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Fellowship | William Randolph Hearst Fellowship 2019

William Randolph Hearst Fellowship 2019

May 28-July 26, 2019

The Mount Vernon Hotel Museum and Garden (MVHMG) offers two summer Fellowships for undergraduate or graduate students interested in U.S. history, museum studies, museum education, material culture or other related fields. Fellows participate directly in the daily operations of a historic site.  Fellows complete original research projects on antebellum NYC that become interpretation resources, conduct tours, and participate in programs for children and adults.  Now in its thirty-fifth year, the full-time Fellowship, funded by the William Randolph Hearst Foundation, consists of nine weeks with a $2,750 stipend. Hours are 9AM-5PM Monday-Friday, with occasional evenings for special events.  Fellows are responsible for their own housing and transportation.  

One of the few surviving Manhattan buildings constructed before 1800, the Museum was constructed as a carriage house on Mount Vernon, a large country estate situated along the East River.  In 1826, the building was converted into the Mount Vernon Hotel, a popular country resort for the new middle class seeking to escape the city. Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM), MVHMG interprets travel, leisure, work and play in antebellum New York and Jacksonian America. The Museum is owned and operated by the Colonial Dames of America, a women’s genealogical organization dedicated to historic preservation.

To apply, complete the application (Hearst fellowship application 2019hearst-fellowship-application-2019.doc) and email it with the following additional  materials to by Monday, March 11, 2019.  Note:  Fellows must be enrolled in graduate or undergraduate programs before and after Summer 2019.

  • A personal statement of one page (this can be included in your cover letter), detailing your interest in the Fellowship program. Clearly state your professional goals and areas of interest and what skills and abilities you can contribute to the Museum’s work. Discuss the most significant historical work you have read and explain how and why it affected you. Describe your teaching experience. Finally, describe the outcomes you hope the experience will produce.
  • Two letters of recommendation from professors or supervisors in a related field
  • Current resume or Curriculum vitae
  • Writing Sample

Fellowship | NACBS-Huntington Library Fellowship

The NACBS, in collaboration with the Huntington Library, offers annually the NACBS-HUNTINGTON LIBRARY FELLOWSHIP to aid in dissertation research in British Studies using the collections of the library.  The amount of the fellowship is $3000.  A requirement for holding the fellowship is that the time of tenure be spent in residence at the Huntington Library.  The time of residence varies, but may be as brief as one month. Applicants must be U. S. or Canadian citizens or permanent residents and enrolled in a Ph.D. program in a U. S. or Canadian institution. 

Nominations and applications for the 2019 award are invited. Please note that the applications are due on November 15, 2018.  Applications should consist of a curriculum vitae, a description of the dissertation research project, and two supporting letters (one from the applicant's dissertation advisor). The letters should include a description of the materials to be consulted at the Huntington and the reason that these are essential sources for the dissertation.

A copy of the c.v. and the description of the dissertation project should be sent electronically via e-mail (as a single WORD or PDF file) to each member of the Huntington Library Fellowship Committee listed below. Letters of recommendation should be sent electronically as well to each committee member directly by the referee. The application file should be named (APPLICANT’S LAST NAME_Application) and letters of recommendation should be named (APPLICANT’S LAST NAME_Letter). Materials must be submitted electronically by 11:59 PM on November 15, 2018. Awards will be announced by January 30, 2018.
Applicants for the NACBS fellowship are also welcome to apply to supplement that award with a short-term award from the Huntington Library itself under the terms of its own fellowship competition, the closing date for which is also November 15, 2018.


Send materials to:

Chair: Professor Robert Travers
Cornell University
Department of History
450 McGraw Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853  USA
Professor Ted McCormick
Department of History
Concordia University
LB-1001.01 de Maisonneuve Blvd. W
Montréal, QC H3G 1M8  CANADA
Professor Olivia Weisser
History Department
University of Massachusetts, Boston
100 Morrissey Blvd.
Boston, MA 02125

CFP | "Human and Nonhuman"

The Florida State University Department of Religion
17th Annual Graduate Student Symposium
February 22-23, 2019 • Tallahassee, Florida

The Florida State University Department of Religion is pleased to announce its 17 th Annual Graduate Student Symposium to be held February 22-23, 2019 in Tallahassee, Florida. Our most recent symposium brought together over 50 presenters from over 15 universities and departments as varied as History, Political Science, Philosophy, Religious Studies, and Classics to share their research, learn from one another, and meet many of their peers and future colleagues. This year’s symposium will be centered on the theme “ Human and Nonhuman.” Dr. Annette Yoshiko Reed of New York University will deliver this year’s keynote address. Due to our commitment to collaborative scholarship, students from all fields with interdisciplinary interests in the study of religion and at all levels of graduate study are encouraged to submit paper

Possible topics include, but are not limited to : Religion and the Body; Ritual, Practice, and Performance; Religion and Violence; Theories of Space and Place; Secularisms and the (Im)possibility of Religious Freedom; Sexuality and Gender; Race and Ethnic Identity; Colonialism and the Subaltern; Cosmology and Creation Stories; Method and Critical Theory on Religion; Law, Politics, Class, and Economy; Technology, Consciousness, and Posthumanity; Possession and Displacement; Comparative Examinations of Religious Groups and Texts.

