Modern Languages and Cultural Studies

Grad Student Conference 2018


Annual CONNECTIONS Conference:



When: February 15-16, 2018
Where: University of Alberta
Extended Submission Deadline: December 1, 2017
Notification: December 10, 2017


The Graduate Student Council of the Modern Languages and Cultural Studies department at the University of Alberta invites submissions for its annual Connections conference: Transcending Connections 2018. We will be accepting academic and creative contributions that go beyond drawing the connections between languages, communities, cultures, artistic works, and concepts; by questioning, exploring, and interpreting their significance. Academic panels will be grouped based on themes and are open to all disciplines across the Social Sciences and Humanities, including but not limited to fields such as Applied Linguistics, Translation, Literature, and Cultural Studies. The Graduate Student Council welcomes everyone working in those fields or related fields, and strongly encourages new graduate students to participate.


“I believe that life is chaotic, a jumble of accidents, ambitions, misconceptions, bold intentions, lazy happenstances, and unintended consequences,
yet I also believe that there are connections that illuminate our world, revealing its endless mystery and wonder.”

~David Maraniss


Areas of interest include, but are not limited to:

Academic Contributions:

  • Communication
  • Connection through translation
  • Literary connections
  • Creative nonfiction
  • Politicization of aesthetics
  • Visual culture
  •  Digital worlds

Artistic Contributions:

  • Poetry reading
  • Performance art
  • Comics
  • Storytelling
  • Visual Arts
  • Multimedia
  • Singer/Songwriting

Academic presentations will be 15 minutes in length, followed by a 5-minute discussion period. Panel discussions and round tables will run for 60 minutes. Artistic contributions can be submitted in addition to academic papers, and will be showcased during our Creative Night on campus.


Academic Contributions:

  • 250-word abstract
  • 150-word bio

Artistic Contributions:

  • example of creative work (e.g. a photograph or excerpt)
  • 150-word bio


Please submit your proposal via the form on by the submission deadline above. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Notifications will be sent by the date listed above. Acceptance will be based on content quality, originality, and academic significance.

The University of Alberta respectfully acknowledges that we are located on Treaty 6 territory, a traditional gathering place for diverse Indigenous peoples including the Cree, Blackfoot, Metis, Nakota Sioux, Iroquois, Dene, Ojibway/ Saulteaux/Anishinaabe, Inuit, and many others whose histories, languages, and cultures continue to influence our vibrant community.