Disruption, Resistance & Resilience, UBC Graduate Conference 2019

deadline for submissions: 
February 15, 2019
full name / name of organization: 
Shalini Nanayakkara / Endnotes Conference at the University of British Columbia

The University of British Columbia’s annual English Graduate Conference cordially invites submissions under the themes of Disruption, Resistance, and Resilience.

In the wake of years of political, social, and ecological crises that have disrupted, disoriented, and displaced populations across the globe, modes of resistance and resilience have emerged to confront the disarray. From the rise of Trump and “fake news” to the latest IPCC report on the impending irrevocability of climate change, humanities studies and art practices have stepped up to the challenge to revolutionize their age-old roles of disruption and resilience-making on a much larger global stage.

How have the humanities and the arts contributed to re-focusing disruption, resistance, and resilience in a time where social justice, globalization, and environmentalism have taken the foreground in public imaginations and anxieties?  

In the interest of soliciting a wide array of responses, we do not limit the Endnotes theme to the above interpretation. We encourage submissions from all areas of language and literature studies and across all historical periods. While this is an academic conference hosted by the English graduate department, we are also interested in inter/multi/transdisciplinary academic and creative works.    

Particular topics of interest may include but are not limited to:

  • Historical or colonial narratives, time scales, geographies, and periodizations; critical race, transborder, and indigenous studies

  • Technologies; digital humanities; film and media studies; game studies

  • Graphic arts, graphic novels, and comic books; print culture

  • English language studies; intertextuality; semiotics; history and contemporary challenges in language change; prescriptivism/descriptivism debates  

  • The anthropocene, climate change, mass extinction and environmental distress; ecocriticism; environmental humanities

  • Narratives and legacies in political, social or cultural movements or frameworks

  • Pre/post-apocalyptic narratives; utopias and dystopias; sci-fi, cli-fi, and other speculative fictions

  • Global conflicts and displacements; migration, immigration, diaspora and refugees

  • Radical futures; afro-futurism; posthumanism; transhumanism; animal studies

  • Xenophobia; nationalism, nativism, and other ethnocentrisms

  • Cultures and communities; cultural heritage; traditional knowledge

  • Medical humanities; pandemics and superbugs; bioethics; communities and narratives of care; disruptive/resistant/resilient bodies

  • Narratives of gender, queerness, and transness; queer theory and gender studies

  • Decolonization and anti-colonialism; counter-revolutions and counter-cultures

  • Pedagogy and praxis for arts, humanities, and other cultural studies; public scholarship; museum studies; alt-ac


We invite proposals for academic papers, creative presentations, and organized panels engaging the theme of “disruption, resistance, and resilience” for the 2019 Endnotes conference. Individual presentations must be 15-20 minutes in length. We welcome submissions from scholars and artists from across the disciplines and in any career phase, but we particularly emphasize graduate-level work.

Please send abstracts to endnotesconference@gmail.com by Friday, February 1, 2019 in one of the following formats:

Individual paper and creative work proposals

  • A subject line reading “Endnotes 2019 Abstract”

  • Presenter’s name

  • School attended by presenter

  • Title of the presentation

  • 250-300 word abstract attached (.doc, .docx or .pdf)

Panel proposals

  • A subject line reading “Endnotes 2019 Panel Proposal”

  • The panel title

  • A description of the panel (3-5 sentences)

  • Name of panel chair

  • A single document (.doc, .docx or .pdf) with all presentations that includes

    • Presenters’ names

    • Schools attended by presenters

    • Titles of each presentation

    • 250-300 word abstract for each presentation

Endnotes 2019 will take place just before the Congress of Humanities and Social Sciences’ ACCUTE conference, which is also being held at the University of British Columbia this year. Participants intending to attend ACCUTE are welcome to submit.