CFPs & Conferences

CFP | "Human and Nonhuman"

The Florida State University Department of Religion
17th Annual Graduate Student Symposium
February 22-23, 2019 • Tallahassee, Florida

The Florida State University Department of Religion is pleased to announce its 17 th Annual Graduate Student Symposium to be held February 22-23, 2019 in Tallahassee, Florida. Our most recent symposium brought together over 50 presenters from over 15 universities and departments as varied as History, Political Science, Philosophy, Religious Studies, and Classics to share their research, learn from one another, and meet many of their peers and future colleagues. This year’s symposium will be centered on the theme “ Human and Nonhuman.” Dr. Annette Yoshiko Reed of New York University will deliver this year’s keynote address. Due to our commitment to collaborative scholarship, students from all fields with interdisciplinary interests in the study of religion and at all levels of graduate study are encouraged to submit paper

Possible topics include, but are not limited to : Religion and the Body; Ritual, Practice, and Performance; Religion and Violence; Theories of Space and Place; Secularisms and the (Im)possibility of Religious Freedom; Sexuality and Gender; Race and Ethnic Identity; Colonialism and the Subaltern; Cosmology and Creation Stories; Method and Critical Theory on Religion; Law, Politics, Class, and Economy; Technology, Consciousness, and Posthumanity; Possession and Displacement; Comparative Examinations of Religious Groups and Texts.

Presentations should be approximately 15 to 20 minutes in length and will receive faculty responses. In addition, every year respondents select the best graduate paper to receive the Leo F. Sandon Award, an endowed award named for the Religion Department's former chair. Proposals including an abstract of approximately 300 words, a list of three to five key terms, and a one-page CV should be submitted by December 1, 2018 for review. Final papers must be submitted by January 31, 2019 . Please send proposals to Tim Burnside at Thank you for your interest. We look forward to hearing from you or your students and seeing you
at the 2019 Graduate Student Symposium at Florida State University.

CFP | "An Age of Extremism?"

An Age of Extremism?
March 21-22, 2019
Keynote: Andrew F. March, Berggruen Fellow at the Harvard Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics and author of Islam and Liberal Citizenship

We are pleased to invite you to the 2019 Virginia Graduate Conference. This conference aims to address the topic of extremism, bringing together perspectives from across the humanities and social sciences. While some see “extremism” as any reaction against a broadly liberal, postwar, Western consensus, others, however, see procedural and secular liberalism as harboring its own distinctive kind of extremism. Extremism therefore presents itself as an unstable concept: it is used to describe worrisome trends in the contemporary age, and to label as dangerous movements, people and ideas that deviate from or challenge norms.

We invite papers that address the question of extremism from across the disciplines; papers may be theoretical or applied. Some examples of possible topics are: Who
determines what it means to be “extreme”? How do histories of colonization and imperialism illuminate the current political and theological climate? What is the role of religious and theological narratives in buttressing extreme political figures and regimes? What role does religion play in white supremacy today? How does religion justify or critique current populist movements?

Applicants are invited to explore these facets of extremism, but are not limited to them. Additional subjects may include:

- Securitization, the nation-state, discourses on “terrorism”
- Black power movements, Black Lives Matter, black feminisms
- Direct action, Global antifascisms, queer antifascisms
- Historical and current white power movements
- Theological engagements with liberal politics, radical political, and religious organizing
⁃ Secular or liberal “extremism”
- Universalism and particularism in political ethics
- Extreme bodies: explorations of race, gender, sexuality, disability in political and/or religious life
- Extreme inequality and its discontents

To apply, please submit a proposal not exceeding 500 words to conference organizers at ( by January 15, 2019. Selected participants will
present their paper at the University of Virginia on Friday, March 22, 2019. Thanks to a generous grant, presenters will be provided with hotel accommodations
and are eligible to receive reimbursement for their travel expenses. As each panel will be facilitated by a faculty discussant, each participant should expect a
high-level of engagement and specific feedback on their project.

CFP | "Performance, Politics, and Power"

Annual Conference

2019 Cultural Studies Association (CSA) Conference

Seventeenth Annual Meeting of the Cultural Studies Association (USA)

Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana

May 30-June 1, 2019

This Year's Theme: Performance, Politics, Power

Final Deadline for Submissions: Monday, Dec 3, 2018

The Cultural Studies Association (CSA) invites proposals for participation in its seventeenth annual meeting. Proposals on all topics relevant to cultural studies will be considered, with priority given to proposals that engage this year's highlighted theme. Membership of the CSA is not required to apply for this year’s conference, but membership is required in order to present at the conference.

For our 2019 conference, entitled “Performance, Politics, Power,” we solicit proposals that focus on performance as a creative and critical force within contemporary culture(s) and their antecedents. Within the U.S. and beyond, the past few years have been a turbulent and reactionary period of social and political realignment. However, this realignment has also elicited renewed progressive political activity and cultural engagement, such as public performances against racial and gender discrimination, or overt popular protests against quietist notions of political “civility,” as occurred in the U.S. in response to the Trump Administration’s child separation policy or Executive Order 13769, colloquially referred to as the “Muslim Ban.” Performance has also been central to the ongoing practice of identity politics and its uneasy centrality within the media industries. To this end, we encourage proposals that investigate and consider new forms of performance that have emerged as a means of pushing back against the politics of division and fear, and how past intersections between performance and power help us reconsider the politics of performance today. How, for instance, might already-existing forms of performance be “refunctioned” (Umfunktionierung) as strategized by German Marxist playwright and poet, Bertolt Brecht? This theme is especially significant while the CSA is in New Orleans, given the city’s unique history of using performance, carnival, and other forms of transculturation as a means of engaging and resisting colonial rule, slavery, oppression, conflict, and discrimination, from the city’s founding as a former French colony in the eighteenth century to the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

While we welcome proposals concerned with all types of artistic performance, our interest in performance is by no means confined to traditional activities within the performing arts. We are also interested in performance as the enactment of new political personae in the “theatrum mundi” (society as theater), and the growing utility of all such performative gestures for fostering solidarity and democracy. Likewise, we welcome proposals that question the limits of performance as a framework for enacting politics, or those that explore the history of performance not only as a mode of challenging social power, but also as a means of expressing and consolidating power. And as with past conferences, we welcome proposals from all disciplines and topics relevant to cultural studies, including literature, history, sociology, geography, politics, anthropology, communications, popular culture, cultural theory, queer studies, critical race studies, feminist studies, postcolonial studies, legal studies, science studies, media and film studies, material culture studies, platform studies, affect studies, visual art and performance studies.

Thematic topics that applicants might address include, but are not limited to:

  • What does performance do?
  • Specific contemporary or historical case studies of New Orleans or elsewhere
  • The limitations and possibilities of performance for challenging the ideological and material manifestations of oppressive regimes
  • The politics of aesthetics and the aesthetics of political enactment
  • Performance as ideology
  • Dialectical theatre
  • The labor of performance, its embodiment, and political economy
  • Community engagement through the arts and activism
  • The imbrication of performance and identity politics
  • The politics of fan cultures and communities
  • Diversity and representation in film and television performance
  • Dialectics of spontaneity and organization in political performance
  • The historicization of personae, roles, subjectivity, social and personal identity
  • Celebrity politics and the collapse of the public/private distinction
  • Authenticity, doubt, and the fake in the public sphere
  • Affect and performance
  • Performance in or against the nation-state
  • Arts industries, art markets
  • The political performativity of higher education
  • The commodification of performance

We welcome proposals from scholars from any discipline, inter-discipline, or scholarly field. The CSA aims to provide multiple and diverse spaces for the cross-pollination of art, activism, pedagogy, design, and research by bringing together participants from a variety of positions inside and outside the university. Therefore, while we welcome traditional academic papers and panels, we also encourage contributions that experiment with alternative formats and intervene in the traditional disciplinary formations and exclusionary conceptions and practices of the academic (see session format options listed below). We are particularly interested in proposals for sessions designed to document and advance existing forms of collective action or catalyze new collaborations. We encourage submissions from individuals working beyond the boundaries of the university: artists, activists, independent scholars, professionals, community organizers, and community college educators.

Important Dates:

  • Submission System Open: Monday, October 15, 2018
  • Final Deadline for Submissions: Monday, Dec 3, 2018.
  • Early Bird Registration: Monday, October 15, 2018 until Friday, March 1, 2019.
  • Tuesday, January 15, 2019: Notifications Sent Out
  • Friday, March 1, 2019: Early Registration Ends, Regular Registration Rate Begins
  • Friday, May, 3, 2019: Last day to register to participate in the conference. If you do not register by this date and are not a current member, your name will be dropped from the program.


The 2019 conference will be held at Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana. The closest airport is Louis Armstrong International Airport (10 miles). See the following web link for more information about travel options to and from the airport as well as for travel to and from the French Quarter HERE. 

A CSA hotel block for members will be announced at a later date.


All proposals should be submitted through Easy Chair using the following link:

You do not have to be a current member to submit. If your proposal is accepted, you must become a current member of the CSA and register for the conference. These are two seperate transactions. 

INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIPS include three complimentary conference registrations annually for students. Graduate students who wish to submit proposals are strongly encouraged to speak with their Department Chair or Program Director about institutional membership and where possible, make use of the complimentary registrations. Full benefits of institutional membership are described HERE.

The submission system will be open by Monday, October 15, 2018. Please prepare all the materials required to propose your session according to the given directions before you begin electronic submission. All program information--names, presentation titles, and institutional affiliations--will be based on initial conference submissions. Please avoid lengthy presentation and session titles, use normal capitalization, and include your name and affiliations as you would like them to appear on the conference program schedule.


In order to participate in the conference and be listed in the program, all those accepted to participate must register before Friday, May 3, 2019. Please note: registration for the conference and membership in the CSA are separate transactions (and both are required to present).  You may register for the conference by logging in to your CSA membership account or create one HERE.


CSA offers a limited number of travel grants, for which graduate and advanced undergraduate students can apply.Only those who are individual members, have been accepted to participate, and have registered for the conference are eligible to apply for a travel grant. Other details and criteria are listed HERE.

Important Note about Technology Requests: Accepted participants should send their technology requests to Michelle Fehsenfeld at Technology requests must be made by Friday, May 3, 2019.


