Conference Update

Good afternoon.

I hope that everyone is off to a successful start to your fall semesters. On behalf of the rest of the Comparative Studies Student Association leadership, I’m writing to give you an update on the conference schedule, as well as to ask you for any updates to your respective presentations. First things first; we have a schedule for the conference! They schedule (below) reflects requests and availabilites of all of the conference participants; panelists and chairs. Consequently, this is a final schedule. Please reply to this email directly (and as soon as possible) if there is an intractable conflict with your presentation day. While we will do our best to accommodate your request, we can’t guarantee that this change can be made without disrupting the schedules of other panelists and chairs.

Friday 19 October

Rabia Aamir (via Skype) | Ana-Christina Acosta Gaspar de Alba | Mitchel Baccinelli | Tyler Bunzy | Betsaida Casanova | Jordana Cordovi | Jessi Deng | Carmen Duarte | Cindy Fralee | Stephanie Flint | Enza Iadevaia Gokgoz (via Skype) | Shane Lynch | Jamie Martin | Stephen McGeary | Brook Miller | Sharifa Patel | Gable Roubideaux-Davis | Melissa Santiago | Ali Tal-Mason | Federico Tiberini | Andi Weber | Emily White

Saturday 20 October

Mailyn Abreu | Amy Barlow | Alexandra Birch | Cora Bresciano | Rachel Copley | Emily Donovan | Hussein El-Ali | Ashley George | Ivy Gilbert | Charlie Gleek | Naykishia Head | Cassandra Jean | Jason O’Connor | Kate Pewenofkit Briner | Denise Pinnaro | Matt Prater | Suzanne Sink | Tristen Taggart | Cynthia Wedding | Gabriella Wilson | Luke Wilson

We’ll share final panel compositions, including presentation, panel chairs and our keynote speaker roughly 30 days before the conference. We should also have the details and schedule for off-campus dining options and a Friday night reflection experience ready to share at that time. We may also have one or two more (good) surprises to announce as well.

Now for the updates: If you have any changes or updates to the title of your presentation, please reply to this email directly within the next week. We’ll publish the conference program 30 days prior to the conference, and we’d like everything to be in place for that deadline.

Finally, several of you still have not shared a public profile, website, or similar URL with us. This link is published on the conference website and can be a good way to promote your scholarship around the conference community. If you’ve not already done so, please reply to this email directly with your profile link as soon as possible. Our conference website ( is live and is headed for circulation in social media and printed publications sponsored by Florida Atlantic University in the coming weeks. Consequently, we’d love to be able to support your professional practice in as wide a set of circles as we can.

As always, please let us know if there is anything that we can do for you. We look forward to seeing everyone in about 6 weeks’ time.

Conference Update

Dear 2018 CSSA Conference Presenters.

I hope that everyone has had a restful summer. We wanted to give everyone a progress update, as we have 60 days until our conference. As of now, we have 38 confirmed presenters, with a few more still to finalize their plans with us. Consequently, we anticipate roughly 40 scholars from over a dozen different universities presenting their research at the conference. We’re also hard at work securing all of our panel chairs for the dozen or so panels that we’ll run on the 19th and 20th. Finally, we’re in advanced talks with an incredible activist scholar to come to FAU to host a keynote and roundtable workshop during our conference. We’ll be very excited to officially announce this once we dot all the i’s and cross all the t’s with this individual. Consequently, we anticipate sharing the final conference schedule and program with you in the next few weeks.

If you’ve not done so already, please send us the URL to your professional profile, website, social media page, or another public-facing page that best represents your scholarship. We’ll include this link (look to the right of this page) on this site as a way of promoting your work and as a way for you to get to know your colleagues here at the conference.

As always, please email us if there is anything that we can do for you. We’ll post conference updates to this space as soon as we have them.


Ana-Christina, Charlie, Kate, and Mitch

Executive Committee, Comparative Studies Student Association | Florida Atlantic University

Call for Papers

Submit proposals here.

While scholars and students often view imperial projects as historical, rather than contemporary conjunctures, the reality is that these projects, their effects, and their justifications remain a part of current affairs. The continued vilification, rejection and exclusion of voices which express their oppression to and resistance against colonizing powers in a supposed post-colonial age is one of the grand contributors to sustaining the idea of empire as past, but not as a present, continuing condition. This conference looks to amplify voices of dissent as a call to action, interrupting imperial projects through dialogue, learning, and collaboration.

We welcome submissions from diverse disciplines which explore themes within the context of interrupting empire. Please complete and submit the form below to participate in the conference. Your submissions should include your name, your institutional affiliation, a brief description (up to 150 words) of your intended presentation at our conference, and selection of up to three (3) conference themes that your presentation will address.

Conference Themes: African American Studies, American Studies, Asian Studies, Book History, Border Studies, Caribbean Studies, ChicanX Studies, Critical Theory, Cultural Theory, Decolonization Studies, Diaspora Studies, Digital Humanities, Ecocriticism and Environmental Studies, Empire Studies, Engaged Scholarship, Hemispheric Black Studies, Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Gender Studies, Hybridity, Indigenous Studies, Latin American Studies, LatinX Studies, Linguistics and Linguicide Studies, Literary Studies, Memory Studies, Migration Studies, Narrative Studies, Popular Culture Studies, Postcolonial Studies, Print Culture, Queer Studies, Rhetorical Studies, Service Learning, Sexuality Studies, Trauma Studies, Whiteness Studies, Women’s Studies.

Please submit your proposal before the 15th of July 2018. We will notify you about the status of your proposal by the conference committee on or around 30 July 2018. We look forward to reading your submissions and to seeing you at Florida Atlantic University this fall