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Lorimer Shenher, International Women’s Day Celebration: “Yes it’s 2016 and there is still work to be done.” 11:30am–1pm, March 4, 2016

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Please join MP Joyce Murray to celebrate International Women’s Day this year with special guest Lorimer Shenher (aka Lori) Yes it’s 2016 and there is still work to be done.” Lorimer is the amazing police detective who worked for years to secure resources and support to solve the Pickton murders case; years during which more women from Vancouver’s DTES were victimized. He later wrote a book chronicling his experience and deep frustration called That Lonely Section of Hell: The Botched Investigation of a Serial Killer Who Almost Got Away.
In 2015, Lorimer began a gender transition to male. He continues to write and is currently pursuing an MA in Professional Communications at Royal Roads University. His thesis project will be an audio documentary exploring the rise of the missing and murdered indigenous women as a major issue in the 2015 Canadian Federal Election.
Let’s celebrate women’s equality successes achieved, and explore barriers that remain for women, especially disadvantaged women and girls.
 
When: Friday March 4, 2016 from 11:30 – 1:00 pm
Where: MP Joyce Murray Constituency Office. 206 – 2112 W Broadway (at Arbutus) View map 
(Lunch will be provided – please come 10 minutes early to load your plate!)
 
Please RSVP to Joyce.murray.c1@parl.gc.ca asap!
 
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CFP – Queer U 2016 Call for Submissions EXTENSION to Jan 3, 2016

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CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Queer U 2016 “Claiming our Power, Claiming Ourselves: Healing our Communities Through (Un)Learning” – Jan 3, 2016

 

As part of Outweek (Feb 5-12), The Pride Collective is organizing Queer U, an annual academic conference on sexualities and genders. The conference centers on bringing the research and work of students and established scholars from across the west coast of north america and beyond to a broad audience in an attempt to foster understanding and discussion.

 

This year, the theme is “Claiming our Power, Claiming Ourselves: Healing our Communities Through (Un)Learning”. Our queerness is political and we are doing the work to undo cisheteronormative and homonormative narratives. This Outweek is organized with the intentions of strengthening our communities by recognizing the ways in which queer communities need to be actively working to do better, and how that is intricately related to the ways we heal, collectively and with ourselves. Please try to work this into your presentation, but any and all submissions will be considered.

 

This call for papers is open to undergraduate and graduate contributors and established scholars from any department or area of research that relates to sexuality and gender. Strong undergraduate submissions are also accepted. Workshop Proposals related to community are welcome as well. All topics are welcome; however Queer U is especially seeking submissions dealing with the following topics:

  • Queer & Trans* Healing
  • Critiques of Homonormativity
  • Relationships between Community & Wellness
  • Intersections of Queer/Trans* Communities with Systems of Power
  • Anti-racist, Indigenous, and/or Intersectional Feminist Approaches are Encouraged!

 

If interested, send in a short (300 word or less) abstract outlining the paper, presentation, and/or workshop to prideubc@gmail.com no later than January 3rd, 2016. Please title email Queer U abstract.

 

The Queer U Conference is open to the general public. It will take place on Saturday, February 6th from 11am to 5pm.

CFP – Sovereignties and Colonialisms: Resisting Racism, Extraction and Dispossession, Dec 15, 2014

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Sovereignties and Colonialisms: Resisting Racism, Extraction and Dispossession

2015 Call for Proposals

April 30-May 3, 2015 | York University, Toronto

Deadline for proposals: December 15, 2014, 11:59pm HST

The 2015 conference of the Critical Ethnic Studies Association honours Indigenous sovereignty struggles for land, culture, food, water, education, and health—and centres Indigenous, Black, and people of colour activism and scholarship, especially work coming from feminist, trans, Two-Spirit, queer, and disability struggles and perspectives.

This international gathering aims to critique settler colonialism and white supremacy; challenge colonial gender binaries; examine genealogies of anti-Black racism and colonial racial formations; and think about resistance and oppression transnationally, in ways that challenge western hegemony and the travels of racist and colonial methods.

This gathering brings African, Caribbean, Equity, Diaspora, Critical Race, Native, Trans, and Disability Studies into conversation with Ethnic Studies to critique genocide, racialized sexual violence, and capitalism; and to engage with conditions of borders, land, migration, displacement, labour, prisons, war, development, occupation, ableism, racism, and apartheid.

