Monthly Archives: April 2008

Lifting Belly High: A Conference on Women’s Poetry Since 1900

Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, September 11, 12 & 13, 2008
For more information go to:

We invite panel, paper and seminar topic proposals on women’s poetry since 1900, including but not limited to the direction of scholarship about women’s poetry; producing, accessing and editing texts; pedagogical approaches to experimental writing; neglected issues in women’s poetry; the work of individual poets or clusters of poets; spirituality and religion; and the separatist anthology issue.

• Individual paper submissions should be limited to abstracts of 300 words. Please include your name and contact information.
• Panel proposals should include a rationale as well as paper abstracts of no more than 300 words each. Please include the name and contact information of each participant.
• Seminar proposals should name the panel organizer(s), state a rationale for the topic, explain the discussion format plans and specify an ideal number of participants.
Submission Deadline: May 16, 2008
Send submissions electronically to or by mail to:

Women Poets
English Department
Duquesne University
600 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh PA 15282

Conference Organizers Elisabeth Joyce, Linda Kinnahan, Elizabeth Savage, Ellen McGrath Smith Questions may be directed to

Crosscurrents in Feminism: Building Coalitions, Sharing Knowledges and Pedagogies, Shaping Networks

CCCCs Feminist Panel; San Francisco, March 11-14th 2009

Description of Workshop:

The 2002 anthology Disciplining Feminism: From Social Activism to Academic
Discourse suggests that the divide that has persisted in feminist
scholarship between activism and intellectualism results from divergent ways
of defining change– change as something to be debated or shaped. These
discussions have often highlighted the disjuncture between various feminist
groups and forms of feminism within the academy, as well as the uneasy
relationship between academics and activism. Such disjunctures, however, are
also productive and can signal the ways in which academia and the community
might continue to dialogue. This workshop seeks to analyze these
disjunctures as productive difference and to interrogate their implications
in the creation of feminist coalitions, pedagogies, and mentorships. We
would like to address the theoretical and practical roles of feminists in
the academic community in shaping feminism’s dedication to change– as a
movement and a discourse– that crosses and negotiates the currents of

Additionally, this workshop asks participants to frame and respond to
questions such as the following:

– What are the bases for coalitions between academic feminists and feminist
community activists, artists, or workers?
– What coalitions seem to be lacking in academic feminist communities?
– What are the effects of conflicts within feminist academic
communities–i.e. the Andrea Smith tenure case at Michigan–on feminism as a
social movement?
– How do conflicts or coalitions within online communities affect the “real
world” structures of feminism, in the academy or in other contexts?
– What political issues not historically identified with feminism–i.e.
immigration, security issues, environmentalism–have feminists been
contributing to in productive ways?
– In what ways have these movements offered alternative models for
– Which issues are feminist communities overlooking or not doing enough to
– Is feminist pedagogy a form of feminist activism?
– If feminist pedagogy is a form of activism, what kinds of practices do
people use in their classrooms or in their writing?
– How can feminist mentorship facilitate feminist coalitions and activism?

This workshop will be divided into three interconnected parts.

Part One: Currents
Part One will explore the work of women of color and academic-activists
working in our current political climate. This panel will feature the voices
of academics and activists, discussing feminist-activist research and
methods, activist projects, and collaborative community and coalition work.
This portion will involve interactive discussion and multimedia

Part Two: Pedagogies
Part Two will be an interactive portion as well, where participants will
share feminist knowledges and pedagogies. This part will consist of brief
presentations by participants, who will discuss their classroom practices
and rationales specifically. Every participant will bring handouts on
syllabi, activities, and assignments. All workshop participants will
brainstorm pedagogical choices and methods. Some activities in this portion
will be roundtable discussions and some large group discussions. Multimedia
and creative presentation formats are highly encouraged.
We will collaborate on creating an online archive resource for these
materials, from which there will be a publishing opportunity in a
peer-reviewed pedagogy journal.

Part Three: Coalitions
Part Three will discuss coalitions and mentorship in academia and in the
community, particularly for underrepresented groups. This interactive
portion will involve prominent academic-activists discussing successful
examples of coalition building and mentorship. All speakers and participants
will explore advantages and obstacles to mentorship in large and small group
discussions, as well as brainstorm techniques for successful local and
national, feminist coalition building.

