CGC Conference

 (Super)Natural 

17th Annual Communication Graduate Caucus Conference

February 28 – March 1, 2022 | Virtual and Synchronous via Zoom – Carleton University

The 2022 conference theme imagines us as mediums, communicating with entities beyond our perception and expanding our senses into unknown spaces. Let us explore the Othered voices that haunt and disrupt the words of Western theoretical canons and the bellowing ghosts of fraught histories. Consider the enchantments of the internet and how we can illuminate the demons from the darkest corners of the digital network. And what makes something science fiction versus supernatural? Where is the divide between the paranormal and science, and how do we decide what is considered a “natural” part of the scientific world? How does the (super)natural world itself work towards influencing our perceptions? Beyond the spooky, we invite intersectional discussion around communication within the natural world, and how it is supported and extended by technology and media. We strive to understand the infrastructures and their impacts on the environment and non-human beings, but also human nature itself. We understand the terms “nature” and “natural” broadly, but how does communication extend/contend with the natural? We stand in a moment where the past and the present are colliding. Stretching and making flexible historically fixed objects might prove productive in order to generate new articulations of the future.

Panels include:

  • Identity Building and Control,
  • Sound and Immortalization,
  • Ritual and Collectivization,
  • Hauntology and Temporality,
  • and more!

with Keynote Speakers:

Dr. Susana Vargas Cervantes, Carleton University

Professor Emily Pelstring, Queen’s University

Professor Pelstring’s talk The Transformative Potential of Art-Magic :

The notion of the supernatural shatters the normal and facilitates a disruption in thinking that opens to a wider field of possibilities. I propose artistic practice as an act of magic-making that creates a space for generative disruptions of rationalist orientations to the world–perhaps akin to witchcraft. I draw on the groundwork laid by Silvia Federici on the witch as a political figure, mobilized to vilify women and colonised populations within a capitalist system that is necessarily invested in epistemicide and limiting the ways we can be in the world. I draw on the thoughts of Patricia MacCormack, Isabelle Stengers, and Esther Leslie to propose that art-making and sharing has potential as a magic of resistance to these conditions, especially when it allows us to question hegemonic truths and engenders a sense of possible alternatives. I discuss the ways in which my collaborative work with Jessica Mensch and Katherine Kline imagines alternative realities into being, and the ways in which my expanded animation practice questions notions of reality through the creation of paradoxical and fantastical animated objects. Ultimately, I conceive of my artistic practice as a form of witchcraft, inspired by a belief in the possibility of individual and collective transformation.

And a special roundtable on “The Ghosts of Communication’s Past” facilitated by Dr. Armond R. Towns.

Part of the FPA Research Series Winter 2022 – #FPAResearchSeries

Alex Milton, Justine Routhier, Maria-Antonia Urso & Shanice Bernicky

CGC 2021-2022 Conference Committee

cgcconference2022@gmail.com

 


About the CGC Conference


Hosted at Carleton University in Ottawa, the CGC Conference is one of the longest running graduate conferences in Canada, attracting student researchers of all disciplines from across the country. The theme of the conference varies year-to-year to accommodate a variety of topics related to the field of communications. Past conference keynote speakers include:


Watch Dr. Mia Consalvo’s 2016 keynote:

Watch Dr. Kate Crawford’s 2015 keynote:
Watch Dr. Jack Halberstam’s 2014 keynote: