Call for Presenters: Sistah Vegan Conference, September 14, 2013

We are having our first annual Sistah Vegan Conference this fall, on September 14, 2013. It will be an online interactive conference, through the service of This means presenters can use webcams, audio, and PowerPoint which will be fully experienced by the audience. At the end of each talk, audience members will be able to engage in Q&A with the presenter. The entire conference talks will be video recorded and accessible after the event, to ensure that this valuable information will not be lost; it also ensures that those with internet access who could not attend will be able to access this information.

We are specifically looking for critical perspectives on veganism, animal compassion work, and self-care from the epistemological standpoint/embodied experiences of  women/womyn, transfolks, and girls of African descent. We seek presentations that address these topics

* sizeism
* ableism
* lgbtq experience and challenges in heteronormative spaces
* intersecting antiracism and animal compassion
* how racist micro aggressions in predominantly white spaces affect our health, and why self care is a needed aspect of ‘social justice’ for Black women and girls
* critical perspectives on Afrocentric or Afrikan holistic health movement
* parenting as a black vegan

Topics need not be limited to these above, however, the above are more of a priority, due to their near invisibility in most vegan and animal compassion spaces. This is open to all women and girls of African descent regardless of ‘formal’ education background or writing/artistic style. We encourage academic and non academic presentations. I am also seeking someone to do real time transcribing of the conference, so people who are hearing impaired can get this much needed knowledge as well. Please let me know if you’d like to volunteer this service!

Should your presentation be accepted, we invite you to submit it to be part of the first Sistah Vegan journal issue, which I hope will come out in January 2014. Please send proposals by July 20, 2013 which should include your name, institutional affiliation (if you have none, that is fine too), presentation title and 150 word abstract. Talks should be about 20 minutes long, with 15 minutes for Q and A. Email to breezeharper at gmail dot com.

Possible keynote speakers have already been sent invitations. Once their participation is confirmed, I will post their presentation titles.

As part of the GoFund me campaign to raise money for the Sistah Vegan Project , I ask that those who can help us, donate to see this conference happen. I will be offering honorariums for keynote speakers and hope to offer scholarships for those who cannot pay registration fees. Why registration fees? Though it is online, I need to pay for the internet conferencing service and a plan that can host one hundred or more people. All are welcomed to register and attend as audience members.

Also, let me know if you would like to transcribe the live talks for hearing impaired people. I am hoping there are closed caption options for WebEx. If not, I will search other services. If you are familiar with such a service, please post this info.

Please contribute what you can by clicking on the GOFUNDME Link below. If you do not want to use this method, but prefer paypal, click on the link on the right upper corner of this blog page to donate via PAYPAL.


My Best
A. Breeze Harper, PhD
Director and Founder

The Sistah Vegan Project

7 thoughts on “Call for Presenters: Sistah Vegan Conference, September 14, 2013

  1. I think this is a fabulous conference and I cannot wait to take part! I have one suggestion for expanding the call description: Specifically, this conference seems welcoming to a range of folks, and the specific inclusion of lgbtq experiences warrants this comment, which is that the description of who can submit should be inclusive of transfolks, be they male to female, female to male, or gender fluid folks. As we know, gender expression, gender identity, and biological sex are not one and the same, and so we should make allowance and space for the multiple ways these play out in people’s lives. Perhaps the new description could read: “This is open to all women/womyn, transfolks, and girls of African descent….” Peace!

  2. Thanks Yolande. I thought I had made it a comfortable space for trans and gender fluid folk by asking for these experiences in the topics/themes, but you’re right. I should make it more apparent up front. Thanks.

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