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Day of Aspiring Scholars 3

For the third consecutive year, doctoral students in humanities and social sciences and PhD candidates are invited to apply for the scholarly and creative conference "Day of Aspiring Scholars", which, for the first time, will take place in a hybrid format: the papers will be read in person, but a live internet broadcast will be provided, as well as the opportunity to submit pre-recorded poster presentations.

The aim of the conference is to promote academic growth of future researchers by supporting networking and solidarity. Unlike previous years, when the conference did not have a unifying theme, this year the theme of the conference is creativity in scholarship.

This theme allows highlighting creative and interdisciplinary approaches in research, thus not only creating a space for an exchange of ideas, but also supporting innovative research. Applicants are invited to reflect on what are the main unexpected obstacles encountered while developing doctoral work, and how these obstacles can be overcome using interdisciplinary, transdisciplinary, or experimental approaches, collaboration and/or various creative solutions.

The organizers encourage participants to present not only academic papers but also – to prepare interdisciplinary and creative presentations. When creating the program, applications for both academic papers and artistic performances will be considered, emphasizing those that have been developed both individually and collaboratively, and blurring the line between creative self-expression and research.

“Day of Aspiring Scholars” welcomes applications from PhD students in the humanities and social sciences and PhD candidates who are developing research in a variety of fields including, but not limited to:

Applications that engage with contemporary theories and methodologies are preferred, including but not limited to: feminism, gender studies, queer theory, posthumanism, affect theory, postcriticism, ecocriticism, new materialism, autoethnography, etc.

Working language: Latvian or English.

Individual papers, artistic and/or interdisciplinary performances, and poster presentations are welcome; the duration of an individual paper, including the discussion, is 30 minutes; performance – up to 15 minutes; maximum duration of poster presentation – 5 minutes. Individual readings and performances must occur only in person; it is allowed to submit a poster presentation for both in-person and online presentation, but an online poster presentation must be done by submitting a pre-prepared video prior to the conference (remote poster presentations will be included in the program if enough applications are received).

Keynote speaker: feminist scholar, researcher, and art curator Jana Kukaine.

The application must include the speaker's name, the topic of the paper, an abstract up to 1,500 characters (in the case of a paper or performance) or a poster application (up to 1,000 characters), the workplace or educational institution represented, an e-mail address, as well as (in the case of a poster) whether it is intended to be presented in person or remotely. In-person presentations will be preferred.

Applications can be submitted by April 24, 2023 electronically:

Notifications about the inclusion of the paper in the conference program will be sent by May 1, 2023.

The conference is organized by The Institute of Literature, Folklore and Art of the University of Latvia, The Faculty of Humanities of The University of Latvia (UL), and The Latvian Language Institute, UL.

Further information:

Conference is founded by State Culture Capital Foundation.

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