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CKUA Performance Space (Thursday) & Enterprise Square (Friday-Saturday)

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Unsettle the Future

Re-Story, Research, & Reclaim Indigenous Sexualities & Relations
November 7-9, 2019

Symposium & Tipi Confessions Show

Join us at the University of Alberta for the RELAB launch symposium, Unsettle the Future: Re-Story, Research, & Reclaim Indigenous Sexualities & Relations.

The symposium will feature “research-creation” presentations. That is, research and creative works that are co-constituted, that infuse and inform one another. Such work is sometimes also referred to as “arts-based research.” Given the symposium theme, we want to hear your stories, performances, practices or fantasies that unsettle settler-colonial presence, including visions of the future, to disrupt and queer settler attachments to linear, progressive time. We are calling for radical storytellers to connect a broad range of re-storying practices - performance, art, podcasting, virtual gaming, media, etc. to share how their storytelling disrupts settler narratives and envisions alternatives of reclaiming relations.

The symposium will open Thursday evening November 7, with a keynote lecture by Prof. Jason Edward Lewis of The Initiative for Indigenous Futures, followed by a day and a half of panels on Friday-Saturday, November 8-9. The symposium will feature on Friday evening a Tipi Confessions sexy storytelling and cabaret show.

Tipi Confessions is a live storytelling show on sex, sexuality, and gender, featuring performance and anonymous audience confessions. We highlight Indigenous, decolonial, political, humourous, creative, feminist, queer, and educational perspectives. We seek diverse voices, especially if stories like yours often go untold. We are an ALL-INCLUSIVE enterprise: we welcome storytellers and performers of all genders, races, sexualities, and abilities. We encourage you to submit sexually-themed stories and performances. Your performance doesn’t need to be “erotic” (although we love well-crafted erotica), but it should pertain positively to sex and sexuality. We want stories that fit our mission of ethics, education, and entertainment. Our shows, held 3-4 times per year in Edmonton, across Canada, and internationally, feature spoken word readings, personal narrative, memoir, fiction, burlesque, live music, and short theatre performances. We are also open to stand-up comics, video clips, and lively short lectures.

Opening Lecture with Prof. Jason Edward Lewis,
The Initiative for Indigenous Futures

Thursday, November 7, 2019
6:00PM to 10:00PM
CKUA Performance Space and Lobby

Friday, November 8, 2019
9:00AM to 3:00PM
Enterprise Square

Tipi Confessions*
6:30PM to 11:00PM
Ledcor Theatre and Lobby, Art Gallery of Alberta
*Separate tickets

Saturday, November 9, 2019
9:30AM to 1:30PM
Enterprise Square

Now accepting abstracts for presentations and performances. Research-creation presentations should be submitted to the symposium. Performances suitable for the stage should be submitted to Tipi Confessions.

Symposium Call for Submissions: Propose a 20-minute presentation or presentation-performance. You may propose an entire panel of 3 presentations/presentation-performances (250-word max panel abstract and three 250-word max individual presentation/presentation-performances abstracts). You may also submit a solo presentation/ presentation -performance (250-word max abstract). Submission Deadline: September 27, 2019. Submit your proposal here.

Tipi Confessions Call for Submissions: Propose a 9-12 minute performance for Friday evening’s sexy storytelling and cabaret show. Please submit a 250-word max performance abstract with any supporting documentation including a draft of proposed written work, if available, to be performed, and a short performance CV. If your proposed performance seems a suitable fit, our Tipi Confessions production team will be in touch to arrange an in-person or Skype audition. Submission Deadline: September 27, 2019. Submit your proposal here.

Please submit questions to RELAB Research Assistant, Kirsten Lindquist:

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