CFPs & Conferences

CFP | American Academy of Religion

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

Deadline: October 1, 2017


Religions of Asia

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

CFP | Humanities Education and Research Association

Call for Papers

Humanities Education and Research Association

 10th Annual Conference, The Palmer House

7-10 March 2018

Chicago, Illinois


Theme: Humanities through the Ages


Submissions Due: January 28, 2018

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


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


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


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

Creative presentations, readings, and exhibitions are also welcomed.


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


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

Deadline for submission: no later than January 25, 2018

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

CFP | 2018 Multidisciplinary Graduate Student Conference

2018 Multidisciplinary Graduate Student Conference
Call for Papers

January 25 to 27, 2018

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

Deadline: Sunday, October 15, 2017 at midnight CDT

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

Submit a proposal using
this online form.

A printable CFP is available
online here.

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

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

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

Submissions due: July 31

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

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


Date of Conference: October 19-21, 20017

Submission Deadline: May 31

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Paper and panel submissions should be made at

Please direct all questions to Lydia Towns at

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

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

Abstract Due: July 15


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


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


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


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


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


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

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

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


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

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

Abstracts Due: July 1

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

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


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


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


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


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

CFP | The 24th Annual ACMRS Conference

Proposals Due: December 1, 2017

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

Call for Papers

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

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

Submissions Due: July 2

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Proposals Due: March 15, 2017

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

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

  * Proposals are to be emailed to: or

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

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

2017 Call For Papers-Women’s Caucus AAR

Submission Deadline: March 1, 2017

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

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

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


Please provide the following information:

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


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


CFP | LACK II, Psychoanalysis and Politics Now

Proposals Due: May 1, 2017

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


Plenary Speaker: Slavoj Žižek (University of Ljubljana)


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

 * New forms of Racism 

* Lacan as a political theorist

* The politics of psychoanalytic media theory

* Feminism in the contemporary world

* The relationship between psychoanalysis and philosophy

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

* The political function of fantasy

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

* Theorizing populism

* Psychoanalysis and the struggle against racism

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

* Queer theory and psychoanalysis

* Politics and the new realism

* Political jouissance

* Intersection of economics and politics


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


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

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

CFP | 39th Annual Graduate Philosophy Conference,

Submissions Due: March 1

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

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

See for more information

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


Deadline: February 14

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

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

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

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

Please direct any questions to Patrick Skeels (

CFP | California American Studies Association

Submissions Due: January 30, 2017


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


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


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


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


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


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

CFP | Historians Without Borders, History Without Limits

Submissions Due: February 10, 2017

A CALL FOR PAPERS -- Extension

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

Graduate Conference

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

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

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

Submissions may engage directly with a variety of themes including:


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

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

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

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

Logistics/Conference Details:

When: May 19-21, 2017

Where: UC: Davis; Davis, CA

Keynote: Professor Ian Campbell, UC Davis History

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

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

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

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

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

CFP | Re/Inventions 2017: SPACES

New Deadline for Abstracts: February 15, 2017

Re/inventions is the annual conference organized by the English Graduate Student Association of California State University, Long Beach. Our goal is to provide a forum in which graduate students and advanced undergraduates may present their academic research in a conference setting. Re/Inventions promotes interdisciplinary collaboration and engagement among students from Southern California and around the globe.

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

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

This forum is intended for the presentation of academic papers and/or projects, including multimedia presentations. A limited number of creative submissions will also be considered.


Presentations should run approximately 12 to 15 minutes.

Please visit: for more information

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CFP | Ancient Philosophy in Early Modern Europe

Applications Due: January 21, 2017, 7PM PST

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


Confirmed speakers:

Christia Mercer (Columbia)

Jessica Moss (NYU)

Peter Anstey (Sydney)

Benjamin Morison (Princeton)

Daniel Garber (Princeton)


Call for Abstracts:

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

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

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

- Geometry and geometrical method in philosophy

- Skepticism

- Platonic and Platonist epistemology

- Theory of Science

- Biology and zoology

- Chemistry

- Physics and mechanism


Submission Information and Guidelines:

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

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

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

CFP | 2017 Eureka! Musical Minds of California Graduate Conference

Submissions Due: January 19, 2017

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

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

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



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

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

Date of Conference: Saturday, February 25, 2017

Location: Cal State Fullerton School of Music

Conference Website:


Presentation Options:

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

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

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

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


I. Paper/Oral Presentations Guidelines:

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

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

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

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


II. Lecture-Recital Submission Guidelines:

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

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

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

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

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


III. Call for Scores

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

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

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

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

Application Direction for Scores Submissions:

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

Papers Due: March 10, 2017

Borders, Borderlands, and Border Thinking in Latin America

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

co-hosted with Columbia University on April 22, 2017

Frank Tannenbaum Room, Columbia University, NYC

Call for Papers

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

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

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

Among the questions we hope conference papers will address are:

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

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

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

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

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

By:  March 10th, 2017.

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