cfp--ecology, commerce and textuality

Jonathan P. Beasley-Murray jpb8 at
Thu Dec 22 00:47:06 MST 1994

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Date:    Wed, 21 Dec 1994 19:50:19 EST
From:    Janet Wright Starner <js0o at LEHIGH.EDU>
Subject: Call for papers

"Re-Visioning the Marketplace:  New Perspectives on Ecology, Commerce, and
Fourth Annual Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference
Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA
March 31-April 2, 1995

   As we approach the millennium, we must rethink and re-evaluate our
   approaches toward both commerce and nature.  Our planet has reaced a crisis
   point.  We cannot be sure that we will even survive as a species.  We must
   open a dialogue and actively work toward positive changes that will insure
   sustainability for our planet and all the life forms which inhabit it.

   As teachers and scholars, it is our responsibility to begin this
   discussion.  Therefore, this call for papers is inclusive of all
   disciplines--those which embrace visionaries, negotiators, catalysts, and
   administrators:  Arts, Science, Humanitites, and Business.  We begin with
   commerce because it influences every aspect of our culture, but the
   discussion must go beyond the marketplace to include new ways of imagining
   our communal lives together.

   *Language of techonology and commerce
   *Commerical discourse in the Humanities
   *The rhetoric of business and ecology
   *Environment, commerce, and mass media
   *Writing for the marketplace
   *The classroom as marketplace
   *Cooperative approaches to pedagogy and problem solving
   *Corporate and government response to ecological problems
   *The place of ecology in a market economy
   *Natural resources and environmental policies
   *Reading nature
   *Science, techonolgy and human values
   *Issues in American competitiveness
   *Natural resources and environmental politics
   *Utopias and alternative communities
   *Literary responses to the marketplace

 We have received strong proposals that articulate positions from diverse
 disciplines:  Philosphy, Law, Business, City and Regional Planning, to
 mention a few.  We re-advertise and extend our deadline to encourage
 submissions that cover the other areas under consideration,
 especially those more textually oriented papers.  Approaches might embrace
 Marxist or Feminist Theory, Rhetoric, Postmodern critiques, and/or
 Composition Theory (especially as it relates to writing for the unversity or
 writing for the marketplace).  Some specific texts might include (but
 certainly are not limited to) the following:  *Bartholomew Fair*, *Merchant
 of Venice*, *Walden*, *Frankenstein*,  *Pilgrim at Tinker Creeek*, *Moby
 Dick*, *Belovedd*; some authors might include:  Emerson, Whitman, Steinbeck,
 Albee, Silko, Snyder, Carson, Erdrich, Atwood, Frost.  We encourage both
 graduate students and interested faculty to explore these--and certainly

 Our keynote speaker will be Dr. Thomas Stoneback, Vice President, Chief
 Administrative Officer of Rodale Press, Inc.  He is Rodale's liaison in
 environmental and government affairs, and we are delighted that he will be
 able to speak to us since his work connects all three areas explored by the
 conference:  Ecology, Commerce, and Textuality.

Please send 200 word abstracts, or papers, or panel proposals by
January 31, 1995 to Janet Wright Starner , Department of English,
Lehigh University, 35 Sayre Drive, Bethlehem, PA 18015-3076
via snail mail

OR e-mail:  js0o at


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