Monday, July 12, 2010

Calling All Papers!

In case you haven't seen it elsewhere, here's the call for our annual autumnal intellectual extravaganza, sponsored by the Institute of General Semantics, and hosted by Fordham University.  The deadline on the call is August 31st, but I wouldn't mind hearing from you earlier.

Call for Papers

New Languages, New Relations, New Realities

A Symposium 
Sponsored by the 
Institute of General Semantics

Co-Sponsored by the 
Media Ecology Association
New York Society for General Semantics
Institute for Applied Mimetics
Friends of the Institute of Noetic Sciences
Lifwynn Foundation for Social Research
and Fordham University

Featuring the 58th Annual Alfred Korzybski Memorial Lecture
to be delivered by Deborah Tannen on 
"Language and New Media: How Texting, Tweeting, E-mail and Facebook Are Transforming Relationships"*

October 29-31, 2010
Fordham University
Lincoln Center Campus
New York, New York

Also featuring 
Douglas Rushkoff
Nicholas Johnson
Tiffany Shlain
Paul Levinson
Gary Gumpert
Susan Drucker
David Rothenberg
Michael Schudson
Robert K. Logan
Nora Bateson With a Preview Screening of Her Documentary About
Gregory Bateson
An Ecology of Mind


Send papers, proposals, and inquiries by August 31 to, or contact Lance Strate, IGS Executive Director, c/o Department of Communication and Media Studies, Fordham University, Bronx, NY 10458 or 718.817.4864 (voice), 718.817.4868 (fax). For more information and updates, go to

*The Institute of General Semantics is Pleased to Announce
The 58th Annual Alfred Korzybski Memorial Lecture
to be delivered by

Deborah Tannen

Language and New Media:
How Texting, Tweeting, E-mail and Facebook
Are Transforming Relationships

Much has been written about how the use of new media is transforming the language, such as the concern that the use of acronyms like "lol" is compromising written language and creeping into spoken language as well. These concerns will be addressed, but more significant is the way that use of new media transforms relationships, for example by speeding up the length of time expected between communications; in some contexts encouraging the belligerence that results from anonymity; and providing access to more individuals while possibly limiting the volume and type of communication with each.

The 58th Annual Alfred Korzybski Memorial Lecture will be held on October 29th at Fordham University's Lincoln Center Campus in New York City, in conjunction with the New Languages, New Relations, New Realities Symposium to be held on October 29-31.

Deborah Tannen is University Professor and Professor of Linguistics at Georgetown University and author of many books and articles about how the language of everyday conversation affects relationships. She is best known as the author of You Just Don't Understand: Women and Men in Conversation, which was on the New York Times Best Seller list for nearly four years, including eight months as No. 1, and has been translated into 30 languages. Her newest book You Were Always Mom's Favorite!: Sisters in Conversation Throughout Their Lives, which was released in September, became a New York Times best seller and received a Books for a Better Life Award. You Were Always Mom's Favorite! was featured on 20/20 and NPR's Morning Edition. You're Wearing THAT?: Understanding Mothers and Daughters in Conversation, published in 2006, spent ten weeks on the New York Times Best Seller list. Among her other books, Talking from 9 to 5: Women and Men at Work was a New York Times Business best seller; The Argument Culture received the Common Ground Book Award; and I Only Say This Because I Love You: Talking to Your Parents, Partner, Sibs, and Kids When You're All Adults received a Books for a Better Life Award. In addition to her writing for general audiences, Tannen is author or editor of 14 books (21, including her general audience books) and over one hundred articles for scholarly audiences. She has also published poems, short stories, and personal essays. Her first play, "An Act of Devotion," is included in The Best American Short Plays 1993-1994. It was produced, together with her play "Sisters," by Horizons Theatre in Arlington, Virginia.

A frequent guest on television and radio news and information shows, Deborah Tannen has appeared on The Colbert Report, 20/20, Good Morning America, the Today Show, the Rachael Ray Talk Show, The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, Charlie Rose, 48 Hours, CBS News, ABC News Tonight, Oprah, CNN, Larry King, Hardball, Nightline, and many NPR shows including Morning Edition, All Things Considered, The Diane Rehm Show, and Fresh Air. She has been featured in and written for most major newspapers and magazines including The New York Times, Newsweek, Time, USA Today, People, the Washington Post, and The Harvard Business Review. Deborah Tannen is one of only five in Georgetown University's College of Arts and Sciences who hold the distinguished rank of University Professor. She has been McGraw Distinguished Lecturer at Princeton University and was a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences in Stanford, California, following a term in residence at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey. The recipient of five honorary doctorates, she is a member of the PEN/Faulkner Foundation Board of Directors.

So there you have it, a can't miss event, and a can't miss opportunity to be a part of it!

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