MU Department of Law and MU SexGen are delighted to announce details of our:
*Student Showcase Competition*
From the Margins: Global Perspectives on LGBTQ+ Experiences
This competition is very kindly sponsored and supported by the Maynooth University Equality, Diversity, Inclusion, Interculturalism (EDI) Project Fund
From the Margins is a virtual symposium that seeks to draw together international speakers and workshop leaders to illuminate the experience of people who are LGBTQ+ from a global perspective. The event places a particular emphasis on experiences of gender identity and expression that lean against social and cultural expectations. The symposium seeks to identify strategies to improve understanding and combat marginalisation, having regard to cultural diversity and intersectional factors such as ethnicity, religion, and disability. This event, taking place over two consecutive afternoons, will include speakers addressing asylum and gender identity, and the situation for LGBTQ+ populations internationally. It will feature an artist-led participatory workshop on listening to the voices of racialized non-binary and queer individuals.
As part of the event this student showcase invites students to submit for upload to an event website a short article, letter, podcast, poem, creative writing extract, or image of an artwork reflecting on conditions for people who are LGBTQ+ in any part of the world.
Maynooth University students are invited to submit:
(a) a short article, letter, poem, or creative writing extract, of no more than 1,500 words or
(b) a recorded podcast of no more than 10 minutes or
(c) or an image of an original artwork*
reflecting on conditions for people who are LGBTQ+ (or any sub-group therein) in any part of the world.
(*Please contact the organisers in advance to discuss the nature of the planned artwork and the manner of its presentation.)
This might be an article about conditions for LGBTQ+ persons in a particular country or place, about restrictions on LGBTQ+ life, expression, or relationships, a letter, a podcast, a poem or creative piece depicting life for a person or people who is/are LGBTQ+ in a particular place or context, a note about a court case or legislation affirming or denying LGBTQ+ rights, or about similar matters with an international focus.
There are two prizes available: vouchers to the value of €200 for the winner and €100 for the runner up.
Subject to the discretion of the organisers, all submitted suitable works will be published on a webpage running alongside the Symposium.
Students retain copyright in their work, but by submitting, students should confirm that they give us permission to post the work on our webpage as part of the event. Work can be published anonymously, if the author wishes to remain anonymous, though the author must make known their identity to the organisers if they wish to be eligible for either of the prizes.
The deadline for submission of work is Wednesday 7 April 2021 by 5 p.m. Work should be submitted to [email protected] to arrive by the due date.
The judges’ decision shall be final.
For more details on ‘From the Margins’ see:
And to register for ‘From the Margins’:
Register here for Thursday symposium: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/from-the-margins-global-perspectives-on-lgbtq-experiences-thursday-tickets-144283685387
Register here for Friday workshop: