Call for papers for GALA’s 2019 conference

Posted on January 24, 2019

Networks across Time and Space

September 12–14, 2019 Claremont Graduate University, Claremont California, USA Claremont Graduate University will host the 6th Annual GALA conference dedicated to the theme of networks. At its core, GALA represents the partnering of universities, faculty, and students together in a number of different networks of communication, research, idea exploration and teaching. In its sixth year, this conference will assess these networks and examine their value as a cornerstone in the development of liberal arts education. We encourage panels, workshops, papers and roundtable discussions that probe the nature and value of these networks, offer prospective calls for future networks and even explore the success and failure of networks past and present. Proposals that trouble or expand the basic definition of a network as well as those that place the meaning of networks in their presentations are encouraged. Programming for the conference will include:

  • A Provosts’ Panel exploring the Value of Networks for their Universities
  • Plenary Session: Roundtable of Faculty and University Administrators: the Future of the Network and the Value of Partnership
  • Workshops for students and faculty on building networks, local, regional, national and international*
  • Eurovision-style competitive panel entitled ‘Liberal Arts in Five’: participants explaining the value of the liberal arts, with judges of journalists and the audience assessing the ability of participants to explain the value of liberal arts to non-academic audiences.*

*We encourage prospective attendees of the conference to signal their interest in participating in these events as part of the proposal process. Please send proposals of 400 words, along with a short biographical statement, to the GALA Academic Director, Ian Gadd and local hosts, Joshua Goode and Andrew Vosko to by 15 March 2019. The conference will take place on the campus of Claremont Graduate University, a private, free-standing graduate school, that is part of the Claremont College Consortium. Nestled in beautiful Claremont, CA, the seven-college consortium offers a diverse, university-sized faculty set within a liberal arts college atmosphere, all within 35 miles of downtown Los Angeles. Housing and conference registration details, along with further information regarding workshops and special student activities on 12 September 2019, to follow.