Conferences & Papers


Murthy Digital Studio, a space in Duke Libraries' The/EDGE for peer-to-peer learning and collaboration on digital scholarship projects, is hosting a series of Digital Publishing Workshops, to introduce practical ways to plan, develop, and contribute to digital publishing in the humanities. Workshops are Thursdays, 10:30-11:30 AM at the Murthy Digital Studio (The/EDGE, Bostock Library Level 1). Click here to sign up for the studio's listserv. 

The Thompson Writing Program's Certificate of Accomplishment in Teaching Writing in the Disciplines provides a framework for graduate students to acquire basic knowledge of writing pedagogy and demonstrate that knowledge in job applications and during interviews. To allow Duke graduate students to obtain the certificate in the way that best meets their needs and schedules, core workshops are offered biannually supplemented by other events throughout the year. Click here for more information.


“How to be Global in the Medieval and Early Modern Worlds” at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, February 15-16th, 2019. For more information, visit here.

The Southeastern Commission for the Study of Religion (SECSOR:, which is the regional division of the American Academy of Religion, is asking for papers on research addressing questions regarding religion and our understanding of the meaning, status, and place of human beings as members of larger biotic communities and questions of sustainable development and urban design for their Religion and Ecology section. The 2019 meeting will be held March 8-10th, 2019, in Greenville, NC on the campus of East Carolina University.

The Department of Religions and Cultures at Concordia University announces the 24th Annual Graduate Interdisciplinary Conference (AGIC)The conference seeks to encourage dynamic interdisciplinary discussion in relation to this year’s central theme: Shifting Boundaries: Re-directions, Mis-directions, and Alternative Methodologies in Contemporary Research. It will be held March 14th, 2019 in Montreal, Quebec. 

Columbia University's Department of Religion is holding its Religion & the Future  conference on April 5th, 2019. Their keynote speaker will be Dr. Sylvester Johnson of Virginia Tech.

The Institute for Critical Social Inquiry (ICSI) at the New School for Social Research is accepting fellowship applications for their 2019 Summer Seminars (June 9 - 15th, 2019). Advanced graduate students and faculty are eligible to apply. There will be seminars on communism, capitalism, and borders. Visit here to apply.

The joint initiative of Stanford's Phil+Lit (The Initiative in Philosophy and Literature) and Duke's PAL (Center for Philosophy, Arts, and Literature) will be holding its second annual graduate conference. This installment, titled On Life Stages, will be hosted at Duke on April 5-6th, 2019.


The Twelfth Annual Association for the Study of the Middle East Africa (ASMEA) Conference will be held October 31st-November 2th, 2019 at the Key Bridge Marriott Hotel in Washington, D.C.. The deadline for paper and panel proposals is April 30th, 2019. Register for the conference here. For more information, visit here

Calls for Papers

Duke Initiatives in Theology and the Arts is holding a three-day symposium on Creation and New Creation: Discerning the Future of Theology and the Arts on September 5-8th, 2019. 500-word abstracts on topics related to the intersection of the arts and one or more of the traditional loci of Christian theology (e.g., Soteriology, Anthropology, Christology, Pneumatology, Eschatology, etc.) are due by April 1st, 2019. For information, visit here


The Bulletin for the Study of Religion, a print and online publication affiliated with the North American Association for the Study of Religion (NAASR) and published by Equinox, is proud to announce its new online/print book review portal, Bulletin Book Reviews (BBR). BBR is interested in titles treating a wide range of content from a wide range of social-scientific or naturalistic perspectives, particularly titles which themselves foreground issues of method and theory in the study of religion. Contributions are welcome from doctoral students and faculty alike. Please direct inquiries, suggestions, and potentially interested parties to
The University of Virginia Department of Religious Studies’ Forum on Democracy and Religion invites paper proposals for a graduate student conference to be held on April 12, 2019. Graduate students at any level and in any disciplinary field are welcome to apply. Paper proposals should be 500 words, exclusive of notation. Full papers are preferred. Paper selection will begin January 25th, 2019, and continue until the program is announced and panelists notified, no later than March 15. Please send all proposals by email attachment to Spencer Wells, Executive Assistant for the Forum on Democracy and Religion, at For information, visit here.
Progressive Connexions will be hosting a conference called Evil Children: Children and Evil in Verona, Italy July 15-16th, 2019. 300 word proposals, presentations, abstracts and other forms of contribution and participation should be submitted by Friday, February 22nd, 2019. Other forms of participation should be discussed in advance with the Organising Chair. For more information, visit here.
The Virginia Center for the Study of Religion at the University of Virginia invites applications for a four-day residency workshop on “Speaking About—Not For—Religion” in Summer 2019. Applicants will have received their doctorate in the social sciences or humanities, with a focus on the study of religion, in the last five years. They should their materials to by March 1, 2019. For more information, visit here
The Twelfth Annual Association for the Study of the Middle East Africa (ASMEA) Conference will be held October 31st-November 2th, 2019 at the Key Bridge Marriott Hotel in Washington, D.C.. Proposals on topics related to the Middle East and Africa should consist of a one-page summary of new and unpublished research. The deadline for paper and panel proposals is April 30th, 2019. For more information, visit hereGrants are available.