REMINDER: 3rd Annual Crossroads Humanities Student Conference: "Networks"

deadline for submissions: 
January 15, 2021
full name / name of organization: 
Humanities Center / Nova Southeastern University
contact email: 

Information, resources, and diseases are all things that are communicable across real and imagined borders. They are transmitted by the World Wide Web, television, highways and trains, diasporas, marketplaces, governments, viral media, social events, casual associations, the human system, and more. Networks as a model and metaphor for examining the structures of societies, politics, culture, and the body appear in seminal texts across disciplines, including Norbert Wiener’s Cybernetics (1948), Michel Foucault’s Discipline and Punish (1975), Jean-François Lyotard’s The Postmodern Condition (1979), Donna Haraway’s “A Cyborg Manifesto” (1985), and Timothy Morton’s Ecological Thought (2010). In the year 2020, the idea of networks and networking has taken on additional poignancy. There is fear of socializing spreading disease, yet this same spirit of connectivity is necessary to propel movements like Black Lives Matter. This conference seeks to explore how networks, broadly defined, have impacted culture.

The Crossroads Humanities Student Conference strives to incorporate diverse perspectives and topics from a range of humanities fields including history, philosophy, literature, languages, cultural theory, and the arts. We also invite papers in legal studies, anthropology, sociology, political science, national security, family therapy, communication, conflict resolution studies, and international relations when approached with a humanities lens. The conference will be held virtually April 10, 2021.

Undergraduate and graduate students from all academic institutions are invited to submit abstracts of 150 words or less to Dr. Aileen Miyuki Farrar at humanities@nova.edu no later than January 15, 2021. 

Possible Topics

  • Distribution of power, prestige, and resources
  • Sources of social action
  • Disease and culture
  • Postcolonialism/Imperialism
  • Transgression, fluidity, and forbidden territories
  • Immigration
  • Politics of language, translation, codeswitching
  • Collective and individual identity
  • Relations between Human/Animal/Machine
  • Artificial Intelligence and Cyborgs
  • Viral media
  • Computer and Network Surveillance
  • Comparative History/Politics/Philosophy/Literature
  • Transatlantic Studies
  • Digital Humanities
  • Medical Humanities
  • Environmental Humanities