CFP: DISTRACTION Birkbeck Institute for Social Research Graduate Conference – deadline 7 May 2018

The Call for Papers for the BISR annual graduate conference has been extended! The theme this year is DISTRACTION.

This conference aims to involve PhD students and early career researchers from all disciplines and institutions. It is funded by the Birkbeck Institutes of Social ResearchGender and Sexuality, and Humanities

Dates: 8-9 June 2018

NEW DEADLINE: 7th May 2018. Please send 200 word abstracts and 50 word biography to If you are also interested in taking part in the running of the event such as chairing a panel, please get in touch via this email.

We are delighted to confirm Prof. Carolin Duttlinger (Oxford) and Dr. Sophie Jones (Birkbeck, English) as our keynote speakers.


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CILAVS: International Conference Border Subjects/Global Hispanisms

CILAVS has the pleasure to invite you to the

International Conference

Border Subjects/Global Hispanisms

24-25 November 2017

Clore Management Lecture Theatre, Clore Management Centre

Birkbeck, University of London

London WC1E 7JL

Organised by the Centre for Iberian and Latin American Visual Studies, CILAVS, and the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities, BIH

This conference brings together scholars, curators, filmmakers, writers and post-graduate students from Latin America and the Caribbean, the United States, Europe and the UK to explore the emergence, nature and redefinitions of Border Subjects in the globalized Hispanic world from the Early Modern period to our current situation.

Attendance free but booking essential. Click here for more information and to book.

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CFP: Object Emotions: Polemics – deadline 1st December 2015

Object Emotions: Polemics
(April 15-16, 2016, Cambridge University)

Organizing Committee: Padma Maitland (UC Berkeley); Christopher P. Miller (UC Berkeley); Marta Figlerowicz (Yale U); Hunter Dukes (U Cambridge); Hannah Rose Woods (U Cambridge).

“Object Emotions: Polemics” continues a critical dialogue about new directions in humanities research and theory that began at UC Berkeley in 2013 and continued at Yale in 2015. This series of conferences is inspired by the heightened attention to objects and emotions as new points of entry into history, literature, art, architecture, area studies, and the social sciences. Through focused attention on the role of things and feelings, materials and affects, we aim to foster interdisciplinary reflections about the intersections between thing theory, affect theory, the histories of emotions, and new materialisms.

Papers presented at the two prior meetings addressed topics as varied as the ennui of poetic syntax, the felt traces of Chinese calligraphy, the mixing of pleasure and pain in the design of a nineteenth century girls’ school, and the politics of castration and swordplay in Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill. These divergent projects were organized into panels around common threads of questions related to spatiality, temporality, personhood, cultural production, and historiography.

Object Emotions: Polemics seeks critical responses to the emergence of these intersecting discourses. For example, how do objects and emotions establish new intellectual grounds, complicate existing histories, and help us question the assumptions that motivate our disciplines? What are the limits to affect theories, object-oriented criticism, or speculative realisms and their local applications? What are the social and political origins of the current turns to emotions and objects? How do we account for the newness of “new materialisms” and how might the use of such theories change when we consider them within other contexts—cultural, social, political? Do these theories extend certain critical biases or discourses of power and how might we restore what has been left out, or occluded by, these new critical turns? How do these approaches to objects and emotions reflect broader struggles with the formation of departments and academic institutions as such?

We welcome papers that address any of these questions, or related ones, with reference to how we might complicate current models for using affect studies, materialisms, or emotional histories in our respective disciplines. We also welcome projects that situate these polemics in relation to specific case studies or individual works of literature, art, or architecture.

Please submit 250-word abstracts to Padma Maitland at by December 1, 2015. We will send responses by December 15, 2015. The conference itself will take place at Cambridge University on April 15-16, 2016.

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