2014 Humanities Festival Proposals

Saturday, September 21, 2013 - 5:00pm
Event Location: 
Obermann Center

Proposals for the 2014 Iowa Humanities Festival are due September The Iowa Humanities Festival

A World at Home | A Home in the World


Due Date for Proposals:  Monday, September 21, 2013 to obermann-center@uiowa.edu
Date and Time of Festival:  April 12, 2014 from 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Location: Salisbury House and Gardens and the Des Moines Art Center
Planning Committee: Barbara Ching (Iowa State University), Jeff Fleming (Des Moines Art Center), Shuchi Kapila (Grinnell College), Teresa Mangum (University of Iowa), Craig Owens (Drake University), Eric Smith (Salisbury House and Gardens)

The Iowa Humanities Festival welcomes Iowans to explore significant themes through the lens of the academic and public humanities. Presenters from Iowa colleges, universities, museums, libraries, and archives as well as the venues highlight the rich tradition of the humanities in Iowa. Join us in exploring this year's theme "A World at Home | A Home in the World" through the lens of the arts, cinema, history, languages, linguistics, literature, performance, philosophy, comparative religion‹perspectives that offer insight into the local and far flung cultures that shape the lives of Iowans.

The Festival will be Saturday, April 12, 2014 from 10 am-6 pm. The day begins at Salisbury House and Gardens in Des Moines (4025 Tonawanda Drive), a 42-room manor that houses book and art collections from around the world. The opening panel, a preview of the theme, will be followed by presentations and library tours. Throughout the day, guests can choose among topics and speakers and join tours of the Salisbury House Library. Special guests will headline the box lunch. For the final event, the Festival will move a few blocks away to the Des Moines Art Center where panelists will discuss the flow of art between Iowa and the world. The Art Center is also generously hosting a closing reception. A $10 registration charge covers lunch, the reception, and all events.

The Festival Planning Committee welcomes faculty members and colleagues in the public humanities who would like to participate to propose a topic. Please send a brief proposal (no more than a page) to obermann-center@uiowa.eduinwhich you describe your topic and its relevance to the Festival theme.

Presentations should be 20-30 minutes, leaving time for discussion. Given that the audience will include many non-specialists, please include a few sentences explaining how you would present material to engage non-specialists in an understanding of the humanities and, we hope, a lively discussion of your subject. Include your contact information: institutional address, phone number, and email. The Planning Committee will seek a balance of institutions, topics, and disciplines as we select the presenters; we warmly welcome everyone to attend. Many thanks in advance for your interest.

This event is a collaboration of Drake University, Grinnell College, Iowa State University, the University of Iowa, Des Moines Art Museum, Salisbury House and Gardens.

For more information:  http://obermann.uiowa.edu/programs/iowa-humanities-festival

Possible Topics for Proposals (Additional ideas are welcome):
•      Languages and dialects of Iowa
•      Epic tales (of travels and longing for home)
•      Utopias/Dystopias
•      Voyages
•      Guidebooks
•      Maps
•      Tourism
•      Importing/Exporting arts and culture
•      Immigration and Emigration‹global communities in Iowa and expatriates of Iowa
•      Mormon Trek (the Salisbury House has a collection of Mormon materials)
•      Frontiers
•      Borderlands
•      The Latino Midwest
•      South Asian, Somali, Bosnian Iowa(s)
•      African American history in Iowa
•      Immigration and Emigration‹global communities in Iowa and expatriates of Iowa
•      Frontiers
•      Borderlands
•      Art and international law
•      Transnational or ³migratory² landscapes, gardens, architecture
•      International influences on small towns, rural communities, and/or cities
•      Social, cultural, political relationships linking Iowa to other parts of the world
•      Biographical accounts of ³international² Iowans or international figures with connections to the Midwest
•      Foods in a global context
•      The difference between international and transnational
•      Forms and histories of cultural diplomacy
•      Collecting‹flows of art, film, literature, and objects across the globe
•      Contexts for understanding collections at Salisbury House or Des Moines Art Center