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Constructing the Human through Music
Stanislaus, CA, October 1998

CALL FOR PAPERS Constructing the Human Through Music
As a part of the Second Annual Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference, to be held at California State University, Stanislaus, October 9th and 10th, 1998, I invite submissions of papers and panels pertaining to the connection of music to literature. The connection of music to literature is widespread and unavoidable. This intersection can be manifest in something as simple as the rock band Coyote Springs in the Sherman Alexie novel Reservation Blues, or as complex as the relation of the language and mentality of the Blues to the poetry of Langston Hughes. Using literature to explore the potential of music or using musical qualities to enhance writing is the focus of this panel. Topics may include but are not limited to: Jazz and the Blues in Harlem Ren. Lit. Observations of orality and music in Native American Lit. How does music affect lyrical meaning? Why is there music? What is it and how does it work? Investigations into poetry and rhythm Investigations into, Rap, Scat, and all of that Using musical qualities to set the tone in fiction I also invite musicians to join this panel in addition to literary scholars. Music seems as natural an aspect of humanity as any other. Questioning the nature of a human invention that possesses the ability to generate such tremendous emotional responses is another focus of this panel. This is perfectly suited for a musician who spends great amounts of time pondering his own love of music. Papers on music theory, creative nonfiction pieces concerning the power of music, writings by musicians explaining, in layman's terms, the ideas behind improvisational jazz, for instance, or describing what is happening while creating music on stage are all well within the boundaries of this panel. Location: California State Stanislaus is situated in Northern California, midway between San Francisco and Yosemite. Please mail, fax or E-mail abstracts of approximately 250 words by the aforementioned deadline to the address listed below.
Call For Papers: CONSTRUCTIONS OF THE HUMAN: SPACE, TIME, & CULTURE Second Annual Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, STANISLAUS October 9-10, 1998
We invite participants to explore "Constructions of the Human" in American, British, and/or World culture from any disciplinary perspective. Anyone working in such areas as Literature, History, Philosophy, Sociology, Psychology, Anthropology, Geography, Law, the Sciences, and the Fine Arts may submit abstracts of approximately 250 words for papers of 15 minutes. Interdisciplinary approaches are particularly welcome, as are proposals for panels. Papers might explore, but are not limited to, such topics as The Human in relation to: Time: Narrative Theory; Films & Film Theory; Images of Childhood; Images of Eden; Coming of Age; Lost Innocence; Memory; History, Historicism, & Historiography); Space: Theories of Space (Lefebvre, Bachelard); Geography ("Antipode,"Soja, Harvey); Town & Country; Images of the City; the Pastoral; Culture: Literacy & Technology; Writing, Rhetoric, & Multilingualism; Constructions of Identity, Gender, and/or Sexuality; Gay & Lesbian Studies (Dollimore, D'Emilio, Fuss); Chaos Theory; Aesthetics; Postcolonial Studies (the Subaltern Collective, Bhabha, Spivak); Anthropology (Rosaldo, Hall, Clifford); Critical Theory & Philosophy (Derrida, Levinas, et al); and Definitions of Culture (High, Low, Pop). A virtual journal of essays arising from this conference will be published in Spring 1999. The virtual journal of 1997's conference essays will be on the CSU/S web in May, 1998. Conference Location: California State University, Stanislaus, in Northern California, is situated midway between San Francisco and Yosemite. Special conference events include a film, banquet, and day-trip to Yosemite National Park. Submission Deadlines: Early submission deadline is May 1; final submission deadline is September 4. To allow participants time to plan their travel arrangements and to apply to their universities for funding, abstracts received prior to May 1 will be notified of acceptance as soon as possible after receipt. We recommend, therefore, that participants submit as early as possible. Send abstracts to: Interdisciplinary Conference Committee English Department California State University, Stanislaus 801 W. Monte Vista Avenue Turlock, CA 95382 USA Please direct questions and inquiries to: e-mail: gradjou@toto.csustan.edu phone: +1-(209) 667-3361 fax: +1-(209) 667-3720