CFPs & Conferences

CFP | Renaissance Society of America Conference

Call for Panel Proposals
Renaissance Society of America Conference
Philadelphia, PA, 2–4 April 2020
Renaissance Conference of Southern California (RCSC)-Sponsored Panels

Submissions due Monday, July 15, 2019

As an Associate Organization of the Renaissance Society of America, RCSC will be sponsoring one panel at next year’s RSA conference in Philadelphia (2–4 April 2020). We seek proposals for complete panels on any subject of the Renaissance world. Please see the details below about what is expected to propose a panel or consult the RSA website. Per RSA rules, graduate students are permitted on panels, but they must be within 1-2 years of defending their dissertations. The deadline for consideration is 15 July 2019. Please send your submission (the panel proposal and the information about each paper presenter) to the current RCSC president (

For a Panel proposal, you will need:

·      panel title (15-word maximum)

·      panel keywords

·      a/v requests

·      panel chair

·      respondent (optional)

·      general discipline area (History, Art History, Literature, or other)

Each paper presenter must provide:

·      paper title (15-word maximum)

·      abstract (150-word maximum)

·      curriculum vitae (.pdf or .doc upload)

·      PhD completion date (past or expected)

·      full name, current affiliation, and email address

CFP | Rocky Mountain Interdisciplinary History Conference

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  • On Wednesday, april 24, 2019

Rocky Mountain Interdisciplinary History Conference
20th Anniversary 
September 20-22, 2019
University of Colorado Boulder

Submissions due April 26, 2019

The graduate students of the Department of History at the University of Colorado Boulder are pleased to announce the twentieth annual Rocky Mountain Interdisciplinary History Conference. This academic conference provides a congenial atmosphere for students to present papers, network with fellow graduate students, gain experience in public speaking, and attend a professional development panel. First-time presenters are especially encouraged to participate. Please apply online at: Submit there the abstract submission form, a one-page abstract of the paper, and a current CV (all files should be uploaded in .pdf). The abstract should clearly express an original argument rooted in extensive primary source research.

We welcome submissions with a historical element from graduate students working in any discipline. Exceptional undergraduate papers will be considered. Past participants have come from fields as diverse as history, political science, economics, cultural studies, philosophy, comparative literature, film, art history, religious studies, anthropology, women and gender studies, geography, ethnic studies, and theatre.

Every paper will receive commentary by another graduate student, and a faculty member will moderate each panel session. Presentations will be followed by a question and answer session.

Presentations will be strictly limited to 15 minutes, thus papers should be 8 pages in length, not including endnotes and bibliography. There will be a small monetary award for the best conference paper.

Dr. Laura Westhoff, Associate Professor of History, University of Missouri-St. Louis

Discussion of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning History (SoTL) with Dr. Westhoff


CFP | Visiting Scholar in Sexuality Studies, 2019-2020

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  • On Tuesday, april 16, 2019

Visiting Scholar in Sexuality Studies, 2019-2020
Center for Feminist Research at York University

Submissions due Wednesday, May 1, 2019

York University

Call for Applications

Visiting Scholar in Sexuality Studies, 2019-2020

The Sexuality Studies Program is pleased to announce a Visiting Scholar position in partnership with the Centre for Feminist Research (CFR) at York University for the 2019-2020 academic year. We invite applicants who will have acquired a doctorate in sexuality studies and/or transgender studies by September 2019 to submit their applications. Junior and senior scholars are both welcome to apply. The Visiting Scholar position is intended to provide an institutional base for junior scholars doing postdoctoral research, along with senior scholars on sabbatical or research leave. The CFR will offer a shared work space, a library card, limited administrative support, an opportunity to present your research in the Program and in undergraduate and graduate classrooms, and contact with other scholars within York University doing sexuality studies and in the Centre for Feminist Research. Unfortunately, we do not have funds for a stipend or honorarium. Visiting scholars will be expected to present their research at a seminar or public lecture organized by the Sexuality Studies Program and the CFR, and to actively participate in activities organized by the Sexuality Studies Program and the CFR.

