Call for Abstracts: Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Research Conference on ‘Responsibility’

Critical perspectives on understanding responsibility for each other, for the planet, for our research, for UBC, and beyond.

Hosted by the Interdisciplinary Studies Graduate Program

Call for Abstracts Deadline: November 20, 2017
Conference: Monday, March 19, 2018 – 9:00 – 4:30pm

Featuring Keynote Speakers:
Dr. Paul Russell, Department of Philosophy, University of British Columbia
Dr. Walter Kohan, Department of Childhood Studies, State University of Rio de Janeiro


ISGP would like to invite graduate students and community members to take part in the 2018 Interdisciplinary Studies Graduate Conference. This conference is envisioned by students of the ISGP as a way of embodying the essence of interdisciplinary research – becoming a meeting point for communities, disciplines, methodologies and research approaches.

ISGP is asking presenters to focus on critical perspectives, in the context of their research as well as their own experiences, on understanding responsibility for each other, for the planet, for research, for UBC, and beyond. The topic is meant to be inclusive of all issues regarding responsibility, including a critique the concept itself.

At the conference there will be three opportunities for communicating and sharing knowledge:

  1. Oral Presentations: The format will also consist of an individual 15-minute presentation, followed by 10 minutes of questions.
  2. Panel discussions: There might be panel discussions in the morning and afternoon. They will consist of three to fourth members with a collective presentation of 45 to 60 minutes followed by a 10 minutes of discussion and questions. If you are interested in submitting for a panel discussions, please write an abstract as a group. The word count is extended to a maximum of 1000 words to allow each presenter to describe their role.
  3. Creative presentations or performances: Posters and alternative forms of art expression are welcome and encouraged.

Abstract from presentations will have the opportunity to be published at the peer review Cutting Edge: ISGP journal.

Any questions regarding posters and other forms of presentation and art expressions are welcomed. Please email

The event is free, but registration required to ensure that enough food is provided. Please register and/or submit your abstract here

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