Researching the Rainbow Conference 2019

Further details have now been released regarding the 2019 Conference:

The Conference events will start at 9am on Saturday 16 February 2019 in the Aphra Foyer and Aphra Theatre.

Free admission – Tickets available at 

Presented by University of Kent and Kent Student Union

Sponsored by the Kent Opportunity Fund


9:00-9:30 Registration and welcome, Aphra Foyer
9:30-11:00 Panel 1
  • Glenys Wilson – Senior Clinical Psychologist, Australia/London
    ‘A description and evaluation of a university peer group intervention for LGBT students at high risk of mental health issues in a research intensive Australian university’
  • Lynne Regan – Faculty of Wellbeing and Education Studies, Open University
    ‘Investigating the Experiences of Transgender Students in Higher Education’
  • Jonathan Loh – School of Anthropology and Conservation, University of Kent
    ‘3-D Q space’
11:00-11:20 Coffee break
11:20-12:20 Panel 2
  • Dan Baker – University of Greenwich
    ‘How has evolving online interaction influenced the sexuality exploration of young guys into guys (GiG) in England?’
  • Robin Rose Breetveld – SSPSSR, University of Kent
    ‘Bisexual individuals in LGBT+ spaces’
12:20-12:30 Comfort break
12:30-13:30 Panel 3
  • Boris Bertolt – Department of Criminology, SSPSSR, University of Kent
    ‘Debating homophobia in Africa’
  • Jenna O’Connor – DePaul University in Chicago, IL, USA
    ‘Homosexuality and fascism’
13:30-14:30 Lunch break
14:30-15:30 Roundtable discussion: LGBTQ Youth
  • Sue Sanders – Chair, Schools Out
  • Claire Williams – Head of Youth & Families Services, Porchlight
  • Graysen Hall – Volunteer Coordinator, BeYou Project, Porchlight
  • Dan Baker – Head of Integrated Youth Services, METRO Charity
15:30-16:00 Coffee break
16:00-17:00 Keynote lecture
·       Q&A with Munroe Bergdorf – Model and Social Activist
17:00-17:15 Closing remarks



Researching the Rainbow Conference 2019 – Tickets now available!

Tickets for the seminal Researching the Rainbow Conference at the University of Kent are now available.

Dates: Friday 15 February 2-7pm and Saturday 16 February 9am-5pm

Researching the Rainbow Conference 2019 – Call for Papers

The University of Kent’s LGBT+ Staff Network is pleased to open the call for papers for the third annual Researching the Rainbow Conference on Friday 15 and Saturday 16 February 2019 on the Canterbury campus.

The conference, which takes part during LGBT History Month, is to showcase the vast array of excellent research being done on or related to LGBT+ people and issues, and to encourage multi-disciplinary collaboration and networking.

Previous topics have included gay and lesbian representation in the media, transgender issues within mental health care and parenting law, British colonial laws on sodomy, homosexual WWII clandestine operatives, and queer exhibitions at the Institute of Contemporary Art.

Papers are welcome from academics at any stage of their career, students or professionals.

Research posters from any discipline are also welcomed for display. If you would like to do a talk (15 or 30 minutes) or display a poster, please email by Friday 4 January 2019.

The conference is free and open to all. Please do forward this email to colleagues/friends/networks that you think would be interested.

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