We welcome papers in liberal arts disciplines including—but not limited to—philosophy,
literature, politics, theology, history, and psychology, and drawing from the classical,
medieval, modern, or contemporary period.
Relevant topics include but are not limited to:
- What is the imagination?
- Imagination as it functions in art: artist, artifact, and audience.
- Imagination and self-fashioning; imagination and identity.
- Literary depictions and explorations of the imagination
- The imagination as a political battleground: propaganda, advertisement, rhetoric,
- Philosophic inquiry and the imagination
- Imagination and child development; imagination and education.
- The image and the word: imagination in the context of language and language arts.
- Imagination and psychology.
- Ethics and imagination.
- Imagination and dystopian literature/post-apocalyptic film.
- Imagination and the real.
We invite scholars working in the liberal arts to submit abstracts of no more than
500 words that consider the theme of imagination from the perspective of their discipline,
a particular author, or through an interdisciplinary approach. Preference will be
given to papers conversant with the great texts of the Western tradition. The conference
committee will invite select authors to publish their essays in a special edition
of Ramify: The Journal of the Braniff Graduate School of Liberal Arts.
Submit abstracts to firstname.lastname@example.org. Abstracts should be prepared for blind review. Please include a separate cover letter
with your name, paper title, email address, and institutional affiliation.
Abstracts are due no later than November 10, 2017. Presenters will be notified of
their acceptance by Tuesday, November 21 and will be asked to submit their full papers,
suitable for a 15 minute presentation (no more than 2500 words), by December 31, 2017.