Call for Papers

20th and 21st Century Cultures Workshop


Workshop Coordinators: Jordan Pruett and Zach Hope

Faculty Sponsors: Maud Ellmann and Adrienne Brown

The 20th and 21st Century Cultures Workshop seeks papers that engage with cultural and aesthetic objects produced across the 20th and 21st century for the 2019-2020 academic year. While the workshop is open to a variety of disciplinary approaches across the humanities, it is primarily organized around conceptual questions specific to this historical period, including: modernism and its strengths/weaknesses/alternatives; attempts at and troubles with interpreting the contemporary; colonialism and its afterlives; histories of the disciplines and other knowledge formations; and the changing position of the arts in relation to mass culture. This list is not at all exclusive, so please do consider presenting if you are working on anything that you think has a stake in the period, however it may be defined in your work. The workshop is conducted in English, but we encourage submissions from scholars working on objects from a variety of national, cultural, and geographic contexts.

As in years past, the workshop will primarily look at ongoing academic work from graduate students, early career researchers, and invited faculty, including papers for academic publication, dissertation chapters, and conference presentations. In order to respect the time of our workshop participants, we ask that you keep work under 30 double-spaced pages. 

The workshop meets on alternate Mondays from 3:00pm to 4:20pm in Rosenwald 405. Proposals should include the following:

  • A provisional title.
  • An indication of the project type (dissertation chapter, article, etc.).
  • A short description of the content and/or argument.
  • The quarter in which you would prefer to present.

Please email your proposals to workshop coordinators Jordan Pruett ( and Zach Hope ( by September 15th, 2019. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email the coordinators. For announcements from the 20th and 21st Century Cultures Workshop, please join our listserv and check our website.