The deadline for submitting proposals to participate in the interdisciplinary
conference on contemporary approaches to hybridity at U of T
(October 22-23, 2010) has been extended
As real or imagined social constructs, identities are continuously contested. Involved in a
relentless process of becoming, they negotiate between arrays of connections—local, regional,
national, global, while crossing racial, ethnic, class, technological and gender lines. How fluid
are they? Should they be construed as rigid phenomena or rather as being continuously
reimagined, revisioned and reinterpreted? Are they flexible and dynamic? Can they fuse or
coexist in multiple forms? As they move through a cultural matrix of meanings, how do they
mediate between the familiar and the strange, between the local and the global, between
assimilation and differentiation, between the real and the virtual? In what visible and invisible
ways do they transform to reflect or distort the reality of the world, both past and present?
This conference will provide an interdisciplinary venue where historians, anthropologists,
ethicists of science and technology, political scientists, literary geographers, sociologists, and
many others, can exchange their diverse understandings of and approaches to hybridity. The
conference will stimulate epistemological and methodological discussions, while identifying the
future directions in this evolving field. We welcome proposals for papers from scholars working
across a range of fields (including literature, history, politics, cultural studies, etc.). The keynote
speaker, Professor Stephan Palmié of the University of Chicago, one of the foremost experts in
the field, will open the conference with a discussion on the uses and abuses of the notion of
Established scholars and graduate students are encouraged to submit proposals for
individual papers (250 words & one page CV), full panels/round table discussions (500 words &
one-page CVs of all participants). Please include name, affiliation, email address, postal address,
phone number and A/V requirements (if any). Please submit proposals to
The new deadline for submissions is 15 September, 2010.
Limited support to cover travel or accommodation costs can be available. Please
indicate in your application if you have financial need and would like to be considered for
partial travel/living reimbursement.