The Queer Students of Color Conference (QSOC) will be held at Portland State University on Friday, April 12th-Sunday, April 14th 2013. QSOC has put out a call for papers/workshop proposals. Preference is given to Northwest folks, but all are welcome to apply.
Radical Self-Care and the Decolonized Mind
Often as academics, organizers, and artists engaged in social justice and/or education we are asked to walk the tightrope of our intersecting multiple identities and the expectations others project on to us. Whether this means being silenced, appointed representative, or used as token in the face of racism, homophobia, transphobia, or misogyny in our classrooms and our communities, it leaves a heavy weight on our spirits. For many of us we struggle in the face of our own needs and those of the communities in which we live our lives. We want to mentor, to teach, to create, and to engage those around us in the struggle for inclusivity and justice, but to do that we must also love ourselves in a sustainable way. Radical love means that we do not just talk about self care but that we begin with what we need to fill our cups in order to pour that goodness into others and still feel whole. More than that, until we truly love the whole of who we are, we cannot build community based on unconditional care. Decolonizing our minds, means letting go of the lies we have been taught about what it means to be queer and trans, a person of color, a cis or trans woman, poor, differently-abled, undocumented, etc. It means owning the privilege of being an academic or an artist while also letting go of the shame that oppression has taught us about qtpoc who go to school or create art “instead of work”, as if education and creation are somehow beyond our cultural context, beyond the things to which we should aspire as queer and trans people of color. It means know that this is work and it is often work done in hostile territory. It also means turning to the people whose intersections move away from your own, whose identities do not align so fully with your experience, and loving not the reflection of your qtpoc self in them but the beauty and wonder that is uniquely theirs. In a decolonized space we can truly love ourselves and each other. We can touch our hurt places where people have said we are wrong or not good enough just because of who we are and hold them with the purest of acceptance and it is this holding that is the essence of self-care.
This year’s QSoC Conference invites you to dig deep in your academic, artist, activist soul and share what you know, practice, or have researched on the subject of self care and decolonization. We are looking for papers, panels, workshops, and art work on anything related to self-care and decolonizing the mind. You may propose any workshop or discussion that fits in the conference’s larger theme by clicking here or sending in the form here to firstname.lastname@example.org
Here are some suggested topics:
- decolonizing body work- mindfulness, yoga, reiki, workshops from a culturally informed, non-appropriative, qtpoc centered space
- Sex for the Soul – decolonizing desire, embracing your sexual wants and needs, engaging in affirming sex work, making your own toys, etc.
- cultural trauma and healing
- creative arts as healing arts – writing workshops, zine making, collage art, theater as places to find and use your voice, speak your truths,
- rituals for healing and letting go – creating rituals, teaching rituals, decolonizing ritual and the impact of appropriation
- building intentional communities – creating sustainable spaces that affirm in the intersections, histories of qtpoc intentional communities on and off campus, organizational models, digital safe spaces or digital communities including digital based collectives
- finding your creative voice – expressive arts, zines, writing workshops
- culturally competent classrooms and culturally competent pedagogy – learning models that honor the whole self, reactions to erasure and how to heal, etc.
- Indigenous ways of knowing – community models vs capitalist models
- honoring the feminine in all its forms – anti-misogynist work, trans inclusivity and trans women at the center rather than added on, etc
- masculinities and their potential for affirming messages in the qtpoc community
- Embracing the body – loving and being loved in large bodies, crip bodies as sites of love, desire, and intentional resistance, claiming or engendering bodies according to the needs of self over those of society
- leveraging privilege – letting go of shame and stuckness to stand in solidarity with people who have less privilege, deconstructing passing privilege, moving from unexamined class or status privilege to holding the door open with others, defining solidarity
- truth and reconciliation
- self care 101 – research on qtpoc retreats, qtpoc bike circles, workshops to make homemade items like bath salts, healthy foods, etc.
- knowing your health – workshops on rights and access in the health care system, taking care of your health, etc.
- ANYTHING THAT FITS IN THE THEME OF SELF-CARE
Submissions can be
- interactive or experiential workshops
- presented research
- facilitated open conversation (topics should be thoroughly fleshed out and a panel of people with differing identities or viewpoints should be established in the proposal)
We are particularly interested in those workshops that provide new models, opportunities to take skills into our different and overlapping lives, or introduce opportunities for future growth. If you have questions contact the QS0C Coordinator at email@example.com
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