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<nettime-ann> CFP for Intersections/Cross Sections 2012: Occupations

Below is the CFP for the annual graduate conference hosted by the
Joint Programme in Communication and Culture at York and Ryerson
Universities, Toronto. Please distribute widely.

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11th Annual Communication and Culture Graduate Conference, York
University/Ryerson University, Toronto, Ontario

Abstracts due: December 23, 2011; notification by January 23, 2012

Conference date: March 23–25, 2012

Please email submissions and questions to:

Occupare: (Latin.) To seize, capture

Occupy but better yet, self manage…. The former option is basically
passive—the latter is active and yields tasks and opportunities to
contribute.… To occupy buildings, especially institutions like
universities or media, isn’t just a matter of call it, or tweet it,
and they will come. It is a matter of go get them, inform them,
inspire them, enlist them, empower them, and they will come.
– Michael Albert, “Occupy to Self Manage”

I think that our political structures are corrupt and we need to
really think about what a democratic society would be like. People are
learning how to do it now…. This is more than a protest, it’s a camp
to debate an alternative civilization.
– David Graeber, “The Man Behind Occupy Wall Street,” interviewed by
Seth Fiegerman (

This is a critical moment, as “Occupy everywheres” present
possibilities for new politics, and new forms of learning, engaging
and living with each other. From the recurring occupations of the
squares in Greece and Italy to the UK’s winter of discontent and the
Arab Spring, to the summer of protest in Spain and the North American
autumn—at general assemblies around the globe, people are running
their own lives, influencing the media and discussing what is to be
done without politicians. The recent occupations are an education in
direct democracy and the solidarity necessary for action.

Occupy Wall Street, and the occupations around the world, are attempts
to build the social compositions that are the precondition for action.
They are the working-through of a problem that ‘politics-as-usual’
works to suppress—the massive exploitation that is capitalism, and the
emergence of politics adequate to address it. At this stage, the
occupations are the connection of people, ideas and machines—the
cumulation of assemblages that might build something. What happens
next depends on what is being built now.

As it was written upon the recent expulsion of OWS from Zuccotti Park:
“You can’t evict an idea whose time has come.” We invite graduate
students from all related disciplines to submit proposals for
academic, artistic and activist presentations and workshops that
explore, celebrate, analyze and otherwise critically engage with the
ideas emerging from occupations. Possible areas of engagement include:
politics and aesthetics, movement research and performance studies,
humanities and digital humanities, critical disability studies, labour
studies, social theory, social movement theory, policy, political
economy, communications studies, media, culture, pedagogy, technology,
artistic practice and activism.

Please send a 250-word abstract, as well as a brief biographical note
(100 words) to by December 23,
2011. Proposals should list paper/panel title, name, institutional
affiliation and contact details.

Workshop facilitators: Please provide a tentative timeline
highlighting the duration and one or two general learning objectives
of your session, along with a clear indication of space and technical

Artists: If sending creative works by email, please limit attachment
size to 5 MB or less, or direct us to a URL. Include viewing
instructions, comments and titles in your email if applicable. If
submitting creative works by post, please mail the proposal, a
non-original copy of the work, and viewing instructions to the
following address (well before the submission deadline):

Intersections 2012 Conference
c/o Graduate Program in Communication and Culture
3013 TEL Building, York University
4700 Keele Street
Toronto, ON   M3J 1P3

Intersections / Cross Sections 2012: Occupations is presented by and
for graduate student scholars, artists and activists through the
organizing efforts of the Communication and Culture Graduate Students
Association (GSA):

For more information about the Joint Graduate Program in Communication
and Culture at York and Ryerson Universities:

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