PRESS STATEMENT: 3rd BIENNIEL TRANS HEALTH, ADVOCACY AND RESEARCH CONFERENCE 2017
What does it mean to decolonise and depathologise transgender identities? How can indigenous knowledges help us to reimagine ourselves beyond what we already know about gender, identity and expression in a decolonised society? Are African cultures, heritages, spirituality and religion still relevant and useful for Trans and gender-diversity? The 3rd Trans, Health, Advocacy and Research Conference invites activists, advocates, healthcare professionals and researchers to join in asking and answering these and other related questions.
Gender DynamiX, in partnership with Iranti.org, are proud to present the 3rd Trans Health, Advocacy and Research Conference in Southern Africa, taking place from 23rd – 26th of February 2017 in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Inspired by student movements in South Africa and across the continent, the theme for this year’s conference is: “Decolonising and Depathologising Trans Identities.”
This conference presents an opportunity for activists, advocates, healthcare professionals and researchers working in the fields of transgender, gender diverse, gender non-conforming and intersex to come together to rethink and reimagine what it means to decolonise and depathologise transgender identities. Further to this, the conference seeks to explore ways in which trans diverse identities can and do constructs themselves away from pathological and biomedical conceptions that exclude indigenous and contextual constructs, language and categorisation that exist on the continent. This aims to paint a picture of what the global depathologisation holds for the African trans diverse movement and what the African cohort can contribute to this ‘global depath’ movement.
The 3-day conference invites participants to think, question, critique and remodel understandings of issues such as: power, landlessness, access to health, language, erotica, heritage, law and gender; related to the realities of transgender, gender diverse, gender non-conforming and intersex communities.
Scholarship applications to attend the 3rd Trans Health, Advocacy and Research Conference have closed. However, if you wish to attend at your own cost, visit Conference FAQ for more information.
Issued on behalf of Gender DynamiX and Iranti.org.
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