queer_at_queensPositive Futures: HIV/AIDS Disclosure, Prosecution and Performance

Drama Studies at Queen’s University, in association with University College Dublin and Outburst Queer Arts Festival, would like to invite members of the public to join in the conversation at its annual Queer at Queen’s conference.

Continuing on from last year, this year’s discussion will again centre on HIV/AIDS and include talks from leading artists and scholars who will discuss HIV experience and representation.
Across the world those living with HIV experience stigma and discrimination. In Ireland alone, levels of diagnoses continue to grow, while criminalisation of people living with HIV is a growing international concern. Queer at Queen’s is keen to reach out to local communities and anyone interested in the discussion or affected by the issue: we welcome your voice.

Day 1              Friday 18th November 2016

1.00-1.15          Welcome Address

1.15-2.00        Andrew Leavitt, ACT UP in Dublin


2.15-3.30         Narrating HIV Now

Gareth Cutter, Accelerated Intimacy

Ben Buratta, Building affection: Narratives of HIV in contemporary LGBT performance

3.30                 Coffee break, refreshments provided

4.00-5.00         Keynote 1: Fintan Walsh, Positive Futures and the Disorienting Present: Performing Queer Belonging

Drinks reception in the foyer of the Brian Friel Theatre/Queen’s Film Theatre


Day 2                         Saturday 19th November

11.00-1.00        Workshop, ‘Building affection

The Barracks Theatre, First Floor, 8-12 Exchange Place, Belfast, BT1 2NA (laneway to the right of Black Box on Hill Street in the Cathedral Quarter)

Facilitated by Ben Burratta, Central School of Speech and Drama/Outbox Theatre

All welcome, no previous experience necessary. This workshop is a practical exploration of the rehearsal strategies and techniques used to create Outbox Theatre’s devised performance affection; a new show about bodies, intimacy and HIV.

2.00-3.45         Women and HIV

Alyson Campbell, Belfast’s (W)hole

Katharine Low, Matilda Mudyavanhu & Shema Tariq, Theatre-making with Women Living with HIV

Jessica Whitbread, Love Positive Women (via Skype)

3.45-4.15         Coffee Break, refreshments provided

4.15-5.15         Keynote 2: Lisa Power, Criminal Acts? Sex, HIV and the law

Closing Remarks: Positive Futures

For more information on Q@Q 2016, contact pmc.mctighe@nullgmail.com or cormac.obrien@nullucd.ie

Friday 18th & Saturday 19th November
Brian Friel Theatre, Queen’s University
From 1pm Fri. From 2pm Sat.