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Disturbing existence – conference and festival

By 11. janúar, 2017No Comments

What do queer people, disabled people, people of foreign origin and fat people have in common? How can these groups work together and learn from each other?

These questions and others will be examined at the conference Disturbing Existence on March 3-4, 2017.

The keynote speaker will be Lydia XZ Brown, Autistic Hoya. They are an American activist and law student of Asian origin, autistic, disabled, asexual and genderqueer. They have been a human rights activist in the United States for years and we encourage all those interested in human rights to attend their keynote address. Despite their youth, Lydia is a popular lecturer and known for their well defined and fresh perspective on marginalized groups’ struggle for human rights.


To register for the conference, click here.



Friday, March 3rd at the Nordic House:

Following Lydia XZ Brown’s keynote address, the program includes panel discussions and brief lectures by grass-roots activists working in Iceland. This portion of the conference is open to all and we wish to extend a particularly warm welcome to professionals and public officials who work on human rights-related issues.


Saturday, March 4th at the Tin Can Factory, Borgartún 1:

Lydia will lead workshops and attendees will collaborate on a petition to the Icelandic government. This portion of the conference is intended exclusively for people from marginalized groups, e.g., disabled people, queer people, women, fat people, people of foreign origin, and activists who work with human rights organizations. A good opportunity to expand one’s network and foster cooperation between marginalized groups.


Schedule (draft):

Friday, March 3rd, Nordic House

10.00-11.30 Keynote address, Lydia Brown

11.30-12.00 Questions and discussion

12.00-13.15 Lunch break

13.15-16.00 Disturbing bodies: panel discussions, brief lectures, and conversations with a diverse constellation of Icelandic human rights activists

16.00-17.00: Happy hour at Stúdentakjallarinn


Saturday, March 4th, Tin Can Factory

13.00-13.15 Icebreaker

13.15-16.00 Workshop with Lydia Brown

16.00-16.30 Break

16.30-18.00 Workshops: activists share advice and experience. Petition development.

18.00-18.30 Participatory musical performance

18.30-20.00 Vegan dinner

20.00-23.00 Networking and party.


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