Date:Thu 30 Jan
Price:Pay What You Feel

The meaning of ‘queer’ has had a big shift over the past decades.

What was once a slur has since been reclaimed by some of the LGBT community and rejected by others. It has become a term for those who’ve been othered by the LGBTQ+ rights movement, by social norms and customs, and by outdated notions of gender. Join us for an evening of discussion, exploration and celebration of all things queer, from art & culture, identity politics and the etymology of the word itself.


La  JohnJoseph is  the  writer  Dazed  calls  one  of  the  "literary  rebels  you  need  to  know,"  and  the  artist  Time  Out  calls  "an  icon  in  the  making." A  protege  of  New  York  legend  Penny  Arcade, La JJ’s work is a mischevious fusion of psychedelic proletarian prose and social commentary.  La  JJ  has  presented  performance  work  across  the world;  including The  Royal  Opera  House, the V&A,  the  San  Francisco  MoMA,  Dixon  Place  (New  York), The  Southbank  Centre,  Schaubühne (Berlin), Martin-Gropius-Bau,  The  Bristol  Old  Vic,  Bios  (Athens), La  Java  (Paris), Fancy  Him  (Tokyo),  and  the Niteroi Museum  of  Contemporary  Art  (Rio). They also originated the role of Donatella in Martin Butler’s opera, “GIANNI” at Deutsche Oper, and have appeared in the films “Fluid-0”, “You are Boring”,  and “Je vous réserve tous mes baisers”. As a visual artist they have shown work in group shows in the the US, the UK and Germany.

"Everything  Must  Go”,  La  JJ's first foray into narrative prose fiction was nominated for a LAMBDA  Literary  award  (Best  Trans  Fiction),  and  the  Polari  First  Book  Prize.  La  JJ's  performance piece,  “A Generous Lover” premiered at the Edinburgh in 2018, and has  garnered a brace of glowing reviews from he New York Times, Frieze, and The Scotsman’s, who listed it as one of their Top 10 shows.

Tam Blaxter is a research fellow at Gonville & Caius College where she works on historical linguistics and sociolinguistics. The main focus of her work is on dialects of medieval Norwegian, but she also works on how modern English dialects are changing, the use of dialect on Twitter, and how new linguistic usages spread through societies. She'll be talking about how we express our identities through our language choices - and in particular, the history of the word queer. Find her online at, tweeting about poetry @what_really_no and tweeting about dialect @tweetolectology.


Salon is a new project produced by Cambridge Junction. The concept is to hold space for the exchange and sharing of new ideas between people working in the arts, games, digital media and technology, research and academia. Our hope is to help foster cross-sector and interdisciplinary collaboration. At each event there will be a series of short presentations, discussion and sharing using a form of Open Space technology, and a chance to network with a bunch of interesting and interested people.

* Ticket price includes a free drink.

You are also invited to stay afterwards to see The Frog Princess: Punked (separate ticket required)

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