Grad Student Conference


(En)Forced (Mis)Connections 2020: tracing spaces of violence, struggle & solidarity

When: February 13-14, 2020
Where: University of Alberta
Extended Submission Deadline: November 30, 2019
Notification: December 15, 2019


The Graduate Student Council of the Modern Languages and Cultural Studies department at the University of Alberta invites submissions for its annual Connections conference: (En)Forced (Mis)Connections 2020. We will be accepting academic and creative contributions that approach from a new perspective the (sometimes forced) connections (or disconnections) between communities, disciplines, cultures, languages, artistic works, and concepts; by questioning, challenging, 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.

"Force can take the following form: The making unbearable of the consequences of not willing what someone wills you to will (emphasis in the original)"
~Sara Ahmed

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 google form by the submission deadline above. If you have any questions, feel free to contact or our conference website. Acceptance will be based on content quality, originality, and academic significance.

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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.