Texas Graduate Liberal Studies Symposium

Texas Graduate Liberal Studies Symposium

The Graduate Liberal Studies Programs of Rice University and Southern Methodist University invite you to participate in the fourth annual Texas Graduate Liberal Studies Symposium on July 14, 2018.  Register here!

The symposium provides an opportunity for students, alumni and faculty from Texas graduate liberal studies programs to present and share their experiences and studies and continue to explore timeless and timely human questions within the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences. Students, alumni and faculty are encouraged to submit papers to be considered for presentations during the symposium.

This one-day symposium will open with breakfast on Saturday morning followed by student, alumni and faculty presentations.  A keynote speaker will deliver a lecture during lunch.  Whether you are presenting a paper or attending to listen to presentations, we hope you will register and join us to share ideas, network, and socialize with other graduate liberal studies colleagues.

Submit an abstract to present at the symposium!

Abstract submission deadline is May 1, 2018.

When:  Saturday, July 14, 2018 from 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Where: Southern Methodist University, Annette Caldwell Simmons Hall, Dallas Texas
If you have any questions regarding this event, please email Rose Sommers at rsommers@mail.smu.edu.

Visit the symposium website

CFP – 15th Annual Global Studies Conference

The Global Studies Association of North America

15th Annual Conference University of Texas, Austin: June 9 – 11th, 2016

Co-sponsor: International Relations and Global Studies Program


Call for Papers: Accepting papers on all topics that include aspects of global studies.

Send 100 word abstracts to: Jerry Harris at gharris234@comcast.net Deadline May 1st.

For more information go to our web site at: http://www.net4dem.org/mayglobal

Keynote Speakers

Dr. Saskia Sassen, Columbia University

World renown sociologist, Sassen is the Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology, and Chair of  The Committee on Global Thought. Her books are translated into over 20 languages. She is the recipient of diverse awards and mentions. Most recently she was awarded the Principe de Asturias 2013 Prize in the Social Sciences, and made a member of the Royal Academy of the Sciences of Netherland. Among her book are:

Guest and Aliens; Expulsions: Brutality and Complexity in the Global Economy; and Territory, Authority, Rights: From Medieval to Global Assemblages.

Dr. David Montejano, UC Berkeley

Historian and sociologist Dr. Montejano is Professor of Ethnic Studies. He is former Chair of the Center for Latino Policy Research, and previously Director of the Center for  Mexican Studies at the University of Texas. He is a Resident Scholar of the National Endowment for the Humanities, and recipient of the Frederick Jackson Turner Award. He is author of:

Anglos and Mexican in the Making of Texas, 1836-1986; and Chicano Politics and Society in the Late Twentieth Century.

Susan Gzesh, University of Chicago

Susan Gzesh is Executive Director of the Pozen Family Center for Human Rights at the University of Chicago. She was Director of the Mexico-US Network and co-founded the Regional Network of Civil Organizations for Migration. From 1997-1999 she was the legal advisor to the Mexican Foreign Ministry on US immigration law and policy. More recently Gzesh was appointed to the Illinois New Americans Immigrant Policy Council, and the United Food & Commercial Workers Union Task Force on Investigating Misconduct by Immigration Agents. She has served on the Chicago Council on Global Affair’s Task Force on Immigration Policy in the Midwest, and is a Fellow of the Migration Policy Institute in Washington D.C. She is an active member of the Midwest Coalition for Human Rights and the Chicago Committee for Human Rights Watch. Gzesh has also been a member of civil society delegation to the United Nations High Level Dialogue on Migration & Development, and the global Forum on Migration and Development.

Dr. Alfonso Gonzales, University of Texas

Dr. Gonzales’ is an expert in Latino and Latin American politics, migration control, and migrant social movements in the United States, Mexico, and Central America. He is particularly interested in the politics of migration control, which includes policing, asylum, detention, deportation, democracy, human rights, and justice. Dr. Gonzales is a renowned public speaker and has lectured at major universities and conferences in the United States, Mexico, and Spain.  He is author of: Reform Without Justice: The Homeland Security State and Latino Migrant Politics.

Call for Submissions – SunStruck

I’m Caleb Downs, co-founder and editor-in-chief of SunStruck Magazine, a new print and digital magazine based out of Denton, Texas.

SunStruck covers politics, culture and tech from the local to the international level. In addition, we feature original works of fiction and poetry from new, creative writers, as well as artwork from local artists. We publish a monthly digital download version of the magazine, and our website is updated with articles, essays and stories on a regular basis. See our web site here, and the first issue can be downloaded here.

We are currently accepting submissions for our November edition. The deadline for submissions is October 20th.

We are seeking well-written, deeply considered and relevant work that ties specific events to trends in society. We are interested in prose, fiction and poetry that enlightens, defies convention and offers new perspectives on the modern experience.

Please submit work to admin@sunstruckmag.com, and send any questions you may have to calebjdowns@gmail.com. More information on submissions can be found on our web site here.


Caleb Downs
SunStruck Magazine



18th C Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon at ASECS meeting March 2016

Friends and colleagues: please join us in honoring Adrianne Wadewitz at this year’s ASECS meeting in Pittsburgh while contributing to an important collaborative project. Feel free to distribute this call widely.

