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Broadcasting from the Intersection of Race, Gender, Size, and Empowerment

I have facilitated many safe-space conversations, hosted panels, and presented on the politics of race, gender, body image, activism, and cosplay in both online and in-person geek spaces.

I can speak at conventions, conferences, and academic spaces. I also host events, moderate panels, and interview content creators.

I am also available to do sensitivity reading for manuscripts and other types or work.

Do not hesitate to contact me regarding rates and availability at talynnkel@gmail.com.


Portfolio of Topics

Cosplay for Beginners

Basic intro to the world of cosplay and helpful hints on keeping it fun.


 Cosplay in Non-Canon Bodies

This panel will explore topics like body type, race, physical ability, age, and gender while discussing the perception and expectations of cosplay and popularity. We’ll also discuss different ways to cosplay characters, character fidelity, armor on curvier bodies, and cosplay hacks.


 Using Cosplay to Promote Your Brand

Primer on branding yourself and your work using cosplay.


Cosplay: Expectation vs Reality

Playful take on what you think will happen when you cosplay vs what actually happens.


 Cosplay AnyWay! Learn to Slay Your Body Positive Cosplay

The cosplay world is just like society at large – discriminatory, superficial, and judgmental. There’s racism, sexism, ableism, sizeism, all the -isms just like everything else in society. It can be an intimidating yet here you are in all your curvy glory slaying the game because nobody tells me what I can and can’t do.

This is an inclusive, body positive panel about how to use your closet and inner fashionista to build your cosplay. We’ll also discuss different approaches to cosplay, character fidelity, armor on curvier bodies, and cosplay hacks.

If you’re interested in cosplay and want to learn some ways to navigate that space without succumbing to the toxic environment, let’s talk. It doesn’t have to be as challenging as it can appear. Cosplay is truly all about you.


Anti-Blackness in Fandom

This workshop will give participants a good understanding of where racism, white privilege, and anti-Blackness shows up in fandom communities. Learn how to make your fandom spaces safer for marginalized communities by identifying when and how racism manifests.


 Combating Online and Real-Life Harassment

Workshop on navigating the and exiting the toxic areas of fandom.


 Cosplay as Resistance

Pushing back against oppression takes different forms and the cosplay fight for representation is one of them.

This panel will explore topics like body type, race, physical ability, age, and gender while discussing the perception and expectations of cosplay and popularity and how cosplay is a way to subvert all the things we’re conditioned to accept.


 Gaslighting 101 - Protecting Yourself in Toxic Fandoms

Feeling as though you are part of a fandom can be complicated, especially when identity politics favors some identities so completely that people don’t realize who they aren’t seeing. Often, those of us in marginalized communities find ourselves under attack for seeking or creating spaces that represent us. We find ourselves in emotionally challenging situations without understanding how we got there. And often, it’s because of gaslighting.

This workshop will explain what gaslighting is and help you recognize this manipulation tactic used to silence marginalized voices in fandom. This panel will provide you with information and tools to empower you as you make space for yourself in geek culture.  

We will discuss real world examples of how this tactic is used and provide ways to wither avoid or take control of conversations that otherwise would leave you feeling confused and compromised. This will be an interactive experience, but participation is not mandatory.


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