What's On: Transgender: Intersectional/International Conference 28-29 May 2019
I'm writing this as the planning for the conference continues apace. It's a conference I've been co-organizing since last summer, to explore what it means to be transgender around the world, and outside the model that dominates mainstream representations. Diversity and inclusion is the aim, the whole world is our ambition, to capture voices far and wide on what it means to be trans.
I am excited about our speakers. They're coming from the Global North and Global South, from South Africa and Uganda, Mexico and Venezuela, India and Canada, Brazil and the U.S.A., as well as from all over Europe. The panels will be multidisciplinary, with attention given to Health and Wellbeing, the Law, Social Policy, and representations in the arts and in the media. I will be one of the speakers as well as the lead organizer. I do feel the pressure. I want this conference to be good; better than good, resonant and profound with an enduring legacy.
This week I'm meeting with marketing people from my University of Edinburgh. I have acquired so much money and goodwill from my university to do this. I wish I had more resources but I have a lot at my disposal. Last week I had meetings with security. Prior to that, it was finance and administration, dealing with flights and accommodation. Somewhere among all this I am also a PhD student and a tutor for over seventy students. Occasionally I hit a wall and take a break. Today is another week and a new cycle of tasks and responsibilities: recruiting ushers, addressing media and marketing strategy. It's time to end this post and get on with making things happen. Outside the Edinburgh sky is blue and the spring air is cold and fresh, a perfect time for things to grow.