While we accept individual paper proposals, we especially encourage submissions of pre-constituted sessions. Proposals with participants from multiple institutions will be given preference.

All sessions are 90 minutes long. All conference formats are intended to encourage the presentation and discussion of projects at different stages of development and to foster intellectual exchange and collaboration. Please feel free to adapt the suggested formats or propose others in order to suit your session’s goals. If you have any questions, please address them to Michelle Fehsenfeld at:

PRE-CONSTITUTED PAPER PANELS: Pre-constituted panels allow 3-4 individuals to each offer 15-20 minute presentations, leaving 30-45 minutes of the session for questions and discussion. Panels should have a chair/moderator and may have a discussant. Proposals for pre-constituted panels must include: the title of the panel; the name, title affiliation, and contact information of the panel organizer; the names, titles, affiliations, and email addresses of all panelists, and a chair and/or discussant; a description of the panel's topic (<500 words); and abstracts for each presentation (<150 words). Pre-constituted panels are preferred to individual paper submissions.

INDIVIDUAL PAPERS: Individuals may submit a proposal to present a 15-20 minute paper. Selected papers will be combined into panels at the discretion of the Program Committee. Individual paper proposals must include: the title of the paper; the name, title, affiliation, and email address of the author; and an abstract of the paper (<500 words).

ROUNDTABLES: Roundtables allow a group of participants to convene with the goal of generating discussion around a shared concern. In contrast to panels, roundtables typically involve shorter position or dialogue statements (5-10 minutes) in response to questions distributed in advance by the organizer. The majority of roundtable sessions should be devoted to discussion. Roundtables are limited to no more than five participants, including the organizer. We encourage roundtables involving participants from different institutions, centers, and organizations. Proposals for roundtables must include: the title of the roundtable; the name, title, affiliation, and contact information of the roundtable organizer; the names, titles, affiliations, and email addresses of the proposed roundtable participants; and a description of the position statements, questions, or debates that will be under discussion (<500 words).

PRAXIS SESSIONS: Praxis sessions allow a facilitator or facilitating team to set an agenda, pose opening questions, and/or organize hands-on participant activities, collaborations, or skill-shares. Successful praxis sessions will be organized around a specific objective, productively engage a cultural studies audience, and orient itself towards participants with minimal knowledge of the subject matter. Sessions organized around the development of ongoing creative, artistic, and activist projects are highly encouraged. The facilitator or team is responsible for framing the session, gathering responses and results from participants, helping everyone digest them, and (where applicable) suggesting possible fora for extending the discussion. Proposals for praxis sessions must include: the title of the session; the name, title, affiliation, and contact information the facilitators; a brief statement explaining the session’s connection to the conference theme and describing the activities to be undertaken (<500 words) and a short description of the session (<150 words) to appear in the conference program. Please direct any questions about praxis sessions to Michelle Fehsenfeld at

SEMINARS: Seminars are small-group (maximum 15 individuals) discussion sessions for which participants prepare in advance of the conference. In previous years, preparation has involved shared readings, pre-circulated ''position papers'' by seminar leaders and/or participants, and other forms of pre-conference collaboration. We particularly invite proposals for seminars designed to advance emerging lines of inquiry and research/teaching initiatives within cultural studies broadly construed. We also invite seminars designed to generate future collaborations among conference attendees, particularly through the formation of working groups. A limited number of seminars will be selected. Once the seminars are chosen, a call for participants in those seminars will be announced on the CSA webpage and listserv. Those who wish to participate in a particular seminar must apply to the seminar leader(s) directly by March 1, 2019. Individuals interested in participating in (rather than leading) a seminar should consult the list of seminars and the instructions for signing up for them, to be available on the conference website by April 15, 2019. Seminar leader(s) will be responsible for providing the program committee with a confirmed list of participants (names, affiliations, and email addresses required) for inclusion in the conference program no later than May 1, 2019. Seminars will be marked in the conference programs as either closed to non-participants or open to all conference attendees. Proposals for seminars should include: the title of the seminar; the name, title, affiliation, and contact information of the seminar leader(s); and a description of the issues and questions that will be raised in discussion and an overview of the work to be completed by participants in advance of the seminar (<500 words). Please direct questions about seminars Please note that for them to run at the conference, seminars accepted for inclusion by the program committee must garner a minimum of 8 participants, including the seminar leader(s).


Author Meets Critic Sessions are designed to bring authors of recent books deemed to be important contributions to the field of cultural studies together with discussants selected to provide different viewpoints. Books published one to three years before the conference (for example, for the 2013 conference, only books published between 2010-2012 could be nominated) are eligible for nomination. Only CSA members may submit nominations. Self-nominations are not accepted.


WORKING GROUP SESSIONS: CSA has a number of ongoing working groups. Working Group submissions can can either be an individual paper or pre-constituted panel and must be made through CSA’s online EasyChair submission portal. Choose either the Working Group Panel or Working Group Paper tracks, complete the submission information, and choose the appropriate working group from the drop-down menu at the bottom of the page. Specific themed calls for some working groups are listed below; check the Working Groups page of the CSA website for the most updated calls HERE.


The Make(r) Space is a space for the collaborative and praxis driven portions of Cultural Studies – making space for art, making space for political activism, making space for new modes of knowledge exchange. It is our goal that this space will be created for those that have been historically and systemically left out of these conversations: artists, activists, poets, and other cultural critics and makers. We want to create a space that helps the CSA fulfill some of the implicit praxis portion of its goals to “create and promote an effective community of cultural studies practitioners and scholars.” Building on the poets, dancers, painters, and activists already interested in the space, we welcome proposals for exhibits, performances, workshops, skill shares, story telling, and other ways of meaning-making and art-making in the world that consider the theme of “Interventions.” We especially encourage Make(r) Space submissions from individuals working beyond the boundaries of the university: artists, activists, independent scholars, professionals, community organizers, contingent faculty, and community college educators. Please email Make(r)Space submissions by March 15, 2019 to:


We are always in need of people to serve as panel chairs. To volunteer to do so, please submit your name, title, affiliation, and email address, as well as a brief list of your research interests to, Chair of the Program Committee.

CFP "Black Lives"

CUNY Graduate Center English Student Association Conference

Thursday, April 11 - Friday, April 12, 2019
CUNY Graduate Center
New York, NY


“Black Lives” has emerged in recent years as a conceptual touchstone following the wake of Black Lives Matter, a galvanizing social movement of public protest against the persistence of institutionalized forms of anti-black violence that besiege Black individuals and communities on a daily basis, both within the United States and across a range of geopolitical contexts. The phrase implicitly challenges nationalist and global concepts of humanity that do not include blackness as a viable sign of life and citizenship. As critics such as Paul Gilroy, Denise Ferreira da Silva, Robert Reid-Pharr and Henry Louis Gates Jr. have noted, “universal humanism” has been historically built upon a constitutive rejection of black being. To push back against such entrenched conceptual repudiations of black particularity, we take a cue from Jamaican philosopher and novelist Sylvia Wynter, who argues that black particularity paradoxically retains a utopian impulse for recognizing “our collective agency and authorship of our genres of being
human” (2006). We intend for the conference to respond to the urgent need to think about the impact and meaning of “Black Lives” both as a touchstone for contemporary activism as well as a scholarly heuristic for research across a range of fields and disciplines. By doing so, we hope to make resonant the potentiality of blackness to signify as a radical node of meaning and being across a range of identitarian and relational articulations.

We are especially interested in workshop proposals that address the necessary rituals and habits for self-care, success/pushing back in a hostile workplace, building and maintaining your village, and contemporary radical Black artists/activists. We also seek papers and panel proposals that take up any aspect of “Black Lives” understood broadly as an entry point into research in, but not limited to, any of the following areas:
● Regional and global Black activisms and cross-struggle affinities
● African-American and African Diasporic Literary Studies
● Contemporary theory regarding blackness and black subjectivity, including Afro-Pessimism, Afro-Futurism, Black Atlantic Studies, Black Pacific Studies
● Critical Archive Studies
● Critical Science Studies
● Philosophy, Psychoanalysis, Deconstruction and Biopolitics
● Black cultural histories and Blues historiography
● Blackness and “modernity”/globalization
● Middle Passage theory
● Black sovereignty and selfhood
● Critical Race studies
● Blackness, Brownness, and Affect
● Black, Queer and Trans Feminisms
● Queer Sexualities
● Queer of Color Critique, Queer Theory, Critical Trans Studies
● Native-American/First Nations studies
● Blackness and Jewishness
● Postcolonial studies
● Disabilities studies
● Performance studies/Body as Archive
● Prison abolitionism
● Critical interventions in Post-Humanism, New Materialism, and Object Oriented Ontology
● Black utopianisms and Marxisms
● Black aesthetics and/or aestheticism
● The Black Radical Tradition, Black Power and the Black Arts movement
● The New Negro (Harlem) Renaissance/The New Black (post-Civil Rights)
● Intersectionality
● White Feminism/Womanism
● Black literacies and critical pedagogy
● Blackness and religion

Please submit an abstract of up to 400 words, a short biographical description, and your contact information by December 31, 2018. Proposals and questions should be sent to conference organizers at

CFP | "Religion and the Future"

Religion and the Future

Columbia University
April 5, 2019


Keynote Speaker: Professor Sylvester Johnson, Virginia Tech
The graduate students of Columbia University’s Department of Religion invite paper proposals which explore religion and the future for the department’s annual graduate student conference. Our conference aims to showcase research by graduate scholars that introduce our community to new facets of the growing discourse surrounding religion and the future. We are interested in the points of intersection, contested and shifting boundaries, symbiotic relationships, and antagonisms of “religion” and the “future” broadly conceived, further examinations of which represent a space of enormous potential for our discipline. What will the future bring for religion? What futures are expected, hoped for, or feared, and how has that relationship changed as future possibilities shift and expand? What can history tell us about how people have conceived of, engaged with, or experienced an ever-approaching future? What may the future be for scholars of religion, and what methodological and theoretical approaches can be applied to the study of something that hasn’t happened yet? The following is a list of potential topics, but the committee encourages you to be as creative as possible. The
conference topic is deliberately broad and, as countless aphorisms proclaim, the future is limitless!

