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Call for papers for Cultural Studies Association (US) 8th Annual Meeting

Date posted: 24/08/2009

The Cultural Studies Association (U.S.) invites participation in its Eighth Annual Meeting from all areas and on all topics of relevance to Cultural Studies, including but not limited to literature, history, sociology, geography, anthropology, communications, popular culture, cultural theory, queer studies, critical race studies, feminist studies, postcolonial studies, media and film studies, early modern, science technology studies, material culture studies, performance and visual arts studies.  The conference will be held at the University of California, Berekley, USA, from 18-20 March 2010.

All participants in the Eighth Annual meeting must pay registration fees by February 16, 2010, to be listed and participate in the program. See the registration page of this website for details about fees.

If you have any questions about procedures for submission or other concerns, please e-mail us at: We welcome proposals in the following four categories:

Individual Papers 

Proposals for individual papers are due September 15, 2009. Successful papers will reach several constituencies of the organization and will connect analysis to social, political, economic, or ethical questions.They should be submitted online on the conference website. Successful submission will be acknowledged. If you do not receive an acknowledgement within 24 hours, please resubmit. The acknowledgement will say that your proposal has been ''successfully submitted,'' which does NOT mean your proposal has been accepted.

All paper proposals require:

  • The name, email address, department and institutional affiliation of the author, entered on the website.
  • A 500-word abstract for the 20-minute paper entered on the website.
  • Any needed audio-visual equipment must be noted following the abstract in that space on the site.


Pre-Constituted Paper Sessions,Rountable Sessions or Workshop Sessions

Proposals for pre-constituted sessions are due September 15, 2009.

Roundtables are sessions in which panelists offer brief remarks, but the bulk of the session is devoted to discussion among the panelists and audience members. Workshops are similarly devoted primarily to discussion, but they focus on practical problems in such areas as teaching, research, or activism. No paper titles may be included for roundtables or workshops.

Pre-constituted sessions should NOT be submitted on the website, but should be sent to with the words ''Session Proposal'' in the subject line. All proposals will be acknowledged, but please allow at least two business days before inquiring.

All session proposals require:

  • The name, email address, phone number, and department and institutional affiliation of the proposer.
  • The names, email addresses, and department and institutional affiliations of each participant.
  • A 500-word overview of the session, including identifying the type of session (panel, roundtable, workshop) proposed. For paper sessions, also include 500-word abstracts of each of the papers. Paper sessions should have three or four papers.
  • A request for any needed audio-visual equipment. All AV equipment must be requested with the proposal.


Division Sessions

Division sessions are due September 15, 2009.

A list of divisions is available at Divisions may elect to post calls on that site for papers and procedures for submission to division sessions or handle the creation of their two division sessions by other means.  Division chairs will submit their two panels/workshops/roundtables directly to the program committee by September 15, 2009 (directions will be sent to the division chairs). Proposals for divisions should NOT be submitted on the website or to, or to Bruce Burgett, Professor and Director Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, UW Bothell,

Seminar Proposals

Proposals for seminars are due September 15, 2009.

Seminars are small-group (maximum 15 individuals) discussion sessions for which participants prepare in advance of the conference. In previous years, preparation has involved shared readings, pre-circulated ''position papers'' by seminar leaders and/or participants, and other forms of pre-conference collaboration. You are particularly invited to submit proposals for seminars designed to advance emerging lines of inquiry and research/teaching initiatives within Cultural Studies broadly construed. You are also invited to submit seminars designed to generate future collaborations among conference attendees. Once a limited number of seminar topics and leaders are chosen, the seminars will be announced through the CSA's various public e-mail lists. Participants will contact the seminar leader(s) directly who will then inform the Program Committee who will participate in the seminar.  Seminars will be marked in the conference programs as either closed to non-participants or open to other conference attendees as auditors (or in other roles).  Examples of successful seminar proposals from previous years are linked in here (if you are reading this on the website).

All seminar proposals require:

  • A 500-word overview of the topic designed to attract participants and clear instructions about how the seminar will work, including details about what advanced preparation will be required of seminar participants.
  • The name, email address, phone number, mailing address, and departmental and institutional affiliation of the leader(s) proposing the seminar.
  • A brief bio or one page CV of the leader(s) proposing the seminar.
  • A request for any needed audio-visual equipment. All AV equipment must be requested with the proposal. Since seminars typically involve discussion of previously circulated papers, such requests must be explained.

Seminar proposals should be sent to: Toby Miller, Professor of Media and Cultural Studies, University of California, Riverside.

Those interested in participating in (rather than leading) a seminar should consult the list of seminars and the instructions for signing up for them, available at after October 15, 2009. Deadline to sign up will be November 14, 2009.  Deadline for seminar leaders to submit final lists of participants (minimum 8 individuals, in addition to the seminar leader(s)) November 21, 2009.