We invite proposals for papers and other presentations on the topic of “Uncertain Futures.” We welcome approaches to this theme from all disciplines, fields, and historical periods. Papers on other topics relevant to American Studies will also be considered.

To participate, submit abstracts of 300 words to by March 15th April 3rd, 2017. Please include a brief bio and five (5) keywords. Panel submissions and other presentation formats will be considered, but an abstract, bio, and keywords are required for each conference participant. Questions about the conference, or about submitting a proposal, can be sent to the lead conference organizer, Ross Bullen (OCAD University):

Topics and themes might include (but are not limited to):

  • Manifest destiny, the frontier thesis, and other imperial futures.
  • Canada’s 150th anniversary and narratives of North American nationalism
  • Reproductive futurism
  • Living in Donald Trump’s America
  • Queer futures
  • Cruel optimism and the false promise of the future
  • Afrofuturisms
  • The Anthropocene
  • Extinction
  • 7 billion by 2050 / global population anxiety
  • Climate migrants
  • The future of global citizenship
  • The future of energy
  • Science fiction and speculative fiction
  • Utopias and dystopias
  • The future of literacy / the future of literary form
  • The history of the future
  • The temporality of representations
  • Accelerationism, nihilism, and utopia
  • The singularity (and its gender politics)
  • Back to the future: futurism and primitivism
  • Digital futures
  • The future of money
  • Indigenous futures
  • The racialization of futurity
  • Critiques of linear temporality
  • The future of the university

OCAD University acknowledges the ancestral and traditional territories of the Mississaugas of the New Credit, the Haudenosaunee, the Anishnabe and the Huron-Wendat, who are the original owners and custodians of the land on which we stand.