Critiquing Culture Undergraduate Essay Contest

by Cultural Studies Student Organizing Committee

Cultural Studies Graduate Student Conference, Critiquing Culture, is organizing an undergraduate essay contest. The winner of this contest will get the chance to present their paper at our annual conference which will be held September 21, 2013 at the Fairfax Campus. 

If you are teaching a class that deals with cultural studies, we would like you to encourage your students to submit to the essay contest, especially those who are considering graduate programs that are in fields related to cultural studies. 


The Cultural Studies Student Organizing Committee in partnership with the Global Affairs program at George Mason University invites submissions for the first annual Critiquing Culture Undergraduate Essay Contest. The contest winner will present their paper at Critiquing Culture: The Cultural Studies Graduate Conference on September 21, 2013 at George Mason University.

This contest is intended to support quality scholarship and original research at the undergraduate level, provide an opportunity for undergraduate students to showcase their work in an academic conference setting, and foster collaboration between undergraduate and graduate students.  The opportunity will benefit students looking to pursue graduate work in fields related to Cultural Studies. Cultural Studies is an inter-disciplinary field that examines cultural objects as part of their social, historical, and economic context with a particular focus on issues of power and inequality.

We encourage essays that address cultural aspects of globalization, media, history, gender and sexuality, identity, political economy, the environment or race among other potential topics. Essays should engage and contribute to current scholarship on the topic and may include original research conducted by the author(s). The Critiquing Culture Undergraduate Essay Contest is open to students that are currently enrolled in an undergraduate degree program at George Mason University.

Papers should be seven to nine pages long double-spaced and should be submitted to with the subject line “Undergraduate Essay Contest” by 15 June 2013 along with the author’s current CV.