Nourishment: Sustaining Resistance DEADLINE EXTENDED

deadline for submissions: 
February 15, 2019
full name / name of organization: 
Rhiannon Scharnhorst/University of Cincinnati Department of English
contact email: 

“Nourishment: Sustaining Resistance” is an inter- and trans-disciplinary graduate student conference at the University of Cincinnati focusing on ways that texts or writing practices nourish and sustain us through times of upheaval and uncertainty. Nourishing can take many forms—from eating a good meal to reading an apt sentence—but all acts of nourishment engage our senses and encourage us to continue working, either as opposers to troubling trends or supporters of positive change.

We seek proposals that invite conversation in brief, informal presentations of up to 15 minutes, followed by 10-12 minute guided discussions about each work. We especially welcome works-in-progress, setting the table for collaboration, dialogue, and further research. Alternatives to traditional presentations are encouraged, including multimodal, visual, or interactive presentations.

We heartily welcome peers from all backgrounds as well as presentations in critical, creative, or pedagogical veins. Please submit individual proposals of 250 words or panel proposals of 750 words. Please also include 2-3 guiding questions with your proposal. To submit, please visit our website here: 

The conference will take place on March 2, 2019 at the University of Cincinnati in Cincinnati, OH. SUBMISSION DEADLINE EXTENDED TO FEBRUARY 15, 2019. 

We are excited to announce that our keynote speaker will be Dr. Steven Alvarez, noted scholar and creator of Taco Literacies. For more information on his work, please visit our website

Possible areas of exploration are listed here but are not limited to these suggestions:

  1. What or how are examples of nourishment or its absence depicted in literary texts?
  2. How do we make readers “hungry”?
  3. In what ways do humans, animals, objects, spaces/places nourish us?  
  4. How do we advocate sustainable practices and models within systems or communities concerned with food justice or other social justice issues?
  5. How have the experiences of people been rendered in various kinds of texts (literary, critical, theoretical, journalistic, performative, etc), and what can such material reveal about nourishing practices?
  6. In what ways do critical and creative works examine feasting or famine, be it economic, political, social, or otherwise?
  7. How do gender and sexuality studies address questions of nourishment or body image?
  8. What role(s) can or should self-care play in our own scholarly or activist experiences?
  9. How can theories, methodologies, or practices of nourishment create or sustain resistance movements?
  10. How do we create, sustain, or locate communities of nurturing in hostile political climates?