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Sept. 25, 2006

Obermann Humanities Symposium Announces Call For Papers On Obscenity

The 2007 Obermann Humanities Symposium, "Obscenity," is seeking 300-word abstracts for papers to be presented at the symposium, which will be held at the University of Iowa from March 1-4, 2007.

Directed by Loren Glass, assistant professor of English in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the symposium is intended to enable an interdisciplinary and cross-cultural dialogue that will analyze "obscenity," a notoriously vague yet apparently perennial concept, in an historical and global context.

Scheduled speakers at the symposium include Nadine Strossen of New York University, Michael Taussig of Columbia University, John D. Peters of the UI, Laura Kipnis of Northwestern University, Linda Williams of the University of California at Berkeley, Judith Krug of the American Library Association, William Mazarella of the University of Chicago, and Lamia Karim of the University of Oregon.

The purpose of the Obermann Humanities Symposium is to explore any important humanities topic and to highlight UI scholars and scholarship. The proposed symposium may be interdisciplinary or involve the efforts of scholars from a single department, may involve few or many participants, and may use any format that produces a lively exchange of ideas. The symposium must include both UI and visiting participants to discuss papers, must have some sessions open to all UI faculty, staff, and students, and must be designed to result in a publication (previous symposia have a outstanding publication record, according the UI Obermann Center).

Funding for the award is from the Obermann Center, the Office of the Vice President for Research, and the Obermann Center's C. Esco and Avalon L. Endowment Fund.

To submit an abstract by Dec. 1, 2006, go to: A list of possible topics is also listed on this website. Any questions may be addressed to Loren Glass at

SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: Media: George McCrory, 319-384-0012,; Program: Loren Glass,