Presentations should be approximately 15 to 20 minutes in length and will receive faculty responses. In addition, every year respondents select the best graduate paper to receive the Leo F. Sandon Award, an endowed award named for the Religion Department's former chair. Proposals including an abstract of approximately 300 words, a list of three to five key terms, and a one-page CV should be submitted by December 1, 2018 for review. Final papers must be submitted by January 31, 2019 . Please send proposals to Tim Burnside at Thank you for your interest. We look forward to hearing from you or your students and seeing you
at the 2019 Graduate Student Symposium at Florida State University.

Fellowship | Ford Foundation Fellowships Program

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine is accepting applications for the 2019 Ford Foundation Fellowship Programs. Eligibility and online application information are available on the Ford Foundation Fellowship Programs website.

Through its Fellowship Programs, the Ford Foundation seeks to increase the diversity of the nation’s college and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity, to maximize the educational benefits of diversity, and to increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • U. S. citizens, U.S. nationals, U.S. permanent residents (holders of a Permanent Resident Card), as well as individuals granted deferred action status under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program (DACA) program¹, political asylees, and refugees, regardless of race, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, or sexual orientation
  • Individuals with evidence of superior academic achievement (such as grade point average, class rank, honors or other designations), and
  • Individuals committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level in a research-based field of science, social science, or humanities

1Eligibility includes individuals with current status under the DACA Program, as well as individuals whose status may have lapsed but who continue to meet all the USCIS guidelines for DACA available here.


  • Predoctoral--$24,000 per year for three years
  • Dissertation--$25,000 for one year
  • Postdoctoral--$45,000 for one year

Awardees will have expenses paid to attend at least one Conference of Ford Fellows. Approximately 70 predoctoral, 36 dissertation, and 24 postdoctoral fellowships will be awarded.

Application Deadline Dates:

  • Predoctoral: December 13, 2018 (5:00 PM EST)
  • Dissertation: December 6, 2018 (5:00 PM EST)
  • Postdoctoral: December 6, 2018 (5:00 PM EST)

Supplementary Materials receipt deadline for submitted applications is January 8, 2019 (5:00 PM EST)

CFP | "An Age of Extremism?"

An Age of Extremism?
March 21-22, 2019
Keynote: Andrew F. March, Berggruen Fellow at the Harvard Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics and author of Islam and Liberal Citizenship

We are pleased to invite you to the 2019 Virginia Graduate Conference. This conference aims to address the topic of extremism, bringing together perspectives from across the humanities and social sciences. While some see “extremism” as any reaction against a broadly liberal, postwar, Western consensus, others, however, see procedural and secular liberalism as harboring its own distinctive kind of extremism. Extremism therefore presents itself as an unstable concept: it is used to describe worrisome trends in the contemporary age, and to label as dangerous movements, people and ideas that deviate from or challenge norms.

We invite papers that address the question of extremism from across the disciplines; papers may be theoretical or applied. Some examples of possible topics are: Who
determines what it means to be “extreme”? How do histories of colonization and imperialism illuminate the current political and theological climate? What is the role of religious and theological narratives in buttressing extreme political figures and regimes? What role does religion play in white supremacy today? How does religion justify or critique current populist movements?

Applicants are invited to explore these facets of extremism, but are not limited to them. Additional subjects may include:

- Securitization, the nation-state, discourses on “terrorism”
- Black power movements, Black Lives Matter, black feminisms
- Direct action, Global antifascisms, queer antifascisms
- Historical and current white power movements
- Theological engagements with liberal politics, radical political, and religious organizing
⁃ Secular or liberal “extremism”
- Universalism and particularism in political ethics
- Extreme bodies: explorations of race, gender, sexuality, disability in political and/or religious life
- Extreme inequality and its discontents

To apply, please submit a proposal not exceeding 500 words to conference organizers at ( by January 15, 2019. Selected participants will
present their paper at the University of Virginia on Friday, March 22, 2019. Thanks to a generous grant, presenters will be provided with hotel accommodations
and are eligible to receive reimbursement for their travel expenses. As each panel will be facilitated by a faculty discussant, each participant should expect a
high-level of engagement and specific feedback on their project.

CFP | "Performance, Politics, and Power"

Annual Conference

2019 Cultural Studies Association (CSA) Conference

Seventeenth Annual Meeting of the Cultural Studies Association (USA)

Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana

May 30-June 1, 2019

This Year's Theme: Performance, Politics, Power

Final Deadline for Submissions: Monday, Dec 3, 2018

The Cultural Studies Association (CSA) invites proposals for participation in its seventeenth annual meeting. Proposals on all topics relevant to cultural studies will be considered, with priority given to proposals that engage this year's highlighted theme. Membership of the CSA is not required to apply for this year’s conference, but membership is required in order to present at the conference.