Submissions may also derive from a variety of fields, including religious studies, history, gender studies, philosophy, political science, theology, literary studies, anthropology, and sociology.

● Religion and the internet/religions of the internet
● Religion and media technology/technological mediation
● Eschatology and apocalypticism
● Religion and political and economic futures
● Climate change
● Religion and afrofuturism
● Religion and queer futurism
● The future of secularism/secular futures
● Transhumanism and posthumanism
● History of religious futurism and religious thought about the future
● Religions of young people, youth perspectives on and engagement with religion
● Religious revolutions and reformations
● Religion, modernity, and postmodernity
● Religious anti-futurism, antimodernism, resistance to the future
● Religion and the sciences, medicine, and bioethics
● Prophecy and divinatory practices, preordained futures
● Time and temporality
● The future of religion as an academic discipline

To be considered for participation, please complete the form at by January 18. Abstracts should be 300 words in length for 15-20 minute presentations. Please include in your abstract up to five keywords. Applicants will be notified of decisions by February 11. Accepted presenters must submit their final drafts by March 15 in order to participate.

Inquiries can be directed to Sarah Hedgecock and Connor Martini at . For up to date information, please visit .

CFP | "Sex and Religion" at UNC Charlotte

The Graduate Student Committee of UNC Charlotte’s Department of Religious Studies invites graduate and advanced undergraduate students from all areas of the humanities and social sciences to submit proposals for the 2019 Religious Studies Graduate Student Conference on March 15 – 16, 2019.

We welcome all submissions but are most interested in papers related to the broad theme of Sex and Religion. Topics may include – but are not limited to:

  • constructions of gender, sex, and sexuality within religious traditions
  • sex and sexuality related to the material culture of religion such as sacred space, objects, images, etc.
  • relationships of power and sex in a religious context
  • sex, gender, and sexuality constructions within religious texts
  • religion and bodies on the margin
  • interdisciplinary understandings/conceptions of both sex and religion

To Apply:

Please submit the paper title and a 1000-word proposal. Students interested in applying for one of a limited number of $100 travel awards should submit their entire paper together with a 250-word abstract. Accepted papers should be 8-12 double-spaced pages in 12-point font. Individual presentations will be limited to 15 minutes.

We will also be holding a panel specifically featuring undergraduates on the morning of Saturday March 16. To be considered, undergraduates must submit their entire 6-10-page paper along with a 250-word abstract.

Please submit proposals and papers no later than January 7 and please indicate if you are interested in a travel grant in the email.  Proposals and papers can be submitted at our website here: Applicants will be notified by February 8 regarding acceptance and grant status.

For any questions related to this event, please email us at

CFP | Renaissance Conference of Southern California

Renaissance Conference of Southern California

CFP for 2019 RCSC

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). The RCSC promotes the study of the period c. 1300–1800, broadly interpreting the Renaissance within a global framework. Please submit a 250-word abstract (for a 20-minute paper) and a one-page c.v. here or on our website (, where you can also find more information about the conference.

Deadline for submissions: November 1, 2018

If you have any questions, please contact the RCSC president, Lauren Kilroy-Ewbank (

To submit a paper or panel for the conference.

Please follow this link.

63rd Annual Conference

Saturday, 9 March 2019

The Huntington Library and Gardens

Pasadena, CA


Teaching Race and the Renaissance

Amy Buono (Art History, Chapman University)

Ambereen Dadabhoy (Literature, Harvey Mudd College)

Liesder Mayea (Spanish, University of Redlands)

Danielle Terrazas Williams (History, Huntington Fellow 2018–19 and Oberlin College)


“The Huntington’s Collections: Virtual and Real”

Vanessa Wilkie (Curator of Medieval Manuscripts and British History, Huntington Library)

To be followed by an hour-long workshop

We ask that you complete this very brief 1-minute survey to help us decide on the specific topic of the workshop

CFP | 2019 Multidisciplinary Graduate Student Conference

The Center for Renaissance Studies’ annual graduate student conference, organized and run by advanced doctoral students, has become a premier opportunity for emerging scholars to present papers, participate in discussions, and develop collaborations across the field of medieval, Renaissance, and early modern studies in Europe, the Americas, and the Mediterranean world. Participants from a wide variety of disciplines find a supportive and collegial forum for their work, meet future colleagues from other institutions and disciplines, and become familiar with the Newberry and its resources.

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 2019 conference schedule will include workshops and sessions with rare books in addition to traditional conference sessions. Submit a proposal using this online form.

Deadline: Monday, October 15, 2018 at midnight CST

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.

Conference participants and organizers from Center for Renaissance Studies consortium institutions may be eligible to apply for travel funds to attend CRS programs or to do research at the Newberry. Each member university sets its own policies and deadlines. Be sure to contact your Representative Council member in advance, as early as possible, for details.

For more information, please visit:


CFP | Next

Call for Papers

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 invites submissions of original research papers from all disciplines engaging any topic in the critical study of religion. We encourage graduate work from a breadth of theoretical paradigms, academic disciplines, and methodological approaches ranging from 2,500 to 5,000 words.

The deadline for all submissions is January 6th, 2019 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; accepted papers will then be evaluated by two rounds of double-blind review by an editorial board composed of CU-Boulder graduate students.

Questions, clarifications, and inquires via email to Chief Editor Joshua Shelton at: <>.

CFP | "Borders and Cross-Cultural Enounters"

Call for Papers: “Borders and Cross-Cultural Encounters”
March 1-2, 2019

Deadline for submissions: December 15, 2018

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Chris Lippard, University of Utah


The Southwest English Symposium (SWES) is a regional humanities conference held annually at Arizona State University. The conference provides graduate and advanced undergraduate students with an opportunity to present original scholarship before an interdisciplinary audience. We encourage proposals from a diverse range of disciplines within the humanities and other disciplines.

The theme for the 24th Southwest English Symposium is “Borders and Cross-Cultural Encounters.” We cordially invite everyone to submit proposals. The symposium is an ideal venue for presenting seminar papers and current research projects. Possible topics might include:
● Immigration, migration, and diaspora
● Interdisciplinary studies
● Genre, narrative theory, and their nuances and flexibility
● Analog and digital borders
● Science and the Humanities
● International capitalism, nationalism, and nativism
● Cosmopolitanism, transatlantic studies, and expatriation
● Tourism and the travel memoir
● Translation and adaptation studies
● National borders and map-making
● Life, death, and the afterlife
● Animal Studies
● Posthumanism

Though this is an “English” conference, our theme and interest in interdisciplinary work means we will be considering abstracts from and dealing with topics related to:
● Film & Media Studies
● Rhetoric, Composition, Technical Writing, Communications, Journalism
● Religious Studies, History, Geography
● Anthropology, Folklore Studies
● Sociology, Psychology
● Foreign Languages and Literature
● Fine and Performative Art

We invite abstracts for 15-20 minute presentations, with a 10-15 minute Q&A session following.
Submit your proposal or any questions to Please see our website for more information:
The email should also include the following:
● A subject line reading “SWES 2019 Abstract” followed by your name and institution
● Title of the presentation
● Attached abstract (.doc, .docx or .pdf, please) of 200-250 words in length
● Author(s) name(s)
● School attended by author(s)

CFP | American Academy of Religion Western Region (AARWR)


Arizona State University | March 2-3, 2019

2019 Annual Conference Theme:
Religion and Resistance

Make sure to submit the Program Participant Form when submitting your proposal! 
Click here to download it.

Click Here for a PDF Version 

The overall focus of the 2019 conference is Religion and Resistance. In several senses, all religion and religious expression contain forms of resistance, whether having to do with faith and particular beliefs (e.g., the very claim of revelation, or the transcendent) or their prescriptions for conduct. Beyond the theological and ethical, however, while simultaneously being artifacts of culture, religious material expression is also countercultural.

We invite our colleagues to consider how might resistance best be understood within religious traditions. Where might underexplored figures, movements, and ideas be found for better understanding how resistance has worked historically and in the contemporary moment? Resistance may relate to particular acts (e.g., resistance to particular sins via violent/non-violent action), or resistance to other operative powers and principalities, or to other normative orders in relation to dominant social structures.

Religion has also expressed alternative public and private forms of political resistance. Calvin explained to the King of France that “we must not only resist, but boldly attack prevailing evils.” Buddhism came about through a realization of the need to oppose and remove suffering from the world’s normal order. Judaism and Islam were birthed amid cultural decadence and idolatry, responding to their cultures by creating new orders and ways of living in the world. And various radical dissenting groups have defined themselves by outright nonconformity.

But how is this done? What does resistance look like and how is it facilitated and strengthened? How does it “rock the nation” and lead to demands like, “freedom now,” as Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke of? What is resistance ultimately for? How does religion enable its participants to overcome through resistance? What role does religion play? And should religion always be defined in forms of resistance to dominant power structures? Or is religion better-oriented in its enabling and informing of these structures? How may religion function as resistance in both contexts? How also does internal resistance (reform, disruption, redevelopment) take place within traditions?

