DEADLINE EXTENSION -- Free Exchange: Relationalities

deadline for submissions: 
January 20, 2017
full name / name of organization: 
Free Exchange Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference, University of Calgary
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Free-Exchange: University of Calgary Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference, 10-12 March 2017

Deadline Submission: Extended to January 20th, 2017.


In Locations of Culture, Homi K. Bhabha suggests that the “interstitial passage between fixed identifications” permits a hybridized identity which may allow “difference without an assumed or imposed hierarchy” (4). Though Bhabha’s argument is largely post-colonial, the examination of the interstitial – of the relationality between things – brings up considerations of difference and hybridization for any number of cultural issues or artefacts. What are the outcomes, in consideration of X/Y, if we shift focus off of X or Y and onto the slash in-between?

To this end, the University of Calgary’s Free-Exchange Committee is hosting its annual, interdisciplinary graduate student conference on March 10-12, 2017. We welcome both critical and creative presentations that investigate relationality as it is manifested in history, political science, economics, philosophy, psychology, art, literature, pop culture, and other disciplines. Presentations may range from traditional seminar papers to works of short fiction, poetry, film, or multi-modal works which themselves develop out of such interstitial spaces.

We are interested in submissions that deal with any type of relationality, and between any objects of inquiry. How do ethics relate to aesthetics? How does cyberpunk relate to colonialism? How do the Canterbury Tales relate to the Rhizome? How does conceptual poetry relate to digital text? How does affect theory relate to neoliberalism? How do film adaptations relate to the books they are adapted from? How does an author or a constellation of specific authors relate to ideas of temporality, liminality, or otherness?

Topics for possible papers include, but are not limited to, the following kinds of relationalities:

Spatial – interiority and exterior space, urban and rural, distance and proximity

Temporal – historicist approaches and futurisms, atemporality, diachronic relations

Conceptual –modes of expression, literary forms and genres, creative and critical

Media – material and digital, preservation and erasure, encoding and decoding

Political – utopianism and dystopianism, Marxism and capitalism, individuals and society

Theoretical – subject and object, self and other, abjection, ethics and aesthetics

Wellness – biopower and necropower, physical and mental health, embodied relations

Organization – networks and hierarchies, rhizomes and constellations, (non-)linearity

Affinities or Aversions – forces that push together or pull apart

Liminality or Marginality – the spaces between

Intersectional – the explosion of binary into multiplicity

Questions of mediation, remediation, or intermediation


For academic papers, please submit an abstract of no more than 300 words. For creative projects, please submit an artistic statement of no more than 200 words and a sample of your work (and list of publications, if applicable).

All submissions are to be sent in an electronic e-mail attachment (preferably MS Word) to and are due no later than January 20th, 2017.