For our 2019 conference, entitled “Performance, Politics, Power,” we solicit proposals that focus on performance as a creative and critical force within contemporary culture(s) and their antecedents. Within the U.S. and beyond, the past few years have been a turbulent and reactionary period of social and political realignment. However, this realignment has also elicited renewed progressive political activity and cultural engagement, such as public performances against racial and gender discrimination, or overt popular protests against quietist notions of political “civility,” as occurred in the U.S. in response to the Trump Administration’s child separation policy or Executive Order 13769, colloquially referred to as the “Muslim Ban.” Performance has also been central to the ongoing practice of identity politics and its uneasy centrality within the media industries. To this end, we encourage proposals that investigate and consider new forms of performance that have emerged as a means of pushing back against the politics of division and fear, and how past intersections between performance and power help us reconsider the politics of performance today. How, for instance, might already-existing forms of performance be “refunctioned” (Umfunktionierung) as strategized by German Marxist playwright and poet, Bertolt Brecht? This theme is especially significant while the CSA is in New Orleans, given the city’s unique history of using performance, carnival, and other forms of transculturation as a means of engaging and resisting colonial rule, slavery, oppression, conflict, and discrimination, from the city’s founding as a former French colony in the eighteenth century to the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

While we welcome proposals concerned with all types of artistic performance, our interest in performance is by no means confined to traditional activities within the performing arts. We are also interested in performance as the enactment of new political personae in the “theatrum mundi” (society as theater), and the growing utility of all such performative gestures for fostering solidarity and democracy. Likewise, we welcome proposals that question the limits of performance as a framework for enacting politics, or those that explore the history of performance not only as a mode of challenging social power, but also as a means of expressing and consolidating power. And as with past conferences, we welcome proposals from all disciplines and topics relevant to cultural studies, including literature, history, sociology, geography, politics, anthropology, communications, popular culture, cultural theory, queer studies, critical race studies, feminist studies, postcolonial studies, legal studies, science studies, media and film studies, material culture studies, platform studies, affect studies, visual art and performance studies.

Thematic topics that applicants might address include, but are not limited to:

  • What does performance do?
  • Specific contemporary or historical case studies of New Orleans or elsewhere
  • The limitations and possibilities of performance for challenging the ideological and material manifestations of oppressive regimes
  • The politics of aesthetics and the aesthetics of political enactment
  • Performance as ideology
  • Dialectical theatre
  • The labor of performance, its embodiment, and political economy
  • Community engagement through the arts and activism
  • The imbrication of performance and identity politics
  • The politics of fan cultures and communities
  • Diversity and representation in film and television performance
  • Dialectics of spontaneity and organization in political performance
  • The historicization of personae, roles, subjectivity, social and personal identity
  • Celebrity politics and the collapse of the public/private distinction
  • Authenticity, doubt, and the fake in the public sphere
  • Affect and performance
  • Performance in or against the nation-state
  • Arts industries, art markets
  • The political performativity of higher education
  • The commodification of performance

We welcome proposals from scholars from any discipline, inter-discipline, or scholarly field. The CSA aims to provide multiple and diverse spaces for the cross-pollination of art, activism, pedagogy, design, and research by bringing together participants from a variety of positions inside and outside the university. Therefore, while we welcome traditional academic papers and panels, we also encourage contributions that experiment with alternative formats and intervene in the traditional disciplinary formations and exclusionary conceptions and practices of the academic (see session format options listed below). We are particularly interested in proposals for sessions designed to document and advance existing forms of collective action or catalyze new collaborations. We encourage submissions from individuals working beyond the boundaries of the university: artists, activists, independent scholars, professionals, community organizers, and community college educators.

Important Dates:

  • Submission System Open: Monday, October 15, 2018
  • Final Deadline for Submissions: Monday, Dec 3, 2018.
  • Early Bird Registration: Monday, October 15, 2018 until Friday, March 1, 2019.
  • Tuesday, January 15, 2019: Notifications Sent Out
  • Friday, March 1, 2019: Early Registration Ends, Regular Registration Rate Begins
  • Friday, May, 3, 2019: Last day to register to participate in the conference. If you do not register by this date and are not a current member, your name will be dropped from the program.


The 2019 conference will be held at Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana. The closest airport is Louis Armstrong International Airport (10 miles). See the following web link for more information about travel options to and from the airport as well as for travel to and from the French Quarter HERE. 

A CSA hotel block for members will be announced at a later date.


All proposals should be submitted through Easy Chair using the following link:

You do not have to be a current member to submit. If your proposal is accepted, you must become a current member of the CSA and register for the conference. These are two seperate transactions. 

INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIPS include three complimentary conference registrations annually for students. Graduate students who wish to submit proposals are strongly encouraged to speak with their Department Chair or Program Director about institutional membership and where possible, make use of the complimentary registrations. Full benefits of institutional membership are described HERE.

The submission system will be open by Monday, October 15, 2018. Please prepare all the materials required to propose your session according to the given directions before you begin electronic submission. All program information--names, presentation titles, and institutional affiliations--will be based on initial conference submissions. Please avoid lengthy presentation and session titles, use normal capitalization, and include your name and affiliations as you would like them to appear on the conference program schedule.


In order to participate in the conference and be listed in the program, all those accepted to participate must register before Friday, May 3, 2019. Please note: registration for the conference and membership in the CSA are separate transactions (and both are required to present).  You may register for the conference by logging in to your CSA membership account or create one HERE.