Beyond the traditional, what does religious resistance look like today? What are various cultural norms and wider external prescriptions that various religious traditions provide antibody (or alternatives) to? And how do these work when various traditions (and their theologies) are co-opted for other ends, be they nationalistic, political, or otherwise foreign to the ontologies and close readings of a tradition’s more radical features? How do religious traditions bring together visions of collaboration with other traditions for collective resistance to larger structures that may threaten ideas of religion, or freedom of religion, and what sort of ontologies and anthropologies are these affirming in order to work? What is lost or gained in these questions of religion and resistance?
Please see the individual unit call for proposals below. Interested scholars and students should consult the general directions on the AARWR website ( and e-mail proposals and participant forms as an attachment to respective unit chairs.
Asian American Religious Studies.
As the general conference theme of AAR/AR 2019 is Religion and Resistance, Asian American Religious Studies invite papers pertinent to religion and resistance. We are interested in understanding and interpretation of religious resistance including from alternative public and private forms of political resistance from theological, ethical or historical perspectives in Asian American contexts. What does religious resistance look like today or at particular time frame? What are various cultural norms and wider external prescriptions that various religious traditions provide alternative to.
Please send proposals to Thien-Huong T. Ninh ( and Jeongyun April Hur (
Buddhist Studies
The Buddhist Studies unit invites papers on any topic exploring this year's conference theme of "Religion and Resistance" directly or tangentially. We welcome papers covering any school of Buddhism and from all disciplinary approaches. Topics of interest not related to the conference theme will also be considered as space permits.
Please send proposals to Alison Jameson ( and Jake Nagasawa (
Catholic Studies
The Catholic Studies unit invites submissions on diverse topics within the field of Catholic Studies, but especially submissions that relate to this year’s conference theme of Religion and Resistance. We welcome submissions that explore the ways that Catholic institutions, communities, and individuals have resisted internal movements and figures (for example, through reform, disruption, and redevelopment), as well as the ways that Catholic institutions, communities, and individuals have fostered movements that were resisted by external forces. In an effort to bring perspectives commensurate to the diversity of the subject matter, we seek submissions that utilize a diversity of methodologies, including but not limited to critical, ethical, historical, philosophical, and theological perspectives.
Please send an abstract of 250 words as well as a completed participant form to Eva Braunstein ( and to Justin Claravall (
Ecology and Religion
As humanity grapples with increasingly dire realities of, for example, climate crisis, biodiversity decline, deforestation, agricultural fertility changes, coral bleaching, and pollution of fresh and salt waters, participants in diverse religious traditions articulate creative ethical solutions, imagining a more just and sustainable world. In part, solution building requires people to address moral failures and challenge unjust structures of power that have ushered in the Anthropocene era, in which human beings have turned geological and meteorological history away from life-renewing balance. Religions and specific communities, then, can offer powerful voices and perspectives to resist frameworks of degradation, destruction, exploitation, and domination.
For 2019, the Ecology and Religion unit encourages proposals that address the relationship of religion and resistance pertaining to the contemporary environmental crisis, as well as broader ecological issues. Around the world, communities are drawing from religious traditions to resist structural domination concerning the environment—from indigenous and interfaith protests at Standing Rock in North Dakota; to the movement resisting oil companies by the Ogoni people in Nigeria; to Black Christian churches organizing around water toxicity levels and environmental justice concerns in Flint, Michigan; to Hinduism’s influence on the seed freedom movement resisting corporate seed-patenting in India; and many more. Proposals might cover any number of related topics, including climate and environmental activism, global resistance movements, political ecology, climate colonialism, land and water rights, environmental racism and sexism, globalization, climate racism, resisting neoliberalism, fossil fuel dependence and alternative energy, environmental sacrifice zones, dismantling racism and patriarchy, among many others. We are particularly interested in projects that address concrete, local-global ecological concerns, resisting destruction by constructing “alternatives” that renew life in specific places of meaning.
The Ecology and Religion unit also invites proposals that address the intersection of religion, theology, environment, and sustainability more broadly. Proposals may cover eco-theology, climate justice, indigenous traditions and methodologies, eco-/womanist ethics, ecofeminism, black feminist thought, black liberation theology, postcolonial perspectives, new materialisms, queer theology and ecology, animal ethics, nature ethics, environmental ethics, environmental justice, conflict and peace, environmental and public health, and more.
Please submit a one-page proposal to both section co-chairs: Sarah Robinson-Bertoni ( and Matthew Hartman ( See also the co-sponsored call with the Ecology and Religion and the Ethics units.
In light of this year's conference theme, we invite proposals relating to the ethics of resistance. Recently, academic publications and grassroots presentations alike have stressed the need to resist contemporary expressions of injustice, inequality, and violence. What descriptive, evaluative, and constructive roles might religious ethics play in illuminating and advancing meaningful discussions about when Resistance is morally justified or obligatory? Possible paper topics might include: the ongoing relevance of religious exemplars of ethical resistance; the relationship between resistance and religious practices in various traditions (such as meditation in Buddhism, Sabbath in Judaism, eucharist in Christianity, and jihad in Islam); the complex ways religions shape the contours of ethical resistance, both in funding its possibilities and in constraining its limits; how forgiveness might figure into discussions about resistance: does the former require us to find alternative ways of dealing with injustice—other than resistance?; religious confrontation with, renunciation of, and/or embrace of violence; and the connection between religious ethics and aesthetics (such as the integration of poetry and prophecy, etc.) Please email proposals to Owen Anderson ( and Joshua Beckett (
* See also the co-sponsored call with the Ecology and Religion and the Ethics units.
Education and Pedagogy
The Education and Pedagogy unit is interested in the work many of us share: What we do with the students enrolled in our courses? Similar to the longstanding national AAR unit on “teaching religion” ( ), this unit invites papers that explore innovative teaching practices and course design as well as the scholarship of teaching and learning. In addition, the unit is a venue where individuals in the region can deepen their engagement in disciplinary debates and theoretical interests (e.g. various critiques of the idea of “religion”) by exploring their implications for how we design curriculum and structure courses (e.g. how design a survey that does not essentialize religion? How to incorporate a lived religion approach to assignments?).  
The 2019 conference theme, asks us to consider how religion and resistance intersect. We invite proposals relating teaching and learning to this theme including but not limited to one or more of the following questions: How is or can teaching be a form of resistance? What tools or pedagogical approaches allow us to engage our students in acts of resistance as a mode of learning? How do we harness the potential for resistance in the classroom to deepen learning? What is the relationship between teaching and activism, both of the professor and the students? What are models for community-based learning that engage students in the work of resistance as a link between academia and community? What are best practices for engaging students with the resistance efforts of local faith communities and organizations?
We are particularly interested in papers, workshops, and other methods of presenting that embody the pedagogical commitments of the section.
Interested individuals should consult the general directions on the AAR/WR website ( and e-mail proposals and participant forms as an attachment to Philip Boo Riley ( and Melissa James (
Goddess Studies:
This year’s theme is religion and resistance; how might the history of women in mythic or religious literature and imagery apply to resistance? There have been quite a few women at the forefront of recent civil unrest and protest—whether that be on the streets, on the page, or in the media (including television, music, and performance art). Do any of the symbols and patterns of resistance have precursors within the narrative(s) of women—gender all inclusive—in mythology, or in images of Goddess-related spirituality? How so? Why might this be important? How might related archetypes have relevance in the current era of Time’s Up, #MeToo, school walkouts, Take a Knee, #OscarsSoWhite, and the ever-widening need for intercultural and intersectional dialogue? We welcome papers that touch on any of the above subjects through the lens of the socio-political, critical, feminist, mythological, depth psychological, LGBTQ, hermeneutic, historical, religious, and/or pop-cultural.
Please send proposals to both unit co-chairs Angela Sells ( and Jan Kristen Peppler (
Graduate Student Professional Development
Call for Mentors and Mentees:
This year, in lieu of a call for papers, the GSPD unit will begin to develop a mentor-mentee program to regionally mirror the national mentoring program, which can be found
here. To this end, we are calling for mentors who would like to mentor freshly minted PhD’s, developing scholars, and graduate students in the Western region. In addition, we are calling for freshly minted PhD’s, developing scholars, and graduate students in the region who would like to be assigned a regional mentor. Mentors and mentees do not need to be regionally located within the Western region to become a Western region mentor or mentee.
What We Do:
The Unit Faculty Mentor is Dr. Jonathan Lee, Professor of Asian American Studies at San Francisco State University and the Unit Chair is Joseph Kim Paxton, doctoral student of practical theology at the Claremont School of Theology. Dr. Lee and Joseph will nominate and approve mentors. Mentor applications will be received throughout the year. Mentee applications will be received with the general call for papers due 1 October and be reviewed by the Unit Faculty Mentor and Unit Chair. Mentee applications will then be matched with available mentors for the upcoming year, from the regional 2019 conference until the regional 2020 conference. The unit chairs will attempt to match mentee applicants with mentors as best as possible based on their application data but cannot guarantee an exact match. Our focus is to serve and support freshly minted PhDs, developing scholars, and graduate students who are looking for jobs and working to complete graduate school. Based on the number of mentors, we cannot guarantee that all applicants will be matched with a mentor.
The mentors will provide assistance, guidance, and support when and where possible. Areas of mentoring include (but are not limited to):

  • Balancing work/life/studies
  • Conference presentations
  • CV
  • Developing as a professor
  • Disclosure of various aspects of identity
  • Managing professional conflict
  • Mental health and self-care
  • Networking and professional relationships
  • Navigating job searches and hiring negotiations
  • Publishing
  • Tenure and promotion
  • Working with a dissertation committee

Expectations of Participants

  • Connect by phone/Skype/Zoom/etc. at least twice throughout the year
  • Connect additionally as agreed upon
  • Meet once, face-to-face, at the Regional Meeting (if this is not possible then replacing an in-person meeting with a phone/Skype/Zoom/etc., during the year
  • Mentors and mentees will respond promptly (within 1-week) to communication, even if only to say they will be in touch at a later date (our goal is to ensure that participants do not neglect their mentor or mentee)
  • Mentors and mentees share the responsibility for setting up meetings with each other
  • Professional and ethical boundaries within the mentor-mentee relationship (to be navigated and negotiated based on the individual differences of each mentor and mentee)

You will also be asked to provide the regional Student Director, Joseph Kim Paxton, with feedback via a survey at the end of the year (April 1, 2019). To apply please send your CV and a cover letter expressing the desire to participate in this program to Jonathan Lee ( and Joseph Paxton (
History of Christianity
From the earliest days of the Christian movement, the gospel - that is, the news about the teachings, life, death, and resurrection of Jesus and the transformative effect of these events on the world - has engendered a profoundly counter-cultural mode of living in its adherents. Even as Christianity evolved into an institutionalized and normative religion over the course of subsequent centuries, groups of Christians (from monastic orders to reform movements to evangelical and missionary organizations) continued to find within the gospel resources for resisting the values and mores of the surrounding culture in order to effect spiritual renewal, political change, and social reform within the broader society. One could say that regardless of historical context, geographical or social location, etc., the message and embodiment of the gospel have, to some degree, run counter to the prevailing values and norms of all societies at all times. In a sense, the gospel manages to be perpetually counter-cultural.
In light of this observation, we are interested in hearing papers that examine historical examples of individuals, people groups, and movements which have challenged the prevailing secular (or sacred!) culture through their embodiment of various facets of the gospel message. We are interested in papers which examine all epochs of Christian history, including the (very) recent past. Please be aware that while this topic is rather theological in nature, we are looking for *historical* papers that examine people and their actions within their historical context. Papers that are mostly or entirely theological in their content will not be accepted.
Please send proposals to both unit co-chairs Dyron Daughrity ( and David M. Houghton (
Indigenous Religions
Dangerous Religious Memories as Resistance

For 2019, we invite paper proposals on any aspect of the study of Indigenous Religions, especially related to the conference theme. With the possibility of a co-sponsored session with the Latinx and Latin American Religion Unit, we offer the following prompts:


  • Dangerous religious memories as resistance. How do Indigenous Christians narrate their native identities and practice or reintroduce rituals and ceremonies within their church communities? How have resistance movements within colonial religious (or socioeconomic) structures contributed to the production of new or reformulated indigenous religious traditions? As scholars, we seek to develop ways to theorize these movements to disrupt and decolonize churches from structures or methods that continually excise indigenous people and their perspectives. 

