Twenty-Fifth Anniversary Conference on Baseball in Literature & Culture

deadline for submissions: 
April 30, 2021
full name / name of organization: 
Ottawa University
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Twenty-Fifth Anniversary Conference on Baseball in Literature and Culture

July 15-16, 2021

On the campus of Ottawa University, Ottawa, Kansas

Keynote Address:  Dr. Emily Ruth Rutter, 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, canceled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, has been rescheduled for July 15-16, 2021.  We are currently soliciting additional presentations to expand the conference program; one-page proposals are needed for presentations to be given at the conference on Friday, July 16, 2021.  (A Thursday night pre-conference dinner on July 15 will feature a performance by singer/songwriter Kevin Kane and a talk by former Negro Leagues pitcher Pedro Sierra.)  Friday presenters will have 15 minutes in panels comprised of three or four participants. Proposals should summarize the talk as clearly as possible. The conference 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, music, or the other arts
  • baseball material culture
  • cultural appropriations of baseball
  • the business/economics of baseball
  • baseball’s iconic players who died in 2020 and 2021
  • readings of creative works (fiction, non-fiction essays, poems, plays)

All presentations must follow the 15-minute format, and proposals should indicate 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. 

Nota bene: Since 2020 marked 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 (andy.hazucha@ottawa.edu) or Dr. Barbara Dinneen (barbara.dinneen@ottawa.edu).  Include your name, address, phone number, school affiliation if any, and e-mail address.  The deadline for proposals is April 30, 2021.  Presenters will be notified of acceptance by May 15, 2021. Conference registration fee is $90 (for both presenters and attendees), which may be paid in advance via the conference website.