Art & Activism Conference in Leiden & upcoming travels to exciting events

Hi folks, this last year has been a time of high productivity in the trans culture world. As my VENI research project on trans portraiture is starting to come to a close, I’m loving all the related and spin-off activities that are happening.

Over Oct 19-20th I chaired the “International Trans Media Expert Meeting” with seven international and eighteen Dutch participants from major media organizations, including stage and screen actors, media professionals, writers and cultural influencers. It was an incredible experience to share strategies, anger, hope and ways to make change.  More to come from the Global Trans Media Network and new initiatives in The Netherlands!

My big finale project is the Art & Activism: Resilience Techniques in Times of Crisis Conference, taking place Dec. 13-15. We are partnering with the NWO, KNAW, Stedelijk, LUCAS, NICA, Utrecht University, KABK, and the National Museum of World Cultures. The program of some sixty speakers is up now at our fancy site. Please browse around, register, and come join us with your brilliance. My VENI research participants will have special sessions to discuss visual activism and the terms for collaboration they have developed as resilience techniques for continuing to persist as trans*, non-binary and/or queer artists. These include Muholi Muholi, Elisha Lim, Gabrielle Le Roux, Yishay Garbasz, and Jackie Baier. Many more collaborators and inspirators will also be present on the roundtables and by giving papers: Zach Blas, Zethu Matebeni and more.

Other upcoming presentations include participating in an by-invitation “Gendered Innovations” Symposium at the Royal Palace Amsterdam, 

to discuss how gender and sex analysis can be better integrated in all fields of study. Prof. Londa Schiebinger from Standford University is the keynote speaker, and H.M. Queen Máxima will be presiding.

This fall I was at the Affective Politics of Social Media Symposium organized by fantastic colleagues from Turku, Finland. Next week I go to Stockholm for the “Digital Democracy: Critical Perspectives in the Age of Big Data” conference. And in the Spring I have had papers accepted at both annual meetings for the College Art Association LA meeting (on the first ever trans art history panel!) and at the Society for Cinema and Media Studies Toronto edition (on trans response videos). I hope to meet some of you there!

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