The Whitney Humanities Center at Yale University announces an international symposium: "Angelus Novus: Perspectives on Walter Benjamin." The publication of the first volume of the Harvard edition of Benjamin's works has brought into focus a whole new array of topics hardly ever acknowledged in the American reception of Benjamin. 65 percent of the material in this first volume has been hitherto untranslated. This symposium brings together leading scholars from different disciplines, including Horst Bredekamp, Stanley Cavell, Shoshana Felman, Miriam Hansen, Fredric Jameson, Rosalind Krauss, and Gary Smith, to draw on the new momentum, and widened focus, that this important publication brings to their respective fields and to the humanities as a whole. Free and open to the public. Co-sponsored by the Whitney Humanities Center and the Goethe Institute. 53 Wall Street, New Haven, CT 06520. Phone 203-432-0670.
New Haven, CT; September 26-27, 1997


"Latina Visions for Transforming the Americas/Perspectivas de la mujer latina en la transformación de las Americás," seventh annual Women's Studies conference at Southern Connecticut State University. Bilingual conference sessions across an interdisciplinary spectrum, including literature, politics, popular culture, and the visual and performing arts. Keynote presenters: Myra Santos, winner of the Juan Rufo Prize for Literature; Iris Morales, director of Palante, Siempre Palante; scholars Edna Acosta-Belén, Asuncion Lavrin, and Ruth Behar; folklorist-choreographer Awilda Sterling-Duprey. Performance by Sol y Canto. For registration information, contact: Vara Neverow, Women's Studies, EN271, Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven, CT 06515; phone 203-392-6133 (English) and 203-392-6754 (en Español); fax 203-392-6723; e-mail; or visit our Web site at
New Haven, CT; October 3-5, 1997


The conference "'Boys and Their Toys?' Masculinity, Technology, and Work" will be held at the Hagley Museum and Library in Wilmington, Delaware. The first panel will consider "Masculinity and Work Culture" on the automotive assembly line, in the Civilian Conservation Corps and Western extractive industries, and among architects and carpenters on construction sites. Following lunch, the session "Risk and Danger" will feature papers on industrial accidents and automobile racing. The closing panel, "Work as Play/Play as Work," will consider early-twentieth-century entertainment industries, toys for boys, and home power tools. Speakers include Steve Meyer, Gary Cross, Nancy Quam-Wickham, and Steven Gelber. For more information, contact Carol Ressler Lockman at 302-658-2400, ext. 243; fax 302-655-3188; e-mail Sponsored by the Center for the History of Business, Technology, and Society.
Wilmington, DE; October 3, 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 Midland Hotel 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, will give the closing plenary address. For more information, please call AAUP at 202-737-5900, send e-mail to, or visit AAUP's Web site at
Chicago, IL; October 24-26, 1997


The theme of the 1997 Joint Annual Meeting of the American Studies Association and the Canadian Association for American Studies, at the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill, Washington, DC, is "Going Public: Defining Public Culture(s) in the Americas." More than 220 events, including plenaries, sessions, workshops, conversations, films, performances, and tours will explore questions of diversity and unity, identity and difference, in American public culture(s). For information, contact Convention Manager, American Studies Association, 1120 19th Street, NW, Suite 301, Washington, DC 20036; e-mail The program book will be available on-line around August 1 at
Washington, DC; October 30­November 2, 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 Democratic Socialists of America convention. Historical and analytical sessions, plus skills workshops, will develop understandings, strategies, and skills for contesting the right's current dominance of American political discussion. The highlight of the conference will be a public left-right debate, sponsored by Capital University, on the topic "Does the American Economy Serve Democratic Values?" with Cornel West (Harvard) and Barbara Ehrenreich (Blood Rites) arguing from the left and David Frum (What's Right) and Stuart Butler (Heritage Foundation) on the right. Contact Ronald Aronson, Wayne State University, 5700 Cass Avenue, Room 2426, Detroit, MI 48202; e-mail; phone 313-577-0828; fax 313-577-8585; or visit our Web site at
Columbus, OH; November 6-7, 1997


"If we absorb postmodernism, if we recognize the variety and ungroundedness of grounds but do not want to stop in arbitrariness, relativism, or aphoria, what comes after postmodernism?" Topics for discussion include logic, cultures, practice and theory, phenomenology, conceptions of self and body, Wittgenstein's philosophy, and political and ethical stands. Papers for discussion are available at, and an e-mail discussion is now in progress. To participate in the e-mail discussion, and for free registration in the conference, please contact Eugene T. Gendlin or Richard A. Shweder, The University of Chicago, Committee on Human Development, 5730 South Woodlawn Avenue, Chicago, IL 60637; or send e-mail to Sponsored by the Ward M. and Mariam C. Canaday Educational Trust.
Chicago, IL; November 14-16, 1997


The Association for Canadian Studies in the United States (ACSUS) is pleased to announce its fourteenth biennial conference to be held at the Marriott City Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The program has been designed to be stimulating and enlightening, and in keeping with the meeting's location, will feature special panels and presentations on the Prairies. Highlighting the list of invited guests, Michael Enright of CBC's As It Happens will address conference attendees at a luncheon on Saturday, November 22. With more than five hundred academics, business executives, and government officials expected to attend, ACSUS '97 offers an unparalleled forum for dialogue among the world's leading Canadian studies professionals. For additional information and registration materials, please contact ACSUS, 1317 F Street NW, Suite 920, Washington, DC 20004-1105; Phone: 202-393-2580; Fax: 202-393-2582; e-mail:; web:
Minneapolis, MN; November 19-23, 1997


Is a comprehensive synthesis of science studies across the discursive disciplines possible? What roles will the Web and other interactive technologies play? The thirty-first annual Texas Tech University comparative literature symposium, "Webs of Discourse: The Intertextuality of Science Studies," invites discussion of these and related issues by scholars working in any area of cultural science studies, as well as by rhetoricians, critical theorists, and literature studies scholars. Plenary speakers are Donna Haraway, Lynn Randolph, Marcos Novak, and Carl Rubino. For more information, visit our Web site at Send one-to-two page abstracts by September 30, 1997, through forms available on the Web site, by e-mail,, or to Bruce Clarke, Department of English, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX 79409-3091.
Lubbock, TX; February 5-7, 1998


The Women's History Faculty at the Graduate Center, City University of New York, invites proposals to reexamine existing paradigms and explore emerging ones in the field at a conference to be held in New York City. To ensure a wide array of current scholarship, established scholars are urged to apply in pairs with a graduate student or recent Ph.D. Graduate students and junior faculty are encouraged to apply individually if necessary. Instead of panels where papers are read and criticized, the format will be working seminars where the presenters discuss new issues and methodologies that have arisen in the field of women's history in the 1990s. The focus will be on recent scholarship and how it has changed previous conceptions or given rise to new concerns. We are especially interested in approaches that question accepted temporal and national historical divisions. Proposals should be sent to the Ph.D. Program in History, City University of New York Graduate Center, 33 West 42nd Street, New York, NY 10036, Attn.: Bonnie S. Anderson, by December 31, 1997.
New York, NY; October 9-10, 1998


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