Department of English

Call for Papers

Sharp Eyes VIII:

The Practice of Natural History
in Science, Literature, and Art

June 2-5, 2014

For lodging call 607-436-2514

At the State University of New York College at Oneonta


John Burrough's gravesite

The view from John Burrough's Gravesite, Roxbury, NY.

 This conference will be the eighth in the John Burroughs Nature Writing Conference & Seminar series. The theme of this year's conference centers on the broad infuence of interests that underlie the genre of nature writing from its origins to present day. For the 2014 conference we invite proposals that address this issue as well as papers that deal with permutations of "nature writing" that go beyond the natural history essay, including green (and blue) works in the genres of film, fiction, and poetry. As always, papers on any aspect of John Burrough's life and work are also encouraged. Papers are delivered to plenary sessions of students, faculty, and visiting shcolars. Conference field trips will include a visit to John Burrough's Woodchuck Lodge in Roxbury New York, which is within walking distance of his burial site. Graduate or undergraduate credit is available through SUNY College at Oneonta.



Links for Conference Participants:
Call For Papers

Conference Registration and Payment

Frequently Asked Questions

Keynote Speaker

Burroughs Conference Program

Directions to SUNY Oneonta and Campus Map

For Conference Participants who are flying in, Albany International Airport is the closest hub.

John Burroughs Association Website

Woodchuck Lodge

Information for Seminar Students & Presenters:

For lodging call 607-436-2514

Course Syllabus
Course Description
Textbook (included in course fee, do not buy)
Frequently Asked Questions

Final Conference Program (in progress)

Send abstracts or proposals by March 31, 2014, to Daniel G. Payne, Department of English, SUNY Oneonta, Oneonta, NY 13820
E-mail submissions should be sent as an MS Word attachment to