CFP: Craft, Critique, and Culture (3/15/06; 4/7/06)

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Call for Papers
6th Annual CRAFT, CRITIQUE, CULTURE Conference
Redefining Nature
April 7-9, 2006
The University of Iowa
Iowa City, Iowa

CRAFT, CRITIQUE, CULTURE is an interdisciplinary conference focusing on the
intersections between critical and creative approaches to writing both within
and outside the academy. This year's conference will trace the ways nature is
defined, destroyed, encoded, tested, interpreted, manipulated, and usurped
within diverse cultural contexts.
The conference encourages inquiry from a range of disciplines throughout the
humanities and social sciences. We invite the submission of critical,
theoretical and original creative work in a variety of media (including film,
video, music, writing, visual art, artists' books, etc.). This year's
conference will also include keynote presentations from leading scholar in
the field of Literature and the Environment, Professor Michael Branch from the
University of Nevada at Reno, and Globalization Scholar Professor Ursula Heise
of Stanford University.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

• Authenticity and artificiality
• Ecology, environmental studies, ecocriticism
• Writing about the environment
• Plants and Animals
• Landscapes/cityscapes
• The outdoors and recreation
• Exploration and Discovery
• Ecological threats: Pollution, Trash, Extinction, and Reclamation
• Natural Disasters
• Virtual realities, simulations, cybercultures and communities
• Humans and Cyborgs – natural/unnatural identities
• "Human nature"
• Gender, The Body, Sexuality
• Life Cycles, Aging, and Death
• Religion, Spirituality and Nature
• Globalization and Nature
• Civic Responses and Activism

Please submit all paper abstracts or panel proposals to Megan Bygness by email
at Please include the phrase "CCC Proposal" in the
subject line. Submission deadline is February 17, 2006. Visit the website at for more information and scheduling updates.

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