2013 Conference

March 20-23, 2013 - Houston, Texas

Westin Galleria

Sacred Sites, Secular Spaces: Scenes, Sounds, and Signs in Humanistic, Artistic, and
Technological Culture

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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 for the 2013 conference. This wide range of disciplines and areas of study for the conference include but are not limited to Aesthetics, Anthropology, Architecture, Art, Classics, Communication Studies, Composition, Cultural Studies, Dance, Design, Digital Technology, Education, Environmental Issues, Ethics, Ethnic Studies, Family, Film Studies, Gender Studies, Geography, Geology, Globalization, History, Languages, Literature, Media, Museum Studies, Music, Performance Studies, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Religious Studies, Sexuality, Sociology, Theater and all sciences relevant to the topic.

University of Houston Downtown is sponsoring this year's conference and welcomes creative presentations, readings, and exhibitions.

Houston’s Museum District houses the Menil campus is anchored by Renzo Piano’s first American building. This landmark structure houses one of the world’s great (and growing) art collections.

The Museum District is also home to the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, a dynamic cultural complex comprising two gallery buildings, a sculpture garden, visitors center, library, movie theater, café, two art schools, and two house museums.

Hermann Park Conservancy offers an award-winning downtown oasis that offers walking trails, Japanese Garden, the Houston Museum of Natural Science (the 4th most highly attended museum in the nation), McGovern Lake, and the Houston Zoo.

Houston is the home the Johnson Space Center, the family fun Space Center Houston and the Astrodome. Technology thrives here, with many tech companies settling in the area and hosts an annual TechFest.

On the classical side, Texas is home to The Houston Symphony Orchestra, one of the nation's oldest performing arts organizations. Houston Grand Opera started in 1955 and has grown from a small regional organization into an internationally renowned opera company.

Houston's lively theater district is home to The Alley, Houston's 60 year old theatre company.

Houston Metropolitan Dance Center is an arts and educational organization located in the heart of the Museum District.

Houston is also a city of diverse faiths. Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, Jewish and Christians all have sacred sites in and around this metropolitan center including the beautiful Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart.

With Houston's varied and diverse activities, take advantage of the Westin Galleria $105 room rate three days before and three days after the conference and explore this colorful and vibrant city.

HOUSTON THE 7th BEST PLACE TO VISIT According to The New York Times -- so what are you waiting for?!

Presentation time for individual papers is limited to 15-20 minutes.

Proposals for papers, panels, or workshops must be submitted through the >2013 Conference Submission Portal. Deadline for submission: no later than January 5, 2013 (or until all the places have been filled).

Questions may be directed to Marcia Green at mgreen@sfsu.edu or Edmund Cueva, Conference Coordinator at cuevae@uhd.edu.

>Click here fore the Houston 2013 Conference Flyer

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Keynote Speaker

Roy R. Robson
Tradition, Modernity, and Place: Pimen Sofronov in Twentieth-Century Russian Iconography

Roy R. Robson is the author of Solovki: The Story of Russia Told Through Its Most Remarkable Islands (Yale: 2004), which the New Yorker called “an epic drama of spiritualism and savagery” while the Times (London) described it as “hauntingly beautiful” and Condé Nast Traveler claimed it was the “the only book you absolutely must take.”
         The second edition of his textbook, Think World Religions, was published by Pearson, Inc. in 2012.
         Robson has studied Russian history, religion, and art for 25 years. He is currently Professor of History at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia and an expert for National Geographic Expeditions.
         He lives in Lansdowne, PA with his wife, three dogs, and two cats.

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Conference Headquarters

Westin Galleria Houston

The Westin Galleria Houston is the host of HERA's 2013 conference. The hotel puts attendees in the center of Houston’s chic Uptown district, with endless dining and entertainment just steps away.

Guest room cost is $105 plus tax with complimentary internet access in guest rooms. Room rates will be honored 3 days before and 3 days after the conference depending on availability. The Westin Galleria Houston has a 4 star rating from the AAA.

A personalized Web site for HERA's 2013 Conference occurring (March 19, 2013 - March 24, 2013) has been created for members. Guests can access the site to learn more about the event and to book, modify, or cancel a reservation from August 17, 2012 to March 27, 2013.

Below you will find the appropriate link(s) to access the site:

HERA 2013 Conference (OR copy and paste the following link into a web browser) https://www.starwoodmeeting.com/Book/HCC19

Getting There

Hobby Airport (HOU) is about 20 miles from the hotel. A taxi will cost about $40 and are available 24/7. The SuperShuttle costs $23 (for reservations call 713.781.6660).

Bush International Airport (IAH) is about 27 miles from the hotel. Taxis cost about $60 and are available 24/7 while a SuperShuttle runs $24 (for reservations call 713.781.6660).

Shopping & Dining

The hotel is also connected to the Galleria Shopping Center, home to Nordstrom, Macy’s, and Saks.

Rice Village, also known as The Village, is located near Rice University and has been one of Houston's oldest and best-loved shopping destinations since the 1930s.

Bayou Place hosts numerous restaurants and entertainment venues from the Samba Grille to The Blue Fish Sushi Bar and is located in the heart of the downtown theater district.

Houston houses an authentic English pub called the Black Labrador that offers hamburgers, soups, and salads as well as standard English fare.

Getting Around Houston

The hotel is a 15 minute cab ride to the museums and might cost around $30, but if a group can get together and split the cost it won't be too expensive.

It is possible to get to the Museum District by bus and lightrail, from the Galleria. Bus 53 and buses 81 and 82 take you downtown, once downtown you can take the lightrail to the Museum District. For more information go to http://www.ridemetro.org/.

Museum Outings

Registration for optional trips available through conference submission portal.

Thursday, March 21, 2013, 4:45 to 10:45 p.m.
Trip to the Alley Theatre to see their production of "A Few Good Men" by Aaron Sorkin (a package deal that includes play ticket, Italian buffet, and private bus transportation), Tickets are limited. Cost $73.

Thursday March 21, 2013 4:45 to 8:00 p.m.
Menil Collection Tour (http://www.menil.org/). Tickets are limited. Bus transportation and tour cost $17.

Saturday, March 23, 4:45 to 8:00 p.m.
Sam Houston Boat Tour (a private, narrated tour of the Houston Ship Channel aboard the "Sam Houston," including a meal and drinks). Tickets are limited. Bus transportation, meal, and beverage cost $17.