WORKSHOP: Word Up! Words have weight. Use yours for good.

Wednesday, March 13th 2019
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
$30 per person


Privilege. Tokenism. Othering. Problematic. In a time where a single tweet can change the whole world, the power of language has never been more real. Join writer, curator and founder of the ‘Where Are You From?’ project, Sabina McKenna, in an open discussion about the social and political vocabulary we use every day. Learn about the weight of words that we need to unpack and discuss a lot more, understand their meaning and the connotations they might carry, and how you can use yours for good.

What you can expect:

Fine tune your ability to identify problematic language and terminology
Understand why the use of some language has an effect on people — but might not affect you — by looking at pronouns, gender-specific language, microaggressions
Learn how to approach a conversation with someone you would like to learn from, about their identity
(race, sexuality or gender) without the risk of making them uncomfortable/ or taking up space
Understand privilege and what that means for you vs. others

LEADER BIO: Sabina McKenna

Sabina McKenna is a writer and curator based in Naarm/ Melbourne. She is the creator and editor of Where Are You From, an online photographic storyboard and journal about Australian cultural identities. She runs a personal blog, Artworkr, of interviews with the emerging creatives who inspire her, and she has been published in Art Almanac, Broadsheet, Archer, Acclaim, i-D, G-IRL (London), Ladies of Leisure, Catalogue Magazine, and Hopes and Fears (NYC) and many more. Her diverse portfolio explores themes of identity and belonging; what we can learn from examining where our experiences differ (and how they relate), and how we can use that to effect change.

The LOL Space is upstairs at 451 Brunswick Street and unfortunately is not wheelchair accessible. We will have plenty of seating available, but please get in touch if you have any specific accessibility needs and we will do our very best to make it happen! We are located on the corner of Brunswick Street/Alexandra Parade. Enter via Alexandra Parade.