NYMASA Conference: DIRT!

St John’s will be hosting this year’s New York Metro American Studies Association (NYMASA) conference at our Manhattan campus on December 4th, 2010.  We are seeking graduate student volunteers who would be interested in working with Dr. Robert Fanuzzi in hosting the conference.  Please let Dr. Fanuzzi know if you are interested and willing to do so.

       The New York Metro American Studies Association (NYMASA) is delighted to announce our annual conference


       December 4th, 2010
       St. John’s University in Lower Manhattan
       41 Murray Street

       Dirt is among the most material but also the most metaphorical and expressive of substances.  This conference will explore how people imagine, define, and employ the various concepts and realities of dirt.   What does it mean to call something dirty?  How do we understand dirt and its supposed opposite, cleanliness?  How do we explain the points at which we draw the line between clean and dirty, what we embrace and what we refuse to touch? Drawing on multiple disciplines we will uncover and foreground the (often unconscious) centrality of the metaphors and actualities of dirt to U.S. cultures, values, and lived experiences.

       Registration forms can be found at www.nymasa.org <http://www.nymasa.org/> .  Registration is $20, $10 for students/unwaged.  For more information contact nymasadirt@gmail.com.

       Sarah E. Chinn
       English Department
       Hunter College, CUNY
       695 Park Avenue
       New York, NY 10065


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I teach Shakespeare and the blue humanities at St. John's in New York City.

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