic ideas and practices interacted with other cultural and political processes. The keynote address will be given by Professor Christian Windler (University of Bern). The conference will feature two extended panel discussions. One, led by Professor John Watkins (University of Minnesota), will be dedicated to new approaches to diplomatic studies. A second will examine Professor Timothy Hampton’s idea of a ‘diplomatic moment’ in Renaissance literature.

The conference marks the culmination of the AHRC-funded international research network ‘Textual Ambassadors’ and aims to set its findings in broader cultural context. We will consider proposals for papers and panel on any aspect of early modern diplomacy, but we will particularly welcome proposals for papers that take innovative approaches or address the following topics:

  •  The impact of literary developments on, and use of literary texts in, diplomatic practice
  •  The role of diplomatic processes and channels in the circulation of texts and literary ideas
  •  Diplomacy and translation
  •  Representations of diplomacy in literary texts and art
  •  The wider cultural reception of diplomacy and evolving diplomatic practices
  •  The material culture of early modern diplomacy
  •  Ritual and protocol in diplomatic encounters
  •  Diplomatic personnel, training, and careers
  •  Diplomacy and cross-cultural exchange
  •  Cultures of diplomatic practice
  •  Gender and diplomacy
  •  Early modern legal and philosophical attitudes to, and influences on, diplomacy

Proposals for 20 minute papers or panels of 3-4 papers should be sent to Tracey Sowerby ( and Jo Craigwood ( by 21 March 2014. Individual paper proposals should be no more than 300 words. Panel proposals should include abstracts of all papers (max 300 words) and a brief rationale (max 100 words) for the panel. All proposals should be accompanied by a short statement of affiliation and career. Delegates will be notified by 15 April 2014. All enquiries should be addressed to

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