Please send a 2-3 page proposal outlining the research project you plan to undertake while in residence at York University, two recent publications, an up-to-date curriculum vitae and the names and contact information of two references.

Applications will be accepted until Wednesday, May 1, 2019.

Applications should be sent electronically to:

The Sexuality Studies Program Coordinator

School of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies
York University

Centre For Feminist Research 

Kaneff Tower
York University
Phone: 416-736-5915

CFP | Twelfth International Conference on the Inclusive Museum

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  • On Tuesday, april 02, 2019

12th International Conference on the Inclusive Museum, Muntref
Museum of Immigration, Buenos Aires, Argentina 7–9 November 2019

Submissions due Monday, April 15, 2019

We are pleased to announce the Call for Papers for the Twelfth International Conference on the Inclusive Museum, held 7–9 November 2019 at Muntref, Museum of Immigration in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

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

Submit your proposal by 15 April 2019.
Click here to submit: 

*We welcome the submission of proposals to the conference at any time of the year before the final submission deadline. All proposals will be reviewed within two to four weeks of submission.

CFP | "Not Cloudy All Day: Climates of Change in the American West"

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  • On Tuesday, april 02, 2019

"Not Cloudy All Day: Climates of Change in the American West"
Western Literature Association Conference 2019:

Submissions due Monday, May 20, 2019

As graduate student representatives to the Western Literature Association, we'd like to invite your graduate students to join us for our annual conference this September 18-21 in Estes Park, Colorado. 

We look forward to paper and panel proposals on any aspect of the literature and culture of the North American West, but especially on the conference theme of "Not Cloudy All Day: Climates of Change in the American West." For a full CFP and conference details please see: The deadline for abstracts is May 20, 2019 (*please note, this is an earlier deadline due to the earlier-than-usual conference date*). 

WLA welcomes graduate students. The conference schedule includes a number of grad-specific social events and panels, and there are several awards for graduate student research and writing. For more information (including on how to submit your work for awards) please visit:

Best wishes, 

Jes Lopez (Michigan State University)

Jillian Moore Bennion (Duquesne University)

Graduate Student Representatives, Western Literature Association

CFP | Memory and Movement

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  • On Tuesday, april 02, 2019

Gclr call for papers memory and movementgclr-call-for-papers-memory-and-movement.pdf (51.53 KB)

Memory and Movement
Submissions due Monday, April 15, 2019

6th Annual Graduate Center for Literary Research Interdisciplinary Conference
Saturday, May 4, 2019

University of California, Santa Barbara

The study of memory has developed dynamically, transculturally, transnationally, and through ongoing scientific and sociohistorical discoveries and changes. This year, in collaboration with UCSB’s Memory Studies Reading Group, the Graduate Center for Literary Research (GCLR) invites proposals that examine the interplay between memory and movement through a wide range of perspectives and disciplines. How does memory guide forms of movement, and how does movement affect memory? How do we balance progress and preservation? How does memory represent or redefine historical, social, and political movements? How do scientific and digital developments preserve, alter, or reconstruct memory?

We welcome submissions from across the disciplines of the humanities. Topics may include but are not limited to:

  • Memory and migration
  • Memory, displacement, diaspora
  • Memory, activism, agency
  • Mobility justice and memory
  • Collective memory, individual memory, shared memory, transgenerational trauma
  • Memory and the Anthropocene
  • Movement of memory in world literature and culture
  • Memory in local and/or global frameworks

  • Movement of memory across borders – national, cultural, social, physical
  • Dynamic relationship among past, present, and future
  • Memory, emotion, and affect
  • Cognitive neuroscience and memory
  • Embodied memory
  • Memorial processes and performances
  • Mediated memory
  • Memory in a digital age

Michael Rothberg, the 1939 Society Samuel Goetz Chair in Holocaust Studies and Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Los Angeles, will deliver the keynote address on “The Implicated Subject: Art, Activism, and Historical Responsibility.” Arguing that the familiar categories of victim, perpetrator, and bystander do not adequately account for our connection to injustices past and present, Rothberg offers a new theory of historical responsibility through the figure of the implicated subject. Implicated subjects occupy positions aligned with power and privilege without being themselves direct agents of harm; they contribute to, inhabit, inherit, or benefit from regimes of domination but do not originate or control such regimes. Through examples of implication taken from different national contexts, including South Africa and the United States, and from different social realms, including art and activism, the lecture will illustrate how the position of the implicated subject can offer a lens for addressing different scales and temporalities of injustice, but can also provide a lever for rethinking resistance and solidarity across social location.

