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Call for Submissions: Montaging The Self.

Montaging the Self is a collaborative arts project using photography as the primary medium. This project is based solely on submissions of those who are interested in joining the project, whether stumbled upon or by word of mouth. Each photograph will have a picture of one, or two people in one instance, with tape across their mouth with one or more adjectives written on the tape. The adjectives are used to show how each person has “montaged” themselves for the better or worse, as they have grown as an individual. Please note that not all words will be in English, as the project encourages people to use the language most comfortably used.

The projected audience is GLBTQA people. GLBTQA people are often altering themselves physically, emotionally, or mentally, due to the effects of family, friends, society and the media. By taping the mouth there is some feel of censorship. This is done purposefully because many GLBTQA people have had to censor some part of their life.

I am currently working on the website, but need submissions NOW! If you are interested, I'd love to hear from you.

Please, join the project and spread the word to anyone you think would like to participate.

Send all photos and/or questions to:

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Feminist Economics: 3 Calls For Papers

A Special Issue: Critical and Feminist Perspectives on Financial and Economic Crises
A Special Issue: Gender and Economics in Muslim Communities
General Call for Papers: Information and Instructions

Guest Editors:
Sakiko Fukuda-Parr, James Heintz, and Stephanie Seguino

The 2008 financial crisis and the subsequent global economic recession have prompted significant reflections on the workings (and failures) of the global economic system and inspired consideration of fundamentally different policy options. In the wake of growing evidence of gendered effects of the crisis, feminist scholars have the potential to provide important insights into appropriate policy responses and systemic reforms.

This special issue, planned for publication in 2013, will illuminate the multiple and gendered dimensions of the global financial crisis of 2008 and ensuing economic recession in economies of both North and South countries. Of particular interest are contributions that will explore the causes of the crisis, its human costs, and needed policy responses. Feminist Economics very much encourages submissions from the Global South and Central/Eastern Europe.

Contributions may cover diverse topics, including but not limited to:

  • Gendered and racialized effects of the crisis on human development and gender equality.
  • Feminist critiques of the political processes shaping global institutional change and systemic reform in governance.
  • Feminist critiques of policy responses to the crisis.
  • Lessons from earlier financial crises, including the East Asian crisis of the late 1990s.
  • Macroeconomic policy alternatives to prevent recurrent crises and promote equitable growth.
  • Social protection policies to mitigate social costs and aid rapid recovery.

Deadline for abstracts: 15 April 2010.

Please direct queries and abstracts (500 words maximum) to the Guest Editors: Sakiko Fukuda-Parr (, James Heintz (, and Stephanie Seguino ( After approval of abstracts, final papers will be due 15 September 2010 and should be submitted to Feminist Economics through the submissions website ( Questions about these procedures may be sent to, +1.713.348.4083 (phone), or +1.713.348.5495 (fax).

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Intersex as Identity: Movie screening and lecture at School of the Art Institute of Chicago

SAIC is presenting two events this week dealing with gender identity, one film and one lecture.  I spoke briefly with Quiana Carter at the SAIC about these events.  The come about as an extension of the school's commitment to addressing the topic of gender per discussions with by students and faculty.  These events are open to all, as the school is looking to create an open dialogue in exploring gender and society.

Monday, April 12, 6 p.m.
SAIC Auditorium, 280 S. Columbus Dr.
Free Screening

Directed by Lucía Puenzo, this 91-minute feature tackles issues facing 15 year-old Alex (Inés Efron), who was born an intersex child. XXY (2007) was Argentina's official entry for the Best Foreign Language Film category at the 2008 Academy Awards. Sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs

Exs & Whys a presentation by Jen Pagonis
Tuesday, April 13, 6 p.m.
SAIC Auditorium, 280 S. Columbus Dr.

A recent graduate of DePaul University and a member of the The Intersex Collective Speakers Bureau, Jen Pagonis received her degree in Women's and Gender Studies and completed her thesis on the topic of intersexuality. Her thesis presentation included original research and interviews with intersex activists from the San Francisco bay and Chicago areas. She is currently working on creating a peer led intersex youth and parent group in the Chicago area. Her appearance follows the screening of XXY on April 12 (see Films and Screenings). Sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs

For more information, contact:

Quiana Burwell
Multicultural Affairs Assistant Director
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
36 S. Wabash Ave, Suite 1203 J2

Ph: 312.629-6868
Fax: 312.629.6801

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Driftglass & BlueGal podcast with special!

