Let’s go feral!
Feral: ‘in a wild state, especially after escape from captivity or domestication’
Be part of a new feral cohort who will consider: how we learn (from each other) about what makes performance queer; how we talk about queer performance; how we make performance; and, above all, how we might develop a network of queer thinkers.
Photo: JulieMc McNamara.
Feral Queer Camp has had five iterations so far: Outburst Queer Arts Festival, Belfast (2018, 2019) and Midsumma Festival (2020, 2021, 2023). The project builds on an established research and practice collaboration between Alyson and Stephen around queer performance, including their influential book Queer Dramaturgies (plus link). Feral Queer Camp takes queer theory out of the academy and into the LGBGQI+ community in partnership with arts festivals.
Photo: Sarah Vickery
A comment from Camp collaborators in Belfast:
‘Queer at Queen’s (Q@Q) runs alongside Belfast’s annual queer arts festival as an opportunity for the community at large to engage with contemporary academic thought on queer life and performance. As convenors of this event, we have seen first-hand the value of the Feral Queer Camp. The camp has been instrumental in bringing people who otherwise see themselves as outsiders into academic spaces. The work that Campbell and Farrier do involves a radically democratic form of pedagogy that makes space for participants to engage critically with queer art and performance; importantly the facilitators provide a space for sharing ideas that resists the hierarchical modes of learning that usually dominate academic and other educational spaces. The Feral Queer Camp creates a space for learning for everyone involved because it welcomes the perspectives and lived experiences of all its participants. This approach has been instructive for us as convenors of Q@Q, given our aim with this event to create inclusive and open spaces of sharing and learning within the academic institution, and it offers a model of how to take the academic outside the university. Having had the pleasure of participating in some of the Camp sessions, we were able to witness a fundamentally different approach to education in action, one which is both intellectual and joyfully collective. We see the FQC as a vital resource for the growth of queer-critical voices and art-makers in society.’
Trish McTighe and Kurt Taroff
Conveners of Queer at Queen’s (Q@Q),
Queen’s University, Belfast
Most recent Feral Queer camp
Midsumma Festival, Melbourne
21st January - 12th February 2023
The Feral Queer Camp is supported by the Creativity and Wellbeing Research Initiative and The Victorian College of the Arts – The University of Melbourne; Rose Bruford College; and Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.