CFPs & Conferences

CFP | Sovereignty & Strangeness

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Please see the flyer attached for information.

CFP | Latino/a Studies Association

Submissions Due: February 8, 11:59pm EST


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

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


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


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


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

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


Conference Hotel: Washington Marriott Wardman Park Hotel
Conference Dates: Wednesday, July 11, 2018 – Sunday July 15, 2018
Conference Room Rate: $199/night
To get the conference room rate, please use this link: https://aws.passkey.com/e/49537128
2660 Woodley Road NW
Washington, DC 20008-4106


http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/wasdt-washington-marriott-wardman-park/
http://www.latinostudiesassociation.org/


Email inquiries to: LSAssocInfo@gmail.com

CFP | Massachusetts Historical Society

Submissions Due: March 15

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

Submissions Due: January 21

 

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

March 23, 2018

 

Call for papers:

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

         

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

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

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

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

 

Submissions: abstracts accepted in French or English.  Please send an abstract of 250 to 300 words along with a short biographical statement (100 words maximum) that includes your university affiliation to: gc.frenchconference2018@gmail.com   

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

 

CFP | Trauma

Submissions Due: February 1

Trauma

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

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

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

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

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

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

ABSTRACTS DUE: FRIDAY FEBRUARY 1, 2018

CFP | Medieval and and Renaissance Student Association

Submissions Due: February 6

 

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


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


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


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

CFP | Refract: An Open Access Visual Studies Journal

Submissions Due: February 16

Refract: An Open Access Visual Studies Journal

“Refraction”

Call for Papers

In the field of optics, “refraction” occurs when light waves transmit from one medium to another at an oblique angle. This shift evokes a change in ways of seeing and knowing the world. To refract knowledge, therefore, is to complicate dominant categorizations, center/periphery binaries, and hegemonic discourses. To refract our study of visual and material culture is to look at cultural productions, creative works, and texts that are often taken for granted as cohesive, singular, and immutable, and instead reread them as multifarious and dynamic.

 

This issue breaks from the confines of academic disciplines and asks how we can disrupt the act of knowledge production. What is the outcome of reading marginalized ideas through the lens of established canons? Or, conversely, what is at stake when we read established canons through the lens of marginalized epistemologies and frameworks? What are alternative modalities of observing, conceptualizing, and framing cultural productions? How can we create a system that reroutes our sense of culture, identity, and place in the world?

Refract’s inaugural issue invites new approaches to visual, sensorial, and material cultures from diverse histories and geographies. Contributions from graduate students, artists, faculty, and independent scholars across the humanities, including visual studies, art history, anthropology, history, and history of science are welcome. In addition to scholarly articles, we encourage alternative media submissions that address the theme of refraction. See below for submission guidelines.

Topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Productive and destructive readings of information and ideas understood as “fact”
  • Hegemonic structures, genders, and sexualities that are interrupted and rearticulated
  • Linguistic translation, reinterpretation, repurposing, and remaking
  • Speculative futures as visualized by artists and theoreticians
  • Visual cultures of activism, re-definitions of sovereignty, governance, and nationality
  • Nature/culture or human/other-than-human divides regarding landscape and environment
  • Disruptive flows of information, knowledge, trade, migration, and globalization
  • Technological and/or scientific illustration, visualization, and conceptualization
  • Virtual reality and augmented reality applications and interventions

Submission Guidelines

Please send full-length submissions to refractjournal@ucsc.edu by Friday, February 16, 2018 with subject heading “Refract Journal Submission.”

  • Papers should range from 6,000-10,000 words in length.
  • Written submissions should follow Chicago Manual of Style 16th Edition guidelines for Humanities.
  • Submissions will be evaluated on relevance to themes, depth of research, completeness of work, and in accordance with Refract’s engagement with Visual Studies.
  • We reserve the right to edit submissions selected for publication. Late or incomplete submissions will not be considered.

