CSPT Conference 2024

Frictions and Tensions: Ruptured Spaces, Stories, and Knowledges

The definitions of the words “tension” and “friction” are fundamentally rooted in opposition. Opposing forces within ourselves, our groups and communities, our nations, our world. Their meanings resonate in the back-and-forth motion of debate, of the positive energy produced in action, and in the fragile boundary of limitation. We encourage participants to test these boundaries and explore the interplay of social, cultural, and political forces present in the here and now.

The Cultural, Social & Political Thought (CSPT) program at the University of Victoria, British Columbia, is pleased to announce that our annual graduate student conference will be held on May 10-11, 2024 in the David Clode Room at the Halpern Centre for Graduate Students.

Keynote speakers:

-Naava Smolash (she/her), Douglas College

-Kit Dobson (he/him), University of Calgary



We would like to acknowledge that our conference will take place on the traditional territories of the Songhees, Esquimalt, and W̱SÁNEĆ peoples, whose relationships to the land continue to this day. This year’s conference will take on a hybrid format, accommodating both in-person and online presentations.

Keynote topic: What does it mean to be an embodied academic?