Call for Papers

Real and Imaginary Borders Across the Mediterranean

Keynote Speakers: Profs. Ruth Ben-Ghiat (NYU) and Abdulkader Sinno (IU Bloomington)

Submission Deadline: October 28, 2012


On behalf of the School of Literatures, Cultures, and Linguistics at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, we are pleased to announce the organization of the graduate student conference “Real and Imaginary Borders Across the Mediterranean.” This conference will be held at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign over a period of two days: Friday, February 8 and Saturday, February 9, 2013.

This conference will explore the risk of crossing borders and boundaries– whether national, psychological, cultural, or political – of the Mediterranean. We would like to invite graduate students with interests that span antiquity to present day and hope to include participants across multiple disciplines. Proposals may address, but are not by any means restricted to, the following areas of study:

  • Anthropology
  • Arabic
  • Art History
  • Classics
  • Comparative Literature
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Film and Media Studies
  • History
  • Linguistics
  • Performance Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Romance Languages

Presentations should not exceed 20 minutes (approximately 8-10 pages of double-spaced text). Please send an abstract and cover sheet with the title of your paper, your name, affiliation, contact information (including phone number and e-mail address), and any technical equipment needed for your presentation to  Abstracts should be 200-300 words in length and should be in Microsoft Word format.