Calls for Papers and Conferences

Graduate Studies

Containment + intimacy

Graduate students in East Asian Studies, Art History, and Communications Studies at McGill University invite you to their Interdisciplinary Symposium held April 16, 17, 18, 2020 in Montreal.

Colonialism operates through cultural and ideological techniques of categorization, sorting, and containment. This positions some as liberal sovereign subjects and others as objects of knowledge whose modes of existence can be grasped in their entirety form the outside. Colonial forms of knowledge and governance rely on processes of assigning values and labels that enable the organization of the world into discrete and knowable entities. Although these knowledge relations act as forms of containment, they are also experienced in intimate and embodied ways. Power attempts to contain intimacy to the bounded liberal subject, the self-entrepreneur, the nuclear family, the domestic sphere, and national belonging. However, this containment is never perfect, as intimacies leak out, extend beyond, and are always already forged with the conditions of global, imperial, capitalist orders.

Submission Deadline: January 24, 2020.

For more information, please visit: Containment + Intimacy.

Craft Critique Culture Conference 2020: Justice Framed

The University of Iowa English Department invites proposals for its 2020 Annual Conference, Craft Critique Culture, to be held on the campus of The University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa from Friday, April 17th - Saturday, April 18th 2020.

CRAFT CRITIQUE CULTURE is an interdisciplinary conference focusing on the intersections of critical and creative approaches to writing both within and beyond the academy. This year’s conference will interrogate frames of justice, criminality, deviancy, and resistance.

Possible topics include but are not limited to: Social justice activism and pedagogy; prison abolition, decriminalization, police reform, and racial justice; queer, reproductive, and gendered justice.

They invite proposal submissions for the following categories: panel presentations, creative work, posters, and roundtable discussion.

Submission Deadline: January 24th, 2020

For more information, including how to submit an abstract, please visit Craft Critique Culture.

SSHRC Storytellers Competition

SSHRC's storytellers competition challenges post-secondary students to show canadians, in three minutes or 300 words how social sciences and humanities research is affecting our lives, our world and our future for the better.

The contest is open to all studentsgraduate and undergraduate—enrolled at Canadian postsecondary institutions. Their challenge is to tell the story, in 3 minutes or 300 words, of a SSHRC-funded research project. It can be their own or a professor’s and needs to be taking place at their institution. They will select 25 finalists to receive a $3000 cash prize and specialized training in research communications.

Submission Deadline: January 28th at 5pm, 2020.

Please note that questions from participants should be addressed to

For more information, including how to submit your story, please visit Storytellers.

Writing Across Communities: From Poetry to Praxis

17th Annual Red River Graduate Student Conference | February 28-29, 2020 
North Dakota State University

We are excited about this year’s RRGSC keynote speaker and executive director of the Iowa Writers’ House, Andrea Wilson, who engages the process, the act, and the possibility of writing as an ongoing convergence with community-building praxis, blurred political and ideological boundaries, and collective human artistic potential, in order to nurture, cultivate and foster emerging and historical communities around the idea of writing across communities. But, what does it meant to write across communities? How do we move from poetry to praxis? In what ways and to what extent is the poetic always-already engage in a praxis? To what extent does the move from poetry to praxis suggest “a . . . life forever caught in the process of becoming[,]” which “leaves itself incomplete but then . . . transforms its static and unfinished condition into a complete, though never-ending, dynamic reconfiguration[?]”

The RRGSC encourages students, scholars, and community members to submit abstracts (250 words) that propose panels, talks, and presentations of about 15-20 minutes in length. Submissions from disciplines other than English Studies (Gender & Sexuality, Queer Theory, Indigenous Studies, Comparative Ethnic Studies, American Studies, Communication & Media studies, Political Science, and Sociolinguistics) are also welcomed.

Submission Deadline: February 1st, 2020

For more information, including how to submit an abstract, please visit Writing Across Communities.

Graduate Research Awards for Disarmament, Arms Control and Non-Proliferation 2019-2020

A total of four awards of $5,000 are available to Canadian Master's and/or Doctoral candidates to support the independent research and writing of an academic paper responding to a specific Non-Proliferation, Arms Control and Disarmament (NACD) topic. Awards also include domestic travel support to Ottawa where successful candidates will present their completed paper during a special event at Global Affairs Canada Headquarters on March 25, 2020.

Submission Deadline: February 3, 2020

For more information, please visit: the Simons Foundation.

Call for Curatorial Research Proposals

PLATFORM centre for photographic + digital arts is currently accepting curatorial research proposals for a group exhibition to be presented during the 2020-21 exhibition year. This call for submissions aims to support and foster independent curatorial research and looks for proposals that activate and challenge the centre’s mandate and mission.

While a finalized curatorial exhibition is not required at this time, proposals should describe in detail an original concept for a group exhibition. Proposals should not include a selection of artists - they should only focus on the concept of the exhibition and its importance for the institution and the audience. The successful candidate will receive a $3,000 CAD fee as well as a travel/research stipend and administrative, installation, marketing and PR support. Proposals will be adjudicated by the strength of the exhibition concept and the curator’s ability to both communicate and realize it.

Responsibilities include:

- develop a group exhibition in consultation with PLATFORM
- write a short statement for a press release
- write a curatorial text for the exhibition (1000 words maximum)
- work with the selected artists to realize their vision and coordinate with gallery staff
- title the exhibition
- design the exhibition layout
- give a curatorial tour of the final exhibition

Applicants must submit the following as a SINGLE PDF no large than 5 MB:

- a cover letter detailing their interest to the call for submissions (one page maximum)
- a exhibition or curatorial description (one page maximum)
- a CV outlining relevant and related experience (three pages maximum)
- 10-15 images of related curatorial work with detailed image list
- 2-3 samples of relevant curatorial writing

Applications are due Sunday 16 February, 2020 at 4 PM CST and must be emailed to with the subject CALL FOR CURATORS.

Mailed submissions will not be accepted.

For more information, including how to submit an abstract, please contact

and/or Serena Keshavjee:

For more opportunities, please visit the cfp List (Call for Papers List)