CSA offers a limited number of travel grants, for which graduate and advanced undergraduate students can apply.Only those who are individual members, have been accepted to participate, and have registered for the conference are eligible to apply for a travel grant. Other details and criteria are listed HERE.

Important Note about Technology Requests: Accepted participants should send their technology requests to Michelle Fehsenfeld at Technology requests must be made by Friday, May 3, 2019.


While we accept individual paper proposals, we especially encourage submissions of pre-constituted sessions. Proposals with participants from multiple institutions will be given preference.

All sessions are 90 minutes long. All conference formats are intended to encourage the presentation and discussion of projects at different stages of development and to foster intellectual exchange and collaboration. Please feel free to adapt the suggested formats or propose others in order to suit your session’s goals. If you have any questions, please address them to Michelle Fehsenfeld at:

PRE-CONSTITUTED PAPER PANELS: Pre-constituted panels allow 3-4 individuals to each offer 15-20 minute presentations, leaving 30-45 minutes of the session for questions and discussion. Panels should have a chair/moderator and may have a discussant. Proposals for pre-constituted panels must include: the title of the panel; the name, title affiliation, and contact information of the panel organizer; the names, titles, affiliations, and email addresses of all panelists, and a chair and/or discussant; a description of the panel's topic (<500 words); and abstracts for each presentation (<150 words). Pre-constituted panels are preferred to individual paper submissions.

INDIVIDUAL PAPERS: Individuals may submit a proposal to present a 15-20 minute paper. Selected papers will be combined into panels at the discretion of the Program Committee. Individual paper proposals must include: the title of the paper; the name, title, affiliation, and email address of the author; and an abstract of the paper (<500 words).

ROUNDTABLES: Roundtables allow a group of participants to convene with the goal of generating discussion around a shared concern. In contrast to panels, roundtables typically involve shorter position or dialogue statements (5-10 minutes) in response to questions distributed in advance by the organizer. The majority of roundtable sessions should be devoted to discussion. Roundtables are limited to no more than five participants, including the organizer. We encourage roundtables involving participants from different institutions, centers, and organizations. Proposals for roundtables must include: the title of the roundtable; the name, title, affiliation, and contact information of the roundtable organizer; the names, titles, affiliations, and email addresses of the proposed roundtable participants; and a description of the position statements, questions, or debates that will be under discussion (<500 words).

PRAXIS SESSIONS: Praxis sessions allow a facilitator or facilitating team to set an agenda, pose opening questions, and/or organize hands-on participant activities, collaborations, or skill-shares. Successful praxis sessions will be organized around a specific objective, productively engage a cultural studies audience, and orient itself towards participants with minimal knowledge of the subject matter. Sessions organized around the development of ongoing creative, artistic, and activist projects are highly encouraged. The facilitator or team is responsible for framing the session, gathering responses and results from participants, helping everyone digest them, and (where applicable) suggesting possible fora for extending the discussion. Proposals for praxis sessions must include: the title of the session; the name, title, affiliation, and contact information the facilitators; a brief statement explaining the session’s connection to the conference theme and describing the activities to be undertaken (<500 words) and a short description of the session (<150 words) to appear in the conference program. Please direct any questions about praxis sessions to Michelle Fehsenfeld at

SEMINARS: Seminars are small-group (maximum 15 individuals) discussion sessions for which participants prepare in advance of the conference. In previous years, preparation has involved shared readings, pre-circulated ''position papers'' by seminar leaders and/or participants, and other forms of pre-conference collaboration. We particularly invite proposals for seminars designed to advance emerging lines of inquiry and research/teaching initiatives within cultural studies broadly construed. We also invite seminars designed to generate future collaborations among conference attendees, particularly through the formation of working groups. A limited number of seminars will be selected. Once the seminars are chosen, a call for participants in those seminars will be announced on the CSA webpage and listserv. Those who wish to participate in a particular seminar must apply to the seminar leader(s) directly by March 1, 2019. Individuals interested in participating in (rather than leading) a seminar should consult the list of seminars and the instructions for signing up for them, to be available on the conference website by April 15, 2019. Seminar leader(s) will be responsible for providing the program committee with a confirmed list of participants (names, affiliations, and email addresses required) for inclusion in the conference program no later than May 1, 2019. Seminars will be marked in the conference programs as either closed to non-participants or open to all conference attendees. Proposals for seminars should include: the title of the seminar; the name, title, affiliation, and contact information of the seminar leader(s); and a description of the issues and questions that will be raised in discussion and an overview of the work to be completed by participants in advance of the seminar (<500 words). Please direct questions about seminars Please note that for them to run at the conference, seminars accepted for inclusion by the program committee must garner a minimum of 8 participants, including the seminar leader(s).


Author Meets Critic Sessions are designed to bring authors of recent books deemed to be important contributions to the field of cultural studies together with discussants selected to provide different viewpoints. Books published one to three years before the conference (for example, for the 2013 conference, only books published between 2010-2012 could be nominated) are eligible for nomination. Only CSA members may submit nominations. Self-nominations are not accepted.


