Sixteenth Conference on Baseball in Literature and Culture (April 1, 2011/proposals due January 21, 2011)

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Ron Kates/Middle Tennessee State University
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Sixteenth Conference On Baseball in Literature in Culture
April 1, 2011
On the campus of Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, Tennessee
Keynote Address: Dr. Steve Andrews, Grinnell College
Luncheon Speaker: Jim Rooker, former Major League pitcher and announcer, and current children's book author.

The sixteenth Conference on Baseball in Literature and Culture is soliciting 1-2 page proposals for presentations to be given at the conference on Friday, April 1, 2011. Presenters will have 10-15 minutes. Proposals should summarize the talk as clearly as possible. The conference theme defines "culture" loosely: in addition to baseball literature, topics could include aspects of baseball history, baseball in painting or music, readings of creative works (fiction, non-fiction essays, poems, plays), and so on. All presentations must follow the 10-15 minute format. Statistical analyses of teams and players are not wanted.

Proposals should make clear how baseball relates to some aspect of local, ethnic, regional, national or international culture; we are particularly interested in accepting proposals for multi-disciplinary essays that examine the intersection of baseball and class in American and global cultures.

Proposals should be sent to Dr. Ron Kates, Department of English, Box 70, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN 37132, or by e-mail to Include on the proposal your name, address, phone number, school affiliation, and e-mail address. The deadline for proposals is January 21, 2011. Presenters will be notified of acceptance by February 7, 2011. Conference registration fee is $70 (for both presenters and attendees), which may be paid either in person or by mail.