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Call for Proposals - HSSA Spring Symposium 2019

Theme: Possibility/Promise

June 22 @ International House, UC Berkeley

Proposal Deadline: May 24

Scholars in the humanities and social sciences are invited to present completed and/or ongoing research at a multidisciplinary symposium hosted by the Humanities & Social Sciences Association. All UC Berkeley visiting postdocs, scholars, and student researchers are welcome to submit texts (essays, articles, book chapters, dissertation sections, etc.) based on completed projects or works-in-progress.


Prospective participants are welcome to submit proposals on any theme. However, they are especially encouraged to submit a proposal that has some connection to the theme of Possibility/Promise. Among other things, this will include projects that focus on empirical and theoretical problems or seek to develop, challenge, or reformulate theories or findings intersecting with the idea of possibility or promise (see below for more details on the theme and related topics).


Abstract proposals (200-300 words) must be sent by May 24 to hssa.symposium@gmail.com. Selected participants will be notified of their acceptance by May 28. Presenters will be expected to serve as respondents for one other paper. Following the symposium, presenters will be invited to submit full papers for consideration for publishing in an online repository at UC Berkeley following a peer review process.




The Humanities and Social Sciences Association (HSSA) serves approximately two thousand visiting postdocs, scholars, and graduate researchers in the humanities and social sciences at the University of California, Berkeley. Volunteer board members meet the social, intellectual, and cultural needs of HSSA members by hosting a range of events and programs throughout the year. 
If you are a VSPA affiliate (i.e., postdoc, visiting scholar, or visiting student researcher) working in the humanities or social sciences, and you are interested in becoming an HSSA Board member, please contact Daniel Kim <ddk@berkeley.edu> to begin the application process.