CFPs & Conferences

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

Proposals Due: March 15, 2017

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

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

  * Proposals are to be emailed to: or

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

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

2017 Call For Papers-Women’s Caucus AAR

Submission Deadline: March 1, 2017

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

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

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


Please provide the following information:

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


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


CFP | LACK II, Psychoanalysis and Politics Now

Proposals Due: May 1, 2017

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


Plenary Speaker: Slavoj Žižek (University of Ljubljana)


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

 * New forms of Racism 

* Lacan as a political theorist

* The politics of psychoanalytic media theory

* Feminism in the contemporary world

* The relationship between psychoanalysis and philosophy

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

* The political function of fantasy

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

* Theorizing populism

* Psychoanalysis and the struggle against racism

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

* Queer theory and psychoanalysis

* Politics and the new realism

* Political jouissance

* Intersection of economics and politics


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


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

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

CFP | 39th Annual Graduate Philosophy Conference,

Submissions Due: March 1

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

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

See for more information

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


Deadline: February 14

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

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

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

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

Please direct any questions to Patrick Skeels (

CFP | California American Studies Association

Submissions Due: January 30, 2017


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


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


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


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


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


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

CFP | Historians Without Borders, History Without Limits

Submissions Due: February 10, 2017

A CALL FOR PAPERS -- Extension

2nd Annual University of California: Davis
"Historians Without Borders, History Without Limits"

Graduate Conference

The University of California: Davis History Department and Graduate Student Association invites proposal submissions for its second annual graduate student conference to be held May 19-21, 2017 at the University of California: Davis.

With this conference, we hope to explore how history is made, used, preserved, and accessed through a wide variety of mediums and disciplines around the world and over time. We are particularly interested in how historical study is a useful tool to unite other humanities and social sciences disciplines in innovative ways.

New this year: The first day of the conference, May 19th, will be dedicated to undergraduate work. Graduate students are welcome to come early and participate in the undergraduate day in a mentorship role to provide feedback.

Submissions may engage directly with a variety of themes including:


   This year’s special conference focus on the integration of interdisciplinary humanities.
   Innovative linkages across time, space, fields, methodologies, and professional choices;
   Contested places;
   The capture, documentation, or display of history through other disciplinary lenses;
   The role of humanities and social sciences, librarians, archivists, and teachers in the act of preservation and pedagogy;
   Interdisciplinary study and its role in the ongoing development of historical practice.

We also welcome papers that address themes such as nostalgia, imperialism
and postcolonial studies, education and public engagement, cultural
geography, psychology, art, literature and media studies-and that do so in
trans-disciplinary or interdisciplinary ways.

We invite graduate students in degree programs in history and other
disciplines to present work on any of these topics or on others that address
the conference themes.

We also welcome panel proposals. Faculty are invited and encouraged to volunteer as
chair/commentators in their research areas.

Logistics/Conference Details:

When: May 19-21, 2017

Where: UC: Davis; Davis, CA

Keynote: Professor Ian Campbell, UC Davis History

Format of Presentations: Accepted presentations are typically divided into
three-person panels. Each panelist will present their papers for
approximately fifteen to twenty minutes.

For consideration, please send the following documents to the program
committee at by February 10th, 2017.

Individual Panelists:
   250-word abstract describing paper or work to be presented
   Brief curriculum vitae
   List of audio/visual needs, if applicable

   List of all panel members (3 per panel) with designated chairperson, if
   200-word abstract that discusses the theme of the panel
   200-word abstract for each paper or work to be presented
   Brief curriculum vitae for each panelist and chairperson
   List of audio/visual needs, if applicable

For more information about our 2017 Conference, please contact Lawrence Abrams at or Kaleb Knoblauch at

CFP | Re/Inventions 2017: SPACES

New Deadline for Abstracts: February 15, 2017

Re/inventions is the annual conference organized by the English Graduate Student Association 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.

As we solicit papers which explore the theme Spaces, we ask scholars to consider what it means to embody spaces. Potential topics include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Creating spaces
  • Controlled spaces
  • Liminality
  • Wilderness, Nature
  • Light and Dark
  • Feminine and Masculine
  • Exile, disaster, trauma, refugee narratives
  • Controlled or Appropriated spaces
  • Memory
  • Narratives of Movement/Immigration/Emigration
  • Beauty [Standards of, Aesthetics of, etc.]
  • History, time and place
  • Body as a physical space, gender, sexuality, etc.
  • Genre novels and their location within academia
  • Visual literacy and its location within academia
  • Spaces for, and definitions of, literacies
  • Animals as pets, guides, guards, and allegories
  • Sleeping and dreaming
  • Minor characters

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.


