UDC 2016 Conference: Troubled Waters: Structural Inequalities, Structural Responses

Please click the link below for the 2016 UDC Conference website:



Map of conference locations

We are looking forward to seeing everyone in Toronto this weekend. Here’s a map to help you find your way to the Bissell building, where most conference panels will be held, and other spots on campus. We will have printed copies available at the registration table.

May Day Toronto Rally and March


UDC participants are encouraged to join the Toronto May Day rally and march, which starts at 5pm on Friday, May 1, at Nathan Philips Square, outside Toronto City Hall (Bay and Queen streets). The march will end with performances at St. James park. This year’s May Day organizing highlights struggles around eight themes

  • Indigenous sovereignty and self-determination;
  • Migrant workers’ resistance to border imperialism;
  • Solidarity with working class struggle globally;
  • Anti-poverty and anti-austerity organizing;
  • Student strikes and academic labour battles against neoliberalization;
  • Environmental Justice;
  • Militant rank and file labour movements;
  • Gender Justice

More information.


Paper abstracts online

We have posted abstracts for papers being presented on each day of the conference. You can access them via the particular day of the conference (in the drop-down menu) or here:

Abstracts for Friday, May 1
Abstracts for Saturday, May 2
Abstracts for Sunday, May 3


UDC 2015 conference program

The conference program has been published. Please use the drop down menu under the “program” tab to read the schedule for each day of the conference. We will publish abstracts for each presentation over the next two weeks. Please remember to register before April 15, 2015.

See you in a few weeks!



Program highlights

The UDC 2015 conference is a month away! We’ve posted some highlights from the conference program, including two keynote lectures, two plenaries, and the Dallas Smythe award and keynote lecture, and will post the full program next week. We’re looking forward to welcoming around 200 scholars, graduate students, and media and community activists from around the world in May!


The strike at the University of Toronto has ended

The strike at the University of Toronto has ended and members of CUPE 3902 are back to work. We are pleased that the Union for Democratic Communications conference will be held at the University of Toronto as originally planned. We are working to finalize conference details and will post the program next week. Registration is open, please be sure to register before April 15 to receive the early bird conference rate. We are looking forward to welcoming over 200 international scholars, activists, community members, and graduate students to Toronto in May for what will hope will be a dynamic and invigorating conference.


The CUPE 3902 strike at the University of Toronto and the UDC conference

As some of you may be aware, there is currently a strike underway at the University of Toronto. CUPE 3902 Unit 1 represents grad students, undergrad students, and post-doctoral fellows employed as teaching assistants, teaching fellows, demonstrators, tutors, markers, instructors, teaching laboratory assistants, Chief Presiding Officers, invigilators, and part-time lecturers. The Union for Democratic Communications supports these striking workers. If the strike is not resolved by the time the conference is scheduled to run, we will move our 2015 conference off campus. We are working to secure an alternate location for the conference and will keep conference attendees updated about the strike. For more information on the strike, please visit #WeAreUofT. You can also send a letter to U of T’s administration encouraging them to end the strike.

In solidarity,

The local organizing committee


Conference registration is open

Conference registration is open! We are finalizing the program and will publish it on this site in the coming weeks.


Special UDC 2015 conference plenaries announced

We are excited to announce two special conference plenaries:

Circuits of Struggle: Resistance, Re-appropriation and Repurposing in Global Networks of Class Struggle, featuring Harry Cleaver, Ursula Huws, Nick Dyer-Witheford, and Alison Hearn (Saturday, May 2)


Ruptures and Critical Junctures: Moments of Media Activism in Historical and Global Contexts, featuring Christina Dunbar-Hester, Anita Say Chan, Deepa Kumar, Todd Wolfson, and Victor Pickard (closing plenary, Sunday, May 3).