From rising seas, water scarcity, and accelerated migration flows, to environmental disasters and geopolitical shifts that reshape physical and ethnic maps; from the automation of life and the resurgence of social movements across international borders, to our fluctuating existence through a multiplicity of virtual and cyber spheres where notions of privacy, civility, and morality dissolve; and from scientific breakthroughs that dilute well-established beliefs, to accelerated technological developments that outpace regulation and adjustment, a sense of “fluidity” describes our experience of life. How do the Humanities respond to our unsettling sense of reality and to our divided interpretation of it? How to adapt to the inconstancy of our time when identities, gender, temporalities, borders, and disciplines have become fluid? Is art’s fundamental humanizing role being transformed? Has the educational curriculum become fluid as well? Has our approach to history, philosophy, and religion changed in light of the perceived dilution of the dominance of Western culture over an ever more fluid otherness? How will the Humanities guide the discussion about the meaning and purpose of life in the 21st century? The 2019 Virginia Humanities Conference invites proposals for papers, panel sessions, and performances that explore the concept of fluidity within the Humanities. Participation is open to national and international humanists. We wish to examine aspects of human experience whose fluid quality modifies our beliefs and behavior.
Call for Papers
Virginia Humanities Conference Annual Proceedings: Animals in the Humanities
PRINTABLE CFP: VHC_ Proceedings Call 2018
The Virginia Humanities Conference (VHC) is a non-profit organization of universities, colleges, and community colleges in Virginia whose purpose is to promote interest and research in the humanities. Each year in the Spring, a delegate institution hosts the conference, which is open to presenters from across the country. This year we are pleased to announce the second annual peer-reviewed published conference proceedings.
Presenters at VHC 2018 are eligible to submit essays for consideration in the 2019 proceedings publication. Essays should be of conference length, and they should conform to the most recent formatting standard for the individual discipline. All submissions will be peer-reviewed. Delegates are eligible to submit presented work to the proceedings, to be peer-reviewed by anonymous non-Delegate reviewers. The second issue of the proceedings will be available at the 2019 Conference.
To submit your paper for consideration, email it as a Word attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline for submission of papers is August 1, 2018.
To learn more about our organization, mission, and proceedings call, visit us online at http://vahumanitiesconference.org. Is your institution not a member institution? Join the VHC and help promote the humanities as a valuable way to engage the world we live in!
Undergraduate: Hannah Vandegrift, “Annaud’s Two Brothers and the Ethics of Animal Entertainment”
Graduate: Garrett Bunyak, “Technoscience, Progress and Poison”
Faculty: Sean Keck, “Bright Blow to the Brain: Annie Dillard’s Animal Contact”