The Graduate Romance Association of the Department of Romance Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill would like to welcome professors, students, and independent scholars to the website for the Carolina Conference for Romance Studies. Over the past twenty-three years, our conference has grown tremendously and is now one of the largest conferences in the country coordinated entirely by graduate students. Each year, professors and graduate students from all over the globe present papers on literature, film, and interdisciplinary topics in French, Italian, Spanish, and Portuguese.

For the third year, we are taking advantage of the shift in our Department’s focus–reflected in our name change from “Languages and Literatures” to “Romance Studies”–to re-envision our long-standing conference. Principal among our changes, we now request that all papers be presented in English. A common presentation language allows us to be more inclusive as we move towards an interdisciplinary conference defined thematically rather than by language.

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The title of this year’s conference is Visions and Revisions: Romance Utopias and Dystopias. It will be held from April 5 to April 7, 2018. We are very honored to announce our three invited speakers for this year, Enrico Cesaretti from the University of Virginia, Laurent Dubois from Duke University, and Mabel Moraña from Washington University.  You may read the call for papers here.

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This year, after the conference, Romance Notes is giving an Essay Award, the Maria A. Salgado Graduate Student Award, together with a monetary prize of $100.00 offered by the Carolina Conference for Romance Studies.

The award is given to a graduate student whose presentation at the conference is considered excellent and whose nominated paper is selected by a blind peer-review process for the journal. The recipient’s article will be published in Romance Notes, and the recipient will be presented the award and a $100.00 prize at the 2019 Carolina Conference closing banquet.

To be eligible you must be a graduate student, be nominated by a Panel Chair of the Carolina Conference for Romance Studies, cannot be a previous award recipient, and submit a polished paper of 3000-5000 words by the deadline for consideration.

Nominees may incorporate any feedback from the conference and submit a polished version of the paper, of 3000-5000 words, to by April 30, 2018.

A 4-person committee selected by Romance Notes will review the essay submissions and determine a winner by the end of May 2018. The essay will be published in either the fall or the winter editions of Romance Notes, and the recipient will be presented the award at the closing banquet of the Carolina Conference for Romance Studies in 2019.

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We sincerely thank our fellow Departments and Centers at UNC for their financial support in maintaining this yearly conference. We invite interdisciplinary participation from their students and faculty.

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We look forward to welcoming you to Chapel Hill this spring!

Your CCRS Committee Members

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2 Responses to “Welcome! Benvenuti! Bienvenidos! Bienvenue!”

  1. Erin Naziri

    What time is the event?

    • Massimiliano Cirulli

      Hi Erin, please see the updated program to check times for each event.


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