Public Speaking




"The body is inarticulate;
it does not use speech, but begets it"

Arthur Frank
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Transform Talks: 
Workshops for staff & communities on gender & disability

In recent years, I've consulted for acting troupes, businesses, churches, and educators on how to build more accessible, welcoming, and critical spaces for a wider diversity of persons. I have collected and expanded this material into workshops on gender, sexuality, and disability. The new program is geared to a variety of communities and workplaces. These, "Transform Talks" are available on different levels to suit a host of particular needs. Short, 1-2 hour bootcamps will help orient staff, faculty, and minsters on (1) key language, (2) best practices, and (3) context and background in targeted communities. Longer day to weekend long seminars will also be available where team members can become better oriented and trained in diversity, including (1) getting to know important stories and histories, (2) workshopping situations, and (3) transforming social and physical spaces to be safe and fruitful for a wider range of lives.

Prices vary depending on needs and duration. 
Contact mbychows@gwu.edu for more information.
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Lectures & Keynotes: 
Public speeches on a variety of critical topics

I have spoken at diverse events on gender, disability, religion, education, and performances. The duration and formality of these lectures vary depending on the needs of the community from formal to casual, large groups and intimate gatherings.

Contact mbychows@gwu.edu for more information.
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Conference Talks: 
Academic presentations on my past and current research

As part of the lecture circuit I have presented talks as part of numerous conferences. Most talks follow my current research and publication interests, however, several stem from special topics introduced by the event or by a prompt from the organizers. Below is a list of some of the conference papers, panels, and roundtables on which I have presented.

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Recent Talks
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2011

“Christ on the Cross-Dresser: Transgender Images of God and Performativity as a Sign of Devotion.”
Animal, Vegetable, Mineral: Ethics & Objects in Medieval & Early Modern Periods, Washington, DC. May 11-12th, 2011.

“Haunted Spaces: Occupying, Objects and Orientations”
National Conference on Peer Tutoring in Writing, Miami, FL. Nov 4-6th, 2011.

“Teaching Composition and the Rhetoric of Gender”
National Conference on Peer Tutoring in Writing, Miami, FL Nov 4-6th, 2011.

2012

“The Wolfman & the Transwoman: Prosthetic Monsters in the Medieval Imagination.”
International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts. Orlando, FL. March 21-25th, 2012.

“Fuck Readers: The Transgressive Erotics of Bibliophiles”
Fuck This: A Round-table. International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI. May 10-13th, 2012. 

"Estrogen: Feminine Products and the Gender Industry"
Intricate Identities: Exploring Intersections of Race, Culture and Ability in the LGBT Community. Washington, DC. Nov 3rd, 2012.

2013

"Silicone: Feminine Products and the Gender Industry"
International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts., Orlando, FL. March 20-24th, 2013.

"Mercury: Queer Objects & Mad Sciences" 
Popular Culture Association Conference, Washington, DC. March 27-30, 2013

"Saline: Feminine Products & the Gender Industry"
Gender Matters Conference. DePaul University, Chicago, IL. April 12-13, 2013.

"Crip Christianity: Trauma, Ministry and Narrative as Prosthetic"
International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI. May 9-12th, 2013.

"The Fruit of Failure"
Blunder: A Round-table. International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI. May 9-12th, 2013.

"The Trans-Operative"
Mezipatra Queer Film Festival, Prague, Czech Republic. Nov 7th-15th, 2013


2014

"Queer Gower"
3rd International Congress of the John Gower Society, Rochester, New York, June 30-July3rd, 2014.

“Gravity & Light: Erotic Ecologies in CS Lewis's Space Trilogy”
International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts, Orlando, FL. March 19-23rd, 2014.

"Eunuchs for the Kingdom: Trans Christian Narratives in the Transformation"
Annual Meeting of the Eastern International Region of the American Academy of Religion
Syracuse, New York. May 3-4th, 2014

"Mad for Margery"
19th Biennial International Congress of the New Chaucer Society, Reykjavik, Iceland. July 14-21st, 2014.


2015

"Mad for Narcissus:  Transgender Suicide in Medieval Confessional Literature"
Annual Meeting of the Eastern International Region of the American Academy of Religion, Syracuse, New York. February 27, 2015

"Transvestite Metaphysics: Quantum Entanglement and Natural Philosophy in Roman de Silence"
International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts, Orlando, FL. March 18-22, 2015.

"The Transgender Prosthesis"
Georgetown University, Performance Studies Seminar, Washington DC, March 19, 2015.

"Unconfessing Gender: the Medicalization of Sin  in John Gower's Confessio Amantis"
International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI. May 9-12th, 2015.

"Trans Literature Now and Then"
WordsOut: The Annual LGBT Literary Fair of the DC Public Library, Washington DC, June 21st, 2015.

"Disability's Digital Pharmacy:  On Accessible Writing”
Transform DH Conference and ThatCamp, College Park, Maryland October 2-3, 2015.

“The Island of Hermaphrodites: Bending the Map of Disability and Intersex”
The 4th Biennial Meeting of the Babel Working Group,Toronto, Canada, October 9-11, 2015.


2016


"The Madness of Confession: Trans Suicide in John Gower's Narcissus"
The 2016 Convention of the Modern Language Association, Austin, Texas, January 7-10, 2016.

“Mad for Margery: Disability and the Imago Dei in the Book of Margery Kempe”
Annual Meeting of the Medieval Academy of America, Boston, Massachusetts, February 25-28, 2016.

"The Nymphs at the Well: Transgender Suicide and Disabling Environments in Gower's Tale of Narcissus"
International Conference of the Fantastic in the Arts, Orlando, Florida, March 16-20, 2016.

"The Island of the Amazons: The Place of Transgender in Medieval Pilgrimage"
The Sewanee Medieval Colloquium, Sewanee, Tennessee, April 1-2, 2016

"Toxic Environments: the Place and Genre of the Transgender Suicide Note"
Composing Disability: Crip Ecologies, Washington DC, April 7-8, 2016.

"Genres of Embodiment: A Theory of Medieval Trans Literature"
International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo MI, May 9-12th, 2016.

"Sex and Genre: Disorienting the Place of Hermaphrodites in Pilgrimage Narratives"
International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo MI, May 9-12th, 2016.

“Trans Textuality:”
The 20th Biennial Conference of the New Chaucer Society, London, England 2016, July 10-15th, 2016.

“Transgender Saints”
Trans Studies Conference, Tucson, AZ, September 2016.
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