As was outlined briefly in Part Two, there will be opportunities to publish
the pedagogical materials submitted, brainstormed, and collaboratively
created in this workshop to an online archive and/or a special issue of a
peer-reviewed pedagogy journal.

Requirements/Submission Guidelines:
We invite proposals for brief presentations (6-9 minutes), to be included in
Part One or Part Two. Presentations outside of the traditional paper format
(multimedia, performative reading, interactive, etc.) are especially
welcome. Please submit abstracts of no more than one double-spaced page to by *April 30, 2008*.

Internet and the Digital Economy

Track: Internet and the Digital Economy

Minitrack: The Diffusion, Impacts, Adoption and Usage of ICTs upon Society
Details : Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS) – 8 January 2009, Waikoloa , Big Island Hawaii

Since the emergence of the 21st century governments and companies around the globe have been striving to offer Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) infrastructures, namely broadband. During the first 4 to 5 years interest was focused upon whether the infrastructure was being provided and focus was on the issue of accessibility. Since then countries and research both from industry and academe have changed their focus as it is considered that now accessibility has been examined and now the emphasis is on how the households and social communities are diffusing, adopting, and using the ICTs and further, consideration of the impacts of ICTs. The aim of this mini-track will be to offer a global perspective of how ICTs are being diffused, used and adopted within society (households and social communities). By undertaking this research academics, industry and government agencies will learn of how ICTs are being utilised by various societies and what measures are being undertaken to have households and the various social communities adopt and use the ICTs with a further consideration of the impacts of the ICTs. Academic research has been focusing upon the diffusion, adoption and usage of broadband since about 2000. By undertaking this research and offering this track, now the focus could offer innovative ideas of diffusing, adopting and using ICTs that have not been considered before.

Topics and research areas include, but are not limited to:
* The adoption and usage of ICTs, broadband, mobile phones and other ICTs within households
* The impacts of ICTs upon households
* The adoption and usage of ICTs upon various social communities (eg. Residential neighbourhoods)
* The impacts of ICTs upon various social communities
* The impact of ICTs on Education
* The Impact of ICT on delivering Healthcare
* Convergence of ICTs
* Evaluation the technological and non-technological aspects of the adoption and usage of ICTs
* Evaluating the technological and non-technological aspects of the impacts of ICTs
* The diffusion, adoption and usage of ICTs within households
* The diffusion, adoption and usage of ICTs within various social communities
* Stakeholder theory and the adoption, diffusion and usage of ICTs Project management and the diffusion of ICTs
* Project Management and the adoption and usage of ICTs
* Project Management and the impacts of ICTs
* Human Computer Interaction issues related to the adoption, usage and impact factors in the context of ICTS


Jyoti Choudrie (Primary Contact)
Reader of information Systems
Business School
University of Hertfordshire
DeHavilland Campus, Hatfield, AL10 9AB, UK

Bendik Bygstad
Norwegian School of IT
Norges Informasjonsteknologiske H�gskole, NITH
Schweigaardsgate 14, 0185 Oslo, Norway

Phillip Olla
Professor Management Information Systems Department
School of Business
Madonna University
Livonia, Michigan 48150, USA

Important Dates:
Abstracts Due May 16th 2008
Paper Submission: June 15, 2008
Acceptance to authors: August 15
Final submission: September 15

Call for Papers
HICSS conferences are devoted to the most relevant advances in the information, computer, and system sciences, and encompass developments in both theory and practice. Accepted papers may be theoretical, conceptual, tutorial or descriptive in nature. Those selected for presentation will be published in the Conference Proceedings published by the IEEE Computer Society.
Submissions must not have been previously published or be under submission elsewhere; all submissions undergo a double-blind peer referee process.

Important Deadlines
From now to May 16: Prepare Abstracts. Submit abstract to the Track Chairs.

June 15: Authors submit full papers by this date, following the AUTHOR INSTRUCTIONS. All papers will be submitted in double column publication format and limited to 10 pages including diagrams and references. HICSS papers undergo a double-blind review (June15 – August15).