WORKING GROUP SESSIONS: CSA has a number of ongoing working groups. Working Group submissions can can either be an individual paper or pre-constituted panel and must be made through CSA’s online EasyChair submission portal. Choose either the Working Group Panel or Working Group Paper tracks, complete the submission information, and choose the appropriate working group from the drop-down menu at the bottom of the page. Specific themed calls for some working groups are listed below; check the Working Groups page of the CSA website for the most updated calls HERE.


The Make(r) Space is a space for the collaborative and praxis driven portions of Cultural Studies – making space for art, making space for political activism, making space for new modes of knowledge exchange. It is our goal that this space will be created for those that have been historically and systemically left out of these conversations: artists, activists, poets, and other cultural critics and makers. We want to create a space that helps the CSA fulfill some of the implicit praxis portion of its goals to “create and promote an effective community of cultural studies practitioners and scholars.” Building on the poets, dancers, painters, and activists already interested in the space, we welcome proposals for exhibits, performances, workshops, skill shares, story telling, and other ways of meaning-making and art-making in the world that consider the theme of “Interventions.” We especially encourage Make(r) Space submissions from individuals working beyond the boundaries of the university: artists, activists, independent scholars, professionals, community organizers, contingent faculty, and community college educators. Please email Make(r)Space submissions by March 15, 2019 to:


We are always in need of people to serve as panel chairs. To volunteer to do so, please submit your name, title, affiliation, and email address, as well as a brief list of your research interests to, Chair of the Program Committee.

CFP "Black Lives"

CUNY Graduate Center English Student Association Conference

Thursday, April 11 - Friday, April 12, 2019
CUNY Graduate Center
New York, NY


“Black Lives” has emerged in recent years as a conceptual touchstone following the wake of Black Lives Matter, a galvanizing social movement of public protest against the persistence of institutionalized forms of anti-black violence that besiege Black individuals and communities on a daily basis, both within the United States and across a range of geopolitical contexts. The phrase implicitly challenges nationalist and global concepts of humanity that do not include blackness as a viable sign of life and citizenship. As critics such as Paul Gilroy, Denise Ferreira da Silva, Robert Reid-Pharr and Henry Louis Gates Jr. have noted, “universal humanism” has been historically built upon a constitutive rejection of black being. To push back against such entrenched conceptual repudiations of black particularity, we take a cue from Jamaican philosopher and novelist Sylvia Wynter, who argues that black particularity paradoxically retains a utopian impulse for recognizing “our collective agency and authorship of our genres of being
human” (2006). We intend for the conference to respond to the urgent need to think about the impact and meaning of “Black Lives” both as a touchstone for contemporary activism as well as a scholarly heuristic for research across a range of fields and disciplines. By doing so, we hope to make resonant the potentiality of blackness to signify as a radical node of meaning and being across a range of identitarian and relational articulations.

We are especially interested in workshop proposals that address the necessary rituals and habits for self-care, success/pushing back in a hostile workplace, building and maintaining your village, and contemporary radical Black artists/activists. We also seek papers and panel proposals that take up any aspect of “Black Lives” understood broadly as an entry point into research in, but not limited to, any of the following areas:
● Regional and global Black activisms and cross-struggle affinities
● African-American and African Diasporic Literary Studies
● Contemporary theory regarding blackness and black subjectivity, including Afro-Pessimism, Afro-Futurism, Black Atlantic Studies, Black Pacific Studies
● Critical Archive Studies
● Critical Science Studies
● Philosophy, Psychoanalysis, Deconstruction and Biopolitics
● Black cultural histories and Blues historiography
● Blackness and “modernity”/globalization
● Middle Passage theory
● Black sovereignty and selfhood
● Critical Race studies
● Blackness, Brownness, and Affect
● Black, Queer and Trans Feminisms
● Queer Sexualities
● Queer of Color Critique, Queer Theory, Critical Trans Studies
● Native-American/First Nations studies
● Blackness and Jewishness
● Postcolonial studies
● Disabilities studies
● Performance studies/Body as Archive
● Prison abolitionism
● Critical interventions in Post-Humanism, New Materialism, and Object Oriented Ontology
● Black utopianisms and Marxisms
● Black aesthetics and/or aestheticism
● The Black Radical Tradition, Black Power and the Black Arts movement
● The New Negro (Harlem) Renaissance/The New Black (post-Civil Rights)
● Intersectionality
● White Feminism/Womanism
● Black literacies and critical pedagogy
● Blackness and religion

Please submit an abstract of up to 400 words, a short biographical description, and your contact information by December 31, 2018. Proposals and questions should be sent to conference organizers at

CFP | "Religion and the Future"

Religion and the Future

Columbia University
April 5, 2019


Keynote Speaker: Professor Sylvester Johnson, Virginia Tech
The graduate students of Columbia University’s Department of Religion invite paper proposals which explore religion and the future for the department’s annual graduate student conference. Our conference aims to showcase research by graduate scholars that introduce our community to new facets of the growing discourse surrounding religion and the future. We are interested in the points of intersection, contested and shifting boundaries, symbiotic relationships, and antagonisms of “religion” and the “future” broadly conceived, further examinations of which represent a space of enormous potential for our discipline. What will the future bring for religion? What futures are expected, hoped for, or feared, and how has that relationship changed as future possibilities shift and expand? What can history tell us about how people have conceived of, engaged with, or experienced an ever-approaching future? What may the future be for scholars of religion, and what methodological and theoretical approaches can be applied to the study of something that hasn’t happened yet? The following is a list of potential topics, but the committee encourages you to be as creative as possible. The
conference topic is deliberately broad and, as countless aphorisms proclaim, the future is limitless!

