12th International F. Scott Fitzgerald Society Conference--November 6-10th, 2013. Proposal Deadline March 1, 2013.
We invite you to visit one of the most compelling and conflicted of Southern capitals—and one central to the story of F. Scott Fitzgerald—to celebrate and contemplate his life and work. As the birthplace of his wife, Zelda Sayre; the site where the couple met in 1918; the sanctuary to which they briefly returned in 1931-32 amid the crack-up of their marriage; the home today to the only Fitzgerald museum in the world; and the setting for many of his most memorable stories, Montgomery, Alabama, is a fantastic site for revisiting aspects of Scott and Zelda's creativity and personality.
While we will happily entertain proposals on all aspects of Fitzgerald's life and work, due to the location, we particularly encourage papers that focus on southern influences on his writing and career. Possible topics include Fitzgerald's wartime service (particularly anything based on his time stationed at Camp Sheridan near Montgomery in 1918); southern or particularly Alabama influences on his local stories ("The Ice Palace," "The Jelly Bean," "The Last of the Belles," and "Family in the Wind"); the relationship and creative influences between Scott and Zelda; and revisionary discussions of the Fitzgeralds' relevance to other Montgomery friends (Sara Mayfield, Sara Haardt) or Montgomery icons (Hank Williams, Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King. Jr). We are also hoping to schedule a few panels devoted to exploring Zelda's writing ("Southern Girl," Save Me the Waltz) and art in its own right and would appreciate proposals in those areas as well.
Please send your 250-500 word proposal (noting any audio/visual requests) along with a brief C.V. or biographical statement to the program chair, Professor Sara Kosiba, at firstname.lastname@example.org
The deadline for proposals is March 1, 2013. Presenters will be notified of acceptance by April 1, 2013.