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Call for Papers, Proposals – TRANSforming Gender Symposium, Feb 1st DEADLINE



Proposal Deadline: February 1, 2013



About the TRANSforming Gender Symposium, March 15 and 16, 2013

The University of Colorado-Boulder’s TRANSforming Gender Symposium is celebrating its seventh year! The Symposium hosts national and local transgender and genderqueer activists to address issues surrounding transgender, genderqueer and related identities. Previous presenters and participants have included academics, health professionals, community organizers, performance and visual artists, students, faculty, staff, youth, family members, community members, and other interested folks.


We’re excited that possible keynotes (pending funding) for the conference include

1) Eli Clare, independent scholar and activist on transgender and disability issues and author of Exile and Pride (essays) and The Marrow’s Telling (poetry), as well as numerous articles.

2) JAC Stringer,  a genderqueer performance artist and activist, whose work’s purpose is to generate unity, action, and empowerment and achieve rights and recognition for trans* and queer communities through education, art, and other various forms of revolution. http://midwestgenderqueer.com/index.php/about/

3) Ryka Aoki, a professor of English at Santa Monica College as well as a writer, activist and performance artist whose work appears in the recent trans documentaries “Diagnosing Difference” and “Riot Acts” as well as the anthologies Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation (Seal Press)and Transfeminist Perspectives (Temple University). Ryka has as an MFA in Creative Writing from Cornell University and is the recipient of a University Award from the Academy of American Poets. http://rykaryka.com/

The Symposium is free and open to the public! (We will be asking for a cost-free registration at a later date.) In addition to nationally recognized speakers, we are excited to be including workshops and panels throughout the day.

We are calling for workshop, paper, and caucus proposals from campus, local and national folks interested in presenting at the Symposium. Past symposia have covered some of the following topics as they relate to trans identities: spirituality, health care, transfeminism/transmisogyny, sexuality, poetry, media, racism and classism, mental health, sports and athletics, and much more. Please see below for more information.


Workshop and Paper Guidelines


Workshop topics may encompass many aspects of gender identity, gender expression, trans identities, transitioning, and other transgender and intersex related issues. Panels, papers, and workshops will address these issues through a variety of lenses as well as in relation to specific contexts such as social justice, academia or health. We particularly encourage proposals that are relevant to trans identities such as intersex, two-spirit, genderqueer, and people of color.



To submit a paper proposal, please submit a 250 word abstract via the Paper Submission Form.


To submit a Caucus proposal, please submit a brief description of the caucus through the “paper proposal form”: who the facilitator will be, for whom it is intended, and whether it is a closed session.

Target Audience

This conference is open to all age groups including local high school students and community members. Please try to formulate your workshops so that they are appropriate for all ages. Please inform us of any topics or discussions you feel may be difficult for a certain age group to participate in, and we will work with you to formulate a statement about age-appropriate audiences.

Session Length

Workshops and panels will be 1 hour and 15 minutes. If you would like a double session please explain why and provide a detailed schedule.

 DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: FEBRUARY 1ST, 2013 Please complete the information below and submit to Scarlet Bowen at scarlet.bowen@colorado.edu. For more information about the Symposium, including travel and hotel recommendations, contact (303) 492-1377 or scarlet.bowen@colorado.edu.