NOTE FROM THE CONFERENCE ORGANIZERS

The first submission deadline for abstracts is February 9th, 2018. Proposals should include the title, abstract or description of the presentation/paper, and keywords. They should be emailed to gcgcundergrad@gmail.com. Presenters will be notified of their acceptance no later than February 19th, 2018.

 


In recent years, the extent and the impact of seemingly independent crises across various spaces has increased significantly, affecting a growing number people as well as the physical world we depend on. Experiencing or witnessing these crises on multiple and distinct levels, global and local communities are desperately seeking to find effective coping mechanisms and long-term solutions. However, it appears that current approaches to these various and complex crises, have not provided sufficient answers and strategies to tackle the expansion of human suffering, natural destruction and systemic injustices. Thus, instead of looking at contemporary crises from a single disciplinary perspective, there has to be a shift towards interdisciplinary approaches to unveil the convergence of the following crises

Ecological Crises

Entailing climate change, resource depletion, the energy crisis, Biodiversity Loss, and accessibility to food and water.

Economic Crises

of wealth distribution and inequality, capitalist expansion, financial Instability, and Land/Water Grabs

Social Crises

Concerning the Maintenance of (Neo)Colonial, Settler Colonial, and (Neo)Imperialist Power structures, Mass Displacement and Migration/Refugees, the disruption of the socio-cultural Reproduction of MARGINALIZED COMMUNITIES, different expressions of systemic violence, health crises, and Spread of diseases 

Political Crises

Such as the polarization of Societies, increased political violence, expanded prison and deportation systems, militarization, securitization and surveillance, the re-emergence of extreme right wing populism, and different forms of political violence

. . . as well as many other crises.

Our approaches to these convergent crises should transcend academic boundaries, addressing them from a critical and holistic collection of cross-cultural and intersectional perspectives. In addition to identifying the effects of various crises, the ability to critically analyze hegemonic systems and power relations, how they result in different forms of injustices, and how they exacerbate global and local crises, provides valuable insight on the root causes and converging nature of contemporary crises— as well as potential responses, resistance strategies, and alternatives. These hegemonic systems include, but are not limited to capitalism, the nation-state system, patriarchy, racism, imperialism, modernity/coloniality, ableism, speciesism, ageism, and cisheteronormativity.  

This conference provides undergraduate students with a platform to present and discuss their work on these issues, their root causes, their intersections, their evolution, the range of resistances and responses juxtaposing these crises, and the solutions and alternatives developed to overcome them. Therefore, with the purpose of creating a broad variety of cross-disciplinary articulations, submissions from all academic fields are welcomed (e.g., global studies, political science, history, justice studies, political ecology, environmental studies, indigenous/American-Indian studies, ethnic studies, gender studies, development studies, public health, critical geography, literature, humanities, etc.). In addition to traditional research papers, we also consider non-traditional projects such as films, creative writing, art, craftworks, music and other forms of expressions so long as they are grounded in academic research. 

 

 

Guidelines for Submissions

Submit a 200-300 word abstract describing your paper/project along with short 100-200 word bio which can include personal information, institutional affiliation, and/ or your academic profile. Even though it is not required, we strongly recommend attaching a list of sources. Please submit these documents before the due dates to gcgcundergrad@gmail.com. Group projects are also welcomed.  

 

Key Dates

Submission Deadline: February 9th, 2018

Submission Acceptance/Rejection: Febraury 19th, 2018

Conference Date: April 4th-April 6th, 2018

The assumption that what currently exists must necessarily exist is the acid that corrodes all visionary thinking.
— Murray Bookchin