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

If you are interested in participating, we invite you to apply in one of three ways:

Applicants can either create their own panel theme around which they think a multi-disciplinary or multi-spatial conversation can take place or they can select one of the below panel themes, created by our sponsors:

  • Research in the era of interdisciplinarity (sponsored by the School of Graduate Studies)
  • Sites and Conditions of Interdisciplinarity (sponsored by the Faculty of Arts and Sciences Fireplace Series)
  • Rethinking Human-Animal Boundaries (sponsored by the Animals in Philosophy, Politics, Law and Ethics)
  • Opportunities and boundaries between research and policy  (Sponsored by the School of Policy Studies)
  • International Dimensions of Engagement (Sponsored by QUIC)
  • Tongues in Trees and Other Conversations (Sponsored by the Sonic Arts of Place Laboratory (SAPLab) and the Sonic Arts Studio in the DAN School of Drama and Music)
  • Canada’s Arctic: Defining and defying boundaries across disciplines (Sponsored by the ICE Lab)
  • Identity and Boundaries (Sponsored by the Human Rights and Equity Office)
  • Language and Boundaries (Sponsored by Student Academic Success Services)
  • Education and Reconciliation (Sponsored by the Faculty of Education)
  • The Boundaries of Scholarly Communication: Engaging audiences inside and outside the academy (Sponsored by Hyacinth Podcast)
  • Beyond Canada: Research, opportunities, and challenges (Sponsored by Beyond Canada Podcast)

For more information on how to apply please consult the Call for Presenters below.

Deadline for applications is the 31st of October 2019 and applicants will be notified about the status of their application by the  30th of November 2019

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Scholarship Beyond Boundaries Conference

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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Scholarship Beyond Boundaries Conference

Thanks to Our Sponsors