2nd Annual Adrianne Wadewitz Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon

(sponsored by the Indiana University Center for Eighteenth-Century Studies)
American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Annual Meeting
March 31 – April 3, 2016 / Pittsburgh, PA

This special session will again honor our beloved, brilliant colleague, Adrianne Wadewitz, who died in 2014 in a tragic rock climbing accident. (Her New York Times obituary can be found here:

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/20/business/media/adrianne-wadewitz-37-wikipedia-editor-and-academic-dies.html?_r=0 )

An 18th-centuryist, Wadewitz was also an innovator in digital humanities, a rising star in both fields.  In particular, she worked tirelessly to increase the representation of women and minorities on Wikipedia–an online resource which historically has been dominated by the contributions of men. Concerned with content, she wanted to ensure that a diversity of stories and voices were being recognized.

This conference session will be an active editing session where we will add new entries and expand incomplete (“stub”) entries for important figures, works, and key terms or concepts—literary, historical, artistic, philosophical, religious, scientific, etc.—from our period. In essence, we hope to continue contributing to an Encyclopédie project for the 21st century, following Diderot’s aim: “to change the way people think.”

Like last year, we are soliciting proposals for specific content, and well as for participation in this digital humanities event. As eighteenth-century scholars, we have a signal opportunity to make accessible material that has been inadequately represented—some of it effectively “lost” to any but a small group of specialists by not being included in the world’s largest and most utilized reference work—to the widest possible audience of readers.

We will be collaborating with experienced Wikipedians, so no prior editing experience with the encyclopedia is necessary. Instead, we can channel our collective energy into deciding what to add—including fresh entries as well as significant expansion of existing ones. We anticipate writing at least some of the content in advance, although this preparation is not required. The number of entries we add or revise will depend on the total number of participants, but our goal is to contribute substantially to anywhere between a dozen and two-dozen entries. Last year we were able to create or expand around 15 entries. Obviously, this will be a highly collaborative endeavor, and our hope is to draw a wide range of contributors from senior scholars to graduate students. No time commitment is too short or too long — feel free to drop in for part of the session or to stay for the entirety. You may also contribute throughout the conference, of course, but without the same convivial element that those of us gathering face to face will enjoy.

Please send preliminary inquiries as well as requests to participate and ideas for proposed entries by October 1 to:

Courtney Wennerstrom (cwenners@indiana.edu) AND Christopher Nagle (cnagle@wmich.edu)

We can then match participants with content in time to prepare for the annual meeting in March.

Vickie Cutting
Office Manager
American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies

CFP RAW, March 6-7, 2015

University of Texas at Dallas
Arts & Humanities Graduate Student Association March 6th and 7th, 2015

Keynote: Sophia Roosth, Assistant Professor in the History of Science at Harvard University
Theme: Public Scholarship

Submission Deadline: December 6th, 2014
Email submissions to: utd.gsa@gmail.com

The Arts & Humanities Graduate Student Association of the University of Texas at Dallas will hold its seventh annual RAW: Research, Art, Writing Graduate Symposium on March 6th and 7th at the UT Dallas campus in Richardson, TX. Organized by and for graduate students, RAW’s goal is to continue to expand the scope of the humanities to all those interested.

In its seventh year, the RAW Symposium continues to promote the humanities as a shared space for thinkers of all disciplines. Accordingly, the theme for this year’s RAW is public scholarship. Public scholarship strives to advance intellectual and creative pursuits beyond the academy and the gallery, into public spaces and conversations. Exemplary public scholarship includes the work of thinkers like Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Gore Vidal, Melissa Harris Perry, Carl Sagan, Camille Paglia, Edward Said, Doris Kearns Goodwin, and Neil deGrasse Tyson.

RAW welcomes papers, presentations, works of art, and performances from every discipline as long as they reflect the fundamental concerns of the humanities. We are interested in works ranging from the examination of German Romanticism through a social-sciences lens to the exploration of Star Trek from the perspective of theoretical physics.

Interested participants may submit 200-word abstracts for 15-minute individual presentations of papers from across the academic spectrum: art, biology, film, physics, photography, computer sciences, sculpture, environmental sciences, games, etc., as well as submissions of full panels that may include three to four individual presentations. There are no limitations on field, genre, or methodology, as long as the presentation is inclusive and demystifying and holds the humanities close to its metaphorical heart.

Submissions may include, but are not limited to:

  • excerpt of an M.A. paper or thesis
  • excerpt of a seminar paper
  • excerpt from a dissertation
  • animation, video, or film projects
  • excerpt from a novel, play or short story • M.F.A. final project • selection of poetry • dance or other performance piece • art work (paintings, ceramics, drawings, etc.) • games

Proposals are due by December 6, 2014. All proposals must include the following:

  • A complete mailing address, e-mail address, phone number, field, and affiliation of participant • An abstract of no more than 200 words for the proposed presentation that includes 3 to 5 keywords • For creative pieces: please also include medium, space requirements for the work/presentation, Panel proposals must include the above information for each participant.

