CFPs & Conferences

CFP | Post-Human Network

Submisson Due: December 10

The Second Annual Post-Human Network Graduate Student Conference
Post-Human Politics: Inheriting from 1968
February 22-24, 2018
Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona

As we approach the 50-year anniversary of 1968, a high point of activism and protest around the world, we are interested in reflecting on and engaging with 1968’s legacy of activism as it influences theory and practice. While 1968 is often associated with the May protests in France, this time period saw various protests and radical action occurring at places around the world, including the Prague Spring in Czechoslovakia, student movements in Mexico, the Cultural Revolution in China, and anti-war protests and counter-culture movements in the USA. Many of these events still resonate in our contemporary sociopolitical atmospheres.

We are interested in bringing the legacy of 1968 into the present through presentations engaging with any of the following questions:
❖ What and how have we inherited from the events of ‘68 and its global figures?
❖ How have practices such as ‘activism’ and ‘social movements’ changed in the last fifty years?
❖ What practices are sufficient or insufficient to the evolving impositions of climate change, integrated world capitalism, or dominant cultures of technoscience?
❖ How can enacted events help us to think about eco- and biopolitical issues outside of apocalyptic or salvific discourses?
❖ How can we rethink notions of speed, acceleration, and slowness apart from cybernetic frameworks of accelerationism and transhumanism, or the reified subject of embodiment studies or phenomenology?

Keynote Speaker: Kavita Philip, Professor of History, University of California, Irvine Kavita Philip is an Associate Professor in the UCI Department of History. Her research interests are in technology in the developing world; transnational histories of science and technology; gender, race, globalization and postcolonialism; environmental history; and new media theory. Her essays have appeared in the journals Cultural Studies, Postmodern Culture, NMediaC, Radical History Review, and Environment and History. She is author of Civilizing Natures (2003 and 2004). Her work in progress includes a monograph entitled Proper Knowledge, on technology and property.

We invite submissions from a range of disciplines, including (but not limited to):
Critical Theory Science and Technology Studies Literary Theory
Media Arts and Sciences Environmental Studies Social Theory
Gender and Postcolonial Studies Art and Design Cultural Geography
Presentation topics might include (but are not limited to):
Biopolitical Tactics and Tactical Biopolitics Social and Community Organization
Machine Learning and Machinic Phylum Protest and Affect
Hacktivism, DDoS Attacks, and Asymmetrical Resistance Strikes, Disruption, and Transgressive Activism
Accelerationisms, Cybernetic Capital, and #altwoke Sustainability and Ecology
Alchemy, Enchantment, and the Cinematic Image Vegetal Ethics and Plant Politics
Net Neutrality and Future of Information Systems Posthuman and Material Acts of Resistance
Cyborg-Becoming and Inhuman Informatics Alternative Temporalities
Dynamical Systems and Complexity Studies Sympoeisis and Staying with the Trouble

Readings to get started thinking about 1968 might include (but are not limited to):
Arrighi, Giovanni, Terence Hopkins, and Immanuel Wallerstein. 1989. Antisystemic Movements. London: Verso.
Boggs, Carl. 1994. “Rethinking the Sixties Legacy: From New Left to New Social Movements.” Pp. 331-355 in Social Movements Critiques, Concepts, Case-Studies, edited by Stanford Lyman. London: Palgrave Macmillan.
Bourg, Julian. 2007. From Revolution to Ethics: May 1968 and Contemporary French Thought. Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press.
Elbaum, Max. 2002. “What Legacy from the Radical Internationalism of 1968?” Radical History Review 82(1): 37-64.
Rootes, Christopher. 2008. “The Environmental Movement.” Pp. 295-305 in 1968 in Europe: A History of Protest and Activism, 1956–1977, edited by Martin Klimke and Joachim Scharloth. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
Watts, Michael. 2001. “1968 and All That…” Progress in Human Geography 25(2): 157-188.

We invite traditional and experimental academic presentations, including (but not limited to): facilitated discussions, group activities, design workshops, lecture demos, lecture performances, artist talks, as well as paper presentations from the arts, sciences, and humanities. Paper presentations should be no more than twenty minutes in length. If you would like to arrange an event that is longer than twenty minutes, please indicate the desired length of time in your submission.

SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS: Please visit to submit an abstract. Abstracts should be 300-500 words in length.
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: December 10, 2017
Please feel free to e-mail the PHuN graduate students with any questions regarding potential submissions or any other conference-related topic at

About PHuN and the Annual PHuN Graduate Student Conference
The Post-Human Network (PHuN or "Fun") is a collective of students and faculty based at Arizona State University. We engage with streams of ‘post-humanist’ thought and practice and seek to move beyond anthropocentrism in the academy and in society. Participants come from a number of disciplines across campus, including Arts Media and Engineering, Geography, and Literature. We aim to facilitate opportunities for collaborative study, creation, and experimentation. Our individual and collective production spans a variety of registers including, but not limited to, art, media, technoscience, urbanism, and design. Our work is influenced by areas of post-humanist thought such as vitalism, enactivism, process, new materialism, left-accelerationism, post-phenomenology, and systems theory.

The Post-Human Network Graduate Student Conference series has been supported by the ASU School of Arts Media and Engineering, the Lab for Critical Technics, the Synthesis Center, the ASU Department of English, the ASU School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, the Center for Science and the Imagination, and ASU Institute for Research in the Humanities.