Interested graduate students should submit a 250-word abstract and a short bio to GCLR Student Coordinator Dalia Bolotnikov Mazur ( by Monday, April 15th. Advanced undergraduate students are also encouraged to apply. If you have any questions, please email or visit our website:

CFP | "The Sacred and The Profane"

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  • On Tuesday, february 26, 2019

The Medieval and Renaissance Student Association at California State University, Long Beach
Submissions due Thursday, Febraury 28, 2019


CFP | "(In)Equalities"

Organization of American Historians
Submissions due Friday, Febraury 1, 2019

Call for Proposals for the 2020 Annual Meeting in Washington D.C.-- "(In)Equalities" -- Deadline for submissions is February 1, 2019.

NEW: Use the OAH Annual Meeting Crossroads to find collaborators or contribute to a proposal for the 2020 OAH Annual Meeting

For centuries now, questions of “equality” and “inequality” have informed American politics and culture, and also appeared repeatedly in the histories we write, exhibit, and teach. The 2020 OAH Annual Meeting will address the theme of (In)Equalities in our past and present. The Program Committee welcomes proposals from all areas and eras of early American and U.S. history, broadly conceived. While (in)equalities might characterize virtually every subject that historians study and teach, the committee does not expect all papers and sessions to adhere to the conference theme. The OAH meeting is a site for wide-ranging conversation, a place to talk across subfields, to experiment with methods, topics, and presentation, and especially to learn from one another. Read the full CFP and submit proposals here.

CFP | "Strangeness/Estranged"

Oxford Research in English, University of Oxford

Submissions due Friday, March 1, 2019

‘Life is infinitely stranger than anything which the mind of man could invent’, wrote Arthur Conan Doyle, perhaps controverting the words of Prospero, who to his ‘state grew stranger, being transported, and rapt in secret studies’. The language of literature, weird and lovely, defamiliarizes worlds we once thought of as safe, comforting, protective. Radically new concepts and images make breaks from the past, or alter our perspectives and produce distances and fractures, estranging us from ourselves. Literature repositions us, creating and recreating how we see and sense; this issue of Oxford Research in English will explore strangeness and estrangement in the world and in the self. Successful contributions might delve into divisions, separations, the other, the weird, the odd, and the unexpected. We welcome papers investigating, but not limited to, any of the following topics:

1. Strange identities and uncanny physicalities, disability or deformity: how are bodily differences a source of embodied alterities?
2. Archives or strange histories; weird materialities and disordered concepts; unplumbed depths and uneven surfaces
3. Cybernetics and the human cyborg: how do literary texts resonate with the threats or rewards of artificial intelligence? What does cyborg literature tell us about ourselves? Is techno-humanity more fully human?
4. Strangers, the foreign and the different: strangeness in our home, or experiences of dislocation abroad
5. Experiences with alterity – be they cultural, ethnic, gendered, or as yet uncharted
6. Estrangement from nature and its traditional role as human home: literary treatments of a nature stripped of its welcoming plenty, or dangerously alive with uncanny material presences
7. Metamorphoses or interrogations of estrangement as processes which transform perspectives
8. Affective estangement and anomie: the divided self in various periods and traditions of literature; disruptions in perspective or subjectivity; disjunctions in narratorial perspective or abandonment of authorial ownership

Papers should be formatted according to the journal’s house style, details of which can be found on our website:
Oxford Research in English (ORE) is an online journal for postgraduate and early career scholars in English, Film Studies, Creative Writing, and related disciplines. All submissions are peer-reviewed by current graduate students at the University of Oxford. The journal is currently seeking papers of 5-8,000 words for its ninth issue, to be released in Autumn 2019. Please submit papers for consideration to by the deadline of March 1, 2019.