August 15: Acceptance notices are sent to Authors. At this time, at least one author of an accepted paper should begin visa, fiscal and travel arrangements to attend the conference to present the paper.

September 15: Authors submit Final Version of papers following submission instructions posted on the HICSS web site. At least one author of each paper must register by this date with specific plans to attend the conference.

October 2: Papers without at least one registered author will be pulled from the publication process; authors will be notified.
Instructions for Paper Submission

* Submit your full manuscript by June 15, and if accepted, submit the Final Version by Sept 15 , according to detailed instructions posted on the HICSS web site.

* An individual may be listed as author or as a co-author on a maximum of 6 submitted papers. * HICSS papers must contain original material not previously published, nor currently submitted elsewhere.

* Do not submit the manuscript to more than one Minitrack Chair. If you are unsure of which Minitrack is appropriate, please submit an abstract to the Track Chair(s) for guidance.

* HICSS will conduct double-blind reviews of each submitted paper. Therefore, author name(s) are not to be included on the manuscript during the June 15 submission process.

Further information is available at:
Author instructions at:

Women and Language: Hip Hop’s Languages of Love

Women and Language calls for submissions to a special issue dedicated to Hip Hop’s Languages of Love. The issue will focus on love in hip hop as it relates to language and gender. It will be published in the Fall of 2009.Critical examination of hip hop’s languages of love is important because despite its crude stereotypes, hip hop is an often-consulted source on the subject. We intend to expand the definition of love by embracing its complexities. We seek perspectives on love that are not singular and do not polarize. For instance,we welcome manuscripts that address diverse sexual identities and relationships. Moreover, our definition of hip hop extends beyond rap music to embrace an entire culture that includes other forms of music, dance, visual art, comedy, fashion, film, poetry, journalism,literature, scholarship, and politics. The culture’s influences are readily found in media, professional athletics,and religious and educational institutions, just to name a few of the major sites.Possible topics include, but are not limited to, the following:How is language used to portray intimacy among and between men and women in hip hop?What role does the language of passion play in hip hop’s heterosexual and homoerotic spaces?What relationships exist among language, love, and the pornographic in hip hop?What language patterns and definitions represent commitment (or the lack thereof) in hip hop among individuals, between individuals and the industry, and/ or between individuals and the art of performance? In what ways does self-love manifest in hip hop?What relationships exist between the love of the divine and the language of hip hop?What are the ramifications of conceptualizing hip hop as a love-filled or loveless space? We invite scholars from diverse disciplines, experiences, and backgrounds to consider such questions in a special issue devoted to hip hop and love. We seek pieces that take theoretical,critical, scientific or creative approaches to developing an understanding of the interactive dynamics of hip hop, love, language, and gender. Submissions can range from theoretical or critical analysis to personal experience, to reports of research, to book or film reviews, book notices, or poetry. Submissions should be sent as MS Word attachments to Ebony A. Utley at hiphoplove09@gmail.comno later than January 15, 2009. Author identifications should appear in the body of the email and not with the paper itself.Any material that includes references should be prepared following the Modern Language Association (MLA) Style Manual. Preferred maximum length of submissions is 15 pages or 3600 words, but longer articles will be considered. If you would like to discuss your ideas in advance with the editors, please e-mail Ebony A. Utley: and Language, an international,interdisciplinary research periodical publishing thought‑provoking essays and inquiries, book reviews, bibliographies, and more, on topics of interest to a wide range of scholars interested in communication, language and gender, will be edited for this special issue by Ebony A. Utley and Brenda J. Allen. Any questions related to other issues involving W& L should be directed to

ebony a. utley, ph.d.

2008 Women’s Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity Conference

The University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD, invites proposals for its 2008 Women’s Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity Conference.

The 2008 conference will feature scholarly and creative work that treats questions of power in relation to women: the experiences, creations, theories, and practices of power that define and are defined by women as actors, objects, and modes of performance and being in the world. The conference, among other things, aims to provoke discussion about women in positions of power, the vexatious roads they travel to get there, the barriers they meet, defeat, or submit to along the way, and the humorous, sad, and/or inspiring visions that arise from women’s engagement with powers of all kinds—including the powers they possess themselves.

This year’s conference will culminate in the publication of selected scholarly papers and creative works in a special conference issue of The South Dakota Review.

We solicit proposals for research presentations, scholarly papers, roundtable discussions, brief dramatic performances, film viewings, and creative readings on any topic that treats the diverse intertwinings of women and power.

Please upload your electronic proposal at, e-mail 250-word abstracts to, or send a hard copy to the following address by August 1, 2008.

Women’s Studies
The University of South Dakota
414 E. Clark Street
Vermillion, SD 57069

Observe, Reflect, Act: A Primer on Applied Qualitative Research for Librarians

Call for chapter proposals – We need 6 authors!

Observe, Reflect, Act: A Primer on Applied Qualitative Research for Librarians, edited by Dr. Doug Cook and Dr. Lesley Farmer. Chicago: ACRL. Expected publication date: 2009

This book will be a primer for those librarians and library students who are interested in learning more about qualitative assessment. We are in need of authors for several of the chapters that are planned.

· Chapter 5. Discourse Analysis: [need author]

· Chapter 6. Interviewing: Getting Past the Surface [need author]

· Chapter 9. Visual Literacy as Part of Information Literacy – [need author]

· Chapter 10. Focus Groups – [need author]

· Chapter 13. The Reference Interview in Real Time and Virtual Time [need author]

· Chapter 14 – Collection Development – [need author]

Book Outline

Part 1 – Introduction

· Chapter 1. Qualitative Inquiry and the Librarian (Lesley Farmer)

· Chapter 2. Processes of Qualitative Research (Doug Cook)

· Chapter 3. Getting Ready to Turn Your Everyday Work into Meaningful Inquiry: Reading the Existing Literature (Cordelia Zinskie, Judi Repman)

Part 2 – Examples of Qualitative Research

· Chapter 4. Narrative Inquiry: Analyzing Instructor-Librarian Collaboration (Roberta Tipton, Patricia Bender)

· Chapter 5. Discourse Analysis: [need author]

· Chapter 6. Interviewing: Getting Past the Surface [need author]

· Chapter 7. Observation: Classroom Interaction (Carolyn Cook, Karla Schmit)

· Chapter 8. Content Analysis: De-Constructing Intellectual Packages (Penny Beile)

· Chapter 9. Visual Literacy as Part of Information Literacy – [need author]

· Chapter 10. Focus Groups – [need author]

Part 3 – Issues guiding qualitative research

· Chapter 11. Management Decision Making (Sharon Gray Weiner)

· Chapter 12. Designing and Managing Projects: Usability Studies and the In-House Product Development Review (Jeris Cassel, Bill Walker, Robin Brown)

· Chapter 13. The Reference Interview in Real Time and Virtual Time [need author]

· Chapter 14 – Collection Development – [need author]

Please email us if you are interested in writing one of these chapters, need more information, or if you have a question. The deadline for chapters is tentatively set for mid-2009.

Dr. Doug Cook –

Dr. Lesley Farmer –

The Revolution is Being Televised: Voices of Dissent in Popular Culture

I am currently compiling a co-edited volume for the University Press of Kentucky examining voices of political dissent in popular culture. UPK is a peer reviewed, university press, and we have received initial acceptance for submitting detailed abstracts for this publication. My co-editor is Joseph Foy (editor of the forthcoming Homer Simpson Goes to Washington: American Politics through Popular Culture, University of Kentucky Press). Ideally, we are looking for a paper related to gender and popular culture that would fit into the broad theme of the book whose working title is The Revolution is Being Televised: Voices of Dissent in Popular Culture. The core argument that unifies the text is that there is a transformative power in elements of popular culture that enables voices of dissent to be expressed, become organized, and affect mainstream political discussion — transforming peripheral voices to voices of currency. We are broadly targeting the content of the book, predicting that the text will appeal to both academic and mainstream audiences. Your help is appreciated!”

