Call for Submissions

March 7, 2017


Our #fword2017 Call for Submissions has been extended until SUNDAY, MARCH 19TH AT 11:59pm!


February 12th, 2017

The Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice Undergraduate Association (GRSJUA) Proudly Presents…


The 8th Annual F-Word Conference
A Year in Review: Activism, Solidarity and Navigating Oppressions

Sunday, April 30th, 2017
The Great Hall UBC Student Nest, 6133 University Blvd, Vancouver BC
Unceded Musqueam Territory

“It is learning how to take our differences and make them strengths. For the master’s tools will never dismantle the master’s house.”
-Audre Lorde

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: Friday, March 10th, 2017 at 11:59pm

DEADLINE EXTENDED! Submissions due Sunday, March 19th, 2017 at 11:59pm

Last year, in 2016, many systems of oppression and the ways in which these are operating locally, globally and internationally were brought to light, particularly through various forms of media engagement. All over the Internet, there were (and continue to be) discussions around 2016 being the “worst year ever”. Why is this such a tremendously popular sentiment? This year at the F-Word Conference, we want to unpack this phrase, while also acknowledging that the oppressions and violence that took place in 2016 are not in any way ‘new’ (and have always existed).

This year, we encourage prospective presenters to reflect on some of the following questions to help guide their submissions:

What can we learn about the pivotal and controversial events that happened last year both locally and globally? Where do our emotional and bodily reactions fit into this understanding? What social, political and digital tools and actions can we use as methods of resistance to ongoing oppressions? How can we embody resistance through everyday actions and practices? What is the role of digital media and online social justice engagement? Furthermore, what is the role of art, protests and academic work in activism? How do we constructively and proactively move forward from the political landscape of last year without reproducing and continuing to perpetuate harm and the marginalization of certain bodies? How do we navigate ongoing social oppressions that disadvantage particular bodies in violent ways and how do we exhibit our allyship and solidarity? How do we open ourselves up to viewing the world through new understandings and knowledges that are outside of the ‘normative’, Eurocentric, heteropatriarchal structure?

We invite topics for presentation that address local, national and international relations and politics. Some suggestions include (but are not limited to):

The momentum behind Brexit; the US election (ie. Trump’s presidency); critically analyzing white supremacist discourse and Whiteness amidst ongoing anti-Black racism; US/Canadian nationalism, colonialism and decolonialism/decolonization (ie. through gentrification); the Muslim ban and other executive orders prohibiting movement between ‘borders’; connections between environmentalism and feminism (such as the Dakota Access/Kinder Morgan pipelines); the Syrian Refugee crisis; rights of Indigenous children (ie. the foster care system in Canada); the fentanyl crisis; reproductive rights and infringements on these, as well as access to health services; transfeminisms; transphobia; LGBTQI+ rights; ableism; classism; and cyber-security…

We are also keenly interested in submissions that take up resistance. For example, what does resistance look like and symbolize when it is enacted through activism, protests, solidarity, music, poetry, art, literature, social media, memes, academics, etc?

Note: These are guiding topics only. This list is not exhaustive! If you want to propose something else, please do so. We want you to submit something that you feel passionate about.

This is a student-led conference but all are welcome to apply. We especially and strongly encourage undergraduate students to apply. Please contact us if you have any further questions, at

Please submit your abstract through this link:…/1FAIpQLSeBmM6LLdpZemVpb5…/viewform

Abstracts should be maximum 250-300 words. When writing your abstract, think about the main points that you want to convey and highlight these. Don’t worry too much about having perfect grammar!

Some reasons for submitting include meeting fellow community and academic activists within a collaborative and creative space, as well as having your undergraduate work highlighted and discussed in a professional and scholarly conference. This is a rare opportunity to shine and present your best work!

We look forward to hearing from you!