Grad Student Conference


Maintaining Bridges: Sustaining Connections in a Time of Crisis

MLCS Graduate Conference 2021
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When: March 4 - 5, 2021
Where: Online
Submission Deadline: February 10, 2021
Notification: February 15, 2021

The Graduate Student Council of the Department of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies at the University of Alberta invites submissions for its annual Connections conference: Maintaining Bridges: Sustaining Connections in a Time of Crisis. The upcoming conference will be taking place digitally on March 4th and 5th 2021, featuring two days of academic panels and an evening showcase of art and creativity. We will be accepting academic and creative contributions that approach, from a critical perspective, the idea of the importance of preserving various connections while adapting and combating with obstacles created by crises. The conference will focus on the bridges between communities, disciplines, cultures, languages, artistic works, and concepts by questioning, challenging, and interpreting their significance. We encourage submissions from various disciplines across the Social Sciences and Humanities, including but not limited to fields such as Literary Studies, Applied Linguistics, Translation, and Cultural Studies. The Graduate Student Council welcomes everyone working in those fields and strongly encourages new graduate students to participate.


“Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it.” – Helen Keller


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. Panels will run for 60 minutes. Artistic contributions can be submitted individually or in addition to academic papers, and will be showcased during our Creative Night.


Academic Contributions:

  • 250-word abstract
  • 150-word bio

Artistic Contributions:

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


Please submit your proposal via google form by January 30, 2021. Notifications will be sent by February 15, 2021. Acceptance will be based on content quality, originality, and academic significance

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The Department of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies at the University of Alberta aims to foster a community in which diversity is integral and people from all different backgrounds are acknowledged and respected. We are committed to creating an inclusive environment that welcomes diversity in as many aspects as possible, including but not limited to race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, disability, socio- economic status, class, and religion. We also acknowledge that the land on which we gather is Treaty 6 territory and a traditional meeting ground and home for many Indigenous Peoples, including Cree, Saulteaux, Blackfoot, Métis, and Nakota Sioux.

We strive to ensure that current students, faculty members and staff from different backgrounds and with diverse perspectives are well-served in the department. We encourage, in our community, the free exchange of ideas that contribute to understanding diversity and raising multicultural awareness. We also welcome prospective students and staff members, other institutions and organizations to join us in our mission. Together, we are working to advance the course of equity and freedom, as well as multilingual and multicultural education within our department.