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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INVITED PRESENTATIONS

LGBT Champions of Change
The White House, Washington D.C., Nov. 23, 2015
Forum on LGBT and Disability Issues
The White House, Washington D.C., July 28, 2016

“The Signal Never Dies: Transgender and Digital Communities”
Johns Hopkins University, November 28, 2017

“Super-Trans! Transgender in Comic Books”
Stairway to Heaven Comics, Newington, NH, March 5, 2016

Transgender Day of Remembrance Workshop
Immanuel Congregational Church, Nov. 21, 2015.

Widening the Welcome Conference
The United Church of Christ, Hartford, CT, Sept. 26, 2015

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

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

The T-Party: Transforming Gender on Stage
Silver Spring, MD, June 20, 2013


CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS


“Transgender Ethics: The Wife of Bath's Trans Feminism"
Biennial Conference of the New Chaucer Society, Toronto, Canada 2018, July 10-15th, 2018.

“The Future of Medieval Transgender Studies”
International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo MI, May 10-18th, 2018.

“Transgender Can Save the Middle Ages”
International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo MI, May 10-18th, 2018.

“Transgender History: A Critical Conversation between M.W. Bychowski and Bruce Holsinger”
The 5th Biennial Meeting of the Babel Working Group, Reno, Nevada, October 26-29, 2017.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“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.

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

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

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

"Mad for Narcissus: Transgender Suicide in Medieval Confessional Literature"
Eastern International Region of the American Academy of Religion. Syracuse, NY. Feb 27, 2015

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

"Eunuchs for the Kingdom: Trans Christian Narratives in the Transformation"
Eastern International Region of the American Academy of Religion. Syracuse, NY. May 3, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

"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.

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

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

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

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

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