10.0491 two worthy conferences

WILLARD MCCARTY (willard.mccarty@kcl.ac.uk)
Wed, 4 Dec 1996 20:48:55 +0000 (GMT)

Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 10, No. 491.
Center for Electronic Texts in the Humanities (Princeton/Rutgers)
Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
Information at http://www.princeton.edu/~mccarty/humanist/

[1] From: Richard Caccavale <rcaccava@du.edu> (105)
Subject: The Marriage of Writers and Critics

[2] From: Peter Liddell <pgl@uvic.ca> (57)
Subject: FLEAT III Call for Participation

Date: Tue, 3 Dec 1996 11:05:17 -0700
From: Richard Caccavale <rcaccava@du.edu>
Subject: The Marriage of Writers and Critics

Please post the following Call for Papers to Humanist. Although it may not
seem relevant at first, one of our considerations is the effect of
hypertext on the author and reader. This is explained below.

Please reply to Cridifferences@du.edu for more information on this post.

Reconcilable (In)Differences: The Marriage of Writers and Critics

In honor of the 50th anniversary of the Writing Program at the
University of Denver, the Creative Writing Program, in conjunction with the
Academic Literature Program, is sponsoring a conference to explore the
growing schism between writers and critics.

Mission Statement

Pressures of professionalization for writers have led to an increase
in the number of degree-granting institutions for poets, essayists,
dramatists, and fiction writers hoping to work in the Academy. As a result,
writers in the Academy are engaging, often for the first time, with
literary and philosophical theoretics sometimes at odds with their own
position as would-be craftspeople. Likewise, professional critics,
theorists, and academics find themselves in the position of being
surrounded in the university setting by individuals who challenge much of
contemporary critical perspective in favor of a return to a craft-oriented
reading of a work. What does all this mean, then, for the writer, the
critical theorists, and the process of hermeneutics
in particular? The re-emergence of the writer/critic and the critic/writer
highlights the late twentieth-century schism that seems to have widened
steadily between the two disciplines. As graduate writers increasingly mix
with graduate theorists, academia must turn its attention back to the roots
of critical inquiry in an effort to reverse, somehow, the resulting
fragmentation of its departments into scattered and often highly
specialized camps. This conference will allow a continuation of recent
attempts to reconcile both halves of contemporary literary
thinking--affording both academics and writers an opportunity to speak to
the future of textual concerns in this thickening climate of professional
and pre-professional integration.

The current academy, in that it plays host to both critical and
creative endeavors--often originating from the same individual(s)--has
become a hotbed of this type of theoretical debate. Yet as visiting writer
Amitav Ghosh noted recently, "creative writers and literary critics have
never been farther apart than they are today." The purpose of this
conference will be to provide a forum for both critical and "creative"
theoretics. The new millennium promises sweeping changes in the Academy
with concomitant changes in literary theory and practice. What we are
looking for are ideas which engage and further this debate, and which will
illuminate, perhaps, a common ground upon which the problems of textual
studies can be collectively identified and discussed.

Topics for Investigation

* The Role of the Writer / The Role of the Theorist in Textual Studies

* Limiting or Delimiting Interpretation: Hermeneutics, Philosophy, and the
Elusive Text

* Narratology in the Post-Colonial and New Historical Climate

* New-Formalism, Re-Formalism, and Contemporary Theoretical Investigation

* Professionalization in Writing and Critical Theory

* Hypertext and the Authority of the Author / Critic

* Creative Works for Open Reading

* Undergraduate Submissions are Encouraged

Plenary Speakers and Associate Writers

Confirmed Plenary Speakers:

* Gerald Graff: the George M. Pullman Professor of English and Education
at The University of Chicago and author of Literature Against Itself,
Beyond Culture Wars, Professing Literature, and The Myth of Cultural

* Marjorie Perloff: the Sadie Dernham Patek Professor of Humanities at
Stanford University and author of Wittgenstein's Ladder: Poetic Language
and the Strangeness of the Ordinary, Radical Artifice: Writing Poetry in
the Age of Media, and The Poetics of Indeterminacy among others.

