CFP: [Graduate] Natures: Authenticity, Artificiality, and Authorship [11/21/08; 2/20/09]

full name / name of organization: 
Lora Geriguis
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The Natures Conference, open to graduate students in all area of
humanities research, will be held at La Sierra University on February 20,
2009. Proposals for 20 minute paper presentations on a wide range of
topics broadly related to the theme of “NATURES: Authenticity,
Artificiality, and Authorship” are invited.

Human nature and its relationship to the natural world has long been the
subject of investigation. Humans have both celebrated and exploited the
link between themselves and their environment in their behavior,
literature, art, culture, and scholarship. All the disciplines belonging
to the humanities have participated in the effort to define or debunk
what constitutes the natural and unnatural, authenticity and
artificiality, within our understanding of, and experience with human
nature. Creative expression, ranging from medieval spiritual
autobiography, to enlightenment portraiture, to feminist historiography,
to 21st century television dramas, have been part of the inquiry into the
mystery of humanity and its natures, visa vi the natural world.

Papers relevant to the following subjects are particularly sought, but
all submissions will be considered:

Creation stories: mythology, theology, and authorship
Apocalyptic texts: the creation of destruction
Nature gone wild: natural disasters in art, film, history, literature,
and religion
The cycle of life in literature and history: birth, death, beginnings,
Landscapes and cityscapes
Unnatural nature: science, illicit creation, and composition
The faces of nature: personification and representation
The nature of race: performance and authenticity
Mother nature: gender, creativity, and authorship
Read vs. Reel: authenticity and innovation in written and filmic texts
Ecocriticism: investigating the intersection of nature and human behavior

Submissions of paper titles, 50 word abstracts and 250 word summaries
should be directed to by November 21, 2008 with the
subject line “Natures Conference Submission.” Please include in the body
of your email your name, institution, area of study, year in program, and
email address. Notification of accepted proposals will be made by January
5, 2009, at which time information regarding the application form and
registration fees ($30) will be distributed.

Organizers are looking into the possibility of publishing selected papers
presented at the conference in a spring issue of “Musings,” the literary
journal periodically produced by the English and Communication department
of La Sierra University.

The Natures Conference will be held at La Sierra University, 4500
Riverwalk Parkway, Riverside, CA 92515.

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