October 1999



Assistant Professor of Comparative American Cultures
The Department of Comparative American Cultures invites applications and nominations for a tenure-track assistant professorship for comparativists specializing in one or, preferably a combination of,the following areas:critical race theory, civil rights and law, sovereignty issues, immigration and citizenship policies, urban and diaspora studies, the impact of globalization on U.S. race and ethnic relations, political economy of race/ethnic relations, theories and practices of nationalism, Caribbean Studies, labor economics and ethnicity. The appointees will be responsible for teaching core, service, and advanced courses in the curriculum. Candidates must have a Ph.d. or equivalent in one of the disciplines in the humanities and social sciences. Duties commence August 2000. applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Completed applications must be received by January 1,2000. To apply, please send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, reprints or writing samples, and three letters of recommendation to: Search Committee chair, Department of Comparative American Cultures, Wilson Hall 111, Washington State University, Pullman, WA 99164-4010. Washington State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action educator and employer


Pomona College presents a conference celebrating the Borges Centenary. The great Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges was born in 1899 in Buenos Aires. Like Thomas Hardy, Borges, first known for his work in prose, considered himself first and last a poet; as he said once, "I shall stand or fall by my poems." Borges spent much of his last two decades speaking to audiences all over the world, and he was a writer-in-residence at several American universities. He died in 1986 in Geneva, where he had lived in his early youth. This centenary celebration of Borges¹ birth will feature readings, talks, and discussions by leading writers and scholars, and conclude with a dance highlighting tango music as well as the milonga, the Argentine folk ballad. An exhibit in Honnold Library of the Claremont Colleges will showcase early editions and manuscripts of Borges¹ poems, most of the material from the collection of Donald Yates. Featured speakers include: Dick Barnes, Robin Fiddian, Alicia Jurado, Robert Mezey, Donald Shaw, Donald Yates, Joanne M. Yates, and Howard Young. For more information, contact Robert Mezey, T: (909) 607-2809; email: <rmezey@pomona.edu>; or Richard Barnes, T: (909) 621-8873; email: <rbarnes@pomona.edu>
Pomona, CA: September 30­October 2, 1999

Sponsored by University Business Magazine,a sister publication to Lingua Franca,the program will focus on the forces behind market-driven higher education. Adopting the perspective of government agencies and corporations as well as non-profits and others, conferees will examine the ways in which institutions should respond to this emerging market. They will address learning new ways of doing business, crafting innovative deals and joint ventures, discovering what funding sources want for their investment dollars, and coping with resistance on the home front, all while trying to retain core values. Speakers will include Benno Schmidt, Roger Benjamin, Michael Goldstein, Michael Eleey, Ann Kirschner, Gerald Heeger, Jeanne C. Meister, David Kirp, Donald Norman, Daniel J. Julius, and John Bear. The conference will take place at the Millennium Broadway Hotel. For further information or to register, contact Angela Chnapko at (212) 302-0336, ext. 228. Visit our Web site for program and on-line registration: www.universitybusiness.com.
New York, NY: October 7, 1999

The Center for Interdisciplinary Studies of Writing at the University of Minnesota is pleased to announce the Second Biennial International Feminism(s) and Rhetoric(s) Conference, "Challenging Rhetorics: Cross-Disciplinary Sites of Feminist Discourse," to be held October 7-9, 1999, in Minneapolis. This conference will provide a forum for feminist scholars across the academy and community to share new developments in language, literacy, and rhetoric. Over 150 panels, performances, roundtables, interactive workshops, featured speakers, and readings of creative writing are planned. For further information, see our Web site at http://femrhet.cla.umn.edu or contact Hildy Miller at <mille99@ tc.umn.edu> and at CISW, University of Minnesota, 227 Lind Hall, 207 Church St. SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455.
Minneapolis, MN: October 7-9, 1999

