UPDATE: [Graduate] Space, Place, and Imagination (Graduate) (11/19/07; 3/29/08)

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Laurie Carlson
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Space, Place, and Imagination*
Second Annual URI Graduate Student Conference: 29 March 2008
  Extended Deadline 19 November 2007
Keynote Speakers:
Deborah Davis, author, historian, & veteran film executive
Mark Urman, U.S. theatrical head of THINKFilm

        Deborah Davis is the author of Strapless: John Singer Sargent and
the Fall of Madame X (2003), Party of the Century: The Fabulous Story of
Truman Capote and his Black and White Ball (2006), The Secret Lives of
Frames: One Hundred Years of Art and Artistry (2007), and the
forthcoming Newport, Gilded: Riches, Romance, and Reversals of Fortune
in America's Most Exclusive Resort (2008). Davis has also worked as a
story editor and analyst for Warner Bros., Columbia TriStar, Disney,
Miramax, and the William Morris Agency.

          Mark Urman is U.S. Theatrical Head of THINKFilm. Prior to
THINKFilm, Urman was co-president of the U.S. Theatrical Releasing
division of Lions Gate Films, where he engineered the marketing and
distribution of such successes as Gods and Monsters, Affliction, Shadow
of the Vampire, The Red Violin, and The Dinner Game. He executive
produced Monster's Ball, for which Halle Berry won the Oscar for Best
Actress. He has collaborated closely with directors Gus Van Sant, Jodie
Foster, and Jonathan Demme.
        From early quests to discover new worlds to contemporary
explorations of the frontiers of cyberspace, space and place play a
defining role in global imagination. Intimately tied to our understanding
of ourselves and others, our environment(s), and our institutions, space
and place shape who we are and how we understand the world in which we
live. From what physical or cultural vantages do we read, write, paint,
understand social and business processes, engage with our environments,
and imagine new or old spatial frontiers? How does occupying certain (or
uncertain) spaces and places invigorate and/or frustrate our attempts to
face the political, social, and scientific challenges of an increasingly
globalized world?
The graduate community at URI invites submissions for presentations and
panels pertaining to issues of space, place, and imagination. We
anticipate a wide range of presentations from a variety of disciplines.
Possible topics and areas of interest include, but are not restricted to:

• Cultural Uses of Space/Place (Urban/ Rural Spaces, Cemeteries,
Public Sculptures, Native Peoples’ Reservations, Internment/Refugee
Camps, etc.)

• Portrayals of Space/Place (Geography, History, Cartography)

• Written and Spoken Uses of Space/Place (Journalism, Mass media,

• Environmental Spaces/Places (Land, Oceans, Outer Space)

• Scientific Uses of Space (Medicine, Pharmacology, Psychology,
Biology, Chemistry, etc.)

• Arts and Uses of Space (Visual Arts, including Architecture,
Film, Interior and Landscape Design, Drama, Dance, Photography, and Music)

• Virtual and Cyber-spaces

• The Body and Space/Place (Acting, Dance, Race, Class, Gender)

• Institutional Spaces/Places (Education, Justice, Church, Business)

Please propose individual papers or panels, and indicate whether you are
willing to moderate a panel. Panels of 3-4 presentations are especially

To propose a paper, please submit a cover page with your name;
institutional affiliation;
contact information (mailing address, phone number, and email), a 250-
word abstract of the paper; a roughly 100-word bio; and a detailed
request for audiovisual equipment if needed. Presentations will be
limited to fifteen minutes (about seven double-spaced pages).

To propose a panel, please submit a cover page including the title of the
panel and the names of presenters; a panel abstract of 150-250 words; a
separate page with the names of presenters, their contact information
(mailing address, phone number, and email) and institutional affiliation
(s), and the titles of their presentations; and a 250-word abstract for
each paper. Panels will be one hour and fifteen minutes long.

The conference committee requests the submission of materials in the body
of an email or as an attachment in Word, text, or PDF document sent to
Stefanie Head (stefanie_head_at_mail.uri.edu ). We are happy to answer any
questions regarding the conference. Please contact Laurie Carlson

Deadline for submissions is 8:00 a.m. Monday, 19 November 2007.

Notification of acceptance will be by Thursday, 29 November 2007.
There will be a registration fee for each individual selected to
participate in the conference. This fee includes continental breakfast,
a buffet luncheon, and a closing reception. Payment received by 1 March
is to be in the amount of $20.00. After 1 March, the fee will be $25.00.

* Taken from the title of Chapter 3 of Lawrence Buell’s (2005) Future of
Environmental Criticism: Environmental Crisis and Literary Imagination
(Blackwell Manifestos).

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