Twentieth Conference on Baseball in Literature and Culture

full name / name of organization: 
Ron Kates/ Middle Tennessee State University
contact email: 

April 3, 2015
On the campus of Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Keynote speaker: New York baseball maven Sarah Bunting

Luncheon Speaker: Ken Griffey Sr.

The twentieth Conference on Baseball in Literature and Culture is soliciting 1-2 page proposals for presentations to be given at the conference on Friday, April 3, 2015. Presenters will have 10-15 minutes in both traditional and table-talk sessions. Proposals should summarize the talk as clearly as possible. The conference theme defines "culture" loosely: in addition to baseball literature, topics could include aspects of baseball history, baseball in painting or music, readings of creative works (fiction, non-fiction essays, poems, plays), and so on. All presentations must follow the 10-15 minute format. Proposals by graduate students are welcomed. We would also consider proposals including undergraduates as part of a panel presentation. Statistical analyses of teams and players are not wanted.

Proposals should make clear how baseball relates to some aspect of local, ethnic, regional, national or international culture; we are particularly interested in accepting proposals for multi-disciplinary essays that examine the intersection of baseball and class in American and global cultures.

Proposals should be sent to Dr. Ron Kates (Ron.Kates@mtsu.edu). Include on the proposal your name, address, phone number, school affiliation, and e-mail address. The deadline for proposals is February 2, 2015. Presenters will be notified of acceptance by February 17, 2015. Conference registration fee is $80 (for both presenters and attendees), which may be paid either in person or by mail.