Hestia is an annual, international conference for scholars wishing to approach sociopolitical phenomena from interdisciplinary and/or unconventional standpoints. During this three-day forum, scholars wishing for a break from more constrained settings can ‘let their hair down’, and share ideas that they may be hesitant to present in written form for fear of backlash. They will not be challenged on the morality or political correctness of what they say, but rather on it accuracy or practicality. This is not intended to be an invitation for ideological extremism, but as a reassurance that a smattering of ‘uncomfortable truths’ is welcomed, not frowned upon. The success of the conference is measured by the utility of its discussions in producing meaningful feedback and actual change in the views of its participants. In this way, Hestia is not a simply a means of padding your resume, but is a method of expanding your intellectual horizons.

A number of features distinguish Hestia from conventional conferences. Submissions will be accepted for:

HESTIA features three types of presentations:

  • ANALYTICAL presentations are 20 minutes in length, and consist of a brief introduction to a key concept, or the work of a particular scholar or writer, followed by an explanation of how the concept (etc.) can be used to frame contemporary issues in new and interesting ways. Analytical presentations are particularly accessible to new researchers, or those from outside academia.
  • RESEARCH presentations are 50 minutes in length rather than the more usual 20 minutes. This allows ample time to showcase the ongoing research activities of one or more participants, and to engage with the audience.
  • DISCURSIVE presentations feature two or more presenters sharing differing views on a common subject. A mediator guides the interaction and invites participation from audience members. Discursive presentations are a more interactive take on the more conventional panel.

Please refer to our general submission guidelines, which apply to all conferences and publications.