> Why We Write: The Politics and History of Writing for Social Change
> March 28-29, 2003
> Columbia University
> New York, NY 10027
> As a result of the overwhelming success of last year's
> interdisciplinary conference on the History of Activism, History as
> at Columbia University, the graduate students in the history department
> currently organizing an interdisciplinary conference on
> the historical, theoretical, and political dimensions of writing. The
> objective of the conference is to provide a forum for writers,
> activists, novelists, screenwriters, poets, journalists, graduate
> and faculty--from all fields and across all time periods and geographic
> locations--to discuss "why they write."
> Proposals could address but are not limited to:
> historical, sociological, literary, medical, legal, and anthropological
> examinations of writing.
> writing theories of gender, sexuality, and identity
> the importance of the printed word in issues related to nationalism
> globalism, human rights, environmentalism, and animal rights.
> the role of the activist, scholar, and writer in public culture
> rethinking disciplinary boundaries and imagining the future of
> interdisciplinary studies
> getting published: the politics and mechanics of writing articles,
> collections, producing documentaries, and writing screenplays.
> bridging the gap between writing scholarly articles and teaching the
> writing public history
> writing outside the academy
> Please send proposals (roughly 250 words) with a CV to
> Deadline is January 5, 2003--proposals sent before the deadline are
> Accepted panelists will be notified by February 16, 2003
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