This is Fine: Existentialism, Performance, Apocalypse

deadline for submissions: 
June 30, 2023
full name / name of organization: 
Free Exchange Graduate Conference
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The University of Calgary English Department’s Free Exchange Conference committee is excited to announce our annual conference will be taking place in person on August 25 and 26th, 2023! We invite applications from any graduate student to speak to this year’s theme, “This is Fine: Existentialism, Performance, Apocalypse.”

We invite applications that seek to engage with the theme in whatever sense feels appropriate to you. What does the future look like? What will happen to the earth? How do we make sense of our time? What does art do for us? How do we make meaningful art? How does climate change affect our art-making? How do we perform apocalypse? How do we perform care?

Please send an abstract of 200-300 words by June 30th to be considered for Free Exchange. We accept both critical and creative applications. Limited hybrid options are available. Visit our website ( for more info and to find the Google form link to submit your abstract.