Intersections|Cross Sections is a yearly graduate student conference in the Joint Communication and Culture program of Ryerson and York Universities currently in its 14th year. The conference is run by a dedicated team of graduate students in the program and the graduate students’ association in collaboration with senior academics and administrators. Past conferences have been highly successful, and have explored a variety of themes over the course of the conference’s history. This year’s conference will take place March 13-14, in Toronto on the Ryerson and York campuses. This year's theme is Thresholds: Presence, Absence and Territory.
The conference is a two-day interdisciplinary conference organized by the Joint Graduate Program of Communication and Culture at Ryerson University and York University. Intersection/Cross Section 2015 seeks to explore the theme of thresholds. The conference operates on an open platform which is inclusive, non-hierarchical, and which strives to develop themes that are applicable to all three streams of the program: media and culture, policy and politics, and technology and practice. It seeks to utilize the best resources available at both campuses, recognizes the cultural importance of Toronto as a place for academic inquiry and growth, and seeks to continually grow and improve itself by building on past successes.
Keynote speaker this year is the acclaimed photographer Louie Palu. Louie was born in Toronto, Canada in 1968. He is a Canadian documentary photographer, known for covering social-political issues, including war and human rights. He covered the war in Kandahar, Afghanistan, between 2006-2010 and the drug war on the US-Mexico border between 2011-2012. He also worked for the Globe and Mail for six years as a staff photographer (2001-2007).