 

Reviews

Refract seeks reviews that grapple with the topics and questions raised above.

  • Reviews on books, exhibitions, and films should not exceed 1,000 words in length.
  • Written submissions should follow Chicago Manual of Style 16th Edition guidelines for Humanities.

 

Alternative Media

Refract encourages submissions in alternative media that address the themes described above.

  • Alternative media includes but is not limited to painting, photography, drawing, film, collaborative reviews, and digital projects.
  • Submissions should be accompanied by an artist statement no longer than 2 pages.
  • We encourage contributors to contact Refract before the submission deadline for customized instructions.

 

Inquiries should be sent to refractjournal@ucsc.edu.

 

CFP link on Visual Studies page: http://havc.ucsc.edu/visual_studies_phd/refract_journal

Twitter: https://twitter.com/RefractJournal

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/refractjournal/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RefractJournal/

Email: refractjournal@ucsc.edu

 

CFP | Diverse Perspectives and Transdisciplinarity in English and the Humanities

Submissions Due: January 26

Diverse Perspectives and Transdisciplinarity in English and the Humanities

The 23rd Southwest English Symposium at Arizona State University

Tempe, Arizona

April 6-7, 2018

 

Keynote Speaker: Catherine Connors, University of Washington

Professor and Chair of Classics and Adjunct in Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies

 

The Southwest English Symposium (SWES) is a regional humanities conference held at Arizona State University. The conference provides graduate and advanced undergraduate students with an opportunity to present current work before an interdisciplinary audience. We encourage a diverse range of humanities proposals including (but not limited to) literature, writing, rhetoric, literacy, composition, pedagogy, education, social transformation, history, religious studies, film, creative writing, linguistics, and more.

The theme for the 23rd Southwest English Symposium is Diverse Perspectives and Transdisciplinarity in English and the Humanities. This conference seeks to celebrate this diversity of scholarship where we, as scholars in the humanities, contribute to various fields from increasingly diverse perspectives and experiences. The aim of this conference, harkening to the mission statement from the host institution is “measured not by whom we exclude, but rather by whom we include and how [we] succeed.” We are seeking to explore and showcase how the humanities intersect, interact, influence, and are influenced by other disciplines in order to display how diverse and interdisciplinary scholarship contributes to the study of the humanities.

 

Some questions we might ask include:

  • In which ways can more approaches diversify perspectives of the humanities?
  • How can the studies of the humanities and sciences intersect?
  • What methods from other disciplines can we adapt into the humanities and vice versa?
  • What changes are required to better engage with interdisciplinarity and new theories?

 

We cordially invite all to submit a diverse range of proposals. The symposium is an ideal venue for presenting seminar papers and current research projects. Possible topics might include:

 

  • Health and medical humanities, including expressive and creative art therapy
  • Intersections between ecocriticism, environmentalism, sustainability, and the humanities
  • Digital humanities, pedagogy, and methodologies
  • Statistical approaches to literature and reading
  • Inclusion of visual and performative humanities
  • Embodied technologies and multi-modality within curriculum design
  • Technical writing and communications in the sciences
  • Considerations of materiality and material cultures
  • Political, social, and economic realities (e.g. systemic racism or global climate change)
  • De/re-constructing literary canons
  • Diversifying theory/methodology through feminism, reflexivity, and inclusion of experience

 

We invite abstracts for 20 minute presentations, with 10 minutes of Q&A following the presentation.

 

Submission deadline: Friday, January 26th, 2018.

 

Submit your proposal to: swes.asu@gmail.com

The email should also include the following:

 

  • The subject line of the email should read “SWES 2018 Abstract”
  • Title of the presentation
  • Attached abstract of 200-250 words in length
  • Author(s) name(s)
  • Author(s) school(s)
  • Preferred email

 

Please see our website for more information: http://swesatasu.wixsite.com/home

 

Please send any questions to the organizing committee.

