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Reflexivity in the adjustment of stories by female sex workers and LGBTQI people

A panel by members of the Testimonial Cultures research group focused on stories by people with an experience in sex work and LGBTQI people and allowed participants to share critical reflections on the form and content given to testimonials. The panel took place May 29 2014 at the annual congress of the Sexuality Studies Association (SSA) at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario.

In their presentations, the panelists invited reflection on the strategies used to adjust testimonials and the need for reflexive approaches to making these adjustments:

  • Testimonial cultures among sex workers in Canada: content and conditions of production (Maria Nengeh Mensah, Véro Leduc)
  • What I love about being queer: from pathos to strangeness? (Bruno Laprade)
  • Testimonial practices at GRIS-Montreal: can authenticity be a barrier to communication? (Marie Houzeau)
  • The challenges of inclusive political communication in organizing LGBTQI testimonials (Janik Bastien-Charlebois)