Presentations should run approximately 12 to 15 minutes.

Please visit: for more information

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CFP | Ancient Philosophy in Early Modern Europe

Applications Due: January 21, 2017, 7PM PST

The deadline for Ancient Philosophy in Early Modern Europe is fast approaching. The conference, to be held at Princeton University in May, will explore the reception of Ancient Greek and Roman philosophy in the philosophy of the Early Modern period in Europe.  It will bring together scholars in Classics, Philosophy, History of Science, and related disciplines.  We expect to fund or subsidize travel and accommodation for all accepted speakers.


Confirmed speakers:

Christia Mercer (Columbia)

Jessica Moss (NYU)

Peter Anstey (Sydney)

Benjamin Morison (Princeton)

Daniel Garber (Princeton)


Call for Abstracts:

We are seeking relatively long abstracts (max. 1200 words) for papers 30-35 minutes in length.

Papers may treat of any aspect of the impact of ancient philosophy on the thought of Early Modern Europe.  We also welcome papers on the textual and editorial transmission of Ancient Philosophy in earlier periods, especially the Islamicate and Byzantine reception and transmission.

Special consideration may be given to papers relating to the interests of our invited speakers:

- Geometry and geometrical method in philosophy

- Skepticism

- Platonic and Platonist epistemology

- Theory of Science

- Biology and zoology

- Chemistry

- Physics and mechanism


Submission Information and Guidelines:

Please send an anonymized abstract (with title) of up to 1200 words, along with a document containing your name, contact details, and the title of your proposed paper.  If you are a graduate student, please indicate on your cover letter that you are applying for a graduate student presentation slot.  Documents must be in .pdf or .doc format.

Abstracts must be submitted via email to by the submission deadline of 10:00 PM EST, January 21st, 2017.  All abstracts will be subject to a process of blind review, and applicants will receive a response within ten days of the submission deadline.

Questions may be directed to the organizers, Tom Davies ( and Erin Islo (

CFP | 2017 Eureka! Musical Minds of California Graduate Conference

Submissions Due: January 19, 2017

The 2017 Eureka! Musical Minds of California will be presented in collaboration with the 16th Annual CSUF New Music Festival on February 25, 2017: " the ends of the earth" sounds from Iceland to Australia and Beyond, directed by Dr. Pamela Madsen

The 2017 conference continues to facilitate the unprecedented environment established in 2015 that showcased the diverse work created in California graduate music institutions. We look forward to presenting music created at the edge of the Pacific. 

The conference will conclude with a performance by the Eureka! 2017 Ensemble-in-Residence, Aperture Duo.



Presenters and composers must be currently enrolled at the time of the conference in any Californian graduate music program and all are required to be in attendance.

Submission Deadline: Thursday, January 19, 2017 at 11:59pm PDT

Date of Conference: Saturday, February 25, 2017

Location: Cal State Fullerton School of Music

Conference Website:


Presentation Options:

We welcome presentations on a wide range of musical topics and from any discipline of graduate study in music. Graduates are invited to present their independent research through three different presentation methods: paper/oral presentations, lecture recitals, and call for scores. 

1. Paper/Oral Presentations: 20 minutes (includes set up and teardown) lecture-style presentation.

2. Lecture Recitals: 20 minutes (set up and tear down included).

3. Call of Scores: 12 minutes maximum (see guidelines for details).


I. Paper/Oral Presentations Guidelines:

Submissions should consist of an abstract of no more than 250 words detailing your independent research. Presentations should be limited to a 20-minute maximum (set up and teardown included within the allotted time) and presented in a lecture-style format (reading strictly from a paper is discouraged). 

(1)  Submit your abstract proposal with: name, university, email and phone number, graduate status (M.A./Ph.D.,D.M.A./ABD), and equipment required (including projector and speakers). Proposal submissions must be submitted electronically as a .pdf labeled as: LastnameFirstname_Title_2017Eureka_presentation.pdf.

*Pianos, various percussion instruments, and sound equipment/speakers are available to presenters by request.

Submit proposals to by January 19, 2017 11:59pm PDT. Questions regarding paper/oral submissions, please email


II. Lecture-Recital Submission Guidelines:

Proposals for lecture-recitals of music on any and all topics are welcome. Lecture-recitals are 20 minutes in length (set up and teardown included within the allotted time) and requires a 2-part application:

(1)  Submit a 100-word proposal with: name, university, email and phone number, and graduate status (M.A./Ph.D.,D.M.A./ABD), proposal title, format, and area of specialty, list of required equipment (any special needs e.g., music stand, piano, A/V), and list of all personnel involved in the presentation. Proposal submissions must be submitted electronically as a .pdf labeled as:  LastnameFirstname_Title_2017Eureka_recital.pdf.

