12th Annual Interventions and Intersections Conference

The health, safety and wellbeing of our community is our priority, and we are continually updated and guided by government and health authority advice. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all on-campus and face-to-face events have been cancelled. This event will be held in November 2020, either on-campus or in a virtual environment, in line with the latest advice. Please register your interest to receive updates as they become available.

Thursday 12 - Friday 13 November 2020

Parramatta City Campus

EMERGE is the 2020 Interventions and Intersections 12th annual higher degree research conference hosted by the School of Humanities and Communication Arts at Western Sydney University.

EMERGE is a chance for HCA students to bring their work into the light at this 2-day event. EMERGE is a chance to showcase your research, test out ideas and share your creativity. Writers, poets, musicians and designers are all welcome.

Call for Papers

About the Conference

Emerge – the theme for this year’s HDR I&I conference and an invitation to come out from behind your desk, to take the stage, to cultivate new ideas, to test the waters, and to meet, laugh and connect.

We invite all WSU student researchers in the School of Humanities and Communication Arts to participate in this year’s conference. We welcome students enrolled in the PhD, DCA, MRes, and MA to present critical or creative work in the form of scholarly papers, creative writing or multi-modal composition. The conference is your opportunity to introduce your research or creative work to your peers and is an ideal first conference at which you can get the hang of presenting before an audience.

Dean’s Scholars and undergraduates considering a research pathway are especially encouraged to attend the conference and/or take up the opportunity to present a short paper of developing ideas. Undergraduate students even have the option for mentoring by academic staff in the lead-up to the conference!

Conference Theme

This year's theme is EMERGE.

  • What discoveries are emerging from your research?
  • How are you emerging as a researcher or writer?
  • How are you contributing to emerging understandings or practices in your chosen field?

Other ways to think about this year's theme:

  • Going public/being a public voice
  • Bring something to light
  • Breakthrough/breakout
  • Coming out
  • Nurturing and growth
  • Debuts and first times
  • Gifts born of difficulty
  • Innovative research methodologies and theoretical perspectives
  • New takes on old ideas
  • Emerging from behind walls of the academy
  • Communicating with the public
  • Arriving on the scene (as researchers, writers, thinkers, creatives)
  • Up-and-coming voices

Does my paper have to fit the conference theme? No! We want to hear your ideas and get to know what you're working on.


Submit a proposal by Friday, 4 September 2020 to emerge2020@westernsydney.edu.au.

You can propose:

  • A 20-minute individual postgraduate paper (a scholarly paper or a combination of creative reading/performance and critical commentary on your work). Individual papers are followed by a 10 minutes for audience questions and discussion.
  • A 15-minute individual paper (for Dean’s Scholars and undergraduates). (There is no Q&A scheduled for Dean's Scholars papers unless requested by the presenter: please let the organising committee know if you would like a Q&A for your session.)
  • A 5-minute lightning talk
  • A poster or multi-modal presentation

Interested in attending?

Please register your interest below and we'll be in contact as more details become available.

Contact Us

For further enquiries, please email emerge2020@westernsydney.edu.au