Submissions may also derive from a variety of fields, including religious studies, history, gender studies, philosophy, political science, theology, literary studies, anthropology, and sociology.

● Religion and the internet/religions of the internet
● Religion and media technology/technological mediation
● Eschatology and apocalypticism
● Religion and political and economic futures
● Climate change
● Religion and afrofuturism
● Religion and queer futurism
● The future of secularism/secular futures
● Transhumanism and posthumanism
● History of religious futurism and religious thought about the future
● Religions of young people, youth perspectives on and engagement with religion
● Religious revolutions and reformations
● Religion, modernity, and postmodernity
● Religious anti-futurism, antimodernism, resistance to the future
● Religion and the sciences, medicine, and bioethics
● Prophecy and divinatory practices, preordained futures
● Time and temporality
● The future of religion as an academic discipline

To be considered for participation, please complete the form at by January 18. Abstracts should be 300 words in length for 15-20 minute presentations. Please include in your abstract up to five keywords. Applicants will be notified of decisions by February 11. Accepted presenters must submit their final drafts by March 15 in order to participate.

Inquiries can be directed to Sarah Hedgecock and Connor Martini at . For up to date information, please visit .

Fellowship | CGU Wabash Fellows

  • By cgusah
  • On Thursday, october 18, 2018

Last year, the Department of Religion at CGU was awarded a preparing future faculty grant from the Wabash Center for a term of two years (2017-2019). During last academic year, we selected five CGU students as Wabash fellows for the opportunity to be mentored by one of the religious studies faculty from the five undergraduate Claremont colleges. We are pleased to renew this fellowship opportunity for a second academic year, effective immediately. Fellows will meet regularly with their faculty mentor in the fall, participate in CGU’s own PFF (preparing future faculty) program, and in the spring work with their faculty mentor and their students in a specific class. If you would like to be considered for a Wabash fellow position, please submit your CV and a cover letter describing your interest in the program to the co-directors, Nicola Denzey Lewis ( and Erika Dyson ( at your earliest opportunity. Wabash fellows will receive an honorarium of $1750 during the spring semester of their fellowship year.


CFP | "Sex and Religion" at UNC Charlotte

The Graduate Student Committee of UNC Charlotte’s Department of Religious Studies invites graduate and advanced undergraduate students from all areas of the humanities and social sciences to submit proposals for the 2019 Religious Studies Graduate Student Conference on March 15 – 16, 2019.

We welcome all submissions but are most interested in papers related to the broad theme of Sex and Religion. Topics may include – but are not limited to:

  • constructions of gender, sex, and sexuality within religious traditions
  • sex and sexuality related to the material culture of religion such as sacred space, objects, images, etc.
  • relationships of power and sex in a religious context
  • sex, gender, and sexuality constructions within religious texts
  • religion and bodies on the margin
  • interdisciplinary understandings/conceptions of both sex and religion

To Apply:

Please submit the paper title and a 1000-word proposal. Students interested in applying for one of a limited number of $100 travel awards should submit their entire paper together with a 250-word abstract. Accepted papers should be 8-12 double-spaced pages in 12-point font. Individual presentations will be limited to 15 minutes.

We will also be holding a panel specifically featuring undergraduates on the morning of Saturday March 16. To be considered, undergraduates must submit their entire 6-10-page paper along with a 250-word abstract.

Please submit proposals and papers no later than January 7 and please indicate if you are interested in a travel grant in the email.  Proposals and papers can be submitted at our website here: Applicants will be notified by February 8 regarding acceptance and grant status.

For any questions related to this event, please email us at

Employment | Fullerton College Tutoring

Fullerton College is offering two tutoring opportunities in spring 2019 to graduate and undergraduate students at your university:

 1. The Graduate Student Mentorship Program (GSM) is open to current graduate students in the following disciplines: English, math, and ESL/TESOL. This unique program serves a dual purpose: to give graduate students the opportunity to gain valuable community college classroom teaching experience before they enter the job market, and to support the success of students enrolled in our courses. Please see the attached GSM application for more information. The deadline to apply is October 31, 2018.

 2. The Entering Scholars Program (ESP) is hiring both undergraduate and graduate students that are interested in tutoring students in English, reading, ESL, and math courses. Tutors are hired to work with a specific class and instructor for an entire semester. Please see the attached ESP application for more information. The deadline to apply is October 31, 2018.

