Butch Voices Fredericton

Posted on November 14, 2010 by

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The Queer Theory Collective is going ahead with a Butch Voices Conference in Fredericton in March 2011. Butch Voices Fredericton is a series of presentations and workshops culminating in a special Butch Voices edition of Travesty Cafe on March 3, 2011.

Anyone and everyone who is interested in understanding and exploring butch identity is welcome to participate in any part of this series. Issues and work presented at the Butch Voices Conference can include presentations, writings, visual arts and performances on all aspects of butch identity; cross-sections with gender queer theory and feminism; cross-sections with other gendered identities, such as femme, dyke, trans and intersex; cross-sections with other aspects of identity such as visible minorities and persons with disabilities; cross-sections with diverse sexual orientations, including butch-femme, queer, fag, trans, BDSM and other fetish cultures.

We had planned to hold it in conjunction with an appearance by Ivan Coyote at Travesty Café in March. However, Ivan has taken a position at the U. of Winnipeg and it appears (from her website) that she has no scheduled events between January and April in 2011. Knowing that Fredericton runs on a college schedule, we’ve decided to stick with our March date to get as many people involved during the school year as possible.

Planning for Butch Voices Fredericton has evolved into planning for  a series of workshops and presentations, leading up to a Butch Voices edition of Travesty Café on Thursday, March 3, 2011, at the UNB Grad House.

Queer Theory Collective will begin the series with a Gender Queer Theory workshop on Tuesday, February 15, from 7-10 PM. at our new space in the Gallery Connexion at 440 York Street. The workshop will include reading and discussion on gender queer theory led by Shaun Bartone, MA Sociology, New School for Social Research. Reading selections will come mainly from Nobody Passes: Rejecting the Rules of Gender and Conformity, (2006) an anthology edited by Matilda Bernstein Sycamore; Gender Queer: Voices from Beyond the Sexual Binary (2002) an anthology edited by Joan Nestle, and Female Masculinity (1998), by Judith Halberstam. This will be a more general gender theory workshop for anyone who is interested in a wide range of gender-variant identities and cultures.

On Tuesday, March 1, from 7 to 10 PM, the QTC will hold a special Works in Progress: Butch Voices session at our space in the Gallery Connexion. This will be the “working session” of the Butch Voices Conference. It will be run as an Open Space forum, in which participants will list the issues that they want to cover at the beginning of the session. Workshops will be set up and run for half hour sessions, covering each of the issues listed.

At the end of the working session, presenters will have an opportunity to present their material, whether writing, visual arts or performance, and receive feedback in a supportive space of co-creators who are also working on their own material.

On Thursday, March 3, QTC will hold a special Butch Voices edition of Travesty Café beginning at 7 PM at the UNB Grad House, 676 Windsor Street, Fredericton.

To the best of our knowledge, this will be the first Butch Voices Conference scheduled and held in Canada.

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