2019 Literature and Social Justice Conference: Performance and Social Justice

deadline for submissions: 
July 1, 2019
full name / name of organization: 
Lehigh University
contact email: 

Lehigh University’s Department of English is thrilled to announce its annual Literature and Social Justice conference, “Performance and Social Justice,” to be held November 1-2, 2019 at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa. We welcome proposals from Master’s students, Ph.D. students, recent graduates, and independent scholars working on performance studies, broadly conceived. We hope to address a variety of questions about the intersection of performance and social justice. What is the relationship between performance and justice? In what ways does a certain text/character/literary moment, etc. perform social justice? How can performance become a form of activism and/or advocacy? And how do we wrestle with ideas of authenticity and performance when it comes to social justice?


Possible topics may include, but are not limited to:

• Reading as performance or performative act

• Performativity

• Taking the novel to the stage or screen

• Oral traditions and folklore

• Artivism

• Literature and sites of difference, such as class, race, gender, sexuality, religion, and disability

• Music and composition

• Implementing visual media in the college classroom

• Digital humanities


Papers must be no longer than 20 minutes. Please send an abstract of no more than 300 words to the Literature and Social Justice Conference committee at LSJLehigh@gmail.com by Monday, July 1, 2019.