Mardi Gras Conference

Conference History

The LSU English Graduate Student Association’s annual Mardi Gras Conference takes place every year on the week prior to Mardi Gras. This conference has a long and prestigious history, and it is currently in its 23rd year through the financial support of PSIF Organizational Support, the English department, and the EGSA.  Presenters have come not only from the United States but also from across the world, including Canada, Israel, England, Germany, and a host of other countries.  Furthermore, the conference has attracted many top scholars as keynote speakers, such as Terry Eagleton, Brian McHale, Cathy Davidson, Timothy Brennan, and Meredith McGill.

2016 Call for Papers

Conference Dates: February 4-5, 2016

Submission Deadline: December 15, 2015

Contact: mardigrasconference2016@gmail. com



Individuals from around the globe travel to Louisiana early in the year to participate in Mardi Gras celebrations. Whether you’re in it for the famous brass bands, cultural masks, religious traditions, mounds of plastic beads, or the baby inside your King Cake, the Carnival and Mardi Gras Season is a time for rebirth.

Mardi Gras season is a time of literal and figurative transformations. People either make themselves over into something entirely different, release repressed aspects of themselves, or reconnect with a strand of their origins. Because Mardi Gras falls so early in the new year this season, it’s also a time to refresh, to begin again. A significant Louisiana tradition that’s popular during Mardi Gras season is the Second Line, a line of people dancing behind musicians that all are welcomed to join. The Second Line celebrates moments of transition in times of both joy and sorrow.

With all of this history, merry making, and music in mind, we invite you to participate in the 2016 Mardi Gras Conference! This year we are looking for graduate and exceptional undergraduate papers, presentations, and performances from all scholarly fields exploring the idea of REBIRTH. Submissions may address related topics including but not limited to: renaissance, recycling, revival, remix, revitalization, renewal, resurrection, transformation, transfiguration, reincarnation, recovery, regeneration, restoration, mutation, migration, or reinvention.

Presentations should be no more than 20 minutes in length. 

Please submit your 250-300 word abstract as well as your University affiliation to Charla Hughes and Sarah Webb (Mardi Gras Co-Chairs) at by December 15, 2015.

And, YES, there will be a Second Line!