Texas Tech University

Annual Conference in the Humanities 2024: "Value/Values"

Value/Values Annual Conference 2024

Call for Papers

The Humanities Center at Texas Tech
Annual Conference 2024: 

Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas
April 26-27, 2024

Keynote Speaker:
Dr. Agnes Callard,

Associate Professor of Philosophy,
University of Chicago

Author of Aspiration: The Agency of Becoming 

The Humanities Center at Texas Tech University (Lubbock, Texas) announces its call for papers for our Annual Conference in the Humanities, to be held in Lubbock over April 26-27, 2024. The conference topic each year aligns with the Center's annual theme, which for 2023-2024 is “Value/Values.”

We are interested in papers that engage scholarly conversations about value and/or values across any of the following disciplines: art, literature, rhetoric, communication, history, film and media, music, philosophy, law, digital humanities, museum and/or archival studies, critical race studies, ethnic studies, women's and gender studies, design, and education.  This list, in keeping with the Humanities Center's expansive mission, is open-ended.

The Center's vision of the humanities is a broad one and we encourage presentations and panels that rethink disciplinary boundaries and traditional academic research. That said, we also welcome work that reflects a comprehensive historical scope.  This conference aims to bring together an international group of scholars to interrogate how we assign value (aesthetically, politically, culturally) and to consider the mechanics of evaluation in relationship to values (ideological, moral, ethical) either explicit or unspoken. We will host conversations that engage these concerns through time and across modes of inquiry in the humanities.

The TTU Humanities Center welcomes abstracts for individual papers as well as proposals for fully formed panels that address these or other related issues. Potential speakers should send an abstract of 300 words and a brief CV (no more than 2 pages) highlighting work relevant to the topic at hand. Scholars proposing a panel should provide an abstract of no more than 500 words and include a list of contributors (with the titles of their papers) as well as brief CVs (no more than 2 pages) for each.  

Abstracts and panel proposals should be submitted to humanitiescenter@ttu.edu by January 15, 2024 with all documents contained in a single PDF. In the subject line of your submission, please use the following format: "VALUEConference/YOUR NAME/YOUR PROPOSAL or ABSTRACT TITLE" (e.g., VALUEConference/Smith/ValueAndTheArts). We will make decisions as soon as possible after that in order to ensure sufficient time for participants to make travel arrangements.