It’s been a long time since I did one of these, but there have been some interesting conference CFPs piling up in the inbox in the last week or so. Please note two items that don’t fit into the list below: the program of Fordham’s upcoming conference “Putting England in Its Place,” and this attachment Arthur of the North CFP,  which is for a conference in Oslo, Norway, titled “The Arthur of the North.” Happy browsing!


*Citizenship and Its Discontents: Belonging in a Global World*

University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Saturday, March 30, 2013

Roundtable Participants: Priscilla Wald (Duke University; Past President of ASA), Nick Bromell (UMass-Amherst), and Sut Jhally (UMass-Amherst)

Please send proposals to by Friday, January 25, 2013.

Through many of its common avatars—the multinational corporation, the world wide web, universal human rights—globalization invites us to question the nation state as the exclusive or even the most fertile terrain for exercising citizenship; and yet the nation state is often the most viable addressee of the political claims of individuals and communities. Citizenship is rife with such paradoxes: it defines rights and legitimates political action but encumbers the people it benefits; it offers community membership but on the basis of exclusion; it can open up alliances across race, gender, sexuality, and class, though its history is largely one of coercive homogeneity.

For our 5th annual interdisciplinary conference, the English Graduate Organization at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst invites submissions that take up the theme of “citizenship,” particularly (but not exclusively) as an arena of contradiction and contestation. For instance, how do individual and collective narratives of belonging challenge institutionalized personhood? How do disenfranchised persons and groups navigate a relationship to their state(s) given limited access to political resources? How do institutions like public education mediate between citizens and their governments? What function does an “informed citizenry” serve?

Though these questions are intended to prompt interrogation of citizenship’s paradoxes and problematics, we do not want to suggest that citizenship is unredeemable. What does citizenship make possible? As scholars, educators, intellectuals, and artists who are also citizens (of our local communities and our countries as much as our higher-learning institutions), what responsibility do we have to structure our work in terms of civic engagement? To reach out to wider audiences? To connect our projects to social and political movements? More broadly, how can the humanities and social sciences cultivate civic engagement and active political participation?

Graduate students may submit papers and/or panel presentations, performance and creative pieces, and multi-media projects. Topics include but are not limited to:

-literary studies

-national identity

-movement, migration, and diaspora

-postcolonial, global, and transnational studies

-world systems

-world historical studies

-empire studies

-democracy studies

-indigenous and native studies

-human rights

-philosophy and religious studies

-disability studies

-visual and performing arts

-canon formation

-political economy

-cultural studies

-public education and literacy

-digital humanities

-animal studies

-social networks and online communities

-copyright, open access, knowledge distribution and circulation


We accept three different types of submissions:

1. Individual papers/projects: please submit an abstract of no more than 300 words. Include your name, paper title, institution, and email address.

2. Panels: please submit a 1000 word proposal for an entire panel of presentations (3-4 presenters). Included in this proposal should be abstracts of 200-300 words for all presentations, title of the panel, and information for each presenter (name, paper title, institution, and email address). If you are forming your own panel, you have the option of providing your own chair.

3. Performances and creative presentations/panels: we welcome submission of creative works, including creative writing, visual art, and dramatic performance. Please include a brief description of your project, as well as your name, project title, institution, and email address.


Call For Papers

The James A. Barnes Club, Temple University’s graduate student history
organization, is pleased to announce the Eighteenth Annual Barnes Club
Graduate Student History Conference.

The Barnes Club Conference will be held Friday evening March 22, 2013
and Saturday March 23, 2013, from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM at Temple’s
Center City Campus in downtown Philadelphia.  The Barnes Club
Conference is one of the largest and most prestigious graduate student
conferences in the region, drawing participants from across the nation
and around the world.

Proposals from graduate students for individual papers and/or panels
are welcome on any topic, time period, or approach to history.  We
welcome proposals that foreground public history.  Please submit no
later than January 25, 2013:

– 150-300 word abstract that outlines your original research
– Current C.V.
– Please send to

Panels will include two or three paper presentations, running roughly
twenty minutes each, with comment and questions to follow.  At the
conclusion of the conference, cash prizes will be awarded to the best
papers in the categories of American, European, World, and military

The registration fee is $40 for presenters and attendees.  A
continental breakfast, lunch, and pre- and post-conference receptions
are included.

The keynote speaker will be Dr. William Freehling, a renowned scholar
of the American Civil War whose works include “The Road to Disunion”
and “The South Versus The South.” The lecture will take place on
Friday, March 22nd at 6:00 pm. A Q&A session and light refreshments
will follow.


The 22nd Annual World History Association conference at North Hennepin Community College (NHCC) – Minneapolis, Minnesota (June 26-29, 2013)

Call for Papers Deadline: February 28, 2013

This year’s conference themes are: “Diasporas and Refugees in World History” and “Roads, Trails, and Rivers in World History.”

The World History Association eagerly invites proposals from students, scholars, and teachers around the world on topics related to the scholarly and/or pedagogical aspects of the conference’s themes:

* Panels (up to 3 panelists, one chair, and one discussant) – Individual papers, each 20 minutes in length
* Single papers
* Roundtables (between 4 to 5 participants) – 4-5 minute opening statements from participants and then conversational dialogue with the audience
* Mixed panels of K-12 teachers, students, university professors, and independent scholars examining cutting-edge scholarship and its classroom integration
* Panels devoted to research in progress (and potential for classroom integration)
* Sessions dealing with the current scholarship of “big issues” in world history (and potential for classroom integration)
* Proposals for poster displays and presentations

Prearranged panels are given priority, but individual papers are considered. Accepted individual papers are arranged into panels by the Program Committee. Papers and proposed panels that do not fit into the conference themes are considered and accepted, as space allows.