 

Conference Co-Chair: Jordan Claire, jcclaire@asu.edu

Conference Co-Chair: John W. Powell, jwpowell@asu.edu

CFP | Encountering the Other

Submissions Due: January 31

The Department of French at Rutgers University Announces:
Encountering the Other
In French and Francophone Literature, Arts and Culture
An interdisciplinary Graduate & Post-Graduate Conference


Saturday, March 24, 2018
New Brunswick, NJ



Keynote speaker:
Dr. Nathalie Debrauwere-Miller
Opposing Narratives of Victimhood: Jewish and Arab Muslims in Contemporary France


“La relation à autrui est asymétrique : je ne dois pas attendre de réciprocité.”
Emmanuel Levinas.


An interest in the Other is omnipresent throughout French and Francophone literature and literary theory. From Montaigne’s Les Cannibales to Colette’s Le pur et l’impur, the literary world has long sought to encounter and unmask the Other. Indeed, the history of literature itself could be considered an encounter with the Other, be it other humans, other species, or other “things” altogether. We would like to reflect upon the animosity between the established norms and the representations of the Other in French literature. Are the Self and the Other complementary or conflicting terms? Can literature write about the Self without writing about the Other? Does literature diffuse false representations of the Other or bring readers closer to radical otherness? We would like to consider the binary between Self and Other at various historical moments in France and throughout the francophone world. Can literature speak for, or perhaps speak to, the Other?


Possible topics for papers could include but are not limited to:
• Hospitality
• Representations of alterity
• Colonial/Postcolonial otherness
• Representations of gender and sexuality
• Writing identity
• Thing theory
• Travel writing
• Imprisonment
• Immigration
• The animal other
• Open and closed spaces
• Doppelgängers and schizophrenia
• The struggle for literary recognition
• Jacques Lacan’s ‘Other’ and ‘other’
• Levinas’ ethics of the other
• The “bon sauvage” and cultural relativism
• Translation
• Ventriloquism


This conference will have a panel format. We welcome papers in both French and English. We particularly welcome papers that address multiple art forms and the relationship between them. Abstracts of approximately 250-500 words should be submitted to the following email address – encounteringtheother2018@gmail.com before the 31st of January. Abstracts should be preceded by a cover page with the following information:
Ø Name (last, first)
Ø Academic affiliation
Ø Title (PhD, Masters candidate, Post-Doc, Visiting Professor, etc.)
Ø Title of paper
Ø Telephone number
Ø Address
Ø Email address
This information should not appear on your abstract.

CFP | Oxford Research in English

Submission Due: March 1, 2018

Call for Papers
Oxford Research in English, Issue 7: Craft


“In my craft or sullen art” -Dylan Thomas

Thomas is one in a long line who self-reflexively meditates on his own work. Indeed, a writer’s craft
has been the topic of much discussion both by critics and by authors themselves, considering the
interplay between a writer’s natural ability and her tendency to consciously create, between the
ingenuity of her ideas and the discipline of putting them into practice. In doing so, Thomas, along
with others, bring to the forefront an epistemological question: Is ‘crafting’ in opposition to art?
The term ‘craft’ also brings about various material and textual interpretations, from ’crafters’ and
their products to the ‘crafty Odysseus’ outwitting his foes. Between capability, contrivance, and
chicanery, craft covers all concepts of creation, in its various artistic forms and the authorial
attempts to achieve greatness. After all, and in the words of the immortal Snoop Dogg, “If it's
flipping hamburgers at McDonald's, be the best hamburger flipper in the world. Whatever it is you
do you have to master your craft.”


