The Department of English at Concordia University­Portland announces the convocation of the second annual Edward de Vere Studies Conference, a conference for graduate and post-graduate scholars (including university faculty and non-academically-affiliated independent researchers). This national conference invites papers of approximately 30-minutes' reading length for presentation on any topic related to studies that advance research in the Shakespeare Authorship Question, with special attention devoted to contemporary research suggestive of the seventeenth Earl of Oxford's authorship of the Shakespeare canon. To apply for a place on the conference agenda, please submit, for reception by 8 January 1998, a 500-word abstract, along with a CV or a brief professional biography, to: Dr. Daniel L. Wright, Chair, Department of English, Concordia University, Portland, OR 97211-6099. The Conference will be held at Concordia University. Registration is $55 (graduate students, $25), cheques payable to the Edward de Vere Studies Conference. For further information, contact Dr. Daniel Wright by telephone at (503) 288-9371, ext. 7223, by e-mail at dlwright@teleport.com, or by regular mail at the above address.
Portland, OR; April 2-5, 1998


The U.S. chapter of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM) will host its annual conference on the subject "Popular Music Studies: Retrospect and Prospect." The meeting will engage in a meta-disciplinary analysis of the emerging discipline of Popular Music Studies and inquire into its guiding principles, underlying historiography, place within the academy, treatment of both text and context, critique of copyright, and material analysis of industrial systems. IASPM is a multi-disciplinary, international body of scholars and institutionally affiliated individuals who take the entire corpus of popular music as their focus and welcome practitioners of any and all methodologies. For further information on IASPM or the conference, contact Dr. David Sanjek, BMI Archives, 320 West 57th Street, New York, NY 10019 or call (212) 830-2538, or fax (212) 582-5972. E-mail: pr@bmi.com.
Pittsburgh, PA; October 23-26, 1997


The American Association of University Professors invites you to a national conference on the subject of "Academic Freedom at Religiously Affiliated Institutions," at the Hotel Allegro in Downtown Chicago. Bringing together faculty members, administrators, and anyone interested in the impact of an institution's religious affiliation on aspects of academic freedom, the conference is planned as a response to widespread interest in how religion affects academia. The Keynote Address will be delivered by Martin Marty, the Fairfax M. Cone Distinguished Professor at the University of Chicago and director of the Pew Nexus Project Linking Religion and American Public Life. George Marsden, author of The Outrageous Idea of Christian Scholarship and professor of history at the University of Notre Dame, will give the Closing Plenary Address. For more information, please call AAUP at (202) 737-5900, send e-mail to jalger@aaup.org, or visit AAUP's Web site.
Chicago, IL; October 24-26, 1997


The Center for Democratic Values, a network of academics and activists seeking to move mainstream discussion to the Left, is holding its first national conference immediately preceding the national convention of Democratic Socialists of America. The meeting will develop understanding, strategies and skills for overcoming the Right's current ideological hegemony. "Arguing with the Right" will be both theoretical and practical. A public debate between Cornel West, Barbara Ehrenreich and two prominent Right-wing intellectuals will be sponsored by Capital University in conjunction with the conference. Contact Ronald Aronson, Wayne State University, 5700 Cass Avenue, Room 2426, Detroit, MI 48202; Raronso@cll.wayne.edu; phone (313) 577-0828; fax (313) 577-8585.
Columbus, OH; November 6-7, 1997


The 56th annual meeting of The English Institute will consider whether literary theory has necessary political affiliations, whether the question of politics has displaced theory, whether theory remains as an animating presupposition of politically engaged academic work. Are there specters of theory that haunt the anti-theoretical bias, and how are we to think of the relationship between literary theory and the sphere of political life? Participants at the conference include: M. Jacqui Alexander, Michael Berube, John Brenkman, Judith Butler, William Connolly, Jonathan Culler, John Guillory, Janet Halley, Marjorie Levinson, Jeff Nunokawa, Gayatri Chakravorti Spivak, Kendall Thomas, Michael Warner. For more information please contact: Patrick O'Malley, The English Institute, Center for Literary and Cultural Studies, Barker Center, 12 Quincy Street, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA 02138. (617) 496-1006. E-mail: englinst@fas.harvard.edu.
Cambridge, MA; September 26-28, 1997


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