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Upcoming Events

The Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities promotes interdisciplinary research and study in the humanities and social sciences and, when appropriate, the natural sciences. Members of the Vanderbilt community representing a wide variety of specializations take part in the Center’s programs, which are designed to intensify and increase interdisciplinary discussion of academic, social, and cultural issues.

Robert Penn Warren Center Graduate Student Conference

Conference Organizers: Mohammed Allehbi (history) and Philip J. Pettis (sociology)

Due to the cancellation of conferences in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, many Vanderbilt graduate students have lost opportunities to present their research and receive meaningful feedback. The Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities will offer a thematic-based virtual conference for graduate students at the end of April or early May (tbd based upon participant response). This conference offers graduate students and faculty the opportunity to engage in critical academic discourse vital to moving research forward.

We encourage graduate students from a wide spectrum of disciplines in the humanities and social sciences, engaged in humanistic research, to submit proposals. We will provide each participant fifteen minutes to present their paper, with a thirty-minute concluding session for questions and comments to the full panel. We will pre-circulate full-length papers or extended abstracts, and we expect all participants to arrive prepared to discuss their work and engage their fellow participants in substantial discussion. As this will be a forum for meaningful, interdisciplinary interaction, we look forward to participants’ contributions during the conference.

Submission Guidelines

Applicants should submit a 250-300-word abstract and a one-page CV in Word or PDF format, by email to The deadline for paper submissions is April 8, 2020.

For more information, please email the committee at