The Humanities Student Conference, “Crossroads,” provides a friendly venue to showcase student scholarship in the humanities and related disciplines. “Crossroads” is organized by the NSU Center for Applied Humanities in NSU's Halmos College of Arts and Sciences at Nova Southeastern University. This year's conference will take place on Saturday, March 23rd, 2024.


The Crossroads Humanities Student Conference strives to incorporate diverse perspectives and topics from a range of humanities fields including history, philosophy, literature, languages, cultural theory, and the arts. We also invite papers in legal studies, anthropology, sociology, political science, national security, family therapy, communication, conflict resolution studies, and international relations when approached with a humanities lens. The organizers refer presenters to the following definition of the humanities from the National Endowment for the Humanities:

“What are the humanities? The term ‘humanities’ includes, but is not limited to, the study and interpretation of the following: language, both modern and classical; linguistics; literature; history; jurisprudence; philosophy; archaeology; comparative religion; ethics; the history, criticism and theory of the arts; those aspects of social sciences which have humanistic content and employ humanistic methods; and the study and application of the humanities to the human environment with particular attention to reflecting our diverse heritage, traditions, and history and to the relevance of the humanities to the current conditions of national life.”

5th Annual Crossroads Student Humanities Conference

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Students from all academic institutions are invited to submit abstracts of 150 words or less to Dr. Marlisa Santos ( no later than Friday, February 3, 2023. These should be submitted as Word documents or PDF files. Abstracts should include the following:

  • Name of the presenter(s)
  • Institutional affiliation
  • Status at that institution, e.g. sophomore, master’s student, doctoral student, high school student
  • Email address
  • Title of the presentation(s)
  • If a panel, proposed panel topic

Please see the following article on “How to Write a Paper or Conference Proposal Abstract” for additional tips.

Abstracts will be reviewed by a panel of faculty from the Halmos College of Arts and Sciences. Notifications will be sent out by Friday, February 24, 2023.

All conference participants must register by March 22, 2023

  • Lunch will be provided
  • Non-NSU affiliated participants: $25
  • NSU-affiliated participants: No charge
  • Guests: $10

To register, please visit the following registration portal:


  Conference Flyer




The Crossroads Humanities Student Conference invites abstract submissions for oral presentations. All presentations should last between 10 and 15 minutes (approximately 5 to 7 pages of text typed and double-spaced in Times New Roman 12pt font). Presenters will be placed on panels of approximately 3 or 4 students. Each panel will last for an hour and 15 minutes, including time for questions. Presenters may be asked to serve as panel chairs.

You may submit an abstract as an individual paper or a group project. If submitting a group paper, please be sure to note this on your abstract and include the names of all students who contributed to the project. Also, please indicate which members of the group will present at the conference. The entire group may present or select representatives.

You may also submit an abstract for a preformed panel of 3 to 4 presenters. If submitting for a panel, please be sure to note this on your abstract and include the names of all the presenters as well as proposed panel title. Panels will be accepted based on the promise of each individual topic and cohesion of the panel.

The official language of the conference is English. Students in the modern languages wishing to present in Spanish or French are invited to do so. In this case, please submit abstracts in both English and the language of choice.

Your presentation may be an excerpt from a longer paper, but it should stand on its own as a self-contained study that is coherent and that has a specific thematic focus. Papers may include both primary and secondary research.

Schedule is forthcoming and will include opening plenary sessions, panel presentations, and workshops.

Conference Planning Committee

Contact Us

Please feel free to reach out with any questions: Dr. Marlisa Santos:

Past Conferences

NSU Publications

  • Journal of Class, Race and Corporate Power - Class, Race and Corporate Power is an academic journal affiliated with faculty from the Department of History and Political Science at Nova Southeastern University that examines the politics of corporate power. This includes an analysis of capital, labor, and race relations within nation-states and the global economy. We encourage contributions that explore these issues within holistic frameworks that borrow from a range of scholarly disciplines.
  • Digressions - Digressions is the student-run literary and art magazine sponsored by the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences. Undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to submit original works of poetry, short fiction, artwork, and photography for consideration in the magazine, which is published yearly in the winter semester.

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  • Comparative Critical Studies- Comparative Critical Studies seeks to advance methodological (self)reflection on the nature of comparative literature as a discipline.

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