The International Edgar Allan Poe Conference, honoring the sesquicentennial of the death of Edgar Allan Poe, will take place at the beautiful Jefferson Hotel in Richmond, Virginia. The Conference will feature 40 sessions-120 papers-concerning diverse aspects of Poe's life and works. The guest of honor will be detective novelist John Dunning, and a special attraction will be the performance of John Astin as Poe in the theatrical performace of Edgar Allan Poe-Once Upon a Midnight. Other special events will include a poetry reading featuring Philip Levine, John Irwin, and Dave Smith, and a bus tour of Poe's Richmond. For more information or to register, please call (800) PSU-TODAY or visit www.outreach.psu.edu/C&I/EdgarAllanPoe. For room reservations at the Jefferson, please call (800) 424-8014. Hosted by the Poe Museum; sponsored by the Poe Studies Association, Penn State DuBois, the Commonwealth College and the Department of English of The Pennsylvania State University, and the Office of the Provost, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the Department of English of Louisiana State University.
Richmond, VA: October 7-10, 1999

Michigan State University presents the 32nd Modern Literature Conference featuring plenary speakers Lauren Berlant, Rey Chow, Paul Finkelman, Michael Paul Luetzeler. Fifteen sessions including Images and Citizenships, Partial Affiliations, Perverse Denizens/Denizens of the Perverse, National Bodies, African-American Citizens, Overtures to Civil Rights, Citizens of Modernity, Reproducing Citizenship, Aliens, Civic Follies, The Republic of Childhood, The End of Culture, with papers by (among others) Grant Farred, Judith Roof, Donald Pease, Lynda Zwinger, David Clark, Tim Morris, and John Paul Riquelme. Cultural Citizenship takes its bearings from the modern idea of culture, a legacy of western anthropology. In social and cultural theory of every kind, including legal and literary theory, culture has usually been deployed with one eye on a politics of citizenship­who¹s in, who¹s out. The conference invites a critical look at cultural citizenship in literature, the law, and the arts. Organized by the Comparative Literature Program, Michigan State University. Further information including registration from hansen@pilot.msu.edu
East Lansing, MI: October 21­23, 1999

The Humanities and Sciences Department of the School of VISUAL ARTS announces the thirteenth annual National Conference on Liberal Arts and the Education of Artists. This year¹s focus topic is "How Art Creates Culture and Shapes Meaning." The keynote speaker will be Dave Hickey, author of The Invisible Dragon and Air Guitar. This two day conference will examine how the visual arts create and transform cultural meaning, a role frequently ascribed to the liberal arts. In addition to the conference focus topic, there will be sessions on curricular and administrative issues; research and assessment; art programs in a university context; teaching art students; academic areas (e.g., sociology, history, psychology, art history); and the role of liberal arts in the education of artists. The conference will take place October 20­22, 1999, at the Algonquin Hotel, New York City. Registration is $245.00; after September 13, $255.00. For registration or information, contact Laurie Johenning, coordinator, T: (212) 592-2624, or Dr. Maryhelen Hendricks, director, T: (212) 592-2625, at the Humanities and Sciences Department, School of Visual Arts, 209 East 23 Street, New York, NY 10010; or visit our Web site at http://www.schoolofvisualarts.edu
New York, NY: October 20­22, 1999

The Sloan Program for the Study of Business in Society at the George Washington University Law School presents its Inaugural Conference, "The Role of the Corporation in Modern Society." The Sloan Program is the first American multi-disciplinary think tank designed to examine the nature and purpose of the corporation in the US and the world. The Program will focus on the extent corporations are obligated to serve public interests beyond maximizing stockholder profit. Topics inlude: American Inequality and the Corporation, Psychological Perspectives on the Behavior of Corporate Actors, Callings and the Moral Meanings of Work, Moral Choice in Competitive Environments, and the Great Antitrust Experiment. These issues, and others, will be addressed from a global, multi-disciplinary pespective by speakers from a broad spectrum of disciplines including: law, philosophy, business ethics, economics, psychology, sociology, and history. The principal speakers are Ken Binmore, Robert Frank, Claude S. Fischer, Tom Tyler, Lou Galambos, J. Russell Muirhead, William Sullivan, Cally E. Jordan, and David Trickett. Commentary will be provided by leading corporate law professors as well as professors from other disciplines. For further information please contact Patricia Tobin, T: (202) 739-0629; email: ptobin@main.nlc.gwu.edu
Washington, DC, October 22­23, 1999

