CFPs & Conferences

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 Universit 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

Map conference poster copy 1UCLA Minorities and Philosophy Conference


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 <>.





Summer 2017 issue, Oxford Research in English postgraduate journal

Call for Papers

Oxford Research in English, Issue 5: Brevity

“Since brevity is the soul of wit…” – Hamlet, Act II, Scene 2

“Short Talk on Brevity… try to leave the skin quickly, like an alcohol rub. An example, from Emily Tennyson’s grandmother, her complete diary entry for the day of her wedding, 20 May 1765: ‘Finished Antigone, married Bishop.’” – Anne Carson

Perhaps Polonius and Emily Tennyson’s grandmother were ahead of their time. In the twenty-first century, we can now choose to express our political opinions in 140 characters, express emotion in emoji, and finish our thoughts with a TL;DR. The literary context of ‘brevity’ spans across centuries, cultures and artistic forms, emerging in styles such as short stories and aphorisms, and ranging from the texts of the late Middle Ages to auspices of contemporary poetry.  Whether found in the incisiveness of Anne Carson or the pith of Alexander Pope’s epigrams, economy of language is often prized in texts and academic work; whether or not that superiority is merited is, of course, up for debate.

The term ‘brevity’ also brings about various material interpretations—abbreviations and abridgements, for example. We can consider the consequences for the reader when a writer abridges narrative, paraphrases the work of another, or condenses their own language, as well as the physical marks of abbreviation on the page condition. Alternatively, we can consider texts and forms that are naturally short—such as Basho’s preternaturally tweetable haikus and the hermeticism of Symbolist poetry—as well as texts that are exceptionally long—Richardson’s Clarissa, for example—to consider the comparative value of brevity and length. In the end, the age-old question rises once more: ‘does size really matter’?

The implications of concision are endless (ironically enough), and this issue seeks to explore these different interpretations of brevity, welcoming papers investigating, but not limited to, any of the following topics:

  • Abridged texts, paraphrases, simplifications or summaries
  • The forms that brevity can naturally take: haikus, parables, sonnets and sketches
  • Rhetoric and style
  • Editing, collaboration, (self-)censorship
  • Staging, sound, metre, time
  • Abbreviation in the material text: signs, effacement/defacement, eyeskips and misprints
  • Witticisms, aphorisms, clichés
  • Advertisement: titles, blurbs, posters, chapter headings
  • Linguistic change: semiotics, texts and tweets, artificial languages

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 fifth issue, to be released in 2017. Please submit papers for consideration to by the deadline of 1 February 2017.

Papers should be formatted according to the journal’s house style, details of which can be found on our website:

Please direct all questions to

CFP | Significations Graduate Conference at CSULA

The English Graduate Student Association at California State University, Los Angeles is delighted to announce its annual graduate studies conference: Significations on May 5, 2017 at the CSULA campus. The theme for this year’s conference is “Liminalities: Metamorphosis & Chaos,” and we welcome graduate student work that explores various fields of inquiry including literature, linguistics, composition and rhetoric, creative writing, cultural studies, critical theory, film, gender studies, philosophy, the social sciences and visual & performing arts.


Students are encouraged to submit their papers for conference consideration by January 15, 2017.


Call for papers

CFP for Early Cultures Graduate Student Conference - "Feeling History"

2016 Early Cultures Graduate Student Conference
Feeling History
University of California, Irvine
October 28-29, 2016

Keynote Panel: Matthew Ancell, Brigham Young University; Jacob McDonie, University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley; Jennifer Rust, St. Louis University; Donovan Sherman, Seton Hall University; Jesse Weiner, Hamilton College
Abstracts due: September 1st to
The Group for the Study of Early Cultures at the University of California, Irvine is pleased to announce the eighth annual Graduate Student Conference. Because 2016 marks the ten-year anniversary of the founding of the Group, this year’s conference will both reflect on the institutional history of Early Cultures at UCI and examine the status of history in the study of early cultures more generally.

