The Institute of Political Economy will be hosting it’s annual graduate student conference on February 25-26, 2021 [via zoom]. Abstract submissions are now being accepted for this winter’s conference: (un)masking. Please see full details of this year’s theme in our call for papers poster/text copied below; and send your abstract [250-500 words] to by January 21, 2021 for consideration. Do not hesitate to contact our conference organizers at this email address for more information.

Papers will be due February 5, 2021. Please share widely!

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Poster details copied below:


institute of political economy 21st annual graduate student conference
february 25-26, 2021, via zoom

2020 has been a tumultuous year.  The pandemic, racism, police violence, white supremacy and the rise of the alt-right have reshaped our daily lives.  At the same time, increasing awareness of the precarious working conditions of essential workers calls for a living wage, affordable housing and rental prices; ; calls for ending racist violence; and calls for ecological action have dominated news headlines.  This year isn’t just an isolated event, but the culmination of a diversity of social, political, economic, and ecological issues, processes, and injustices that have long been neglected, concealed, or downplayed. 

This virtual interdisciplinary graduate student conference encourages participants to engage with these and other problems, which continue to be neglected, remain unsolved or lack directionality. Participants are encouraged to present on works that are in progress or completed. These could include dissertation proposals/chapters, major research papers/term papers, and artistic/visual arts.

We invite submissions that refer to, but are not limited to, these topics:

  • Work, labour, and precarious employment
  • Care work, unpaid domestic labour, and social reproduction
  • Political ecology, climate change, and resource extraction
  • International relations, trade, and foreign policy
  • (De)colonization, settler colonialism, imperialism and racial capitalism
  • Social movements, solidarity, activism, and social change
  • Digitalization, automation, technology, and surveillance

This conference is hosted by the Institute of Political Economy and sponsored by the Faculty of Public Affairs’ Research Series at Carleton University.