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Conference on Cultural Rhetorics
May 16-18, 2007
East Lansing, MI
Michigan State University
Call for Papers, Performances, and Exhibits
What are cultural rhetorics? Who writes, performs, displays, digitizes, crafts, and creates these rhetorics? What do they look like? How do specific cultural rhetorics differ from, overlap with, and/or engage in dialogue with Cultural, Ethnic, African American, Asian American, American Indian, Arab and Middle Eastern American, Chicano/a, Latina/o, Indigenous, Disability, Queer/LGBT, Performance, and Working-Class Studies? What are their relationships to Rhetoric Studies, Theory, and Pedagogy? Composition Studies? American Studies? Literary Studies? Digital, Visual, and Material Rhetorics? Scientific, technical, and professional communication studies? Are there pedagogies of cultural rhetorics? Methodologies? Theories? Performances? Materialities?
We welcome papers, performances, and exhibits that articulate, engage with, provoke, analyze, theorize, and practice cultural rhetorics. We are particularly interested in scholars/artists/performers/writers/knowledge workers that engage rhetorics that are too often marginalized, tokenized, silenced, and ignored. We welcome work that happens at the intersection of various disciplines and fields in the humanities and invite scholars, artists, and writers to join us at these intellectual and creative crossroads. Please join us in creating a space of radical interdisciplinarity in which to explore rhetoric as a distinctive constellation of methods, methodologies, and pedagogies for the study of culture and to think through how the frame of “culture” expands our understanding of rhetoric and the responsibility for rhetoric to be ethical in its engagement with culture.
While we are very interested in proposals for individual papers and panel presentations that address these questions and/or further scholarship in these areas, we especially encourage art, craft, multimedia, or imaginative resentations/demonstrations/installations that provoke other methods of intellectual engagement as well.
Proposals of 300-500 words may be submitted via US Mail or online. For the proposal form and submission process please visit our website: http://rhetoric.msu.edu/cultrhet. Please direct any questions to Malea Powell at email@example.com.
The deadline for submissions is January 1, 2007.
6MDTLibrarian Eerste Bericht
This leaves the legislature with 180 days to change the law. As a long-time New Jersey resident and student of politics, I do not believe that it is likely that the legislature will pass a gay marriage bill. I suspect that we will get a Vermont-style "civil unions" law. In a year (2007) when the entire legislature will be up for reelection (New Jersey holds its state elections in odd-numbered years) and right after an increase in the sales tax, I don't think there will be the votes to pass a bill authorizing marriage for gay couples.
That said, New Jersey has become one of the most progressive states in this area. The results of this year's federal elections may well influence what will happen next year. There is at least one poll that shows New Jerseyans support gay marriage. We'll see. I, for one, didn't believe we'd get this far this quickly.