Final Call for Papers
The 7th Triennial Conference of the Kenneth Burke Society
Kenneth Burke: Transcendence by Perspective
Hosted by Villanova University
Deadline for proposal submission: February 1st, 2008
FINAL CALL FOR PAPERS: The conference theme calls on conference participants to explore the relevance of Burkean thought for the transcendence of conflicts, whether enduring (as in the American "racial divide") or ephemeral (as in the humanitarian crises of today). Over the course of the convention, a combination of keynote speakers (Joseph Gusfield and John S. Wright), featured presenters (Cheree Carlson, Michael Hyde, and Robert Perinbanayagam), and seminar leaders (Ann George, Scott Newstok, Mari Boor Tonn, and Robert Wess) will engage in their various incarnations the pressures of symbolicity, the multiple dimensions of perspective, and the possibilities of transcendence.
SUBMISSION DETAILS: While always encouraging submissions focused around the conference theme, we also welcome work by faculty and students on any subject related to Burkean scholarship. Please identify student proposals as such, indicating school, area of major study, and level (graduate or undergraduate). Proposal should be 250-350 words in length (for panels, include 250-350 words for each paper). Submit proposal electronically, as either PDF or MS Word document, to firstname.lastname@example.org, with the words "Submission to Burke Conference" on the subject line of the E-mail. Selections for the conference will be announced April 1, 2008. The length of completed papers should be appropriate for a 15-20 minute presentation. Completed papers submitted by May 1, 2008 will be eligible for awards, one for the best conference paper, the other for the best graduate student paper. In addition, up to two meritorious undergraduate papers will receive conference grants (travel, housing, conference registration) from the Graduate Programs in Communication at Villanova. For more details, consult the conference website at: