Hybrid Symposium: Decolonising Women’s Studies (31st May – 21st June)

The Department of English and Creative Writing at Lancaster University is hosting an events series, “Decolonising Women’s Studies” from 31st May – 21st June. This series celebrates the political, literary, spiritual and reformist achievements of women of colour, especially those who are affiliated with other marginalised communities, such as the disabled, or LGBTQ+ communities: Decolonising Women’s Studies | Lancaster University

The series begins with a hybrid interdisciplinary symposiumBearing Untold Stories, celebrating the lives and works of forgotten women from 31st May – 1st June. The event will take place at Lancaster University Management School LT17 – livestreamingfacilitated through MS Teams. It will feature presentations from Lancaster students and postdoctoral fellows, as well as from delegates from across the UK and North America. Registration is free and includes a complimentary lunch with refreshments on 31st May, and a complimentary breakfast with refreshments on 1st June, for those attending in-person.

The symposium is followed by a three-week exhibition, “Queering the Dream”, at the Lancaster Priory from 11th – 21st June, sponsored by the Lancaster Friends. The exhibition is free and will feature the work of Rev. Dr Angela Yarber, a leading LGBTQ+ theologian and artist from Florida. It will consist of 14 paintings of revolutionary women of colour from history and myth, who inspired the artist’s queer spiritual journey.

The exhibition will be launched by a one-day retreat/workshop“Decolonising Women’s Spirituality”, with Rev Dr Yarber. It will take place on 11th June at the Lancaster Priory and is sponsored by the FASS Decolonising Lancaster Events Fund. Admission is £5.98 and all profits will go the non-profit Tehom Center for Art, Spirituality and Social Justice – for which Rev. Dr. Yarber is the Founder and Executive Director. The event will explore what it means to engage in spirituality alongside otherwise underrepresented perspectives, in addition to exploring understandings of queerness and queering. It includes lunch and refreshments.

If you would like to register or learn more about any of these events, please visit: https://www.lancaster.ac.uk/english-literature-and-creative-writing/decolonising-womens-studies/

Flyers for the exhibition and workshop are below.