(Un)Earthing: Roots, Relations, and Revelations

deadline for submissions: 
October 5, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
New Voices Graduate Conference

(Un)Earthing: Roots, Relations, and Revelations

Between my finger and my thumb
The squat pen rests.
I’ll dig with it.

—Seamus Heaney,“Digging”

As a discipline, the humanities seeks to uncover and explore various cultures, histories, experiences, and truths. The 2019 New Voices Graduate Conference invites submissions that consider concepts of unearthing.

This year’s conference will be held January 25-26, 2019, at Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia. We invite proposals for papers, panels, roundtable discussions, workshops, creative writing, and multimedia art submissions. Possible areas of inquiry encompass, but are not limited to:


  • Archival & Museum Studies

  • Ecocriticism

  • Global & Indigenous Studies

  • Identity & Personal Narratives

  • Revisiting Historical Perspectives

  • Social Activism & Movements

  • Survival, Memory, Trauma

  • Traveling & Transnationalism


Creative Writing

Creative writers can submit for multiple sessions, including conference presentations, workshops with a renowned author, and/or a celebratory reading at the end of the conference.

For conference presentations (including individual submissions or panel roundtables), creative writing sessions can be focused on best writing practices, craft and techniques, editing, publishing, pedagogy, reading-as-a-writer, or other topics concerned with navigating the writing life.

For creative writing workshops, we are seeking submissions of short fiction, poems, and flash nonfiction (or whatever you unearth). The manuscript can have multiple pieces, but everything must be complete and total >1000 words. Submissions entered by the early deadline will be considered for the inaugural award of Most Outstanding Creative Writing Submission, which will receive a one-on-one conference with our featured workshop leader. All others will participate in a group session with our featured writer(s).

All workshop writers can read at the Creative Writing Reading on Saturday night. The remainder of the reading will be “open mic” for any other creative writers who participated in the conference. Please email Caitlin at ccreson1@student.gsu.edu or Ally at awright73@gsu.edu for any specific questions or concerns regarding creative writing submissions.


Literary Studies

Literary Studies scholars can “unearth” perspectives by considering how revisiting, reviving, or (re)discovering texts within or outside of the humanities expands discourse in literary theory and ideologies as well as other interpretations of past and present literary texts. For more information on specific concerns about requirements or any other questions on Literature Studies submissions, please email Elisha at eschuett1@student.gsu.edu or Nicole at nturner20@gsu.edu.


Rhetoric and Composition

Rhetoric and Composition scholars often work to “unearth” what we have not yet considered, increasingly moving away from the traditional canons, reimagining those same canons, and listening to voices and perspectives previously excluded from our rhetorical and classroom traditions. We welcome projects that seek to “unearth” voices, perspectives, and interpretations of individuals, groups, and texts. Please email Brittny at bbyrom1@gsu.edu or Jen at jcarter54@gsu.edu with specific questions or concerns.


Multimedia Art

New Voices is interested in accepting submissions that “unearth” artistic expressions besides the written word such as music and sound, film, performance, drama, and visual arts. For more information on specific requirements or any other questions pertaining to multimedia submissions, please email Joan at jbanez1@gsu.edu or Elisha at eschuett1@student.gsu.edu.


Proposal Submissions close October 5, 2018!!! 

Submit an abstract of 200-300 words along with contact information to the New Voices Planning Committee via our online form at: https://goo.gl/forms/xyH3wmenBCQ02XV72.

Presenters will be notified of acceptance via email by October 31, 2018. 

For more information about New Voices and this call for papers, please visit our website http://sites.gsu.edu/new-voices/ or email the New Voices Planning Committee at gsunewvoicesconference@gmail.com.