[URPE] Call for Proposals - BUILDING A NEW WORLD CONFERENCE
World Prout Assembly
wpaeditor at gmail.com
Mon Oct 1 20:53:31 MDT 2007
*The Call for Proposals for 2008*
*Building a New World: Moving Past Empire *
*Towards New Local and Global Paradigms*
*May 19-25, 2008, Radford, Virginia*
The *Building a New World Conference* will open on Monday, May 19, with
Registration and the Keynote Address. The General Conference begins on
Tuesday morning, May 20 and concludes Sunday morning, May 25. It will
feature Presidential Sessions, Critical Issues sessions, and Paper, Poster
and Workshop presentations. Evenings will offer documentaries,
entertainment, veterans' voices, and roundtable brainstorming for solutions.
The *Building a New World Conference* will be held at Radford University, in
Radford, Virginia, from May 19-25, 2008.
*January 1, 2008* – Deadline for Conference Paper and Workshop Proposals to
be received at wpaeditor at gmail.com or editor at wpaconference.org.
*February 1, 2008* – Accept and decline notifications will be sent via
More details will be available at www.wpaconference.org.
*About the Theme:*
When we are faced with the fact that millions of the world's population
lives in abject poverty, missing one or more of the five necessities of
life: food, clothes, shelter, health care and education, when we are further
faced with the fact that inhuman war crimes and crimes against humanity are
being perpetrated in the Middle East, when megacorporations by their
policies are committing economic genocide, economic terrorism, against
millions of unsuspecting, hapless, simple human beings, whose only desire is
to leave a peaceful life that includes the five minimum necessities, it then
behooves us to find solutions and determine courses of action. It behooves
us to educate each other on the issues, on the sins of the leaders and the
suffering of the people.
We need to move past the unbounded military and economic crimes of Empire
and seek new local and global paradigms. For this reason, the First Summit
of the World Prout Assembly will feature sessions focusing on both problems
and solutions, including Ending Empire, After Capitalism, Immigration
Rights, Health Care Rights, Facing Fundamentalism, Undoing Racism, Economic
Exploitation, Cooperatives on the Ground, Localization, Bioregionalism,
Secession, Neohumanism, Predatory Lending, Prout economy, Global Warming,
New Monetary Policy, Animal Rights, Venezuela and the Bolivarian Revolution,
Solidarity Economy, Civilian Democratic Earth Federation, The Fight for
Economic Democracy, The Water Crisis, Women's Liberation, Surviving Economic
Depression, Community Currencies, and Iraq Veterans Speak Out.
The overall theme of "Building a New World" is broad enough to invite
various forms of disciplinary and interdisciplinary inquiry as well as a
full array of pedagogical, activist, cultural and spiritual work. Possible
proposal topics from disciplinary or interdisciplinary perspectives in
contemporary or historical contexts could include but are not limited to:
Critiques of militarization
Economic localization the fight for economic freedom
Fundamentalisms and terrorisms
Theorizing race and racism across national boundaries
>From Katrina to Lebanon to Iraq: the politics of displacement, migrations
Short and long-term effects of global warming
Women's local and global, economic, intellectual and spiritual liberation
We invite all of those interested to submit proposals for panels, papers,
workshops, and performances that represent the wide range of anti-hegemonic
scholarship in the US and beyond. The World Prout Assembly also welcomes
proposals that do not directly address the theme, but are relevant to the
topic categories found on the WPA website – www.worldproutassembly.org.
*Guidelines for Submitting All Proposals*
Note that all proposals must be submitted electronically to
wpaeditor at gmail.com or editor at wpaconference.org, or may be mailed to World
Prout Assembly, 7 Bordeaux Drive, Highland Heights, Kentucky 41076, USA.
Electronic and snail mail submissions must be submitted lastest by midnight
EST on January 1, 2008.
Please note: No submissions will be returned; email submissions will be
deleted after the "Accept or Decline" notifications are sent. Hard copy
submissions will be re-cycled. Please keep your own copies.
We especially encourage complete panel/session submissions. Note that full
panels must include at least three presenters with complete contact
information and affiliation for ALL panel participants as well as a
non-presenting moderator, who will be charged with introducing speakers,
keeping time, and coordinating discussion. Moderators will be listed in the
conference program and must register for the conference. WPA will assist
with assigning moderators for individual proposals.
We request that all speakers, panelists and presenters provide a one-page
synopsis of their material for presentation along with their proposal, which
can later be distributed to participants and posted on the WPA Conference
*Panel vs. Paper and Other Session Formats*
There will be a variety of formats for examining and presenting the
conference themes: panel sessions, paper sessions, poster sessions,
performances, workshops and roundtables.
