Programme of events

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Thursday 1 February 2018
Project Space Plus gallery: private viewing and official opening of the Transitional States video art exhibition.



Thursday 8 February 2018

“From Silence of the Lambs to Orange is the New Black: Changing Representations of Trans People.”


In 1991, the public was terrorised by the image of a supposedly trans-identifying serial killer in Silence of the Lambs. Their subsequent demise at the hands of the movie’s heroine saw the defeat of a much reviled character who was at odds with the experiences and representations of the trans community.


For many years, the media, films and culture at large were characterised by a lack of positive representations of trans women and trans men.


Yet as the 2010s began, trans people entered the mainstream media in a more positive light, especially with the launch of television series such as Orange is the New Black, Transparent and Boy Meets Girl.


This public discussion focuses on the representations of trans and gender diverse people in media, films and culture and will look at what has changed – and what has not – when it comes to their representation within mainstream media.



  • Dr Chris O’Rourke (University of Lincoln)



  • Fox (artist, film maker and trans activist)
  • Paris Lees (writer and broadcaster)
Owl (artist and non-binary trans activist)
  • Rebecca Root (actress)



Thursday 15 February 2018


“Sex, Science and the Body: Medicine and LGBTIQ People.”

Throughout much of history, sexual behaviours like homosexuality were predominantly regulated by religious concerns. However, this changed in the nineteenth century when medicine took an increasing interest in what they termed ‘sexual deviancies’.


Perhaps the most famous example of a medical intervention around sexual behaviours is that of the famous World War II code-breaker, Alan Turing, who endured ‘medical treatment’ because of his homosexuality.


This public discussion will look at how science and medicine has treated: gays,  lesbians and queer people; medical views of trans people, and current debates about ‘gender dysphoria’. Finally, it will offer some thoughts on the ongoing debates about hormone treatments and surgery without consent on intersex individuals and offer some thoughts on changes for the future.



  • Simon Fanshawe (broadcaster and writer)



  • Dr David A. Griffiths (University of Surrey)
  • Dr Christina Richards (MSC DCPsychol MBACP Accred.)
  • Dr Janet Weston (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine).



Thursday 22 February 2018


“Girls Gone Wild: Women Use Hormones to Take Control?”


Are women controlled by their hormones or do they control them? Or is it neither? Have pharmaceutical companies developed a multi-billion pound industry out of convincing women that hormones are something they can control? If there is such a thing as control, how is this gained and maintained? And what impact can and will new technologies have on these kinds of treatments?


All of these questions will be raised and addressed as we begin our discussion by presenting the works of two artists from the Transitional States exhibition. We will then welcome historians of medicine and sexuality who will offer differing perspectives on the use of hormones throughout recent history.


This discussion will address topics such as the history of the contraceptive pill, IVF and the introduction of new medical technologies, with a specific focus on whether such technologies have changed women’s sexual behaviour.



  • Professor Krista Cowman



  • Dr Hera Cook (University of Otago)
  • Dr Alana Harris (King’s College London)
  • Sara Homewood (artist)
  • Holly Slingsby (artist)



Wednesday 28 February 2018


Screening Natalie (2017 – UK, 15mins)


Natalie, a determined woman in her forties, returns to the village of her troubled childhood for her father’s funeral. Compelled by the prejudice her family has shown towards her and painful memories of her upbringing, she confronts her past in order to be at peace with her future.


Written and directed by Dr Mikey Murray (University of Lincoln), Natalie stars Kate Dickie (Red Road, Game of Thrones). The film had its world premiere at the Edinburgh International Film Festival in June 2017.


Screening followed by discussion and Q & A  with Mikey Murrey and actress Rebecca Root.

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