This issue seeks to explore these different interpretations of craft, and welcomes papers
investigating, but not limited to, any of the following topics:


- Writerly ability: can binaries of nature/nurture, inspiration/practice, art/craft be resolved
or held in tension? What does it mean to ‘be’ a writer? (Does the reader ‘craft’ as well?)
- Style and authenticity: how do we define style? Does it represent a stable core of self? What
about when it changes?
- Craft as deviation: cunning, wile, aberrations; trickster figures and hypocrites; witchcraft
- Cultural sensitivity: what are the boundaries of appropriation, appreciation, adaptation,
assimilation?
- Craft as metaphor for writing: weaving, sculpture, embroidery, house-building, painting...
- Representations of craft/crafters in media and literature: who are the makers and why do
they make? What are the ethics and limits of crafting a work, a creature, an idea?
- Gender and craft: women’s work (vs) craftsmanship; associations of women and craft, both
in the sense of artisanal work and of cunning and scheming
- Rhetorical exercises: ekphrasis as craft about craft; the interplay between spontaneity and
craft


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 seventh issue, to be released in Autumn 2018. Please submit papers for
consideration to ore@ell.ox.ac.uk by the deadline of 1st March 2018.


Papers should be formatted according to the journal’s house style, details of which can be found on
our website: https://oxfordresearchenglish.wordpress.com/styleguide/.

CFP | PhD Program in French at the Graduate Center, CUNY

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

March 23, 2018

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

         

Submissions Due: January 28th, 2018

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

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

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

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

 

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

gc.frenchconference2018@gmail.com    

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

CFP | Post-Human Network

Submisson Due: December 10

CALL FOR PAPERS
The Second Annual Post-Human Network Graduate Student Conference
Post-Human Politics: Inheriting from 1968
February 22-24, 2018
Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona


As we approach the 50-year anniversary of 1968, a high point of activism and protest around the world, we are interested in reflecting on and engaging with 1968’s legacy of activism as it influences theory and practice. While 1968 is often associated with the May protests in France, this time period saw various protests and radical action occurring at places around the world, including the Prague Spring in Czechoslovakia, student movements in Mexico, the Cultural Revolution in China, and anti-war protests and counter-culture movements in the USA. Many of these events still resonate in our contemporary sociopolitical atmospheres.


We are interested in bringing the legacy of 1968 into the present through presentations engaging with any of the following questions:
❖ What and how have we inherited from the events of ‘68 and its global figures?
❖ How have practices such as ‘activism’ and ‘social movements’ changed in the last fifty years?
❖ What practices are sufficient or insufficient to the evolving impositions of climate change, integrated world capitalism, or dominant cultures of technoscience?
❖ How can enacted events help us to think about eco- and biopolitical issues outside of apocalyptic or salvific discourses?
❖ How can we rethink notions of speed, acceleration, and slowness apart from cybernetic frameworks of accelerationism and transhumanism, or the reified subject of embodiment studies or phenomenology?


Keynote Speaker: Kavita Philip, Professor of History, University of California, Irvine Kavita Philip is an Associate Professor in the UCI Department of History. Her research interests are in technology in the developing world; transnational histories of science and technology; gender, race, globalization and postcolonialism; environmental history; and new media theory. Her essays have appeared in the journals Cultural Studies, Postmodern Culture, NMediaC, Radical History Review, and Environment and History. She is author of Civilizing Natures (2003 and 2004). Her work in progress includes a monograph entitled Proper Knowledge, on technology and property.


Submissions
We invite submissions from a range of disciplines, including (but not limited to):
Critical Theory Science and Technology Studies Literary Theory
Media Arts and Sciences Environmental Studies Social Theory
Gender and Postcolonial Studies Art and Design Cultural Geography
Presentation topics might include (but are not limited to):
Biopolitical Tactics and Tactical Biopolitics Social and Community Organization
Machine Learning and Machinic Phylum Protest and Affect
Hacktivism, DDoS Attacks, and Asymmetrical Resistance Strikes, Disruption, and Transgressive Activism
Accelerationisms, Cybernetic Capital, and #altwoke Sustainability and Ecology
Alchemy, Enchantment, and the Cinematic Image Vegetal Ethics and Plant Politics
Net Neutrality and Future of Information Systems Posthuman and Material Acts of Resistance
Cyborg-Becoming and Inhuman Informatics Alternative Temporalities
Dynamical Systems and Complexity Studies Sympoeisis and Staying with the Trouble


