Speaking and Publishing Opportunities

As a Graduate Liberal Studies student, you have access to many academic development opportunities.  If you have been pursuing an area of research and writing that you would like to share with others, you may want to articulate your thoughts in a conference paper or journal essay that allows them to have resonance beyond our program.  Please see below and check this page periodically for updates.

Publishing Opportunities

The Liberal Studies program at City University of New York (CUNY) sponsors the online journal Zeteo: The Journal of Interdisciplinary Writing, which publishes faculty and student work in a lively interdisciplinary format at http://zeteojournal.com/.   Submission information is at http://zeteojournal.com/news-for-potential-contributors/.  

Confluence is the online journal of the Association of Graduate Liberal Studies Programs (AGLSP) which is based here in our own Duke GLS office.  Confluence, which as a print journal published many essays by Duke GLS students over the years, is now an online journal.  We encourage you to visit Confluence at http://www.aglsp-confluence.org/. The journal welcomes research essays, short fiction, nonfiction, photography, poetry and art, and is eager to receive sub­missions from students, alumni, and faculty of GLS programs.   Access to Confluence requires AGLSP membership; you can join for the special student/alumni rate of $25. To learn more, visit www.aglsp.org or email Marialana at info@aglsp.org.  

Palaver is UNC-Wilmington’s online interdisciplinary journal housed in the Graduate Liberal Studies program. Palaver (palaverjournal.com) seeks submissions that defy the confines of a single discipline and explore multiple disciplinary influences: “We publish creative and academic work that values the nonrestrictive and looks beyond the paradigms of the discipline to converge versatility, skill, and ingenuity in the service of its subject...  We encourage palaver within your work. If you’re still unclear about what interdisciplinary means, check out this list of things we like.” 

Duke GradX 

At Duke's annual GradX, Duke graduate students from across the disciplines give 5-minute presentations -- think TED Talk, but even shorter -- that showcase a compelling research question or issue. The event is anchored by a talk from a guest speaker, and followed by a reception where presenters and attendees can mix and mingle, and discuss interdisciplinary research questions.  The 2017 deadline for abstracts is March 2 at 5 p.m.  Visit the GradX site for more information and check out the archives for past GradX talks by GLS students Andrea Larson (2017), John Bechtold (2016), Ellen Rivers Gambrell (2015), and Max Erdemandi (2014).

Conferences and Symposia

There are two interdisciplinary Graduate Liberal Studies conferences coming up in the next year.  Submitting a paper is a great way to meet other GLS communities and hear different perspectives on topics of interest.

Borders and Migrations -- The Association of Graduate Liberal Studies (AGLSP) Annual Conference, October 11 to 13, 2018.  Hosted by Arizona State University, this year's conference will be held in Phoenix, Arizona.  The AGLSP is the national professional association of GLS programs, faculty, students and staff.  Update: Proposals are now due by June 15, 2018.  Student papers are welcome.  Several Duke GLS students presented at the last conference.



The World of Food: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on What We Eat and Grow, February 21-23, 2019.  This is a regional GLS symposium hosted by Winthrop University and the North Carolina/South Carolina Graduate Liberal Studies Programs Consortium, to which Duke GLS belongs.  Proposals are due by November 2, 2018.  

Further opportunities can be found at:

Center for Philosophy, Art and Literature at Duke (PAL)

Interdisciplinary Studies at Duke

Travel Funding

 ​Lottie Applewhite Travel Awards are available for any student who is delivering a paper at a conference.