  • "¿Y dónde está tu ombligo?” Where is your umbilical cord? Ceremony and healing as epistemic resistance:  considerations of Patrisia Gonzales’ Red Medicine.  For this author-meets-critics session, we invite papers that provide critical and creative responses to Patrisia Gonzales’ book, Red Medicine: Traditional Indigenous Rites of Birthing and Healing (Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 2012). Why is healing such an important part of contemporary indigenous religious life? How has Red Medicine contributed to community projects to reclaim and renew healing traditions, including childbirth? And how do these healing practices intersect with decolonizing resistance discourses and movements?

Please send paper proposals to Brian Clearwater (, Cecilia Titizano ( and Kevin Whitesides (
Islamic Studies
The AAR Western Region’s Islamic Studies Unit encourages papers and panel proposals in all areas of our field of study for the upcoming 2019 conference. The 2019 general theme focuses on “Religion and Resistance.” We invite papers and panels focusing on the main theme of the conference addressing questions such as: how might resistance best be understood within Islam and Islamic traditions theologically and/or culturally? How have the different forms of resistance in Islam changed throughout history? How has resistance developed historically and in contemporary times? We also encourage papers addressing how have Muslim communities, organizations, and texts grappled with the concept of religion and resistance, religion and violence, religion and peace. In the context of the overall conference theme, we hope that your paper proposals will position, problematize, and offer insight on the concept of “religion and resistance.” We encourage individual papers as well panel proposals.
Proposals or abstracts should be sent to Dr. Souad T. Ali ( and Dr. Sophia Pandya (
Jewish Studies
Over the past 30 years, the study of Jewish texts has taken a dramatic turn. Ishay Rosen-Zvi, speaking for Mishnaic studies, but really for the field of ancient Jewish literature, has argued that scholarship now shows a "sensitivity to literary devices and techniques, and us[ing] new interpretive paradigms from rhetoric, cultural, and performative studies . . . [as well as] narratology and performance theory.” The diversification has resulted in keeping texts relevant to today’s lived experience. Art too has its function in unveiling the unstated, assumed, and unproblematized in the contemporary world. In his Aesthetic Theory, T. W. Adorno writes, "By articulating the otherwise ineffable contradictions of society, figuration takes on the features of a praxis which is the opposite of escapism, transforming art into a mode of behavior. Art is a type of praxis and there is no need to make apologies for its failure to act directly."
In the spirit of Rosen-Zvi and Adorno, Jewish academic scholarship and the arts, whether literary, dance, or musical, perform a diversity of strategies to interrogate text and culture, disrupting traditional paradigms, accepted wisdom, and cultural norms.
Jewish Studies Unit of the AARWR, invites papers that demonstrate scholarship related to ancient Jewish literature that questions and/or engages in a dialectic with its embedded cultures or accepted Jewish traditions. The unit also invites papers that demonstrate how the arts serve as counter-culture commentary, as an interrogation of traditional or popular Jewish culture, and/or as a site for the expression of questioning, irony, and angst.
Please send inquiries to Roberta Sabbath (
Latina, Latino, and Latin American Religion
The Latina, Latino, Latin American Religion unit welcomes any and all submissions related to the study of Latinx and Latin American religion, especially those that expand interdisciplinary, critically engaged, and intersectional approaches and methodologies. We understand religion and resistance as inextricable—that is, while the history of colonialism and imperialism were often propelled through structures of religion, Latin American and Latinx communities resisted against violent, economic, and racialized oppression through their own forms of religious expression. We invite contributors to consider the following themes related to religion and resistance, especially through artistic, historical, and theological methods:
1) Environment and Ecology
-     Latinx and Latin American movements in response to catastrophic environmental destruction and related to climate change, colonialism, and neoliberalism.
-     Latinx and Latin American futurisms as alternative visions of space, place, and environment.
-     Rural/agrarian land rights movements and resistance to urban gentrification.
2) Imago Dei
-     Religious responses to migrant apprehension, incarceration, detention, and racialized violence.
-     Prison abolition movements and prison ministry.
-     LGBTQ movements.
3) Divine Feminine
-     Mariology and Goddess veneration.
-     Chicanx, Afro-Latinx, and Indigenous Feminisms, including brujeria and curanderismo.
-     The movement for the ordination of women.
4) Social media, Social Justice, and Religion
-     The rise of social media as a transnational and intersectional site of religious practice. and social justice, especially in bridging the U.S. Latinx and Latin American religious communities.
-     The use of new aesthetic forms of resistance, including memes, public art, and podcasts.
Please submit proposals and participant forms to Unit Co-Chairs Lauren Frances Guerra ( & Daisy Vargas (
Nineteenth Century
The Nineteenth Century unit provides a forum for the study of various religions around the world in the nineteenth century. This year the unit invites papers or panels that reflect the 2018 conference theme: Religion and Resistance. The unit welcomes all methodologies and is open to papers that reflect the myriad directions that resistance took in the nineteenth century. For instance, papers might explore how religious leaders, theologies, churches, religious groups, communes or sects sought (or in some cases were created) to resist dominant secular metanarratives in the 19th century, such as racism, nationalism, nativism, imperialism, colonialism, capitalism, socialism, or Social Darwinism. Or papers might investigate how some religious entities resisted liberalizing tendencies in the face of modernism, pluralism, historical criticism of scripture, or advancing theories of evolution. Papers might also explore resistance to social injustices or to perceived evils in society and what modes religious resistance took. Finally, papers might explore how new religious sects/denominations resisted oppression from more dominate forms of belief and bucked convention in the nineteenth century.
Please send your proposal and participant form via email attachment to unit chair Christina Littlefield ( If you are proposing a panel of three to four papers, please include short abstracts for each paper on the panel, and a short description of your panel theme.
Pagan Studies
The Pagan Studies unit welcomes paper proposals addressing many aspects of contemporary Paganism, especially relating to practitioners’ diverse or non-diverse political identities and political actions. Papers might address subjects such as Pagans’ involvement in political actions for social and ecological justice or Pagans’ pleas and actions for the protection of religious freedom—theirs and others. The Pagan Studies unit is interested in receiving paper proposals that situate the Neo-Pagan movement within the context of global paganisms and discuss the politics of naming. Whom does “paganism” include? How do we decide? Who has the authority to make the call? Along this line, papers might present data on or from multi-ethnic and multi-racial Pagan identities and might perhaps address the topic of best practices in Indigenous-NeoPagan relations. The Pagan Studies unit is also accepting papers on ecological activism for a co-sponsored session with the Religion and Ecology Unit. Direct proposals to Michelle Mueller ( and Dorothea Kahena Viale (
Philosophy of Religion
Philosophy of Religion unit of welcomes papers broadly focused on the theme of the relationship between religion and the human subject. Recent arguments in philosophy increasingly suggest that every conscious experience involves a "minimal" sense of self. Understanding selfhood and personal identity has been of main importance to religious traditions, both theologically and in concern for the actual human condition. What are the distinctions and similarities between the two approaches to the self? Is the self “self-given,” that is, reveals its nature by the simple fact of its presence, or is it constituted by cultural, social, historical intersubjectivity? We call for critical cross-examination of doxastic and evidence-based, philosophical and theological, religious and secularistic perspectives on the self.
The AARWR meeting theme “Religion and Resistance” also inspires us to ask: What are the dangers to the self, and what kinds of resistance(s) emancipate(s) the human spirit in the current discourse? Defining and describing religious perspectives on selfhood, we welcome both analytic and phenomenological (continental philosophical) inquiries into the status of the self, religious emancipation, violence, moral deliberation, self-transcendence, and the social practices of resistance, as conditions of possibility and necessity of the self’s homelike being in the world.
In light of these overarching interests, tentatively and dependent on the contents and number of submissions, we aim at putting together two panels. In the first panel, we would like to answer the questions of foundational ontology of the self, such as, but not limited to, what comprises the essence of selfhood?  What philosophically identified parameters (e.g. self-luminosity, self-reflectivity, “what it’s like to have the self,” etc.) apply to religious understanding of the self, and vice versa? On what level, and how, can the self be “divided” or “split”, co-opted or healed? What is the role of intersubectivity and the world in self-revelation of the self?  In the second panel, we would like to weave the foundational understandings of the self into examinations of its practices, with a particular emphasis on contrasting views concerning the place of resistance in interpersonal and social self-experience. The divergences of accounts of what the self consists of and how it relates to experience of a shared world foster dialogue between the various positions, identifications and clarifications of the points of disagreement, and assessing the relative plausibility of conflicting claims about the nature of the self. Considering the breadth of our central thesis, we also invite papers on the themes not specifically outlined in this call: if you think these contribute to understanding of the relationship between religion and the self, in context of resistance, please send your 500-600 word proposals by the 1 October deadline to Dane Sawyer ( and Olga Louchakova-Schwartz (

