FW: conference

Stephanie Lewis Harter (djshh@TTACS.TTU.EDU)
Tue, 20 Oct 1998 17:51:27 -0500

I'm writing to remind the list about a conference on narrative and conciousness being held at Texas Tech University in February. In addition to Bob Neimeyer, a number of other personal constructivist have submitted papers and the organizer, Gary Fireman, would like to see more. There is no formal submission form-they are asking for a 1 page abstract or proposal. The call for papers is below:

February 4-6, 1999
Texas Tech University, Lubbock TX, USA
Hosted by the College of Arts and Sciences and the 32nd Annual Comparative Literature Symposium.
Invited Speakers include: Owen Flanagan, Lawrence Langer, Carol Shields, Katherine Nelson, Mark Freeman, David Rubin, Robert Neimeyer, Valerie Hardcastle, James Phelan, Sidonie Smith.
The purpose of the conference is to engender a scientific examination of narrative and its role in conscious experience. The primary focus will be on the interplay among psychological, philosophical, and literary approaches to examining narrative in the formation and function of consciousness. Following from the work of the philosopher Owen Flanagan, our intent is to engender a collaborative examination of consciousness that is sensitive to "phenomenological seeming" yet constrained by empirical findings in psychology and cognitive science, and thereby "deliver the concept from its ghostly past and provide it with a credible naturalistic analysis"(Flanagan, 1991, p. 364). The point is that personal narrative and self-representation exist as human experience, are central to our conception and examination of consciousness, and are logically compatible with the scientific method of investigation. The conference is open to all, though the focus will be on psychology, literary theory, a
nd philosophy.
Deadline for submitting papers and for early registration is November 15th . Papers will have a delivery time of 20 minutes. Send one-page abstracts for 20 minute presentation or panel proposals. Publication venues for selected papers (based on a critical review process): edited book of essays, special issue of the Journal of Constructivist Psychology, and special issue of the comparative literature journal Intertexts. Forms for submitting papers and registration information are available from the webpage: www.ttu.edu/~complit/LitPsych.htm/. If you have trouble accessing the site or require further assistance , please contact, Gary Fireman, at "G.Fireman@ttu.edu", Texas Tech University, Department of Psychology, Lubbock, TX, 79409.