Dispersions Cultural Conference Call for Papers

Many of our readers who are in academic studies may be interested in submitting a paper to this.
It’s a cultural conference on ‘Dispersions’….This may be a good fit for some of you.

January 16-19, 2014
Balsillie School of International Affairs
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada


The Canadian Association of Cultural Studies invites proposals on all topics of relevance to cultural studies from both current and future members for its upcoming conference.

The conference theme Dispersions encourages submissions devoted to exploring all forms of distributed culture. This may include papers that investigate dispersions of people, social groups and communities; flows of cultural objects and materialities; or the dispersion of cultural studies scholars (so often now housed in vulnerable departments) across disciplines. We are curious about the implications of these dispersions. Do they result in fugitives? Or new forms of belonging? Do they constitute new forms of culture? Hybridities? Transgressions? Alienations? Transformations? Sedimentations? What does it mean to scavenge cultural belonging in the context of cultural dispersion? Is culture atavised? Or preserved? We hope to open up discussion and critical reflection about culture in the context of fragmentation, convergence, and accumulation.

We welcome papers that focus on (but are not limited to):

* Explorations at the intersections of race, gender, sexuality, religion, ethnicity, nationality
* Critical interventions into concepts of the transnational, transcultural, multicultural
* Examinations of unruly cultures, fugitive cultures, border cultures, diasporic cultures
* Distributed art cultures and practices (aesthetics; new mediations, etc.)
* Mobilities, immobilities, and constellations of flows
* Co-constitutions of animal subjects and animal culture
* Tensions between local and global cultures
* Dispersions of the unconscious
* Foodscapes and food cultures

Submission Guidelines:

Please submit electronically to cacs@wlu.ca an abstract (appended as a .doc or a .docx attachment) of no more than 300 words by Sept30, 2013. Please include with your proposal,a paper title, your name and affiliation, 5-8 keywords that represent the major foci of your proposal. Notifications will be sent out by Oct. 30, 2013. Early bird registration for the conference will open Nov. 1, 2013 at http://cacs-acec.ca/. Regular registration fees will apply after Dec. 1, 2013


This conference is hosted by Wilfrid Laurier University, located in Waterloo, Ontario (Canada). Waterloo is located in southwestern Ontario, approximately 110km from Toronto. The city is easily accessed from Toronto Pearson Airport. There are also direct flights into the Waterloo International Airport from Chicago, Ottawa, and Calgary (with connections to Vancouver, Edmonton, and other major western cities). VIA Rail service runs to the city from Montreal,Toronto and points west (Windsor, London, etc.). GO train and bus service also connects Waterloo to Toronto. WLU is one of Canada?s fastest growing universities and is home to a vibrant Faculty of Arts, which houses one of only a handful of dedicated Cultural Studies programs in the country. It is also home to several research groups and centres including the International Migration Research Centre, and is partnered with the think tank Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) and the Balsillie School of International Affairs, where the conference will be located. As a city located in the heart of Canada?s ?Technology Triangle,? home to institutions ranging from the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics to notable arts institutions including CAFKA (Contemporary Art Forum, Kitchener and Area) and The Museum, it is a place that often sees cultural production at the intersection of science, technology and the arts. Further information about Wilfrid Laurier University, and the Waterloo Region (including transportation and accommodation) will be available on our website; http://www.cacs-acec.ca/. Check back for updates.

Jeremy Hunsinger
Communication Studies
Wilfrid Laurier University
Center for Digital Discourse and Culture
Virginia Tech

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