2019 CFP: Social Justice and Performance

Fifth Annual Literature and Social Justice Graduate Student Conference hosted by Lehigh University English Department
  • Deadline for submission: Thursday August 1, 2019
  • Contact email: lsjlehigh@gmail.com
  • Conference dates: Friday, November 1 – Saturday, November 2

Submission Guidelines:

Graduate students should send abstracts of no more than 300 words to the LSJ Conference Committee at LSJLehigh@gmail.com by August 1, 2019. Please submit abstracts as .pdf or .docx attachments and not in the body of the email. In your abstract, include your name, email, institutional affiliation (if any), and working title. Please email us with questions regarding submissions. Graduate students at all levels and independent scholars are welcome to submit.

Call for Papers:

Lehigh University’s Department of English is thrilled to announce its annual Literature and Social Justice conference, “Performance and Social Justice,” to be held November 1-2, 2019 at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa. We welcome proposals from Master’s students, Ph.D. students, recent graduates, and independent scholars working on performance studies, broadly conceived. We hope to address a variety of questions about the intersection of performance and social justice. What is the relationship between performance and justice? In what ways does a certain text/character/literary moment, etc. perform social justice? How can performance become a form of activism and/or advocacy? And how do we wrestle with ideas of authenticity and performance when it comes to social justice?

Possible topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Reading as performance or performative act
  • Performativity
  • Taking the novel to the stage or screen
  • Oral traditions and folklore
  • Artivism
  • Literature and sites of difference, such as class, race, gender, sexuality, religion, and disability
  • Music and composition
  • Implementing visual media in the college classroom
  • Digital humanities

Papers must be no longer than 20 minutesPlease send an abstract of no more than 300 words to the Literature and Social Justice Conference committee at LSJLehigh@gmail.com by Thursday, August 1, 2019.