University of Denver Associated Writers:

* Brian Kiteley: Director of DU Writing Program and author of: I Know Many
Songs, but I Can't Sing, and Still Life with Insects

* Rikki Ducornet: author of Phosphor, Dreamland, Jade Cabinet, Fountains
of Neptune, Entering Fire: The Stain, and Complete Butcher's Tales

* Beth Nugent: author of Live Girls!, and City of Boys

* Bin Ramke: editor of Denver Quarterly and author of, Difference Between
Night and Day, Erotic Light of Gardens, Language Student, Massacre of
Innocents, and White Monkey

* Cole Swensen: It's Alive She Says, Park, and translator of Allures
Naturelles by Pierre Alferi

Conference Logistics

The conference will be held at the University of Denver from Friday, April
4th until Sunday, April 6th, 1997. There will be cocktail party and a
banquet dinner.

Registration Information

Registration Fees: Thru 3/1/97, $50 faculty; $35 grad/undergrad.
After 3/1/97, $75 faculty; $50 grad/undergrad.

Please visit our web site at: http://www.du.edu/~rcaccava/conference.html
for registration information.

Call For Papers

Panels will consist of a series of twenty minute papers. The Denver
Quarterly has agreed to publish selected papers and creative works. Please
submit one-page abstracts by January 20, 1997. Submissions should be mailed

Department. of English
Attn: Reconcilable (In)differences
Pioneer Hall, Room 414
2140 S. Race, Denver CO 80208

or emailed to: critdifferences@du.edu

Organizers and Advisors

Faculty Sponsor: Brian Kiteley

Faculty Advisory Committee:

*Elenor McNees
*Diana Wilson
*Jan Gorak
*Elizabeth Wolf
*Eric Gould
*Bin Ramke

Contact Information

For more information email: critdifferences@du.edu or write to the address above

Date: Tue, 3 Dec 1996 15:04:21 -0800
From: Peter Liddell <pgl@uvic.ca>
Subject: FLEAT III Call for Participation


The following is a short version of the Call for Participation for FLEAT
III Dates: August 12 -16th 1997. Place: University of Victoria, BC Canada.

The full version of this announcement, with descriptions of presentation
criteria and other useful information, is available on-line at the
following URL: http://web.uvic.ca/hrd/fleat3

We will also be pleased to email the full version to anyone who wants a
copy. Just send email to fleat3@uvic.ca and ask for the Call for

On-line Registration will be available in the New Year.

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FLEAT III - Languages, Resources, Cultures
August 12 - 16, 1997
in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada


In 1997 the conference on Foreign Language Education and Technology
(FLEAT) will be held in North America for the first time. Based on the
success of the first two events - both of which were held in Japan in 1981
and 1993 - the Learning Laboratories Association (LLA) of Japan and the
International Association for Learning Laboratories (IALL) decided to
jointly sponsor FLEAT III in Victoria, B.C. Canada.

The conference theme of Languages, Resources and Cultures echoes the role
of the Language Resource Centre as provider of language learning resources,
technology for language learning, and, increasingly, as centres for
cultural studies. The LRC theme also revolves around people - those members
of our community who teach, create and provide resources, work with
technology, and keep our Centres going throughout the year. The goal of
FLEAT III is to provide an international forum where we can all meet, share
our professional experiences, learn from one another and extend our
knowledge of technology as it relates to language learning.

Topics for papers at FLEAT III may be on any aspect of Technology and
Second Language Learning, such as:

* management issues;
* facility design;
* selection of hardware and software;
* distance education;
* integrating software into courses;
* software assessment;
* authoring software;
* staff training and professional development;
* relations within the institution;
* technology and the theory of Second Language Acquisition;
* international legal issues (copyright for example);
* professional development;
* courseware development

The FLEAT III Program Committee is looking for proposals to present
workshops, roundtable discussions, demonstration/poster sessions, lectures,
and panel discussions.

DEADLINE: All proposals must be postmarked no later than January 31, 1997.
and (except those from Japan, which go to LLA) sent to:
Program Committee, FLEATIII,
Language Centre, Clearihue B 045,
University of Victoria, P.O. Box 3045,
VICTORIA, BC, Canada V8W 3P4

For more information or to request a full email version of the Call for
Participation, please email fleat3@uvic.ca or point your favourite browser
at http://web.uvic.ca/hrd/fleat3

See you in Victoria in '97