2022 Multidisciplinary Graduate Student Conference #NLGrad22 | Newberry

2022 Multidisciplinary Graduate Student Conference #NLGrad22

Map of the Americas from Tarih-i Yeni Dünya, el-musemma be hadis-i nev, Turkey, ca. 1600 (VAULT Ayer MS 612)

Monday, January 17, 2022Saturday, January 29, 2022
Virtual Programming, January 17-21; In-person programming, January 27-29

Newberry Library and online via Zoom

Center for Renaissance Studies Programs

Call for Proposals

This annual graduate student conference, organized and run by advanced doctoral students, has become a premier opportunity for emerging scholars to present papers, participate in discussions, and develop collaborations across all fields of medieval, Renaissance, and early modern studies. Participants from a wide variety of disciplines find a supportive and collegial forum for their work, meet future colleagues from other institutions and disciplines, and become familiar with the Newberry and its resources. The 2022 conference program will include virtual and in-person sessions relating to career diversity, professionalization, and rare book presentations in addition to the workshops and conference panels.


Hyeree Ellis, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Britt Boler Hunter, Florida State University
Iraboty Kazi, University of Western Ontario
Katherine Knowles, Michigan State University
Christina Kolias, Claremont Graduate University
Melani Shahin, University of Chicago
Emily Sharrett, Loyola University Chicago
Elizabeth Shuffield, Oklahoma State University
Elijah Two Bears, University of Mississippi
Philip Zabrowski, University of Iowa


In 2022, the conference will adopt a hybrid (virtual and in-person) format. Graduate students may submit proposals for all-virtual workshops of pre-circulated papers or in-person panel presentations. We will also set aside some space for virtual panel presentations for those who cannot travel but prefer to present traditional conference papers. Participants may attend both the virtual and in-person portions of the conference, but may only present work at one session.

Abstract submissions for our 2022 Multidisciplinary Graduate Student Conference in Premodern Studies are now being accepted. We invite proposals for papers from students in masters or PhD programs on any humanities topic relating to material before 1800. We encourage submissions from disciplines as varied as the literature of any language, history, classics, anthropology, art history, music, comparative literature, theater arts, philosophy, political science, religious studies, transatlantic studies, disability studies, and manuscript studies. All papers must be in English.

***Please note that when submitting a proposal, you must indicate whether you are applying to a virtual workshop with pre-circulated materials (8-12 pages, due January 3, 2022) OR a traditional panel presentation (20-minute papers, primarily in person with some virtual sessions available). You are welcome to submit proposals for both a workshop and a panel presentation, but each proposal must be submitted separately, and you will only be able to present at ONE session.*** See the full CFP here for further details on these participation options and proposal requirements.

Abstract submissions will be accepted online only. The deadline to submit an abstract through our online submission form is Friday, October 15, 2021 at 11:59 pm Central Time.

Cost and Registration Information 

Abstracts must be submitted online through the online submission portal. Preference is given to proposals from students at member institutions of the Newberry Center for Renaissance Studies Consortium, as well as students who did not present at the 2021 conference. We also welcome proposals from students of the Folger Institute Consortium. The submission deadline for proposals is October 15, 2021 (11:59pm Central Time).