Esp tutor application spring 2019esp-tutor-application-spring-2019.doc (34.5 KB) Gsm application spring 2019gsm-application-spring-2019.doc (46.5 KB)

Ithaca College Diversity Scholoars Fellowship Program

Diversity Scholars Fellowship Program

The School of Humanities and Sciences at Ithaca College announces its Diversity Scholars Fellowship Program search for 2019-2020. Hosting two fellows, this program supports promising scholars who are committed to diversity in the academy in order to better prepare them for tenure track appointments at liberal arts or comprehensive colleges/universities.

The Department of Writing is one of the host departments currently seeking fellows. Prior to August 15, 2019, potential fellows must be advanced to candidacy at their home institution, with an approved dissertation proposal. Preference will be given to candidates in the last year of dissertation writing. 

Fellowships are for the academic year (August 16, 2019 to May 31, 2020) and are non-renewable. Fellows will receive a $33,000 stipend, $5,000 in travel/professional development support, relocation reimbursement, office space, health benefits, and access to Ithaca College and Cornell University libraries. Fellows will teach one course in the fall semester and one course in the spring semester; will be mentored by senior faculty; will be expected to participate in one official function per semester; and must partake in an exit interview. Fellows who successfully obtain their Ph.D. and show an exemplary record of teaching, scholarship, and engagement in academic service throughout their fellowship may be considered as candidates for tenure-eligible appointments anticipated to begin in the Fall of 2020. 

Interested applicants must apply online at and include: (1) transcripts from an accredited Ph.D. granting institution; (2) a cover letter; (3) a CV; (4) two syllabi of courses you propose to teach and (5); one letter of reference from your doctoral advisor. Applications will be reviewed on December 3, 2018.

For more information about the Department of Writing, please visit

CFP | Renaissance Conference of Southern California

Renaissance Conference of Southern California

CFP for 2019 RCSC

The RCSC, a regional affiliate of the Renaissance Society of America, welcomes proposals for individual papers as well as complete panels on the full range of Renaissance disciplines (Art, Architecture, History, Literature, Music, Philosophy, Religion, Science). The RCSC promotes the study of the period c. 1300–1800, broadly interpreting the Renaissance within a global framework. Please submit a 250-word abstract (for a 20-minute paper) and a one-page c.v. here or on our website (, where you can also find more information about the conference.

Deadline for submissions: November 1, 2018

If you have any questions, please contact the RCSC president, Lauren Kilroy-Ewbank (

To submit a paper or panel for the conference.

Please follow this link.

63rd Annual Conference

Saturday, 9 March 2019

The Huntington Library and Gardens

Pasadena, CA


Teaching Race and the Renaissance

Amy Buono (Art History, Chapman University)

Ambereen Dadabhoy (Literature, Harvey Mudd College)

Liesder Mayea (Spanish, University of Redlands)

Danielle Terrazas Williams (History, Huntington Fellow 2018–19 and Oberlin College)


“The Huntington’s Collections: Virtual and Real”

Vanessa Wilkie (Curator of Medieval Manuscripts and British History, Huntington Library)

To be followed by an hour-long workshop

We ask that you complete this very brief 1-minute survey to help us decide on the specific topic of the workshop

Internship | The Office of the Curator at the Supreme Court of the United States

The Supreme Court Internship Program provides students with a unique opportunity to build a substantial working knowledge of the role, functions, and history of the Supreme Court of the United States. The Program offers a compelling study experience and valuable exposure to work in a professional environment. Special enrichment opportunities include attending Court sessions as well as seminars organized by the Supreme Court Fellows.

The Office of the Curator at the Supreme Court of the United States is currently accepting applications for Spring 2019 internships. For more than 40 years, interns have played an integral role in the Curator’s Office, contributing their skills and enthusiasm to completing substantive projects that assist the curatorial staff in fulfilling our mission to preserve the records and history of the Supreme Court and provide visitors with information on Court history and architecture. Additionally, all interns gain valuable public speaking and interpersonal skills by regularly conducting tours and Courtroom Lectures and by staffing a Visitor Desk.

A detailed description of our program and application instructions can be found on the Supreme Court’s website: Please share this link with any students who may be interested in applying. We encourage students to submit applications as soon as possible, but no later than the deadline of Monday, October 15.

Please note: Interns will gain an understanding of museum practices and procedures and a thorough introduction to the history and functions of the Supreme Court, however this is not a legal internship. It does not involve working with legal functions of the Court.

Students may submit questions regarding the Supreme Court Internship Program via web form or by phone at 202-479-3415.


CFP | Pacific Coast Conference on British Studies

  • By cgusah
  • On Thursday, october 04, 2018


The Pacific Coast Conference on British Studies invites paper and panel proposals for its 46th Annual Meeting, to be held at UC Merced, March 22-24 2019.

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 (including graduate students) 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 pedagogies and technologies.

The deadline for submission of proposals is DECEMBER 1st, 2018. Proposals should include a 200-word abstract for each paper plus a biography for each participant. Those submitting full or partial panel proposals should include a brief description of the panel plus a brief biography for the panel chair as well as for its commentator (if any). Proposals will be submitted by google forms. As we will use the data entered for the program, please be careful with spelling of names, institutions and paper titles.

Individual paper proposals should be submitted here.

Panel proposals should be submitted here.