Panels provide an opportunity for examining specific problems or topics from
a variety of perspectives given that they include 3-5 participants. Panels
may present alternative solutions, interpretations, or contrasting points of
view on a specified subject or in relation to a common theme. Panel members
are expected to prepare papers addressing central questions described in the
proposal. We especially encourages prospective participants to network and
find colleagues with whom to develop complete panel sessions.
Paper proposals are typically submitted individually and arranged into
sessions by the Proposal Review Committee. In paper sessions, authors
present 10-12 minute papers followed by audience discussion. A typical
structure with four papers allows approximately 5 minutes for the moderator
to introduce the session, 10 minutes for each presenter, and 30 minutes for
*Creative Writing Series* announces a call for submissions to the *Building
a New World Conference* in Radford, Virginia. Sessions in the series run
concurrently with conference panels and papers and are a supportive and
lively venue for presenting creative work. The Creative Writing Series
Committee is especially interested in receiving manuscripts that address the
conference theme, but other themes/topics will be considered as well. We
look forward to making space for writing which expresses ideals related to
pressing political, cultural and social issues in poetry, fiction,
non-fiction, dramatic monologue, and experimental creative writing.
Submit creative works using the online proposal form. Provide a 50-100 word
abstract or description of your work and in place of the proposal
description, submit no more than 10 double-spaced pages of sample work in
*Film Series* – The WPA Film Series announces a call for submissions. The
two-day Film Series runs concurrently with the panels and papers and is a
supportive and lively venue for screening films and videos. We are
interested in receiving work that responds to the conference themes of (1)
Resisting hegemonies and Empire; (2) The politics of race in and across
nations and regions; (3) After capitalism: modeling for new economic,
political, agricultural and cultural paradigms.
Films will be accepted until January 1, 2008, and selections will be made by
February 1, 2008. The films selected are then loaned to the WPA for
projection during the conference and are returned to you by mid-July
are projected as video/DVD. The WPA Program Book carries (1) a 75-100 word
description of the film; (2) Name of the film producers/sponsors; and (3)
Ordering information, including names, addresses, and websites of
distributors. Videos should be submitted with a cover sheet to:
World Prout Assembly
7 Bordeaux Drive
Highland Heights, KY 41076
*Roundtables* typically include a moderator and 4-6 presenters who make
brief, informal remarks about a specific idea or project. It allows for
extensive discussion and audience participation.
*Poster sessions* are an efficient format given their informal nature and
their networking potential. Therefore we will provide ample space for poster
sessions and encourage prospective participants to consider this
sessions present research or analysis on a topic by combining graphics and
text on a 4' x 8' board. The poster session presenter is available during an
assigned session time in order to interact on a one-to-one basis with the
attendees viewing the poster. A well-planned poster communicates its
message in a visually and textually powerful way, allowing the attendee to
grasp the information quickly.
*Workshops* provide an opportunity to exchange information or work on a
common problem, project or shared interest. Workshops are typically
experientially oriented and include brief presentations that allow adequate
time for reflective discussion and interaction.
*Note:* All panel proposals must include complete contact information for
participants, plus a non-presenting moderator. Incomplete panels with less
than three participants will not be considered for review. Workshops and
roundtable proposals that feature multiple participants must include all
participants' names and contact information at the time of proposal
submission. One-person workshops will also be considered.
Abstracts for all proposals should be 50-100 words. Abstracts explain to
potential attendees the topic, foci and/or goals of the presentation or
reading in a clear and succinct manner in the conference program book.
Abstracts may be revised or edited for the printed program.
One to two-page* *proposal descriptions (250-500 words) will serve as the
basis for evaluation by the Proposal Review Committee and thus should
include some or all of the following as appropriate: (1) Objective or
purpose of the paper, panel, workshop, etc. (2) Perspective and/or
theoretical framework and/or references to relevant, specific texts,
authors, or research, or on-going debates in related fields; (3) Results
and/or conclusions and point of view; (4) Relevance to the conference theme;
(5) Discussion of how the session will be structured. Proposal descriptions
will assist proposal reviewers with evaluating the session or paper's
appropriateness for inclusion in the conference program. Abstracts and
proposal descriptions may not exceed the word limits given above.
We look forward to receiving your proposals, to your participation, and to
dialoguing with you next May in Radford, Virginia.
With best wishes,
World Prout Assembly
Email: wpaeditor at gmail.com
Tel: 859 781-4979
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