Conferences and Symposia

The Center organizes and co-sponsors conferences and symposia throughout the year. To apply for conference funding, click here.  Examples of current and past conferences organized by our faculty include:

Horizons of Phenomenology (2018)

Interdisciplinary Humanities Graduate Student Conference

Precarity and Possibility: Imaginings of a New Academy

March 16-17, 2018

Mesoamericans in California: Immigrants’ Resistance, Social Movements, Rights, and Memory

November 3, 2017

Water: Ways of Knowing and Being 

April 7-8, 2017

Interdisciplinary Humanities Graduate Student Conference

The Stories We Tell: Forceful Discourses and the Veracity of Narrative(s)

April 22, 2017

Queer Citizenship and Vulnerability: Beyond Carnality, Against Criminalization and Towards Living - Well

Organized by Professors Jan Goggans, Katherine Brokaw, Nigel Hatton and Interdiciplinary Graduate Students Marilee Shaw, Trevor Jackson, Anna Gurevitz, Scott Nicolay and Ashley Metzer

March 18, 2017

The Bridge is History: Water and the Humanities

Public Conference and Museum Exhibition

Organized by Ruth Mostern, Professor of History, UC Merced and Rina Faletti, Water Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for the Humanities, UC Merced.

October 15, 2017

Interdisciplinary Humanities Graduate Student Conference

Organized by the Interdisciplinary Humanities Graduate Group. Co-sponsored by the Center for the Humanities and the UC Merced Graduate Division.

April 23, 2016

Inaugural Interdisciplinary Queer Studies Symposium

Organized by Interdisciplinary Humanities Graduate Student Group. Co-sponsored by the Center for the Humanities and the UC Merced Graduate Division.

April 9, 2016

Southeast Asian American Legacies: 40 Years After the End of the Vietnam War

Organized by Ma Vang, Assistant Professor of Critical Race and Ethnic Studies at UC Merced, and Alisak Sanavongsay and Seng Vang. Co-sponsored by the Center for the Humanities.

December 4, 2015

The World Upside Down Conference

hosted by the Center for the Humanities at UC Merced and organized by the Center's Fellows

April 10-11, 2015

Iberian Studies Symposium                                                

May 1-2, 2015

Blurring the Border: Deporting Denizens in the 21st Century       

April 17-18, 2015

Creative Writing Community Collaboratorium                                 

April 4, 2015

Transmodernity: Journal of Peripheral Cultural Production of the Luso-Hispanic World 

Call for Papers  

Organized by faculty members Ignacio López-Calvo and Cristián Ricci.   

World Cultures Graduate Student Conference


30 Years of Mass Incarceration: Where Do We Go from Here? (2014)


Black Arts Movement and Its Influences (2014)

Bilingualism Conference (2014)

World Cultures Graduate Student Conference (2013)

50 Years of City of Night: New Perspectives on the Work of John Rechy (2013)

Western Humanities Alliance Conference (2012)

Popol Vuh! A Symposium Celebrating the Ancient Maya Creation Myth in LIterature, Iconography, Epigraphy, Ethnohistory, and Archaeology (2012)

Caves and Cognition: Exploring the Cave Experience from Multidisciplinary Perspectives (2012)

"400 Years of Literature and History in the United States: Gaspar de Villagra's Historia de la Nueva México." (2010)