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Welcome! Benvenuti! Bienvenidos! Bienvenue!

The Graduate Romance Association of the Department of Romance Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill would like to welcome professors, students, and independent scholars to the website for the Carolina Conference for Romance Studies. Over the past twenty-one years, our conference has grown tremendously and is now one of the largest conferences in the country coordinated entirely by graduate students. Each year, professors and graduate students from all over the globe present papers on literature, film, and interdisciplinary topics in French, Italian, Spanish, and Portuguese.

This year, we are taking advantage of the shift in our Department's focus--reflected in our name change from "Languages and Literatures" to "Romance Studies"--to re-envision our long-standing conference. Principal among our changes, we now request that all papers be presented in English. A common presentation language allows us to be more inclusive as we move towards an interdisciplinary conference defined thematically rather than by language.

The title of this year's conferences is Taste and Text(ure). It will be held March31-April 2, 2016.

We are pleased to announce our keynote speakers for this year's conference, Jack Halberstam and Janet Beizer, as well as a presentation by invited artist Diali Cissokho of Kaira Ba.

We sincerely thank our fellow Departments and Centers at UNC for their financial support in maintaining this yearly conference--we invite interdisciplinary participation from their students and faculty.


Abstract submissions for the 2016 Carolina Conference will be accepted via email at They are due January 15, 2016.

You may read the call for papers here.

*Please include the following with your submission :

  • Name 
  • Email Address
  • Affiliation 
  • Classification (ie, Professor, Ph.D. Student, M.A. Student, Post-Doc, Independent)
  • Title
  • Abstract (300-400 words)
  • Relevant Time Period(s) and Country(-ies)
  • Key Words (up to 6)

We look forward to welcoming you to Chapel Hill this spring,

Your CCRS Committee Members


Please direct any questions to us at