KBS Triennial Conference

The Tenth Triennial Conference of the Kenneth Burke Society welcomes proposals that focus on conflicts in and among various communities as well as various communities’ unique modes—or agencies—of waging, navigating and/or resolving conflict. As with prior KBS conferences, we also welcome all proposals from all disciplines—and from all students and scholars of Kenneth Burke’s work. We welcome proposals that address any aspect of Burke’s life or work.

More generally, the Tenth Triennial Conference will focus on these broad themes:

Conflicts. From its Latin roots, the word conflict literally means “together-fight.” Kenneth Burke strongly believed that humanity’s underlying penchant for conflict could be harnessed away from physically harmful actions and refocused toward symbolic/discursive behaviors.

Communities. In the 1970s, Burke wrote, “I never think of ‘communication’ without thinking of its ultimate perfection, named in such words as ‘community’ and ‘communion’.” Indeed, Burke’s lifelong motto Ad Bellum Purificandum is the aphoristic representation of a “perfected” rhetorical perspective that ceaselessly employs a “dialectical resource whereby any conflict of powers can be presented as a ‘balance of powers.’”

Worlds. Today we, too, find ourselves in a fractured world profoundly fraught with—and largely defined by—conflicting worldviews. Whatever our divisions, we symbol-using organisms remain inexorably united in that we are all-together the world-stuff that replicates the world in symbols. In this respect, symbolic divisions—that is, conflicts in human communities—are remarkable achievements if only because humans must begin with some accord concerning the symbols they use among themselves before they can use those symbols to engage in discord.

Conference Pricing

All prices (excluding option 5) include two lunches on campus, coffee/snack breaks, admission to the banquet at Shawnee on the Delaware, and use of East Stroudsburg University Facilities. If you have any questions – please let us know at 570-422-3061 or conferences@esu.edu.

Conference Participant Prices:
Registration Only: $230 = KBS Triennial Conference Fee (No on Campus Housing)
Participant Option 1: $410 = Conference Fee + on Campus Housing for June 8 – 10
Participant Option 2: $350 = Conference Fee + on Campus Housing for June 8 – 9
Participant Option 3: $350 = Conference Fee + on Campus Housing for June 9 – 10
Participant Option 4: $290 = Conference Fee + on Campus Housing for June 10
Participant Option 5: $45 = Banquet Only (No Housing or Conference Attendance)

Conference Participant + Guest Price: (Please only select these options if you intend of bring a guest)
Participant + Guest Option 1: $635 = Conference Fee + Campus Housing for Attendee & Guest June 8 – 10
Participant + Guest Option 2: $515 = Conference Fee + Campus Housing for June 8 – 9
Participant + Guest Option 3: $515 = Conference Fee + on Campus Housing for June 9 – 10
Participant + Guest Option 4: $400 = Conference Fee + on Campus Housing for June 10