CFP: “Shifting Boundaries: Re-directions, Mis-directions, and Alternative Methodologies in Contemporary Research”

Conference Date: March 14, 2019 at Concordia University, Montreal, Canada.

The Department of Religions and Cultures at Concordia University announces the 24th Annual Graduate Interdisciplinary Conference (AGIC) . The conference seeks to encourage dynamic interdisciplinary discussion in relation to this year’s central theme: Shifting Boundaries. Shifting Boundaries takes as its mission statement the notion that academic disciplines must not remain isolated from current political affairs, social movements, and cultural realities. We do this out of a recognition of the ongoing need to attend to the contemporary political landscape, punctuated as it is by ongoing contestations over a broad range of ‘boundaries’: Post- and Trans- Humanisms, Feminisms, Queer and Transgender theories contest the boundaries of the body, the self, and the fixity of gender; Migrations and refugee flows clash with resurgent Nationalisms on/over the boundaries of the State and citizenship; Populisms and the rise the Right have undermined status-quo alignements, and shifted boundaries with the international sphere; The boundaries of the ‘secular’ and the ‘religious’ are being defended and contested, while increasingly redescribed within academe by a growing recognition of the emergence of the former in the latter.

Given this context, we ask participants to reflect on the meanings of ‘boundaries’ from within their disciplines. Broadly, we pose the questions:

- How are boundaries created, maintained, subverted, and made to shift?

- What motivates efforts to make boundaries more porous? Or, conversely, to make them more rigid?

- What differentials of power are at play in the stabilities, instabilities, and redrawing ofboundaries?


Deadline: Dec. 15, 2018

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