CFP | NEXT- Religion Studies

NEXT is a peer-reviewed journal of the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Colorado Boulder featuring insightful work from the next generation of religious studies scholars. NEXT now welcomes submissions of original research papers from all disciplines engaging any topic in the critical study of religion.


We are particularly interested in including a roundtable discussion of articles addressing the topic of “Religion and the Global Rise of Populism.” This could include (but is not limited to) papers addressing questions relating to gender and power relations, the role of textual analysis in unpacking doctrines of supremacy, ethnographic approaches to understanding religiously-motivated violence, and intersectional methodologies that strive to account for dimensions of race, class, gender, and sexuality in religious studies scholarship. We encourage graduate work from a breadth of theoretical paradigms and methodological approaches ranging from 2,500 to 5,000 words.

In addition, we are interested in reasoned essays of 500 to 1,500 words addressing the following question: How might religious studies scholarship shape or be shaped by our contemporary political climate?

The deadline for all submissions is December 20th, 2017 to: by following the right-hand link for “Submit Article.”

Submission Requirements
- All submissions should be double-spaced (except block quotes), in .docx format, with 12-point Times New Roman font and one-inch margins.
- Please follow the Chicago Manual of Style for footnotes and bibliography and refrain from using headings and subheadings in the document’s body.
- Each submission should include a cover page identifying the author’s name and affiliated institution, as well as the submission’s title.
- Keeping with CMS conventions, each page should include a header with pagination and the submission’s title.
- Excepting the title page, the submission should have no identifying information.
- Accepted authors will be asked to submit a short academic biography, subject to light editing.
All work will first be evaluated by the Chief Editor; pieces to be published will then be evaluated blindly by an editorial board composed of graduate students.
Questions, clarifications, and inquires via email to Chief Editor Joshua Shelton at:

CFP | "Exploring Resistance through Medieval and Early Modern Culture”

The Early Modern Colloquium at the University of Michigan

invites abstracts for papers for their interdisciplinary graduate student conference,

"Exploring Resistance through Medieval and Early Modern Culture,”

at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, March 16-17, 2018


with keynote lectures by:


Carla Della Gatta (USC) and

Kathryn Schwarz (Vanderbilt)


and panel responses from the medieval

and early modern faculty at the University of Michigan.


The challenge to resist structures of oppression both within and beyond the academy is particularly exigent in our current moment. From nearly unavoidable discussions of religion and totalitarian rule, medieval and early modern scholarship has a rich tradition of focusing on the restrictions a society can face and the resistance movements and revolts that result from circumscription. Enriching our discussions of religion, sovereignty, discourses, institutions, etc. more recent work has acknowledged the necessary inclusion of gender, sexuality, race, empire, class, and ethnicity. Kathryn Schwarz, for example, urges us to reconsider our thoughts on women’s willful participation in patriarchal agendas. For her, female conformity in the early modern period can function as a destabilizing and threatening force to ‘heterosocial hierarchy.’ Carla Della Gatta, with a keen interest in the cultural-linguistic divide, uses her training in early modern drama to analyze contemporary Latinx-themed Shakespearean productions. More, her work questions the security of the “ivory tower” and examines the effects of institutional reform and the current political climate on the Humanities and the teaching profession.   

Inspired by these scholars, we want to expand the dialogue on medieval and early modern forms of resistance. This year’s conference provides an occasion for us to think through the role of medieval and early modern humanities scholarship in wider resistance efforts. We will ask: What forms did resistance take in the medieval and early modern world? How can research on medieval and early modern topics broaden our understanding of resistance as a concept? How can it aid us in enacting resistance through our scholarship? How can thinking about artifacts, institutions, and representations from these periods help us engage more effectively in resistance today?  What methods, spaces, and conceptual tools can help us resist, or understand resistance, through our work in medieval and early modern studies?

We invite fifteen-minute presentations by graduate students in any discipline that engage productively with the concept of resistance. Relevant projects might address one or more of the following topics:

·      Discourses and institutions

·      Print, media, censorship

·      Religion, conversion, heresy

·      Art, literature, representation

·      Law and criminality

·      Nation, location, sovereignty

·      State formation, jurisprudence

·      Science, technology, natural law

·      Sexuality, chastity

·      Empire, race, slavery

·      Revolution, reform

·      Language and translation

·      Pain, pleasure


This conference will also include a special session co-sponsored by the University of Michigan Drama Interest Group, "Performance Studies and Resistance." Abstracts for this session may:

·      Examine sites of critical resistance in the intersections of medieval and early modern performance studies and performance studies more broadly.

·      Map moments of resistance in and around medieval and early modern performances.

·      Offer resistance to entrenched assumptions or practices in medieval and early modern performance studies.


Please submit 250-300 word abstracts papers to the Early Modern Colloquium ( with the subject line “EMC Conference” by December 31, 2017.

