University of Louisville's Re: Conference March 23, 2012 The Phoenix Effect: Regeneration, Rebirth, Reformation

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Association of Humanities Academics (AHA) at the University of Louisville
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The PhD in Humanities ( and the Association of Humanities Academics at the University of Louisville ( announces the 3rd annual University of Louisville Conference in Humanities, March 23, 2012.
This conference encourages a multi-disciplinary approach to examining issues central to the study of the Humanities. As interdisciplinary scholars and artists, we seek to investigate how we are informed by the scholarship and art that precedes us and how we ratify and revise that dialogue. We welcome papers and artwork that consider issues of cultural, political, social, and institutional significance beyond the traditional disciplinary boundaries as well as those that fortify existing connections within and across them. We are ultimately interested in stimulating a dialogue that will allow for further exploration, academically as well as via creative critique.

The theme for this year's conference is "The Phoenix Effect: Regeneration, Rebirth, Reformation." The conference is interested in papers that explore the various conceptions and interpretations of this year's theme: globally, culturally, and individually. We encourage presenters to consider the multi-faceted aspects of the phoenix effect, what this concept means, and how regeneration, rebirth, and reformation manifest themselves in the world around us. These discussions could explore these concepts in the media (reinventing celebrity images, regenerating the language of the media and political groups); adaptation (popular reinterpretations of literature, art, and film; reexaminations of classical themes and motifs); the cyclic nature of history, philosophy, and art, and how we evaluate these events (reoccurring issues and trends, the recasting of currents styles and tendencies through the lens of prior movements and happenings); religious reformations and rebirths (reinterpreting fundamental religious beliefs through historical events, establishing new religious factions out of older traditions), and any other interdisciplinary topics related to this year's conference theme.

In addition to more critical work, we also encourage creative submissions, including fiction, poetry, performance, or a combination of the above. If submitting creative work, please include details about necessary technology/accommodations.

The conference organizers invite abstracts from graduate students and professional scholars for individual 12-15 minute presentations or panel proposals on interdisciplinary considerations of literature, theory, history, philosophy, the creative arts, language and linguistics, religious studies, women's & gender studies, ethno-musicology, pop culture studies, ethnic studies, and LGBT studies. All critical presenters should submit abstracts, and all creative presenters should submit query letters, of 300 words by February 4, 2012 to Please include your name, affiliation, mailing address, and paper title in your email, and please attach an abstract with title only for blind review. Notification of acceptance will be issued by February 9, 2012. Early registration for the conference opens on February 5th; the cost is $15.00. Late registration ($25.00) begins March 1st and will be accepted through March 16th.

Please visit for more information concerning this conference, including FAQs for both critical and creative submissions.