Older Bisexual Lives seminar

16 March 2013 by Jennifer

Event details for a seminar on 24 April 2013 at Nottingham University.

I’m going to be playing a little bit of music at the Older Bisexual Lives seminar in April, so I thought I’d write it up here.

The day is free and there are a limited number of travel bursaries.

It’s aimed at academics, policy-makers, service providers, third-sector organisations, LGBT activists and advocacy groups and older LGBT people themselves.  (bolded by me to emphasise some of the people who might end up reading this!)

Additional note: I didn’t twig this at first, but there’s a deadline for registration of Friday 22 March. It may be extended, but to be on the safe side, best to at least get in touch before then.

At the time of writing, I’ve seen the timetable only on a PDF file, and access info is yet to come too. So I thought I’d put the details up here, for easy reference & linking.

Here’s what is online about it already, officially:

Event web page where you can download a PDF flyer inc timetable (this page is based on that flyer).

Eventbrite registration page.

Explanation of “Minding the Knowledge Gap” series, which this seminar is part of. There will be six in all, each on an under-researched theme related to older LGBT people, and this is the first. The others, spread over the next couple of years, will be

  • Older Trans People’s experiences
  • Race, Ethnicity and Religion
  • Intergenerational Issues
  • Health and Social Care
  • Resources, Retirement and Social Networks.

After all those, there’ll be a final conference.

Page at the Economic and Social Research Council, with basic details but not the timetable.

Now here’s the info from the flyer (slightly rearranged for easy reading)…

Date, title and venue

Date: Wednesday 24 April 2013

Title:  ‘Older Bisexual Lives – Current Initiatives and Future Directions’

Venue: Nottingham University.

Actual building is the Engineering and Science Learning Centre at University Park.

Timetable for the day

9.45 to 10.00 Registration and refreshments
10.00 to 10.15 Welcome and introductions
10.15 to 11.00 Sue George, writer on bisexuality:
“You’re not still bisexual are you? Bi identity, community and invisibility moving towards and in older age”
11.00 to 11.45 Dr Rebecca Jones, Lecturer in Health and Social Care, Open University:
“Bi ageing: what do we know and why should we care?”
11.45 to 12.15 Questions/discussion
12.15 to 1.15 Lunch break
Update: Lunch is provided.
1.15 to 1.30 Performance by Single Bass (that’s me!)
1.30 to 3.00 Facilitated small group discussions discussing core issues/questions raised in the morning session
3.00 to 3.15 Coffee/tea break
3.15 to 4.00 Feedback and final comments

The practicalities of coming along

Each seminar will be limited to approximately 40 participants in order to maximize opportunities for discussion.

Attendance is free but participants are expected to cover their own travel and accommodation costs.

Bursaries: We have a limited number of small travel bursaries (a maximum of £50.00) within our budget
for each seminar. To apply, applicants should indicate their desire to be considered for a bursary on their Expression of Interest form (see below).

Registration: If you would like to attend the seminar, please fill out the ‘Expression of Interest’ form available at: http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/event/5370780148

Revised criteria for travel bursaries:

We have a limited number of travel bursaries available to those in need of financial support to cover travel costs. Retired older LGBT community members and PhD students will be given priority, but applications are also welcome from those on low incomes and/or volunteering on relevant projects.

Original wording didn’t include the latter two categories; it was changed after further discussion.

Context, organisers, aim

Organisers: Andrew King (PI) (University of Surrey), Kathryn Almack (University of Nottingham), Yiu-Tung Suen (Oxford University/Chinese University of Hong Kong) and Sue Westwood (Keele University).

Central aim: To bring academics together with older LGBT individuals and advocacy groups, LGBT activists, policy-makers, service providers and third-sector organisations to explore major gaps in current knowledge and research concerning older (fifty years or over) lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) people.

Six seminars: To address identified gaps which include: older bisexual people’s lives; intergenerational issue; older trans people’s experiences; race, ethnicity and religion in older LGBT people’s lives; economics, resources and social networks; health and social care.

Final conference: The seminar series will close with a final conference to generate future work to sustain networks, ideas and action arising out of the seminars.

Travel tips and access

Update: travel and access info for the ESLC– expanded from original draft here, with photos!


Update: I’ve started using the hashtag #OlderBiLives (on Twitter) for the seminar… though it remains to be seen whether anyone else will :-)

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