Call for Papers: Accepting Abstracts through January 4, 2017


March 30-April 1, 2017 – University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


The growing transdisciplinary nature of the humanities has shown how our analyses of literatures and cultures can strengthen when placed under multiple and sometimes unexpected lenses. Recent studies into the exchanges between neuroscience and philosophy, computer science and the arts, or ecology and literature, just to name a few, demonstrate scholars’ increasing interest in the rhizomatic nature of human interaction. In Romance Studies today, how are our explorations of literature, film, performance and language influenced by the sciences and vice versa?

The 23rd annual Carolina Conference for Romance Studies aims to highlight the decreasing limen of these fields, changing the perception that they are—or should be—opposed in their methods and objectives. We invite papers that attempt to (re)establish a dialogue between the arts and sciences in all of its potential articulations—from the factual to the fantastic, from the dark ages to the digital age, from the human to the posthuman.

The word diagnosis most often appears in medical terminology, yet its etymology (διά:“through” and γνωσις: “knowledge”) speaks to the general process of understanding that is key to any critical analysis. What is the current status of our Studia Humanitatis within a fast-paced, technological society? How do literatures, histories, arts, and cultures still ignite discourses outside the walls of academia in (virtual) public squares? How can the humanities help to shape the ways in which we address issues in environmental studies, public policy, and science and technology studies?

Topics of interest and approaches may include, but are not limited to:

Digital Humanities                                                   Science fiction                                                       Biopolitics

Technological pedagogies                                      Sorcery and the Occult                                          Demographic studies

Neurohumanities                                                     Medical humanities                                                Media studies

Science and Technology studies                            Psychoanalysis                                                      The Anthropocene

Disease and diagnosis                                            Trauma studies                                                       Ecocriticism

Hysteria                                                                   Race and racism                                                    Man and/vs. machine


Using the template below, please submit abstracts of 300 words in English to by January 4. Presentations of no more than twenty minutes should also be conducted in English, in order to facilitate the connections among subject areas more so than language concentration. Panel proposals and roundtables are encouraged and should include a completed form from each participant. We also welcome creative writing submissions in English, Spanish, French, Italian or Portuguese.

Please submit a single-page Word document. (See for more information.)

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Classification: (Professor, Ph.D. Student, M.A. Student, Post-doc, independent researcher, etc.) Title:
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