This one-day Zoom conference aims to explore the challenges, rewards and necessities of working between fields, and the ways in which such an approach can reinvigorate the humanities for our times. One of the promises of interdisciplinary research is the potential to pull pre-existing but independent fields into productive conversation with one another. How might new research methodologies, such as data science and quantitative analysis tools, produce generative findings in the humanities and established disciplines such as literature and history? How might finding connections between fields help broaden the scope of research and make legible new and emerging objects of study (like social media and video games)? More broadly, for emerging scholars who find themselves in-between disciplines, temporal periods, languages, and/or blurring other boundaries, how do we navigate our academic investigation? What are the potential advantages and challenges of being “in-between”? What is the role of the humanities today in serving as an interface for our engagements with ever-evolving culture, literature, art, technology, and everyday life? In an increasingly polarized world, what is the role of the inter—whether that be of interaction, intervention, or interdisciplinarity—in (re)discovering connections and thus speaking to one another on similar grounds?

Carleton University’s Institute of Comparative Studies in Literature, Art and Culture invites graduate students and academics to present at its annual conference and discuss some of the problems listed above. The conference will take place on May 2, 2024. Interdisciplinary approaches are welcome and encouraged! Examples of research include, but are not limited to:

Art & Art History / Literature & Cultural Studies / Film & Media Studies / Religious Studies & Philosophy / Digital Humanities


Proposals are welcomed for short presentations (15 minutes). The submissions must include the following:


Institutional Affiliation

Short Biography (100 words)

Title and Abstract (250 words)

The deadline for submissions is February 1st, 2024. Please email proposals to