Cartographies of the Body: Subversions. Surveillance. Crossings.
Interdisciplinary, Borderlands: A Critical Graduate Symposium (Storrs, Connecticut)
Wednesday, January 31, 2018
Review Begins: 
Monday, January 15, 2018

We are accepting proposals for the 3rd annual Borderlands Graduate Symposium to be held at University of Connecticut on March 30 & 31, 2018. This year, the conference theme is “Cartographies of the Body: Subversions. Surveillance. Crossings.” We hope to hear from a wide range of [inter]disciplinary voices and submissions are relatively quick, requiring basic contact information and a short abstract due January 13th, 2018 for fullest consideration.

I would also like to note that students who wish to participate but are worried about travel costs should be aware that non-UConn students are eligible for modest travel reimbursements (available as funds permit). Last year, two-thirds of outside participants received some form of travel reimbursement from the conference.


 2018 Theme

Cartographies of the Body: Subversions. Surveillance. Crossings.

Pressing inequalities remain a central fixture of social theory, research, activism, and everyday living. Climatological distress; racialized terror; criminal [in]justice system expansion; techniques of extractive labor practices and production; militarized borders; right-wing populist resurgence; anti-trans and -queer violence; gendered stratification; and neocolonial formations are only broad hints to the varying oppressive regimes and inequities occurring throughout the Americas and the world. Influenced by theorists, activists, and artists who, in different ways, have asked us to consider the importance of bodies, identity, and their residues on our mapping of the social world, the 3rd annual Borderlands: A Critical Graduate Symposium conference theme is “Cartographies of the Body: Subversion. Surveillance. Crossings.” Thus, Borderlands 2018 will function as a space in which the body is centered, re-posited, and re-illuminated within discussions of these phenomena.

We invite contributors to submit proposals that address these ideas – and more generally, issues relating to body, identity, space, and social life – through our online form by January 13th, 2018* at 11:59 pm. See below for more information.

Overview of Proposals
We are looking for the following types of proposals:

  • Individual academic papers
  • Wholly constituted panels or workshops
  • Visual or performance works

More Information:
Sessions will be between 1 hour and 15 minutes in length. We will make every attempt to make the conference as accessible as possible, including facilitating translations and interpreters, marking fragrance-free areas, and more. Please help us do this by detailing your proposal in ways that would allow us to make these requests in advance.

  • Individual paper submissions. Individual paper submissions will be sorted into thematic sessions by conference organizer (likely 3-4 per session). Each presenter should prepare for a 15-minute talk (average) to allow time for Q&A.
  • Workshops & wholly constituted panels. All submissions should be organized with a 1 hour and 15-minute time frame in mind. Names and contact information for each presenter will be required for submission.
  • Visual or performance works. Time and space necessities should be clearly laid out in your proposal, in addition to any A/V requests.

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