Keynote address: “Ruminations on The Tangled Roots of Today’s Garden of Gender Multiplicity”
Aiyyana Maracle is a multi-disciplinary artist, scholar, educator, and a great-grandma 4-times over; a sovereign Haudenosaunee woman. For half-a-century, Aiyyana has been actively involved with the merging of Ogwehoweh art and culture into the Euro-centric world and consciousness that surrounds us. She has been insistent that this inclusion into Canadian society be done with dignity and respect. In that same vein, for 20-some years she has sought that same inclusion for herself and other gender-variant folks. Through performance art, video, theatre, in her published work, and innumerable public and academic presentations, Aiyyana has offered an alternate framework to the prevalent Euro-centric view of ‘gender dysphoria’. Aiyyana is presently sorting out the direction, the path her journey continues on from here.
Keynote address: “Digital Trans”
Jay Prosser is Reader of Humanities at the University of Leeds, UK. His first book was Second Skins: The Body Narratives of Transsexuality (1998), and his other authored and edited books include: Palatable Poision: Critical Perspectives on The Well of Loneliness (2002), Light in the Dark Room: Photography and Loss (2004), American Fiction of the 1990s (2008), and Picturing Atrocity: Photography in Crisis (2012). His interests run from transgender and life-writing, to photography and the representation of suffering. Most recently he has received grants from the UK government to coordinate international collaborative research on transcultural exchanges in the wake of the Ottoman Empire. He is currently completing a family memoir, about transcultural Baghdadi Jews.
Keynote address: “Mein abendes N”
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Nathanaël is the author of a score of books written in English or in French, including the book of seisms, Sisyphus, Outdone. Theatres of the Catastrophal (2012); the trilogy of notebooks, Carnet de désaccords (2009), Carnet de délibérations (2011), Carnet de somme (2012); and the essay of correspondence, Absence Where As (Claude Cahun and the Unopened Book) (2009), first published in French as L’absence au lieu (2007). Her work has been translated into Basque, Greek, Slovene, and Spanish (Mexico), with book-length publications in Bulgarian and Portuguese (Brazil), including the imminent Cadernos do meio after the aforementioned notebooks, following their English language iteration, The Middle Notebookes (2015). The recipient of the Prix Alain-Grandbois for …s’arrête? Je (2008), Nathanaël’s extrinsic translations include works by Édouard Glissant, Danielle Collobert, Catherine Mavrikakis, Hilda Hilst (in collaboration with Rachel Gontijo Araujo) and Hervé Guibert, her translation of whose Mausoleum of Lovers has been recognized by fellowships from the PEN American Center and the Centre National du Livre de France. Having permanently abandoned her prior names (Nathalie and Stephens), Nathanaël lives, for now, in Chicago.
Keynote address: “Writing To Each Other–Discovering and Creating A Literature From Within Trans Experience”
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Rachel Pollack is the author of thirty-six books of fiction, non-fiction, graphic novels, poetry, and translation. Of her seven novels, Unquenchable Fire won Britain’s prestigious Arthur C. Clarke Award and Godmother Night won the World Fantasy Award, while her other novels have been nominated for the Nebula and Mythopoeic awards. Rachel is best known for her books and teaching on Tarot, about which she has written some twenty books. Her 78 Degrees of Wisdom has been described many times as “the Bible of Tarot readers.” In 1992 Rachel’s Shining Woman Tarot was published, with all the images designed and drawn by Rachel herself. The deck was revised and expanded in 2002, and re-named Shining Tribe Tarot. Rachel’s other non-fiction includes work on the history of religion—The Body of the Goddess—art criticism, divinatory traditions outside of Tarot, and, with David Vine, Tyrant Oidipous, a translation of Sophocles’s ancient Greek tragedy “Oidipous Tyrannos,” better known by its Latin name, “Oedipus Rex.” Rachel has also written comics and graphic novels for DC/Vertigo. Rachel’s books have been translated into fifteen languages and sold on every continent. Rachel has taught all over the world, including China, Australia, and Europe. She is also on the faculty of Goddard College’s Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing Program. Rachel’s stories and essays on transgender issues have appeared in various magazines, both mainstream and small press. As writer for two years of the DC/Vertigo comic Doom Patrol, Rachel introduced comics’ first transsexual (and lesbian) superhero, Kate Godwin. Her mystery novel, A Secret Woman, featured a transsexual detective. As well as the release of Rachel’s new novel, The Child Eater, 2014 will see the publication of The Burning Serpent Oracle, a card deck created with Tarot artist, writer, and historian Robert M. Place. Rachel lives in New York’s Hudson Valley.