I admit it, I’m a little confused….
I have been searching for LBTGQ analysis/perspectives for the Sistah Vegan Web Conference for months now, and I have received no proposals. Any suggestions on what is going on? I am wondering if people who identify as L, B, T, G, and/or Q may simply not feel safe to talk about their embodied experiences and/or critical perspectives during this conference? Did I present the space of the conference as too hetero-normative and/or cisgender privileged space? I’m trying to learn from my mistakes, so any advice would be much appreciated. As someone who is bisexual identified and in a married relationship with a cisgender identified male, I have had plenty of experiences of ‘discomfort’ and not feeling safe when I was in certain situations and had to ‘explain’ to heterosexist people that I was currently in a relationship with a woman. I got a lot of ignorant comments and homophobic remarks. I had to start being careful with when and how I would correct someone’s assumption that I was heterosexual or call them out on their non-heternormative hating beliefs.
Below is the extended call for paper I posted the other month.
We are having our first annual Sistah Vegan Conference this fall, on September 14, 2013. Registration is available now. Anyone can register as an audience member . One need not identify as a girl/woman/trans person/womyn/vegan of color to participate. This is open to all. It will be an online interactive conference (view tentative speaker line-up here), through the service of Anymeeting.com. This means presenters can use webcams, audio, and PowerPoint which will be fully experienced by the audience. At the end of each talk, audience members will be able to engage in Q&A with the presenter. The entire conference talks will be video recorded and accessible after the event, to ensure that this valuable information will not be lost; it also ensures that those with internet access who could not attend will be able to access this information.
Right now we are still specifically looking for critical perspectives on veganism, animal compassion work, and self-care from the epistemological standpoint/embodied experiences of women/womyn, trans people, and/or girls of African descent. Thus far, we REALLY need a critical queer theory perspective and/or lgbtq experience and challenges in heteronormative spaces. Thus far, I cannot find anyone to present on this topic. 8 weeks after posting the call for presenters, no one has submitted anything about LGBTQ experiences/analysis within veganism and animal compassion. This call for presenters is open to all transfolk, women/womyn, and girls of African descent or allies, regardless of ‘formal’ education background or writing/artistic style. We encourage academic and non academic presentations. Deadline for this specific proposal topic on queer analysis/theory is August 23.
Please send proposals with your name, institutional affiliation (if you have none, that is fine too), presentation title and a 200 word abstract. Presentations should be about 20 minutes long, with 15 minutes for Q and A. Email to breezeharper at gmail dot com.
As part of the Go fund me campaign to raise money for the Sistah Vegan Project , I ask that those who can help us, donate to see this conference happen. All are welcomed to register and attend as audience members. Click here to register. You can click here to view the tentative speaker line-up. I ask for paid registration in order to pay keynote speakers an honorarium, pay for webinar technologies, as well as other costs to make this event possible.
Also, let me know if you would like to transcribe the live talks for hearing impaired people. I am try to locate closed caption options for Anymeeting.com. If you are familiar with such a service, please post this info.
Please contribute what you can by clicking on the GOFUNDME Link below. If you do not want to use this method, but prefer paypal, click on the link on the right upper corner of this blog page to donate via PAYPAL.
Amie Breeze Harper, PhD
Director and Founder
The Sistah Vegan Project