CFP | 32nd Annual MELUS Conference

32nd Annual MELUS Conference in Las Vegas

Deadline for Abstracts: November 15, 2017

Conference Theme: “TransCulture”
May 3-6, 2018
Hosted by the University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Tuscany Suites & Casino, 255 E. Flamingo Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89169

Las Vegas is a transcultural city, rich in racial and ethnic diversity, and UNLV has recently been ranked as one of the most diverse college campuses in the nation. As one of the last major US metropolitan areas built from the ground up in the twentieth-century, Las Vegas is also a transformative and transient city in the American Southwest, where issues of mobility are constantly negotiated and identities are reimagined.
We welcome proposals for individual papers and panels on the broad spectrum of transcultural issues in multi-ethnic literature. Considering the concept of “trans” as relating to that which moves across, beyond, or through, or which enacts a change, topics might include, but are not limited to, the following:

 Transamerican and hemispheric collaborations and tensions in multi-ethnic texts
 Transnational and transhistorical dimensions of the multi-ethnic West
 Transformative landscapes and spaces, including, among others, deserts, cities, highways, and borderlands, and in relation to issues of indigenous sovereignty and land claims
 Transience and permanence in migrant, immigrant, refugee, and diasporic experience, and in the context of debates about citizenship and borders
 Transgender and LGBQ identities and experience in multi-ethnic literature and culture
 Transcultural literary representations of popular culture and the entertainment industry
 Transvestism, performativity, and spectacles of gender and sexuality
 Transportation, transit, and mobility in the multi-ethnic West
 Transatlantic routes, identities, and experiences in multi-ethnic literature, including economic and technological considerations
 Transformations in the definitions, status, and criticism of multi-ethnic US literature, and in relation to indigenous and national literary traditions
 Translation and multilingualism in multi-ethnic texts
 Transversing, transgressing, and experimenting with forms and genres, including, but not limited to, film, graphic narratives, spoken word poetry, and multi-genre works

We also welcome proposals on all aspects of multi-ethnic US literature. More information about housing and guest speakers will be available soon. Please send 250-300 word abstracts by Nov. 15, 2017 to For more information about MELUS, The Society for the Study of the Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States, visit; for more information about the MELUS journal, visit We hope to see you in Vegas in 2018!

CFP | Pacific Coast Conference on British Studies

Deadline: December 1, 2017


The Pacific Coast Conference on British Studies invites paper and panel proposals for its 45th Annual Meeting, to be held at UC Santa Barbara 23-25 March 2018.

The PCCBS invites papers representing all fields of British Studies -- broadly defined to include those who study the United Kingdom, its component parts and nationalities, as well as Britain's imperial cultures. We welcome proposals from scholars and doctoral candidates in a wide range of disciplines across the humanities, social sciences, and the arts, including History, Literature, Political Science, Philosophy, Religion, Gender Studies, Cultural Studies, Theater Studies, and Art History.

Proposals for individual papers, partial panels, or complete panels are all welcome, although complete panel proposals are preferred. We encourage the submission of proposals dealing with interdisciplinary topics, as well as panels on new pedagogies and technologies associated with British Studies.

The deadline for submission of proposals is DECEMBER 1st, 2017. Proposals should include a 200-word abstract for each paper plus a one-page c.v. for each participant. Those submitting full or partial panel proposals should include a brief description of the panel plus a 1-page c.v. for the panel chair as well as for its commentator. Please place the panel proposal, its constituent paper proposals, and all vitae in a single file, making certain that your contact information, especially e-mail addresses, are correct and current. Proposals should be submitted via e-mail attachment by December 1, 2017, to:

*Graduate students who have papers accepted by the program committee will be eligible to request reimbursement for some travel expenses from the Stern Trust when registering for the conference.

CFP | Renaissance Conference of Southern California

Renaissance Conference of Southern California

61st Annual Conference

Saturday, 10 March 2018

The Huntington Library

Pasadena, CA


Deadline for submissions: November 1, 2017

The RCSC, a regional affiliate of the Renaissance Society of America, welcomes proposals for individual papers as well as complete panels on the full range of Renaissance disciplines (Art, Architecture, History, Literature, Music, Philosophy, Religion, Science).

Please submit a 400-word abstract (for a 20-minute paper) and a one-page c.v. to Kent Lehnhof (


Keynote Address

"Beyond Huge: Glistering Colors in Renaissance Texts"

Bruce R. Smith

Dean's Professor of English and Professor of Theater

University of Southern California


For more information, please visit our website:

CFP | American Academy of Religion

The AAR/WR Religions of Asia group is currently seeking paper submissions for next year's annual conference, which will be held at Institute of Buddhist Studies (Berkeley) on March 23-25, 2018. See the link to the AAR/WR's general CFP as well as our group's individual call as listed below. The 2017 conference theme pertains to "Religion and Kindness". We will consider all papers for inclusion even if the topic does not fit the conference theme.

Deadline: October 1, 2017


Religions of Asia

Promoting inclusivity and excellence in scholarship, this section invites individual papers covering a variety of religious and cultural traditions to explore all aspects of Religions of Asia. This year, we are especially interested in papers that relate to the conference’s 2018 overall theme of "religion and kindness". Where and how has kindness been instantiated within the living and historical contexts of Asian religions, and with what effects? How can particular models of kindness found within religions of Asia -- whether paradigmatic or innovative by nature -- be analyzed in order to gain new insights into these traditions, and their unique visions for ethical and moral leadership, transformative spirituality, etc.? Do unconventional forms of kindness present themselves within the religions of Asia (e.g. fierce or iconoclastic kindness; wise and justified authoritarianism, etc.)—and, if so, with what implications? How is kindness discussed and treated across the contemporary landscapes of religions of Asia? How do ideas in Asia about religions inform ideologies within culture more broadly? We encourage the submission of papers that utilize interdisciplinary and non-traditional approaches to research. Other topics and themes of interest to the Religions of Asia group include: ways in which Asian religions interact with art, music, material culture, and ideology; rites of passage (birth, marriage, death, etc.); sacred spaces; the body as location for religious experience or ideology; religious and/or secular rituals or performances; gender and religion; religion and ecology; sacred text; or storytelling and oral tradition. Please send abstracts as email attachments to Anna M. Hennessey and Michael Reading We look forward to receiving your proposals.

