UofC Graduate Conference "Spectacular Instability" Banff Centre, Banff, AB

Note from Shauna:

Hi, all,

This conference -- taking place in Banff in May -- is about instability in the media, and since we in the journalism field know a lot about that these days, it sure would be great to have a couple of our Journalism students represented at this conference.

Note that undergraduate students are welcome to present, which is rare.

If you're interested on working on a proposal, please discuss it with one of your instructors (myself included) and we'd be glad to give you some feedback.

Here's the info:


Communications, Film and New Media
Graduate Student Conference May 8– 10, 2015
The Banff Centre, Banff, Alberta
Sponsored by the University of Calgary
Communications, Film and New Media Department

"Actual happiness always looks pretty squalid in comparison with the overcompensations for misery. And, of course, stability isn't nearly so spectacular as instability. And being contented has none of the glamour of a good fight against misfortune, none of the picturesqueness of a struggle with temptation, or a fatal overthrow by passion or doubt. Happiness is never grand." (Aldous Huxley, Brave New World)


The theme of our first interdisciplinary graduate student conference is "spectacular instability." From changes in the practice of journalism, the proliferation of social movements, growing concern over climate change, to the price of oil as a paramount indicator of Canadian prosperity, this inaugural conference seeks to promote discussion regarding the notion of instability in our times. A local interpretation of this theme would seek to understand the massive population change in Alberta, redefining the very nature of what it means to be an Albertan in Canada, an image that is perhaps contrary to how Albertans are represented in the media. At the same time, gathering within the enduring feature of the Rocky Mountains puts the temporality of the human experience of instability in perspective.

Broadly interpreted, we welcome papers that investigate, demonstrate or interrogate how instability is being portrayed in the media, literature, and film and the implications of this instability on the local, regional and national experience. Papers that address specifically Canadian issues or perspectives are highly encouraged. The conference also gives students the opportunity to revise their current research projects with this theme in mind.

This graduate conference is unique in welcoming submissions from 4th year undergraduate students and honours undergraduates. We will also be featuring post-doctoral keynote speakers from our PhD program. Several workshops are also planned for conference attendees to promote success within and outside of the academic world. We will be publishing conference proceedings, as well as offering a prize for the best conference paper.

Submission length: 300 words
Deadline for submission: March 25, 2015.
Notification of acceptance: April 1, 2015

Please send conference paper abstracts to Andrea Whiteley This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or Jennifer Caswell This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with the email title "Banff Grad Conference."

Room rate: $155/night (superior, double room) - 2 nights
Facility fee/night: $15
Conference fee: $127.09 (includes one breakfast, two lunches, one full- day refreshment break, one half-day refreshment break)
Total: $467.09