CFPs & Conferences

CFP | California American Studies Association

Submissions Due: January 30, 2017


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


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


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


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


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


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

CFP | Historians Without Borders, History Without Limits

Submissions Due: February 10, 2017

A CALL FOR PAPERS -- Extension

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

Graduate Conference

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

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

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

Submissions may engage directly with a variety of themes including:


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

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

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

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

Logistics/Conference Details:

When: May 19-21, 2017

Where: UC: Davis; Davis, CA

Keynote: Professor Ian Campbell, UC Davis History

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

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

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

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

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

CFP | Re/Inventions 2017: SPACES

New Deadline for Abstracts: February 15, 2017

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

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

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

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


Presentations should run approximately 12 to 15 minutes.

Please visit: for more information

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CFP | Ancient Philosophy in Early Modern Europe

Applications Due: January 21, 2017, 7PM PST

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


Confirmed speakers:

Christia Mercer (Columbia)

Jessica Moss (NYU)

Peter Anstey (Sydney)

Benjamin Morison (Princeton)

Daniel Garber (Princeton)


Call for Abstracts:

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

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

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

- Geometry and geometrical method in philosophy

- Skepticism

- Platonic and Platonist epistemology

- Theory of Science

- Biology and zoology

- Chemistry

- Physics and mechanism


Submission Information and Guidelines:

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

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

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

CFP | 2017 Eureka! Musical Minds of California Graduate Conference

Submissions Due: January 19, 2017

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

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

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



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

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

Date of Conference: Saturday, February 25, 2017

Location: Cal State Fullerton School of Music

Conference Website:


Presentation Options:

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

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

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

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


I. Paper/Oral Presentations Guidelines:

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

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

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

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


II. Lecture-Recital Submission Guidelines:

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

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

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

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

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


III. Call for Scores

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

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

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

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

Application Direction for Scores Submissions:

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

Papers Due: March 10, 2017

Borders, Borderlands, and Border Thinking in Latin America

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

co-hosted with Columbia University on April 22, 2017

Frank Tannenbaum Room, Columbia University, NYC

Call for Papers

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

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

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

Among the questions we hope conference papers will address are:

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

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

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

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

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

By:  March 10th, 2017.

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

CFP | Post45 Graduate Symposium

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CFP | Gonzaga Graduate Philosophy Conference

13th Annual

Gonzaga Graduate Philosophy Conference


Art, Nature, and the Sacred                

January 28 and 29, winter 2017, Gonzaga University

Extended CFP: Abstracts due: 21st December


No registration Fee/ Meals and Housing provided

$250 Hutchins Prize for best paper delivered

Optional Snowshoe trip on Friday, 27th Jan.

Keynote Speakers:

Richard Kearney, Boston College

Selected Books 

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


Sheila Gallagher

Recent solo exhibitions.   

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

                                                      (Sheila Gallagher, Deute, 2011)




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

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

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

CFP | Symposium at the University of Auckland

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

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

Submit abstracts to by December 31, 2016

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


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


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

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

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

University of Michigan Medieval and Early Modern Graduate Student Conference


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

With keynote lectures by:

Jeffrey Masten (Northwestern) and
Zrinka Stahuljak (UCLA)

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

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

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

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

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

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

CFP | UCLA Minorities and Philosophy (MAP) Conference

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Critiquing the Canon


January 21st, 2017



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


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


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


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


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


- Historiographical investigations into the formation of the philosophical canon

- Modern attempts at canon reorganization

- Women or people of color in the history of philosophy

- Philosophies of race, gender, or disability

- Philosophies of racism, sexism, or ableism

- Institutionalized discrimination within academic philosophy today


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


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





Summer 2017 issue, Oxford Research in English postgraduate journal

Call for Papers

Oxford Research in English, Issue 5: Brevity

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

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

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

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

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

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

Oxford Research in English (ORE) is an online journal for postgraduate and early career scholars in English, Film Studies, Creative Writing, and related disciplines. All submissions are peer-reviewed by current graduate students at the University of Oxford. The journal is currently seeking papers of 5-8,000 words for its fifth issue, to be released in 2017. Please submit papers for consideration to by the deadline of 1 February 2017.

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

Please direct all questions to

CFP | Significations Graduate Conference at CSULA

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


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


Call for papers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


How Participatory Design is Changing Los Angeles

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


CFP: Intermountain West Journal of Religious Studies

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

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

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

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

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