Readings to get started thinking about 1968 might include (but are not limited to):
Arrighi, Giovanni, Terence Hopkins, and Immanuel Wallerstein. 1989. Antisystemic Movements. London: Verso.
Boggs, Carl. 1994. “Rethinking the Sixties Legacy: From New Left to New Social Movements.” Pp. 331-355 in Social Movements Critiques, Concepts, Case-Studies, edited by Stanford Lyman. London: Palgrave Macmillan.
Bourg, Julian. 2007. From Revolution to Ethics: May 1968 and Contemporary French Thought. Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press.
Elbaum, Max. 2002. “What Legacy from the Radical Internationalism of 1968?” Radical History Review 82(1): 37-64.
Rootes, Christopher. 2008. “The Environmental Movement.” Pp. 295-305 in 1968 in Europe: A History of Protest and Activism, 1956–1977, edited by Martin Klimke and Joachim Scharloth. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
Watts, Michael. 2001. “1968 and All That…” Progress in Human Geography 25(2): 157-188.


We invite traditional and experimental academic presentations, including (but not limited to): facilitated discussions, group activities, design workshops, lecture demos, lecture performances, artist talks, as well as paper presentations from the arts, sciences, and humanities. Paper presentations should be no more than twenty minutes in length. If you would like to arrange an event that is longer than twenty minutes, please indicate the desired length of time in your submission.


SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS: Please visit post-human.net/conference/abstract-submission to submit an abstract. Abstracts should be 300-500 words in length.
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: December 10, 2017
Please feel free to e-mail the PHuN graduate students with any questions regarding potential submissions or any other conference-related topic at PHuNRG@gmail.com.


About PHuN and the Annual PHuN Graduate Student Conference
The Post-Human Network (PHuN or "Fun") is a collective of students and faculty based at Arizona State University. We engage with streams of ‘post-humanist’ thought and practice and seek to move beyond anthropocentrism in the academy and in society. Participants come from a number of disciplines across campus, including Arts Media and Engineering, Geography, and Literature. We aim to facilitate opportunities for collaborative study, creation, and experimentation. Our individual and collective production spans a variety of registers including, but not limited to, art, media, technoscience, urbanism, and design. Our work is influenced by areas of post-humanist thought such as vitalism, enactivism, process, new materialism, left-accelerationism, post-phenomenology, and systems theory.


The Post-Human Network Graduate Student Conference series has been supported by the ASU School of Arts Media and Engineering, the Lab for Critical Technics, the Synthesis Center, the ASU Department of English, the ASU School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, the Center for Science and the Imagination, and ASU Institute for Research in the Humanities.

CFP | NEXT- Religion Studies

NEXT is a peer-reviewed journal of the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Colorado Boulder featuring insightful work from the next generation of religious studies scholars. NEXT now welcomes submissions of original research papers from all disciplines engaging any topic in the critical study of religion.

 

We are particularly interested in including a roundtable discussion of articles addressing the topic of “Religion and the Global Rise of Populism.” This could include (but is not limited to) papers addressing questions relating to gender and power relations, the role of textual analysis in unpacking doctrines of supremacy, ethnographic approaches to understanding religiously-motivated violence, and intersectional methodologies that strive to account for dimensions of race, class, gender, and sexuality in religious studies scholarship. We encourage graduate work from a breadth of theoretical paradigms and methodological approaches ranging from 2,500 to 5,000 words.


In addition, we are interested in reasoned essays of 500 to 1,500 words addressing the following question: How might religious studies scholarship shape or be shaped by our contemporary political climate?


The deadline for all submissions is December 20th, 2017 to: http://scholar.colorado.edu/next/ by following the right-hand link for “Submit Article.”


