Scholarship Beyond Boundaries

Date: 29 February to 1 March 2020
Venue: Queen’s University Campus
Presenter Registration: Queen’s SGPS member $40 and Non-Queen’s SGPS Member $55
What’s included: Access to a two day conference, coffee & tea, lunch on both days
Social events: Details will be released closer to the conference date.

What is a boundary?

A boundary is a border, a line, a division that not only separates but also gives shape and definition. Boundaries can be enabling, they can give a sense of knowing, of comfort and of identity. Staying within boundaries, however, can mean that you are unaware of possibilities that lie beyond them, potential new ways in which to be and think. Boundaries are complicated, filled with power dynamics and issues of inclusion and exclusion. Therefore, exploring the possibilities, discomforts, and ideas beyond the boundaries within which we have come to understand ourselves, our work and our ways of thinking can be exhilarating, terrifying and, for scholars, necessary.

As graduate and professional students, it is imperative that we network beyond the bounded circles and lines of thought to which we have become so accustomed, the boundaries of our disciplinary lenses, or our defined areas of geographical focus. How do those working in different disciplines see the same subject? To borrow from Jennifer Robinson (2015), how can we “think through elsewhere?” We suggest that one way is to provide spaces that are germane to the sharing and the generation of new ideas.

To this end, the Society of Graduate and Professional Students (SGPS) at Queen’s University is excited to call for panel proposals for the conference Scholarship Beyond Boundaries happening on the Queen’s University campus in Kingston, Ontario from February 29 until March 1. As alluded to above, this conference aims to facilitate conversations between scholars of different disciplines through multidisciplinary and/or multi-spatial panels. By making participants aware of alternate literature or considering their work from different perspectives/places these panel discussions have the potential to strengthen lines of inquiry and inspire new ones. As such, we are seeking presentations that can be understood by those outside of the speaker’s area of focus. Further, presenters are encouraged to collaborate prior to the conference by sharing their papers and ideas, in turn providing constructive feedback on their fellow panelists’ work.

Call for Presenters

Our application for panel presenters are now closed but there is an extended deadline for poster presenters. The deadline to submit a poster for consideration is the 30th of November 2019.


You are working on a project that is multidisciplinary and would like to showcase how different disciplines might attempt to address the question or topic you have raised. In your submission, include:

  • Your project title
  • Your contact information
  • A brief bio
  • A PDF copy of your poster

Please note that posters should by 36″X48″ dimensions and the cost and printing of the poster will be the applicants responsibility. If you are applying to be a poster presenter you need to fill in this form and submit a PDF copy of your poster to no later than the 30th of November 2019.

Please see the original Call for Presenters attached for and contact if you have ay additional questions.

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Call for Sponsorship

In keeping with the conference theme of “‘going beyond boundaries,”’ we are appealing to a variety of faculties, departments, and organisational bodies at Queen’s University to help sponsor the event. By becoming a sponsor, you will have an opportunity to shape the direction of the conference. You will also be able to offer your graduate and professional students another space on campus where they can share and strengthen their research, and provide them with an opportunity to network with the 80 other expected attendees from a wide variety of disciplinary backgrounds.

As a sponsor of the conference, you will be entitled to:

  • Create a theme for a panel to which presenters can apply (The deadline for this opportunity has passed)
  • Have your logo appear on our communication as a clear indicator of your support for graduate students and graduate student initiatives

You can sponsor the event in one of two ways:

  • Paying between $150-$200 to sponsor a panel
  • Gifting something that is needed for the conference (such as coffee, lunch, snacks, conference bags, printing etc)

If you would like to become a sponsor please send an email to

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We are creating a Conference Organizing Committee, comprised of graduate and professional students from across Queen’s University campus who will be given the opportunity to help with conference operations. Registration costs to attend/present at the conference will be waived for volunteers.

While the conference content will certainly go beyond boundaries we are ensuring the conference goes beyond them operationally too. This is being achieved by soliciting sponsorship and collaboration from across the university as well as through the help of volunteers, who will meet other graduates from across the university in the planning and running of this conference. There are only 15 positions for volunteers available and we hope you take up this opportunity.

As a volunteer in the Conference Organizing Committee, you will be entitled to:

  • Register for the conference free of charge; and
  • Work with other graduate and professional students across the campus

As a volunteer, you may be asked to:

  • Participate in the application review process in November 2019,
  • Participate in compiling conference materials in January/February 2020, and/or
  • Provide operational assistance during the conference (not exceeding 3.5 hours)

In order to apply you should be:

  • A graduate or professional student at Queen’s University;
  • An SGPS member;
  • Available on the dates of the conference (29 February – 1 March 2020)

In order to apply please fill in this form before the 4th of November 2019. Applicants will be notified of the outcome by the 11th of November 2019


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Conference Program

The Conference will be from the 29th of February to the 1st of March 2019. Please see the draft conference schedule attached and the suggested/preferred session structure below. Panel presenters should work closely with each other in the lead up to the conference to ensure that their panel runs smoothly and that they are gaining as much from working with each other as possible.

Session Structure:

Each session is a combination of presentations and discussion so as to foster as much learning and sharing as possible. Each Session is 90 minutes in length and our suggested layout for the sessions is as follows:

  • Each speaker makes a brief 10-15 minute presentation relating to their portion of the panel
  • The 3 speakers then engage in a panel discussion for 15-20 minutes
  • The floor then opens up to the audience to ask questions and continue the discussion for an addition 10-15 minutes.

This is a suggested, and preferred layout, but applicants are welcome to suggest an alternative format in their applications.

Poster Presentation Structure:

Poster presentations will be made during the extended lunch hour on the 29th of February 2019. Poster presenters will need to make themselves known to the conference team who will help them set up their posters during the morning registration hour.

Each speaker must ensure that they are standing next to their posters between 12:30 and 13:10 so that they are able to ask and answer any questions other conference participants might have about their posters.

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