CFP: Literature and Science (11/1/06; PCA/ACA, 4/12/06-4/16/06)

full name / name of organization: 
Ian Roberts
contact email: 

Call for Papers:

The American Culture Association has a new area! Does your teaching and/or
research touch on the relationships between the humanities and sciences?
Finally, another place to share ideas and informally meet with others
interested in Literature and Science!

The Literature and Science Area of the American Culture Association invites
submissions for the 2006 PCA/ACA National Conference, to be held at the
Marriott Marquis Hotel in charming Atlanta, Georgia from April 12-16.

Interpretive papers focusing on the representation or integration of
science in specific literary texts are especially encouraged. However,
proposals dealing with any aspect of the interdisciplinary field of
literature and science are welcome. Topics related to the interrelations of
the humanities and sciences include:

--Theoretical, methodological, historical, sociological, political,
economic, international, intercultural, visual, textual, and rhetorical
commonalities or conflicts
--Institutionalization and inter/disciplinarity of literature and science
as a field of study.
--Literature and science course philosophy, pedagogy, design, and texts
--Use of literature (hard SF and other) to help teach science
--Literary/rhetorical analyses of scientific texts
--Origins and effects of such genre distinctions as "science fiction" and
"popular science" on literary interpretation and on attitudes toward
canonicity and professional prestige
--Differing beliefs about the meaning or significance of evolution, free
will, and literacy in the humanities and sciences
--Literary realism and naturalism as a locus of humanistic and scientific
--Evolutionary criticism and biopoetics

Please submit 150-200 word abstracts of papers or panel proposals by
November 1, 2005 to:

Ian F. Roberts, Ph.D.
Area Chair, Literature and Science
Associate Professor of English
Missouri Western State University
4525 Downs Drive
St. Joseph, MO 64507

For further information about the conference, please visit the PCA/ACA
website at

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