The University of Western Ontario presents "Paris-SubStance-USA: The Passage of Literary and Cultural Criticism." The first SubStance-UWO Conference will be held from 22-24 October, 1999 on the campus of the University of Western Ontario, London. Topics include: the historical context of French-American intellectual exchange; the American appropriation of French thought; the relevance of French thought to the education system in America; the losses and gains suffered by French theory in its transfer to "America"; the future of French thought; and the future of American literary theory and cultural criticsm. Fifteen speakers will address issues raised in papers given by invited speakers: Marc Angenot, Françoise Gaillard, Martin Jay, Françoise Meltzer, Christopher Norris, Tiphaine Samoyault. The board of the journal SubStance will act as respondents. For further information and free public access to the archive of the journal SubStance, consult the Web site at www.substance.org, or contact Prof. Robert Barsky, rbarsky@julian.uwo.ca
London, Ontario: October 22—24, 1999

"Women of Appalachia: Their Heritage and Accomplishments" will be held at Ohio University-Zanesville in conjunction with the Women¹s Studies Program of Ohio University. Papers are invited on cultural and socio-economic topics such as Appalachia in Children¹s Literature, Ethnicity, Folk Heritage and Literature, Foodways, Environmental Equity, Family Relationships, Gender Roles, Geographic Journeys, Handicrafts, Herbal Tradition, Media Image and Stereotypes, Migration, Oral History, Sustainable Communities, and Women in Politics. A conference proceedings will be published. Featured speakers include Jo Carson, Wilma Dykeman Stokely, Lynda Ann Ewen, Gerri Gribi and Jack Wright. Ticketed tours available to Longaberger Basket Homestead and Appalachian potteries. Contact Kathi Albertson T: (740) 453-0762; email: albertso@ohiou.edu Visit our Web site for information and on-line registration: www.zanesville.ohiou.edu/appalwomen.htm
Zanesville, OH: October 27­29, 1999

Call for Papers: Analyses of any individual or collective practices casting light on symptoms, including the production or consumption of particular cultural phenomena, the pursuit of certain political actions or public policies, or the structure and/or practices of particular institutions (art, education, entertainment, fashion, food, government, law, literature, medicine, psychotherapy, religion, science, sports, technology, etc.). Papers may address the nature of symptoms in general (either individual or collective); their causes; their consequences; interventions designed to alleviate them; theoretical foundations of relevant concepts; differences between various approaches to the topic; or a particular theoretical perspective. Deadline: September 1, 1999. Send abstracts only to: , or Charles Shepherdson, Institute for Advanced Study, Olden Lane, Princeton, NJ 08450. The conference will be held at the Teachers College of Columbia University.
New York, NY: October 29­31, 1999

Morehouse College, Purdue University Calumet, and Bermuda College present the 2nd International Conference on Caribbean Literature. This conference brings together hundreds of scholars from around the globe to focus attention on Caribbean culture. Papers will relate to three major areas of Caribbean Literature­Anglophone, Francophone, and Hispanic. Although English will be the official language for this year¹s conference, papers will be presented in all three languages. The conference features several special events: A pre-conference Caribbean film festival, a forum of Bermudain writers reading from their own works, a book fair, an exhibition of Bermudian visual art, and an evening of Bermudian performance art. Possible speakers include: Ian Carew, Edwidge Danticat, Carol Marsh-Lockett, and Maryse Condé. For informatiion about travel, registration, and hotel accommodations, please contact: Melvin Rahming, Co-Director, Morehouse College, Dept. of English & Linguistics, 830 Westview Dr., S.W. Atlanta, GA 30314; T: (404) 681-2800 x2512; F: (404) 614-8545; email: ; or Jorge Roman-Lagunas, Co-Director, Purdue University Calumet, Dept. of Foreign Languages & Literature, 2200 169th Street, Hammond, IN 46323; T: (219) 989-2165; F: (219) 989-2750; email: roman@calumet.purdue.edu
Paget, Bermuda: November 3­5, 1999

