Queer@King’s is an interdepartmental and interdisciplinary research group that has been operating in the School of Arts & Humanities since 2003, often with the support of the Annual Fund. Already an important feature in the research culture of the University of London for colleagues interested in gender and sexuality, Queer@King’s became one of the School's official centres in 2006.
Originally set up to organize a major international conference, Queer Matters
, which took place in King’s in May 2004, each year since then we have organized regular research seminars, public lectures, one-day symposia, readings, performances and class visits on queer topics. Previous distinguished visitors include Sara Ahmed, Carolyn Dinshaw, Laura Doan, Lisa Duggan, Lee Edelman, Sarah Franklin, Judith Halberstam, David Halperin, Nadine Hubbs, Mark Jordan, Mandy Merck, José Muñoz, Peggy Phelan, Alan Sinfield, Stephen Whittle and Michael Warner.
The Queer@King’s programme also regularly features contributions from major artists, literary figures, filmmakers and political activists. Previous programmes have included Ron Athey, Neil Bartlett, Mark Doty, Amber Hollibaugh, Isaac Julien, Kiki and Herb, Frank McGuinness, Del LaGrace Volcano, Edmund White and Cui Zi’en.
If you are a member of staff in College who identifies as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT), you may also be interested in events organised by the King'sLGBT Staff Network. This was established to support members of staff in their social and working lives and to promote awareness of LGBT issues within the College.
There is also an active student society, King’s LGBT 2011/2012, which is run for and by the lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) students of King’s College London.