Queer Love, Desire and Faith Sharing Event
Thursday, 10th December 2020
7 to 8 pm
How do queer, trans and gender diverse people relate to religion and faith? And how might we relate to the religious collections at RAMM?
Religion and faith are one of the core themes of Out and About: Queering the Museum at RAMM. At this event, Writer In Residence Natalie McGrath will share an early-stage creative response to two translated love letters between lesbian medieval nuns. Natalie’s writing has also been inspired by medieval objects from RAMM’s collections and she has been exploring representations of queer people of faith from the medieval period and beyond. In addition, Natalie will consider the process of writing during a pandemic and ideas around where writing and devotion meet.
To frame the reading, Prof Jana Funke (University of Exeter) will draw on her research on lesbian and trans history, to explore how people in the past engaged with different religious beliefs and faiths to understand their gender and sexual identities. Jana’s research particularly focuses on Christianity, how queer and gender diverse people have found different ways of relating to faith, and how they have come to find meaning within religious rituals and communities.
Out and About: Queering the Museum covers four core themes – Home, Belonging and Exile; Fashion/Self-presentation; Religion/Faith; and the Natural World. Keep a look out for more events exploring each of these themes in 2021.
Out and About: Queering the Museum is a partner project of Exeter Pride, the Intercom Trust, Exeter’s UNESCO’s City of Literature, and Arts & Culture at the University of Exeter.
This event will take place online via Zoom. Details of the session will be emailed to you in advance of the date. Please register here: https://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/?p=tickets&perfCode=3831&ev=4313