Call for presenters: Workshops at the San Francisco Sex Workers Festival

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The San Francisco Sex Workers Festival was established in 1998 to provide a forum for the accomplishments of sex worker film and video makers and to screen works about sex workers and the sex industries from around the world. The Sex Worker Festival provides an opportunity to recognize and honor prostitutes, dancers, porn performers and other sex workers, who have historically been a dynamic part of arts communities.

This year, the San Francisco Sex Workers Festival will include a day of workshops, on Friday, May 27th, sponsored by SWAAY (Sex Work Activists, Allies, and You).  The general theme will be sex workers learning from each other on topics focused on their personal lives, self-care, skills that apply to all areas of sex work, and activism at the individual level.  Since most of the festival centers on the arts, we are prioritizing non-art submissions for these workshops.

The length of this day's event, as well as the session length, are yet to be determined, and will be finalized after submissions are selected.  However, session lengths will likely be either 60 or 45 minutes, depending on the number of accepted proposals, so please keep that limit in mind with the scope of your session idea.

This event takes place in San Francisco, and you must have your own means to travel to the event, as there is not a budget to pay for speakers.  However, if you are coming from outside the area, you'll get a lot of bang for your buck with being able to attend the week-long festival and network with other sex workers.

Your proposal should include:

* A title.
* Your name, affiliation, and a little bit about your background or interest in sex work.
* The style of your proposed session: lecture, group discussion, panel, etc.
* Have you presented on this topic previously?  When and where?
* A more detailed abstract of what you would like to cover, less than 500 words.

The deadline for these proposals is April 1st, 2011.  You will be notified whether or not your proposal was accepted by April 5th, 2011.

There will also be time for short, 5-10 minute lightning talks during the lunch hour.  (Lightning talks are breif lecture-format presentations for people who don't need a full session to cover their material, but would like to quickly get it out there to the audience.)  These slots are on a first-come, first-served basis, so if you know you want to do a lightning talk and have a topic in mind, please submit a proposal so we can try to guarantee you a spot.  It may also be possible to sign up for a lightning talk shortly before the event or on the spot.

Send your proposals to with the subject line "Workshop proposal for the Sex Workers Festival"

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