Call for proposals (CLOSED)

The Call for Proposals is now CLOSED.  If you submitted a proposal, you have received an acknowledgement of receipt, noting that you will be contacted again by the end of the year.  Thank you for submitting!

The Moving Trans History Forward conference highlights both the history of trans, non-binary, and Two-Spirit activists and researchers, and how today’s activists and researchers are moving that work forward.  We invite trans, non-binary, and Two-Spirit activists, community-based and academic scholars, students, family members, service providers, and allies to submit proposals for presentations, panels, workshops, and creative works for the upcoming Moving Trans History Forward conference (#MTHF20).  The conference, April 2nd-5th, 2020, is presented by the Chair in Transgender Studies and will take place at the Victoria Conference Centre, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, on the traditional Coast Salish Territory of the Lekwungen and W̱SÁNEĆ nations.

The language of the conference is plain English

We welcome proposals concerning any aspect of trans, non-binary, and Two-Spirit people and communities. We especially encourage submissions on topics related to issues of disability, racism, and Indigeneity. Submissions from all perspectives and disciplines, and pertaining to all eras and regions of the world are welcome. Please limit your proposals to unpublished material.



Download the Submission Form to your computer (fillable PDF). Open the form in Adobe Reader (FREE download) and complete all the required fields. Save the PDF. Attached it to a new email and send it to with the subject line: “MTHF20 Proposal <your last name>.”

If you have difficulties using Adobe Reader, please send an email with the following information in the body of the email.  

Your proposal will include:

  1. Your name(s)/pronoun(s)

  2. Your community group or institution, if you are representing one, and where you are based

  3. A title for your proposed presentation, panel, workshop, creative work

  4. The format you would like to use (e.g. presentation, panel, workshop, creative work)

    1. If panel or workshop, please provide names of all participants, and desired duration (if your proposal is accepted, please note that we cannot promise that we will be able to allocate the full amount of time requested by you)

    2. If creative work, what are your specific requirements for performance and/or display? (if your proposal is accepted, please note that we’ll do our best to give you what you ask for)

  5. Your audio-visual and technical requirements

  6. An abstract or description (max. 200 words in plain English) that includes:

    1. an overview of what you want to talk about or do

    2. a brief contextualization of your work

    3. your core message and why it is important for people to know it

  7. Any additional information you wish us to know (max. 200 words)

  8. Two or three words to describe your topic