CFP | Humanities Education and Research Association

Call for Papers

Humanities Education and Research Association

 10th Annual Conference, The Palmer House

7-10 March 2018

Chicago, Illinois


Theme: Humanities through the Ages


Submissions Due: January 28, 2018

The HERA conference program committee invites proposals for presentations at the 2018 conference. The program committee’s theme is designed to incorporate any and all possible connotations: the history and development of the humanities, the changes in the humanities over time, the triumphs of and threats to the humanities, the importance of the humanities, the challenges to the humanities. Also included within the theme is the idea of humanities and humanities education being enriched and enlivened by commitment and dedication from all age levels, spanning the lives of individuals as well as history.


The HERA conference program committee maintains that individuals engaged in research and education in all fields of the humanities and liberal arts and sciences carry forward the humanities through the ages into the future. We call for papers that explore continuity and change, form and function, courage and fear, voices and unspoken presences from any individual fields of study. Our work and its vitality validates our common pursuit.


The wide-ranging span of the Humanities provides the finest range of approaches and methodologies to explore the vast array of concepts and themes within the humanities throughout the world. HERA seeks your contributions concerning the explorations of identity, image, and voice within any aspect of the Humanities.  The 2018 HERA Conference theme is intentionally seeking disciplinary, interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary scholarship exploring voice and vision from the local to the global.


New this year, HERA introduces the HERA Undergraduate Research Prize, a prize of $1,000 awarded to the best undergraduate conference paper (or divided among a panel of papers), sponsored by an attending professor (with a $500 prize awarded to the professor). See HERA’s website for more details.

Creative presentations, readings, and exhibitions are also welcomed.


Submissions are encouraged from educators at all levels (including undergraduate/graduate students) as well as all those with an interest in the arts and humanities. Proposals for papers, panels, or workshops (150-200 words) must be submitted through the conference submission portal on the HERA website at


Questions may be directed to the conference organizer, Marcia Green ( Presentation time for individual papers is limited to 15-20 minutes.

Deadline for submission: no later than January 25, 2018

The Palmer House has a special rate of $139 for conference attendees. It is located across the street from the Chicago Art Institute, the Chicago Symphony, the Chicago Theater district, and a few blocks from the Chicago Lyric Opera. It is near the city center; shopping & sightseeing, public transit, & the train station. The hotel booking link is on HERA’s website. (

CFP | 2018 Multidisciplinary Graduate Student Conference

2018 Multidisciplinary Graduate Student Conference
Call for Papers

January 25 to 27, 2018

We invite abstracts for 20-minute papers from master's or PhD students from any discipline on any medieval, Renaissance, or early modern topic in Europe, the Americas, or the Mediterranean world. The 2018 conference schedule will include workshops and presentations with rare books in addition to traditional conference sessions.

Deadline: Sunday, October 15, 2017 at midnight CDT

Eligibility: Preference is given to proposals from students at member institutions of the Center for Renaissance Studies consortium, but we welcome proposals from students of the Folger Institute consortium.

Submit a proposal using
this online form.

A printable CFP is available
online here.

Note: Graduate students at member institutions of the Center for Renaissance Studies consortium may be eligible to apply for travel funding to attend this conference. For more information,
visit this webpage.

*If you would like to apply for this, please contact Professor Lori Anne Ferrell

CFP | 1917: Revolution, Radicalism, and Resistance in the Atlantic World

Submissions due: July 31

1917: Revolution, Radicalism, and Resistance in the Atlantic World

18th Annual International Graduate Student Conference on Transatlantic History
The University of Texas at Arlington


Date of Conference: October 19-21, 20017

Submission Deadline: May 31

Keynote Speakers: Dr. Erik S. McDuffie, Dr. Julia L. Mickenberg

The Transatlantic History Student Organization, in collaboration with Phi Alpha Theta, the
Barksdale Lecture Series, the History Department, the Africa Program and the College of Liberal
Arts, is sponsoring the Eighteenth Annual International Graduate Student Conference on
Transatlantic History.

Transatlantic history examines the circulation and interaction of people, goods, and ideas
between and within any of the four continents surrounding the Atlantic basin between the time of
the first Atlantic contacts in the 1400s and the present day. Situated primarily in the fields of
social and cultural history, its approaches are problem-oriented in scope, and highlighted by
comparative and transnational frameworks.

We invite papers and panel submissions that are historical, geographical, anthropological,
literary, sociological, and cartographic in nature—including interdisciplinary and digital
humanities projects—that fall within the scope of transatlantic studies from both graduate
students and young scholars. We will accept submissions for papers written in English, French,
Spanish, and German.

The theme of this year’s conference is the impact of the Russian Revolutions of 1917 on the
Atlantic World, examining the political, social, cultural, and economic reverberations and
legacies prompted by the collapse of Russia’s ancien régime and the consolidation of
Soviet/Bolshevik power. Inspiring hope and terror abroad, this conference aims to analyze the
various transnational and international dimensions of the Russian Revolutions and how they
shaped social and political movements in the Atlantic World, both directly and by virtue of
establishing a new geopolitical context.

