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7th Annual Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference

Bumping Zones: Bridging the Gaps between Disciplinary Research

May 5 - 7, 2016

The 2016 Interdisciplinary Graduate Students’ Conference now welcomes submissions from scholars, students, researchers, artists, and activists engaging in interdisciplinary and multimedia work. This conference brings together a diverse community of researchers, artists and experimenters from across North America. In its seventh year, the conference focuses on “bumping zones”, which are liminal spaces of intersection where unique and differentiated regions of thought and discipline meet and thrive. 

We welcome submissions for papers, panels, individual or collaborative presentations, workshops, performances, visual art, walk and talks, discussion, interventions, and public debates. We seek work that crosses disciplines, offers up strange relationships, engages within discordant and dissonant spaces, and finds new ways to articulate what it means to come up ‘against’ the grain.

Keynote Presenters:

Rita Wong, Emily Carr University of Art and Design

Rita Wong has written four books of poetry: undercurrent (Nightwood 2015), sybil unrest (co-written with Larissa Lai, Line Books, 2008), forage (Nightwood 2007), and monkeypuzzle (Press Gang 1998). She has co-edited the anthology Downstream: Reimagining Water with Dorothy Christian (Wilfrid Laurier UP, forthcoming) and co-authored the graphic book perpetual with Cindy Mochizuki. forage won Canada Reads Poetry 2011. Wong received the Asian Canadian Writers Workshop Emerging Writer Award in 1997, and the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize in 2008.  Learning from water, her work investigates the relationships between contemporary poetics, social justice, ecology, and decolonization.

An Associate Professor in Critical + Cultural Studies at the Emily Carr University of Art + Design, her work with water has been supported by the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society and the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

Christine Schreyer, University of British Columbia Okanagan

Christine Schreyer is an associate professor of anthropology at the University of British Columbia, Okanagan campus, where she teaches a range of courses in linguistic anthropology. Her research focuses on language revitalization and documentation, in Canada and in Papua New Guinea, as well as the relationship between endangered language communities and created language communities. She has conducted research with the Na’vi speech community (from the movie Avatar) and she is the creator of the Kryptonian language from Man of Steel (2013). Recently, she was co-producer of the documentary film Kala Language Project: Kala Walo Nuã about her community-based work with Kala speakers. She is also an executive producer for the documentary film Conlanging: The Art of Crafting Tongues, which will be completed in 2016. 

Call for Papers (PDF) 

Conference Registration - closes May 2. Conference registration includes lunch and banquet dinner. 

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