Announcing the 2020 Talking Back Feminist Media Conference & Call for Steering Committee Members!

September 8th, 2020     by Team Shameless     Comments

Illustration: Saul Freedman-Lawson

It’s time to get excited! Shameless is thrilled to announce we will host the our second annual Talking Back Feminist Media Conference online this fall. Save the date! This virtual conference will be held on November 21st and 22nd. This conference is funded by the Toronto Arts Council.

Like all things Shameless, and building on what we created together last year, it’s important to us that this conference is community-centred, accessible, radical, and fun; and that’s where we need your help. Shameless is currently looking for volunteer steering committee members to help us envision and bring to life the most exciting and wonderful (virtual) gathering we can. No experience necessary! Read below for more info:


The conference theme this year is Feminist Media as Social Justice. Last year, we had so many exciting proposals that spoke to the radical potential of feminist media as a form of activism, and the great garbage fire of 2020 has really driven home the importance of committing (or re-committing) to transformative social change. We are excited to bring together intergenerational perspectives that speak to and imagine the ways feminist media can advance racial justice, abolition, equity, and care; the ways it can build new worlds. We will ask and try to answer questions around the role of media, the meaning(s) of justice and the future(s) we want to see.

Of course, we can’t be together in-person this year, so we are going virtual! We are hoping that this shift in format allows new audiences to access and contribute to the conversations in exciting ways. Presenters, exhibitors, and vendors will be invited to submit proposals (call for proposals coming soon!) in a number of creative formats. The specific prompts will be confirmed by the steering committee (so, stay tuned!). However, the conference will definitely include: an art exhibition, an online marketplace, and open-format sessions conducted via Zoom - think talks, discussions, workshops, etc. If you’re interested in presenting, we will be releasing a call for proposals. We will also be available to help first-timers through the submission process - no prior experience is required!

Join our steering committee!
We are seeking volunteers from across Canada to join our steering committee. This committee will decide on the specific themes of each track of the conference, help draft the call for proposals, and select presenters. Committee members are asked to attend two online meetings, as well as be available to review presenter applications in-between. Members will require access to the internet in order to review applications and attend meetings.

We want this committee to represent folks of a variety of identities, backgrounds, and experiences. All ages (including youth!) are welcome, and we strongly encourage applications from folks who are historically under or mis-represented by mainstream (and feminist) media; BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Colour) women, trans, and non-binary people, queer and gender non-conforming folks, d/Deaf and/or Disabled folks, etc.

While this is a volunteer position (as all positions as Shameless are! If you happen to be a moneyed person who would like to help us change that, click here for info on supporting our work!), we can offer the following in exchange for your time and expertise:

  • Free admission for you and a guest to the 2020 Talking Back Feminist Media Conference
  • A one-year subscription to Shameless magazine
  • An honorarium of $120 CAD
  • Reference contact

To apply to be on the steering committee, please fill out this form on or before September 18, 2020. If you have any questions about the application or the committee, please contact us at

Stay tuned for our callout for proposals!
We will be releasing a call for proposals at the end of September! If you’re interested in joining a special conference mailing list so the call comes to your inbox, click here. Remember there will be lots of ways of presenting—submitting artwork for an exhibition, sharing your rad feminist wares in our virtual arts marketplace, or planning a session by yourself or with others! We will also be available to support with the application process if you’re new to conferences, so don’t let that hold you back!

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