Any questions should be addressed to

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

CFP | 2019 Multidisciplinary Graduate Student Conference

The Center for Renaissance Studies’ annual graduate student conference, organized and run by advanced doctoral students, has become a premier opportunity for emerging scholars to present papers, participate in discussions, and develop collaborations across the field of medieval, Renaissance, and early modern studies in Europe, the Americas, and the Mediterranean world. Participants from a wide variety of disciplines find a supportive and collegial forum for their work, meet future colleagues from other institutions and disciplines, and become familiar with the Newberry and its resources.

We invite abstracts for 20-minute papers from master’s or PhD students from any discipline on any medieval, Renaissance, or early modern topic in Europe, the Americas, or the Mediterranean world. The 2019 conference schedule will include workshops and sessions with rare books in addition to traditional conference sessions. Submit a proposal using this online form.

Deadline: Monday, October 15, 2018 at midnight CST

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

Conference participants and organizers from Center for Renaissance Studies consortium institutions may be eligible to apply for travel funds to attend CRS programs or to do research at the Newberry. Each member university sets its own policies and deadlines. Be sure to contact your Representative Council member in advance, as early as possible, for details.

For more information, please visit:


Workshop | MLA Bootcamp

  • By cgusah
  • On Monday, september 24, 2018

At its 2019 annual convention in Chicago, the MLA will offer a competitive four-day Career Development Boot Camp for current PhD students considering careers both inside and outside of academia.  

Under the guidance of our expert Mentor Team, boot camp fellows build new skills and explore the range of humanities careers available to them. The 2019 cohort will go behind the scenes at the Newberry Library, one of Chicago's great public humanities institutions, and meet the humanities PhDs who work there.

Boot Camp fellows will learn to articulate their skills and the importance of their advanced training in the humanities in a variety of contexts both inside and outside the academy. And as part of a cohort of twenty, they will make important professional connections, and contribute to an ongoing national conversation about careers for humanities PhDs. 

For more information, visit:


CFP | Next

Call for Papers

NEXT is a peer-reviewed journal of the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Colorado Boulder featuring insightful work from the next generation of religious studies scholars. NEXT now invites submissions of original research papers from all disciplines engaging any topic in the critical study of religion. We encourage graduate work from a breadth of theoretical paradigms, academic disciplines, and methodological approaches ranging from 2,500 to 5,000 words.

The deadline for all submissions is January 6th, 2019 to: by following the right-hand link for “Submit Article.”


Submission Requirements
- All submissions should be double-spaced (except block quotes), in .docx format, with 12-point Times New Roman font and one-inch margins.
- Please follow the Chicago Manual of Style for footnotes and bibliography and refrain from using headings and subheadings in the document’s body.
- Each submission should include a cover page identifying the author’s name and affiliated institution, as well as the submission’s title.
- Keeping with CMS conventions, each page should include a header with pagination and the submission’s title.
- Excepting the title page, the submission should have no identifying information.
- Accepted authors will be asked to submit a short academic biography, subject to light editing.

All work will first be evaluated by the Chief Editor; accepted papers will then be evaluated by two rounds of double-blind review by an editorial board composed of CU-Boulder graduate students.

Questions, clarifications, and inquires via email to Chief Editor Joshua Shelton at: <>.

CFP | "Borders and Cross-Cultural Enounters"

Call for Papers: “Borders and Cross-Cultural Encounters”
March 1-2, 2019

Deadline for submissions: December 15, 2018

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Chris Lippard, University of Utah


The Southwest English Symposium (SWES) is a regional humanities conference held annually at Arizona State University. The conference provides graduate and advanced undergraduate students with an opportunity to present original scholarship before an interdisciplinary audience. We encourage proposals from a diverse range of disciplines within the humanities and other disciplines.

The theme for the 24th Southwest English Symposium is “Borders and Cross-Cultural Encounters.” We cordially invite everyone to submit proposals. The symposium is an ideal venue for presenting seminar papers and current research projects. Possible topics might include:
● Immigration, migration, and diaspora
● Interdisciplinary studies
● Genre, narrative theory, and their nuances and flexibility
● Analog and digital borders
● Science and the Humanities
● International capitalism, nationalism, and nativism
● Cosmopolitanism, transatlantic studies, and expatriation
● Tourism and the travel memoir
● Translation and adaptation studies
● National borders and map-making
● Life, death, and the afterlife
● Animal Studies
● Posthumanism

Though this is an “English” conference, our theme and interest in interdisciplinary work means we will be considering abstracts from and dealing with topics related to:
● Film & Media Studies
● Rhetoric, Composition, Technical Writing, Communications, Journalism
● Religious Studies, History, Geography
● Anthropology, Folklore Studies
● Sociology, Psychology
● Foreign Languages and Literature
● Fine and Performative Art

We invite abstracts for 15-20 minute presentations, with a 10-15 minute Q&A session following.
Submit your proposal or any questions to Please see our website for more information:
The email should also include the following:
● A subject line reading “SWES 2019 Abstract” followed by your name and institution
● Title of the presentation
● Attached abstract (.doc, .docx or .pdf, please) of 200-250 words in length
● Author(s) name(s)
● School attended by author(s)