Navigating (Un)Certainty: Chaos, Coping, and Reconciliation in Eras of Disarray

deadline for submissions: 
January 31, 2021
full name / name of organization: 
Florida Atlantic University--Comparative Studies Student Association

From the moment the clock struck midnight (or so it seems) on January 1, a climate of uncertainty has loomed over the year 2020: a contentious presidential campaign, the mismanagement of a global pandemic, and widespread civil unrest over egregious acts of racial injustice have thrown the United States into a state of disarray. These incidents, the result of the outgoing administration’s efforts to disrupt and upend traditional governing institutions, have instilled unparalleled levels of uncertainty and distrust in the American public. Nowhere is this more obvious in contemporary American life than recently conducted surveys suggesting public confidence in a COVID-19 vaccine is well under the 70% threshold needed to achieve herd immunity. As more and more American citizens continue to project their frustrations over the results of the recent election or the dismissive policies of the previous administration onto one another, the American public remains as divided as ever. Thus, before American political and social institutions spiral into further chaos over the election outcome, the (lack of) disease prevention efforts, and systemic racism, it’s imperative that Americans reconcile their differences and search for a path forward not only to save itself, but to prevent global chaos.

With all this in mind, we find ourselves asking: How might we conceptualize uncertainty? Who creates and maintains uncertainty? How does one cope in eras of uncertainty, chaos, or disarray? What does reconciliation have to offer and how can it take place during eras of uncertainty, chaos, or disarray? As a result, this year’s virtual CSSA conference, “Navigating (Un)Certainty: Chaos, Coping, and Reconciliation in Eras of Disarray,” seeks papers related to the themes of uncertainty, disarray, and/or reconciliation from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. Papers DO NOT need to address the current historical or political moment, but may address the conference themes through an analysis of art, film, literature, and/or society in a myriad of cultural or historical contexts.

The Florida Atlantic University Comparative Studies Student Association invites paper submissions in and around the conference theme and keywords.

Conference Themes: African American Studies, American Studies, Anthropology, Asian Studies, Book History, Border Studies, Caribbean Studies, Comparative Politics, Critical Animal Studies, Critical Theory, Cultural Theory, Decolonization Studies, Diaspora Studies, Digital Humanities, Ecocriticism and Environmental Studies, Empire Studies, Engaged Scholarship, Film and Screen Studies, Hemispheric Black Studies, Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Gender Studies, Historical Narrative Studies, Hybridity, Indigenous Studies, Interdisciplinary Studies, Latin American Studies, Latinx Studies, Linguistics and Linguicide Studies, Memory Studies, Migration Studies, Narrative Studies, Popular Culture Studies, Postcolonial Studies, Posthumanities, Preservation Studies, Print Culture, Queer Studies, Religious Studies, Rhetorical Studies, Service Learning, Sexuality Studies, Sociology, Trauma Studies, Whiteness Studies, Women's Studies, Writing Studies.

Please submit a 250-300 word proposal to If you are planning to present your paper in lingua, please indicate this in your email with your proposal submission; however, all proposals should be submitted in English for committee review.

Tentative conference dates: March 3-5, 2021. ALL panels will be conducted virtually.