Call for Proposals: Interface 2019 presents (Un)bound: Interdisciplinary Dialogues to be held on May 3rd and 4th at Carleton University
Submission deadline:  January 11, 2019

Website and registration:

This year’s theme (Un)bound invites graduate students, emerging scholars, and artists whose research or creative practice attempts to cross traditional borders and boundaries within the academic or artistic realms. (Un)bound will explore what it means to be bound by constraints whether real or imagined, as well as the possibilities and struggles that emerge when we risk creating and/or working outside of these structured confines. The conference will provide a congenial environment where participants can present interdisciplinary research and form professional connections with like-minded peers.

ICSLAC welcomes creative and defined submissions for research papers, panels, performances, and workshops from graduate students at the MA and Ph.D. levels, as well as from emerging and independent artists or scholars. We are interested in submissions that critically consider, but are not limited to:

- borders, boundaries, and mapping
- migration and diaspora
- identity
- politics and political economy
- decolonial/post-colonial methodologies and globalisms
- interdisciplinarity in music, art, film, or literature
- critical cultural theory
- media and digital cultures
- feminist and queer theories
- interdisciplinary studies in education and pedagogy
- memory studies and museology
- environmental studies and ecocriticism

Keynote speaker: Dr. Lisa Lowe
Lisa Lowe is Distinguished Professor of English and Humanities, a faculty member of the Consortium of Studies in Race, Colonialism, and Diaspora, and Director of the Center for the Humanities at Tufts University. In January 2019, she will join Yale University as Samuel Knight Professor of American Studies.
More information about her research can be found here.

Proposals will be selected through a blind jury process. Please include your name, institutional affiliation, and bio (max. 100 words) in the body of your email and attach an abstract (max. 300 words) with a list of keywords, without any identifying information, as a PDF file. If you are submitting a performance or workshop proposal, please outline the intended length and structure in your submission as well as capacity limitations.

Hosted by The Institute for Comparative Studies in Literature, Art and Culture (ICSLAC)

Call For Papers | York University History Department’s
Annual New Frontiers Conference presents
Reclaiming Histories: Discourses of Colonization, Reconciliation and Recolonization
February 21 – February 23, 2019
Deadline for submissions is 28 December 2018

The York University History Department’s annual New Frontiers conference is an excellent forum for both MA and PhD students in history and related fields to present papers to colleagues from across Canada and the United States. This year’s theme fosters multi- and interdisciplinary approaches, therefore, we encourage papers from practitioners in history, law, indigenous studies, political studies, education, and other disciplines, representing a wide range of national, regional, thematic, and methodological backgrounds.

In 2015 the Truth and Reconciliation Commission sought to promote collaboration between the public, post-secondary institutions, all levels of government, and Indigenous peoples. Increasingly, however, some are challenging the government’s use of the term "reconciliation," charging that its true agenda in seeking reconciliation is the continued extinguishment of Aboriginal title and rights in contravention of international law, amounting to the recolonization of Indigenous peoples. Thus the actions and findings of this Commission, applied haphazardly or not at all, highlight the difficulties posed when history meets politics. These difficulties will inform the focus of several panels this year with the hope that this will inspire discussion about the problematic outcomes of collaboration.

We will be accepting papers on any geographic location and on a wide range of themes and topics including but not limited to:

· History and Theory
· Public Memory and Commemoration
· Law, Politics, and Protest
· Science, Medicine, Technology, and Environment
· Sovereignty and the State
· Religion and Society
· Race, Ethnicity, and Identity
· Gender & Sexuality
· Empire and Nation
· Popular Culture and Consumerism
· Migration and Diaspora
· Work, Class, and Community
In the spirit of collaboration and mutual learning, graduate students and post-graduate students are encouraged to submit papers on their original research, dissertation chapters in progress, research projects, and/or course papers.

Applicants are invited to submit either individual papers or panels of two to three papers.

For individual papers, please submit a maximum 250-word abstract. For panel proposals, include a maximum 200-word panel abstract explaining the rationale for the panel. Submissions must be accompanied by at least three keywords and a short biographical statement. The deadline for submissions is 28 December 2018.

Please direct submissions to:

Aaron Armstong, Ludia Bae, Alan Corbiere, Anna Jarvis, James Thomas

via Google form:

For general inquiries:

Twitter: @NewFrontiers19

Accepting Proposals for the 12th Annual
R.F. Harney Graduate Research Conference in
Ethnic and Pluralism Studies
January 31 & February 1, 2019
Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy
University of Toronto

Established in 2008 and with participants not only from Canada, but the United States, Europe, South America, Asia and Africa, our graduate research conference is recognized as the premier forum for graduate students in the field of ethnic studies to come and present their work.

We welcome students in their Master's or Doctoral programs as well as recent graduates to submit their proposals. We will be presenting awards for the best papers/presentations and featuring the award winners on our website.

