ELT itself can be regarded as a microcosm of the global village at large, whereby whiteness and heteronormativity–amongst other power structures–are positioned in the centre of decision-making in everything from materials to organisational practices to conference themes. One-off or occasional statements, talks, or strands at events are something, but our/their ‘inclusion’ defines us/them as peripheral to the main conversation. Through this month long event, TDSIG and GISIG will use our platforms to put RACE and QUEERNESS at the centre of the discussion. We will bring together and amplify the voices of ELT folx who identify as Black, Indigenous, People of colour, and/or LGBTQIA and allies who support us/them. This event is for everyone, not simply TDSIG or GISIG members.
OUR COMMUNITY OF PRACTICE MONTH
Contribute by sharing original or linked articles, blog posts, video, podcast episodes, and comments on socials to illuminate and examine race and queerness in ELT. More info coming in November!
LIVE WEB CONFERENCE
Every keynote, talk, panel discussion, and breakout engagement focuses solely on race, LGBTQIA, or intersections of the two within ELT.
Call for speakers
Our live web conference on 5-6 December will include a variety of sessions types, from keynotes to concurrent talks to breakout session forums and more! We invite you to participate as a speaker at this event. Certain speakers will be offered a keynote slot for a £100 honorarium. Your proposal can focus on RACE, QUEERNESS, or BOTH. Click “Submit a proposal” to do so.
OUR CALL HAS NOW CLOSED.
We thank everyone who is interested in speaking at our event. Speakers have been contacted.
Money and proceeds
The 2-day live event includes some finances. GISIG and TDSIG each will provide £150 towards keynote honoraria. In addition, we will kindly ask you to donate what you can and feel is appropriate to attend the sessions, though there will be zero obligation to pay anything to attend. We understand everyone is coming from different circumstances. We are also approaching specific organisations for sponsorship as an active role in the event.
What will we do with any donations for the live web conference?
All donations and sponsorship money we receive for the live event will be split into two bins:
If you have a suggestion for a highly relevant charity, please suggest it here. During the live event, we will vote on which to donate to. If you are interested in sponsoring this event, please contact [email protected] for more details.
We have chosen Gofundme as the platform to collect donations because of its low fees. If you’d like to make a donation of any amount, please do so below. NOTE: After you donate using the link below, you’ll get a receipt saying that the charity is IATEFL, but that’s just because we had to set up the campaign as the organiser. We promise to allocate 75% to the chosen charity as we promised we would! Thank you so much for your support!
UPDATE: Thanks to your suggestions, the votes from participants at the live event, and everyone’s generosity in donations, we have been able to donate 303GBP to Casa Um, a shelter in São Paulo – Brazil for LGBTQIA+ youth! Find out more about the work they do by clicking on their logo.
Live Web Conference (5-6 Dec) Programme
Our schedule of talks is now live here!
We have two carnival tents (i.e. Zoom rooms) for both days: Tent A & Tent B. Click blue links on the schedule to enter tents. NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED.🙂 Recordings will be available to IATEFL members after the event.
We have 21 amazing, powerful speakers across the two days. Allow us to introduce our three keynote speakers!
JPB Gerald (@JPBGerald) is an adult educator and a student at CUNY – Hunter College in New York City, pursuing an EdD in Instructional Leadership. His research focus is the intersection between language teaching, race, and whiteness. He lives with his wife, dog, and very young son, who may appear during the conference. jpbgerald.com
Elizabeth Coleman (@es_coleman) – With more than a decade in practice, Elizabeth Coleman is an enthusiastic and motivated educator with a special interest in working on diversifying classroom practice through the analysis of intersectional identities and methods of inclusion. She arrived in ELT via a background in gender and environmental activism. https://www.linkedin.com/in/elizabeth-s-coleman/
Sharon Jarvis is a Métis who has been an educator for over 15 years in ELT and is currently teaching at UBC. Her areas of concentration while studying at University of British Columbia were in adult education and learning, Indigenous epistemologies and methodologies, educational psychology and special education.
If you are a TDSIG or GISIG member, you can find links to all of the talks in the IATEFL website members’ area.
We are proudly working together with a few organisations who offered to help and have unique offerings and expertises to share.
Community of Practice Month (Nov 2020)
All throughout this month, we’re interested in building both our community’s expertise and dialgoue. Both TDSIG and GISIG encourage all of us reading this and interested to share how race and queerness impacts us in our profession. To do so:
- GISIG is hosting their series “Global Issues Month“, so look out for them on socials and their website.
- TDSIG will use our socials by asking you to respond to sentence prompts, responses to burning Qs, short experience videos or paragraphs, a #SIGtweetmeet chat on Nov 10 at 5PM UK on Twitter, and few other surprises. As we get your contributions, we will collate many together here! So please watch out for ways to contribute throughout this month, especially through our social media platforms.
- At any time, we’d love for you to share links to open-access articles, blog posts, videos or what have you in the COMMENTS below on this page!
Thank you so much for helping centre this discussion! 🌈🖤🤎
#SIGtweetmeet on Race & Queerness in ELT
On Tuesday, November 10, we came together for our #SIGtweetmeet chat on Twitter. Together, we explored three guiding questions, as well as a number of very meaningful tangents. Here are a few tweets related to them. Click to go to Twitter or search for #SIGtweetmeet to see all.
Racialization and queerness are unavoidable and critical facts of everyday life, so they’re important to everyone (whether they realise it or not). If it’s part of our social reality, it should be part of ELT! #SIGtweetmeet https://t.co/BHywH5qf3J
— Ashley R. Moore (@AshleyRMoore3) November 10, 2020
At least in 🇲🇽, they aren’t tópics you usually see at conferences or training sessions. I guess it is still very problematic and uncomfortable to address them. There are only a few discussion but we need to discuss more. #SigTweetmeet https://t.co/Frp7W2Irjo
— Sergio Durand (@ChecoDurand) November 10, 2020
I think a DOS/Centre Manager has the opportunity & responsibility to embed #RaceInELT & #LGBTQInELT into training & #ProfessionalDevelopment for teachers, to look at #UnconciousBias and #Integration in classrooms and professional spaces, to benefit staff & learners #SIGtweetmeet https://t.co/iua33wTaaM
— Mx Helen S (@HelenTeachesEng) November 10, 2020