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-two 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 second 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.

The title of this year’s conference is Dia.gnosis. It will be held from March 30 to April 1, 2017. We are very honored to announce our two invited speakers for this year, Deborah Jenson of Duke and Massimo Riva of Brown and our invited artist, Greg Lindquist. 


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.


This year, the CCRS is giving two Travel Awards of $100.00 each to two graduate students presenting at our conference: Liz Trueman from the University of Sheffield, UK and Isabela Fraga from the University of Chicago. Additionally, we will be giving an Essay Award after the conference with a monetary prize of $100.00 and the possibility of publication in Romance Notes, one of our Department’s prestigious journals. This prize will be awarded to one  outstanding paper by a graduate student nominated by the chair of their panel and developed into a full length article.

You may read the call for papers here.


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

Your CCRS Committee Members


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