The virtual event, which ran for three days from Thursday 24 – Saturday 26 June, was hosted by the University’s LGBTQ+ Staff Network and the Gender and Sexuality Research Interest Group — which I lead.
This event brought together a number of academics, educators, students, activists, practitioners, and diversity trainers to discuss what Queering the Curriculum means in 2021.
I talked to BBC Radio Suffolk about this event. The interview is available on BBC Sounds (Scroll to 33.51)
There is a need to recognise gender and sexual diversity in our educational practices. Many LGBTQ+ students do not feel represented in the teaching material – from pronouns, to the use of man as norm like chairman, policeman, etc., to assumptions about people’s genders and sexualities, – which can make them feel disregarded and excluded. This event aims to illustrate how – and why – the teaching curriculum should adapt to account for our students’ diverse identities and experiences, thus helping us promote a more welcoming and respectful teaching environment for all.