CFP: Conference on Baseball in Literature and Culture (1/26/07; 3/30/07)

full name / name of organization: 
Ron Kates
contact email: 

The Twelfth Conference on Baseball in Literature and Culture, held at
Middle Tennessee State University, is soliciting 1-2 page proposals for
presentations to be given at the conference on Friday, March 30, 2007.
Presenters will have 20 minutes. 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 and urban development, ballpark design,
baseball and economics, baseball and media, baseball in painting or
music, readings of creative works (fiction, non-fiction essays, poems,
plays), and so on. All presentations must follow the 20 minute format.
Statistical analyses of teams and players are not wanted.

Proposals should make clear how baseball relates to some aspect of
local, ethnic, national or international culture; we are particularly
interested in accepting proposals related to 19th century baseball games
and culutre and also Negro League baseball and culture. Include on the
proposal your name, address, phone number, and e-mail address. Proposals
should be sent to Dr. Ron Kates, Department of English, Box 70, Middle
Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN 37132, or by e-mail to Those individuals who choose to e-mail proposals should
send a hard copy by post as well. The deadline for proposals is Friday,
January 26, 2007. Writers will be notified of acceptance by February 9,
2007. Presenters may have the opportunity to submit papers for possible
publication in a volume of conference proceedings to be published by

As in past years, this conference will have a keynote speaker (who
generally discusses cultural elements of the game) and a luncheon
speaker (a former major league player, manager, or umpire). The speakers
will be added to this CFP once we have worked out contractual details.

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