Conferences & Symposia

2020 Conferences and Symposia

Here, please find information on select local conferences related to the humanities.  Although the Center for the Humanities does not necessarily sponsor or coordinate the conferences listed below, the Center is pleased to promote these events.


The Legacy of Roman Law: A Conference in Honor of Louis A. Mangone

January 23-24, 2020

The conference will begin with a keynote lecture by Charles Donahue, Freund Professor of Law at Harvard University, on Thursday, January 23.  Thursday's reception will begin at 4:30pm at the Kislak Center, followed by the keynote at 5pm.  Then, on Friday, January 24, the conference will begin at 9am in the Shalala Center.  View the schedule here.  Please contact the Department of Classics with questions. 

This event is sponsored by the Department of Classics, the College of Arts and Sciences and the Richter Library. 


Undercurrents: Connection and Rupture in the Caribbean, from the Pre-Columbian Era to 1900

February 13-14, 2020

The movement of people, goods, and ideas has long shaped the economic, political, cultural, and social features of the Caribbean. Rather than taking this circulation for granted, this symposium will explore how the logistics, networks, and paths of movement varied over time and excluded as much as they included. In looking to establish with greater precision the relationships among the circulations of people, goods, and ideas, this symposium gathers scholars working in and across multiple disciplines, whose reflections will not only identify the specificities of local and regional dynamics, but also appraise their long-term impact on the Caribbean and its connections to the broader world.

As part of this symposium, Dr. Jennifer Morgan will deliver a keynote address, which will also serve as the 2020 Edith Bleich lecture.  Please register for the lecture here and RSVP for the conference by emailing  These events are free and open to the public.  Learn more about the Undercurrents conference here.




The Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists' Sixth Biennial Conference of C19

April 2-5, 2020

C19: The Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists is the first academic organization dedicated to nineteenth-century American studies. They are pleased to announce that “Dissent,” the sixth biennial conference of C19, will be hosted by the University of Miami and Florida International University.

They invite individual paper, panel, and roundtable proposals on literature and culture in and beyond the United States during the long nineteenth century. For more information, please visit their Call for Papers.



For the 2020 gathering, the C19 conference will also offer ten seminars that emphasize conversation and interactive dialogue as an alternative to traditional paper and roundtable formats. Seminars will be capped at 15 participants and will be run by facilitators with expertise in the topics. Each participant will submit a five-page position paper before the conference to be read in advance by the other participants so that seminar time can be reserved for discussion. Seminar participants will be listed in the program. For more information, please see the seminar descriptions.

The conference will include a keynote address, which is free and open to the public: "Racial Capitalism, US History, and the Present Crisis" by Nikhil Pal Singh (NYU).  

For complete information on the conference including details on how to register and apply for travel grants, please visit their conference website