March 30 to April 1, 2012 in Washington, DC.
The phenomenal growth of online communication has given rise to an amazing amount of sharing, learning and experimenting with different expressions of sexuality, relationships and feminism. MOMENTUM provides a safe place to listen, discuss and learn about sexualities and gender without the fear of reprisal or shaming. It is a space for acceptance and appreciation of diversity, including for those in the LGBTQ, sex-work, BDSM and non-monogamous communities.
During MOMENTUM we will discuss ways to bridge the baffling dichotomies our culture creates around sexuality. While on one hand we have unprecedented sexual freedom, on the other we continue to police sexuality with a frightening vigor. Abortion laws, restrictions on gay marriage, abstinence programs, medicalization of sex, fear of pornography and prosecutions for teenage sexting are examples of one side of the spectrum. The discomfort that strives to make us keep our sexuality hidden conflicts with the use of sex — especially the female body — to sell everything from food to cars to “performance enhancing” products.
Geared toward anyone interested in intelligent conversations about the influence of new media on sexuality, MOMENTUM was the conference to attend in 2011. A smashing success with nearly 50 presenters, among them Megan Andelloux, Jenny Block, Susie Bright, Dr. Lynn Comella, Twanna A. Hines, Dr. Carol Queen, Tristan Taormino, Dr. Shira Tarrant, and Jamye Waxman, 34 sessions covering a wide range of viewpoints on sexuality, and 250+ attendees, MOMENTUM’s jam-packed program had something of interest to everyone. This year’s confirmed speakers include Dr. Charlie Glickman, Rachel Kramer Bussel, and Dr. Logan Levkoff and we anticipate 400+ attendees.
As in 2011, each participant will leave the conference with new perspectives, new connections, and a plan to carry the MOMENTUM forward into 2012 and beyond.
Who can present at MOMENTUM?
We urge anyone with a passionate interest in the ways new media has changed the landscape of sexuality, relationships and feminism, whether an individual, therapist, sexuality educator, media maven, professor, blogger or activist, to have your voice heard at MOMENTUM.
Speakers should prepare for sessions that run an hour and ten minutes including 20 to 30 minutes of open discussion. Panels will consist of no more than four speakers and one moderator. Take a look at our 2011 Session details page for more information.
Have an idea for a session but not 100% sure or looking for others to participate in it? We suggest you post in our Forums.
Fill out the linked form and we’ll contact you with more details.
Applications accepted through 12:01 am Eastern time, October 1st.