Call for Papers (2021)

Our workshop provides an intellectual community for graduate students, faculty, and invited guests to share their academic works in progress, including drafts of articles for academic publication, dissertation chapters, and conference papers and presentations. We welcome a wide variety of disciplinary and methodological engagements with eighteenth- and nineteenth-century literature, art, and politics of Atlantic cultures. As in prior years, we encourage submissions that exemplify interdisciplinary work in the humanities and even those that do not fit neatly in formal academic research.

We would like to acknowledge that it continues to prove particularly challenging for many of us to continue with our work “as usual.” We are always thinking about how best to conduct the workshop such that it would be useful for all who might be interested, and we gladly accept your comments and suggestions for how this might be achieved. Additionally, we would like to highlight our ongoing interest in submissions that engage with questions about why we do what we do, especially (but not limited to) those regarding race, imperialism and its afterlives, decolonization, the institutionalization of literature, and the histories of relevant subfields and disciplines.

If you would like to present, proposals for papers 25-pages or shorter should be 200-300 words in length and must include the following information: working title, nature of project, abstract, and your preferred quarter for presentation. We also invite proposals for research presentations and shorter papers – any relevant work that you might be seeking to workshop with your colleagues. If you have any questions about what this could look like, please don’t hesitate to email us.

Please submit proposals to workshop coordinators Charlotte Saul ( and Yao Ong ( We are accepting paper proposals on an ongoing basis, as our spring plans are still quite flexible. If you would like to be on our listserv, please register by clicking here. We look forward to reading your submissions and workshopping in the year ahead!