The National Association of Gender Diversity Training (NAGDT) invites business professionals, academia, and consultants to attend the Sixth Annual Conference, "Connecting Gender & Culture" November 3­5 and the "Professional Advanced Gender Diversity Development Certificate Program" November 1­3. Participants will have the opportunity to attend interactive/participatory programs facilitated by leaders in the field on gender issues in the workplace. Topics will include: "Higher Education in Transition: Do We Practice What We Teach on Gender Equity in the Workplace," "Men¹s Roles as Allies Working as Partners with Women," "Gender Issues and Hispanic Culture," "Gender Behind the Badge," "Improving Facilitation Presentation Skills. . .as a coach, professor, trainer," "Gender & Culture Between Generations. . .," " Current Research & Findings on Gender Victimization in Adolescence. . .," and "Inspired Leadership: Finding the Wisdom of Women and Men." For a complete brochure contact: T: (480) 473-0426; F: (480) 473-0437; email: <info@gendertraining.com>; Web site: www.gendertraining.com
Scottsdale, AZ: November1­5, 1999

John F. Kennedy saying, "Ich bin ein Berliner" and the opening of the Berlin Wall have powerfully represented German division and reunification especially in the U.S. But what image of Germany can replace them in the year 2000? And what image do East and West Germans have of each other after ten years? The DEFA Film Library at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, with co-sponsors in the Five Colleges and from Germany, present an international conference on the tenth anniversary of the mass demonstrations in Berlin of 4 November 1989, one of the largest pro-democracy demonstrations in German history. Interdisciplinary academic discussions will be complemented by the video premiere of The Fall of the Wall: The Path to German Reunification (released by ICESTORM International) and a film series launched at the Northampton Film Festival (with a North American tour to follow): "Berlin, Divided Heaven: From the Ice Age to the Thaw." For information contact: DEFA Film Library, Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures, Herter Hall, UMass Amherst, Amherst, MA 01003. T: (413) 545-6681, F: (413) 545-6995, email: defa@german. umass.edu; Web site: www.umass.edu/defa.
Northampton, MA: November 4-6, 1999

"Food and Drink in Consumer Societies" is the theme of a conference at the Hagley Museum and Library in Wilmington, Delaware on November 12 and 13, 1999. Sixteen papers will discuss consumption practices in 10 countries across four continents. Speakers include Sidney Mintz, Richard Wilk, Donna Gabaccia, and Bengt Ankarloo. Subjects covered include wine and French identity, nationalism and Belizean cuisine, contemporary Japanese food preferences, changing rural Mexican consumption practices, and the American "invention" of mass produced baby food. Other papers will assess the folklore of donuts in Canada, reception of canned goods in France, and marketing of guacamole in the United States. One panel will focus on the politics of food distribution in interwar Germany, Italy, and the Soviet Union. For more information contact the Center for the History of Business, Technology, and Society, Hagley Museum and Library, PO Box 3630, Wilmington, DE 19807; T: (302) 658-2400 ext. 243; email: <crl@udel.edu>
Wilmington, DE: November 12­13, 1999

Call for papers for an interdisciplinary conference at Emory University on psychoanalytic perspectives on women in relationships, groups and hierarchies. Psychoanalysis, a discipline critical in exploring the themes of power and gender, is beginning to address the more difficult theoretical and conceptual issues at stake in the investigation of women and social dynamics. This international symposium is the first in a series of conferences sponsored by the Committee on Women and Psychoanalysis in North America. We encourage a wide range of scholarly and clinical submissions in order to foster dialogue among various disciplines. Besides invited speakers and small discussion groups, the conference will consist of volunteered presentations, panels, paper sessions, and posters. Submit abstract of 250 words with title for paper/poster to: Women and Power, Emory University School of Medicine, CME Dept., 1462 Clifton Road, NE, Ste. 276, Atlanta, GA, 30322, USA. Deadline for submission is November 15, 1999. For registration information, email <rjordan@emory.edu>; web site: http://www.emory.edu/COLLEGE/ILA/ILA_divisions/Psychoanalytic_Studies.html
Atlanta, GA: February 25­27, 2000