From the Annales School to the New Historicism, from Erich Auerbach’s existential philology to Bruce Smith’s historical phenomenology, medieval and early modern studies have long been sites of theoretical and methodological innovation. However, the attempt to join “theory” and “method” raises a question that concerns not only literary studies but historical inquiry proper: to what extent can theoretical frameworks—which inevitably demand some level of abstraction—capture the multiplicity of empirical history, not only when it comes to the political, social, and economic particularities that define an era but also where culturally specific structures of sensation and embodied experience are concerned? Moreover, in what ways does the predominant focus on the West in our discipline come at the expense of global cultures, conceived either as the mutually constitutive relationship between Europe and its “others” or the autonomous development of non-Western antiquities in their own right?

In order to address these questions, our conference seeks to establish a capacious understanding of “history,” one that explores not only the historical conditions that inform the production and reception of texts, literary and otherwise, but also the ways in which these processes of history affect material and sensory experience. Possible paper topics may include (but are not limited to):

-The representation of history in early texts
-The relationship, antagonistic or complementary, between history and more “theoretical” approaches to literature (phenomenology, psychoanalysis, post-structuralism, etc.)
-The institutional history of the study of early cultures
-The interaction between social/economic history and the history of ideas
-The ethics of history
-Social history vs. political history
-Quantitative vs. qualitative approaches to history
-Philosophy of history
-Histories of aesthesis

Abstracts: Those wishing to participate must submit an abstract of no more than 300 words and a one-page CV to by September 1st.


How Participatory Design is Changing Los Angeles

Tuesday, May 24, 2016, doors open at 6:00pm, program begins at 6:15pm
How Participatory Design Is Changing Los Angeles
$5 for CHS Members, $10 General Admission
Gensler Los Angeles
500 South Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90071
Join the California Historical Society at the Gensler Los Angeles office for a stirring discussion about how participatory design impacts the creation of the built environment in Los Angeles and beyond. Reflecting on how Lawrence Halprin’s innovative process shaped his Los Angeles projects, presenters and participants will consider how public participation does, could, and should impact current projects in Los Angeles. Light refreshments provided
Guest speakers include a diverse array of architects, designers, planners, and architectural historians: Steve Rasmussen Cancian, Shared Spaces Landscape Architecture and Union de Vecinos; Jennifer Wai-Kwun Toy, Co-founder and Design Director, Kounkuey Design Initiative; Brian Glodney, Associate/Urban Designer, Gensler, Architecture, Design, and Planning Firm; Helen Leung, Co-Executive Director, LA-Más, a non-profit community design organization. Alison Bick Hirsch, Assistant Professor at the USC School of Architecture and author of City Choreographer: Lawrence Halprin in Urban Renewal America, will moderate the discussion.
Gensler’s Los Angeles Office,
Jessica Hough
Director of Exhibitions
California Historical Society


CFP: Intermountain West Journal of Religious Studies

Call for Papers
The Intermountain West Journal of Religious Studies, affiliated with the Religious Studies program at Utah State University, is seeking full-length article submissions from undergraduate and graduate students. Published annually, each issue features a variety of topics relating to the academic study of religion.

The journal is also accepting book reviews. Students interested in reviewing a title should contact the journal’s book review editor for an list of available titles.

The journal’s academic review board consists of professionally trained scholars in the fields of American Religious History, Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, and Mormonism; as well as Psychology, Anthropology, Sociology, and Philosophy of Religion.

For journal information, including article and book review submission guidelines, see our Web site

Please send all submissions to:




CFP: Religions in Conversation Conference

Ninth Annual
Religions in Conversation Conference

“The Undiscovered Country: Exploring New Territories of
Religion and Struggle”
February 26th & 27th. 2016
Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, CA
Albrecht Auditorium
Abstract Due at noon, Tuesday, December 15, 2015

If the Religions of the World share a common purpose, it could be argued that this purpose is that of providing – whether through sacred text, ritual, or myth-making – expressions to what is most meaningful or of ultimate relevance.  
Here we ask the broader question of whether what is most meaningful or ultimately relevant can exist without struggle, suffering, and even death.  How does struggle enrich or devalue what is most meaningful to us as human beings who exist within a global-constituted-created-ecological world? Why can struggle be seen as negative, oppressive and evil, yet also positive, liberating and transformative?  How are we to interpret the various interpretations of struggle that world religions provide?   And can the multi-vocality of perspectives -- from literature, history, philosophy, theology, psychology, politics, and the arts -- open up new territories of meaning, what Shakespeare poetically alludes to as “the undiscovered country”?