Topics may include but are not limited to the following:
• Communist, socialist, and anarchist internationalism
• Imperialism/colonialism, anti-colonial movements, and decolonization
• Transatlantic solidarity struggles
• Women’s and feminist movements
• Radical and social movement networks
• Anti-war and peace activism during World War I and World War II
• Refugees and exiles
• Revolutions and uprisings of 1917-1923 (Russia, Germany, Italy, Hungary, Mexico,
Greece, Ireland, Egypt, etc.)
• Social, political, and cultural forms of anti-communism—both left- and right-wing
• Fascism and anti-fascism
• Cold War studies

We also seek to explore and further establish shared terminology, methodologies, and defining
parameters as they pertain to the field of transatlantic history. This conference has become an
interdisciplinary and intercontinental meeting place where such ideas can converge into a
common conversation.

Therefore, we also welcome papers on:
• Twentieth-century empires
• Transatlantic networks
• Making of nation-states
• Transnational spaces
• Transatlantic migrations
• Diaspora studies
• Collective memory
• Identity construction
• Transatlantic cuisine and consumption
• Intercultural transfer and transfer studies
• Transnational families
• Teaching transnational history

Selected participants’ papers will be considered for publication in Traversea, the peer-reviewed,
online, open-access journal in transatlantic history.

Submission of individual paper abstracts should be approximately three hundred words in length
and should be accompanied by an abbreviated (maximum one page) curriculum vita. Panel
proposals (3-4 people) should include titles and abstracts of panels as a whole, as well as each
individual paper. Deadline for submission is July 31, 2017. We will notify authors of accepted
papers by August 15, 2017.

Paper and panel submissions should be made at

Please direct all questions to Lydia Towns at

The Conference Organizing Committee is composed of Lydia Towns, Jacob Jones, Stacy
Swiney, Brandon Blakeslee, Charles Grand, and Dan Degges.

CFP | ‘Our dance is turned into mourning’: Loss and Consolation in Early Modern Europe

Abstract Due: July 15


‘Our dance is turned into mourning’: Loss and Consolation in Early Modern Europe


Keynote Speaker: Lynn Enterline, Professor and Nancy Perot Chair in the Department of English, Vanderbilt University


Doctoral students in the Departments of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Chicago invite faculty and graduate student submissions to a one-day symposium on early modern (c. 1500-1700) European cultures of loss and consolation, to be held on October 6, 2017. Along with panel presentations, the symposium will feature a keynote address by Lynn Enterline, as well as a roundtable discussion by faculty from Chicago-area universities.


Loss is a familiar topos to scholars of the Renaissance and early modern Europe, on scales large and small. In the sixteenth-century Netherlands, waves of Reform iconoclasm lead to whitewashed churches stripped bare of the religious artwork that had formerly adorned them. Tragedy flourishes in European theatres. England’s King Charles I loses his head. In the texts and artifacts of the period, loss emerges as a moral an epistemological problem, a political crisis, a site of performance for gendered subjectivities and religious identities, and a lyric trope. Moreover, loss destabilizes the very notion of the political states we call “Europe”: in a world dramatically altered by the rise of capitalism, colonial imperialism, religious violence, and developments in the sciences, boundaries and borders are extended, distended, and dissolved. And, for scholars today working on such materials, the archive constitutes a precarious space that testifies as much to historical loss as to survival. Yet even as loss assumes new forms in the early modern period, so too does consolation, as individuals, communities, and states alike seek salves, buffers, and antidotes.


On the stage and the page, in political thought and material culture, in science and theology, loss and consolation find new forms and acquire new purchase. However, scholars attempting to answer the questions raised by these phenomena too often do so without the chance to converse with others thinking about early modern loss and consolation throughout the humanistic and social scientific disciplines. The aim of this symposium is to consider the double notion of loss and consolation not only as it traverses the early modern European landscape, but as it remakes that landscape and generates new points of interdisciplinary contact. The historical and cultural study of loss and its antidotes in early modern Europe can be a productive site at which disciplines themselves “lose” their bearings and discover the resources of other academic contexts and frameworks.


We welcome submissions on various aspects of our theme, including:

  • Anxiety and the anticipation of future loss
  • Grief, mourning, and funerary culture
  • Political loss, exile, and diaspora
  • Nostalgia, amnesia, forgetting, and historical narrative
  • Loss and consolation as occasions for the performance of gender and     sexuality
  • The genres of representing loss, and the comforts of literary form
  • Philosophy and religion as consolatory discourses
  • Loss of faith, atheism
  • Anti-sociality and melancholia as resistance
  • Personal and collective disappointment
  • The early modern archive and the affective dimensions of the digital humanities  

These are only suggestions; we anticipate a rich and exciting range of submissions from faculty and graduate students from any field. Some fields we expect to be represented at this symposium are Romance languages, Germanic languages, philosophy, religious studies, English, history, art history, gender and sexuality studies, cultural studies, critical theory, rhetoric, and comparative literatures.


We are inviting submissions for 20-minute oral presentations on the symposium theme. Please submit abstracts of 200-300 words to by July 15, 2017. 

CFP | Critiquing Culture- The Cultural Studies Conference at George Madison University

Abstracts Due: July 1

Critiquing Culture- The Cultural Studies Graduate Conference at George Mason University 2017

The Cultural Studies Student Organizing Committee (SOC) at George Mason University invites paper
proposals for our 11 th annual Cultural Studies Graduate Student Conference. The conference will take
place on Saturday, October 7 th 2017 at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia.


