Biennial Themed Graduate Conference

Every two years the program hosts a national/international graduate student conference in social and political thought. Students gain useful experience by being responsible for its successful organization and execution.  Moreover, students also get the opportunity to meet other theory students (often not in SPT programs) and share their work. This builds meaningful opportunities for future collaboration and research dissemination.  All students are expected to present their work at the conference. 

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Graduate Student Conference in Social and Political Thought


Passing Through Catastrophe?  Aesthetics, Alienation and Apocalypse

May 15-18, 2015

Acadia University, Wolfville, NS

Keynote Address: Dr. Michael Dillon


This conference offers graduate students from across North America the opportunity to come together to discuss social and political thought.  This year's theme connects the concepts of aesthetics, alienation, apocalypse and catastrophe.  The Social and Political Thought program at Acadia University focuses on an engagement with theoretical questions that affect our everyday lives and exploring ways to turn everyday life into theoretical and aesthetic projects.  We welcome all applications on the conference theme or on these areas: critical theory; cultural theory; environmental theory; feminist theory; media and communications theory; general theory.

The conference is very excited to present Dr. Michael Dillon as this year's keynote speaker.  His keynote lecture is titled “The Catastrophe of Thought: Political Spirituality contra Political Theology”.  Dr. Dillon comes to us from the University of Lancaster's Department of Politics and International Relations where he currently holds the position of Professor Emeritus (Politics).  Dr. Dillon is widely regarded as a key figure in re-orienting critical political theory during the late 1980's/early 90's and continues to publish on issues like security, violence, ethics, biopolitics, continental political philosophy, political theology and sovereignty.  His most recent book is Biopolitics of Security: A Political Analytic of Finitude (Routledge, 2015). 

Students presenting at the conference will receive feedback on their research from a scholarly audience; networking opportunities to build key contacts and further their own professional development are also scheduled.  There will also be a chance to publish in a peer-reviewed journal in contemporary social, cultural and critical thought.  PhD, MA, and advanced honours students are all invited.  The registration fee for conference presenters includes all academic sessions, meals, and a welcome package.

Acadia University is nestled away in the beautiful rural Maritime community of Wolfville, Nova Scotia.  Surrounded by apple orchards and vineyards, Wolfville is a gorgeous place to visit during the apple blossom season.  Home to a growing Social and Political Thought graduate program, Acadia University in Wolfville is the perfect venue to experience Canadian east-coast culture while presenting your theoretical research.

Proposals must include:

1. First, last name and field of study;

2. Academic institution email address;

3. Academic affiliation (including current status in graduate or undergraduate program);

4. Name and email address of supervisor;

5. Title of proposed paper;

6. Abstract of 200 words max.


Please submit full paper/presentation to the following email:

by Tuesday, May 12, 2015