Relationships as Resistance: A Gathering for Activists, Academics, and Agitators  

This gathering will de-centre white supremacy by focusing on relationships between Indigenous peoples, Black, migrant, refugee, and Mestiz@ communities, and settlers.

We will give back to local Indigenous communities by taking a reciprocity and responsibility approach through organizing beyond the acknowledgement of territory and the inclusion of Indigenous peoples, and moving towards deepening relationships, knowledges, and strategies for change between Indigenous peoples and communities of colour.

We recognize the fundamental role of anti-Black racism in contemporary institutions, economies, and social movements, including ethnic studies and other academic spaces. We aim to disrupt anti-Blackness in antiracist and other anti-oppressive spaces, which are frequently appropriative of Blackness and complicit with anti-Blackness.

We recognize that racism, colonialism and imperialism take different shapes globally, and are mediated through specific state contexts. We invite you to help build a space where colonized and racialized peoples in different parts of the global north and south treat each other as enmeshed, relational, and interdependent.

We seek submissions that explore local and global forms of imperialism, white supremacy, and colonialism—and challenge neoliberal policies and legacies of slavery, confront ableism, and unsettle hetero-patriarchy by forging new theoretical and practical conversations.

We encourage proposals by community members, social justice organizers, cultural workers, activists, students, academics, independent scholars, teachers, media makers, human rights advocates, and anyone interested in analyzing the conditions of our work, lives, and struggles.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Health, Disability and Disablement
  • Land Defense and Environmental Justice
  • Reproductive Justice
  • Food Sovereignty
  • Incarceration, Criminalization, and State Violence
  • Global Imperialisms, Racisms and Colonialism
  • Canadian State and Settler Colonialism
  • Education
  • Borders
  • Labour
  • Activism
  • Art, Culture, and Media

We recommend presentation formats that encourage participation, collaboration, and creativity. Proposals may include performances, interactive workshops, open discussions, roundtables, films, activist studios, papers, panels, strategy sessions, learning labs, writing salons, and others.

We will prioritize proposals by people doing critical work in their own communities, and proposals that take care not to reproduce “expert” colonial knowledges. We welcome proposals that support participation for various abilities, bodies, learning styles, and experiences.

Submissions of non-translated sessions in languages other than English are welcome. ASL interpretation, wheelchair access, and gender-neutral washrooms will be available.

We encourage individuals, organizations and academic units to endorse this call. To become an endorser, please email us at here.

Call for Submission – Queer U, Grad. Academic Conference, Due Dec 20th, 2014

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CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

As part of Outweek (feb 6-13), The Pride Collective is organizing Queer U, an annual graduate level academic conference on sexualities and genders. The conference centers on bringing the research and work of graduate students and established scholars from across the west coast of north america and beyond to a broad audience in an attempt to foster understanding and discussion.

This year, the theme is “Sewing Seeds and Setting Roots”. We are focusing on being able to give everyone who participates something to take away at the end of they day, so that they can develop their own thoughts and build on it in ways that are relevant to their lives. Whether this is a list of useful resources or literal tools to use to start discussions, our aim is to give everyone the foundation to work off of the histories we often forego and forget, and the confidence to make the changes they want to see happen in the world. Please try to work this into your presentation, but any and all submissions will be considered.

This call for papers is open to graduate contributors and established scholars from any department or area of research that relates to sexuality and gender. Strong undergraduate submissions are also accepted. Workshop Proposals related to community are welcome as well. All topics are welcome; however Queer U is especially seeking submissions dealing with the following topics:
-Queer/Trans* Diasporas
-Temporalities of Queer/Trans* Spaces
-Innovative looks at the Relationship Between Community and Identity
-Relationships Between Community and Wellness
-Anti-racist, Indigenous, and/or intersectional feminist approaches are encouraged!
-Intersections of Queer/Trans* Communities with Systems of Power

if interested, send in a short (300 word or less) abstract outlining the paper, presentation, and/or workshop to prideubc@gmail.com no later than December 20th, 2014. Please Title email Queer U abstract.

The Queer U Conference is open to the general public. It will take place on Saturday, February 7th from 11am to 5pm and immediately be followed by a wine and cheese reception.