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Call for Proposals

Thursday, January 26 2023

RUBIX is an annual exhibition, symposium, and showcase event that celebrates the scholarly, research, and creative (SRC) activities within The Creative School at Toronto Metropolitan University. Every year, RUBIX brings together brilliant minds from across the fields of media, design, and creative industries to explore, innovate, and impact the world we live in.

This year, RUBIX will be fully in person, with events happening throughout the day beginning at 1 p.m. and ending at 7 p.m.


Call for Proposals

Participation and presentations will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. We have a limited number of slots so please submit your application early. 

There are three formats for sharing your work and thinking together. We welcome proposals from faculty and instructors across all programs, PhD students, and graduate students working in faculty-led research teams.

Deadline for applications is Thursday, November 10, 2022



Can you tell the story of your research in 400 seconds? Japanese for “chit chat”, the PechaKucha is a presentation style developed in 2003 by Tokyo-based architects as an evening social event that has since spread to many different disciplines across the world. The format is meant to encourage presenters to share their ideas in a dynamic, concise, and visually compelling way.


How to do it:

  • For the PechaKucha Presentation you’ll present 20 slides with each slide pre-timed to advance at 20 seconds. 
  • Slides are limited to pictures only (no text), so that the speaker can focus on vivid storytelling. 



Looking for inspiration? Check out these PechaKucha presentations from RUBIX 2022.



This is an opportunity to bring research to life through visual and experiential mediums. You'll be given a dedicated table (24"x60" or 30"x72") or space in The Catalyst to set up a display or installation featuring your SRC activities. Tours of the exhibits will occur during the afternoon Wine & Cheese event. 

How to do it:

  • Develop visual or interactive material to communicate your research (e.g. books, photographs, prototypes, design renderings, design materials, VR/AR, etc.)
  • Source any equipment you'll need to display your materials (e.g. display screen, monitor, poster board, book stands, etc.)
  • Set-up your installation between 8 am-12 pm on Jan 26th, 2023
  • Take down/clean-up your installation between 8 pm-9 pm on Jan 26th, 2023



How are SRC activities across The Creative School addressing urgent research questions of the moment? These roundtable discussions gather researchers together to learn how they are attempting to answer a shared research question from radically different disciplinary perspectives, practices, and vantage points.

The aim of these roundtables is to encourage connections among researchers tackling similar research questions in the hopes of fostering transdisciplinary collaboration across The Creative School.


How to do it:

  • After all RUBIX applications have been received, the organizing committee will group participants into sessions based on their areas of research and we'll develop an overarching question to guide the discussion.
  • You'll be provided with the overarching question in advance and asked to prepare a 3-minute “position paper” introducing how your current research interests explore or intervene in the challenge(s) posed by the central discussion question.
  • Following these short position papers, an exploratory conversation will be guided by a moderator who will identify connections and points of contact between the research activities for further investigation.