Each proposal should include: a maximum 250-word abstract for each paper, a one page curriculum vitae for each participant, and a brief statement about the paper(s) original contribution(s) to scholarship or pedagogy. All papers should be presented in English (if this is a concern please indicate as much and the committee will take the matter under consideration). Please be thoughtful of A/V requests, while we should have ideal technological facilities, things happen. As always, handouts are welcome. Proposals must be submitted using the forms and guidelines available at

Information regarding accommodations, registration, keynote speakers, and related issues is posted, and regularly updated, on the WHA website: Please register at the time of paper/panel submission. Panel organizers should ensure that all panel members register for the conference at the time of a proposal submission. If you do not receive funding from your institution, your paper is not accepted, or the occasion arises that you cannot attend the conference, you may request a full registration fee refund before April 15, 2013. After that date, regular cancellation policies apply. Visit for further details.


CFP: Renaissance Orientations: East and West, North and South

Annual Princeton Renaissance Studies Graduate Conference

Princeton University

April 19, 2013

The cultural moment of the Renaissance can be characterized not only as a movement in time – as artists and writers looked back to and marked a new sense of temporal displacement from the cultural and political forms of classical antiquity – but also as a set of real and imagined passages through space. These geographical transits often seem to fall along the lines of the compass rose: we might think here of the movement from East to West of Greek art, texts and intellectuals and its mythic-historical corollary in the translatio imperii; or of the spread of cultural forms and discourses northward from Florence, Venice, and Rome through the period.

“Renaissance Orientations: East and West, North and South” aims to bring together graduate students from across the disciplines to explore and interrogate the usefulness and importance of these conceptual axes for the study of Renaissance cultural space, broadly conceived and at any scale, from the local to the global. We welcome papers offering new perspectives on traditional lines of interaction, as well as those which expand or destabilize prevailing structures of Renaissance cultural geography. Please send abstracts of no more than 250 words by Feburary 15, 2013.


Call for Papers: Swiss Studies
At the 2013 GSA Conference in Denver, Oct. 3-6, 2013

The Swiss Studies Network announces its call for papers for the 2013 annual conference of the GSA in Denver, CO, Oct. 3-6, 2013.  Founded in 2012, the Swiss Studies Network seeks to promote the study of Switzerland from a variety of disciplinary perspectives, including–but not limited to–history, political science, literature, business and economics, cultural studies, and linguistics.

From its earliest origins, Switzerland has a history of complex relations with the rest of Europe.  In but not fully of Europe, Switzerland has been for its neighbors both a model and an outlier, progressive and backwards, inspiration and irritation, idyllic refuge and thorn in the flesh.  We seek papers, from any discipline and focusing on any historical period, related to topic of “Switzerland and Europe.”  Possible themes could include:

*   Der bilaterale Weg: Switzerland and the EU
*   Switzerland and the European revolutionary tradition
*   The literatures of Switzerland and their linguistic “cousins”
*   Switzerland as a site of religious Reformation (and reformation)
*   Switzerland as a hub of cultural, political, migratory, and economic interaction
*   Europeans in Switzerland: Nietzsche, Wagner, Mann, Joyce, Lenin, Zweig….
*   The Bankgeheimnis: Swiss banking in Europe

We invite papers addressing these or other topics relating to Switzerland’s past or present relationship to the European continent.  While we especially encourage the submission of entire panel proposals, we are also happy to accept proposals for individual papers and will work to combine them into appropriate panels.  Proposals are due by Feb. 4, 2012, and should be sent to Peter Meilaender  at peter.meilaender [at]  Questions can be sent to the same address.



Hortulus: The Online Graduate Journal of Medieval Studies is a refereed, peer-reviewed, and born-digital journal devoted to the culture, literature, history, and society of the medieval past. Published semi-annually, the journal collects exceptional examples of work by graduate students on a number of themes, disciplines, subjects, and periods of medieval studies. We also welcome book reviews of monographs published or re-released in the past five years that are of interest to medievalists. For the spring issue we are highly interested in reviews of books which fall under the current special topic.

Our upcoming issue will be published in the spring of 2013, and concerns itself with the theme: wounds, torture, and the grotesque. These subjects have become increasingly popular in medieval scholarship. Ideas of the grotesque are being reconsidered in relation to concepts of race and racial theory, a discussion which has contemporary impacts far beyond the academic world. Concurrent to these developments in medieval studies has been an increase in scholarly attention paid to these subject areas in the field of medical humanities, which has further energized academic discussion of corporeality and the body. Such explorations include the analysis of suffering, personhood, and our responsibility to one another as human beings.

Hortulus invites full-length articles which consider these themes either individually or in tandem. We particularly encourage the submission of proposals that take a strongly theoretical and/or interdisciplinary approach, and that examine new and previously unconsidered aspects of these subjects. Possible topics may be drawn from any discipline: history, art history, archaeology, literature, linguistics, music, theology, etc. Work from every interpretive angle is encouraged – memory, gender, historiography, medievalism, consilience, etc. Most importantly, we seek engaging, original work that contributes to our collective understanding of the medieval era.

Contributions should be in English and roughly 6,000 – 12,000 words, including all documentation and citational apparatus; book reviews are typically between 500-1,000 words but cannot exceed 2,000. All notes must be endnotes, and a bibliography must be included; submission guidelines can be found on our website. Contributions may be submitted to and are due February 15, 2013. If you are interested in submitting a paper but feel you would need additional time, please send a query email and details about an expected time-scale for your submission. Queries about submissions or the journal more generally can also be sent to this address.

HortulusThe Graduate Journal of Medieval Studies


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