(2)  Submit a 3-5 minute mp3 recording of the performer(s) to demonstrate proficiency. While it is encouraged to include your performance of the proposed piece, it may not be possible; in that case the example should be of a comparable style or from a similar historical period. Audio files must be prepared as a single mp3 file: LastnameFirstname_2017Eureka_recital.mp3

*Pianos, various percussion instruments, and sound equipment/speakers are available to presenters by request.

Submit proposals to by January 19, 2017 11:59pm PDT. Questions regarding Lecture-Recitals can be sent to


III. Call for Scores

There are three options for the Call for Scores and all must not exceed 12 minutes. Composers are welcome to submit one piece per option: 

1.    Composers are invited to submit one piece who provide their own performers.

2.   Composers may also submit one piece for the Eureka! 2017 Ensemble-in-Residence Aperture Duo

3.    Installations, Fixed Media and/or Live-Electronics, Video, and Electro-Acoustic/Acoustic works will be also be considered.

Application Direction for Scores Submissions:

(1)  Submit a .pdf document including: name, university, graduate status (M.A./Ph.D.,D.M.A./ABD), title of submitted work, instrumentation, duration, and a list of required equipment (if applicable).

(2)  Score: for submissions involving a score, please submit a .pdf version of the score. Score submissions must be labeled as: LastnameFirstname_Title_2017Eureka_score.pdf.

(3)  Audio Files: submissions should include an audio recording of the work. A MIDI rendition is acceptable. Installations may be represented by an excerpted recording not to exceed 12 minutes in length. Multichannel works will be judged from a stereo mix as well as an mp3. Audio files must be prepared as a single mp3.


(4)  For works involving video, please provide an active link or create an attachment to send to: Label attachment as: LastnameFirstname_2017Eureka_video.mp3

 *Pianos, various percussion instruments, and sound equipment/speakers are available to presenters by request.


Please email all materials, in a single email, to by January 19, 2017 11:59pm PDT. Questions regarding composition submissions can be sent to

CFP | Borders, Borderlands, and Border Thinking in Latin America

Papers Due: March 10, 2017

Borders, Borderlands, and Border Thinking in Latin America

A Stony Brook University Latin American and Caribbean Studies Center Graduate Student Conference, 

co-hosted with Columbia University on April 22, 2017

Frank Tannenbaum Room, Columbia University, NYC

Call for Papers

The study of borderlands has grown far beyond its roots in the Turnerian frontier approach. Bolton’s counterpoint of the Latin American borderlands has gone in many directions and some scholars have worked to tame the borderlands field by pinning down temporal and conceptual definitions and distinctions. The field, if it can be defined as such, has grown to include economic and ecological dynamics, social and familial networks, international security, and social, linguistic, and cultural frontiers. Spaces of fluidity, cultural hybridity, and contestation of power have characterized colonial and postcolonial borderland studies.

Nevertheless, the study of borderlands still struggles to move forward on the common vocabulary, concepts, and analytical tools needed to comprehend dynamics in regions where multiple communities come into overlapping contact and where borders of all sorts divide, unite, and create. At the Stony Brook University Latin American and Caribbean Studies Center we question if the emphasis on borderland space has hindered conversation between those working on what can be seen as spiritual and cultural borderlands of modernity. Furthermore, we believe that academic conversations on epistemic borderlands and border thinking have not been sufficiently incorporated in empirical borderland analyses.

Seeking to discuss these and other questions we launch this call for papers for the 16th Annual Stony Brook University Latin American and Caribbean Studies Center Graduate Student Conference. The Borders, Borderlands, and Border Thinking in Latin America conference aims to broaden both the theoretical and empirical scope of borderlands studies in colonial and postcolonial Latin America. As a leading scholar of Latin American borderlands, whose work spans from the colonial to republican eras and from northern Mexico to the southern Amazon, we are honored to have Cynthia Radding give our keynote address.

Among the questions we hope conference papers will address are:

• What analytical lenses (race, gender, ideology, etc) can point us in fruitful directions for a more inclusive borderland approach?

• Does broadening the concept of “borderland” (beyond a geographical scope) weaken its effectiveness? In what ways can borderlands be conceived beyond borderland spaces?

• How have subalterns and racial “others” been represented in borderland regions? How has this representation impacted these “others” and the wider borderland society they live in? How can we move beyond seeing these subalterns as “others” toward conceptualizing them as central actors in borderland regions?

