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10 February 2022 - 10 February 2022

5:00PM - 6:00PM


  • Free

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As part of LGBTQ+ History Month: Postgraduate Seminar Series, this panel brings together two PhD students in MLAC to share insights into their doctoral research, and its importance in the wider field of both queer studies and in forging connections with external cultural organisations both nationally and internationally.  

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New Perspectives on Queer Cinema

Billy Errington, 2nd year PhD Candidate in Modern Languages, discusses his work on queering maternity, adolescence, and conventional stances on ‘nationhood’ through the films of Québécois actor-director Xavier Dolan. He will also explore plans for an upcoming placement with the Québec Gay Archives in Montréal.  

Joss Morfitt, 1st year PhD Candidate (MLAC), will discuss his work on misogyny and ‘heterocentrism’ within gay male film and film festival cultures. His primary source is the BFI Flare: London LGBTIQ+ Film Festival, and the project will be informed by a work placement with the BFI for the festival’s March 2023 season.  

They will also elaborate on how they are supporting a new partnership between Durham University and the BFI with plans for a queer cinema season to be announced soon.  

The panel will be chaired by Professor Santiago Fouz Hernández from the School of Modern Languages and Cultures.