CFP | "Comitatus: A Journal of Medieval and Renaissance Studies"

UCLA Center for Medieval & Renaissance Studies
Comitatus: A Journal of Medieval and Renaissance Studies

Submissions due Friday, Febraury 1, 2019

Comitatus: A Journal of Medieval and Renaissance Studies, published annually under the auspices of the UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, invites the submission of articles by graduate students and recent PhDs in any field of medieval and Renaissance studies; we particularly welcome articles that integrate or synthesize disciplines.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE FOR VOLUME 50 (2019): February 1, 2019

The editorial board will make its final selections by May 2019.

Please send submissions as e-mail attachments to Dr. Heather Sottong,
Publications Manager, Comitatus

UCLA Center for Medieval & Renaissance Studies
302 Royce Hall, Box 951485
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1485

CFP | Baylor University Conference on Christianity and Socialism

Department of Religion at Baylor University
Signs of the Times: A conference on Christianity and Socialism
April 24-26, 2019

Submissions due Friday, Febraury 15, 2019

From the 2008 global financial crisis to the present moment, the visible contradictions, failures, and injustices of neoliberal capitalism have given rise not only to manifold critiques of capitalist theory and neoliberal order, but also to new political and intellectual movements which challenge that order directly and imagine alternative possibilities for social, political, and economic life. Recent years have seen new left-wing and socialist movements emerge, grow, and enter national and international stages, making their calls for socialist futures to an increasingly wider and larger public. The rise of Corbynism and Momentum in the UK, the growth of socialist organizations like the Democratic Socialists of America since the 2016 US election, successful electoral campaigns like those of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in New York’s 14th congressional district, and challenges and possibilities regarding socialist governments and counter-movements in Central and Latin America--all these and more have re-centered the question of socialism in political discourse in the US and globally.
For Christian theologians and intellectuals, these new developments also pose a distinctly theological question: the question of Christianity and socialism. What relationships obtain among Christianity and Christian theology and socialism? What role has Christianity played historically in socialist theory, movements, and politics? What role might it have, going forward, as new socialist movements continue to emerge and expand?

From April 24-26, 2019, the Department of Religion at Baylor University, in collaboration with the Department of Religious Studies and the Maguire Chair in Ethics at Southern Methodist University, will host a conference on the theme “signs of the times: christianity and socialism.” We invite proposals from graduate students and early-career scholars working in theological studies, moral theology and ethics, political theology, and related disciplines. We seek dynamic papers that investigate historic, contemporary, and theoretical relationships between Christianity and socialism, articulate difficulties and contradictions attendant to these relationships, and imagine new engagements for the sake of exploring and assessing the possibilities of building just and equitable economies. Faculty from Baylor University and SMU will respond to panels of accepted proposals.

Gary Dorrien, Columbia University and Union Theological Seminary
Kwok Pui-lan, Emory University
Devin Singh, Dartmouth College

Possible submission themes may include, but are not limited to, the following :
socialism and democracy | alienation and labor | grassroots organizing | jubilee traditions | unions, worker cooperatives, and socialist transformation | socialism and catholic social teaching | neighbor-love and economic relations | theological anthropologies of political economy | martin luther king jr.’s vision of economic justice | socialism and early christian theologies of wealth and poverty | theologies of liberation and socialist movements | nationalism, internationalism, and christian socialism | land, property, and creation | art, aesthetics, and political economy | decolonization and christian socialism | debt, sin, and forgiveness | political economy and nonhuman creatures | social and individual bodies | charity, luxury, and wealth | nonviolence and violence in social change | reform and revolution | christianity and marxism

Please submit a 300-word abstract explaining the theme and argument of the presentation, along with your name and the institution with which you are associated. Proposals are due by February 15, 2019 and should be emailed to

*Funding available for travel, transportation, and lodging for accepted paper presentations. All inquiries may be addressed to

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: <>.