Western Crossroads: Literature, Social Justice, Environment

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Western Crossroads:
Literature, Social Justice, Environment

Western Literature Association Conference November 7-10, 2012 Lubbock Texas

Lubbock, TX is nicknamed "The Hub City" because it has historically been the crossroads of the vast, multicultural South Plains—home to Native peoples for 15,000 years, first dubbed the Llano Estacado (Staked Plains) by Coronado in 1540, and once referred to as the American Serengeti for its massive herds of buffalo, pronghorn, and deer. The WLA's 47th annual conference will take place at the Overton Hotel in Lubbock across the street from Texas Tech University. We will honor the careers of Distinguished Achievement Award winners Richard Slotkin and his former student, filmmaker and producer Joss Whedon, and engage with featured writers Annie Proulx, Christina Garcia, Barry Lopez, Naomi Shihab Nye, and others.

The 2012 WLA Conference invites proposals engaging themes of Literature, Social Justice, and Environment in Western texts; panels or papers on any of our featured authors; or presentations on any aspect of Western literatures and cultures. The 2012 conference also welcomes proposals for inclusion in interdisciplinary panels that approach such topics across disciplines (for example, a panel may examine images of the Western prairies in the novels of Willa Cather, Western films like High Plains Drifter, traditional Western folk songs, and contemporary Western art). Other topics may include:
• Animals and animal studies in the West
• Native literatures of the High Plains
• Art and artists/music and musicians of Texas and the West
• Texas Tall Tales and Western humor
• Spanish exploration and colonization in Texas and the West
• Mexico-Texans: Mexican American literatures in Texas
• Western films and television
• Western Sci Fi
• The West in graphic novels
SUBMISSIONS must include a 250-word abstract, your full name, affiliation, contact information, and A/V requests (we will not provide computers). Proposals for panels (four presenters) and roundtables must include an abstract and all above information for all presenters. No more than one presentation per conference please. If you are proposing an interdisciplinary panel, or are willing to present on one, please note this in your abstract. DEADLINE: June 22, 2012.
Submit abstracts to Sara Spurgeon at sara.spurgeon@ttu.edu
For more information, see http://www.usu.edu/westlit/wla-conference-2012/