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Release: April 3, 2002
UI hosts interdisciplinary conference on writing
Professors, authors, and students from across the country will gather at
the University of Iowa April 12-14 for an interdisciplinary conference, which
will explore the relationship between academic writing and writing for the
broad culture. The conference, entitled "Craft, Critique, Culture: Writing
in the Academy," is hosted by graduate students in the UI English department.
Events will be held at various sites on the UI campus.
"The purpose of our conference is to begin a discussion about the history
of writing in the university and the different approaches to talking about
writing within both creative writing workshops and literature departments,"
said Anthony Enns, a conference organizer and UI graduate student in English.
The conference kicks off at 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 12 with a keynote address
by N. Katherine Hayles of the University of California-Los Angeles, "Simulating
the Subject: Mediation in House of Leaves." Her presentation in 101 Becker
Communication Studies Building will be followed by two fiction readings at
Prairie Lights Books at 8 p.m. Shelley Jackson will read from The Melancholy
of Anatomy (Vintage) and Ben Marcus will read from Notable American Women
Other conference activities include scholarly presentations about fiction
and non-fiction by students and professors, readings of creative works and
performance pieces. All events are free and open to the public. More information
about the conference, including a complete schedule of events, can be found
online at http://www.uiowa.edu/~c3conf
The conference is co-sponsored by the department of English, Writers' Workshop,
Center for the Book, THAW Festival of Video, Film, and Digital Media, department
of communication studies, Project on Rhetoric of Inquiry (POROI), Office of
the Vice President for Research, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, UI
Student Government, and the Association of Graduate Students in English.