This year's Conference seeks to explore the meaning, representation, and instantiations of struggle as articulated across diverse disciplinary lines of inquiry and modes of expressions (film, visual art, performance).  The Conference will be structured within a multiple format of paper presentations, keynote addresses, panel presentations and working group discussions.   
Towards that end, we invite and welcome submissions of 200-350 word abstract that describes your project and method(s) of engagement with the theme of the Conference.  Our hope and aim is that the Conference will engender meaningful conversations that reflect the collective energy, passion, and wisdom of the humanities.

Sponsored by graduate students in the School of Humanities in Religion at Claremont Graduate University, the Conference is free and open to the public.  However, we request that attendees register at the link above.

Thanks to CGU’s Religion Student Council, we are pleased to announce that this year’s conference will include awards for the top three conference papers and/or presentation. 1st place will receive $100, 2nd place will receive $75, and 3rd place will receive $50. The 1st place paper will also be published in the Claremont Journal of Religion.
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Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies Graduate Conference

Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies Graduate Conference
The Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst will host its twelfth annual graduate student conference on Saturday, October 10, 2015. We are delighted to welcome Anne Lake Prescott of Barnard College as our keynote speaker.
Graduate students are invited to submit abstracts for a ten to fifteen minute paper on any range of topics or approaches to early modern literature and history, including textual studies, performance history, philosophy, print culture, religious studies, gender studies, post-colonial interpretations, and other new theoretical perspectives. The purpose of the conference is to provide graduate students with an opportunity to share their work and place it in a greater context of interests and concerns. The conference is designed to foster conversation among students who share similar challenges and construct a space where participants may expect serious feedback on their work.
Please send an abstract of 250-300 words by email or email attachment to the conference organizers, Bil Hrusovsky, Jessie Hill Gillooly, and Catherine Elliott at by Thursday, September 10, 2015.
See the conference blog at more information.
Thank you,
Jessie Hill Gillooly, Bil Hrusovsky, and Catherine Elliott
University of Massachusetts Amherst Renaissance Department


CFP for Pacific Coast Conference on British Studies

The Pacific Coast Conference on British Studies invites paper and panel proposals for its 43nd annual meeting, to be held at the Huntington Library, San Marino, California, April 1-3, 2016.

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

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

The deadline for submission of proposals is DECEMBER 1, 2015.  Proposals should include a 200-word abstract for each paper plus a one-page c.v. for each participant.  Those submitting full or partial panel proposals should include a brief description of the panel plus a 1-page c.v. for the panel chair as well as for its commentator.  Please place the panel proposal, its constituent paper proposals, and all vitae in a single file, making certain that your contact information, especially e-mail addresses, are correct and current.  Proposals should be submitted via e-mail attachment byDecember 1, 2015, to:  

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

Alister C. S. Chapman
Associate Professor of History
Westmont College
955 La Paz Road
Santa Barbara, CA 93108
+1 (805) 565 7087


CFP for Social Justice Quarterly

Call For Submissions for the Next Issue of The NWSA Social Justice Quarterly!

The NWSA Social Justice Task Force is publishing the NWSA Social Justice Quarterly, a publication that will
share commentaries, articles of interest, abstracts of peer reviewed articles, reports, policy briefs, interviews,
art, poetry, short stories, book reviews and more that are related to the issue of social justice; shared through a
feminist lens and an anti-oppression framework.

We hope to provide a platform for engaging and thought-provoking work that can help inspire not only
dialogue, but advocacy and action. We are currently welcoming submissions for our next issue—the theme is
the intersectionality of police violence.