Psychology, Culture, and Religion
Keeping with the annual theme of “Religion and Resistance,” the Psychology, Culture and Religion unit (PCR) welcomes proposals for papers that explore resistance as a moral force that demands freedom, respect, and equality. We would like to incite inquiry on how diverse faith traditions call us to engage in social action in the work for justice. As events develop in the political arena, we encourage reflection on the changes that occur at both the individual and social levels from communal practices and conversations as religious traditions inspire/drive/obligate ordinary people to oppose injustice. We encourage you to explore the spirit, motivation and methods provided by faith traditions to help address the socio-political struggles of today.
Relevant research topics/questions may include:
●    The benefits of non-violent direct action and the strategies for resistance that are rooted in religion. How does a religious culture promote (or impede) acts of resistance in the public sphere?
●    Can resistance function as a means of personal growth or self-actualization? If so, what is the relationship between the growth of the individual and the wellspringing of civil and social rights for the community?
●    How do allied traditions create joint cultures of resistance (i.e. how do religious practitioners stop resisting each other and begin resisting a common threat?) And how ‘deep’ does this solidarity run? (Should they develop a new theology of togetherness? Or accept a certain level of internal division for the sake of a greater good?)
●    And finally, let’s not forget that we have a duty as scholars of religion, so how do we resist? How do we ignite transformative social change from academia?
At PCR we are looking to explore these dynamics through papers that delve into the intersectionality of religion and resistance. We seek papers covering all religions and spiritual traditions, and exploring any of the junctures within culture from all disciplinary approaches.
Presenters must be members in good standing of the American Academy of Religion and register for the conference prior to their presentation. Please submit abstracts to the attention of the Yuria Celidwen ( and Casey Crosbie ( 
Queer Studies in Religion
“Reimagining Queer Resistance: Desert Journeys and Rodeo Dreams”
What do queerness and mysticism look like in a desert world? How does practicing one’s spirituality come into conflict with their sexuality and vice-versa in monastic spaces and practices? Can we find spirituality/G-d/G-ddess through queer journeys into the symbolic space of the desert and how can we emphasize a new reimagining of what it means to be religiously queer in a post-2018 world?
Queer studies in religion seeks papers that engage a critical conversation between mysticism, queerness, the desert, spirituality/religion, and beyond normative practices of worship. For example, we are very interested in conversations about the connection of queerness and its relationship to the desert and the monastic journey of the queer/LGBTQIA+ body in religious/spiritual spaces.
Finally, the Queer Studies in Religion session wants to emphasize any type of scholarship
that explores queer (LGBTQIA+) studies in religion from queer identified or allied
scholars both within and outside of the academy.
Please send a 250-word proposal alongside the program participant form to Queer Studies in Religion Co-Chairs John Erickson ( and Marie Cartier (
Religion and the Arts
We welcome a wide variety of papers, workshops, and/or fully developed panels (3-4 persons) on the intersectionality of art, religion, and resistance. Art is used here in the broad sense: folk, iconography, animation, performance, comedy, photography, video, TV, graffiti, and music, to name a few areas. Religion and religious expression are also used in the broad senses of the words—including interest someone assigns supreme importance. Proposals may respond to not only theoretical dimensions of opposition through art that may threaten ideas of religion and religious freedom, but also their interplay with contemporary counter culture movements. Successful proposals will clearly articulate the thesis and evidence, as well as, offer a preliminary discussion how the paper contributes to the academic study of religion.
Though not an exhaustive list, below are a handful of questions that may guide your submission, with the expectation that your paper will be significantly narrowed down:
•     How was religious art used in and/or as a response to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign?
•     How do art genres (e.g., hip-hop, punk music, experimental film, and pop art) use religion to resist nationalistic, political evils or social goods?
•     Must art and religion necessarily be a source of resistance?
•     How do scholars of indigenous religions explore tensions between resistance and various arts forms? 
•     What are some new or novel theories about religious art and historic social movements (e.g., Civil Rights Movement, apartheid, Black Lives Matter, #metoo, immigration reform)?
•     How has religion and art been co-opted by political propaganda?
•     How do eastern religions express political resistance through art?
•     How does art build a communal identity in spaces of resistance?
•     Where does the field of arts and religion in an age of resistance or neo-fascism need to be going?
•     What is activist religious art?
•     What transformational borderlands occur when religion influences art movements focused on social change?
•     How do religion and art function together to provide a vision of social justice?
•     How do western religions express alternative understandings of resistance through art?
•     What are ethical, theological, and/or metaphysical implications of religious art as resistance art?
•     What is lost or gained in questions of religion, art, and resistance?
Other topics, ideas, and themes not listed here are certainly welcome too. Please send an abstract of no more than 350 words, with a title above the abstract, and participant form to unit chairs Dr. Roy Whitaker ( and Tamisha A. Tyler (
Religion, Science, and Technology
For the 2019 meeting, we welcome proposals on any aspect of science, technology and religion in the contemporary world. We are especially interested in presenting research on religion, science, technology, and resistance.
In this secular age, resistance is most often understood as resistance to injustice and oppressive power. However, resistance can also be shown to science and technology which are seen as vehicles of excessive rationalization of human society. On the opposite side, resistance can be applied to religion and anything supernatural, seen as primitive and superstitious. This session zooms in on this anthropological dimension of resistance, in an attempt to investigate how and why human beings resist scientific and technological progress in the name of super-mundane truths. This session also investigates how and why human beings resist religious ontology and anthropology in the name of science and technology. Scholars are invited to provide theoretical contributions for a descriptive and normative religious framework that will allow us to understand why some people resist the possibility of cooperation between science/technology and a supernatural religion. Possible topical focus for papers: resistance to robotization; interreligious views on science, technology, and robotics; total automation as human resistance to religion; biosciences and human resistance; emerging technologies and human resistance to death; digitalization as resistance to traditional religions; self-driving vehicles and human resistance.
Please send paper proposals to Enrico Beltramini ( and Marianne Delaporte (
Religion and Social Sciences
Throughout history, religions comprised an abundance of symbolic resources to be utilized in practice which prompted, and continuously prompt, resistance or submission to the status quo. From the Civil Rights Movement during the 1950s and 1960s in the United States, over to the the Islamist resurgence in the Islamic Middle East at about the same historical period, to the contemporary examples of religious advocacy groups that counter authoritarianism in China, religion has served as a driver to move populations and the governments towards goals that do not necessarily overlap. The divergence has often proven to be both transformational, while also often leading to conflict. Even if these actions by religious groups do not give rise to a full-fledged social movement, religious resistance can and often does take place in everyday life, shifting and changing what both society looks like, as well as the religious groups themselves. Whether religious resistance means religious institutions exercising leverage to change laws and policies, or whenever discontented citizens reframe the national narrative in exclusionary religious terms, as is the case with Evangelical Christians in the United States, religious actors and organizations resist the norms of the day and often help create new ones. Religions continue to serve as tools for framing resistance in the present age and understanding what these actions look like, as well as their impact, is a timely and important topic.
We welcome all papers that address the theme of the conference and encourage papers from a variety of social science disciplines. All methodological and epistemological approaches are encouraged. We also welcome contributions that address the theme of the conference from a global perspective. Please send paper proposals to:
Religion in America
Theme 1: Resistance and Complicity in America. Given this year's theme of “Religion and Resistance,” we invite papers looking not only at how resistance manifests in the mutual antagonisms of American religions and of the religious left(s) and right(s), but also at how religious worldviews resist (or are complicit with) other worldviews, like capitalist corporate globalism, nationalism, racial ideologies, and so on. How do religions function effectively within a "balance of powers" arrangement by resisting other huge forces like capitalism, the nation-state, mass media, and so on? And how and why do they not? We encourage proposals about religious involvement (or not) in things like unionizing and lobbying against (or for) corporate interests; religious promotion of conspiracy theories, satire and parody, and other modes of resistance; religious resistance against (and embrace of) the current administration; and so on.
Theme 2: Comparative Worldview Studies in America. Due to the complexity and diversity of the American context, the study of religion in America is, in many ways, an instance of “comparative religion” in miniature. Relative to both research and teaching, there have been a number of recent efforts to reconsider the practice of comparison and the viability of the world religions paradigm. A “worldview studies” paradigm has recently been proposed by Ann Taves and others as a potential approach that grounds its categories for comparative research and teaching in evolved biological realities. Papers testing, challenging, supporting, or applying the worldview studies approach to American data are invited.
Individual papers and full panels on other topics, themes, and issues are also welcome. Please send your 250-word proposals and participant forms to Nathan Fredrickson (, Konden Smith (, and Cristina Rosetti (
Religion, Literature, and Film
The Religion, Literature, and Film unit welcomes proposals addressing various religions or themes related to religious spirituality, practices, principles, psychology, and philosophy as presented in contemporary literature or contemporary films. We are open to proposals that explore fictional and non-fictional representations of religion and/or religious themes as represented through literature and film. Specific interests of the unit are proposals of an interdisciplinary studies approach to examining religion, literature, and film. In addition, the unit welcomes proposals that explore the relevance or non-relevance vitality or breakdown of religion as reflected in cultural or social zeitgeist. In concurrence with the regional conference theme of Religion and Resistance the Religion, Literature, and Film unit is specifically interested in proposals that explore the individual’s resistance to him or herself. More accurately, the Religion, Literature, and Film unit invites papers and presentations addressing an individual’s resistance to his or her shadow or unconscious spirituality, his or her calling or purpose in life/universe, and/or his or her resistance to innate faith or the concept of faith. Please send a 250-word proposal and your 2019 program participation form to section chairs Emmanuelle Patrice ( and Jon R. Stone (
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 2019 overall theme of "religion and resistance." What examples of historical or current resistance have arisen within the contexts of Asian religions? What is the nature of religious authority within religions of Asia, and how has such authority become either subverted or outright overturned to create totally new and diverse interpretations? In what ways have the dominant trends within religions of Asia become challenged so as to produce beliefs and practices that are more efficacious, just, and liberating? How have religions of Asia provided the necessary power of resistance to effectively intervene against strictly secular or societal issues? How is resistance 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.
Womanist and Pan African Unit CFP 2019
This group provides a forum for religious scholarship that engages theoretically and methodologically the four-part definition of a Womanist as coined by Alice Walker. We nurture interdisciplinary scholarship, encourage interfaith dialogue, and seek to engage scholars and practitioners in fields outside the study of religion. We are particularly concerned with fostering scholarship that bridges theory and practice to address issues of public policy in church and society.
2019 Unit Theme: Womanist Religion and Resistance
In accordance with the AARWR Conference theme, we invite colleagues to consider how might resistance best be understood within religious traditions and the lived experience. A womanist ethos evolved with theoethical articulation of Katie Cannon, first generation womanist scholar: “Black women scholars in the fields of theology, ethics, biblical studies, and the history and sociology of religion had begun problematizing and critiquing the ways racist, sexist, and classist ideologies were sewn into dominant Christian, feminist, and black liberation theological perspectives.” As well, womanist Melanie Harris notes, “black women’s experiences of and resistance to racism, classism, and sexism not only influenced their own theological perspectives, but highly informed them.” Moreover, in what ways do religion and spiritual practices impact and operate in the lives of those of the Black Experience throughout the Diaspora which are “life giving and not death dealing” (Mercy Oduyoye). Resistance is a consciousness that warrants reflection. For women of color, what does resistance look like; how is it facilitated and strengthened? What role does religion play, if any?    
Session I: Womanist Session
Topical Focus – Womanist Survival as Resistance
We invite presenters to explore perspectives and practices in the African American experience and seek papers examining the philosophical, theological, ethical, or practical modes in which women’s lived experiences involve connections of resistance to survival in communal praxis, discernment mechanisms to navigate systems and structures, and the ways in which faith / religion plays a role. Consider how is resistance embodied in theology, spirituality, cultural arts to inform the secular and the sacred? In the societal justice work of the Black Lives Matter movement, describe a theology of resistance.
Session II: Pan African Session
Topical Focus: Uncovering the Roots of Collective Resistance
We invite presenters to examine how is communal resistance (reform, disruption, redevelopment) rooted, formed, or manifested within traditions? How do visions of collaboration with other traditions for collective resistance factor into personal and communal identities? What are the transnational bridges for simultaneous resistance and reconciliation? [We seek contributions that reflect critically on the international diversity of African and African American Diaspora and the faith traditions and religious experiences in line with the regional conference theme to explore gendered, socio-political, ritual, transnational dimensions of religious scholarship and the Black experience, including immigrant, global African, Caribbean and other African Diasporic experiences, not limited to an American or Continental experience.]
Please send both a 250-word proposal to indicate which session you are submitting and the program participant form to Valerie Miles-Tribble (, Sakena Young-Scaggs (, and Ineda Adesanya ( We are eager and excited for another year in Womanist/Pan African Religious scholarship in the Western Region.
Proposal Submission Note:
●     Individuals whose proposals are accepted must be members of the AAR prior to conference date in order to present. Be sure to include member ID.
●     Process: Proposals are anonymous to steering committee during review, but visible to chairs prior to final acceptance or rejection
●     You will receive notification regarding the status of your proposal by December 2018.
●     To Submit or for additional information, please contact either: Unit Leaders
Women and Religion
The Women and Religion unit invites paper proposals that address the conference theme, Religion and Resistance, as it intersects with women’s lives, experiences, and religious identity; gender identities and their embodied realities; women in the academy; etc. The unit welcomes all proposals related to the conference theme, though we also offer the following themes for your consideration:
•     Role models of resistance: historical, contemporary, and imaginary/ fictional—the significance of role models for marginalized peoples, bodies and/or communities, particularly in light of the erasure and co-optation of histories, herstories and women’s bodies. Analysis or these figures, their limitations or their potentialities.
•     Politics of resistance and politics beyond resistance, paying particular attention to women’s experiences (broadly defined). This may include analysis of current movements of resistance (#metoo, #timesup, etc.), as well as critiques of these movements or suggestions as to ‘what comes after resistance,’ or how we integrate feminist or other liberative ethics into society, institution, etc. in places/ cases of successful resistance.
•     Religion as a help or hinderance in women’s resistance and navigating the “insider/ outside” status of feminist resistance.
•     Survival, subsistence, and/or thriving in a time of resistance/ as resistance. Resistance, for many women, is a way of life or of refusing death. What are our strategies of survival and resistance? How do they relate to faith, religion or spirituality, positively or negatively? How is or can resistance be more than survival? Can we or where are we thriving in resistance, and what does this look like?
Please send your 250-word proposal and participant form Sara Frykenberg ( We look forward to receiving your proposal.
New Book Session - That All May Flourish: Comparative Religious Environmental Ethics
Ecology and Religion Unit and Ethics Unit
Panelists will discuss the new book That All May Flourish (Oxford University Press, 2018), which brings together a variety of scholarly chapters on religious environmental ethics both in depth and in comparison. The panel will include both book contributors and respondents in conversation. From the book blurb: “Can humans flourish without destroying the earth? In this book, experts on many of the world's major and minor religious traditions address the question of human and earth flourishing…Taken together, the chapters reveal that the question of flourishing is deceptively

