Eighteenth Conference on Baseball in Literature and Culture (April 5, 2013/proposals due February 1, 2013)

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Ron Kates/Middle Tennessee State University
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Eighteenth Conference On Baseball in Literature in Culture

April 5, 2013

On the campus of Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Keynote Address: Dr. Andrew Hazucha, Ottawa University

Luncheon Speaker: Former Major League ballplayer TBA (I can't divulge the identity now, but we're working on bringing in someone well-known).

The eighteenth Conference on Baseball in Literature and Culture is soliciting 1-2 page proposals for presentations to be given at the conference on Friday, April 5, 2013. Presenters will have 10-15 minutes in both traditional and table-talk sessions. 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 in painting or music, readings of creative works (fiction, non-fiction essays, poems, plays), and so on. All presentations must follow the 10-15 minute format. Proposals by graduate students are welcomed. We would also consider proposals including undergraduates as part of a panel presentation. Statistical analyses of teams and players are not wanted.

Proposals should make clear how baseball relates to some aspect of local, ethnic, regional, national or international culture; we are particularly interested in accepting proposals for multi-disciplinary essays that examine the intersection of baseball and class in American and global cultures.

Proposals should be sent to Dr. Ron Kates (Ron.Kates@mtsu.edu). Include on the proposal your name, address, phone number, school affiliation, and e-mail address. The deadline for proposals is February 1, 2013. Presenters will be notified of acceptance by February 11, 2013. Conference registration fee is $70 (for both presenters and attendees), which may be paid either in person or by mail.