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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

George Mason "Computers & Writing" CFP

George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia has issued a call for papers for its "Computers & Writing" conference, which will take place May 24-27


The Graduate Studies office has exhausted its budget for funding students’ travel, but the English department can still reimburse up to $100 of expenses.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Arcadia University English Department Graduate Conference Invitation

Arcadia University’s English Department has issued an invitation for their upcoming graduate conference, "The 19th Century and Gender & Sexuality," which will take place close by on Saturday, October 6th.

As always, remember that if you decide to submit proposals to any conferences, be sure to consider applying for funding. See the Graduate Studies Office’s webpage on Conference Travel Funding. And remember that you have to apply for the funding before you attend the conference. (In recent years, the funding has tended to run out early in the spring semester.) You can apply before you hear whether your paper is accepted, but next year’s funding cycle doesn’t begin until June 1, so don’t apply before then.

One further note: the Graduate Studies Office will give students only one travel grant in a fiscal year, so if you think you might also present at a conference that would cost more to get to, you may want to apply for funding for that other conference instead.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Call for Papers - SFU 2018 English Graduate Conference

As you may know, Simon Fraser University is far from us—it’s outside Vancouver in British Columbia, Canada. Unfortunately, the budget for travel from Graduate Studies has been used up: “all of the Graduate Studies funds for conference travel have been expended for this fiscal year. Those students who have already applied and received approval for upcoming conferences will, of course, be reimbursed for their travel expenses up to the amount approved. Applications for funding to present at conferences in the new fiscal year – after May 31 – will be considered after April 1.”

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Call for Papers: Philadelphia Theatre Research Symposium

Call for Papers
Philadelphia Theatre Research Symposium

May 3-4, 2018

Conference Theme:
Community Outreach and the Arts

Keynote Speaker and Workshop Presenter
Michael John Garc├ęs, Cornerstone Theatre Company

The Philadelphia Theatre Research Symposium is seeking abstracts for papers for our 12th Annual gathering of theatre scholars. This year’s theme is “Community Outreach and the Arts.” PTRS is seeking papers which engage a broad range of topics in theatre and drama studies including, but not limited to:

  • Theatre for social change
  • Oral history as performance
  •  Documentary and Ethnodrama
  • Site-specific and community based devising practices 
  • Race, gender, and representation in community based theatre practices
  • Audience engagement


Abstracts of 250 words or less should be submitted along with a brief bio to PTRSVillanova@gmail.com
The deadline for submission is March 5.

About the Philadelphia Theatre Research Symposium:

The goal of the Philadelphia Theatre Research Symposium is to provide a forum for theatre scholars and practitioners to share their research and work in order to enter into a dialogue about current trends in theatrical practice and scholarship.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Call for Papers: Constructing Experience: Narrative Innovations Across Time and Media”

UVA has issued a CFP for their upcoming Graduate Student Conference on “Constructing Experience: Narrative Innovations Across Time and Media,” which takes place March 23-24, 2018. Note that the deadline for proposals is Jan. 31. (By the way, Jess Swoboda, who sent the e-mail, was a Villanova undergrad.)



As always, remember that if you decide to submit proposals to any conferences, be sure to consider applying for funding. See the Graduate Studies Office’s webpage on Conference Travel Funding. And remember that you have to apply for the funding before you attend the conference. (In recent years, the funding has tended to run out early in the spring semester.)

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Call for Papers: Emerging Voices in Irish Studies Graduate Student Conference, University of Connecticut

The University of Connecticut is hosting a one-day graduate student Irish Studies conference,  "Emerging Voices in Irish Studies," on March 3, 2018.


As always, remember that if you decide to submit proposals to any conferences, be sure to consider applying for funding. See the Graduate Studies Office’s webpage on Conference Travel Funding. And remember that you have to apply for the funding before you attend the conference. (In recent years, the funding has tended to run out early in the spring semester.) If necessary, they might also seek funding through their departments and the Center for Irish Studies.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Call for Papers: Rutgers University, Camden

The English Graduate Student Association, is pleased to invite papers from graduate, and
exceptional undergraduate, students within literary studies, literary theory or philosophy, digital
studies, film studies, game studies, creative writing, literacy studies, linguistics, rhetoric/
composition, and childhood studies for our fourth annual conference on April 14, 2018.
Papers and presentations might include (but are not limited to):
• Histories, of any kind
• Identity
• Materialisms
• Digital Content and Spaces
• Exile and Migration
• Colonialism
• Post/Trans Humanism, Animal Studies
• Modernity and Post-Modernity
• Mysticisms, Religion
• Hauntology
• Affect
• Popular Culture
Keynote Speaker: TBD

Submission Deadline: Proposals should be submitted to egsa2018conference@gmail.com by
February 15th, 2018.
Submission Guidelines: Please submit a 350 word abstract proposing a 8-12 page paper.
Abstracts should be added to the email submission as an attachment with no identifying
information present. In the body of the email, please include your name, affiliated institution,
area of study, and contact information.
For questions, email egsa2018conference@gmail.com.

As always, remember that if you decide to submit proposals to any conferences, be sure to consider applying for funding. See the Graduate Studies Office’s webpage on Conference Travel Funding. And remember that you have to apply for the funding before you attend the conference. (In recent years, the funding has tended to run out early in the spring semester.)