The Emerson Society is soliciting papers for two panels at the American Literature Association annual conference in San Francisco in May, 2008 and for its program at the Thoreau Society Gathering in Concord, Massachusetts in July, 2008.
Panel I: American Literature Association, May 2008. Emerson’s Representations of Asia, Asia’s Representations of Emerson
Given the recent interest in Emerson and transnational studies, as well as Emerson’s well-known interest in Asian culture, the Emerson Society invites paper proposals on all aspects of Emerson and transpacific cultural interchange. Email 300-word abstracts to Todd H. Richardson (Richardson_t@utpb.edu) by December 15.
Panel II: American Literature Association, May 2008. Emerson and War
Given our persistently bellicose world, the Emerson Society invites paper proposals on Emerson and war, considered philosophically, historically, or biographically. Possible approaches could, for example, examine the development or disconnect of his thought regarding war or his relation to major conflicts involving the U.S. military or other world powers. Email 300-word abstracts to Todd H. Richardson (Richardson_t@utpb.edu) by December 15.
Emerson Society Graduate Student Travel Award
Provides up to $750 of travel support to one of the panels described above. Submit your 300-word abstract by Dec. 15, 2007 to Todd H. Richardson at Richardson_t@utpb.edu and indicate your desire for consideration.
Thoreau Society Gathering, July 2008. Emerson and Social Reform
In concert with the Thoreau Gathering’s 2008 theme, “The Individual and the State: The Politics of Thoreau in Our Time,” for its panel the Emerson Society solicits papers that explore Emerson’s engagement with the practical ethics of reform in his life, writings, or influence. Reform movements and political interests which have received relatively little attention are particularly welcome. Please email 300-word abstracts by November 15 to Todd H. Richardson at Richardson_t@utpb.edu.
ASECS is the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies.
The proposed session is “Letters and the Editor” [Kathryn L. Steele.
401 W. Brooks, BL4, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK 73019-2121;
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org]. Description below:
This panel seeks an interdisciplinary examination of eighteenth-
century letters as archival sources. What did the earliest editors of
letters do to them? Are current editorial, curatorial, and
bibliographic practices keeping up with scholars’ needs? What are our
scholarly and instructional demands of the letter? Are those demands
at odds with letter-writers’ often expressed desire for privacy?
Papers might examine the eighteenth-century’s publication
expectations (including publication through coterie circulation of
manuscripts) of this key genre, or later periods’ expectations–
including, but not limited to our own. Explorations of these issues
through a look at specific writers or circles, or from broad,
methodologically-oriented perspectives will be welcome.
Professor Donald Lazere beat me to an article I first thought about over a year ago: write a twenty-year retrospective analysis of the reception of Allan Bloom’s The Closing of the American Mind. Well, since I didn’t do it, I might as well point you to his view of the book’s legacy. And here’s another piece by Rachel Donadio from last Sunday’s New York Times.
Perhaps Lazere and Donadio’s articles will help in the ongoing evaluations of the Culture Wars by historians. For instance, I was not happy with the analysis of Bloom’s book in James T. Patterson’s Restless Giant: I wanted more unpacking of meaning in Patterson’s story. Hopefully distance will cool tempers and give the next generation a substantial critical analysis of what has happened in the U.S. from the 1970s to now. – TL
I ran across this CFP yesterday. Although I posted it to H-Ideas, it seemed worthy of an underscoring here. In looking through the call I noted that Immanuel Wallerstein will be one of the speakers. Wallerstein has been influential in the field of environmental history. Unfortunately I can’t recall, as I’m writing here with no books at my side, whether his name arose in a book by Donald Worster, William Cronon, or Richard White (hopefully I’m not 0-3 here).
I noticed the CFP below earlier in August, via H-Ideas, but was then distracted with numerous other activities. Anyway, the open-endedness of the call as well as Portland location might interest some of you. Please note that proposals are due in three days, on Sept. 3.
NORTHWEST PHILOSOPHY CONFERENCE
Lewis & Clark College, Portland, Oregon, October 5-6, 2007
Visit this link for more.
CALL FOR PAPERS
The forty-ninth annual Northwest Philosophy Conference is scheduled for Friday afternoon and Saturday, October 5-6, at Lewis & Clark College. Mark McPherran (Simon Fraser University) will be the keynote speaker. Papers in any area of philosophy are welcome. Papers must not exceed a length of 3000 words. Include the following nine items:
(1) a word count – 3000 words maximum!
(2) the author’s name
(3) academic status (professor, unaffiliated, graduate student)
(4) institutional affiliation (if any)
(5) mailing address
(6) email address
(7) telephone number
(8) the paper’s title
(9) an abstract – 100 words maximum!
Submissions which do not include all nine items will not be considered. No more than one submission by the same author will be considered. Email a copy of your paper, as an attachment, in Microsoft Word (DOC), Rich Text Format (RTF), or Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) to email@example.com. Please title your paper as follows: YourLastName_YourFirstName.doc – for example, Locke_John.doc
Papers must be received by SEPTEMBER 3. Papers will be reviewed by a committee. Notification of acceptance will be made via email in early September. Submissions whose authors cannot be contacted through email will be rejected. Each paper will have a commentator. Those interested in commenting should send a note to firstname.lastname@example.org by September 10 of availability and areas of interest. Persons whose papers are accepted will be expected to serve as commentators if asked.
The registration fee is $55 for those pre-registering with a postmark no later than September 15 and $65 thereafter. A student rate is also available: $35 before September 15 and $45 thereafter.
Dear USIH Readers,
This is has been a slow summer for original postings, as might be expected from an academic weblog. With that, below is another CFP that I first saw via H-Ideas (hyperlinks added). This one has a wide-open feel to it; I expect that any number of U.S.-based topics would be welcome. Submissions are due March 1, 2008.
Call for Papers
15th Annual Conference
July 6-10, 2008
Snow Mountain Ranch, in the Colorado Rockies
We invite submissions for the 15th-annual conference of SPCW. We welcome paper on all topics, from any and all philosophical traditions. The society fosters and supports productive philosophical exchange in a constructive environment. New members are always welcomed!
Possible topics might include any of the following, most of which have been themes of conferences over the past 15 years:
– Work, Labor, Creation
– Religious and Secular Institutions in the Contemporary World
– Discourse and Dissent
– Work, Technology and Family
– Revisioning Technology
– Tradition and Memory
– Multiculturalism and Philosophy
– Human Nature and Human Habitats
– Philosophy and Everyday Life
– Authenticity, Autonomy, and Authority: Problems of Authority in the
– Intersubjectivity: Self, Other, and Lifeworld
– Time, History, and Social Change
– Philosophical Issues in the Contemporary World
– Philosophy and Humanistic Studies
– Culture and Ethics
– Power, Law and the Possibility of Peace
– Applying the Virtues
– The Relevance of Philosophy
– Justice and Identity in a Global Context
Please Note: As an open society, we welcome and encourage papers on any topic related to philosophy on the contemporary world (broadly construed).
Standard submissions: papers with a maximum length of 3,000 words. Alternative presentation and creative proposals will be given consideration. Electronic submissions are preferred.
Submissions are due March 1, 2008
Questions and submissions (prepared for blind review) should be sent to the following address:
J. Jeremy Wisnewski
Department of Philosophy
Oneonta, NY 13820
Robert Metcalf, University of Colorado at Denver
Jeremy Wisnewski, Hartwick College