Submission Guidelines:
Please include the following with your submission:
Professional affiliation or if a student, Academic institution
Title of article
12-point, Times New Roman font
Single spaced
List of references (if applicable)
A headshot (optional)

•    We accept work from every genre, including: nonfiction essays, commentaries, abstracts of peer reviewed
•    articles, reports, book reviews, fiction, poetry, and visual art. We are really looking for diverse submissions
•    that fall within the theme of each issue.
•    The writing must be the original work of the author and may be personal, theoretical, or a combination of the
•    two.
•    We are currently accepting pieces that are up to 3 pages long (Including citations). If your work is longer
•    than that, consider submitting an abbreviated version for publication. (Special consideration will be given to
•    reports)
•    Simultaneous submissions are acceptable, as long as you immediately notify us if your piece is accepted
•    elsewhere
•    We are interested in original, unpublished pieces.
•    You may request to identify yourself by name, alias, or as “anonymous” for publication in the newsletter.
•    Please include a brief bio (2-3 sentences) with your submission.
Please allow three weeks for a response. If you don't hear back within 4 weeks, feel free to contact us at

The submission deadline for the Inaugural issue is August 15, 2015, midnight (PST).


CFP for Graduate Student Conference on Power and Struggle (University of Alabama)

CFP: University of Alabama's Seventh Annual Graduate Student Conference on Power and Struggle (June 2015)

The Department of History at the University of Alabama is pleased to announce its seventh annual Graduate Student Conference on Power and Struggle, to be held at the UA campus on October 16-17, 2015. The conference will feature a keynote banquet by Dr. Andrew Zimmerman, Professor of History and International Affairs at George Washington University.  Dr. Zimmerman has published widely on Germany, Africa, and the United States, including Anthropology and Antihumanism in Imperial Germany, as well as his newest book, Alabama in Africa: Booker T. Washington, the German Empire, and the Globalization of the New South. Professor Zimmerman has been awarded the Robert W. Kenny Prize for Excellence in Teaching, the Bender Teaching Award, and the Fritz Stern Dissertation Prize, along with numerous grants and fellowships.
The Conference encourages graduate students to submit proposals that engage the conference theme by examining power relations in all historical fields and time periods. The theme addresses new approaches of historical analysis that focus on the relationship between struggle and power, especially people who struggled to break, transform, or reclaim the boundaries constructed by those in power. The Conference seeks proposals employing innovative approaches and interdisciplinary research. Particular attention will be given to papers developing comparative perspectives and utilizing multi-archival research bases.
The Graduate History Association (GHA) Conference seeks submissions concerning, but not limited to, the following topics:
•    Power in institutions, society, and religion
•    Struggle in cultural expression, social relationships, and belief systems
•    Power in discourse on gender, race, and class
•    Struggle against labels in nationalism, ethnicity, sub-culture, or sexual identity
•    Power in traditional structures such as politics, diplomacy, imperialism, and war
•    Struggle in resistance such as crime, protest, liberation, and revolution
Single papers should include a 300-word abstract and a one-page CV of the presenter. Full-panel proposals will not be accepted.  All submissions should be sent in Word format via email to the committee using ghaconference(at)
The deadline for proposal submission is June 26, 2015. Final papers should be submitted to commentators by September 30, 2015.  For more information please email the committee at ghaconference(at)


CFP for Nineteenth Century Studies Association Conference on Material Cultures/Material Worlds

Call for Papers
36th Annual Conference of the Nineteenth Century Studies Association
March 26-28, 2015 – Boston, MA
Material Cultures/Material Worlds
We seek papers and panels that investigate elements of the material world belonging to the long nineteenth century. Topics may include collecting, possession(s), things and thing theories, realism, hoarding, bric-a--brac, souvenirs, historic houses (interiors and rooms), buildings and “truth to materials,” collecting folklore and songs, Atlantic trade, colonial objects, commodity fetishism, animals as things (taxidermy, zoos, taxonomies), people as things (slavery, human zoos, relics, death masks), cabinets of curiosity, closets, antiquities, museum displays, theatrical stages and sets, textures, books and manuscripts as objects, the materiality of texts, art materials, food, fraudulent items or the luxury trade. We invite alternate interpretations of the theme as well.

Please email 250-word abstracts for 20-minute papers along with one-page CVs to the program chairs by September 30, 2014 to ncsaboston2015(at) Paper abstracts should include author's name, institutional affiliation, and paper title in the heading. We welcome panel proposals with three panelists and a moderator or alternative formats with pre-circulated papers and discussion.

