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Call for Proposals

Jointly hosted by the Rhetoric Society and English Graduate Organization of Old Dominion University.

Humanities Unbound 2018: Work and Purpose

A Works-in-Progress Graduate Conference

Submission deadline: March 16, 2018

Our conference theme this year is Work and Purpose. We welcome graduate students’ papers or creative works that explore the intersections of disciplines, scholarship, and real world practices. The aim of the Humanities Unbound conference is to provoke critical conversations within, across, and for communities.

Submitted works should relate to the conference theme and may focus on (but are not limited to) the following questions:

  • How can scholarship in the humanities be put to work for, with, and within our communities?
  • What purpose does scholarship serve to broaden understandings of the work we do and for
  • How can scholarship intersect with service and labor?
  • In what ways can we develop work that considers diverse identities and experiences?
  • What shape does activist labor take in scholarship?
  • What are some of the politics of labor involved in digitization?

These questions may be explored through a variety of disciplinary and extra-disciplinary practices, including but not limited to:

  • Civic Engagement
  • Critical Race Studies
  • Cultural Studies
  • Embodiment
  • Film/Television
  • Gender/LGBTQ
  • History & Archives
  • Indigenous/Transatlantic Studies
  • Linguistics
  • Literature
  • Local/International/Global Perspectives
  • Materiality
  • Media Studies
  • Networks
  • Pedagogy
  • Popular Culture
  • Rhetoric
  • Social Justice
  • Social Media
  • Textuality
  • Theory & Methods
  • Women’s Studies

The submission deadline is March 16, 2018. To respond to this call, complete the proposal form to submit a brief (150 words) abstract of a work-in-progress that you can describe in a 5-7 minute presentation.

Tag your submission with up to three of the practices listed above; add other relevant tags that would lend themselves well to a broader roundtable theme. Please include presentation title, presenter’s name, institutional affiliation, contact information, A/V requests, and any special needs required in the proposal.

Participants will give brief (5-7 minutes maximum) presentations in roundtable format, after which a moderator will lead a conversation. Proposed presentations should be suitable for presenting at a distance and in person using presentation applications like Zoom, Webex, or Google Hangouts.

Responses will be distributed no later than by March 20, 2018. If you have any questions or need additional information, please email D’An Knowles Ball (, Daniel Hocutt ( or Dana Gavin (