Ecologies of Creation and Criticism in Canada Free-Exchange Conference

deadline for submissions: 
December 31, 2023
full name / name of organization: 
The University of Calgary English Department Graduate Association
contact email: 


The University of Calgary English Department Graduate Association invites both creative and critical proposals for our 2024 Free Exchange graduate conference.

This two-day conference will take place March 22-23rd in Calgary, with a particular focus on eco-criticism in literatures in Canada. We aspire to see proposals for research-creation works that face the grounded intricacies of land and habitat, climate and displacement, Indigenous resurgence, resource extraction, and other relevant subjects through various literary and hybrid genres, as well as critical papers that engage with the existing eco-critical and creative literatures being produced in Canada that grapple with our present ecological realities. Literary traditions and focuses of particular interest include, but are not limited to:


NDN Poetics

Decolonial Poetics

Environmental Posthumanism

Indigiqueer Literature

Solarpunk Literature

Cyberpunk Literature

Energy Humanities


Blue Ecology

River Writing

Ocean Literature

Speculative Literature (SF, Fantasy, Horror, Slipstream, etc)

Futurisms (Afr-, Africanfuturism, Indigenous futurism, Queer futurity, Ecotopias, Eco-dystopias)


Abstracts of 250 words accompanied by 100-word biographies and relevant contact information can be submitted by Google Form here:

with responses to be sent out by the end of January. Virtual proposals will be equally considered.