• What mechanisms have colonial and postcolonial states used to incorporate borderland regions into centers of power? How and why have these been successful or unsuccessful?

We welcome proposals, abstracts, or papers. Please send these, and a short CV, to: Matthew Ford ( and/or Zinnia Capó (

By:  March 10th, 2017.

Contact us if you need further information, or visit our website or like the “Stony Brook University Latin American & Caribbean Studies Center” on Facebook.

CFP | Post45 Graduate Symposium

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CFP | Gonzaga Graduate Philosophy Conference

13th Annual

Gonzaga Graduate Philosophy Conference


Art, Nature, and the Sacred                

January 28 and 29, winter 2017, Gonzaga University

Extended CFP: Abstracts due: 21st December


No registration Fee/ Meals and Housing provided

$250 Hutchins Prize for best paper delivered

Optional Snowshoe trip on Friday, 27th Jan.

Keynote Speakers:

Richard Kearney, Boston College

Selected Books 

  • Carnal hermeneutics
  • Reimagining the Sacred
  • Strangers, Gods, Monsters
  • On Stories
  • The God Who May Be
  • The Wake of Imagination


Sheila Gallagher

Recent solo exhibitions.   

  • Brigid's Well (2014)- Glenstal Abbey, Co. Limerick, IRE
  • Ravishing Far/Near (2013)- DODGEgallery, New York, NY
  • Plastic Prayer (2012)- Volta Art Fair, New York, NY
  • ASTRA CASTRA, judi rotenberg gallery.

                                                      (Sheila Gallagher, Deute, 2011)




- Masters or PhD Students may submit proposals addressing at least some aspect of “art”, “nature” or “the sacred” widely construed, or the intersection of one or more of these themes.

- Conference: 28-29 Jan, Gonzaga University.  Papers will be c. 4,000 words for a 45 minute session.

- Please submit abstracts of no more than 750 words by12/21/16 to Sam Underwood:

CFP | Symposium at the University of Auckland

"Resistance and Innovation: Empire and Native Christianity in the Pacific"

Symposium at the University of Auckland, March 24, 2017 (Friday)

Submit abstracts to by December 31, 2016

The history of Christian missionary religions in nations and peoples of the Pacific (including Asian Pacific nations and Oceania) is controversial. On the one hand, sympathetic accounts, often by Christian authors, have praised the missionaries’ dedication in leaving their homes and introducing new worldviews to others. On the other hand, accounts by scholars attuned to the significant power differentials that existed during the age of colonialism and imperialism have interpreted the missionary project as “cultural imperialism” or the “colonization of consciousness.”[1] Recently a new wave of mission historiography has emerged that both corrects hagiographic depictions of missionary work and challenges the “imperialist” interpretation as limited to the extent that it oversimplifies complex cultural exchanges and ignores native Christians’ demonstrated agency to embrace, redefine, and reproduce.[2] Other recent scholarship has demonstrated the phenomenon of “glocalization,” meaning the way in which the spread of global organizations, culture, and modes of living generates both homogeneity and heterogeneity.[3] The mission project occurred at the margins of geographic regions and cultural domains. This liminal, shifting space was the site of experimentation and creative innovation for both missionaries and their native hosts.


This symposium will bring together scholars of Christianity in a variety of disciplines to examine the cultural dynamics of the interaction between native peoples and transplanted Christian churches in the Pacific region. Historically, missionary movements from the London Missionary Society to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) have worked to establish local congregations in Pacific countries such as China, Japan, Samoa, Tonga, and New Zealand since the mid-nineteenth century. The founding of these local congregations dovetailed with the expansion of Western colonial influence in the Pacific, and links between local Pacific congregations and central ecclesiastical institutions overseas still persist. In this sense foreign institutions have indeed exerted a hegemonic influence within Christian outposts in the Pacific. At the same time, throughout generations of living, doing, and creating religion at the local level, native Christians within the Pacific region have inhabited Christianity as their native idiom. Foreign organizational habits and cultural structures have always been and continue to be enfolded within native ways of acting and understanding, a two-way process of engagement that has also transformed central administrative approaches. This dynamic tension between centralized and localized religious culture creates forms of lived religion both distinctively rooted in native culture and intimately linked to wider transnational networks of Christian communities, personalities, texts, and symbols.


[1] William R. Hutchinson, “A Moral Equivalent for Imperialism: Americans and the Promotion of ‘Christian Civilization’, 1880-1920,” in Hutchinson and Torben Christensen, eds., Missionary Ideologies in the Imperialist Era: 1880-1920 (Aarhus, Denmark: Christensens Bogotrykkeri, 1982), 174; Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., “The Missionary Enterprise and Theories of Imperialism,” in The Missionary Enterprise in China and America, ed. John K. Fairbank (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1974), 363.

