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Sex Week 2020 at Northwestern: Asexuality and Aromanticism 101: Building an Erotic Toolkit

Wednesday, May 13th, 2020 at 8pm CDT. This free event will be an interactive workshop during which you will learn ace and aro vocab while building you own ace- and aro-inclusive erotic toolkit. For info and free registration, see: https://www.facebook.com/events/164164651641482/.

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Publishing as Worldmaking: Why and How to Start a Badass Feminist Journal

Friday, February 21st, 2020 at 10am as part of the the Publications Unit’s Professional Speaker Series. Come listen to me talk about journal-making as worldmaking, noxious feminisms (in a smoke out the patriarchy type of way), and why and why not to do editing work.

More info here.

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Book Launch & Panel Discussion: ASEXUAL EROTICS

Join us for an evening discussion of all things ace at the historic bookstore, Women & Children First! Author Ela Przybylo will begin this event by introducing her book Asexual Erotics: Intimate Readings of Compulsory Sexuality, after which each speaker (Rebecca Tauber, Lauren Beach, Kinsey Erickson, Ashabi Owagboriaye, and Jiyul Kim) will engage with a different chapter of the book. Asexual Erotics explores what it would mean to read texts for asexuality and to see asexuality as prolific in queer lives. The chapters engage with queer, feminist, lesbian, and antiracist movements, theories, and artwork to imagine a flourishing asexual erotics. Ace and aro zines will be shared! All are welcome. Register for this free event HERE. Registration is encouraged but not required.

See the event on FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/489547421613041/

Full event description and bios: https://www.womenandchildrenfirst.com/event/book-launch-panel-discussion-asexual-erotics-ela-przybylo

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Asexual Erotics: Intimate Readings of Compulsory Sexuality is now published and available for purchase!

My book draws on Audre Lorde’s work on erotics and the burgeoning scholarship in asexuality studies to propose an alternative language for discussing forms of intimacy that are not reducible to sex or sexuality and that challenge compulsory sexuality. The book was recently featured in Inside Higher Ed Fall Books Roundup. You can purchase it online in paperback or hardcover.

See my recent interview on the book.

For a review of the book by Steve Davies, visit: http://enfolding.org/book-review-asexual-erotics/

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The Labor of Open at the 2019 Scholarly Communications Institute

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With Danielle CooperLeslie ChanEmily DrabinskiLisa Janicke Hinchliffe, and Jojo Karlin, I worked on the “Labor of Open” project at the 2019 Triangle Scholarly Communications Institute. We spent 4 days discussing the limitations and possibilities of independent scholar-led open access publishing as a tool of social justice and equity and created a zine, available online through Manifold.

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Images by Jojo Karlin

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Queerformative in Bloomington, Illinois

I spoke on Ace and Aro 101 at the community-led event Queerformative, organized by Brittany Clinard at the Nightshop in Bloomington, Illinois.

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Inaugural Asexualities Conference!

“Unthinking Sex, Imagining Asexuality: Intersectional and Interdisciplinary Perspectives,” will be held April 26-27th, 2019 at SFU Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue (580 West Hastings Street) in Vancouver, located on unceded Coast Salish Territory, the traditional territories of Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations. All the day events and panels will take place in 420 Strategy Room. The Asexual Art Show, taking place on the first evening (April 26th at 7:30 to 9:30 pm) will be held in Salon 20, in the basement of the Morris J. Wosk Centre. The Asexual Book Celebration,taking place on the second evening (April 27th at 7:30 to 9:30 pm), will be hosted by Little Sister’s Book and Art Emporium located at 1238 Davie Street. All events are free and vegan food will be provided. All events are wheelchair accessible.

For the full program, visit our website: https://asexuality.wixsite.com/conference and FB event page https://www.facebook.com/events/361998691068752/ . To register, please visit our eventbrite page: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/unthinking-sex-imagining-asexuality-conference-2019-tickets-59605386315?aff= . Registration is now open to the public.

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Sexualities and Activism: A Panel Discussion

Thursday, April 11, 2019 – “Sex & Sexuality: Faculty Panel
As part of SFU Department of History Lecture Series 2018-2019 on “Sex & Sexuality”
Panelists included: Drs. Elise Chenier, Ela Przybylo, Jen Marchbank, Bidisha Ray, and June Scudeler

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Ace/Aro Representation in the Media

Join us this Friday, February 22nd from 6 to 8pm at Qmunity (1033 Davie St, Suite/Buzzer 610) to discuss Ace/Are Representation in the Media (FB event here). This is an accessible location and all allies are welcome. We will discuss the bad, the good, and the white of asexuality in the mainstream and envision ulterior possibilities for asexual representation moving forward. Doodling, group collabs, and discussions will abound.

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Intersectionality, Erotics, and Asexuality CFP Launch!

