UPDATE: Pleasures of Imagination in Sci-Fi (4/30/06; ALSC, 10/13/06-10/15/06)

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Call for Papers


2006 ALSC Conference, Hotel Sir Francis Drake, San Francisco, California,
October 13-15 2006


April 7, 2006


The Association of Literary Scholars and Critics (ALSC) has re-issued its
call for papers for the seminar sections of the 2006 ALSC Conference
Program. The panels are not open for submissions at this time.


The submissions deadline for all three seminars has been extended to April


Additional prospective members and current members alike are heartily
invited to apply.

Please see below for details.




The 2006 Conference in San Francisco will continue the tradition established
in 2004 of offering seminars designed to increase participation of the
membership in the conference and give them another excellent reason for
attending. Modeled on what has worked successfully for such organizations as
the Shakespeare Association of America and the Modernist Studies
Association, these three seminars will each be led by a distinguished member
of the Association.


Each seminar will have fifteen (15) guaranteed places, and each person
accepted for a seminar will receive an official letter of invitation to the
conference and will be listed in its program. Seminar participants will
write brief position papers (2-4 pages maximum, double-spaced), and will
circulate their papers to the other participants and read all the papers
prior to the conference. The listing of the titles in the conference program
should help participants obtain travel funding for the conference from their
home colleges and universities. Senior scholars are eligible to apply for
these seminars, but graduate students and junior faculty especially are
encouraged to do so; and we hope that senior scholars and others will spread
the word and encourage their graduate students and junior colleagues to
apply. The three seminars will run concurrently. Those admitted as
participants in each seminar will participate in the actual discussion, but
anyone at the conference is welcome to attend one of the seminars as an
auditor-not a participant-provided there is sufficient room. Details on
submission of abstracts are given above and on the topics of the seminars


Submission form and deadline. A few places remain in each of the three
seminars, and the deadline is hereby extended to April 30, with applicants
advised to send in their abstracts as soon as possible. Abstracts should be
no longer than a paragraph or half a page. They should be submitted only by
e-mail, to both (1) the chair of the panel or seminar and (2) the
Association's office at alsc_at_bu.edu. On the e-mail's Subject line please
give your name and other information in the form, "ALSC 2006, [name of the
session] abstract by [your name]."


Association membership is required for participation in the conference.
Student memberships cost $25 (proof of student status is required). Standard
new memberships cost $35 for the first calendar year. For details on how to
join the ALSC, visit our website at www.bu.edu/literary. Secure online forms
for membership application and conference registration are available there.


Seminar One: Pleasures of the Imagination in Science Fiction


Chair: Paul K. Alkon (University of Southern California)


This seminar will focus on the imaginative pleasures of science fiction
rather than on its didactic concerns or its uses as grist for the
cultural-studies mills. What in fact are the imaginative pleasures of
science fiction (if any)? How are they manifested and to what ends? Please
send abstracts of papers that address these and related questions by
concentrating on a single noteworthy work of science fiction to Paul K.
Alkon, Department of English, University of Southern California, Los
Angeles, CA 90089-0354. (alkon_at_usc.edu)



Michael Gouin-Hart

Executive Director

Association of Literary Scholars and Critics (ALSC)

650 Beacon Street, Suite 510

Boston, Massachusetts 02215

Phone: 617-358-1990 / Fax: 617-358-1995

Email: alsc_at_bu.edu / Internet: www.bu.edu/literary


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