Queering Our World

November 6 - 8, 2015

Call for Program Proposals

We invite undergraduates, graduates, faculty, staff, and concerned civic activists to the Eighth Annual Mid-Atlantic LGBTQA Conference at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania to explore the possibilities of queering our world. This theme encourages participants to consider what can be done to make our worlds livable for individuals who survive within LGBT*QQIAA+ communities wherever they exist.

Consider the following:

  • A 2014 report by the Williams Institute finds that “LGBT youth are overrepresented in the juvenile justice system.”
  • According a Report of the National Transgender Discrimination Survey conducted by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and The National Center for Transgender Equality, “transgender people are four time more likely to have household incomes of less than $10,000/year compared to the general population.”
  • A survey conducted by the Human Rights Campaign of LGBT*QQIAA+ youth found that many respondents are “profoundly disconnected from their communities.” (“Growing Up LGBT in America,” 2012)
  • At the Federal level and in many states it is still legally possible to deny goods & services, housing, and employment to LGBTQA+ individuals.
  • Violent treatment of LGBT*QQIAA+ peoples globally continues to be a major concern in places like Russia, Egypt, and Jamaica (Human Rights Watch, 2014).

And though there are many illustrations of successes (i.e., Bloomsburg University has trans* housing options, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf appointed Rachel Levine, a transwoman, to our state’s Physician General, 34 states legally recognize marriage equality, etc.), we need a space that allows us to imagine a world that is more humane and respectful of LGBT*QQIAA+ people and our communities.

Join us for 3 days of interactive discussion and presentations as we explore what it means to queer our worlds or to be queer in our world. We anticipate and encourage participation from undergraduates, graduates, faculty, staff, and civic leaders. Please do keep this wide range of audiences in mind as you craft your proposals and presentations.

We encourage a varied range of presentation formats that may include any but are not limited to the following:

  • Round table discussions (3-4 participants discussing a single narrow topic, 40 minutes with 20 minutes for response and questions)
  • Fishbowl or “staged” conversations (40 minutes with 20 minutes for response and questions)
  • Workshops (60 minutes with a clearly articulated work plan for participants)
  • Academic research panels (40 minutes for presentation 20 minutes for response and questions)
  • Individual academic papers (10-15 minutes, to be included in a panel decided by the conference organizers)
  • Performance Art (40 minute performance with 20 minutes for response and questions)
  • Autoethnographic Narratives (40 minute performance with 20 minutes for response and questions)
  • Visual Installations/Art (Technical support requirements/considerations should be included in proposal)
  • Poster presentations for campus resources and support systems available at your campus or in your community
  • Pedagogical innovations or teaching demonstrations that help undergraduates and graduates or communities understand queer world making.

Proposals will be evaluated based on quality, clarity, and relevance to the conference community by the Conference Committee.

We look forward to reading your proposals and seeing you at our Eighth Annual Conference this fall!

Safa Saracoglu - Committee Chair
Timothy Oleksiak - Committee Vice-Chair

Proposal Deadline: July 31, 2015

Proposals should be submitted electronically via the form below.

Note: All sessions submitted by students should include the name of the Faculty Advisor.

Please email any questions, comments, and concerns to the Bloomsburg University LGBTQA Resource Center, lgbt@bloomu.edu.

Presentation Space Accommodations

All sessions will be held in university classrooms which include the following equipment:

  • Projection Screen
  • Windows 7 Workstation w/Internet Access
  • Document Camera
  • Laptop Computer connection via standard VGA
  • Wireless Internet Access


Submission Form

Please include a 100 word description of the session to be printed in the conference program.
Please indicate the style of your presentation. If applicable, you may select multiple options.
Please include a 300-500 word abstract which outlines the proposed content and objectives of the session as well as relevance to the conference theme.
Please list the learning/outcome objectives of your session.
Please describe the relevance of your session to our conference theme.
Please enter the full name of the primary presenter as you would like it printed in the conference program. This person will also be the primary point of contact for all communication.
i.e. Student, Professor of ..., Director of ..., etc. to be printed in the conference program.
Please provide the College/University, Organization, or Company name to be printed in the conference program.
Please provide a valid email address. All communication will be returned to this address.
Please include the full names, titles, and institutions/organizations for all additional presenters and/or advisors to be printed in the conference program.
Please select the days that you are available to present (check all that apply).
I understand that by submitting this session proposal I agree to register for conference participation, pay all applicable fees, and arrange for all transportation and lodging necessary to participate in the conference. I will not seek reimbursement for any conference expenses from Bloomsburg University and/or the Mid-Atlantic LGBTQA Conference Committee. I understand that failure to submit payment of the full conference fee by the date required on the registration page will forfeit inclusion of this session proposal in the conference schedule. In the event of a scheduling conflict that prohibits my attendance, I will notify the conference committee to cancel my submission via email no less than 3 weeks before the conference.