Please note that submission of a proposal constitutes a commitment to attend the conference if the proposal is accepted.  Please see the NCSA website for additional information and requirements


CFP for C47: A Film Journal

C47: A Film Journal
call for papers on filmmaker gus van sant
Deadline: Rolling, with first reviews 6/15/2015

C47: A Film Journal is a new journal of film and media studies produced by Portland State University and Ooligan Press. The journal is refereed and will publish twice annually online and in hard copy; all accepted papers will be compensated with a modest honorarium. Our first projected publication date is fall 2015, and we are currently seeking submissions for our inaugural issue, focused on Portland filmmaker Gus Van Sant.

We are seeking essays from theoretical and critical perspectives on any aspect of Van Sant’s work, including cinematography, visual style, music, and socio-critical elements of his work. The incorporation of contemporary critical modes of analysis is encouraged, including but not limited to psychoanalytic, structural, post-structural, formalist, gender, feminist, queer theory, and pro- and anti-auteurist perspectives.

Essays should run from 5,000 to 9,000 words and follow The Chicago Manual of Style. We encourage the submission of in-depth essays of any kind; academic, mainstream, and cross-disciplinary approaches are all welcome.
All submissions should be made electronically in .doc or .docx format. We will notify authors of their article’s acceptance status within ten weeks after receipt. Please send your submissions to Dr. Michael J. Clark at
If you have any additional questions, please contact Dr. Clark at the above address or Zach Eggemeyer at

We look forward to hearing from you.
C47: A Film Journal
Co-Editors-in-Chief: Michael J. Clark, Portland State University, and Forrest Pyle, University of Oregon
Managing Editor: Zach Eggemeyer, Portland State University

CFP for NWSA Social Justice Quarterly

Call for Submissions for the Inaugural Issue of the NWSA Social Justice Quarterly!

The NWSA Social Justice Task Force is launching the NWSA Social Justice Quarterly, a publication that will share commentaries, articles of interest, abstracts of peer reviewed articles, reports, policy briefs, interviews, art, poetry, short stories, book reviews and more that are related to the issue of social justice; shared through a feminist lens and an anti-oppression framework. We hope to provide a platform for engaging and thought-provoking work that can help inspire not only dialogue, but also advocacy and action.

We are currently welcoming submissions for our inaugural issue; the theme is Reproductive Justice.

Submission Guidelines:
Please include the following with your submission:  
Professional affiliation (or if a student, Academic institution)  
Title of article (12-point, Times New Roman font, Single spaced)  
List of references (if applicable)
A headshot (optional)

Please send your submissions to

We accept work from every genre, including: nonfiction essays, commentaries, abstracts of peer reviewed articles, reports, book reviews, fiction, poetry, and visual art, as long as they are consistent with our theme.

We are currently accepting pieces that are up to 6 pages long. If your work is longer than that, consider submitting and abbreviated version for publication. (Special consideration will be given to reports.)

Simultaneous submissions are acceptable, as long as you immediately notify us if your piece is accepted elsewhere

We are interested in original, unpublished pieces.

Please allow three weeks for a response. If you don't hear back within 4 weeks, feel free to contact us

The submission deadline for the Inaugural issue is May 15, 2015, midnight (PST). Please send your submissions to

CFP for The Borders of Digital Art

The Borders of Digital Art
The Digital Arts Project

Tuesday 15th September - Thursday 17th September 2015
Mansfield College, Oxford, United Kingdom

Call for Presentations:
The digital arts are constantly developing with an ever growing number of new branches (i.e. hybrid art, digital musics, interactive art, animation/FX, game production, curating creative communities, urban gaming, application design, bioart, hacktivism, generic architecture, urban hacking, big data visualisation, etc.). Many of these enter and change the entertainment and media industry and often promote the exploration of various aspects of human life, philosophical issues, anthropological, social, political and judicial problems. Consequently they are strongly connected with the processes around the merging of boundaries between the humanities, sciences (biotechnology, genetics, physics, chemistry, product fabrication, engineering, robotics, neurosciences etc.) and technology. The influence of information and telecommunication technologies and computer mediated communication on various aspects of our everyday life and resulting problems are often presented in aesthetically appealing, shocking or hardly understandable form in digital artworks. Thus the digital arts can be seen as the field of particular interest and investigation for specific conditions and concerns of the 21st century. The project then stems from the idea of the inseparability of science, the arts and technology and lies in deep hope that the interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary discussions concerning the problems of the forms of individual perception, history of creative tools, social impact, political meaning and cultural contexts of art and technology as well as educational, institutional and economic aspects of digital arts and entertainment are essential for understanding the contemporary problems of humanity.

