2019 CFP

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Friday, January 4, 2019

2019 CFP: Cultural Policy Working Group

Performance, Politics, Power: The Seventeenth Annual Meeting of the Cultural Studies Association

Tulane University, New Orleans, LA

May 30-June 1, 2019, 2018

The CULTURAL POLICY Working Group of the Cultural Studies Association invites both general and themed submissions for the 17th Annual Meeting of the Cultural Studies Association (U.S.), to be held at Tulane University, May 30-June 1, 2019, 2018.

Following the Cultural Studies Association’s 2019 theme Performance, Politics, Power, the Cultural Policy Working Group seeks papers, roundtables, and/or praxis sessions that consider the relationship between policy and performance. Bridging practice and theory, this working group welcomes scholarly and activist work that addresses the wide range of government and industry policies that shape cultural institutions in global, national, and local contexts. We are especially concerned with questions of social inequality and cultural justice that combat policies of fear and division. Investigations and discussions may include the methods used to find the connection between policy and performance to the digital algorithms that are playing an outsized role in daily life. Submissions may also include historical investigations of policies and the performative methods used to speak truth to power.

Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Research Methods on Policy
  • How do we incorporate questions of policy in cultural studies?
  • The political performativity of environmental policy
  • The performance of policy in labor
  • Methods Engagement & Resistance to Policy
  • Policy as Performance
  • Policies of copyright and ownership
  • Algorithmic regulations and data-based polices   


Please submit a 300-500-word abstract no later than Friday, 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.


Contact Cultural Policy Working Group Co-Chair David Rheams at drheams@utdallas.edu.