[UPDATED] RAW: Research, Art, and Writing Graduate Student Conference 2023

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Call for Papers
January 16, 2023
Texas, United States
Subject Fields: 
Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Film and Film History, Humanities, Literature, Theatre & Performance History / Studies

The Arts, Humanities, &Technology Association of Graduate Students of The University of Texas at Dallas presents:

The fourteenth annual RAW: Research, Art & Writing Graduate Student Conference

Women, Art, Freedom

Date: Saturday, February 11, 2023

Location: Richardson, TX & Online

Subject Fields: Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Fine Arts, Humanities, Languages, Literature, History, Philosophy, Art and Technology

The Arts, Humanities, &Technology Association of Graduate Students (AGS) of UTD is now inviting proposals for the fourteenth annual RAW conference. The conference is organized by and for graduate student scholars to engage in scholarly and creative conversations with peers across the various fields of the humanities. Our 2023 conference will be facilitated in a hybrid format: in-person presentations will be hosted in Richardson, Texas; remote presentations will be hosted online.

This year, in light of the situation in Iran, and how it is affecting the global presence of women in different societies, and the art they created as they negotiate their relationship with freedom, we invite scholarly papers and creative projects that address the part women play in bringing art into everyday life. How do women engage/disengage with the amount of freedom they have, and see themselves and the world through the limitations forced upon them? How do we look to the historical journey to freedom of women to understand the present and/or the future in which there will be no oppression for women? From the women who created Blues in America, singing their pain from racism, to contemporary Chinese women artists trying to make sense of their quickly changing society and how women fit into it, women have used art to describe or attempt to formulate their relationships to freedom. We hope the wide scope of our theme this year will allow the incorporation of submissions from across the humanities disciplines.


Presenters at the RAW 2023 conference will be eligible to submit their paper or creative work for the following awards:

  • 12th Annual Sherry Clarkson Prize for best scholarly paper
  • The inaugural RAW Committee Award for Outstanding Presentation 


General Guidelines:

  • All submissions will require a title for the submission, brief biographical information, three to five keywords, and whether the presenter will be attending in-person or virtually. All accepted presenters must register for the conference after notice of acceptance (Early bird DEC 1-30, in person $50, / JAN 1-17 online $30, in person $55, / Late JAN 18-FEB 10 online $35, in person $60).

Scholarly Papers:

  • Paper proposals require an abstract of 250-300 words that addresses the paper’s argument and scholarly significance to the chosen field: history, literature, philosophy, or visual and performing arts. Accepted scholarly papers are expected to fulfill a fifteen-minute presentation.

Creative Works:

  • Creative project proposals require a concept note of 250-300 words that addresses the work’s perspective, medium, and significance. Accepted creative works are expected to present an Artist Statement and display the creative work within a fifteen-minute presentation. Examples include creative writing, visual art, Performance, or multimedia works.

Notices of Acceptance:

  • Notices of acceptance will be sent out  to the applicants 


To submit your proposal for RAW 2023, click here.

Submission Deadline: January 16th, 2023

To register for RAW 2023, click here. 



Contact Info: 

Shahrzad Hamzeh (They,Them/ She, Her)--RAW Conference Coordinator