Thursday 16 Nov 2023
16:30, 17:30, 18:30, 19:30
The Sonic Lab, SARC

Queer folks have always been more tuned into other dimensions than most, but did you know that there was a circle of queers in the early 20th century in Ulster who were involved in actual other-worldly research?

Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) historian Maurice J. Casey, a researcher on the project Queer Northern Ireland: Sexuality before Liberation, recently uncovered a fascinating interlinked queer  circle who explored the sounds of psychicl research and attempted to scientifically prove connections between the earthly and spiritual worlds through séances.

Playing with new ways to excavate and share our hidden queer histories, Dr. Casey invites you into the Sonic Lab (a specialist acoustic space at SARC -Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Sound and Music at Queen’s), featuring 48 speakers which project and move sound 360 degrees around the space, providing a ‘cinema for the ear’. Developed in collaboration with researchers at SARC, The Sonic Séance will recreate the voices, sounds and imagery of a lost queer world, creating a unique event and exciting new approach to storytelling.

Get ready for an out-of-the-ordinary encounter with Irish queer history!

Please note that this event deals with adult themes and is not suitable for younger audiences.

Queer Northern Ireland is an AHRC-funded research project based at Queen’s University Belfast and Ulster University.

This event is based on research funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and organised in partnership with the Being Human Festival, the UK national festival of the humanities, led by the School of Advanced Study, University of London, with support from Research England, in partnership with the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the British Academy. 


Age suitability: Strictly 18+

Duration: 30 mins

Multiple performances

Maximum 2 tickets per purchase

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