This week, I had the extreme pleasure to be a guest on the weekly podcast of political bloggers BlueGalDriftglass.  If you haven't heard this wonderful series, then you are in for a treat.  BG & DG are not only smart, savvy bloggers but they are fun people.  In addition to their own individual sites and the others that they participate at, they have a site devoted solely to hosting their podcast series -

The intended topic was: Republicans and Sex.  We ended up all over the place in the half-hour show that we somehow turned into a 74 minute blab-fest.  Along the way, we covered the old standards of pedophile priests, kinky hypocrite fundraising and how some people embrace the unknown while others vilify it and try to pretend it's not there.

If you want to hear the podcast, there are two versions.  The edited, 30 minute time slot version and the unedited, full monty are both available.  Both of them are available at their podcast blog.  They have an email address that goes to both of them:

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Yemeni Women Subjected to Abuse

I was reading about the horrid death of a 12 year old girl who died of rape after being married sold off as a bride bitch for breeding and forced labor.  This practice is endorsed by holy men psychotic, ignorant and delusional brutes and imposed on the devoted followers dirt fucking poor and hopeless.  And no...this is not the exception to the rule, nor is the brutal rape of children limited only to one faith.  I'll go off later on the lunacy of trusting children with any adult - much less man who claims to represent and invisible friend in the sky and can't hold a real job of his own.

In the meantime, I did find this well crafted piece about women in Yemen and how the underlying sexism of that culture this whole fucking planet exists to suck the energy and life out of women and give only cruelty and indifference in return. 

Breaking the Silence” chronicles the lives and injustices against the Akhdam women in Yemen. The ‘Akhdam’ , singular Khadem, meaning "servant" in Arabic, are a social group in Yemen, distinct from the majority by their darker skin and African descent. Although they are Arabic-speaking and practicing Muslims, they are regarded as non-Arabs and designated as a low caste group, frequently discriminated against and confined to unskilled and menial labor. In a society already riddled with patriarchy and poverty, the distain and discrimination against the Akhdam renders Akhdam women easy targets of violence and abuse. Akhdam women are subject to hate-based attacks and sexual assaults without any type of legal or social recourse.

This video, produced by Sisters Arab Forum for Human Rights and WITNESS, featuring the stories and voices of these three women, Haddah, Qobol, and Om Ali recounting their stories of violence, injustice and forced poverty uncover the legacy of discrimination the ‘Akhdam’ live with daily and the necessity for urgent action against these atrocities.

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Call for Papers: ECAP 2010

8th European conference on Computing And Philosophy — ECAP 2010
Technische Universität München
4–6 October 2010

Important dates:

* Submission (extended abstracts): 7 May 2010
* Notification: 9 May 2010
* ECAP Conference: 4–6 October 2010

Submission form


Historical analysis of a broad range of paradigm shifts in science, biology, history, technology, and in particular in computing technology, suggests an accelerating rate of evolution, however measured.

John von Neumann projected that the consequence of this trend may be an “essential singularity in the history of the race beyond which human affairs as we know them could not continue”.  This notion of singularity coincides in time and nature with Alan Turing (1950) and Stephen Hawking’s (1998) expectation of machines to exhibit intelligence on a par with to the average human no later than 2050.  Irving John Good (1965) and Vernor Vinge (1993) expect the singularity to take the form of an ‘intelligence explosion’, a process in which intelligent machines design ever more intelligent machines.  Transhumanists suggest a parallel or alternative, explosive process of improvements in human intelligence. And Alvin Toffler’s Third Wave (1980) forecasts “a collision point in human destiny” the scale of which, in the course of history, is on the par only with the agricultural revolution and the industrial revolution.

We invite submissions describing systematic attempts at understanding the likelihood and nature of these projections.  In particular, we welcome papers critically analyzing the following issues from a philosophical, computational, mathematical, scientific and ethical standpoints:

* Claims and evidence to acceleration
* Technological predictions (critical analysis of past and future)
* The nature of an intelligence explosion and its possible outcomes
* The nature of the Technological Singularity and its outcome
* Safe and unsafe artificial general intelligence and preventative measures
* Technological forecasts of computing phenomena and their projected impact
* Beyond the ‘event horizon’ of the Technological Singularity
* The prospects of transhuman breakthroughs and likely timeframes

Amnon H. Eden, School of Computer Science & Electronic Engineering, University of Essex, UK and Center For Inquiry, Amherst NY

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What will be the next violation of human rights in Indonesia?

