CFP: Mennonite/s Writing: Beyond Borders (2/1/06; 10/26/06-10/29/06)

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Call for Papers
Mennonite/s Writing: Beyond Borders
Bluffton University
Oct. 26-29, 2006
Keynote: Kathleen Norris=20
Featured writers and critics: Rudy Wiebe, Jean Janzen, John Ruth, Di
Brandt, Julia Kasdorf, Hildi Froese Tiessen, Jeff Gundy, Ann Hostetler,
G. C. Waldrep, Keith Ratzlaff, and many others.=20
Proposals for scholarly papers, creative writing presentations, and
panels are sought for the fourth in a series of conferences on Mennonite
writing in the U.S. and Canada. Building on that tradition and the
burgeoning of both creative work by and about Mennonites and critical
studies of that literature, the conference will both celebrate and
examine this rapidly developing literature.=20
Papers should be suitable for a 15-20 minute reading; panel proposals
should group 3-4 individual presentations suitable for a 75-minute
session. We encourage proposals (250-300 words) on a wide range of
topics, including but not limited to: innovative approaches to
individual authors and texts; comparative and cross-border studies;
theorizing the categories "ethnic" and "literature"; ethnic literature
beyond identity politics; the intersection of Mennonite literature and
the recent "theological turn" in high theory; literary work as
theological endeavor; considerations of older Mennonite literature,
including Martyr's Mirror; considerations of genre Amish and Mennonite
fiction; interdisciplinary and cultural studies approaches;
considerations of Mennonite writing in conversation with other ethnic
literatures; interrogations of national and religious identities as they
pertain to North American Mennonite literature; considerations of
non-fiction and life writing.=20
Creative proposals should be accompanied by a brief writing sample (3-4
poems or one story/essay) and a selective list of publications.
Electronic submissions preferred. Send proposals by Feb. 1, 2006 to=20
Jeff Gundy
Dept. of English 419.358.3283
Bluffton University
1 University Drive
Bluffton, OH 45817-2104
Co-sponsors: Bluffton University and Conrad Grebel University College=20
With generous support from the Lilly Endowment, Inc., and the Marpeck
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