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Resilience, Mattering & Belonging (Toronto International Festival of Authors)

Toronto Harbourfront Centre
Organization: Humber College Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Event: Toronto International Festival of Authors
Categories: Graduate Conference, Comparative, Interdisciplinary, Popular Culture, Gender & Sexuality, Women's Studies, Aesthetics, Anthropology/Sociology, Classical Studies, Cultural Studies, Environmental Studies, Film, TV, & Media, Food Studies, History, Philosophy, Science
Event Date: 2024-09-27 to 2024-09-29 Abstract Due: 2024-06-16

Abstract Submission: https://humber.ca/tifa/call-proposals 
Contact: tifa@humber.ca 
Submission Deadline: June 16, 2024 
Conference Date: September 27-29, 2024 
Conference Fee: $250.00 plus taxes (includes registration, some meals, snacks and a reception) 
Location: The Harbourfront Centre (235 Queen’s Key West, Toronto, Ontario, Canada) 
Hosts: Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences, Humber College, and the Toronto International Festival of Authors (TIFA) 
Keynote Speaker:  Suzanne Methot is the author of the award-winning non-fiction book Legacy: Trauma, Story, and Indigenous Healing (ECW Press, 2019) and the new YA book Killing the Wittigo: Indigenous Culture-Based Approaches to Waking Up, Taking Action, and Doing the Work of Healing (ECW Press, 2023). 

Call for Proposals: 
According to the World Health Organization, during the earliest moments of the COVID-19 pandemic, rates of anxiety and depression increased a remarkable 25% globally. A survey by PEW Research revealed that 41% of US adults experienced high levels of psychological stress during the height of the pandemic, including 37% of students who said that they struggled with their mental health “most or all of the time.” Numbers in Canada were similar, with the National Institutes of Health noting that over 37% of all Canadians experienced worsened mental health due to the pandemic, while 70% claimed that their mental health was “negatively impacted” in some way. 
The forthcoming interdisciplinary academic conference aims to be a groundbreaking convergence of scholars, educators, practitioners, and researchers, all unified in their dedication to advancing the understanding of mental health. In partnership with The Mattering Group, this conference will also have a sub-focus on the promotion of post-secondary student psychological well-being and resilience, providing a dynamic platform for the exchange of innovative ideas and evidence-based practices aimed at nurturing resilience, enhancing mental health, and fostering a profound sense of well-being among students navigating the complexities of higher education.  

More generally, the conference seeks to explore how people are coping, recovering but also still struggling following a globally experienced traumatic event. While open for proposals with a focus anywhere along the mental health spectrum, themes of interest are resilience; belonging, intergenerational trauma; addiction and recovery; psychopathology; and mental health in the arts, literature and popular culture. The concept of mattering is also a particular theme of interest, specifically recognizing its pivotal role in shaping the psychological landscapes of post-secondary learners. 

By bridging the domains of psychology, education, literature, and various related disciplines, this event aspires to forge a path toward understanding modern mental health challenges, while also enabling a more resilient and mentally healthy population. 

Subjects could include, but are not limited to 
Addiction and Recovery  
Art/film/literature and mental health  
Authenticity and Wellbeing  
Burnout and Stress  
Climate Change Anxiety 
Cultural Competency in Mental Health Settings  
Depression and anxiety  
Disability Studies  
Diversity in Mental Health Practices  
Entrepreneurship & Wellbeing  
Equitable Access  
Gender Dysphoria  
Gendering Mental Health  
History of Emotion  
Immigrant Students Mental Health  
Indigeneity and Mental Health  
Intergenerational trauma  
MAID and Mental Health  
Mental Health and Aging  
Mental Health and Pandemics  
Mental Health and Sexual Orientation/Expression  
Mental Health and the Metaverse/ Digital Mental Health Care  
Mental Health in Health Care Workers  
Mental Health Pedagogy in the Classroom  
Nature and Wellbeing  
Politics and/of Mental Health  
Queer Mental Health  
Racializing Mental Health  
School Culture and Safe Learning Environments  
Social Media and Mental Health  
Special Needs and Mental Health Care  
Sport and Mental Health  
Stigma and Discrimination  
Student Mental Health  
Whole Health 

Our conference committee welcomes individual presentation proposals of 300 words, and panel proposals (3 people max) of 900 words, based on any of the above themes. This will be the tenth?annual Humber@TIFA interdisciplinary conference held by Humber College’s Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences in association with the Toronto International Festival of Authors (TIFA), one of the most celebrated literary festivals in the world. TIFA is located at the Harbourfront Centre, one of downtown Toronto’s major cultural and artistic venues. 

Submit your proposal and a brief bio online by June 16, 2024: https://humber.ca/tifa/call-proposals 



David Miller