Saturday, February 9, 2013

CFP: Royce Conference 2013

Royce, California, and the World: 
A Conference Sponsored by the Josiah Royce Society and Empirical Magazine

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Royce, California, and the World, a meeting of scholars and communities, will be held August 16-18, 2013, in Royce’s historic birthplace and hometown, Grass Valley, California, in the beautiful Sierra Foothills. The meeting will be held at the Holbrooke Hotel, an important California landmark.

In recent years the work of Josiah Royce has drawn increased attention from scholars and thinkers all over the world. Since its formation in 2003, the Josiah Royce Society has promoted scholarly activities related to Royce’s ideas in a far-ranging series of national and international conferences. In 2013 the Royce Society brings Royce home to his roots and celebrates the 100th anniversary of Royce’s masterwork, The Problem of Christianity. Scholarly papers in any discipline on Royce, applications of Roycean philosophy, and creative extensions of Royce's thought are welcome. Especially sought for this conference are papers on The Problem of Christianity and on Royce’s history of and in California.

* John J. McDermott, Texas A&M University Distinguished Professor of Philosophy
* Kevin Starr, University of Southern California: University Professor of History & California State Librarian, Emeritus

The proceedings will include a reading of a new original play about Royce’s life in California, “Beyond Our Mountains,” by Robin A. Wallace.

Submissions are due by June 1, 2013. Notification of acceptance will be made by June 15th.

FORMAT: Submissions should be in MSWord format (do not send pdf files; organizers must code documents for refereeing and pdfs are not suitable).

LENGTH: 2000 to 3000 words; 20-35 minutes reading time.

INFORMATION: Papers should be prepared for blind review and submitted as an e-mail attachment to The author's name, institution, e-mail address, eligibility for the Costello Prize (see below), and word count should be indicated only in the body of the e-mail.

PRIZE: The Harry Todd Costello Prize for the best graduate student or recent Ph.D. paper on Royce, as selected by the Program Committee. Those who are currently graduate students or whose Ph.D. was awarded after August 31, 2008 are eligible for the Costello Prize. Papers will be judged on scholarship, clarity of presentation, excellence of argument, scholarship, and the contribution made to the on-going development of Royce's ideas and Roycean thought.

Program Co-Chairs: Randall E. Auxier, Southern Illinois Univ., Carbondale; Scott L. Pratt, Univ. of Oregon
Grass Valley Organizing Committee: Robin A. Wallace, Iven Lourie, Olav Bryant Smith, Jackie Kegley

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