The theme of this year’s conference of “Social Movements and Resistance” reflects the particularly
potent political moment in which we are currently situated. To that end, we strongly encourage
submissions that address, critique, or otherwise analyze contemporary and historical developments of,
and responses to, activism and political uncertainty.
This year’s conference will feature a plenary panel addressing contemporary sites of social justice and
activism, with details and a final list of speakers to be released closer to the event date.


The Cultural Studies program at George Mason University is committed to the analysis and critique of
culture. Cultural Studies examines cultural objects as products of the wider social, historical, economic
and political conditions. Thus its interests lay both in understanding processes of cultural production as
well as discovering the effects of culture at sites of reception. In particular, Cultural Studies focuses on
power relations and inequalities, which shape the horizon of possibilities for any cultural object at hand,
be it a political discourse, an economic model, or a mass cultural product. Towards this project, we
recognize the value of a range of critical approaches including Marxist political economy,
poststructuralism, feminism, critical theory and postcolonial studies. While the objects of Cultural
Studies vary widely, the field aims at political relevance and efficacy.


In an attempt to broaden the community of scholars working in precisely this interdisciplinary vein, the
Cultural Studies Student Organizing Committee at GMU invites graduate students to submit research
papers for a conference specifically oriented toward the examination of cultural objects, through a
variety of critical lenses. We encourage the submission of papers related to the following broad themes:
● Political Economy
● Mass & Popular Culture
● Gender & Sexuality
● Race & Ethnicity
● Visual Culture


Abstracts of no more than 300 words and a current CV should be sent to
by July 1st, 2017. Please include presentation title, presenter's name, institutional affiliation, contact
information, A/V requests, and any special needs required in the email. Abstracts should be sent as
.doc or .rtf file attachments.

CFP | The 24th Annual ACMRS Conference

Proposals Due: December 1, 2017

The 24th Annual ACMRS Conference
February 8–10, 2018, Scottsdale, AZ

Call for Papers

ACMRS invites session and paper proposals for its annual interdisciplinary conference to be held February 8-10, 2018 at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Scottsdale. We welcome papers that explore any topic related to the study and teaching of the Middle Ages and Renaissance and especially those that focus on the general theme of “Reading the Natural World:  Perceptions of the Environment and Ecology during the Global Middle Ages and Renaissance.”
Conference Publication: Selected papers focused on “Reading the Natural World:  Perceptions of the Environment and Ecology during the Global Middle Ages and Renaissance” will be considered for publication in the conference volume of the Arizona Studies in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance series, published by Brepols Publishers (Belgium).
Keynote Speaker: TBD
Pre-Conference Workshop: ACMRS will host a workshop on manuscript studies led by Professor Timothy Graham, Director of the Institute for Medieval Studies at the University of New Mexico. The workshop will be held on the afternoon of Thursday, February 10, and participation will be limited to the first 25 individuals to register. Email with “Pre-Conference Workshop” in the subject line to be added to the list. The cost of the workshop is $50 ($25 for students) and is in addition to the regular conference registration fee.
Les Enfans Sans Abri: Since 1989, the ad hoc medieval/Renaissance drama troupe Les enfans sans abri (LESA) has been performing comedies all over the country and even in Europe. To learn more about Les enfans sans abri, visit their website at:
Deadlines: Proposals will be accepted on a rolling basis until midnight, MST on December 1, 2017. Responses will be given within a week of submission. Please submit an abstract of 250 words and a brief CV to Proposals must include audio/visual requirements and any other special requests; late requests may not be accommodated.
Visit our web page for further details on submissions. Questions? Call 480-965-5900 or email

CFP | "Not Reading" University of Chicago English Graduate Conference

Submissions Due: July 2

"Not Reading”
University of Chicago English Graduate Conference
November 2-3, 2017

Keynote speaker: Amy Hungerford, Professor of English and Divisional Director of Humanities, Yale University

Reading is something we do a lot of. Yet every act of reading entails a decision, whether required or freely made, to not read something else. Sometimes this decision is a postponement, often an indefinite one. Time is finite, reading is slow, and the wealth of material we should or could read is inexhaustible; ultimately, it is unreadable. Not reading is therefore something we do a lot more of, yet we seldom talk or write about that. This conference aims to open up that conversation by inviting creative reflection on what is a necessary element in our scholarly work: not reading.

In this sense, not reading is something we think and talk a lot about: in our conversations with colleagues preliminary to the work of compiling an archive; in the way that we efface the entirety of a work as we explicate a select passage; in our hedging prefaces to comments in the classroom and at talks; in the pedagogical gymnastics of teaching unread material; and in our routine and rhetorically elaborate attempts to evade the embarrassments of not reading. Pierre Bayard’s 2007 manual of confessions of a professional non-reader, How to Talk About Books You Haven’t Read, attests to a readiness to fess up, at least in the margins of the academy. Amy Hungerford has more recently urged academics to address the institutional politics of not reading with Making Literature Now (2016). The colonial, racial, and gender politics of the formation of the discipline and its canon have shaped whom we do and do not read today. Forty years after feminist thinkers like Adrienne Rich made “not reading” visible by challenging the bias towards white male authors, queer theory, critical-race studies, and posthumanism continue to rethink literary studies. Such work calls us to continue making space in our scholarship and syllabi for a more diverse set of bodies and thinkers, genres and modes. The ongoing disciplinary debate about how to “read better” only emphasizes this exigency across periods. The practice of distant reading entailed by methods in the digital humanities could be otherwise described as strategic not reading. Surface readers implore us not to read for hidden meaning. Even the enduring practice of close reading relies on the not-reading work of excerption. Therefore, we see not reading as a fact that warrants attention in our reflections on the methods we employ and the kind of knowledge they produce.

