ASPECT 2018 Graduate Conference - Call for papers

Across disciplinary boundaries, the 2018 ASPECT graduate conference seeks to tackle the topic of interdisciplinarity in the humanities and the social sciences, the opportunities interdisciplinary learning, researching, and teaching offer, and the challenges interdisciplinary programs present from a variety of perspectives including scholarship, publication, teaching and mentoring, and diversity and inclusivity. Graduate students at any level and irrespective of disciplinary affiliation are encouraged to submit abstracts of approximately 300 words based on papers that engage topics related to artistic, aesthetic, social, political, philosophical, cultural, theoretical, ethical, educational, and critical concerns. We invite papers that engage a variety of contemporary issues about interdisciplinarity as the interdisciplinary and theory-oriented ASPECT PhD program at Virginia Tech celebrates its 10th anniversary with this conference.

Possible paper topics may include but are not limited to: the body and politics; critical approaches to technology and aesthetics; ecological and environmental issues; gender and sexuality; geopolitics and international relations; identity politics; marginalized knowledges; moral and political philosophy; new materialities; writing and history; postcolonialism; post-Marxism and ideology; race and politics; religion and secularity; minority studies; critical security studies; critical pedagogy; and violence and representation.

For more information, visit our conference website at