COLLECTIVE RESISTANCE & COMMUNAL RESILIENCE: Call for Proposals
Hello! We are looking for people who are interested in quickly throwing together a conference talk, or possibly reusing a talk they've prepared for an upcoming conference that's now cancelled, and presenting it on Zoom (live and recorded).

There will be no charge for anyone attending and since we're hosting and organizing this personally, we won't be able to offer any honoraria; we hope that is understandable. We are asking some demographic questions in the form because we want to ensure gender, racial, and geographic diversity.

The theme is COLLECTIVE RESISTANCE & COMMUNAL RESILIENCE. Proposals are open to everyone from all disciplines. All are welcome to attend, though for the sake of grounding this event a little more specifically, the main audience will be library workers and takeaways should be directed at people working in library-type environments.

Here are some questions and thoughts for you as you work on proposals. What abuse have you endured from management that's been disguised as resilience or grit? How can we resist the narrative that library people are nice pushovers that can easily be ignored? How is all of this impacting library workers as our communities contend with COVID-19? Are you working on local mutual aid efforts or other ways to support residents? How have staff come together to support each other (either within a library, between libraries, at the state level, etc)? What collective actions have you been a part of (such as Radical Reference efforts during Occupy) and what have you learned from them? Where do you draw the line between a call for service and vocational awe? How do white people understand and define resiliency vs. indigenous or black communities? How is the idea of resiliency and the response to current events shaped by race and class, and how is it problematic?

We intend to be pretty liberal about whether or not something fits with the theme, so please don't hesitate to submit an idea if you have one! Please submit by Friday, April 10. Once talks are selected, we'll coordinate with presenters to figure out a good day to hold the actual event sometime this spring. Okay, that's it for now--let's see what happens!
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