Submission Requirements
- All submissions should be double-spaced (except block quotes), in .docx format, with 12-point Times New Roman font and one-inch margins.
- Please follow the Chicago Manual of Style for footnotes and bibliography and refrain from using headings and subheadings in the document’s body.
- Each submission should include a cover page identifying the author’s name and affiliated institution, as well as the submission’s title.
- Keeping with CMS conventions, each page should include a header with pagination and the submission’s title.
- Excepting the title page, the submission should have no identifying information.
- Accepted authors will be asked to submit a short academic biography, subject to light editing.
All work will first be evaluated by the Chief Editor; pieces to be published will then be evaluated blindly by an editorial board composed of graduate students.
Questions, clarifications, and inquires via email to Chief Editor Joshua Shelton at: next@colorado.edu

CFP | "Exploring Resistance through Medieval and Early Modern Culture”

The Early Modern Colloquium at the University of Michigan

invites abstracts for papers for their interdisciplinary graduate student conference,

"Exploring Resistance through Medieval and Early Modern Culture,”

at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, March 16-17, 2018

 

with keynote lectures by:

 

Carla Della Gatta (USC) and

Kathryn Schwarz (Vanderbilt)

 

and panel responses from the medieval

and early modern faculty at the University of Michigan.

 

The challenge to resist structures of oppression both within and beyond the academy is particularly exigent in our current moment. From nearly unavoidable discussions of religion and totalitarian rule, medieval and early modern scholarship has a rich tradition of focusing on the restrictions a society can face and the resistance movements and revolts that result from circumscription. Enriching our discussions of religion, sovereignty, discourses, institutions, etc. more recent work has acknowledged the necessary inclusion of gender, sexuality, race, empire, class, and ethnicity. Kathryn Schwarz, for example, urges us to reconsider our thoughts on women’s willful participation in patriarchal agendas. For her, female conformity in the early modern period can function as a destabilizing and threatening force to ‘heterosocial hierarchy.’ Carla Della Gatta, with a keen interest in the cultural-linguistic divide, uses her training in early modern drama to analyze contemporary Latinx-themed Shakespearean productions. More, her work questions the security of the “ivory tower” and examines the effects of institutional reform and the current political climate on the Humanities and the teaching profession.   

Inspired by these scholars, we want to expand the dialogue on medieval and early modern forms of resistance. This year’s conference provides an occasion for us to think through the role of medieval and early modern humanities scholarship in wider resistance efforts. We will ask: What forms did resistance take in the medieval and early modern world? How can research on medieval and early modern topics broaden our understanding of resistance as a concept? How can it aid us in enacting resistance through our scholarship? How can thinking about artifacts, institutions, and representations from these periods help us engage more effectively in resistance today?  What methods, spaces, and conceptual tools can help us resist, or understand resistance, through our work in medieval and early modern studies?

We invite fifteen-minute presentations by graduate students in any discipline that engage productively with the concept of resistance. Relevant projects might address one or more of the following topics:

·      Discourses and institutions

·      Print, media, censorship

·      Religion, conversion, heresy

·      Art, literature, representation

·      Law and criminality

·      Nation, location, sovereignty

·      State formation, jurisprudence

·      Science, technology, natural law

·      Sexuality, chastity

·      Empire, race, slavery

·      Revolution, reform

·      Language and translation

·      Pain, pleasure

 

This conference will also include a special session co-sponsored by the University of Michigan Drama Interest Group, "Performance Studies and Resistance." Abstracts for this session may:

·      Examine sites of critical resistance in the intersections of medieval and early modern performance studies and performance studies more broadly.

·      Map moments of resistance in and around medieval and early modern performances.

·      Offer resistance to entrenched assumptions or practices in medieval and early modern performance studies.

 

Please submit 250-300 word abstracts papers to the Early Modern Colloquium (earlymodcolloq@gmail.com) with the subject line “EMC Conference” by December 31, 2017.

