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Conference announcement and call for proposals: Trans Politics, Social Change and Justice (x-post)

Conference announcement and call for proposals: Trans Politics, Social Change and Justice


The Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies (CLAGS) invites proposals for workshops, panels, papers, poster presentations, films and performances for a conference on "Trans Politics, Social Change, and Justice" to be held May 6-7, 2005 in New York City. This conference will provide a venue to strengthen activist and research networks, incite dialogues, share research, and create resources central to creating social change for trans people.

Proposals are due December 15, 2004</u>.



During two days, conference participants will take part in plenary sessions, breakout groups, and roundtables about trans activism and public policy research on local, state-wide, national, and international levels. Activists and researchers will have the opportunity to further develop their ongoing work and to create new dialogues with trans and non-trans allies.

We encourage the participation of trans people in the broadest possible sense of the word "trans". The conference's educational goal is go beyond simple lessons about tolerance and gender diversity and engage participants in an advanced discussion of the experiences and political interests of different trans constituencies, including, but not limited to trans, butch lesbians, drag queens, bi-gendered, two-spirited, drag kings, femme queens, A.G.s, genderqueer, non-gendered, andro, crossdressers, and gender-bender peoples. We welcome presentations and workshops focused on intersex issues. While intersex issues are distinct from transgender issues, the conference focuses on multiple aspects and effects of binary gender frameworks, and alliance between intersex and transgender activists strengthens all of our work

The conference's practical goal is to create new interactions and foster ongoing collaborations among grassroots activists, community organizers, researchers, attorneys, LGBT community members, and members of allied communities and organizations. We encourage workshops and roundtables that will promote collaborative work and active discussions.

A central concern of this conference will be to create a balanced discussion of multiple areas of trans activism, organizing, legislative, and policy work. We strongly encourage proposals that will expand the horizon of what "trans politics" means. We welcome proposals addressing both well-publicized areas of trans activism and less well-publicized but equally urgent areas of concern, including, but not limited to:

--public policy
--access to employment, health care and social services
--non-discrimination legislation
--strategies for litigation
--trans politics as a new social movement
--immigration
--organizing against racial injustice
--issues of disability and able-ism in trans and queer organizing
--youth issues
--elder issues
--the impacts of the "War on Terror"

Proposal submission instructions
Proposals due: December 15th, 2004


Format for workshop/panel submissions.

1. the names and contact information of all the proposed presenters. Optional: including information about the race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender/gender identity, age, dis/ability status, and other relevant information for each proposed presenter will help the organizers ensure the conference program represents diverse identities and social locations.
2. workshop/panel title
3. a workshop/panel description up to 150 words
4. a paragraph, up to 150 words, describing how this
panel/workshop furthers social change

Format for individual paper submissions:

1. the name and contact information of the presenter. Optional: including information about the ace/ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender/gender identity, age, dis/ability status, and other relevant information for each proposed presenter will help the organizers ensure the conference program represents diverse identities and social locations.
2. presentation title
3. a paragraph, up to 150 words, describing the presentation and explaining how the presentation will assist the audience in understanding and undertaking trans politics.

Format for film/performances

1. the name and contact information of the organizer(s)/artist(s). Optional: including information about the race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender/gender identity, age, dis/ability status, and other relevant information for each proposed presenter will help the organizers ensure the conference program represents diverse identities and social locations.
2. a paragraph, up to 150 words describing the film/performance

Format for poster presentations:

1. name and contact information of poster presenter. Optional: including information about the race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender/gender identity, age, dis/ability status, and other relevant information for each proposed presenter will help the organizers ensure the conference program represents diverse identities and social locations.
2. title of poster
3. abstract of poster

Mail proposals to:
Trans Politics Conference
CLAGS, Room 7.115
Graduate Center, City University of New York
365 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10016
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Or email proposals to clags@gc.cuny.edu - put "trans politics conference" in the subject line.

Conference Co-sponsors:
If you are associated with an organization that might be interested in co-sponsoring this conference, please email clags@gc.cuny.edu
or call 212-817-1955.

Conference organizing committee:
Kylar Broadus
Earline Budd
Mauro Cabral
Diana Courvant
Paisley Currah
Chris Daley
Gael Guevara
Kris Hayashi
Richard M. Juang
JoAnne Keatley
Mara Keisling
Shannon Minter
Lisa Mottet
Marisa Richmond
Dean Spade
Jillian Todd Weiss
Willy Wilkinson

CLAGS strives to make all of its events accessible to our members. ASL interpretation can be provided for any CLAGS event if requested 10 or more working days prior to the event. Additionally, our events are scent-free, and we ask that attendees refrain from wearing perfume, cologne, hair spray, and other scented products so that everyone can participate comfortably. If you have other accessibility needs, please contact the CLAGS office, with a relay operator when ecessary, at (212) 817-1955 or email us
clags@gc.cuny.edu


For more information on the conference and updates, visit www.clags.org.
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