European Lesbian* Conference

Lesbians in Europe: Connect, Reflect, Act, Transform

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Connect, Reflect, Act, Transform

How can we make 2017 a pivotal year for lesbians* in Europe? All the ingredients are already available. In most European countries, lesbians* have been at the forefront of social and political changes. Nevertheless, the energy, creativity, research and activist skills developed by lesbians* during the last 20 years lack visibility and recognition. To counter this state of affairs, the European Lesbian* Conference will take place in Vienna on October 6-8, 2017, the International Lesbian Day. The goal of the EL*C conference is to create an academic/activistic/artistic/literary space, where lesbians* will be able to express themselves without fear of being ignored or discriminated against. The conference will serve as a skills-and-knowledge-sharing platform for its diverse representation of attendees.”

The European Lesbian* Conference promotes intersectionality in all exchanges, by promoting friendly non-violent communication, a non-hierarchical approaches and affirmative actions for those who do not have any/easy access to different types of resources.

The organising process involves promoting the engagement of lesbians* with a diverse and interdisciplinary space open to all ethnic and religious backgrounds, lesbians* of colour, of different ages, and/or of various degrees of ability.

Our aim is to hold an inclusive European lesbian conference. We insist on calling it a lesbian conference although we recognize that, as with any category or label, it may be contested and insufficient to describe the diversity of our communities. However, using the word “lesbian” is part of the political struggle for visibility, empowerment and representation. Anyone who considers themselves to have a connection to the word ‘lesbian*’ is invited to come and join us in our dialogues. We use ‘lesbian*’ with an asterisk to encourage a broad range of people to join us – yet we wish to promote the use of the term ‘lesbian*’ as there still remains a large political and cultural struggle for lesbian* visibility, empowerment and representation.

CALL FOR PAPERS

The goal of the EL*C conference is to create an academic/activistic/artistic/literary space, where lesbians* will be able to express themselves without fear of being ignored or discriminated against. Altogether, we strongly encourage scholars, academics, researchers, activists, artists, etc. to contribute to the event by bringing their knowledge and backgrounds to the forefront.

Academics, scholars, researchers, political and cultural activists, artists and/or lesbian* collectives, are invited to submit an abstract based on the EL*C’s theme: “Lesbians in Europe: Connect, Reflect, Act, Transform”.

 We are looking for proposals as wide and wild as lesbian realities can be; these can include papers, presentations, workshops, political debates, performances, artworks and interdisciplinary forms of expression that will fulfil and enlarge the space of the 1st EL*C conference.

The deadline for abstract submission is Sunday 28 May 2017. Download and fill out our form, and send it to us via email info@europeanlesbianconference.org with heading “EL*C 2017 Open Call Application”. The selection will be made by the 25th of June and shortlisted applicants will be contacted shortly thereafter.

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