CFP: Health & Sickness: (G)hosts and Liminal Lives *Deadline Extended: 01/31/19*

deadline for submissions: 
January 31, 2019
full name / name of organization: 
New York University / Columbia University

We seek projects pertaining to health, sickness, and everything in between and at the extremes of these conditions that span and involve the Spanish-speaking and Lusophone worlds. Drawing on a variety of approaches, including but not limited to, biopolitics, necropolitics, spirituality and religion, queer studies, the history of medicine and epidemics, and affect theory, we invite you to consider the figure of the (g)host, regardless of your period of interest. Questions about the limits of the bodily and conceptualizations of liminality as well as interdisciplinary papers are of particular interest.

  • Biopolitics, the afterlife, haunting, spectrality, life and death
  • Sick, disarticulated, decaying bodies and landscapes
  • Hosts, both spiritual and material: viruses, the occult, the fetish, rituality
  • Epidemics, contagion, plagues, queerness as sickness, hygiene
  • Ugly feelings, mental illness, trauma, wellbeing

Please send abstracts of no more than 250 words and 3-5 keywords by January 31, 2019, to with “Abstract Submission” in the subject line. We welcome proposals in Spanish, Portuguese, and English.

Please visit our website at for additional information. Even if you are not considering submitting a proposal, please save the date: April 12ᵗʰ and 13ᵗʰ, 2019 @ King Juan Carlos Center, NYU.