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23–25 June 2023

Friday Eve

- Framing the close reading

Saturday Morning

- Presentation by Simon(e)

Saturday Afternoon

- Digesting walk

- Consent workshop

Sunday Morning

- Informal talk with Simon(e) and break out sessions

Sunday Afternoon

- Reflection + Departure

Close Readings: Against Ageism with Simon(e) Van Saarloos

What are the ways that chronological time maps our lives, moving us through categories of 'childhood', 'youth', 'adult', 'middle age', 'old', and finally 'too old, to...' ?

Different age groups are seen, within Western societies, as being more or less valuable - which is inherently linked to capitalist ableisms, divided as those fit for labour, and those not.

In their recently published book - 'Against Ageism', Simon(e) Van Saarloos creates a queer manifesto, looking at the ways which categories of age function to support white supremacist patriarchy. The text argues that queer attempts to heal violence by setting up frameworks of consent, can mistakenly reproduce legal-type language, without examining how we are all affected by that language. This is decolonial, transfeminist, sex-liberation work which we welcome over this years' Summer Solstice gathering!


Simon(e) van Saarloos is the author of Playing Monogamy, Take 'Em Down. Scattered Monuments and Queer Forgetting and Against Ageism: A Queer Manifesto.

Other work includes the short sci-fi story "Dreamdead Surrender" (Postmodern Culture Journal) and De Foetushemel, a theater play about abortion and violent resistance for Ulrike Quade Company at Bellevue Theater Amsterdam.

Van Saarloos also works as an independent curator. They are currently undertaking a PhD in Rhetoric at the University of California, Berkeley.


Tickets for the weekend are available:

£90 - Two nights accommodation, food and events

£120 - Two nights accommodation, food and events

It is possible to come during the day, however participants should commit to joining for both full days.

£30 - 2 day event only

£50 - 2 day event & food

We have made 2 free spaces for this event, please mail us if you would struggle to attend without this supported space.

If you would like to avoid additional fees, email us to confirm your place and pay via Bank Transfer.

The weekend runs Friday afternoon to Sunday afternoon