Conference Opportunity! - "Suburban Studies"
From: Ginny Moreland (
Date: Thu, 25 May 2000 20:20:14 -0600 (MDT)
Okay, here's one for all you lurking graduate students, writers, professors,
consultants and others with an academic bent.  The following call for papers
crossed my desk today in hard copy and I'm passing on the text which I got
from one of the conference organizers. She didn't know what cohousing was,
but she sounded intrigued and was interested in having "alternative models"
represented at the conference.  My sense is this is going to be a reputable
event, and since it's not associated with a major scholarly association it
may be reasonably easy to get into.  This conference just cries out for some
representation of the cohousing movement!                   Ginny at East
Lake Commons

Here is the announcement:

Hofstra University Libraries, the Long Island Studies Institute, and the
Hofstra Cultural Center
Present: "Redefining Suburban Studies; Searching for a New Paradigm"
An Interdisciplinary Conference, March 30 and 31, 2001.
Redefining Suburban Studies will examine the evolving suburban context of
American Life.  Papers exploring various components of the suburban
experience are invited from a wide range of disciplines, including the
social sciences and the humanities.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

The Built Environment; Homes/Housing; Architecture/Aesthetics; Main
Street/Malls/Big Boxes;
Planning/Development; Public/Private Space; Transportation and Mass Transit.

History/Social Change; Race/Ethnicity; Internal Migration/New Immigrants;
Community Formation; Family Life; Children; Economics/Labor; Health in the
Suburban Environment; Recreation/Leisure.

High/Popular Culture; Myths and Images of the Suburbs in the Mass Media --
Movies, Television, Photography; Representations of the Suburbs in
Literature, the Arts and Popular Culture.

Research: Resources/Communications/Information Systems
Terminology:  Bourgeois Utopia; Crabgrass Frontier; Technoburb; Edge City?

Proposals for presentations, lecture/demonstrations, panels, round-tables
and workshops are also welcomed.  A letter of intent, a three to five page
abstract and a curriculum vitae should be sent by September 30, 2000.

Papers and proposals will be accepted on the basis of abstracts submitted.
Acceptances will be sent by Oct. 30, 2000. The deadline for completed papers
[in duplicate] is February 15, 2001.  Previously published material should
not be submitted.  Presentation time for papers, lectures,
lecture/demonstrations and workshops is limited to 20 minutes. [Papers
should be limited to 8-10 typed, double-spaced pages].  Selected papers will
be published.

Conference Co-Directors:
Dean of Library and Information Services
Tel: [516] 463-5940
E-mail: libaddrr [at]
Curator of Long Island Studies Institute
Tel: [516] 463-6409
E-mail: libspbmk [at]

Conference Coordinators
E-mail: culdsl [at]

E-mail: culrjp [at]
 200 Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY 11549-2000
Tel: [516] 463-5669 * Fax: [516] 463-4793 * E-mail: hofculctr [at]

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