2019 CFP

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Friday, January 4, 2019

Cultural Studies Association Annual Meeting 2019

Call for Papers

Working Group on Theories of Cultural Studies

In reflecting upon and anticipating the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in the U.S., this working group aims to come up with theories addressing the current turmoil, divide, and tribalism in American cultural life, and most importantly, galvanizing our path out of bigotry, hatred, and chaos.  We solicit papers that are inspired by and stemmed from the cultural visions, strategies, paradigms, and practices embodied in the struggle for women’s suffrage. We are also interested in papers that seek to assess the relationship between political emancipation and broader social/cultural power and liberation. We encourage taking the opportunity of the suffrage centennial to reflect on the history and transformations of feminism and women’s liberation as movement and intellectual project. The centennial of women’s suffrage approaches at a time when many of the social achievements of feminism are under sustained attack. We seek what in the women’s suffrage movement still speaks to us in the present time of division, discrimination, and tribalism. We theorize these themes in connection with the thematic aspect of the conference – performance. How do cultural authority and ownership perform to claim the center? Why do some social and cultural identities become marginalized? How do performances as such shift, redefine, and (re)balance the center and the margin, given the example of a historic/cultural moment like women’s suffrage? Topics on and beyond these focal points are especially welcome.

This is also a call for papers for an essay collection that we are conceiving to commemorate the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage. Presenters at the two sessions are the potential contributors to the essay collection. More details will follow.

The deadline for submission is December 3, 2018.


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.

For any questions, please contact the Co-Chairs of the Working Group on Theories of Cultural Studies:
Mimi Yang at myang@carthage.edu ; and
Charles Thorpe at cthorpe@ucsd.edu