Call for Proposals

Submission deadline: January 28, 2022

The Seeding Relations Conference Committee is thrilled to announce the virtual 2022 Mahindra Humanities Center Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference at Harvard University, Seeding Relations: Beyond Settler Colonial and Racialized Ecologies. This two-day online conference will be held on Zoom on Friday, March 25 and Saturday, March 26, 2022.

Settler colonialism and racial capitalism have emerged as powerful analytic tools for historicizing and theorizing transcontinental intimacies, imperial imaginaries, economic networks, and bureaucratic infrastructures. This conference seeks to place these analytics in conversation and tension with practices of anti-colonial inquiry, world-making, knowledge production, intimacy formation and imagination that surge within, against and beyond settler and racialized ecologies. 

In the spirit of building kinship and reimagining relations, our conference will invite graduate students to participate in roundtables rather than traditional paper panels. Graduate students will receive constructive feedback about works in progress, engage in thoughtful discussion about new directions of their fields, and build a network of interdisciplinary scholars. After being accepted, each person will be asked to submit their piece to the Committee and other members of their roundtable, and will be responsible for preparing comments on the work of their roundtable colleagues before the conference. Participants will present for seven minutes at the conference on their submission. Paper submissions should be 8-10 pages, and alternative forms should not be overly cumbersome for roundtable panelists to review. 

Submission Guidelines

We invite graduate students to submit proposals for papers, poems, visual or material art, maps, digital compositions, or other forms that engage with one or more of the keywords below. 

  • Seed: origins of interdependence
  • Ceremony: a coming together to ensure physical and spiritual wellbeing
  • Cacophony: the dissonant overlapping of voices and narratives  
  • Confluence: where multiple communities or ways of knowing meet, as rivers might

To apply, please provide a title and a 300-word abstract of your submission through the submission tab above.


  • January 28: 300-word abstract due via submission portal
  • February 4: Committee will inform applicants of their acceptance and roundtable conversants
  • March 11: Full submissions due to Committee and co-panelists
  • March 25-26: Conference dates