We encourage participants to explore phenomena, practices, and problems of not reading in both its historical forms and its current urgency. Potential topics include:
· Patterns of prominence and neglect in the history and canonization of reading literature
· Genre history, e.g. trends and fads
· The politics of not reading across lines of difference, e.g. race, gender, sexuality, class, (dis)ability
· Recuperative scholarship
· Untranslated and untranslatable works
· Histories of literacy; the “common” or lay reader
· Oral traditions and literary performance
· Publication failures and restrictions (e.g. sales and censorship)
· Lost or inaccessible texts
· Time and opportunity cost-benefits
· Not reading and the digital humanities
· Visual cultures and cinema studies (reading images; reading films)
· Graphic literature
· Non or partial reading practices (close, surface, and distant reading; weak theory)
· Pedagogies of not reading; not reading in the classroom
· “Required” reading
· Books you haven’t read
· Books you shouldn’t read

We are open to expanding this list with ideas from the submissions. Please submit an abstract of no more than 250 words (along with presentation title, institutional affiliation, phone number, and email address) to by July 2, 2017.

CFP | 4th international conference on Sacred Texts and Human Contexts: Women and Gender in Religions

Proposals Due: March 15, 2017

Nazareth College, Hickey Center for interfaith Studies and Dialogue is pleased to announce its 4th international conference on Sacred Texts and Human Contexts: Women and Gender in Religions on July 30- August 1, 2017.The Conference is open to scholars in religious, theology, women and gender studies and other social scientists from US and abroad as presenters or participants.

 *    The proposal should be no more than 550 words.
 *   Send a 225-word resume that presents expertise in the area of your presentation.
 *   Include your address, telephone number, and email address.
 *   Notice of acceptances will be sent soon after evaluation with guidelines for full presentation.
 *   Selected papers are published
  * Last date to receive your proposal is March 15, 2017, earlier is preferred.

  * Proposals are to be emailed to: or

Please visit the website to know more about the conference sub-topics, submitting a  proposal and registration:

CFP | American Academy of Religion & Society of Bible Literature 2017 Annual Conference

2017 Call For Papers-Women’s Caucus AAR

Submission Deadline: March 1, 2017

The Women’s Caucus of AAR/SBL is currently accepting proposals for our sessions at the American Academy of Religion and Society of Biblical Literature 2017 Annual Conference. The Conference is being held in Boston from November 18-21, 2017 and the theme for the conference is Religion and the Most Vulnerable. We invite members to submit one page proposals for consideration for our sessions. Proposals should be submitted as a word attachment to the Women’s Caucus at The submission deadline is March 1, 2017 at midnight (PST).

Session #1: Rethinking Resistance and Resilience  
This year the AAR/ SBL Women’s Caucus will again be collaborating with the Feminist Liberation Theologian’s Network (FLTN). We are seeking Caucus panelists who offer fresh perspectives on the topic of Resistance and Resilience—especially in rethinking the role of resistance and resilience in relation to the study of religion and the most vulnerable (e.g., the poor--especially poor women and children--religious and racial minorities around the globe, refugees, migrants, etc.). Panelists from this Women’s Caucus session will attend the pre-conference FLTN session on Friday afternoon, and a FLTN representative will attend this Caucus session on Saturday morning to continue the conversation. Panelists will include reflections on the FLTN session in their presentations as well as present their own work.
Session #2: Thinking About Vulnerability Intergenerationally
This session invites emerging scholars (students and recent PhDs) to present papers in which they engage the work of an established scholar in religious or theological studies on vulnerable populations in general or specific vulnerable populations including populations made vulnerable as a result of race, gender, sexuality, disability, nationality, migration, or class. It also invites emerging scholars and established scholars to propose a paper together. This session hopes to foster a dialogue of intergenerational, international, and interreligious perspectives on what scholars and activists think of how religion and religious traditions could address issues or remedy the reality of vulnerable populations.

 Session #3: Publishing Panel
 Fresh Perspectives on Gender, Race, and Social Justice Issues
This session presents scholars who have published books in Women studies, gender, race, and social justice, in 2016 and 2017. This panel of AAR and SBL authors will provide an overview of their books as well as share their perspectives on current research being published in women studies and religion’s relationship with issues on vulnerability and social justice. These scholars will also share their experiences regarding strategies and mechanics for getting Women studies and religion books published, and to offer advice for those seeking publication of their book manuscript.


Please provide the following information:

  •   Individual paper title
  •  Individual paper abstracts (250 words) Visual presentations should include a picture
  •  Name
  •  University Affiliation
  •  Email Address
  •  Phone Number
  •  Please label the attachment with your name and session you are applying.
  •  Email subject line must read: 2017 Paper Proposal - Session # & name: Paper Title
  • You are invited to submit up to two proposals for the Women’s Caucus 2017 sessions.


