Join us this LGBTQA+ History Month where, at Queen Mary University of London, we are proud to present a special Lunch and Learn series throughout February.
These talks will celebrate contributions and research from across the Queen Mary community that focus on LGBTQA+ history, issues and culture. The Lunch and Learn series is a great opportunity to listen, learn and get food for thought on making a change that benefits us all.
Talks are open to all Queen Mary staff and students. Please register your attendance in advance to ensure you receive the details to join.
Thank you to all of our wonderful speakers. We hope you enjoy the series!
Speaker: Gabriel Cavalli, Reader in Science and Engineering EducationDeputy Executive Vice-Dean (Queen Mary Engineering School, NPU, China)Director of the Centre for Academic Inclusion in Science and Engineering (CAISE)(Faculty of Science and Engineering)
Date: Monday 13th February
Location: Online, via MS Teams - Register to attend via Eventbrite
Join Gabriel Cavalli where he will discuss Inclusion in Education, the work of CAISE (The Centre for Academic Inclusion in Science & Engineering) and his own experiences as an LGBTQA+ academic.
Date: Thursday 16th February
Speaker: Alex Prestage, Head of Equality, Diversity & Inclusion, Queen Mary University of London
Have you ever wondered what the A in LGBTQA+ stands for?
Are you curious about how we think and talk about attraction and desire?
This Lunch and Learn will introduce asexuality and draw on academic research to understand this emergent identity and draw important lessons about attraction each of us can learn from the asexual community.
Whilst drawing on academic research techniques (linguistic ethnography), the content is designed to be accessible to all, regardless of identity, qualifications, discipline, or lack of.
This session will be run via MS Teams, with an opening key note followed by informal Q&A and discussion. Feel free to bring lunch and participate.
Date: Monday 20th February
Time: 12.00pm - 12.50pm
Location: Hybrid / Online and in person at Dept W (Room 2.05) - Register to attend via Eventbrite
Speaker: Dr Richard Johnson, Senior Lecturer in the School of Politics and International Relations (SPIR)
This talk reflects on Theresa May’s complex record on LGBT rights. In her first years as an MP, May voted against the New Labour government’s LGBT equality legislation. Yet, as Chair of the Conservative Party in 2002, she chastised her colleagues for seeking to ‘make political capital out of demonising minorities’, infamously labelling the Conservatives ‘the Nasty Party’. Later, as prime minister, May described herself as an ‘ally’ who had ‘come a long way’ from those early votes. Drawing from the archives of the Tory Campaign for Homosexual Equality (TorCHE), this talk is based on a chapter for a forthcoming book, edited by Andrew Roe-Crines, called Statecraft: The Leadership of Theresa May.
Dr Richard Johnson is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Politics and International Relations (SPIR). He researches topics relating to inequality, elections, and political parties in the United States and United Kingdom. His British politics publications include chapters on the European policy of Neil Kinnock, the foreign policy of Jeremy Corbyn, the European Parliamentary Labour Party, and the UK constitution.
Speakers: Eleanor McDavis, EDI Manager (She/They); Darren Hunwicks (He/Him), EDI Officer; Adam Onus (They/Them), Postgraduate Research Student, School of Mathematical Sciences
Date: Tuesday 21st February
Summary: During this Lunch and Learn we will discuss gender identity, what is a pronoun, why does using the correct pronoun matter and how members of the Queen Mary community can be good allies and show support for gender diverse staff and students.
Eleanor McDavis is EDI Manager for the dual portfolio of LGBTQA+ Inclusion and Disability Inclusion at Queen Mary.
Darren Hunwicks is EDI Officer for the dual portfolio of LGBTQA+ Inclusion and Disability Inclusion at Queen Mary.
Adam (Adi) Onus is a 2nd year PhD student in the School of Mathematical Sciences. Adam is actively involved in many of the School's EDI activities, including as a member of the LGBTQA+ subgroup, and they are passionate about promoting the representation and inclusion of the queer community (and other underrepresented groups) in academia.
Speaker: Professor Tony Michael, Dean for Education, Professor in Reproductive Biology and Deputy Vice-Principal for Education (Strategic Projects), Faculty of Science & Engineering, School of Biological and Behavioural Sciences
Time: 5.00pm-6.30pm (including time for questions and discussion)
Location: Fogg Lecture Theatre (Open Door attendance in person) or online via MS Teams- register for online attendance via Eventbrite. Event open to staff and students.
Throughout the history of the LGBTQA+ community, a common attack has been that "it's not natural" to be lesbian, gay, bi, trans, queer, asexual or other.
This informal seminar will debunk the myth of "unnatural" sexuality by looking at a wide range of examples of LGBTQA+ behaviour taken from the natural world (featuring examples you probably have heard of and a whole load of examples that you probably haven't yet - from bison to bonobos, from giraffes to gynandromorphs).
Tony Michael (Faculty of Science & Engineering, School of Biological and Behavioural Sciences) has designed an accessible, thought-provoking seminar which requires no prior knowledge of biology.
There will also be time for questions and a discussion following the seminar.
Speakers: Dr Claudia Garetto, Reader in Mathematics, EDI Lead, School of Mathematical Sciences; Kieran Hayde, Marketing & Communications Officer, School of Mathematical Sciences; Adam Onus, Postgraduate Research Student, School of Mathematics
Date: *DATE CHANGE* Tuesday 28th February
Time: *TIME CHANGE* 1.00pm-2.00pm
Location: Hybrid, via MS Teams and in-person SMS Committee Room - Register to attend via Eventbrite
In this Lunch and Learn session, our friends from the School of Mathematical Sciences (SMS) will share what they have learned over the past 12 months by taking a more strategic, hands-on approach to LGBTQA+ inclusion.
The session will provide an overview of their activities and a framework that other Schools and Institutes can use to improve and increase the provision of services, activities and resources for their LGBTQA+ communities.
We will hear from academic and professional services staff and a research student who have been the driving force behind many of these activities. The team from SMS will also share the impact of certain activities and decisions on their lived experiences as members of the LGBTQA+ community and allies at Queen Mary.
Kieran Hayde is the Marketing and Communications Officer for SMS and is actively involved with the School’s EDI activities. Kieran is co-chair of the School’s LGBTQA+ subgroup and is committed to queering mathematics at Queen Mary and beyond.