First there was the Aceh Legislative Council that passed the Qanun Jinayat punishing adultery and homosexual conduct with stoning to death and caning. Then there was the Constitutional Court decision upholding the Anti-Pornograhy law that criminalizes homosexuality, and leaves room to criminalize sensuality violating especially cultural minorities’ freedom of expression. Finally there came the mobs attacking the ILGA Asia Conference participants in broad daylight of Surabaya.

On March 23rd the Indonesian police cancelled the regional Asia Conference of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex Association (ILGA) that was to be held in Surabaya through 26 – 28 March and was to be attended by more than 150 activists representing 100 organizations from 16 Asian countries. It is claimed that the police cancelled the conference due to pressures and threat of attacks from conservative Muslim groups, though in fact the duty of the police was to deter such attacks. As theinability of a state and its law enforcement units to protect the freedom of expression and association can only reflect institutional discrimination and systematic intimidation against human rights advocates.

On March 26th these groups did indeed attack the Conference participants in the Oval Hotel where they were trapped, having arrived in Surabaya unaware of the last minute cancelation, and unable to leave the city.

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SOFFA Anthology Call for Submissions

The editors of a new anthology call for submissions on the experiences of significant others, family members, friends and allies (SOFFAs) of transgender and/or gender variant individuals.  The feelings, emotional processes and experiences of those in relationships with transgender and/or gender variant individuals are seldom acknowledged.  That’s why this anthology is so important as a resource and an educational book.  This particular call seeks quality “think-alouds” that are reflections on the experience of being in a relationship with a transgender and/or gender variant loved one.

Our vision for the anthology is not solely focused on partners, but the transitional experiences of those in relationships with transgender persons.

We are interested in personal narratives, stories and reflections from significant others, family members, friends, allies, co-workers, teachers, medical professionals and clergy who are in relationships with transgender and/or gender variant individuals.  Give us your inner dialogues, theories, practices, joys, coming-out stories, challenging moments and transformative events.  We are seeking a multiplicity of voices tackling the intersections of relationships and transgender and/or gender variant identities with sexuality, race, religion, spiritual affiliation, socio-economic status, ability, etc.

We are looking for thoughtful and authentic responses of 1,500-6,000 words.  Only respectful submissions will be considered; however, we expect pieces to document a range of experiences and emotions including confusion, joy, frustration, pain, happiness, identity struggles, fear, anger, anxiety and love.

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Call for Submissions: "21st Century Queer" (new 'zine)

Call for participants – please pass this on to other queer artists

Darin Klein & Friends Present:

Suzanne Wright
at Amy Adler’s Echo Park studio
March 27-April 24

Details at

21st Century Queer Artists Identify Themselves

‘Zine submissions must be received by April 15

Queer Pile-up!

A one-night exhibition of queer LA artists on April 17

21st Century Queer Artists Identify Themselves

A ‘zine by and about queer artists living and working in the 21st Century.  A resource for sharing information and educating ourselves and our peers. A guide to identifying, contacting and inspiring each other.   Not a visual artist?  Queer artists work in many ways, and all are welcome – I’m sure you can think of a way to contribute!

Mail me 100 standard 8 1/2×11” copies (black ‘n white or color) of text(s) and/or image(s) documenting or representing your work.  Limit one page per artist, please.  On the backside, print info about yourself and your work.  I need everything by April 15!

Darin Klein

1529 1/2 Rosalia Road

Los Angeles, CA 90027

Your work is done!  I’ll collate and staple it all together.  The result will be 100 ‘zines including all the submissions, released to the public on April 17 at the Queer Pile-up!

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"Transgender and Transgender-Like Veterans"

From Monica Helms


This is my most ambitious video project yet.  It’s called: “Transgender and Transgender-Like Veterans – Part 1.”  Besides doing it in widescreen, I used several techniques I have only experimented with in the past.

This is a documentary of those individuals who crossed gender lines to serve their country, from the Revolutionary War to the Spanish American War. The video has stories of interesting people, like Deborah Sampson, Albert Cashier and Cathy Williams. It didn’t turn out too bad for what I had to work with.

I wanted to do a tribute to all of those transgender and transgender -like people who served this country proudly.  It was amazing what I found when researching the information for this video.  I hope you like it.

Monica Helms

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