Call for Papers


2015 ASPECT Graduate Conference

Friday, March 20  – Saturday, March 21

The Alliance for Social, Political, Ethical, and Cultural Thought

Squires Student Center & Newman Library

Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA

This conference aims to work across disciplinary boundaries to address representations of resistance broadly. Graduate students of any level and disciplinary affiliation are encouraged to give presentations that engage topics related to the artistic, social, political, philosophical, cultural, theoretical, economic and critical representations of resistance.

Trajectories of inquiry may include contestations, practices, and materiality, as well as theoretical, critical, empirical, performative, and passive explorations of resistance and its representations. Particularly, we invite papers that engage interdisciplinarity. Likewise, we welcome papers emphasizing practical (real world) issues, as well as nontraditional, marginalized, and non-heteronormative perspectives relating to the conference theme.


Confirmed Speakers:

Nancy S. Love, Government and Justice Studies, Appalachian State University

Samson Opondo, Africana Studies and Political Science, Vassar College

Kumarini Silva, Communication Studies, UNC-Chapel Hill


Papers presented at the conference may be solicited for peer review and possible publication in the Spring 2015 issue of SPECTRA, the ASPECT Journal. (


Possible paper topics may include: biopolitics and the body; dis/ability; ecological boundaries; financial governance; gender; geopolitics; identity; international relations; language, justice, and translation; local, regional, and global architectures and practices; marginalized knowledges; modernity; nonconformism; non-violent versus violent activism; patriotism and disobedience; postcolonialism; race; religious dissent; sexuality; and underground or covert resistance.


Full drafts of conference papers must be submitted to the conference organizers no later than 5:00 p.m. EST on Friday, March 2, 2015. Conference organizers will circulate final papers to respondents.


To upload the final draft of your paper, please click here: Step one of the submission process



Please direct and and all questions to

Questions concerning the website/registration process should be addressed to Jordan Laney and Anthony Szczurek.

For urgent matters, please call the ASPECT office  (540) 231-0698.

About the ASPECT doctoral program:

ASPECT ( is a signature interdisciplinary and theoretically oriented doctoral program located in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences at Virginia Tech ( Doctoral Students in ASPECT conduct research at the intersection of the humanities, social sciences, and the arts, with an emphasis on social thought, political thought, ethical thought, and cultural thought.  ASPECT works closely with four core departments (History, Philosophy, Political Science, and Religion and Culture) and with the program in Government and International Affairs at Virginia Tech.


Virginia Tech is committed to a policy of non-discrimination in employment and education, and complies with the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities act of 1990 (ADA), Amendment Act of 2008, and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, which prohibit discrimination against individuals with dis/abilities. We are glad to assist and work to make the conference accessible to all. Please contact ASPECT if you foresee a need for arrangements.

Author Guidelines

Supplementary files may include various media (music, video, etc). This is not required.

Submissions for this conference were closed on 2015-03-06.