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Heartbroken in the Borderlands

May 13, 2016 @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm

DePaul WGS presents HEARTBROKEN IN THE BORDERLANDS: LANGUAGES OF AUTHENTICITY AND VULNERABILITY, a daylong summit to be held on May 13, 2016 at DePaul University (Lincoln Park Campus) from 9:30 AM – 4 PM.

DePaul WGS invites you to an original summit focusing on building community through sharing stories of our broken hearts. We are asking for submissions (academic & creative) which address and call attention to experience, memory, and emotion through storytelling. Drawing from the works of Gloria Anzaldúa, Aurora Levins Morales, Suheir Hammad, Audre Lorde, and many more, we strive to make the acts of writing and sharing a political means of resistance to hegemony and silencing.

Our values and goals:
· emotional vulnerability
· validating/valuing our emotions and broken hearts
· building community in the borderlands
· using storytelling as a means of resistance
· using discourses of hope as means of resistance
· examining how identity forms in culture
· being present as our full authentic selves (no compartmentalization of identity!)

Submissions may be presented through a variety of mediums – scholarly papers, presentations, round table discussions, poetry, visual art, photography, collaborative pieces, et cetera. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, email Visit for inspiration and references to authors and works that collectively inspire us.

P.S SUBMIT A 500 WORD (MAX.) ABSTRACT TO BCEVPROJECT@GMAIL.COM BY FEBRUARY 29, 2016 @ 11:59 PM! PLEASE REFER TO “SUMMIT” IN THE SUBJECT LINE. In your submission, tell us what medium you will be using for your project, what themes will be present in your work, and how your work contributes to the larger summit.


May 13, 2016
9:30 am - 4:00 pm


Building Communities, Ending Violence


Depaul University Lincoln Park
Chicago, IL 60608 United States

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