This interdisciplinary project aims to explore various contexts of the digital arts and entertainment creation, production and reception. We invite participants with various areas of interest (media studies, game studies, literary studies, cultural studies, philosophy, anthropology, sociology, psychology, museology, pedagogics, economy, law to name just a few) and professional backgrounds: theoreticians, practitioners, artists, scientists, professionals working for the creative industry, cultural institutions or business. Our goal is to examine, explore and engage with the many issues created by the massive exploitation of digital technologies for inter-human communication in respect to the arts, technology, media and history.

Proposals, presentations, workshops, performances and reports are invited on any of the following themes:

1) Digital Arts Theory and History:
- Digital arts history and histories: Theories, methodologies, concepts, aesthetics
- Archeology of new media, development of key interfaces in digital arts
- Artistic strategies vs. tactics of reception: Styles, trends, artists and movements
- Virtual, digital, analogue and other crucial categories: Aesthetics, philosophies and strategies
- Representation and remediation: Genres and their mutations
- Archiving and preservation methods
- Big data as real problem, challenge and ideology

2) Categories and Fields of Digital Arts - New Areas, Models, Examples:
- Hybrid art-mixed media and its use, analogue and digital tools, city space as medium, etc.
- Digital musics i.e. soundscapes, audiowalks as medium, digital musics and its visualisation, city/body as instrument, etc.
- Interactive art i.e. objects vs. actors of interaction, body as interactive object, interactive spaces, virtual reality, interactive systems as AI, etc.
- Animation/FX i.e. new techniques and ideas, trends in mass production, visual experiments, joining digital and analogue tools, visualisation problems, etc.
- Curating creative communities (community as artistic project, cultural animation and new media competencies, creating community - problems and advantages, group creation - designing the process, how to create an interesting project with social interest, etc.
- Bioart i.e. body as art work, experiments with genetics, experiments in implanting, body as communication tool, reinventing biology, technology and biology, human - cyborg - robot, human - hybrid - animal, what next?, etc.
- Hacktivism i.e. means of hacktivism, creating social change, masters of hacktivism, consequences of art making, urban hacking - goals and concepts, etc.

3) Borders of Humanity - Borders of Art:
- Idea of experimentation and its borders
- Shock - better than indifference?
- Morality and immorality of digital art, artists and creative industries
- Transhumanism in art - artist in posthuman era
- Digital art as ideology or new religion
- Art - science - technology (genetics, robotics, medicine, programming, etc. as art form

4) Digital Artworks, Digital Arts Festivals and Cultural Institutions:
- Ethnography of digital arts
- Social impact of digital arts, art as means of social change
- Digital arts as part of cultural politics and ideology
- Digital arts and entertainment/creative industry
- Gamification of aesthetic experience
- Digital arts festivals and its public

5) Digital Arts as Education and/orBusiness:
- Cultural animation and education vs. entertainment and new media business
- Medialabs, fablabs, banks of knowledge, hackatons, and other new institutions
- Digital arts at school, digital arts schools
- Psychology of digital arts perception and creation
- Economies of digital world - models, ideas, case studies
- Establishing new law for digital arts and new media
- Digital arts and judicial problems

6) Digital Arts as Digital Cultural Heritage:
- Nextgen art databases and image collections
- Media libraries and virtual museums today
- Multimodal interfaces and emergent technologies in digital arts presentation
- Collection-building, curatorial practices and preservation
- Digitisation and dissemination of classical art
- Recording and archiving of live events and performances
- Collaborative creation, use and access to data
- Data visualisation and mapping
- Digital arts, digital memory and its deficits

Subsequently we encourage submission of proposals for short workshops, practitioner-based activities, best practice showcases, how-to sessions, live demonstrations, performances, and pre-formed panels. We particularly welcome short film screenings; photographic essays; installations; interactive talks and alternative presentation styles that encourage engagement.

