19th Annual Norman Mailer Society Conference, April 7-9, 2022

deadline for submissions: 
December 31, 2021
full name / name of organization: 
The Norman Mailer Society

Call for Papers: 19th Annual Norman Mailer Society Conference 

Co-Sponsored by Monmouth University 

Long Branch, NJ 

April 7-9, 2022 


The Prisoner of Sex Turns 50: Mailer on Gender and Sexuality” 


The Norman Mailer Society invites paper proposals for its 19th annual conference, which will be held April 7-9, 2022, in Long Branch, NJ, co-sponsored by The English Department at Monmouth University. 

While we welcome proposals for papers and panels on any aspect of Mailer’s life and work, the organizing thematic focus of this year’s conference is gender and sexuality, in recognition of the 50th anniversary of the publication of The Prisoner of Sex.   Paper topics might include (but are not limited to): interpretations and re-readings of The Prisoner of Sex; Mailer’s theories and fictional treatments of masculinity, femininity, sex, and sexuality; representations of Marilyn Monroe; Town Bloody Hall; Mailer’s dialogues (public and/or intertextual) with notable feminist figures; writers and cultural figures who influenced Mailer’s views on these subjects; and considerations of Mailer’s legacy amid contemporary conversations about gender and sexuality.     

To submit a proposal for a panel, individual paper, or special event, please e-mail the following to conference co-chairs Maggie McKinley (mmckinle@harpercollege.edu) and Jerry Lucas (gerald.lucas@mga.edu): 1) a 150-200 word abstract of the proposed presentation; 2) a 50-word biographical statement; and 3) any A/V requirements. 

Proposals are due by December 31, 2021.  

Conference registration fees will be waived for students this year, and grants to help subsidize travel and lodging costs are available to students as well. Please contact the conference organizers for more details.