Call for Papers

20th and 21st Century Cultures Workshop


Faculty Sponsors: Sonali Thakkar and Alison James

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 2018-2019 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: the instability of categories like “high” and “low” culture, modernism’s lives and afterlives, the effects of changing media technologies, and 20th/21st century histories of race, class, gender, ability, and sexuality.

As in years past, the workshop will primarily look at ongoing academic work from graduate students and invited faculty, including papers for academic publication, dissertation chapters, and conference presentations. Starting this coming year, the workshop will expand its remit to also include non-standard works of prose: papers for “alt-ac” publication, journalistic writing, and other genres of writing that have become increasingly relevant to graduate students as the structure of academic work has changed. We want to respect the time of our workshop participants, so we ask that you keep work under 30 double-spaced pages.

Proposals should be 150-200 words in length and include the following:

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

Please note that we request that admitted presenters attend a brief mixer for all workshop participants to be held at the start of the year.

Please email your proposals to workshop coordinators Jordan Pruett ( and Rivky Mondal ( by September 1st, 2018. 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 back on this website.