UPDATE: (Deadline October 31) Louisiana Conference on Literature, Language, and Culture (March 31-April 2, 2011)

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Louisiana Conference on Literature, Language, and Culture

The deadline is fast approaching to submit your proposals for the 10th annual Louisiana Conference on Literature, Language, and Culture by the October 31st deadline. This year's theme is North and South: Constructing and/or Crossing the Cultural, Geo-Political or Metaphorical Divide.

There have been lots of new updates and plans made for this year's conference, including: keynote speakers Dr. Gerald Graft and Dr. Cathy Birkenstein, a night at the renowned music venue the Blue Moon Saloon included in your registration, an authentic cajun dinner at Randol's, and, of course, special guest Speaker Sandra Cisneros, author of "The House on Mango Street".

Also of note, the proceedings from two of our previous conference have led to the publication of collections from Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Call for Papers:

The Louisiana Conference invites papers and creative works on the juxtaposition between North and South in various genres. The theme can be construed broadly. Paper topics might include but are not limited to: the effects of historical and political divides on literature (Elizabeth Gaskell's North and South [1854] being just one example); geographical, cultural, and/or language divisions; genre transformations; genre bricolage; genre boundary crossings; the representation of North and South, or any other cultural divide, in film or folklore; and personal explorations of the metaphorical split within oneself and how it manifests in various genres and disciplines.

Guidelines for Submission:
-- 350-500 word proposals for 20 min papers should be submitted via email as an attachment in rich text (.rtf) format by October 31, 2010 to langlit2011@louisiana.edu. Do not include name on abstract. Include name, affiliation, email address, phone number, and title of paper, as well as a brief biographical statement in the body of the email. Please keep biographical statements to no more than 60 words. Indicate possible A/V needs.
-- Panel proposals (three presenters) should explain in 500 words the panel topic and include a 500 word abstract and biographical statement for each presenter.
-- Creative submissions should include a short, descriptive abstract as well as a sample of the work to be considered. Please specify "Creative Submission" in your proposal.

For more information, please visit our website: http://english.louisiana.edu/laconference