Call for papers

Call For Papers Intersections 2014: Thinking|Feeling

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Call For Papers

Intersections 2014: Thinking|Feeling

March 14-15, 2014, York & Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada

Keynote by Jasbir K. Puar

Submissions Deadline: December 21, 2013


How do we think about the “unthinkable”? How do we explain the visceral sensations that prefigure our thoughts and actions? Intersections 2014: Thinking|Feeling is a two-day conference organized by the York-Ryerson Joint Graduate Program in Communication and Culture to be held at Ryerson University (Toronto), that will address notions of affect as a lens for critical scholarship and inquiry. We are interested in examining feelings as they blur lines between emotions, bodies and the psyche, opening up spaces for alternative modes of thought and discourse.  Affect bridges experiences from the personal to the political, and is an epistemological lens that can help us explore the depths of experience found within sensation, feelings, cognitions and objects. We seek interdisciplinary approaches that examine connections between “thinking” and “feeling” in relation to: emotion, the senses, embodiment, mental capacities, the visceral, interactivity, social interaction, media and communications technologies, intensity, sexuality and desire, social and political structures, cultural production, artistic practices and phenomenology.

Intersections 2014: Thinking|Feeling also welcomes a wide range of artwork from diverse practitioners to be exhibited as part of our annual exhibition, Cross Sections. We encourage submissions of paintings, drawings, photography, collage, sculpture, interactive works, performances, film/video projections and other marginal or intermedia forms. We are also open to papers, panel discussions, artist talks that are supported by or connected to your artistic work, please submit an abstract along with your artwork if you are interested in participating in conference sessions in this capacity.


Possible presentation topics include, but are not limited to:

•   Gender and Feminist Theory

•   Critical Sexuality and Queer Theory

•   Critical Race Theory

•   Disability Studies

•   Communications

•   Psychology

•   Religion and Spirituality

•   Fine Art

•   Art History

•   Cultural Studies

•   Environmental Studies

•   Literature

•   Social and Political Thought

•   Policy and Labour Studies

•   Media Studies (including Cinema and Video Games)

•   Activism

•   Philosophy


We are accepting proposals for participant presentations in the following categories: 15-20 minute talks; curated panels (lightning talks, longer talks, curated conversation); project demos; digital and/or print posters; creative performances; post conference workshops.

Submissions for papers and panels: Please submit a 300 word abstract or up to a 600 word panel proposal including your name, degree/department, email address, title of presentation, as well as a 200 word bio, by December 21st to Notices of acceptance will be sent in January 2013.


Submissions for artworks: Proposals for artworks can be submitted to Please submit a short summary of the work (300 words) as well as an artist bio (200 words). Include still images (max. 5 images, 1MB each) or video if desired, and be sure to specify the medium, size, year, duration (if applicable), and technical or spatial requirements for presentation. Please submit an abstract along with your work if you are interested in participating in a presentation, panel discussion or artist talk that is supported by or connected to your artistic work.

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