CFP: [Medieval] Sirens 2009 (10/1 - 10/4)

full name / name of organization: 
Jessica Moore
contact email: 
jessica.moore@sirensconference.org

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Sirens
Vail, CO
October 1–4, 2009
A conference on women in fantasy literature presented by Narrate
Conferences, Inc.

Sirens, a conference focused on literary contributions by women to the
fantasy genre and on fantasy works with prominent female characters, will
take place October 1–4, 2009, in Vail, CO. The conference seeks papers,
panels, interactive workshops, roundtable discussions, and other
presentations suitable for an audience of academics, professionals,
educators, librarians, authors, and fantasy readers.

The theme for 2009 is "warriors," and programming prompted by the theme is
encouraged; presenters are not limited to this theme, however, and
proposals that address specific aspects of a work or series, works related
by other themes, and studies of the fantasy genre across all disciplines
are encouraged as well. A non-exhaustive list of sample topics includes
literary analyses of novels; studies of genre history; use of fantasy works
in schools and libraries for education; examination of related business and
legal issues; media and fan studies; craft-based workshops in writing, art,
and publishing; and overviews of how fantasy works fit into larger contexts.

Presentation submission to the vetting board is by online system only. No
other format or contact will be considered. The online submission system is
located at <http://www.sirensconference.org/submissions/>.

The deadline for proposals is April 12, 2009, and notices regarding
proposals will be sent no later than May 1, 2009. Those requiring an early
decision in order to obtain travel funding should contact the programming
coordinator at <programming_at_sirensconference.org>.

At the time of proposal submission, presenters must provide an abstract of
300-500 words, a 50-100 word presentation summary for publication, and a
presenter biography of no more than 100 words. Those wishing to submit a
proposal for an interactive roundtable discussion may submit a brief
explanation of a topic and a list of 10-15 sample discussion questions in
lieu of a formal abstract. Presenters must be available to attend the
conference in its entirety; no partial or day registrations will be offered.

Conference papers will be collected for publication at a later date.
Presenters must be registered for the conference no later than May 22,
2009. For more information about programming, the review process, suggested
timing and structure of presentations, audio-visual availability, and
proposal submissions, please see the Sirens website at
<http://www.sirensconference.org/programming/>. Questions specifically
about programming may be directed to <programming_at_sirensconference.org>,
and general conference inquiries may be sent to <help_at_sirensconference.org>.

Sirens is a presentation of Narrate Conferences, Inc., a 501(c)(3)
charitable organization with the mission of organizing academic, literary,
and exploratory educational conferences that address themes of interest to
scholars, educators, students, professionals, and readers. For inquiries
about Narrate Conferences, Inc., please write to
<info_at_narrateconferences.org>.

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cfp categories: 
medieval