Navigating Intersectionality: (De)Constructing Our Identities

November 4 - 6, 2016

Mid-Atlantic LGBTQA Conference

Mid-Atlantic LGBTQA Conference

Call for Proposals

We cordially invite undergraduates, graduates, faculty, staff, civic activists, and independent scholars to prepare presentations for the Ninth Annual Mid-Atlantic LGBTQA Conference in response to our conference theme: Navigating Intersectionality: (De)Constructing Our Identities.

Together, we will consider how all facets of a person's identity impact their lived experiences as members of LGBTQA communities. When we focus on just one aspect of a person’s identity we risk universalizing experiences. The process of (de)constructing allows us to tell our stories, augmented by scholarly research, from our perspectives. At the same time it allows for our audience to gain a deeper understanding of what our everyday realities are. If we don’t share our stories, our concerns, our trials, and our victories, who will share them for us?

At the conference we will come together to share our unique and nuanced viewpoints and stories that highlight how being members of potentially marginalized identity groups (sexuality, gender, race, class, socioeconomic status, ability, religion, political affiliation, and many more) shape who we are.

We invite thoughtful consideration to questions such as:

  • How does one navigate life with all of these intersecting identities that work together to form interlocking layers of systematic oppression or privilege?
  • What courses of action can we take that highlight intersectional work and social justice advocacy?
  • What role does unearned privilege play in our struggle for social justice?
  • How might we better communicate across our differences?
  • What strategies can we develop to help each other in to our ways of knowing and being?

Join us as we analyze, destabilize, and (de)construct our life paths.

As we navigate our identities and (de)construct our realities, we will discover ways to move towards a more socially just world for all. We invite you to be a part of this conversation as we build action plans for the future.

Please submit your proposal via our online form.

Timothy Oleksiak, Conference Chair
Shavonne Shorter, Conference Vice-Chair
Asa Kelley, Conference Operations Coordinator

Important Dates

Wednesday, June 1, 2016 - Call for Proposals Deadline

Monday, June 6, 2016 - Early Bird Registration Opens, $30 per person

Friday, July 8, 2016 - Accepted Presenters Notified

Sunday, July 31, 2016 - Early Bird Registration Ends

Monday, August 1, 2016 - Regular Registration Opens, $35 per person

Monday, October 31, 2016 - Regular Registration Ends, all unpaid registrations cancelled

Tuesday, November 1, 2016 - Late Registration Opens, $45 per person

Friday, November 4, 2016 - Conference Begins!