femme conference 2008

June 26, 2008  |  miscellany

The Femme Conference 2008, taking place in Chicago in August, is put on by the Femme Collective. Take a look at their mission statement: Femme Collective is committed to creating conferences by Femmes, about Femmes, and for Femmes and their allies. We understand that Femme is more complex than just being a queer person who is feminine; it is a part of how we interact with and shape our world as queer academics, activists, artists, homemakers, parents, professionals, students, teachers, etc.

I really hope to attend the conference … we’ll see if I can make that happen. More information at femmecollective.com.

Here’s the press release:

Queer Femmes from all over the Globe to Gather for Conference
Femme 2008: The Architecture of Femme will take place August 15th-17th in Chicago

(CHICAGO, IL – JUNE 12, 2008) The Femme Collective proudly presents “Femme2008: The Architecture of Femme,” an international conference celebrating queer femininities August 15th through August 17th 2008 at the Chicago Wyndham O’Hare: 6810 N. Mannheim Rd. near O’Hare International Airport. The conference will feature three full days of programming, including keynotes, workshops, panels, performances and even a film festival. Regular registration is $75 through July 15th, 2008 and then registration will go up to $95 for late registration, which is open through the conference. Registration covers all of the conference events and can be made by going to www.femmecollective.com.


“Femme 2008: The Architecture of Femme” features four keynotes, including internationally acclaimed author, Dorothy Allison, Transgendered writer, musician and spoken word artist and activist, Julia Serrano, San Francisco Bay Area-based poet, writer, educator and social activist, Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha and the always amazing queer performance artist, Veronica Combs aka Vixen Noir. Besides these keynotes, over thirty panels, workshops and presentations presented by queer femmes and their allies will take place throughout the weekend. Also included in the conference line up are three very special performance events featuring many of the hottest queer femme performance artists, including spoken word diva, Tara Hardy and the multi-media performer, Ms. Cherry Gallette. Two very special guests from across the Atlantic will also be sharing their talents: Manchester England’s Vampire Queen, Rosie Lugosi will emcee the Friday night Risque Cabaret and musician Bird la Bird from London will close the Saturday Evening Cabaret with her awesome dance beats. Other performers include Coyote Grace, The Miracle Whips, Girlie Pink, Titland, and Cherry Poppins.

Queer femininity is a topic that is growing in relevance and popularity. Queer femmes are the subject of internationally known queer photographer Del LaGrace Volcano and author Ulrika Dahl’s recently released book, Femmes of Power, which pays homage to queer femininities and femme-inist political activism in queer communities. Dahl will be at the conference with many of the femmes featured in the book to discuss femme activism from an international perspective.

“This is an exciting opportunity for femmes and allies to come together and build community,” said Katie Spencer, Media Committee Chair. “Femmes are positioned uniquely within the culture to speak to issues of patriarchy and oppression and the Femme Conference will be an opportunity to dialogue about these issues and other topics.”

Femme 2008 is an event not to be missed and the Femme Collective looks forward to hosting what is sure to be an amazing, life-changing event for queer femmes and their allies.

 

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11 Comments


  1. oh! this sounds amazing.

    unfortunately, the trek from austin to chicago is a little too far…

    but… i did just look up del lagrace volcano’s work.
    the photos are stunning.

    if you’re reading this and haven’t seen any of del’s work, I highly encourage you to go and look it up. there are some incredible collections at dellagracevolcano.com

  2. “I really hope to be there!”

    You have a place to stay, if you need one.

  3. omg totally jealous that I can't make it!

  4. Oh god, I want to go so freaking bad, but cannot afford it. I hope it is a blast!

  5. I'll be there too with the femme mafia twin cities. i can't wait! thanks for posting this sinclair!

  6. are butches welcome? or are you just thinking we butches could go and just not take up airtime in the sessions? i can't tell from their website.

    [I'm sure we're welcome, although I imagine we should be respectful of it being a femme-focused space. I'll ask the coordinators and see if I can come up with an official statement on ally involvement. - ss]

  7. a femme conference?! wow… this is the stuff nerdy butch dreams are made of. enjoy it!

  8. *wishes for airline and hotel fare to magically appear and drop straight into my beautifully manicured waiting hands *

  9. Jack –

    There were plenty of butches at the 06 femme conference.

    I attended with my butch gf.

    Butches are welcome.

  10. hey all, i’m a member of the twin cities femme mafia and we’ve been working on the media side of things to spread the word about the femme conference. like femme top mentioned, butches are welcome as are all other folks who identify themselves as femme allies. the femme conference is all inclusive, so any kind of femme and any other kind of ally is welcome. to check out the programming of what’s in store, take a peek at the schedule.

  11. OMG I wish I was going to this…..

    next year….let's hope for next year…

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