Twenty-Fifth Anniversary Conference on Baseball in Literature and Culture

deadline for submissions: 
January 15, 2020
full name / name of organization: 
Ottawa University
contact email: 

Twenty-Fifth Anniversary Conference on Baseball in Literature and Culture

April 3, 2020

On the campus of Ottawa University, Ottawa, Kansas

Keynote Performance: Kevin Kane, singer/songwriter and author of "Breaking the Line with the Mudville Nine"

Keynote Address:  Emily Rutter, Assistant Professor of English at Ball State University and author of Invisible Ball of Dreams: Literary Representations of Baseball behind the Color Line

Luncheon Speaker: J.R. Richard
The twenty-fifth annual Conference on Baseball in Literature and Culture is soliciting one-page proposals for presentations to be given at the conference on Friday, April 3, 2020. Presenters will have 15 minutes in panels comprised of three or four participants. Proposals should summarize the talk as clearly as possible. The conference theme defines “culture” loosely: in addition to baseball literature, topics could include but are not limited to the following:


  • baseball history

  • baseball memoirs and biographies

  • baseball in foreign or non-US cultures

  • baseball in painting, film, music, or the other arts

  • baseball material culture

  • cultural appropriations of baseball
  • readings of creative works (fiction, non-fiction essays, poems, plays)


All presentations must follow the 15-minute format, and proposals should make clear how baseball relates to some aspect of local, ethnic, regional, national or international culture. Proposals by graduate students are welcome, as are pre-formed panels.  

As 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of the Negro Leagues, papers and panels on Negro League baseball are especially encouraged. 

Statistical analyses of teams and players are not suitable.

Proposals should be sent to Dr. Andy Hazucha ( or Dr. Barbara Dinneen (  Include your name, address, phone number, school affiliation if any, and e-mail address.  The deadline for proposals is January 15, 2020.  Presenters will be notified of acceptance by February 1, 2020.  Conference registration fee is $80 (for both presenters and attendees), which may be paid in advance via the conference website.