this weekend i’m going to be giving a paper at this conference. my presentation is titled, “Tikkun Olam, Tikkun Atzmo (Repairing the World, Repairing the Self)”. it’s about the strange and painful ways that individual story and complexity of identity sometimes get washed away by political action. specifically the presentation draws on the experiences of queer frum jews as a group that lives on the margin of a margin, doesn’t get represented as often in larger social movements, and consequently is silenced by those, both jewish and queer, who claim to be working toward tikkun olam.
the conference is free and open to the public, which is so refreshing considering that all conferences i have been to (or heard of!) require that you register and pay to attend. the ideas are free and the only thing that costs money is parking your car 🙂