Call for Papers


Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut is pleased to host the second annual CTW Undergraduate Symposium in the Arts and Humanities on Saturday, November 12, 2022. This symposium will give undergraduate students from the three partner institutions, as well as other institutions in the region, an opportunity to present their original scholarly work in a professional setting.

We invite submissions of scholarship and creative work focusing on any area in the arts and humanities, including: fields such as languages and literatures, history, philosophy, music, theater and dance, art and art history, gender and queer studies, cultural studies, ethnic studies, religious studies, and film and media studies, and also digital, public, and local humanities. This year we are also expanding submissions to broaden participation from students in the visual and performing arts, with space for a limited number of  students to exhibit their work or short dance performance pieces accompanied by a brief “gallery talk”.

Presentations should take the form of 10-15 minute papers, readings, short video screenings, or performances (all creative contributions must also include a brief analytical or explanatory component, such as a gallery talk). Visual arts submissions must meet the size and exhibition specs to be presented in person, otherwise we encourage students to present a documentation of their work. (For details, see Art Submission Guidelines).

Students interested in presenting their research must first contact a faculty member from their home institution to act as a sponsor for developing their presentation. This faculty member will provide guidance as the student works through the various stages of preparing a professional conference presentation. This faculty member will also fill out a short sponsorship form that will be distributed to all students whose abstracts are accepted.

Click here for submission information for students and faculty.

Submissions should be submitted no later than Wednesday, October 19, 2022. Questions may be directed to

            Support for this symposium was provided in part by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.