Borders and Border Crossings - May 1 & 2, 2012

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University of British Columbia, Okanagan Campus; Interdisciplinary Graduate Student's Association
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The Interdisciplinary Graduate Students Association at the University of British Columbia's Okanagan campus invites you to attend our fifth annual graduate student conference. This conference invites papers from creative and critical perspectives that examine the role of borders and border crossings as they intersect with, uphold, or challenge ideologies, institutions, and social spaces. Although the focus is on interdisciplinary studies in the Humanities and Social Sciences, we encourage submissions from across graduate disciplines.

Proposals for both academic papers and creative work will be considered, and all presentations will be 15 minutes in length. Proposals should be no longer than 300 words, bear no identifying information, and be accompanied by a covering letter that includes the applicant's name and contact information. Please submit proposals to as email attachments in .pdf, .rtf, .doc or .docx format by January 15, 2012.

Graduate students are encouraged to apply to one of the following panels. These are not meant to restrict topics of presentation; rather, they are meant to inspire creative and critical thinking around the various borders we encounter. Please feel free to submit any proposals around the conference theme. Panel proposals are also welcome, and must be submitted by January 15, 2012. Please feel free to contact us with

Suggested Panel Topics
• Health and culture
• International relations
• Gender and sexuality
• Pop culture
• Post-colonialisms
• Forbidden ground
• Serious play
• Gods and monsters
• Children and culture
• Humans and animals
• The university and the world