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Clarkson University to Host Mini-Conference on Challenges of Representing Silencing and Marginalization

Clarkson University will host a David A. Walsh ’67 Arts and Sciences Mini-Conference on Sept. 16 and 17, titled “Impossible Projects: Power and Alterity in the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences”.

The “Impossible Projects” conference aims to examine the ethical, political, and social challenges of representing silencing and marginalization.

Participants will explore how to tell the stories of others without appropriating or exploiting their voices, what forms of representation drive people to recognize their own responsibility for injustice, and how such acts of representation can contribute to more equitable and inclusive societies.

This interdisciplinary conference welcomes ten invited scholars from universities across Canada and the United States, including Queen’s University, York University, University of Toronto, University of Maine, and University of North Carolina Asheville.

Along with papers from visiting scholars, there will be presentations from six Clarkson faculty members in the Department of Humanities & Social Sciences and the Department of Psychology. A number of undergraduate students have also been invited to attend.

For more information, please contact Assistant Professor of Literature Lisa Propst at 315-268-2335 or

Clarkson University educates the leaders of the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as an owner, CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. With its main campus located in Potsdam, N.Y., and additional graduate program and research facilities in the Capital Region and Beacon, New York, Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university with signature areas of academic excellence and research directed toward the world's pressing issues. Through more than 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, education, sciences and the health professions, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and innovation with enterprise.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Annie Harrison, Director of Media Relations, at 315-268-6764 or]

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