CFP | The Image

A Call for Papers for the Tenth International Conference on the Image, held 5–6 September 2019 at the Manchester School of Art, Manchester Metropolitan University in Manchester, UK is being held.

We invite proposals for paper presentations, workshops/interactive sessions, posters/exhibits, colloquia, innovation showcases, virtual posters, or virtual lightning talks.

For more information, please visit this page.

CFP | 2019 USC Korean Studies Institute


Graduate Student Symposium

To take place on Thursday, January 24, 2019

To be held at the USC Korean Studies Institute, University of Southern California

Proposals and application for discussants due Friday, October 5, 2018 The USC Korean Studies Institute is pleased to announce the seventh annual graduate student symposium and invite paper and discussant proposals. The symposium aims to professionalize graduate students, nurture their scholarship, and create interdisciplinary networks of Ph.D. students working on research related to Korea, East Asia, and/or Asian diasporas. The symposium provides students from various institutions with the chance to meet and share research in progress with their peers and participating faculty. In addition, participants will engage in workshops that will build their professional and research skills.

Graduate students from any department and any university, especially in California, are encouraged to submit paper proposals or serve as discussants. We hope to achieve an interdisciplinary mix of research papers from both the social sciences and humanities. Particularly encouraged are research papers that include Korea in a larger comparative or theoretical framework.

Participants can take part in the symposium as presenters or discussants. Please indicate on your application which role(s) you are applying for.
To submit a paper proposal or offer to be a discussant, please e-mail your CV, a short cover letter and 250-word abstract (for papers), or indicate your willingness to serve as a discussant (in short cover letter), by October 5, 2018 to Nayoung Lee at Authors of accepted proposals will be notified by mid-October.
Completed papers must be submitted by January 11, 2019 for distribution to participants. Questions should be directed to KSI Program Assistant, Sarah Shear at We do not offer any travel grants at this time.


October 5: Submit paper proposal or apply to be a discussant--both with cover letter

Mid October: Notification of acceptances

January 11: Completed papers due

January 24: Date of symposium

CFP | Thinking Gender 2019: Feminists Confronting the Carceral State

Thinking Gender 2019 will focus on gendered regimes of incarceration, and feminist, queer, abolitionist, and intersectional interventions.

The US justice system is a site of widespread gendered and race-based violence.  The U.S. currently incarcerates nearly a third of all female prisoners in the world, and between 1977 and 2004, the number of women in U.S. prisons increased by an unprecedented 757%. As a 2015 CSW co-sponsored report revealed, women suffering from mental illness in LA County jails are routinely denied treatment, medication, and reproductive hygiene products, and are disproportionately punished with solitary confinement. LGBTQ women are also disproportionately impacted: nearly 40% of incarcerated girls identify as LGBTQ, while nearly one in six transgender Americans, and one in two black transgender people, have been to prison.

Thinking Gender 2019: Feminists Confronting the Carceral State will invite emerging graduate student scholars and activists to reckon with these issues through feminist and queer approaches to topics such as:

  • State-sponsored violence
  • Racialized policing and surveillance
  • Specific institutional modes of power, such as prisons, jails, and detention centers
  • Processes of carceral expansion
  • Immigration and detention
  • Cultural/media representations of incarceration
  • Art and media produced by incarcerated individuals
  • Historical and contemporary abolitionist, feminist, and queer anti-carceral activism/organizing
  • Histories of imprisonment and carceral development
  • Youth/girlhood
  • Discourses of gender responsive punishment
  • Medical/psychiatric control
  • Toxicity and environmental impact
  • Reproductive justice
  • Criminalization of gender and sexual nonconformity
  • Political economies of punishment


Join us for Thinking Gender 2019: Feminists Confronting the Carceral State on FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2019, at the UCLA Luskin Conference Center.


Call for Proposals:

Graduate Students are eligible to submit Paper, Roundtable, and Poster proposals. Undergraduate Students are eligible to submit Poster proposals only.

Conference Schedule, and more information is forthcoming! Subscribe to the CSW email list for regular updates.

CFP | Sovereignty & Strangeness

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Please see the flyer attached for information.

CFP | Latino/a Studies Association

Submissions Due: February 8, 11:59pm EST

The Latina/o Studies Association’s 2018 National Meeting in Washington, DC, invites you to build on our prior Deliberations (Pasadena 2016) and Imaginings (Chicago 2014) by submitting proposals for papers, panels, and sessions for traditional and alternative conference platforms on the theme of “Latinx Studies Now.” The “x” and the “+” in our conference title graphically denote acts of resistance and dissent. The “x” in Latinx questions the traditional binary logic of gender and gendered language, enabling a new
dispersion of identity across and beyond “genders.” At the same time, the “x” invokes a history of alphabetic challenge to naming and claiming in the Americas. The “+” following 2018 denotes whatever might be “next,” after and beyond the now of 2018 itself.

The mark of the minus (“-”) slashing through the vertical line to make and unmake the “+” suggests that what’s “next” does not guarantee “more” or “better” in the way of conventional promises of progress in historical change but may, in fact, always mask an opposite threat. Always more and less than itself, the “+” is a compass that indicates the many directions Latinx subjects and Latinx studies often take. The “+” calls us to the necessary presentism and urgency of the now and to the equally necessary historicism
demanded of our field and its practitioners in a contemporary moment saturated in crisis and emergency, danger and risk, resistance and resilience.