  •  All presenters must be AAR/SBL members and pre-registered for the conference by July 2017.
  •  Presentations will be 10-15 minutes in length.
  •  Notice of acceptance/rejection will be sent out by the first week of April 2017. If accepted, your paper will not count towards the maximum paper limit for the AAR or SBL.


CFP | LACK II, Psychoanalysis and Politics Now

Proposals Due: May 1, 2017

The second biannual conference for LACK, an organization devoted to the promotion and development of Lacanian psychoanalytic theory, will be held at Colorado College in Colorado Springs, Colorado, on September 21-23, 2017. This conference hopes to bring together those interested in exploring the philosophical, political, and cultural implications of psychoanalytic theory, especially as it relates to the question of contemporary politics.  Though practitioners are welcome, the focus of the conference is psychoanalytic theory rather than practice, and theoretical papers will be privileged.


Plenary Speaker: Slavoj Žižek (University of Ljubljana)


Participants can address any issues touching on Lacanian theory in the broadest sense, and the following topics are meant to be suggestive rather than exhaustive:

 * New forms of Racism 

* Lacan as a political theorist

* The politics of psychoanalytic media theory

* Feminism in the contemporary world

* The relationship between psychoanalysis and philosophy

* Intersections between psychoanalysis, critical race theory, and popular culture

* The political function of fantasy

* The psychoanalytic politics of cinema, television, and digital media

* Theorizing populism

* Psychoanalysis and the struggle against racism

* Politics in relation to the symbolic, imaginary, and real

* Queer theory and psychoanalysis

* Politics and the new realism

* Political jouissance

* Intersection of economics and politics


Please email paper proposals as Word attachments, including title, 250-word abstract, brief bio, and a short bibliography (3 to 5 entries) to and To propose a pre-constituted panel, please send the individual abstracts and other information in a single attachment. Proposals are due by May 1, 2017.


Conference Organizers: Scott Krzych (Colorado College) and Todd McGowan (University of Vermont)

 LACK Central Committee: Jennifer Friedlander (Pomona College), Henry Krips (Claremont Graduate School), Todd McGowan (University of Vermont), and Hilary Neroni (University of Vermont)

CFP | 39th Annual Graduate Philosophy Conference,

Submissions Due: March 1

The philosophy department at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will hold its 39th Annual Graduate Philosophy Conference on April 28-29, 2017

Our keynote speaker is Dr. J. Baird Callicott, distinguished research professor emeritus from the University of North Texas. We especially encourage submissions on or related to environmental philosophy but submissions in all other areas are welcome. 

See for more information

CFP | Berkeley-Stanford-Davis Annual Graduate Student Philosophy Conference


Deadline: February 14

Hosted by the University of California, Davis
Saturday, April 29th 2017

Keynote Address by David Copp, UC Davis
The Organizing Committee of the annual BSD Conference invites submissions of papers for presentation from any graduate student in philosophy in California.

Submission Information:
Deadline: February 14, 2017
Subject-matter: Any substantial area of study in philosophy
Length: No more than 3000 words (papers longer than this will not be considered for presentation)
Accepted papers will be assigned a commentator from one of the three organizing institutions.

(1) Please send submissions suitable for blind review as a .doc or .pdf attachment to with the subject line: “Submission for BSD 2017.” Submissions must exclude any information that would reveal the identity of the author.
(2) Please also attach to the same e-mail an abstract of no more than 200 words, also as a .doc or .pdf attachment, and also without any identifying information.
(3) Finally, attach a cover page (as .doc or .pdf) with the title of the paper, the author’s contact information, and her/his institutional affiliation.

Please direct any questions to Patrick Skeels (

CFP | California American Studies Association

Submissions Due: January 30, 2017


The Program Committee for the California American Studies Association invites proposals for our annual meeting, to be held Friday and Saturday, April 28 and 29, 2017, at California State University, Long Beach.


The annual CASA conference is a particularly good venue for students and faculty to present their scholarship and offers a prize for the best graduate-student presentation that includes sending that graduate student to the next ASA meeting.


While focusing on California, we also welcome panels and individual papers addressing all major aspects of the critical study of American cultures. We are especially interested in exploring the many California events whose anniversaries are in 2017. It is the 25th anniversary of the Los Angeles Uprisings of 1992 and also the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love, the founding of the L.A. Black Panther Party, Newport Beach's Fashion Island, Walt Disney's "The Jungle Book," and the Supreme Court case establishing fair housing in California, and it is the 100th anniversary of the Immigration Act of 1917, the imprisonment of Tom Mooney, the establishment of the California Highway Commission, and the release of Charlie Chaplin’s “The Immigrant,” among other events. We welcome consideration of these histories and their collective memory.


Proposals for individual papers, conference panels, roundtables, field trips, and other special sessions are invited. All members of the American Studies Association who reside in California are automatically members of the California American Studies Association, but ASA membership is not a prerequisite for CASA. Since it was founded in 1981, CASA has been an open, inclusive, regional organization devoted to promoting the field of American Studies, particularly in California. Our annual conference regularly welcomes undergraduate and graduate students, K-12 educators, college and university faculty, and community members.


Individual proposals should include name and contact information (including email), paper title and 250-word abstract, and a brief 1-2 page c.v. Panel proposals should include organizer’s name and contact information, each presenter’s name and contact information, an abstract for the overall panel, 250-word abstract for each paper proposed, and c.v. for each participant.  Please submit materials before January 30 to


Inquiries may be directed to Elaine Lewinnek at or Brett Mizelle at