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Queen's & Kingston host many conferences and other speaking opportunities.  As we here of any that may be relevant to you the graduate student, we will post here ( some may be a little further a field).

17th Annual Rehabilitation Research Colloquium

On May 1st, 2015 the School of Rehabilitation Therapy will be hosting the 17th Annual Rehabilitation Research Colloquium. The aim of the Colloquium is to present the most recent research being conducted by graduate students (MSc, MScPT, MScOT, PhD) and post-doctoral fellows in fields relating to rehabilitation science. Abstract submission will begin February 2015 where students can submit work from: completed projects, preliminary results, or proposals.

Contact rehabsci@queensu.ca or visit http://rehab.queensu.ca/colloquium/index.htm for more information. 

Queen's University Cultural Studies Graduate Symposium, Undisciplined 2015

After a two-year hiatus, we are pleased to announce that Queen's University Cultural Studies Graduate Symposium, Undisciplined 2015, is currently accepting abstract submissions. The event will be held at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario on March 27 & 28, 2015.


 Organized horizontally by a group of graduate students, involved in modes of inquiry that intersect the humanities, social sciences, activism, and the arts, Undisciplined 2015 is a space for sharing scholarly, artistic, and/or activist work that theorizes the cultural and socio-political forces that shape lived experiences in neoliberal times. This symposium invites presentations that are undisciplined in both theory and method: emphatic interdisciplinarity is expected; non-traditional methodologies are welcome; collective empowerment, interventions and transformations are expected.    

 In its sixth year, the Cultural Studies Program at Queen’s University has 80 M.A. and Ph.D. students enrolled in a diverse range of research projects that reflect this commitment to undisciplinarity. We draw from the histories, methodologies, and theoretical approaches of disciplines as varied as gender studies, global development studies, sociology, art history, film studies, and literary studies – we believe this to be most effective and generative in examining the particular research questions that guide our work.

 Considering a diverse audience, applicants are encouraged to relate their theoretical, creative, and/or activist contributions to the experiences and knowledges of those who come together under the banner of Cultural Studies.

 Format Options:

 1.    Research Papers or Presentations (15 minutes) – this short format might include “works in progress,” completed projects, or something in-between.

 2.    Workshops (45 minutes) - this extended format invites more in-depth, and possibly audience-engaged presentations. Multiple authored proposals for panels, as well as other formats, are welcome.

     Abstracts should summarize the content of your presentation in no more than 300 words (for 15 minute presentations) or 500 words (for 45 minute workshops).  Please include a brief biography including your current field of studies (approximately 150 words).

 ***Note: presentations in formats such as artist talks and research creation will also be considered.

 Please send abstracts to undisciplined2015@gmail.com by January 26, 2015, 11:59 PM.

 Please note that although refreshments will be provided during the symposium, we are unable to fund travel or accommodations for participants. However, there will be no registration fee for attendees or presenters at this symposium. Everyone is welcome to attend!

Annual Rosa Bruno Jofré Symposium in Education

To all graduate students

The following is a call for proposals for the annual Rosa Bruno Jofré Symposium in Education. While this event is organized by education graduate students, we encourage any graduate students that have work related in some way to education to submit a proposal. This event takes place on February 26th and 27th, 2015.

Proposals can be submitted for four types of presentations: single-paper, roundtable, poster, and alternative format. This event is a great opportunity to experience a conference environment, benefit from feedback, and build your academic CV.  The deadline for proposal submission is January 15th, 2015. Proposals should be limited to 300 words, and should be sent to rbjse@queensu.ca.

Best Regards,

RBJSE Submissions Committee​

Call for proposals 2015 (PDF 1.64MB)

Submission Form (PDF 599 KB)

McGill-Queen's Graduate Conference in History - Call for Proposals

The Conference (6th-7th March 2015), will feature key note speaker, Professor Fredrik Logevall, Cornell University, winner of the 2013 Pulitizer Prize in History in addition to a roundtable discussion on the future uses and implications of the rise of digital humanities.

The Conference encourages proposals from any geographic region or temporal period.  Interdisciplinary submissions are welcome. Please submit an abstract of no more than 250 words and a 125 word academic biography in Word or PDF to mcgillqueens2015@gmail.com by 1st December 2014.

For more information please email or check out www.mcgillqueens2015.wordpress.com

University of Ottawa - Call for Proposals Deadline Extended to January 19th

We are seeking proposal submissions for the Jean-Paul Dionne Symposium held on March 5-6, 2015, hosted by the Faculty of Education at the University of Ottawa.

Western science has long been guided by Cartesian philosophy which is based on universal characteristics to define binary categories. This tradition continues in mainstream conceptualizations of “body/mind”, “quantitative/qualitative”, and “natural science/social science”. This conference aims to go beyond restrictive conventional binaries that have isolated and segregated academic disciplines to highlight the interconnection between scholarship in all fields. 

We are seeking proposal submissions for the Jean-Paul Dionne Symposium held on March 5-6, 2015, hosted by the Faculty of Education at the University of Ottawa. 

As a trans-disciplinary conference, we aim to bring together bodies of knowledge and in so doing, emphasize the fluidities of disciplinary intertwinnings. We invite graduate students to re-consider their conceptualizations of research from initial philosophical assumptions to the ways in which they engage in the research process and knowledge dissemination. In this sense, you are invited to dance with and delve into the “conventional” and the “unconventional" as you situate your presentation with the overall conference theme: "Def(y|in)ing the Conventional: Moving Bodies of Knowledge". 

Topics can be expressed through such fields as: 

  • Education 
  • Health Sciences 
  • Sociology 
  • Psychology 
  • Human Kinetics 

This conference, held in both English and French, will give participants the opportunity to improve their public-speaking skills and generate a network of students and professors that share their intellectual interests. 

Full details on how to apply & criteria (521KB)