[2] Ryan Dunch, “Beyond Cultural Imperialism: Cultural Theory, Christian Missions, and Global Modernity,” History and Theory 41 (October 2002), 301-325.

[3] Roland Robertson, “Glocalization: Time-Space and Homogeneity-Heterogeneity,” in Mike Featherstone & Scott Lash & Roland Robertson, eds., Global Modernities, SAGE Publications Ltd, 1995.

University of Michigan Medieval and Early Modern Graduate Student Conference


The Early Modern Colloquium at the University of Michigan
invites abstracts for papers for their interdisciplinary graduate student conference,
"Body Language, Bawdy Talk: Sex and Form in Medieval and Early Modern Culture"
at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, March 9-11, 2017.

With keynote lectures by:

Jeffrey Masten (Northwestern) and
Zrinka Stahuljak (UCLA)

And panel responses from the medieval
and early modern faculty at the University of Michigan.

Our knowledge about premodern bodies is mediated by cultural production and historical distance. We see (and don’t see) sex in pornographic images, libertine literature, and court records; we encounter racialized bodies through anatomy tracts, maps, and travel narratives; we come into contact with historical bodies through reliquaries, medieval manuscripts, and performance. But although we can’t fully recover what lies beyond or beneath these intervening forms, we can find both pleasure and knowledge in the traces of the archive. Jeffrey Masten, for one, approaching this problem in early modern English print culture, argues that “comprehension of sex will require philology.” Similarly, Zrinka Stahuljak looks to language for knowledge about sex in her book Bloodless Genealogies, reading genealogical filiation in medieval French romance as primarily a linguistic phenomenon.

    Following the lead of these and other scholars, this conference is an opportunity to consider how thinking about embodiment through form, language, visual art, and material objects might open new avenues for understanding both cultural production and historical experience. Sex and sexuality, while inseparable from language and form, also cannot be understood without inquiry into the historical construction of race, gender, disability, and embodiment, all of which we hope to attend to. In addition, one panel, to be co-sponsored by the University of Michigan's Religion in the Premodern Atlantic Workshop, will focus specifically on the intersections of sex, bodies, and form with premodern religion.
    We invite fifteen-minute presentations on a medieval or early modern topic by graduate students in any discipline that think productively across two or more of these categories:

  • Gender, race, and sexuality
  • Language and form
  • Sex, desire, and eroticism
  • Art, literature, and representation
  • Performance and gesture
  • Production and reproduction
  • Visuality, materiality, and textuality
  • Disability and embodiment
  • Animals, nature, and ecologies
  • Violence, illness, and death
  • Religion, faith, and ecstasy
  • Travel, globalism and colonialism
  • Pain, pleasure, and affect
  • Aesthetics, historiography, and method
  • State formation and jurisprudence

Please submit 250-300 word abstracts to Margo Kolenda ( by December 15, 2016.

Special thanks to our cosponsors: Forum for Research in Medieval Studies, Drama Interest Group, European History Workshop, Program in Medieval and Early Modern Studies, and the Religion in the Premodern Atlantic Workshop.

CFP | UCLA Minorities and Philosophy (MAP) Conference

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Critiquing the Canon


January 21st, 2017



Keynote Speaker: Peter K.J. Park (University of Texas at Dallas)


Call for Papers (Deadline: December 16th, 2016):


The UCLA chapter of Minorities and Philosophy (MAP) invites submissions of papers addressing the topic of the philosophical canon. In recent years, attention has been drawn to the exclusionary practices resulting in the ``core'' works of philosophy---those texts most often examined within academic debates and university curricula. We aim to facilitate a critical discussion of these practices.


Anonymized abstracts of 500 words or less should be emailed to <> by December 16th, 2016. Submissions should be accompanied by a separate cover sheet including the author's name, affiliation, and contact information. Decisions will be announced by January 1st, 2017. Allotted presentation time for speakers will be 30 minutes.


Both historical and theoretical papers are welcome. Possible areas of exploration include:


- Historiographical investigations into the formation of the philosophical canon

- Modern attempts at canon reorganization

- Women or people of color in the history of philosophy

- Philosophies of race, gender, or disability

- Philosophies of racism, sexism, or ableism

- Institutionalized discrimination within academic philosophy today


The conference will also include a roundtable discussion on pedagogy, which will be organized around the question of how we can respond as teachers to the content of our syllabi. All conference attendees are invited to participate.


For more information, please contact the conference organizers at <>.