Send submissions and questions to utd.gsa@gmail.com Registration information will follow. For additional information see www.utdgsa.com.

Call for F14 Commencement Student Speakers


A UT Dallas Tradition

Would you like to address your fellow graduates?

Selected speakers will receive:



  • Application
  • Résumé
  • Draft copy of proposed 3-5 minute speech

         Candidates will be judged on:

  • Academic achievement
  • Campus and community involvement
  • Speech content

Download application at www.utdallas.edu /graduation

Application Deadline: November 3

 For more information contact rena.piper@utdallas.edu


Texas Observer Short Story Contest 2014

Don’t forget to enter the 2014 Observer Short Story Contest! The prize is $1,000 and publication in the most circulated issue of the magazine and online.

This year’s guest judge is Elizabeth McCracken, author of the recent story collection Thunderstruck (Random House) and Fiction Chair at the University of Texas at Austin’s Michener Center for Writers.

What does Elizabeth look for in a short story? “I’ll steal a line from the great William Boyd,” she tells us, “who once wrote, ‘The great modern short stories possess a quality of mystery and beguiling resonance about them—a complexity of afterthought—that cannot be pinned down or analysed.’ That’s what I want in any short story, that complexity of afterthought: when I finish a short story I want to feel as though my brain has been struck like a gong.”

GRAND PRIZE $1,000 and publication in the Observer’s October 2014 Books Issue
GUEST JUDGE Elizabeth McCracken
DEADLINE August 11, 2014


1. The winning author will receive $1,000 and publication in the 2014 Books Issue of The Texas Observer. Finalists may be eligible for publication online at texasobserver.org.
2. Contest is open to any and all participants regardless of location.
3. No restrictions on genre; entries with a Texas setting or theme are encouraged.
4. Stories should not exceed 2,500 words.
5. Entry fee is $25 per submission.
6. All stories must be submitted via email (instructions below). No hard copies, please.


1. All entries must be unpublished. Simultaneous submissions are welcome, but stories must be withdrawn from the contest immediately upon acceptance elsewhere. The entry fee will not be refunded. (Note: If your story is posted on a personal blog, please remove it before submitting.)
2. While multiple entries are welcome, each story requires the entry fee. There is no limit on the number of times you may enter.
3. After paying the entry fee (see form below), please email your story to duhr@texasobserver.org. The body of your email must contain your name, address and phone number, and the story title. Please attach your story in Microsoft Word format (PDF also acceptable, but not preferred.) Your name should not appear anywhere on the manuscript itself, as the contest is judged anonymously.
4. Entries exceeding 2,500 words will be disqualified. The entry fee will not be refunded.
5. Students, former students and current professional colleagues of guest judge Elizabeth McCracken are ineligible.
6. Previous contest winners and finalists are not eligible; current and former employees of The Texas Observer are not eligible. Freelancers who have contributed more than one bylined article to The Texas Observer since August 2012 are not eligible. Previous contest honorable mention authors are free to submit.
7. Address all stories and questions to Observer Books and Fiction editor David Duhr: duhr@texasobserver.org. No phone calls, please.

We look forward to reading YOUR story!

CFP – Aesthetic Disorders (uChicago English)

Call for Papers and Contributions

Concussions, Commotions, and Other Aesthetic Disorders Annual Graduate Conference of the Department of English at the University of Chicago, November 20-21, 2014 https://aestheticdisordersuchicago.wordpress.com/

Keynote Speaker: Claudia Rankine, Henry G. Lee Professor of English, Pomona College With a public discussion conducted by Lauren Berlant, George M. Pullman Distinguished Service Professor of English, University of Chicago

Proposal submission deadline: July 25th, 2014

Consider the concussion, a sudden impact inducing a distortion of perception that might not be recognizable before it is diagnosed; or the commotion, a situation that appears as chaos before its content and contours get defined. What aesthetic forms emerge from an effort to work with and within such types of disorder?

For its autumn 2014 conference, the University of Chicago Department of English Language and Literature proposes to ponder what happens to composition, interpretation, and critique when their motivating impulse is less to organize and structure than to sense disorder. The project of this conference is to thus explore modes of aesthetic production located in the fissures or in periphery of projects of hegemonic or total social mapping (e.g. Marxism, post-structuralism, and psychoanalysis, or, more recently, studies of surveillance, biopolitics, and grammatization). Questions include, but are not limited, to:

*   What is the role of sensing in aesthetic production (e.g. literary, visual, auditory, etc.)?

*   How does an aesthetic of disorder deal with the event implied by such phenomena as the concussion and the commotion?

*   How to approach an aesthetic of disorder when it fails to be reparative?

We invite graduate students and writers to present scholarly and artistic works of fiction, non-fiction, prose, or poetry (or some hybrid) touching on various historical periods and stemming from literary criticism; poetry, poetics, and poiesis; media studies, art history; anthropology; cultural studies; critical theory; or other relevant fields of inquiry. Please submit 250-300-word abstracts for 20-minute presentations to aestheticdisorders.uchicago@gmail.com<mailto:aestheticdisorders@gmail.com> by July 25th, 2014. Include a title as well as your full contact information and institutional affiliation.