Each year, undergraduates from SFU's World Literature Program host an academic student conference dedicated to an interdisciplinary theme. Addressing cultural, social, and political frames of reference, our conference panels range across literature, cinema, and the image, and ask questions concerning the social, political, and cultural fallouts of cross-national encounters.
The theme of the 2017 conference was: ONE WORLD: HYBRIDITY, MOVEMENT, JUXTAPOSITION. Our speakers explore the literary and cultural expression of tensions resulting from the global migration crisis. Whilst the movement of peoples across national lines can spur the development of new understandings, and lead to cultural hybridization, we look at the artistic representation of social divisions which remain counterpoised rather than blended, of peoples and values which remain juxtaposed. Equally, the topics addressed at our event provide a space for what is common to all peoples.