The Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture Since 1900

deadline for submissions: 
September 9, 2019
full name / name of organization: 
Alan Golding / University of Louisville



The 48th Annual Louisville Conference On Literature & Culture Since 1900

Featuring–Forrest Gander, Kaja Silverman, and Marisha Parham

February 20 - 22, 2020

The 48th annual Louisville Conference on Literature & Culture since 1900 will be held at the University of Louisville, February 20-22, 2020. Critical papers may be submitted on any topic that addresses literary works published since 1900, and/or their relationship with other arts and disciplines (film, journalism, opera, music, pop culture, painting, architecture, law, philosophy, performance, digital media). Work by creative writers is also welcome. This year, we’re also accepting critical-creative panel submissions that address some issue of poetics or craft.

Submissions may be in English or Spanish.

Submissions will be considered if received by 11:59 P.M. EST September 9, 2019.

Critical panels

Panels pre-organized by participants are welcome. Panel proposals are to be emailed to with two attachments in pdf, rtf or doc format. The first attachment is to include: (a) copy of each abstract; (b) rationale for grouping papers, including a suggested title for the panel; and (c) name, address, email address and phone number of panel organizer and/or panel chair. The second attachment is to contain a cover sheet for each participant. The panel presentation should be designed for a 90-minute time slot. Please submit all panel abstracts together within the same email.

Critical-creative panels

Critical-creative panel submissions should center on some issue of poetics or craft. These pre-organized panels are meant to embody the spirit of critical and creative intersections integral to humanistic studies. Panel proposals should follow the format for critical panels (see above), though keywords are unnecessary. The panel title should clearly identify the issue of poetics or craft being addressed.

Critical Submissions

Send an email to with two attachments in pdf, rtf or doc format. The first attachment is to consist of a 300-word abstract (double-spaced and titled), omitting all references to the submitter. The second attachment is to contain a cover page (see details below). Previously presented or published papers are not eligible.

Creative submissions

Send an email to with two attachments in pdf, rtf, or doc format. The first attachment is to contain poetry or short fiction/nonfiction selections suitable for a 20-minute reading. The second attachment should contain a cover page. Submitter’s name should appear on the cover page only (see details below). Creative submissions may be published or unpublished works. Manuscripts cannot be returned.


Seminars are limited to 15 participants, who write short position papers that are circulated and read prior to the conference. At this point, we are calling for seminar leaders and topic proposals. After seminar topics are announced on the conference website in fall 2018, participants will be able to sign up on a first-come, first-served basis, at the point when registration for the conference as a whole opens.

 Prospective seminar leaders should send an email to with two attachments in pdf, rtf or doc format. The first attachment should contain the title of the proposed seminar and a 300-word summary of the seminar’s theme(s) and purposes, suitable for post- ing on the conference website. The second attachment should contain a submitter’s cover page (see details below).

 Submitter’s cover page to include:  Name (as it will appear in the program); address (home or institutional); e-mail address (necessary to confirm your acceptance); academic affiliation (if applicable); title of paper/work/seminar (as it will appear in the program); national origin/genre of work discussed (please be specific); personal biographical note (100-150 words).

Group Societies

are welcome. Society panel organizers should email proposals to as an attachment in pdf, rtf, or doc format. The attachment is to include: (a) abstracts and titles for the papers to be presented; (b) a suggested title for the panel; and (c) the following information for each presenter and for the panel organizer or chair: name (as it will appear in the program), address, e-mail address, academic affiliation (if applicable). The panel presentation should be designed for a 90-minute time slot. Please include the society name in the subject line of the e-mail submission.

Conference registrants may participate in up to two, but not more than two, of the following activities: (1) a critical, critical-creative, or group society panel; (2) a creative session; (3) a seminar. Registrants may also chair one or more panels. Submissions are limited to one entry in each category.

Section Chairs

Submitters as well as guests are encouraged to chair a session. Please submit a brief statement specifying your area(s) of interest.


Registration rates for presenters and presenter chairs, panel chairs, and guests.


Deadline: January 31, 2020

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$25 (daily)

$25 (daily)