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The Rundle Summit

An Academic and Professional Communications Exchange
February 21 - 22  2020

The Rundle Summit is a graduate-student-led conference that focuses on bringing
together academic and professional perspectives on communication. The conference is sponsored jointly by the University of Calgary’s graduate program in Communication, Media and Film and the University of Alberta’s Master of Arts in Communications and Technology program. With these two hosts, the conference locates important intersections and divergences between theoretical and applied work. We welcome participants from across the world and from any relevant discipline to join our discussion.  

The theme for this year’s Rundle Summit is “Subduction,” a geological term that describes the phenomenon of one tectonic plate’s sinking beneath another into the Earth's mantle, creating novel geologic features. This slow process creates volcanoes, earthquakes, and tsunamis and, over time, can even build mountains. Similarly, clashes between ideas in media and communication scholarship may result in the sinking of some ideas and the surfacing of others. This conference invites scholarship that reflects on ideas as subduction: what conditions lead to a clash? When do we see some ideas sink and others rise? How is the falling away of one thing the potential creation of another? What conditions limit the subduction of ideas? These are just a few of the questions you might address.

The Venue | Accomodations

Banff Centre - Banff AB

The Rundle Summit will be held at the Banff Centre for the Arts in Banff, Alberta.  We are pleased to offer a discounted room rate for conference attendees. There are a limited number of rooms so attendees are encouraged to book as soon as possible. 


Rooms can be booked through the Banff Centre Reservations Department using the following link or by calling 1-800-884-7574. 




Conference registration is now open! All conference attendees and presenters are required to register. Conference fees are as follows: 

Student (staying at the Banff Centre) $110

Student (not staying at the Banff Centre) $170

Alumni/guest (staying at the Banff Centre) $160

Alumni/guest (not staying at the Banff Centre) $210

For any questions or concerns concerning registration, contact us at



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Li Cornfeld is a feminist media scholar whose research concerns the intersections of technology, performance, and public culture. Her book project, The Theater of Invention, investigates live demonstrations of emerging technologies, such as tech demos, pitch contests, and expo spectacles. This research establishes these ritual performances as foundational to technological production, a chief means of constructing corporate identity and industrial power.

Dr. Cornfeld is a National Endowment for the Humanities Postdoctoral Fellow at the Hagley Center for the History of Business, Technology, and Society. She has a Ph.D. in Communication Studies from McGill University, where her dissertation was funded by the American Association of University Women. Her research is published in Feminist Media Studies, Communication, Culture & Critique, and Women & Performance.


An early adopter and curriculum designer in desktop publishing in the 1980s, Mark Wolfe was recruited by Shell Canada to design and co-edit a world-first corporate newspaper that helped redefined employee communications in the 1990s while establishing his reputation for breakthrough work. Working evenings as a copy editor for The Calgary Herald, Mark also earned an MA in communication from the U of C, copping a Governor General nomination for his thesis on virtual reality.  As a U of C doctoral student, he was a central player in several national research projects, including a three-year study of the Alberta SuperNet. More recently, he designed several successful study abroad programs in Berlin and Los Angeles, expanding his network of global leaders and scholars in media and communications. He lives in Creston, BC where, aside from attending his orchard, he’s currently shooting a feature film in the area.

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Strike up a conversation with fellow attendees of the Rundle Summit and enjoy an evening of bowling at the highest altitude bowling alley in Canada, High Rollers! Not only will you want to participate in this fun-filled evening of 10-pin, but you will also have the opportunity to try any of the 48 locally-focused Craft beers, hand-rolled New York-style pizza, and handcrafted milkshakes. Not a bowler? That is not a problem! High Rollers invites you to the Billiards Hall where you can find arcade games, pool tables and foosball tables. While you are there, check out the communal dining Beer Hall where it takes you back to the traditional Bier Haus atmosphere! This is an event you do not want to miss! 


Please RSVP here!