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RAW 2016 CFP

November 2, 2015
University of Texas at Dallas

Arts & Humanities Graduate Student Association

March 4th and March 5th, 2016

Keynote: Dr. Sandy Stone

Theme: The Humanities and Social Justice

Submission Deadline: December 18th, 2015

The Arts & Humanities Graduate Student Association of the University of Texas at Dallas will hold its eighth annual RAW: Research, Art, Writing Graduate Symposium on March 4th and 5th at the UT Dallas campus in Richardson, TX. Organized by and for graduate students, RAW offers students from around the country the opportunity to share their work and ideas with peers across the humanistic disciplines.

Despite a growing rhetoric to the contrary, the humanities have never been more important. The perpetuation of systemic oppressions—poverty, anti-gay violence and legislation, sexism, police brutality, racism, and militarization—has generated social unrest throughout the world. The theme of this year’s RAW, “The Humanities and Social Justice,” focuses on scholarly efforts in all humanities-related fields to address the institutional marginalizations that have inspired activist movements. RAW is dedicated to amplifying the voices of all graduate students within the humanities; regardless of the theme, we will accept papers or panels from any academic focus or discipline as long as it connects with the humanities.

This year we are proud to welcome Dr. Sandy Stone as our keynote speaker. For over thirty years, Dr. Stone’s writings on critical theory and media, along with art that conceptualizes the relationship between technology and identity, have combined the intense rigor of academic work with an investment in the lives and well-being of marginalized people. In 1979, her foundational text, “The Empire Strikes Back: A Post-Transsexual Manifesto,” helped create space for Transgendered Studies and other academic fields of inquiry dedicated to exploring the realities of marginalized groups from their own perspectives. The founding director of the ACTLab at the University of Texas at Austin, Dr. Stone exemplifies the interdisciplinary spirit at the heart of the A&H program at UT Dallas and the RAW Graduate Symposium.

Each interested participant may submit one 200-word abstract for a 15-minute individual presentation and/or one submission of a full panel that includes three to four individual presentations. There are no limitations on topic, field, genre, or methodology.

Submissions may include, but are not limited to:

  • excerpt of an M.A. paper or thesis
  • excerpt of a seminar paper
  • excerpt from a dissertation
  • animation, video, or film projects
  • excerpt from a novel, play, or short story
  • M.F.A. final project
  • selection of poetry
  • dance or other performance piece
  • art work (paintings, ceramics, drawings, etc.)
  • games

Proposals are due by December 18, 2015. All proposals must include the following:

  • A complete mailing address, e-mail address, phone number, field, and affiliation of participant
  • An abstract of no more than 200 words for the proposed presentation that includes 3 to 5 keywords
  • For creative pieces, the medium and space requirements for the work/presentation

Panel proposals must include a proposal for the panel, a short description of each presentation, and the above information for each participant.

Send submissions and questions to Registration information will follow. For additional information, see


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