CFP | 32nd Annual MELUS Conference

32nd Annual MELUS Conference in Las Vegas
 

Deadline for Abstracts: November 15, 2017

Conference Theme: “TransCulture”
May 3-6, 2018
Hosted by the University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Tuscany Suites & Casino, 255 E. Flamingo Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89169

Las Vegas is a transcultural city, rich in racial and ethnic diversity, and UNLV has recently been ranked as one of the most diverse college campuses in the nation. As one of the last major US metropolitan areas built from the ground up in the twentieth-century, Las Vegas is also a transformative and transient city in the American Southwest, where issues of mobility are constantly negotiated and identities are reimagined.
We welcome proposals for individual papers and panels on the broad spectrum of transcultural issues in multi-ethnic literature. Considering the concept of “trans” as relating to that which moves across, beyond, or through, or which enacts a change, topics might include, but are not limited to, the following:


 Transamerican and hemispheric collaborations and tensions in multi-ethnic texts
 Transnational and transhistorical dimensions of the multi-ethnic West
 Transformative landscapes and spaces, including, among others, deserts, cities, highways, and borderlands, and in relation to issues of indigenous sovereignty and land claims
 Transience and permanence in migrant, immigrant, refugee, and diasporic experience, and in the context of debates about citizenship and borders
 Transgender and LGBQ identities and experience in multi-ethnic literature and culture
 Transcultural literary representations of popular culture and the entertainment industry
 Transvestism, performativity, and spectacles of gender and sexuality
 Transportation, transit, and mobility in the multi-ethnic West
 Transatlantic routes, identities, and experiences in multi-ethnic literature, including economic and technological considerations
 Transformations in the definitions, status, and criticism of multi-ethnic US literature, and in relation to indigenous and national literary traditions
 Translation and multilingualism in multi-ethnic texts
 Transversing, transgressing, and experimenting with forms and genres, including, but not limited to, film, graphic narratives, spoken word poetry, and multi-genre works


We also welcome proposals on all aspects of multi-ethnic US literature. More information about housing and guest speakers will be available soon. Please send 250-300 word abstracts by Nov. 15, 2017 to melus2018@gmail.com. For more information about MELUS, The Society for the Study of the Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States, visit www.melus.org; for more information about the MELUS journal, visit https://academic.oup.com/melus. We hope to see you in Vegas in 2018!

CFP | Pacific Coast Conference on British Studies

Deadline: December 1, 2017

PCCBS ANNUAL MEETING, 23-25 MARCH 2018 SANTA BARBARA, CA

The Pacific Coast Conference on British Studies invites paper and panel proposals for its 45th Annual Meeting, to be held at UC Santa Barbara 23-25 March 2018.

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 1st, 2017. 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 by December 1, 2017, to: PCCBS2018@gmail.com

*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.

CFP | Renaissance Conference of Southern California

Renaissance Conference of Southern California

61st Annual Conference

Saturday, 10 March 2018

The Huntington Library

Pasadena, CA

 

Deadline for submissions: November 1, 2017

The RCSC, a regional affiliate of the Renaissance Society of America, welcomes proposals for individual papers as well as complete panels on the full range of Renaissance disciplines (Art, Architecture, History, Literature, Music, Philosophy, Religion, Science).

Please submit a 400-word abstract (for a 20-minute paper) and a one-page c.v. to Kent Lehnhof (lehnhof@chapman.edu).

 

Keynote Address

"Beyond Huge: Glistering Colors in Renaissance Texts"

Bruce R. Smith

Dean's Professor of English and Professor of Theater

University of Southern California

 

For more information, please visit our website: http://rcsconline.org/

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

http://www.aarwr.com/call-for-papers.html

 

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 dr.amhennessey@gmail.com and Michael Reading michael.reading@cst.edu. 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 www.h-e-r-a.org.

 

Questions may be directed to the conference organizer, Marcia Green (mgreen@sfsu.edu) 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. (www.h-e-r-a.org)

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