Category Archives: CFP

Graduate Student Conference Workshop

The Department of History will be hosting a graduate student conference workshop on Tuesday evening, March 29th, 2016 at 6:00pm in the History Department library. This workshop is aimed at assisting first-, second-, and third-year graduate students who have little or no experience presenting papers at an academic conference. This workshop will be particularly useful for graduate students who will be presenting papers in the spring quarter 2016, but it is open to any graduate student who would like to workshop their conference presentation.

Papers will be the typical twenty minutes in length (approximately ten pages) with a ten-minute feedback session per paper. The discussion period will provide feedback on the content and the presentation, as well as questions that one might expect to be asked during the conference.

Please submit an abstract of no more than 250 words to Shawn Ragan at: by Tuesday, March 1st, 2016.



Cultural Studies Association – Critical DH Roundtable call for participants

Critical Digital Humanities is putting together a roundtable for this year’s Cultural Studies Association. The conference will be held from May 21-24, 2015 in Riverside, California at the Riverside Convention Center. This year’s theme is Another University Is Possible: Praxis, Activism, and the Promise of Critical Pedagogy. In keeping with this year’s theme, we would like to explore the question “What does critical digital humanities look like?”

The goal of this roundtable is to open a dialogue about critical approaches to digital humanities. Each participant will give a brief 5-7 minute provocation followed by a discussion.

Some topics for consideration, but not limitation:

–critical approaches to digital pedagogy, big data projects, data visualization, and digital scholarship
–specific campus initiatives, classes or programs that fall under the category of “critical digital humanities”
–limitations of critical digital humanities
–theory vs. practice in DH
–cultural studies and DH
–public scholarship, public humanities, and public history

Building off of the terrific energy from THATCamp, we would like to invite the DHSoCal community to consider having a role in this conversation! If you are interested, please contact Steve Anderson at and let us know what you are interested in discussing by Dec 1, 2014. Also, feel free to pass this on to friends and colleagues.

We look forward to hearing from you!
Steve Anderson, Rochelle Gold, and Sarah Lozier

CFP: Objects of Devotion…

Objects of Devotion/Objectos de Devoción:
Latin American Material Religious Cultures
December 12-14, 2014

This multidisciplinary conference engages historic and contemporary Latin American and Latino visual, material, and ritual cultural practice, coinciding with an exhibit of the work of Mexican-British artist, Alinka Echeverria, at the California Museum of Photography (November 1, 2014–January 24, 2015). Echeverria’s photographs explore the relationship of visual, religious, and material culture in Mexico, considering in particular the power of the Guadalupe icon.

Papers may address any dimension of religious materiality in the Latin American/Latino context. Among other approaches, we are interested in papers that contextualize religious and material cultural practices within a political frame in relation to transnational migration, performance theory, visual studies, and borderlands theory.

Plenary sessions will include conversations with the artist and major national/international scholars. At least one session will be held in Spanish for the larger public.

Please send a title, abstract (200-300 words) of your proposed topic, and a bio of 150-200 suitable for advertising purposes. Paper presentations will be a maximum of 20 minutes in duration. Paper proposals should be sent to by October 15th, 2014 with the phrase “Objects of Devotion Abstract” in the subject heading.

Other inquiries can be directed to:
Jennifer R. Nájera, Associate Professor, Department of Ethnic Studies –
Jennifer Scheper Hughes, Associate Professor, Department of History –

Sponsored by University of California, Humanities Research Institute, the Institute for the Study of Immigration and Religion (UCR), the California Museum of Photography, the Culver Center for the Arts, and the Center for Ideas and Society (UCR).


History Dept Graduate Conference Fellowship Competition

The history department announces the first graduate student conference fellowship competition.

The fellowship supports graduate student efforts to contribute to the intellectual life of the department and disseminate the results of their research to a wider audience. The fellowship will award $500 to the winning proposal and up to $250 matching funds if there is a deserving second-place proposal.

We welcome collaboration across fields and specializations. The review process will privilege proposals that are thematic and that cross field-specific boundaries – for example: “transatlantic diasporas” would be given greater consideration than “16th century Belgian lace technology”.

Proposals should include:

– 500-word motivation (significance and contribution)

– the list of UCR participants and 250 word abstract of the work each will present (at least 3 participants, at most 5)

– commitment letter from sponsoring faculty in the history department

– plan for recruiting additional participation from outside UCR

– short list of potential commentators from external institutions

– summary budget (for example for refreshments, lunch, dinner, photocopies, honoraria, travel – check with Isleda on UCR travel rates and catering)

The conference should be planned for early in the Spring quarter of 2014, and be held during a morning or afternoon.

If you have any questions about this opportunity, please contact Graduate Adviser Juliette Levy (

Please submit electronic proposals to the Graduate Student Affairs Officer Iselda

Salgado ( by November 10th, 2013