Please go to the "Graduate Conference Page" on our website to find more details and submit your proposal through our online form:


Questions? Contact the R.F. Harney Program Administrator:

Momo Kano Podolsky, Program Administrator
R.F. Harney Program in Ethnic, Immigration and Pluralism Studies
Collaborative Graduate Specialization in Ethnic and Pluralism Studies
Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy | University of Toronto
1 Devonshire Place (Trinity Site) Room 064S
Toronto, Ontario M5S 3K7

Twitter: @UTMunkethnic

Information Session for the 49th St. Gallen Symposium and Essay Competition
November 29th 2018
11:30-12:30 PM
W256 Schulich School of Business
RSVP by emailing Anesa Albert at by November 26th

The website for the symposium is

*Valentine Daendliker, a student representative from the Symposium, will talk about the 8-10 May 2019 event in Switzerland and the international essay competition.

The essay competition is open to graduate students from any discipline, and the essay topic seeks creative approaches to a broad economic issue.  This year’s topic and instructions are:
“Is it as good as it gets? - What approach would you suggest to change the current purpose of capital?
Political volatility, environmental issues, precarious labour markets, technological monopolies, managerial and investment short-termism are only a few challenges we face. The time has come to counter excessive short-termism and start doing business as unusual. Think about the status quo and its implications. What would be an idea to change it? Develop projects or actions you would trust in to bring new and expanded purposes to capital and aim for a long-term positive impact. In your essay you should consider how the use of capital (financial, human, social,…) can solve complex challenges and address substantial changes, be it by individuals, civil society, businesses or governments. Your idea must inspire leaders worldwide to take on responsibility and put it into practice. Be bold and develop a truly impactful concept to win our prestigious award.”

Three winners share a monetary prize of CHF 20,000 (approx. 8750 Cdn) and attendance to the symposium.  However, from all who submit essays, the St. Gallen committee will select 100 participants and cover the travel and accommodation expenses of these selected students (flights, their visa, if needed, accommodation and meals).

“The St. Gallen Symposium connects three generations of leaders. … Leaders of Tomorrow are 200 brilliant young minds - all under 30 - from every corner of the world. They attend the symposium to help shape the global intergenerational debate, thus becoming part of a global community that nurtures their friendships, ideas, and initiatives over the long run. … Aspiring Leaders represent the corporate world through potential future executive decision makers and the entrepreneurial environment through founders and executives, who focus on sustainable development of their companies … [and] The Leaders of Today at the St. Gallen Symposium [who] represent companies as well as political and academic institutions from all over the world.”

Within and Against Academic Freedom
Symposium November 23, 2018
11:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Women & Gender Studies Institute
University of Toronto
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education
252 Bloor Street West (Library)
Register Here

All interested in respectful dialogue are welcome
AF Poster (.pdf)

Shannon Dea
Eve Haque
Peter Ives
Ilan Kapoor
Anver Saloojee
Chelsea Vowel
Johnny Eric Williams
Jasmin Zine
Rinaldo Walcott

The all-day symposium sponsored by the Women and Gender Studies Institute, University of Toronto and New College.

Rights of Non-Status Women's Network (RNSWN)
training forum on Access to Housing
November 22, 2018
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Registration and Networking
12:30 PM
University of Toronto's Factor-Inwentash School of Social Work (246 Bloor St W)

For anyone interested in housing issues in Toronto with respect to non-status families...

Mark your calendars for our next training forum on "Navigating the housing crisis: Training on Access to Housing for Non-Status families"

Tamil Pluralities: Interventions in Sameness in Critical Times
Tamil Studies Symposium 2018 at York University
16 November 2018 || Room 140, HNES Building
17 November 2018 || 152 Founders College (Founders Assembly Hall)
Nov. 18-24 | 'When Memory Lives' Visual Art & Photography Exhibit | Artscape Youngplace

‘Tamilness’ has been described in turn as an ethnic identity, a linguistic identity, a secular one, a nationalist identity, and as one growing out of a resistance to various forms of oppressive or colonial collectivizations. These pluralities of construction and imaginings of Tamil identity present us with possibilities of intervention in the rigidities and sameness that is normalized in contemporary pardigms of nation-state oriented geopolitics.

Grounded in these notions of intervention, the fourth annual Tamil Studies Symposium poses the questions: Can Tamil identity be imagined outside contemporary culture consumption? How does Tamil consciousness productively exceed the limitations of capital and nation-state models? How do Tamils lay the groundwork for mobilizing collectives, and form stable relationships across communities in systemic transformations? As Tamil identity becomes branded through various forms of social media, what forms do these consumable images, narratives take, and why? How do critical discourses emerging in Tamil Studies in the present engage with solidarities with other marginalized, minoritized identities.

Special presentations by:
S. P. Pushpakanthan (Eastern University Batticaloa, Sri Lanka; Cornell University) on Contemporary Visual Art in the North and East of Sri Lanka (3pm on 16 November)
N. Sriskandarajah (Swedish Agricultural University, Uppsala) || Keynote (1pm on 17 November)

The two-day symposium is supported by the York Centre for Asian Research; Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies; James Bennett Financial; Tamil World Initiative; South Asian Legal Clinic Ontario; Council of Agencies Serving South Asians; the Departments of Humanities, English and History; and Tamil community members.

The programme is available in Tamil and English.


Where Memory Lives, an exhibition featuring the works of S. P. Pushpakanthan and Sabes Sugunasabesan will take place between 18-24 November 2018 at Artscape Youngplace.

Organized by the Tamil Symposium Collective with support from: York Centre for Asian Research, James Bennett Financial, South Asian Legal Clinic Ontario, Council of Agencies Serving South Asians, and the Department of Humanities

More information: