Shifting Boundaries”

Re-directions, Mis-directions,

and Alternative Methodologies in Contemporary Research

~ March 14, 2019 Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec ~

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 defended and contested, while being increasingly redescribed within academe through 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 of boundaries?


For AGIC 2019, we invite scholars to depart from traditional conference formats and take up alternative modes of presenting their materials. By focusing on disruptive, alternative, and creative methodologies, Shifting Boundaries reimagines the ways in which we approach research, writing, and the sharing of information. In challenging the traditional conference format we pose the question of how we speak, alongside the ever-present question of who is speaking. With these questions in mind, we welcome diverse methodological and presentation strategies, encouraging applicants to submit either traditional or non-traditional panel and presentation projects.

Submission Instructions:

Individual Papers: Please submit a 300-word abstract explaining the topic, main argument, and methodology of the paper. Individual papers will be organized into panels and should not exceed 20 minutes in delivery.

Pre-Organized Panels: Proposals for panels on a particular topic may also be submitted and can include three to five papers. Please submit: (1) a 300-word summary of the focus and purpose of the panel, specifying how each paper contributes to the overarching theme, (2) a 300-word abstract explaining the topic, main argument, and methodology of each paper, and (3) the name and contact information of the panel organizer.

Alternative Submissions: You may submit either an alternative project as an individual, or as a group/panel. If submitting a non-traditional work, please outline the format of your project, including (as necessary) any additional aids (space, technology) required for your presentation. Abstracts should be 300 words, and should indicate the relevance and argument (if applicable) of the project. For 3-5 minute lightning panel submissions, please submit individually according to the instructions for “Individual Papers” [see above].

All submissions must include the applicant’s name, e-mail address, university affiliation (if applicable), degree, and five keywords that best describe the paper/project. Abstracts can be submitted in either English or French. All submissions received will be acknowledged.

Proposals should be addressed to Claire English and Elliot Mason, and e-mailed to: