Call for Workshops & Presentations

We're looking for workshops, presentations and speakers for the 3rd Annual Not Just Talk Summit

 Beata Tsosie-Peña at 2014's Not Just Talk Summit

Beata Tsosie-Peña at 2014's Not Just Talk Summit


Proposal Deadline: September 22, 2016


About Not Just Talk
In 2013, Tanya Fields, executive director of The BLK Projek was excited to be invited to TEDxManhattan and mortified when she was unceremoniously “uninvited”. She wrote an open letter addressing the decision that included a critical analysis of the intersection of privilege, class and race in food work. Her letter was widely read and generally well received. It created much needed dialogue amongst the food and environmental justice set. In response to both the rescinding of the original invitation and the letter, The BLK Projek decided to create “TanyaTalks” and a summit called “Not Just Talk”.  The first annual Not Just Talk was such a major success that the BLK Projek has been conducting the summit every year since then. What started out as an act of resistance has now become a yearly safe space gathering that encourages and inclusivity and honors the narratives of those who are often excluded and marginalized.

This year’s theme is #BLACKMAMAMAGIC, a day of creative visioning, arts and culture and reimagining how we look at and discuss Black motherhood. Through interactive workshops, performances and film screening, through smart TanyaTalks and plenary panels we will redefine how we see motherhood, think critically about the intersections of gender, race and class that creates obstacles for Black mothers to mother freely and without fear. We will deconstruct the hierarchy of single motherhood and make space to celebrate the full spectrum of the mothering experience. This day will push boundaries and include the full breadth of those who mother from kinship to non-gender conforming, LGTBQ, incarcerated/formerly incarcerated members; honoring our unique experiences and acknowledging our commonalities in a society that has made plain that it does not see our full humanity and that of the children we raise. So whether partnered, unmarried, a "non-traditional" domestic situation Not Just Talk: #BLACKMAMAMAGIC Summit will create a safe space for mothers of the African diaspora to celebrate the joys of the work we do to nurture and care for our children and ourselves.

Invitation to Present
The BLK Projek will be hosting its third annual Not Just Talk Summiton Sunday, October 9th, 2016 and we invite you to submit proposals for presentations and workshops to participate in a day of fun and learning which explores and helps us delve into this year’s theme, #BLACKMAMAMAGIC. We are seeking workshops and presentations that address and present examples of radical mothering and center mothering and nurturing in a safe, healthy environment while finding ways to resist blatant and nuanced circumstances of anti-blackness, white supremacy, patriarchy, sexism, homophobia, transantagonism, ableism and ageism. We are particularly interested in workshops and presentations that nurture sex positivity, empowerment of black girls, deconstructing normalized violence against women in our sons and encourage greater intergenerational understanding between mothers and daughters. As this is a summit that seeks to be as inclusive and safe as possible we strongly encourage submissions led by trans mothers, mothers who have been incarcerated, educators who work with incarcerated mothers, queer and lesbian, low-income, differently abled, unmarried and kinship (non-biological) mothers.

Background on the BLK Projek
Created in 2009 by Bronx resident, mother and activist Tanya Fields, The BLK ProjeK seeks to address food justice and economic development by harnessing the local, good food movement and creating small business and career opportunities for underserved women and youth of color. Through culturally relevant education, beautification of public spaces, urban gardening and community programming we create easily accessible resources and enrich the lives of women who are routinely overlooked and overburdened yet serve an important and critical role in the larger fabric of society.We will strengthen overall mental and public health, create viable pathways out of poverty, support local growers thereby elevating the collective self esteem of the larger communities we live in. Our current initiatives include the Libertad Urban Farm and the South Bronx Mobile Market.

Proposal information
Your proposal should explain how your workshop/presentation relates to this year’s theme. Each workshop/presentation should be 75 minutes in length and be able to accommodate 30-50 people. They should also be designed to be accessible to a broad range of knowledge and familiarity about the topic being presented. We also want to make this is an inclusive space so be sure that your workshop/presentation is aligned with our expectations.  Proposals should include:

      Name and contact info
      Title of the Workshop/Presentation
      250-300 word abstract
      Who your workshop/presentation is open to (i.e gender, age, race, ethnicity, etc.)
      Technical needs (i.e projector)

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