Do you do intersectional work on asexuality and/or erotics? Please consider submitting to this exciting special issue of Feminist Formations, “The Erotics of Nonsexualities: Intersectional Approaches,” co-edited by Ela Przybylo and Kristina Gupta. The submission deadline is August 19, 2019. Full info here.

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Ada Issue Launch

My co-edited issue of Ada: A Journal of Gender, New Media, and Technology on “Visualizing Protest: Transnational Approaches to the Aesthetics if Dissent” is live. Find it online here. Thank you to Radhika Gajjala, Carol Stabile, Riddhima Sharma, Eva Peskin and the contributors for making it happen.

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Student Journal Launch!

Tomorrow is the very last day of my “Intersectional Feminist Journal Praxis” class at Simon Fraser University, which asked students to think through questions of feminist knowledge production, theory and practice, sculpt an intersectional praxis, think about the power of open access publications and the ways in which open access can partake in Indigenous and traditional knowledge theft, develop a radical copyright commons, and hone an ethically attuned collaboration model. I am so proud of the work they did with the journal they collectively decided to call Intersectional Apocalypse, the first issue of which on “Digital Dialogues: Navigating Online Spaces” is available through OJS: https://journals.lib.sfu.ca/index.php/ifj .We topped it all off with a fun party event, featured in the photo above.

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sexualityAsexuality at Congress!

You are invited to join us at the following two panels focused on developing an intersectional approach to asexuality and asexuality studies organized by Ela Przybylo and Theresa Kenney through the Sexuality Studies Association (SSA) and Women’s and Gender Studies et Recherches Féministes (WGSRF).

Panel 1: “Thinking Lordean Erotics In Conversation with Asexuality, Black Feminist Science, and Sovereign Erotics,” at SSA // Tuesday May 29, 10:45-12:15 in First Nations FN 2007 Speakers and Talks: “Returning the Erotic Value to our Work: A Black Feminist Science Approach to Intersex Archives and Bodily Capacity” by Kianna M. Middleton, “Painting a Black Fence, Having a Slice of Cake: At the Intersection of Pleasure” by Ianna Hawkins Owen, and “Asexuality, Sovereign Erotics, and Audre Lorde” by Ela Przybylo

Panel 2: “Asexuality, Intersectionality, and Sex Positivity,” at WGSRF // // Tuesday May 29, 1:00-2:15 in Laboratory LB 132 Speakers and Talks: “Mixed Race (Gr)Ace” by Theresa Kenney, “Make Space for Ace: Asexuality, Trauma, and Healing Spaces” by Heather Prost, “Sex-Positivity and Non-Sexualities” by Sage Strobel, and “Polish Asexualities: Catholic Religiosity and Asexual Online Activisms in Poland” by Anna Kurowicka and Ela Przybylo

The main campus of the University of Regina is situated on Treaty 4 lands. These are the territories of the nêhiyawak, Anihšināpēk, and Dakota, Lakota, and Nakoda, and the homeland of the Métis.

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28783066_10155859800061208_8055888324869791944_nThinking about white privilege in ace/aro communities workshop

Friday, April 13, 2018, 6-8PM

Qmunity Annex – #610 1033 Davie St
(Buzz 610 upon arrival and we shall let you in!)

This event is a general meet; family, friends, partners and allies as well as those who identify on the asexual and/or aromantic spectrums are welcome.

For this month’s meet up, Justine Munich and Ela Przybylo will co-lead a two-hour workshop called “Thinking about white privilege in ace/aro communities.” The goal of this workshop is to think critically about whiteness and take white privilege to task! We aim to provide a space from which to think about the intersections of ace identity, and lay the foundation for future meetups that explore other aspects of intersectionality.

In preparation for this workshop, we will ask participants to read two short readings which are available online. A craft-based activity will also be facilitated.

Readings: (a) Peggy McIntosh, “White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack”: https://genius.com/Peggy-mcintosh-white-privilege-unpacking-the-invisible-knapsack-annotated (b) From the asexual zine Brown and Gray: “The Politics of (In)Visibility” by Queenie (the last 6 pages of the zine): https://acezinearchive.wordpress.com/ace-zine-list/general-ace-zines/brown-and-gray-an-asexual-people-of-color-zine/ There should be a link on that page that says “PDF available here.” If that doesn’t work for you, try this link to a google docs pdf of it: https://drive.google.com/file/d/19GpufLnG3hl6GvdGvow7y_IYR4rWFc1D/view?usp=sharing

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grad-workshopShould I Go to Grad School?: Feminist and Critical Perspectives

Organized by Ruth Wynn Woodward Fellow Ela Przybylo

March 28, 2018, 1:30 – 3:30 PM
Room AQ 5119 SFU (Burnaby Campus)

GSWS Majors and Minors + GSWS grad students welcome. The space is wheelchair accessible.

*SFU is located on unceded Coast Salish Territory; the traditional territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh, and Kwikwetlem First Nations.

