Organizing Committee

Evan Vipond is a nonbinary, disabled, trans Ph.D. student in Gender, Feminist and Women’s Studies at York University. Evan obtained a Master’s in Women and Gender Studies in collaboration with Sexual Diversity Studies from the University of Toronto. They currently hold a SSHRC Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Doctoral Scholarship. Evan’s research interests include critical trans politics, trans rights and the law, feminist theory, critical race theory, queer theory, and cultural studies. Their work has been published in Gender and Education (2017), The Western Journal of Legal Studies (2015), and Theory in Action (2015).

Bridget Liang is a mixed race, queer, transfeminine, autistic, disabled, fat fangirl. They're a budding academic, community researcher, workshop and group facilitator, performance artist, and writer. They are especially interested in monsters and desirability politics, autistic and queer/trans issues, and arts-based research. Blog:

Evelyn Ramiel is a PhD student studying modern Japanese environmental history at York University. Xey have explored Meiji Japan’s war machines, mapping the relationships between states, human bodies, machines, and other living beings as they play out in artificial environments like cities and ships. More broadly, xey use assemblage theory and anarchist critiques of centralized and hierarchical social structures to define the ways that biological and technological systems and individuals became entangled during and after the Meiji era. Beyond and within academia, Evelyn wants to build queer friendships and mutual associations that are nourishing to their members.

Maverick Smith is an author, academic and activist. Their fiction and non-fiction work explores issues of social justice and equity. Currently, Maverick is a M.Ed. Candidate specializing in Adult Education and Community Development at the University of Toronto.

We would like to thank Siva Thangeswary Sivarajah, Prathna Lor, Fred Daou, and Tobias B. D. Wiggins for their contributions during the initial stages of planning.