The Program in Comparative Literature at the University of South Carolina announces a conference, "History, Technology, and Identity: After Foucault," March 16-18, 2000. Directed by Martin Donougho and Paul Allen Miller, this meeting is a follow-up to the two-year international conference "Cultural History after Foucault," held in 1997 and 1998 at the universities of Amsterdam and Aberdeen. Plenaries speakers will include Thomas Flynn (Emory), David Konstan (Brown), John Neubaur (Amsterdam), G.S. Rousseau (De Montfort and Oxford), and Jerald Wallulis (South Carolina). We seek to examine both the limits and contributions of Foucault's thought in the three interrelated topics of history, technology, and identity. Send inquiries and one-page abstracts for 20-minute papers to Paul Allen Miller, Program in Comparative Literature, Welsh Hall University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC 29208; T: (803) 777-0473; email: <pamiller@sc.edu.> Selected papers will be published in the journal Intertexts. Abstracts must be received by December 1, 1999. For updated information, visit our Web site: http://www.cla.sc.edu/COMP/2ndannualc.html
Columbia, SC: March 16-18, 2000

The University of Texas at Arlington¹s Department of English announces "The Female Principle, Eclipses and Re-Emergences: A Conference on the Forms Taken by the Suppression of Femaleness in Human Cultures." This conference recognizes the suppression of femaleness as a primary meaning of Western and other cultures over a long period, and presents this issue for further scrutiny. It seeks to identify, document, and account for this suppression via the forms it takes­many still concealed, clandestine, underexplored­and their counterforms, from early periods to the present; to describe the suppressed; to explore exceptions that elude suppression; and to identify developing practices that counter it. Proposals invited by November 20, l999. For further information, please see Web site: www.uta.edu/english/hermann/2000; email: LFrank@uta.edu or T: (817) 272-2692 and (817) 478-7794; or write The Female Principle, Box 19035, UTA, Arlington, Tx. 760l9
Arlington, TX: March 30-April 1, 2000

The Hofstra Cultural Center presents "Oscar Wilde: The Man, His Writings, and His World: Celebrating the Oscar Wilde Centenary." During his life, Wilde was a dramatist, poet, novelist, critic, aesthete, raconteur, family man, homosexual, convict, and exile. On the centennial of his death, this conference will explore the world of the wit and wisdom of Oscar Wilde. Suggested topics for papers include: Ireland, parentage, education; Travels: America, France...; Sexual Orientation; Last years; The Picture of Dorian Gray; Lawsuits, trials, imprisonment. Other topics will also be considered. Presentations will be limited to 20 minutes. A one- or two-page summary of proposed paper and a CV are requested by May 1, 1999. A final paper and one-page abstract are required by September 1, 1999. Papers must be submitted in hard copy and on computer diskette (WordPerfect 6.0 preferred). Previously published material should not be submitted. Submit to Conference Director Dr. Robert N. Keane, English Department, 107 Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY 11549-1070. T: (516) 463-5472; F: (516) 463-6395; email: engrnk@hofstra.edu; Conference Coordinators Deborah Lom and Richard Pioreck, Hofstra Cultural Center, 200 Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY 11549-2000, T: (516) 463-5669; F: (516) 463-4793; email: <hofculctr@hofstra.edu>
Hempstead, NY: April 27-29, 2000

"The Thatcher Years: The Rebirth of Liberty?" presented by Hofstra University and The University of Buckingham. A prospectus or letter of intent is required by September 1, 1999; two copies of completed papers are required by November 1, 1999. Papers must be submitted in hard copy and computer disk (Wordperfect 6.0 or Rich Text Files preferred). Previously published material should not be submitted; selected papers will be published in the conference proceedings. Conference co-directors: Dr. Bernard J. Firestone, Dean, Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Science, Hofstra University; and Professor Robert Taylor, Vice-Chancellor, The University of Buckingham. For papers in the USA contact: Dr. Stanislao G. Pugliese, Department of History, Heger Hall, Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY 11549, T: 516-463-5611, F: (516) 463-2201, email hissgp@hofstra.edu For papers to be presented in England contact: Dr. John Clarke, Director, Centre for International Studies, The University of Buckigham, Buckingham, MK 18 1EG UK, T: 01280.820294, F: 01280.822245, int'l. T:+441280.814080, email:john.clarke@buckingham.ac.uk
Web site: www.hofstra.edu/thatcher
Hempstead, NY: March 27-28, 2000 and Buckingham, England: April 3-4, 2000

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