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Conference theme: “From Generation to Generation”

Our conference is called Moving Trans History Forward in order to highlight both the history of trans, gender non-binary, and Two-Spirit activists and researchers, and how today’s activists and researchers are moving that work forward.  We invite trans, gender non-binary, and Two-Spirit activists, community-based and academic scholars, students, family members, service providers, and other allies to submit proposals for presentations, panels, posters, workshops, and creative works for the upcoming Moving Trans History Forward conference (#MTHF18).  The conference, March 22nd-25th, 2018, is presented by the Chair in Transgender Studies at the University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, which is on the traditional territory of the Songhees, Esquimalt and WSÁNEĆ peoples whose historical relationships with the land continue to this day.

While the theme of the conference is “From Generation to Generation,” we welcome proposals concerning any aspect of trans, gender non-binary, and Two-Spirit people and communities. We especially encourage submissions on topics related to the histories and voices of Indigenous, racialized, and disabled trans, gender non-binary, and Two-Spirit people. Submissions from all perspectives and pertaining to all eras and regions of the world are welcome. Please limit your proposals to unpublished material. 

The language of the conference is plain English.

Please submit your proposal as a
PDF attachment in an email to

Due Date: Midnight, Sunday, November 26th, 2017


Please use a subject line: “MTHF18 Proposal <your last name>.”

Include in your proposal:           

  1. Your name(s)
  2. A title for your proposed presentation, panel, poster, workshop, and creative work
  3. The format you would like to use (e.g. presentation, panel, poster, workshop, and creative work)
    1. If panel or workshop, please provide names of all participants, and desired duration.
    2. If creative work, what are your specific requirements for performance and/or display?
  4. Your audio-visual and technical requirements
  5. An abstract or description (max. 200 words in plain English) that includes:
    1. an overview of what you want to do;
    2. a brief contextualization of your proposal within scholarly literature or activism;
    3. a short discussion of how you did your work;
    4. your core message and why it is important for people to know it.
  6. Your community group or institution, if you are representing one.
  7. Three words to describe your topic­­­­­­­­­.

Some questions to prompt your thinking:

  • What are the differences and similarities in issues facing younger and older generations of trans, gender non-binary, and Two-Spirit people?
  • What are the barriers, challenges and strategies for building further intergenerational dialogue connecting trans, gender non-binary, and Two-Spirit youth and seniors so that they can learn from each other?
  • How can we connect trans, gender non-binary, and Two-Spirit people of different generations across national boundaries?
  • How do creative uses of technology open up new opportunities for research across generations?
  • How are trans, gender non-binary, and Two-Spirit people and communities responding to the Calls to Action of the Truth & Reconciliation Commission of Canada and/or other decolonization strategies?
  • How can we better understand and address the experience and needs of Two-Spirit people within community activism, service provision, and research?
  • How do we address disparities between various groups within gender diverse communities?
  • What are the social and legal implications of Canada’s passage of Bill C-16 that enshrines protections on the basis of gender identity and gender expression?
  • How do we ensure the appropriate inclusion of gender data in core government records so that it can be used to properly allocate resources?
  • How are historical tensions between LGB and T organizations being handled today?
  • What are the untold stories of trans, gender non-binary, and Two-Spirit people’s courage and bravery?
  • What are some of the challenges and successes in making trans, gender non-binary, and Two-Spirit activism and organizing fully accessible?
  • How can the history of activism among marginalized trans, gender non-binary, Two-Spirit people be uncovered and respectfully told?
  • How does the language used to describe trans, gender non-binary, and Two-Spirit people continue to evolve?
  • What are the experiences of trans, gender non-binary, and Two-Spirit people with spirituality and religion?
  • How do trans, gender non-binary, and Two-Spirit people strategically employ their gender identities in their work?
  • What are the challenges specific to trans, gender non-binary, and Two-Spirit archives?
  • What can we learn from trans, gender non-binary, and Two-Spirit histories that can help us to build better futures?