CFP: [General] Mapping "Place" in Text and Culture

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Matthew Hackler
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Call for Papers

7th Annual Louisiana Conference on Language and Literature
February 21-23, 2008
Hilton Garden Inn Lafayette, Louisiana

Keynote Speakers:

Elizabeth Nuñez, Award-winning novelist; co-editor of Stories from Blue
Latitudes: Caribbean Women Writers at Home and Abroad and Black Writers in
the 90s; and literary critic.

Jeanne Moskal, Author of Studies of Blake and Shelley, Editor of
Keats-Shelley Journal; Founding President of the International Society for
Travel Writing, and Editor of the series Writing Travel

The Louisiana Conference on Language and Literature is organized to meet
the needs of graduate students and new professionals in the first five
years of their academic careers. It is a national event bringing together
scholars from across the Humanities and Social Sciences for an engaging and
collegial weekend of intellectual debate, cultural experiences, and networking.

Conference includes an academic publishing workshop, a Louisiana literary
tour, a reading by UL Writer-in-Residence Rikki Ducornet, and a night of
authentic Louisiana music

Conference Theme: On and Off the Page: Mapping Place in Text and Culture

In recent years, the idea of place has emerged as a central concept in
literary and cultural discourse. Always a powerful organizing idea in the
texts and other cultural artifacts born out of the American South, the
concept of place can now be seen to underlie a disparate set of topics at
work in the academy. In the trend toward globalization, for instance, not
only are people and ideas brought closer together but so are the places
which they inhabit and under whose conditions those very ideas originate.
At the same time, the proven profitability of the “authentic” has led
businesses, governments, and communities to seek out what makes their
places unique â€" and therefore outside of such modernizing influences â€" in
order to brand them and market them to cultural tourists and other consumers.

Investigations into the function of place as a force in contemporary
culture inevitably reveal a long history of the interplay between place and
cultural product, between 'context' and 'text'. Just as traditional
cultures mythologize sacred spaces, so too has Western culture sanctified
its own places through its literature. Imagined places such as Faulker’s
Yoknapatawpha become the focus of conferences and festivals; authors’
homes, birthplaces, and gravesites are transformed into sites of
pilgrimage; locales created for television shows and movies become actual
businesses catering to a public for whom the line between fantasy and
reality is increasingly blurred; the tension between “tourist” and
“traveler” is contested based largely on destination; and persisting
through the great cultural shifts of the past two hundred years is the
popular and romantic notion that words, performances, narratives, and even
national identities are always in some way an expression of the places in
which they are created and set. The Louisiana Conference on Language and
Literature will provide a “place” in which these complex ideas may be

Submission of Abstracts

We welcome submissions of 500-word abstracts on topics in language and
literature. Abstracts which deal in some way with the concept of place are
particularly welcome and will be given priority consideration, but papers
on any topic will be considered. We welcome submissions in the following

Literary Studies
Travel Literature
Rhetoric and Composition
Creative writing (fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, drama, and travel
Modern Languages
Cultural Studies
Gender Studies
Critical Theory

Abstracts for twenty-minute presentations should be sent to Matthew
Hackler, Conference Chair, at by October 31, 2007.
Abstracts should be sent as attachments in rich text (.rtf) format. Do not
include your name on your abstract. In the body of the email, please
include your name, affiliation, email address, phone number, and the title
of your paper, as well as a brief (three-sentence bio). If you expect to
have A/V needs, please indicate these as well.

Creative Submissions

For creative works, please include “Creative Conference Submission” in the
subject line. Creative submissions should include a short, descriptive
abstract as well as a sample of the work to be considered.

Panel Submissions

Panel submissions are encouraged. Panels should include 3-4 presenters.
One participant should submit all panel abstracts together along with a
panel proposal explaining the panel theme and the way in which each
abstract addresses this theme.

Notice of acceptance will be sent by November 30, 2007.

Darrell Bourque Award

Presenters may choose to have their papers considered for the Darrell
Bourque Award, a cash award given to the most outstanding conference paper.
For information on submission deadlines for the Darrell Bourque Award,
please visit our website:

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