LSA in Washington, DC, in 2018 considers Latinx Studies as an inter- and trans-disciplinary field that continues to rewrite traditional disciplines in the Humanities, Social Sciences, and STEM, as well as in traditional professions such as Business, Medicine and Law. Our DC location highlights the various degrees of stability and precarity we experience in university teaching, researching, scholarly and creative publishing, art-making, activism, and the shaping of policy. Bringing LSA 2018 to DC, we will situate the field within the context of looming political realities in the United States that impact our communities with regard to immigration and citizenship, law and justice, health care, education, policing, gender and lgbtq rights, as well as freedoms of speech, assembly and expression. We invite submissions following these directions in all their compelling existential, material and symbolic meanings, including but not limited to:

+ Activism and Activist Histories of Naming
+ Environmentalism
+ Trans-Latinx Embodiments: Gender, Sexuality, Disability, Capacity
+ Non/Human Anima(lisms)
+ Age and Generation
+ Violence: Structural, Economic, Carceral, Political
+ Immigration, Depatriation, Citizenship
+ Mobility and Containment
+ Settler and Decolonial States
+ The Not National: Local, Regional, Continental, Hemispheric, Global
+ Labor and Capital: Production, Consumption, Abstraction
+ Art, Music, Literature, Performance, Media
+ Race and 2020 Census Classifications
+ Racial Imaginaries (and Realities)
+ Public Policy in the 21st century
+ STEM: Impact and Challenges
+ Latinx Studies and the University

Proposal Submissions:
The program committee welcomes proposals in diverse formats: individual papers; paper panels with moderators or respondents; roundtable discussions; workshops emphasizing participation by all session attendees; professional development workshops for graduate program and academic job applicants; poster presentations; sessions devoted to work by graduate students and/or community activists; creative and performance presentations; sessions using online and other virtual platforms. We also welcome proposals for special events such as screenings, readings, and special exhibits. Proposals should be submitted via this URL:

LSA Submission Platform
Individual Paper: Please provide name; contact information; position or title; institutional/organization affiliation; discipline (if applicable); 500-word abstract.
Panel Proposals: Please provide names; contact information for each participant; presenters’ positions or titles (listing organizer first, then each presenter/moderator); institutional/organizational affiliations, disciplines (if applicable); 500-word panel abstract; 250-word abstracts for individual papers.
Include the following for all proposal formats: Description of format (e.g., panel, roundtable, workshop), including A/V needs and/or accommodations.
Please note: Submissions are limited to a one individual proposal abstract per person in a panel, round table, or workshop and one additional role per person as organizer, moderator, or respondent.

Conference Hotel: Washington Marriott Wardman Park Hotel
Conference Dates: Wednesday, July 11, 2018 – Sunday July 15, 2018
Conference Room Rate: $199/night
To get the conference room rate, please use this link:
2660 Woodley Road NW
Washington, DC 20008-4106

Email inquiries to:

CFP | Massachusetts Historical Society

Submissions Due: March 15


The Massachusetts Historical Society in Boston invites proposals for four of its 2018-2019 seminar series:


The “Boston” in the series’ names signals not the topics we address, but the numerous academic institutions in Boston, Cambridge, and greater New England whose students and faculty regularly gather around our seminar table. The sessions are widely announced on H-Net, social media, email, and in our publications. They are well attended, often attracting more than two dozen participants.


Each series meets 4-7 times during the academic year. Most sessions focus on the discussion of pre-circulated works in progress, especially article or chapter-length papers, distributed to seminar registrants at least three weeks before the program. Suggestions for other media types or formats are welcome; they are of particular interest to the series on the History of Women, Gender, & Sexuality. The essayist and an assigned commentator will each have an opportunity for remarks before the discussion is opened to the floor. Seminars meet for approximately 90 minutes and are followed by refreshments and the opportunity for further networking.

In your proposal, please indicate when your paper can be available for distribution, as well as your preference (fall or spring) based on when the seminar’s feedback would be helpful to you. Advise us of any special scheduling conditions, such as a planned trip to Boston or an extended period when you cannot make a presentation. The steering committees will consider all proposals for the available session slots, and proposers will be notified by mid-May.


Interested researchers should submit a proposal (500 words) and CV by March 15, 2018 to Katheryn Viens (, Director of Research at the Massachusetts Historical Society. For more information about our seminar series, and to see CFPs specific to each series, visit

CFP | Haunted History in France and America: When the Ghosts of Slavery Resurface

Submissions Due: January 21


The 2018 French PhD Program’s Annual Conference at the Graduate Center, City University of New York

March 23, 2018


Call for papers:

Haunted History in France and America: When the Ghosts of Slavery Resurface


As seen in Charleston, South Carolina and more recently in Charlottesville, Virginia, monuments that celebrate slave-owning heritage such as confederate flags and memorials honoring anti-abolitionists have become contentious subjects, leading to outrage and violence. For some, these controversial symbols represent racial oppression; for others, their heritage, turning historic landscapes into a stage for the ongoing conversation about race and inequality in America.  Unlike France, the United States has yet to officially acknowledge slavery as a crime against humanity or to erect slave memorials that pay homage to the victims.  

          2018 will mark the 170th anniversary of the abolition of slavery in France’s former colonies.  Since the 150th anniversary of the Abolition of Slavery in 1998 and the Taubira law of 2001, the French State has sponsored a number of memorials across continental France and its overseas departments. These include memorials along the slave ports of arrivals in Western France, the impressive ACTe memorial in Guadeloupe, François Hollande’s commitment to build a state-of-the-art slave memorial museum in Paris, and the declaration of May 10th as the national day for commemorating slavery. Nevertheless, the current will to equate remembrance with reparation seems at odds with the reality in France where institutionalized racism along with socioeconomic disparity between Whites and Blacks continue to intensify racial division. On both sides of the Atlantic, people call for the creation of slave memorials to break the cycle of the past. Creating monuments alone is not sufficient.  The conversation about race must take place as well.  And as Professor Jennifer Allen says in a recent conversation with NPR, “the discussions about monuments and the Confederacy...are an opportunity for the U.S. to reimagine its relationship to the past” (2017). She further suggests that the moment the younger generation becomes involved in the debate, “you start to see a sort of qualitative re-evaluation of the kind of forms memory and commemoration might take” (2017). The same can be applied to France.  The symbolic act of remembering must be followed by real actions that will bring meaningful changes not only in the lives of slaves’ descendants but also in racial equality.

We are particularly interested in interdisciplinary studies and welcome a diversity of methodological approaches. Our goal is to have a stimulating conversation on this heated debate from both sides of the Atlantic.  Contributions may address one or more of the following:

  • Memory politics
  • Trauma theory and slavery
  • Critical race theory
  • The reconstruction of slavery in literature
  • Absence of slave autobiographies and narratives in French literature
  • The unsung heroes of slavery abolition
  • Social history
  • Sources and archives on slavery
  • Public space as historic landscape
  • Architecture and the politics of memorialization
  • Reconstruction of memory
  • The significance of selective versus collective memory
  • Disguising and displacing slavery in France
  • Cinema and memory
  • Commemoration, museums, and monuments
  • Museums as sites of contestation
  • Myths and silence in the discourses of abolition
  • Schoelcherism and politics of assimilation
  • Slavery and the struggle for freedom as imaginary narratives
  • The role of Saint-Domingue in the first emancipation
  • Haiti as the first black nation and antebellum America


Submissions: abstracts accepted in French or English.  Please send an abstract of 250 to 300 words along with a short biographical statement (100 words maximum) that includes your university affiliation to:   

Abstracts will be accepted until midnight EST on January 21, 2018.  Responses will be given no later than January 31, 2018.


CFP | Trauma

Submissions Due: February 1


Thursday, April 5, 2018 • Karl Anatol Center
California State University, Long Beach

Re/Inventions is the annual conference organized by the English Graduate Student Association (EGSA) of California State University, Long Beach.

Our goal is to provide a forum in which graduate students and advanced undergraduates may present their academic research in a conference setting.
Re/Inventions promotes interdisciplinary collaboration and engagement among students from Southern California and around the globe.
This forum is intended for the presentation of academic papers and/or projects, including multimedia presentations.

A limited number of creative submissions will also be considered.
As we solicit papers which explore the theme TRAUMA, we ask scholars to consider the various aspects of trauma, including (but not limited to) the following:

● War Trauma
● Violence
● Refugee & Migratory Narratives
● Ecological Trauma
● Industrial Trauma
● Politics/Political
● Collective Trauma
● Individual Trauma
● (Un)acknowledged Trauma
● Gender Trauma
● Historical and Cultural Trauma
● Cyber Trauma
● Pedagogy
● Trauma in the Media
● Medical Trauma
● Spiritual Trauma
● Issues of Identity
● Racial Trauma
● Liminal Trauma
● Trauma in Memory
● Trauma of Aesthetic
● Bodily Trauma
● Nonhuman Trauma
● Power Trauma
● Anomic Trauma
● Artistic Representations of Trauma

Please submit abstracts of 250-300 words along with a current C.V. to:
Presentations should run approximately 12 to 15 minutes.
Hosted by the English Graduate Student Association
and the English Department at CSU Long Beach. Supported by ASI.


CFP | Medieval and and Renaissance Student Association

Submissions Due: February 6


The Medieval and Renaissance Student Association (MaRSA) of California State University, Long Beach is seeking individual papers as well as panel submissions for their graduate student conference. The conference will be held at the Karl Anatol Center on the campus of CSULB on April 19-20th, 2018.

This year’s theme, “In the Margins,” engages the spaces, both literal and theoretical, that have been allocated to the periphery of the medieval and Renaissance period. Thus, papers and topics that MaRSA would like to engage with embrace the many facets of medieval and Renaissance marginality. As an interdisciplinary conference, we welcome submissions from a wide array of disciplines focusing on the art, literature, and history of the period. Paper and panel topics might address issues (but are not limited to) the following:

The relationship between marginalia and text
Liminal spaces and/or identities in medieval and/or Renaissance narratives
Peripheral and/or non-literary medieval and Renaissance texts
The appropriation of medieval and Renaissance culture in contemporary political movements and/or popular culture
Educational and pedagogical approaches to the marginalization of medieval and Renaissance texts
The boundaries between body and soul as depicted in hagiographical literature and art
Depictions of alterity in Shakespeare and/or other Early Modern Drama
Sexuality and nontypical gender expression in medieval and Renaissance texts and/or culture

Presentations should run for approximately 15 minutes. Please submit abstracts of no more than 300 words along with a current CV by email to by February 6, 2018.