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Local LGBTQ+ Event
November 8, 2019 @ 1:30 pm - 5:30 pmFree
Symposium: Visualising the Lives of LGBTIQ Roma
final part of Dr Lucie Fremlova exhibition
The lived experiences and images of lesbian, gay, bi, trans, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) Roma remain invisible to many people, Roma and non-Roma alike. Simultaneously, LGBTIQ Roma are the subject of a plethora of anti-Romani, homo/transphobic and other stereotypes. By showcasing photographs produced by LGBTIQ Roma visual activists and artists as part of this research project, the exhibition not only offers an insight into the lives of LGBTIQ Roma. It also seeks to demonstrate to various audiences ways in which they wish to be represented.
At the symposium, we will be talking about visual self-representations, share the research findings and provide organisations and institutions with recommendations/guidelines on how to engage in critical reflection when using visual representations and publishing information about Roma, LGBT, Roma LGBT and other ethnic/sexual minorities.
The symposiums aims to provide third sector organisations, charities, (inter)governmental institutions, academia and other stakeholders working with Roma and LGBTIQ people with images and information about LGBTIQ Roma; and to create a constructive dialogue about ways in which stakeholders utilise images of Roma and LGBTIQ people in their communication with the public.
The outputs of the research project speak to larger societal issues that have particular traction within European societies such as diversity, equality, tolerance, migration, identity politics, representation and participation in Europe’s ever-changing political landscapes.
As part of the symposium, you will have a unique opportunity to see the exhibition “Visualising the Lives of LGBTIQ Roma” and to watch the British premiere of a short film, entitled “We, Queer Roma: Valencia” (QRTV Europa/Samuel Sebastian) introducing Spanish LGBTIQ Roma activists Demetrio Gómez and Rosa María Quiroga Ramírez.
The symposium and the exhibition are part of Dr Lucie Fremlova’s ESRC-funded postdoctoral project “Challenging dominant representations of LGBTIQ Roma in public spaces through queer-research informed interventions.” She has been conducting the research at the University of Portsmouth (mentored by Dr Annabel Tremlett) and the University of Brighton (mentored by Dr Olu Jenzen) as part of the South Coast Doctoral Training Partnership. Funding for the production of the photographs came from The Open Society Foundations.