Perspectives on the Gender Studies PhD/MA
DANIELLE COOPER (Senior Researcher, Ithaka S+R) Are You Sure You Want To Go To Grad School?
KJ CERANKOWSKI (Oberlin College) Why You Should Go To Grad School, If You Choose To Go
JENNIFER MUSIAL AND CHRISTINA HOLMES (New Jersey City University and DePauw University) Five Year Study on Hiring Trends in Gender, Women’s, and Feminist Studies

Worksheet: Should I go to Grad School?: The Pros and Cons

Funding Your Feminist Way Through Grad School
SOMAYEH BAHRAMI (SFU) SSHRC Proposals: PhD
NADINE BOULAY (SFU) SSHRC Proposals: MA and PhD

Workshop Package: SSHRC guidelines, SSHRC proposals from Bahrami, Boulay, and Nathan Flaig, reference letter how-to, list of useful readings, handout on hiring trends (by Musial and Holmes), forthcoming article by Kristina Gupta on “The Structural Vulnerability of Doctoral Students,” article by Melissa Autumn White, Carly Thomsen, and Stina Soderling “Critical Mass, Precarious Value?”

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Rodrigues & Przybylo final.jpgUpcoming group book launch!

Ugliness or unsightliness is much more than a quality or property of an individual’s appearance—it has long functioned as a social category that demarcates access to social, cultural, and political spaces and capital. The editors of and authors in this collection harness intersectional and interdisciplinary approaches in order to examine ugliness as a political category that is deployed to uphold established notions of worth and entitlement. On the Politics of Ugliness identifies and challenges the harmful effects that labels and feelings of ugliness have on individuals and the socio-political order. It explores ugliness in relation to the intersectional processes of racialization, colonization and settler colonialism, gender-making, ableism, heteronormativity, and fatphobia. On the Politics of Ugliness asks that we fight against visual injustice and imagine new ways of seeing.

Friday, March 23, 2018, 7:30 pm
SFU Harbour Centre, room 1430, 515 West Hastings Street, Vancouver BC

Please join the Department of Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies for an author and donor appreciation night. Join current and former faculty members Coleman Nye, Jennifer Marchbank and Claire Robson, Ela Przybylo, and Mary Lynn Stewart (and perhaps a few special guests!) as they celebrate the launch of their latest books. We often don’t take the time to celebrate and share our achievements, and so we hope that this evening will allow us to do that, and to spend some time with each other.

If you can, please RSVP our Department Manager Roberta Neilson at gswsmgr@sfu.ca (for purposes of catering). For more information click here.

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Interview with Ela on “Asexuality Studies” course for The Peak

Simon Fraser University was the first institution in the world to offer a full-length undergraduate course in asexuality studies. According to the Asexual Visibility and Education Network, an online asexual community, an asexual person is defined as someone who does not experience sexual attraction to another individual. However, asexuality should be regarded as an umbrella term because people with low sexual desires could also fall under this category.

In fall 2017, the department of gender, sexuality, and women’s studies offered a class titled “Critical Nonsexualites” that focused on the topic of asexuality. According to Dr. Ela Przybylo, Ruth Wynn Woodward postdoctoral fellow and the course instructor, asexual people make up approximately one percent of the population — so there is a good chance that you or someone you know is asexual. More than that, however, it is important to educate ourselves about asexuality and not assume that all people desire sex or are attracted sexually to others, she added. … [click here for full interview]

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asexual-eventAsexual Countercultures: Exploring Ace Communities and Intimacies

Download the collective Zine from the event here.

November 2, 2017, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

SFU Vancouver (Harbour Centre)
Room 2945, 515 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC

Co-organized by Ruth Wynn Woodward Fellow Ela Przybylo and Justine Munich

Centering asexual and activist perspectives, the speakers and audience will explore the online and offline cultural production surrounding the asexuality movement, community, and asexual identities.  This will be an interactive event that will begin with three 20 minute talks which will be followed by an asexuality zine-making workshop.

Justine Munich and Angie ByronZucchinis and Eggplants:  What the Asexual Movement Can Bring to Relationship Dialogues

Cole Brown  – The History of the Asexual Community

Ela Przybylo, Adam Kopczynski, and Sage Strobel – Building an Asexual Archive:  Pedagogical and Research Strategies

Asexy Zines Workshop:  Heather Prost
Zines constitute a fun, low-fi, queer, feminist, countercultural form of expression that has been central to the asexual movement.  In this workshop we invite everyone present to take part in making page-spreads that will be compiled and shared with participants electronically post-worship in the form of an “Asexy Zine.”  This will also be an opportunity to come together in groups to discuss what we’ve learned.

Download the collective Zine from the event here.

Tea and coffee provided.
All are welcome.
The space is wheelchair accessible.

*SFU Harbour Centre is on unceded Coast Salish Territory; the traditional territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh Nations.

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