HERA: Humanities Education & Research Association, El Paso, March 11-13, 2010

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Humanities Education & Research Association
contact email: 
mgreen@sfsu.edu, rweber@utep.edu

Call for Papers:
Intersections: Mind, Body, Time, Space
March 11-13, 2010, Camino Real Hotel, El Paso, Texas

The 2010 conference of the Humanities Education and Research Association will take place at one of the most dynamic intersections in the world—the border crossing of El Paso, Texas and Juarez, Mexico. Constant traffic across this border port and the lively interchange of people and ideas through its gates has given birth to a regional identity that blends the Mexican and U. S. populations in a unique Southwestern Culture.

Modern constructs of personal and national identity that separate people from one another have created misunderstandings and hostility among many groups of people and are reflected even in the narrow focus in the academy. Both peoples and ideas have struggled for dominance and privilege. However, the traditions of knowledge were not created by separated paths but by the layering and intersecting of streams of enlightenment and discovery. Aristotle taught that it was the interaction of people that brought out the best and most rational in humanity. His assertion is reflected in the idea of the American contradiction that—for almost 4 centuries—
has been the cultural legacy of the El Paso border area. This year’s HERA conference seeks to explore this age old premise that discourse is the catalyst of creativity and humanity achieves its true greatness in identifying and celebrating layers of creativity through oral, symbolic, and written communication.

HERA invites papers on art, music, literature, philosophy, gender studies, religion, cinema, media studies, cultural studies, museum studies, psychology, anthropology, biology, sociology, geography, geology, or history that speak to the discoveries initiated in these meetings. What does it take to create such intersections of bodies, minds and souls?

What have been the results, and what do we now realize from those points where different elements or genre or approaches have come together?

Are the humanities and the sciences different, unrelated spheres? Are there new, creative ways for science and the humanities to grow and to benefit humanity by taking note of the other? Is it even possible for science and the humanities to live in harmony with one another?

Is there room for cooperation over issues that are not technical problems but deep cultural transformations that can be explored historically and empirically?

Whose social implications can be examined; and whose underlying assumptions can be challenged and reconsidered?

Just as significantly, how is it possible to perpetuate the results of original and spontaneous unions, incorporate them into society and employ them to invigorate the stagnating elements of our educational system and our cultural traditions?

While sponsorship of the HERA conference comes from a majority of colleges and universities, HERA recognizes that the cultural and educational issues in the humanities do not stop at the campus gate. For that reason, all teachers and interested educators from the primary and secondary levels are encouraged to submit proposals and to make plans to attend the 2010 HERA Conference.

Proposal Submissions: All proposals or panels should include names, institutional affiliations, addresses, and email and phone contact numbers of presenter. All proposals should include paper title(s) and a one paragraph abstract for each paper proposed either singly or as part of a panel. Proposals are due by November 15, 2009.

Please send all proposals by email to both: Dr. Marcia Green, email: mgreen@sfsu.edu and Dr. Ronald Weber email: rweber@utep.edu. For other registration and program information consult the HERA website at www.h-e-r-a.com

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