2016 Conference

Spring - New Orleans, LA

The Nature of Our Humanity

March 23 to 26, 2016

The humanities have always grappled with life's most important questions and challenges: not only those posed by death, destruction, and loss, but also with the hope and regeneration found in human resiliency and recovery.

To cite one example based on our 2016 Conference venue, New Orleans, in order to make sense of the tragedy caused by Hurricane Katrina, the humanistic disciplines especially were called upon to respond to that terrible act of nature. Such qualities, events, and cataclysms existing in nature-as well as nature's beauty, behavior, and its human and non-human inhabitants and their drives and inclinations-provide a task for which the humanities are profoundly suited. Indeed, the nature of our humanity illuminates our discipline's multiple forms and complex capabilities.

HERA invites papers from across a wide range of humanities on the interaction between: humanity and nature; loss and recovery; human resiliency; faith; religion, and nature; ecosystems and eco-biological research and their implications for humanity; humanity and essence; human achievement and destruction; the representation and reality of nature in all art forms; nature and nurture-as well as any and all other areas that clarify what it means to be human and how nature plays a role in that elucidation.




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In keeping with HERA's mission of promoting the study of the humanities across a wide range of disciplines and interdisciplines, we invite presentations in disciplines and areas of study that include but are not limited to Aesthetics, Anthropology, Architecture, Art, Classics, Communication Studies, Composition, Cultural Studies, Dance, Design, Digital Technology, Disability Studies, Education, Environmental Issues, Esthetics, Ethics, Ethnic Studies, Family, Film Studies, Gender Studies, Geography, Geology, Globalization, History, Languages, Law, Literature, Media, Museum Studies, Music, Performance Studies, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Religious Studies, Sexuality, Sociology, Theater and all sciences relevant to the topic.



Marc Manganaro

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Professor of English, Loyola University, New Orleans

Manganaro is a scholar and teacher in modern literature in English, with specializations in modernist literature and in interdisciplinary work between literary study and cultural anthropology, folklore and myth.

He has published several books in these areas, including "Culture, 1922: The Emergence of a Concept," and the edited collection "Modernist Anthropology: From Field-Work to Text," both published by Princeton University Press.

He is a past recipient of a National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship.



We will process submissions on a flow basis. We will send out decision notifications within approximately two weeks of submission. All proposals are due through the portal. After receiving this confirmation, you must fill out a registration form (downloadable here from the HERA website), and mail the form with a check made out to HERA, in U.S. currency.
          HERA P.O. Box 715 Pacifica, CA 94044-4206
Your postmark will be the ultimate determinant of your registration rates. We aim to post an online program by February 16, 2016. Schedule change requests disrupt the plans of those already registered. HERA will no
t process changes to the program. You must submit your fees to HERA by February 16, 2016, or your name will be deleted from all versions of the program. HERA does not provide laptops or online connections. All presenters must be members of HERA.

Refunds: Requests for refunds must be made in writing and postmarked no later than February 16, 2016. Email requests for refunds to mgreen@sfsu.edu. A $50 service fee is deducted from all refunds. There will be no refunds for any reason after February 16, 2016. HERA is not responsible for any cancellations or other charges assessed by airlines, travel agents, online booking agencies, or other institutions.

IMPORTANT: There are a limited number of discounted hotel rooms available. Please make your hotel registrations on our website's link to the Astor Crowne Plaza's dedicated HERA website (see BOOKING WEBSITE below) as early as possible to receive the discounted rate. Your credit card will not be charged in advance. Hotel cancellations made at least 72 hours (3 days) before your arrival night are fully refundable.

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Specific questions may be directed to HERA's executive director, Marcia Green (mgreen@sfsu.edu)


Conference Headquarters

Astor Crowne Plaza Hotel

Located at 739 Canal Street, New Orleans, The Astor Crowne Plaza is located where Canal meets Bourbon Street in the heart of New Orleans.
           Phone: 504-692-0515 Fax: 504-962-0503

This French Quarter hotel is ideally equipped for large conventions and meetings. They also provide valet parking, limousine service, and a professional, attentive concierge to help make your New Orleans experience productive, comfortable and fun.

Room Rate: $145 plus taxes. The rooms will be available at the $145 three days before and three days after the conference, based on availability.

MAKING RESERVATIONS: A dedicated website is now available for attendees to book their hotel rooms online.

Reservations can be made starting 31-Jul-2015 at the web address below.


(Click on link, or copy and paste into your browser)

The Astor Crowne Plaza is 15.6 miles from the Louis Armstrong International Airport, about 30 minutes.

Hotel Directions, Parking and Shuttle Address:
          Astor Crowne Plaza - French Quarter, 739 Canal Street at Bourbon, New Orleans, LA 70130

Driving from the New Orleans International Airport, Take I-10 East bound to I-10 New Orleans Business District, continue for approximately 2 miles to the St Charles Avenue Exit.
           As you exit, stay in the left hand lane and at the first traffic light; take a left onto Carondelet Street. Stay on Carondelet until you reach Canal Street. Take a right onto Canal Street (the hotel is on your left as you make this turn) and get into the left lane. Make the first u-turn available on Canal Street and circle back to the hotel on the corner of Bourbon and Canal Street (739 Canal Street).

Driving from the East on I-10 West bound look for the Canal Street/Claiborne Exit. As you exit the ramp continue straight to Canal Street.
           At Canal Street take a right and continue for approximately one mile. The hotel is on the corner of Bourbon and Canal Streets and you will pass it on the left side of the street. After passing the hotel on Canal Street, take your first u-turn and circle back to the hotel @ 739 Canal Street

Parking: Valet Parking Available at $40.00 per day

Shuttle Information: Shuttle service is available to and from New Orleans Airport and The Astor Crowne Plaza for $20 one way per person.
           For shuttle service from the Airport to the Hotel, check in at the Airport Shuttle Service Desk which is conveniently located in the baggage claim area.
           Attendees can make a reservation for shuttle service to the airport at the Astor Crowne Plaza Concierge Desk.

Estimated Taxi Fare: $33 plus tip, one way