Call for Presentations: Rundle Summit 2020
Conference date: February 21-22, 2020
Location: Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Banff, Alberta
Co-hosted by the University of Calgary’s graduate program in Communication, Media and Film and the University of Alberta’s Master of Arts in Communication and Technology program

Proposal submission deadline: December 9, 2019
Proposal decision notification: December 16, 2019

The theme for this year’s Rundle Summit is “Subduction,” a geological term that describes the phenomenon of one tectonic plate’s sinking beneath another into the Earth's mantle, creating novel geologic features. This slow process creates volcanoes, earthquakes and tsunamis and, over time, can even build mountains.

Similarly, clashes between ideas in media and communication scholarship may result in the sinking of some ideas and the surfacing of others. This conference invites scholarship that reflects on ideas as subduction: what conditions lead to a clash? When do we see some ideas sink and others rise? How is the falling away of one thing the potential creation of another? What conditions limit the subduction of ideas? These are just a few of the questions you might address.

Held at the Banff Centre nestled in the Alberta Rockies, this graduate-student-led conference showcases groundbreaking research and welcomes earth-shaking conversation from students, researchers, alumni, and professionals.

Rundle Summit welcomes proposals for a variety of presentation formats:

• Lightning talks (abstract: 200 words) are succinct five-minute presentations, well-suited for introducing an idea or a work-in-progress. Lightning-talk presenters will benefit from extended Q&A in which their ideas will be workshopped.

• Long papers (abstract: 300 words) should be dynamic, 20-minute presentations. They can share a number of different things, such as research stories, reflections, challenges, or outcomes.

• Multi-speaker panels (abstract: 300 words) address intersections or tensions within a particular topic or field. Every panelist should submit an individual abstract and note the title of the panel presentation so that reviewers can clearly see the panel’s composition.

• Skills-sharing sessions (abstract: 300 words) are participant-led skills-development workshops and/or collaborative working groups focused on sharing knowledge about social-science tools and/or methodologies (e.g. teaching the basics of social-networking-analysis tool Gephi, or demystifying discourse analysis).

We also encourage proposals for alternative formats. When proposing a session, please include a description of the format in addition to the 300-word abstract.

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