“We can no longer maintain that either nature or society is a stable entity. All history has become a record of disturbance and that disturbance comes from both cultural and natural agents, including droughts, earthquakes, pests, viruses, corporate takeovers, loss of markets, new technologies, increasing crime, new federal laws, and even the invasion of America by French literary theory.”
--Donald Worster, Nature's Economy
The graduate students of the SIUC department of history invite paper and/or panel proposals for their conference, “Contested Landscapes and Mental Geographies.”
The conference will explore the interplay of human/intellectual and physical environments and will feature a keynote address by University of Illinois Professor S. Max Edelson.
Possible topics include, but are not limited to:
--the role of environment in constructions of nationalism or colonialism
--geographies of slave rebellion or everyday resistance
--“virgin lands” and other gendered environmental visions
--shifts in mentalite caused by physical changes, natural disasters, or terrorist attacks (i.e., 9/11)
--monuments and other forms of historical memory in physical space
Submit 200-300 word proposals to firstname.lastname@example.org by January 15, 2006.
Accomodations are available at the Super 8 Motel in Carbondale. If attendees reserve their rooms by March 7, they will receive a special SIU graduate history conference rate of $50 per night. To make hotel reservations, call 618-457-8822.
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