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FEMME CONFERENCE 2012: PULLING THE PIECES TOGETHER
Friday, August 17, 2012 at 12:00 PM - Sunday, August 19, 2012 at 9:00 PM (EDT)
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Want to coordinate travel/transportation? Try out our new ride share forum: http://www.femme2012.com/home/forums/
Filmmaker Pratibha Parmar and writer/musician/performance artist Nomy Lamm. For more information about our enormously-crush-inducing keynote speakers, please visit this link: http://www.femme2012.com/home/at-the-conference/keynotes
LOCATION: You can reserve your room at our venue now at a special conference discount using this link: http://doubletree.hilton.com/en/dt/groups/personalized/B/BWICUDT-FEM-20120816/index.jhtml?WT.mc_id=POG
Vendors: Please click here for more detailed information about vending at the Femme Conference.
Notes on Ticket Prices:
The Femme Conference is truly a labor of love, organized entirely by a volunteer coalition of femmes and femme allies for femme and femme-allied communities. Every aspect, from the cost of the venue to the name tag you will receive at the door, is supported by a combination of talented volunteers, generous individual donations, and tickets purchased by conference participants. We have attempted to reflect in the ticket prices our commitment to making the Femme Conference affordable and accessible to all femmes and allies. We also want to make explicit that every dollar spent on a ticket goes back into making the conference a fabulous and affirming experience - whether that is by paying for the lighting that makes our performers and speakers sparkle, or by offering scholarships to femmes and allies with less access to financial resources. If there is anything left over at the end, it will go toward funding future Femme Conferences. Even though it is certainly important to be able to recuperate what we spend to create the Femme Conference, we want to emphasize that the value of this space goes well beyond its cost.
Early Bird - now through May 31
Regular - June 1 to July 25
Late - July 26 - Aug. 17
(** Link to scholarship application coming soon **)
Femmes and allies who find the cost of a ticket to be a challenge are encouraged to apply for scholarship funds to cover 50%, 75%, or 100% of a ticket. It is extremely important to us that femmes and allies of all socioeconomic backgrounds are present, since we are interested in the intersections of femme identity with multiple other identities, and this creates opportunities for richer workshop discussions and social/networking connections for all participants. We feel that our scholarship and "no one turned away" policies benefit the entire conference, and hope to have a high level of participation in the scholarship program. We welcome those who are able to make individual donations to support our scholarship fund, as well.
We recognize that a national conference brings with it a level of travel and housing cost that may be particularly challenging for folks coming from farther distances. While we are not in the financial position to be able to offer travel or housing scholarships, we do want to explore other ways in which we might be able to support bringing as many femmes and allies to Baltimore as we can. We are in the process of working out a potential ride-share/house-share system, and exploring other possibilities as well. If travel and/or housing are something you are concerned about, or if you would like to help us explore ways to make this less burdensome for conference attendees, please contact us (registration(at)femme2012.com).
Volunteering at FemmeCon:
(For more information on volunteering, please contact volunteer(at)femme2012.com)
Volunteering at the Femme Conference is an opportunity to contribute to creating femme-affirming space, and is also a great way to get to know other femmes and allies. Volunteering is a fantastic option for someone who has never been to FemmeCon before to quickly meet lots of folks!
Additionally, volunteers are recognized with a discounted registration ticket, at several levels:
** Volunteer 12 hours for a 100% discount
** Volunteer 8 hours for a 75% discount
** Volunteer 4 hours for a 50% discount
No One Turned Away:
In addition to the options available for discounted ticket prices (scholarships and volunteering), the Femme Conference also operates with a "no one turned away" for lack of funds policy. While specific ticket prices are *strongly* encouraged here, and many options for financial assistance exist, we will not turn anyone away from the conference for lack of a pre-registered ticket or adequate funds to cover a ticket. We encourage all participants to pay as you are able, and we welcome any questions or concerns about the cost of attending (registration(at)femme2012.com), as well as donations to support our scholarship fund (contact info coming soon - please contact registration(at)femme2012.com in the meantime).
When & Where
Femme Conference Steering Committee
The Femme Conference is a bi-annual project by the Conference Steering Committee of the Femme Collective.
The 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.
Our conferences seek to explore, discuss, dissect, and support Queer Femme* as a transgressive, gender-queer, stand-alone, and empowered identity and provide a space for organizing and activism within Queer communities. We hope to attract people of all genders who are interested in a deeper understanding of Femme identity, culture, and history as well as Femmes interested in learning, teaching, connecting, and building community geared towards social change. Recognizing that queer Femme gender can be constructed independent of and/or intimately connected to biological sex, this conference will build coalition among queer Femmes of every stripe. Taking into consideration the various ways in which Femmes across the country and the world construct Femme based on region, class, race, ethnicity, access and ability, the Femme Collective will strive to create a safe place for open dialogue among a plethora of Femme-identified persons and their allies.
We are dedicated to: creating a Femme-positive environment; selecting programming to honor differences in ethnicities, physical abilities and gender expressions; and highlighting the intersection of queer Femme identity with issues of class, race, age, and body. We hope that together we can create a space to explore many of the complexities of Femme identity, including (but not limited to) questions of privilege, invisibility, intersecting identities, class mobility, aging, and the differences between feminity and Femme identity. We hope to contribute to giving voice to queer Femme identity, and to building unity, coalition, and solidarity in and among genderqueer communities.
*We recognize that for many lesbians and same-gender-loving Femmes, "queer" is not a term that works and that it can often feel alienating and unwelcoming. We want to recognize that language is always imperfect, and make it clear that we use the term as an umbrella to include all of us who identify as Femme within LGBTQIA/SGL and genderphile communities. We are using this term to specifically and intentionally include lesbians and same-gender-loving women as well as genderqueers, trans women, and folks of every sex and gender who identify as Femme and see themselves as part of LGBTQIA/SGL and genderphile communities.