Literature/Film Association Annual Conference (New Orleans, 7/15, 11/29-12/2)

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July 15, 2018
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Literature/Film Association Annual Conference

November 29-December 1, 2018
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

Keynote: Christopher Schaberg, Dorothy Harrell Brown Distinguished Professor of English, Loyola University New Orleans

Holding our annual conference in New Orleans raises questions of space, place, and adaptation in the study of literature, film, and media. The city has long served as a point of contact and conflict between various cultures and their traditions, and its unique identity demonstrates the enduring influence of those populations today. While we welcome papers on any aspect of film and media studies, we are especially interested in presentations that address one or more of the following concerns (or similar topics):

• the poetics of space and place
• the politics of space and place
• adapting literary spaces and places in media
• teaching space, place, and media
• exhibition spaces
• the rural, regional, national, or transnational in media 
• cosmopolitanism
• space, place, and identity
• media institutions, such as archives, film libraries, and film festivals
• location shooting and recreating place in media
• mobility, migration, and exile
• space, place, and genre
• sets as sites of inquiry
• production design
• media infrastructures
• architecture and media
• geographical approaches to media
• space, place, and performance
• Louisiana as a media capital

We also have significant interest in general studies of American and international cinema, film and technology, television, and new media, and other cultural or political issues connected to the moving image. In addition to academic papers, presentation proposals about pedagogy or from creative writers, artists, and filmmakers are also welcome.

Christopher Schaberg, our keynote speaker this year, is Dorothy Harrell Brown Distinguished Professor of English at Loyola University New Orleans, where he teaches courses in contemporary literature, cultural studies, and environmental theory. He has written four monographs: The Textual Life of Airports: Reading the Culture of Flight (2012), The End of Airports (2015), Airportness: The Nature of Flight (2017), and The Work of Literature in an Age of Post-Truth. He has also co-edited two collections: Deconstructing Brad Pitt (2014, with Robert Bennett) and Airplane Reading (2016, with Mark Yakich). With Ian Bogost, he co-edits the Object Lessons series, exploring the hidden lives of ordinary things.

Please submit your proposal via this Google Doc by July 15, 2018. If you have any questions or concerns, contact Pete Kunze at Accepted presenters will be notified by August 15.

The conference hotel rate of $179/night is available at the Four Points Sheraton French Quarter until November 1, 2018. Limited travel grant support is planned to be available for select graduate students, non-tenure-track faculty, and/or independent scholars and artists. Details for an added application process for such support will be shared following proposal acceptances in August.

The conference registration fee is $200 ($150 for students and retirees) before October 1, 2018 and $225 ($175 for students and retirees) thereafter. All conference attendees must also be current members of the Literature/Film Association. Annual dues are $20. To register for the conference and pay dues following acceptance of your proposal, visit the Literature/Film Association website at and use our PayPal feature.

Presenters will be invited to submit their work to the Literature/Film Quarterly for potential publication. For details on the journal’s submission requirements, visit