Conference on November 12, 2021. Proposals due September 10, 2021.
Literature, philosophy, history, and other humanistic disciplines enable us to raise questions rather than absolute answers, giving nuance to our understanding of culture and society. As we face vulgar inequities and crises and usher in social change, it is essential that we, as a UConn community, spark discourse in these disciplines. We aim to recognize the contributions of our undergraduate students to an ever-evolving dialogue of thought by giving students a platform to celebrate the new knowledge that they have created and to learn more about pursuing more advanced research as a future profession.
We invite paper abstracts for an undergraduate symposium to be hosted at UConn’s Humanities Institute on November 12, 2021. The Humanities Undergraduate Research Symposium (HURS) welcomes submissions from any discipline that intersects with the academic study of human culture. The symposium will feature a keynote presentation by Professor Alexis L. Boylan on her research at the intersection of English, Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Africana Studies, and Art Studies, as well as informational panels and research presentations by students with submitted abstracts.
Some student papers will be placed on panels, with each panelist giving a 10-12-minute presentation, while others will be placed on roundtables, with each participant giving a shorter 5-minute presentation. Check out the FAQ section if you have more questions. We are looking for applicants who have accomplished humanities-related research in the form of coursework and/or individual projects. We invite ALL students with an interest to submit their work and attend, no matter their major(s), so long as the abstract in question concerns humanities-related themes. Students from all UConn campuses are welcome. We encourage submissions from works in progress as well as finished papers.
Themes may include, but are not limited to:
- The Whole Human Being: Body, Mind, Context
- Language, Literature, and History: Potent Legacies
- Antiracism, Globality, Social Justice
- Manifestations of “Otherness”
- Truth or Fiction; Fact or Opinion
- Culture, Place, and Environment
Fields/disciplines under discussion may include, but are not limited to:
- Africana Studies
- American Sign Language Studies
- American Studies
- Arabic and Islamic Civilizations
- Art History
- Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies
- Human Rights
- Individualized Majors
- Italian Literary and Cultural Studies
- Judaic Studies
- Latino and Latin American Studies
- Maritime Studies
- Urban and Community Studies
- Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Submissions open August 1, 2021 and are due by September 10, 2021. Please fill out and submit the CFP Submission form below.