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Negotiating the Liminal:
Moving Between and Beyond Boundaries, Barriers and Borderlands

Human experience has traditionally been conceptualized as ordered firmly around structures, rigid boundaries, and inflexible barriers, including those anchored within the geographic, the social, the economic and the political. Such conceptualizations must be opened to allow for questioning within and between these categories and acts of categorization. How then do we move between and beyond boundaries, barriers and borderlands?

Intersections 2008: Negotiating the Liminal is calling for critical and creative presenters to explore and render visible spaces of transition, tension, resistance, marginality, transgression and interdisciplinarity that are inherent in the study of contemporary communication and culture. We are looking for the interrogation of what is bound and why, how barriers function, how borders are maintained and disrupted, and what exists within spaces of overlap and struggle. This conference represents a creative enterprise through which the process of bending, blending, and disrupting operates as a central mandate. This is an opportunity to bring together scholarship that highlights dynamic and imaginative connections that take place betwixt and between seemingly disparate areas of investigation.

Intersections 2008 is the seventh annual conference held by the Joint Graduate Programme in Communication and Culture at Ryerson and York Universities. We are inviting graduate students from all related disciplines to submit proposals for academic, artistic, and activist presentations that explore the liminal via intersections with social theory, politics, policy, culture, media, technology, artistic practice and social activism. This theme allows for discussion and engagement across the three streams of our programme, which include Media and Culture, Politics and Policy, and Technology in Practice. We encourage submissions from all three perspectives.

More specifically, within a paradigm of communication and cultural studies, presentations may cover (but are not limited to) the following:

  • In Between-ness & Betwixedness
  • Transition, Change & Evolution
  • Ambiguity or Indeterminacy
  • Binaries & Dualisms
  • The Interstitial
  • Identity, Subjectivity & Performativity
  • Bodies, Sexes & Personal Spaces
  • The State, Nationhood & Citizenship
  • Diaspora & Community
  • Public, Private & Hybrid Spaces
  • Urban & Rural Places & Cultures
  • Networks & Flows
  • Work & Play
  • Open & Closed Cultures of Software
  • Virtual & Augmented Realities
  • Online, Offline & Simulacral Spaces
  • Politics and Policy of Code & Dataveillance
  • Intellectual Property & Unlawful Appropriation
  • Shifting Roles of Authors, Users & Audiences
  • Participation, Production & Simultaneity
  • Resistance & Transgression
  • Empowerment & Activism
  • Agency, Control & Hegemony
  • Social Position & Hierarchy
  • Global Regionalism & Disparity
  • Fantasy, Desire & the Subliminal
  • Sustainability & Environmental Policy
  • Diversity & Tradition
  • Land Disputes & Armed Conflict
  • Globalization, Media Regulation & National Interest
  • Convergence of Media Forms
  • Concentration of Media Ownership
  • Old Media, New Media & “You” Media
  • Education, Access & Pedagogy
  • Disciplinarity & Bricolage
  • Sub-Culture & Cooptation
  • Technology & Innovation
  • Art, Culture & Commerce
  • Texts, Genres & Styles

Submission Format / Deadlines

All interested graduate students are asked to submit a short written abstract or artist's statement explaining the proposed presentation in light of the conference themes. Abstracts or statements should be no more than 250 words (approximately 1 typewritten page, double spaced) and submitted via e-mail as a .DOC or .RTF attachment.

Please Note: Name and contact information should not appear on the same page as proposal. Please include a separate page with the following information:

  • Title of presentation as it appears on the abstract
  • Your name
  • Affiliation: program, university, and level of study (e.g., MA, 2nd year E-mail address
  • A / V requirements

  • Submission format (paper presentation, creative work, poster session). All information provided to us will be kept confidential. All submissions are presented anonymously to the conference adjudication committee for peer review before acceptance or declination.

    Artists are also asked to submit a small sample of their work for adjudication, by either e-mail or post. If sending creative works by e-mail, please limit attachment size to 5mb or less. You may also direct us to a URL. Please put viewing instructions, comments and titles in your e-mail if applicable. If submitting creative works by post, please mail the proposal, a non-original copy of the work, and viewing instructions to the following address (well before the CFP deadline - Sunday, JANUARY 13th, 2008):

    Intersections 2008 Conference
    c/o Graduate Programme in Communication and Culture
    3013 TEL Building, York University
    4700 Keele Street Toronto, ON M3J 1P3

    E-mail: intersections.conference@gmail.com
    Conference Website: www.yorku.ca/cocugsa/conference

    Presented by and for graduate student scholars, artists and activists through the organizing efforts of the Communication and Culture Graduate Student Association (GSA): www.yorku.ca/cocugsa

    For more information about the Joint Graduate Programme in Communication and Culture at Ryerson and York Universities: http://comcult.yorku.ca

    Copyright (C) 2008 by Communication and Culture Graduate Student Association. All rights reserved.
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