Navigating Intersectionality: (De)Constructing Our Identities
November 4 - 6, 2016
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.
Conference Format & Guidelines
The Mid-Atlantic LGBTQA Conference consists chiefly of 60-minute sessions, a keynote presentation, and special events arranged by the Conference Committee.
All members of the community are encouraged to submit proposals for sessions, posters, workshops, art installations, performances, etc. Please see our session type descriptions page for guidance while developing your own proposals. Standard and creative presentation formats are encouraged. To explore past programs, themes, and keynote information, please check out our Mid-Atlantic LGBTQA Conference History page and visit our feedback page for a list of topics requested by previous attendees.
The conference committee will evaluate proposals based on quality, clarity, and relevance. Undergraduate submissions should include the name of an advisor who has worked with you on your project. We look forward to reading your proposals and seeing you at our Ninth Annual Conference this fall!
Deadline: To ensure that participants receive notification of program participation as soon as possible, we ask that you submit your proposals electronically via the form below by Monday, May 2, 2016.
Please email any questions, comments, and concerns to the Bloomsburg University LGBTQA Resource Center, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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