Thursday, September 16, 2004

Conference: Southern Humanities Council
Conference Location: Richmond, Virginia
Conference Date: February 3-6, 2005
Deadline: December 15, 2005

An invitation to submit paper abstracts and session/paper proposals on the theme Imagination and the Public Sphere for the annual Southern Humanities Council conference in Richmond, VA, February 3-6, 2005. As an interdisciplinary conference, the SHC encourages topics from a variety of perspectives and disciplines. Here are some more specific possibilities of session topics:

-Libraries, Imagination, and the Public Sphere
-Democracy, Culture, and Literature
-Imaging/Imagining the Public Sphere
-The Commons in American Life
-Monuments, Memorials, and Meaning
-American Space and Place
-The Imagination of Justice
-Who "Owns" the Public Sphere?
-Imaging/Imagining "The War on Terror"
-Islam/Christianity/Judaism in the Public Sphere
-Art/Music/Dance/Theatre and the Public Sphere
-Narrative in the Public Sphere
-Politics and the Imagination
-Forgetting/Forfeiting the Public Sphere
-Citizen Leadership in the 21st Century
-Anti-intellectualism in the Public Sphere
-Education/Educators and the Practice of Freedom

If you have a proposal idea that is not reflected in the list, please send it in. The above list is only a beginning.

You may submit your proposal online by clicking "Online Proposals" on the web site ( ). You may also submit your proposal via e-mail to Greg Salyer at or by mail at :

Greg Salyer
Department of English and Modern Languages
Longwood University
201 High Street
Farmville, Virginia 23909