CFP: Virginia Humanities Conference: Jamestown 2007 and the Invention of America (12/15/06; 3/30/07-3/31/07)

full name / name of organization: 
George Hillow
contact email: 
hillow@cnu.edu

The 2007 Virginia Humanities Conference meets at Christopher Newport
University in Newport News, VA on Friday-Saturday, March 30-31, 2007.
The theme is "Jamestown 2007 and the Invention of America: Reality and
Fiction." VHC invites scholars and artists from all disciplines to
propose papers, panels or similar sessions by mailing, faxing, or
emailing a one-to-two-page abstract to George Hillow, President of the
Virginia Humanities Conference, Theater Department, Christopher Newport
University, One University Place, Newport News, VA 23606; FAX
757-594-7389; hillow_at_cnu.edu. The deadline for abstracts is December
15, 2006.

Theme Explanation:
Walt Whitman called America a "nation of nations." But 400 years after
Jamestown's founding, what and who has our nation become? What portion
of our national self-concept is real, and what portion is fictional?
The invention of America led to ephochal results, but how do we fairly
evaluate those results? What was our original trajectory 400 years
ago? Where are we now, and where are we heading? The 20th Century has
been called the American century, but what will our role be in the
21st? Will Yankee ingenuity continue to reinvent America? How do we
measure up to the Jeffersonian ideals of "life, liberty and the pursuit
of happiness" for all? Where do the humanities fit in?

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cfp categories: 
american