Call for Papers

MLCS Graduate Student Conference

Annual CONNECTIONS Conference:


When:                                                     February 2nd and 3rd 2017
Where:                                                    University of Alberta
Submission Deadline:                       November 20th 2016  extended! Now: Dec 1
Notification:                                         December 14th 2016


The Graduate Students Council of the Modern Languages and Cultural Studies department at the University of Alberta invites papers for its annual Connections conference with the theme (Dis)Connections. Please submit academic and creative contributions that explore the relations between languages, communities, cultures, artistic works and concepts. 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 and Cultural Studies. The Graduate Students Council welcomes everyone working in those fields, and encourages new graduate students to participate.


Eventually everything connects – people, ideas, objects. The quality of the connections is the key to quality per se.
(Charles Eames)


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
●      Paintings
●      Sculptures
●      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 the evenings at special venues to be announced.




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 this form only by November 20th. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Notifications will be sent by December 14th 2016. Acceptance will be based on content quality, originality, and academic significance.