What to Send:
300 word abstracts should be submitted by Friday 1st May 2015. If an abstract is accepted for the conference, a full draft paper should be submitted by Friday 10th July 2015. Abstracts should be submitted simultaneously to both Organising Chairs; abstracts may be in Word or RTF formats with the following information and in this order:

a) author(s), b) affiliation as you would like it to appear in programme, c) email address, d) title of proposal, e) body of proposal, f) up to 10 keywords.
E-mails should be entitled: DA2 Abstract Submission.

Please use plain text (Times Roman 12) and abstain from using footnotes and any special formatting, characters or emphasis (such as bold, italics or underline). We acknowledge receipt and answer to all paper proposals submitted. If you do not receive a reply from us in a week you should assume we did not receive your proposal; it might be lost in cyberspace! We suggest, then, to look for an alternative electronic route or resend.

Organising Chairs:
Anna Maj:
Rob Fisher:

The conference is part of the 'Critical Issues' series of research projects run by Inter-Disciplinary.Net. It aims to bring together people from different areas and interests to share ideas and explore various discussions which are innovative and challenging. All papers accepted for and presented at the conference must be in English and will be eligible for publication in an ISBN eBook. Selected papers may be developed for publication in a themed hard copy volume(s). All publications from the conference will require editors, to be chosen from interested delegates from the conference.

Inter-Disciplinary.Net believes it is a mark of personal courtesy and professional respect to your colleagues that all delegates should attend for the full duration of the meeting. If you are unable to make this commitment, please do not submit an abstract for presentation.

For further details of the conference, please visit:

Please note: Inter-Disciplinary.Net is a not-for-profit network and we are not in a position to be able to assist with conference travel or subsistence.

Conference | "Seizing an Alternative:" A Global Conference for the Planet


JUNE 4 – 7, 2015 | CLAREMONT, CA

CLAREMONT, CA – Nearly 1,000 presenters from some 30 countries and as many as 80 areas of specialty are coming together in Claremont, CA on June 4-7 for themost ambitious transdisciplinary conference ever held on behalf of the planet. All are invited to attend.

Titled “Seizing an Alternative: Toward an Ecological Civilization,” the conference focuses on the big ideas that matter for a thriving biosphere. Attendees can join working groups to explore the foundations needed for an ecological civilization.

“To see the world with ecological relations at its core means never to see it in the same way again,” explains renowned American philosopher, theologian, and environmentalist, John B. Cobb, Jr., the intellectual architect of the conference. Cobb has been called the most important living philosophical theologian. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, he is a pioneer at the intersection of the environment, philosophy, and ethics.

Plenary Speakers include renowned leaders on the environmental front, including Bill McKibben (founder of the global climate movement,, Vandana Shiva (world-renowned physicist, activist, feminist and philosopher from India deeply committed to issues of sustainability and social justice), and Sheri Liao (China’s leading climate activist, founder of the Global Village of Beijing, and recipient of the Clinton Global Citizen Award).

Other luminaries include the father of eco-economics Herman Daly, pioneer of eco-agriculture Wes Jackson, political theorist William Connolly, leading thinkers in religion and theology such as Harvey Cox, Brian McLaren, Mary Elizabeth Moore, Joerg Rieger, and many others.

The conference will be held on the campus of Pomona College and other Claremont colleges in Claremont, CA June 4-7, 2015. Cost: $300, with reduced rates for seniors, students, and low-income participants. To register, visit

“Seizing an Alternative” unites the 10th International Whitehead Conference with the 9th International Conference on Ecological Civilization. The conference is organized by the Center for Process Studies and is the inaugural event of Pando Populus, a platform for public scholarship and civic engagement for the Earth. For more information, visit

Conference Contact: Andrew Schwartz
Center for Process Studies | 909.621.5330

Press Contact: Claudia Pearce, Publicity | 909.482.2040