Dr. Tim Dale
Department of Political Science
University of South Carolina, Upstate
Library, Room 241
800 University Way
Spartanburg, SC 29303
Phone: 864-503-5261

Please respond to him at


Editors: Jenny Davis, Joshua Raclaw, and Lal Zimman (Department of Linguistics, University of Colorado at Boulder)

Submissions are invited for a new edited volume in the field of language, gender, and sexuality that seeks to expand the present scope of these research areas. The volume will showcase work that considers how speakers (re)produce gender and sexuality outside of the traditional dichotomies that have been dominant in both scholarship and popular discourses. Topics of chapters currently under consideration focus on issues of linguistic practice among understudied communities such as female-to-male transsexuals, genderqueer individuals, tomboys and their girlfriends in Indonesia, polyamorists and other non-monogamists, and members of Native American two-spirit groups; additionally, much of this work underscores the theoretical limitations of a sociolinguistics driven by binary categorization. The editors welcome abstracts from scholars working within various disciplinary traditions, including sociolinguistics, linguistic anthropology, discourse and rhetorical analysis, gender and queer studies, and others.


The past two decades have seen a significant rise in what has been termed a poststructuralist sociolinguistics, a shift reflected in the adoption of a wide range of third-wave feminist and queer stances within language, gender and sexuality research. Adopting the trend toward critical examination of the dominant dichotomization of gender and sexuality, researchers within the last decade have considered additional intersections such as class and ethnicity, have deconstructed the traditional primacy assigned to male/female difference, and have established the importance of examining queer subjecthood. Yet research that looks at gender and sexuality as positioned outside of dichotomous categorizations � such as transgenderism and transsexuality, third and fourth gender categories, bisexuality and pansexuality � has been less forthcoming. Indeed, with few exceptions, the field has paid little attention to how social actors might challenge such binary categories through linguistic means, or to how speakers enact gendered and sexual identities outside of the dominant categories of male and female, heterosexual and homosexual. Rather than just constituting a simple gap in the literature, such trends potentially contribute to the reinforcement of traditional gender and sexual dichotomies by reinforcing the invisibility of those groups and individuals that remain outside of them (cf. Bing and Bergvall 1996).

Submission Guidelines:

Potential contributors should email a 500-1000 word abstract, including a title and a description of the topic of the proposed chapter, theoretical frameworks and methodologies employed, and how this work is situated outside of, or provides new insight into or potential challenges to, the binaries discussed above. Complete manuscripts are also welcome for submission at this time. Please restrict these submissions to a maximum length of 10,000 words and follow the Unified Style Sheet for Linguistics (located at

Abstracts due June 30, 2008.
First round of full drafts due September 1, 2008.

Please direct all correspondence to the editors at,,

17th Women & Society Conference

October 24 & 25, 2008
Marist College, Poughkeepsie New York


Proposals and abstracts are being solicited for the 2008 Women & Society Conference. This feminist conference is interdisciplinary and multi-disciplinary, covering all aspects of women & gender being studied in the academy. The conference mentors and models feminist inquiry/scholarship for undergraduate students so joint faculty/student papers and excellent
student papers are also considered, undergraduates may attend at no cost.

Jessica Valenti, founder of and author of Full Frontal Feminism will be delivering the keynote address.

Please send your 250 word abstract with a brief bio. Papers, workshops, roundtables and panels are welcome, please include abstracts and bios for all participants, with one contact person. Please include all contact information–including home and e-mail addresses for summer correspondence to:
Women & Society Conference c/o JoAnne Myers
Fontaine 315 School of Liberal Arts
Marist College
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
Or submit on line:

For more information e-mail: JA.MYERS@MARIST.EDU

Proposals must be postmarked no later than July 11, 2008

2008 MS Library 2.0 Summit

Friday, June 20, 2008
Sponsored by Mississippi State University Libraries

The 2008 MS Library 2.0 Summit is accepting proposals for “Steal-this-Idea” speakers and poster sessions through April 25th. The “Steal-this-Idea” sessions will be one-hour in length, including time for discussion. Applicants are encouraged to submit proposals that share their own experiences applying 2.0 technologies in public, k-12, college, community college, university or special libraries. We encourage, but do not require, hands-on elements to be included in the “Steal-this-Idea” sessions. Please submit 150-200 word summaries for speaker or poster sessions to before 5pm on April 25, 2008.

Registration begins April 28, 2008, but the blogging has already begun! Find out more at the Summit website: