Call for Papers: 2018 Interdisciplinary Humanities Spring Seminar

deadline for submissions: 
January 20, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
Matthew M. DeForrest
contact email: 

Call for Proposals


Johnson C. Smith University is please to announce a call for our Andrew W. Mellon Foundation supported 2018 Interdisciplinary Humanities Spring Seminar, scheduled for March 12-13. This year, we will focus on two topics: “What is the future and consequence of migration?” and “Global and Voices in Charlotte, NC (and similar urban environments)”. We are very pleased to announce that our keynote speaker for this event will be award-winning poet Tess Taylor.


This two-day Seminar will feature one day devoted to national topics and the second to global topics. Topics infused with career opportunities and/or undergraduate participation will be given special consideration. Panels that address the humanities and interdisciplinary studies as means to new jobs will be given priority. 


Participants will distribute a half page paragraph summary and prepared papers one week prior to arriving on our campus in Charlotte, NC. Each panel will begin with participants reading their half page summary (for the benefit of those in attendance who are not on the panel). Following this, the participants will engage in a discussion of their papers and the broader topic. 


While space is limited, there is no registration fee for participating in this Seminar. In addition, participants will have breakfast and lunch provided. Participants will be responsible for their dinners, travel costs, and hotel — as applicable.


To apply, please send a paper summary of between a page and a page and a half to, using the Subject Line “Mellon Spring Seminar Submission”, by January 20. (We plan to notify participants of their selection on or before 3 February.) Please submit your proposal this within the body of the email rather than as an attachment.