2019 CFP

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Friday, January 4, 2019

CFP Working Group on Culture and War

Cultural Studies Association (CSA) 2019 Conference

May 30-June, 201, Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana 

The Working Group on Culture and War of the Cultural Studies Association invites submissions for the 17th Annual Meeting of the Cultural Studies Association (U.S.), at to be held on May 30-June 1, 2019, at Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana.

General Call: We invite interdisciplinary papers, panel proposals, and non-traditional forms of creative intervention that consider the cultural, economic and political landscape of conflict past and present. Multi-/international perspectives are especially welcome. Topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • The militarization/securitization of daily life inside/outside conflict zones.
  • Cyber security, the war on terror, drones.
  • The political economy of conflict: “weaponizing” of financial institutions, neoliberalism and military privatization/subcontracting, drug wars, sanctions.
  • Race, gender and sexuality in military organization, including conscription/recruiting; support, combat and command roles; celebrities in service.
  • Veterans’ issues: military families; veterans’ policy/history/identity; PTSD treatment, and representation; disabilities.
  • Construction of civilian military/war imaginary in war gaming and media representation; memorializaton.

Theme Call: Consonant with this year’s conference theme, the Working Group also invites papers thematizing “Performance, Politics and Power” in the context of politics, culture and war. Again, multi-/international perspectives are especially welcome. Papers/panels could consider: 

  • Construction of local solidarities through traditional dance/theater events, social media and organized protest. 
  • The “performance” of war in video games, and other forms of “militainment.”
  • Cathartic representation in poetry and visual arts.


Please submit a 300-500-word abstract no later than Monday, Dec 3, 2018, 2018 through the Cultural Studies Association’s Easy Chair system: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=csa2019

Submission of proposals is open to anyone, but if your paper is accepted, you will need to join the CSA. New members are always welcome. See the benefits of membership & become a member here: http://www.culturalstudiesassociation.org/assoc_subscribe.asp


CSA offers a limited number of travel grants, for which graduate and advanced undergraduate students can apply. Only those who are individual members, have been accepted to participate, and have registered for the conference are eligible to apply for a travel grant.


  • Final Deadline for Submissions: Monday, Dec 3, 2018.
  • Early Bird Registration: Monday, October 15, 2018 until Friday, March 1, 2019.
  • Tuesday, January 15, 2019: Notifications Sent Out
  • Friday, March 1, 2019: Early Registration Ends, Regular Registration Rate Begins
  • Friday, May, 3, 2019: Last day to register to participate in the conference. If you do not register by this date and are not a current member, your name will be dropped from the program.


The 2019 conference will be held at Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana. The closest airport is Louis Armstrong International Airport (10 miles). See the following web link for more information about travel options to and from the airport as well as for travel to and from the French Quarter: https://admission.tulane.edu/visit/getting-here . A CSA hotel block for members will be announced at a later date.

INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIPS include three complimentary conference registrations annually for students. Graduate students who wish to submit proposals are strongly encouraged to speak with their Department Chair or Program Director about institutional membership and where possible, make use of the complimentary registrations. Full benefits of institutional membership are described here: http://www.culturalstudiesassociation.org/institutions.

Please contact the Chair of the Culture and War Working Group, Howard Hastings, with any questions. hhasting@iup.edu.