The fact that we are here and that I speak these words is an attempt to break that silence and bridge some of those differences between us, for it is not difference which immobilizes us, but silence. And there are so many silences to be broken.
- Audre Lorde, The Transformation of Silence Into Language and Action
Queer Yo Mind is a public conference that works to use Queer as a tool to empower and unite people from all backgrounds to critique and “dismantle” [as Audre Lorde would say] the dominant LGBTQ politics and realize the radical potential of queer community and queer scholarship. Queer Yo Mind bridges the gaps between academia and activism by fostering a space of exchange. The notion of queer employed by the conference includes, but extends past gender expression and sexual orientation in an effort to empower queer communities.
Conference to be held on:
October 26-28, 2012
San Francisco State University Cesar Chavez Student Center
San Francisco, California
Please circulate this announcement to all those who may be interested.
Theme: Rewriting Queer
This year’s theme focuses on the intersections of race, class, gender, sexuality, ability, religion, age and nation to critique and build Queer as an inclusive identity, theory, and politic. We welcome submissions of academic papers, research presentations, workshops, facilitated discussions, caucus, panels, skill shares, activist and organizational topics.
Individuals proposing individual papers are to submit an abstract (250 words), a CV or resume (2 pages maximum), and a bio, for consideration. All components are to be delivered in one document and labeled according to the submission guidelines found on the QYM website. For panels, a 250-word description of the panel topic is required (including proposed title), in addition to materials that must be provided for individual paper submissions. Questions or concerns can be sent to email@example.com.
Send submissions to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadline for submissions: Friday, June 15th, 2012 at 12 midnight (PST)
We aspire to have our sessions consist of topics including and discussing the intersections of but not limited to:
History, Identity, Theory, and Politics of:
Indigenous & Tribal Nation(s)
Women & Women of Color
African & Pan-African
Asian & Pacific Islander
Arab & Middle Eastern
Examples: History of San Francisco Queers, a roundtable on transgender and two-spirit identities, Queer Theory and Race papers, radical queer politics and how it can dismantle homonormativity
We also welcome topics on:
Individual and Community Healing
Capitalism & Our Communities
Allyship & Privilege
Health and the Medical Industrial Complex
Survival, Resiliency, and Self-Care
Thanks and we look forward to receiving your submissions
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