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August 31, 2022

Call for Organizers: 2023 Lauren Berlant Graduate Student Conference

3CT invites proposals from graduate students interested in organizing this year’s Lauren Berlant Graduate Student Conference, to be held in Spring 2023.

The conference is named in honor of longtime 3CT fellow Lauren Berlant. Conference themes need not engage directly with Berlant’s work; we ask that they reflect Berlant’s commitment, and that of 3CT, to fostering new forms of theorizing the contemporary world. The third annual conference builds on the success of our first two events: Antipolitics: From New Anarchisms to the Alt-Right took place in February 2021, and Attachment Issues: Psychopolitics and the Everyday was held in April 2022.

The opportunity to organize the conference is open to all graduate students currently enrolled at the University of Chicago. Interdisciplinary proposals involving collaboration across departments are especially encouraged. Conference presenters may be graduate students at any institution.

3CT staff will work with organizers of the selected conference to coordinate and publicize the event, and the center will provide funding up to $10,000.

Proposals should include the following:

  • Name(s) of organizer(s)
  • Conference title
  • Conference abstract (maximum 500 words)
  • Provisional format and names of potential presenters
  • Budget

Send completed proposals as a single PDF to Anna Searle Jones, 3CT’s associate director, at by 9am CT on Monday, October 31, 2022. Applicants will be notified on or before Monday, November 14.

Please contact Anna with any questions or to discuss your proposal ahead of the deadline.