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.


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 8-10, 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 - 15, 2019). Advanced graduate students and faculty are eligible to apply. Applications are due December 15th, 2018. There will be seminars on communism, capitalism, and borders. Visit here to apply.

Calls for Papers

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
Practical Matters: A Journal of Religious Practices and Practical Theology, housed at at the Graduate Division of Religion (GDR) and Candler School of Theology at Emory University, is now accepting submissions for Issue 12. The issue will feature articles on the theme “New Directions in Religious Practices and Practical Theology: Revolutions and Re-Imaginations.”  The deadline for submissions is December 1st. For more information, please visit here. Any questions can be directed to Cara Curtis at
The Graduate Union of the Students of Art  (GUStA) at the University of Toronto is pleased to present the Sixth Annual Wollesen Memorial Graduate Symposium on March 15th, 2019 titled, "Confronting the Exhibitionary Order." Please submit an abstract (.doc/. docx/. pdf) of no more than 300 words to the Graduate Students of Art by Friday, December 21st, 2018 at 5:00 pm EST. For more information, visit here

The Early Modern Colloquium at the University of Michigan invites abstracts for papers for the interdisciplinary graduate student conference, “How to be Global in the Medieval and Early Modern Worlds” at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, February 15-16, 2019. Please submit 250-300 word abstracts with a corresponding title to the Early Modern Colloquium ( with the subject line “EMC Conference” by December 1st, 2018. For more information, visit here.

The Graduate Student Association of the Department for the Study of Religion at the University of Toronto is hosting a conference titled Negativity, Pessimisms, and Sad Affects in the Study of Religion on April 18-19, 2019. Participants are encouraged to submit proposals for papers that reflect on questions around the significance and relevance of forms of theoretical negativity for the study of religion. Please  submit  a  250-word  abstract  outlining  the  topic  and  main  arguments  of  the  paper  by  January  20th,  2019. For more information, visit here.