25th Annual ALA Conference

Call
for Papers

 

American
Literature Association

25th Annual Conference

 

May 22-25, 2014

 

Hyatt Regency
Washington on Capitol Hill

400
New Jersey Avenue N.W.

Washington
D.C.
20001

(202-737-1234)

 

 

Conference
Director:  Alfred Bendixen

Texas

A & MUniversity

 

Conference Fee:  For those who pre-register before April 15,
2014:  $90 

($60 for
Graduate Students, Independent Scholars, and Retired Faculty).

 After April 15, the fees are $100 and $75.

 

 

Deadline for Proposals:       January 30, 2014

 

 

The
ALA website contains further details and instructions for submitting proposals as
well as important information for representatives of participating author
societies.  Proposals from individuals
and program information from author societies should be sent to Professor
Alfred Bendixen via email (
abendixen@tamu.edu)

 by
January 30, 2014 following the instructions on the website:

 

www.americanliterature.org

 

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Our Washington, D.C. Location:
In 2014, the American Literature Association will return to
Washington, D.C. for our 25th Annual Conference. 
The hotel is located in the heart of this city within walking distance
of the Smithsonian museums and the national mall.

 

ALA Conference Housing Information: The Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill will offer a
conference rate of $175 for a single or double room (triples are $200).  Reservation information will be posted soon.

 

Conference
Details
: 
For the 2014 conference, the
ALA

will again rely on electronic submission of program information and conference
proposals.  As usual, the societies that
make up the American Literature Association will organize much of the program.
Individual societies will issue their own calls for papers, which may be listed
on the
ALA website as well as on the societies’ own website and publications.  Guidelines for author societies are detailed
towards the end of this notice.

 

Individuals
may also propose papers or panels to the conference director by January 30,
2014.  Preference will be given to papers
and panels that represent authors, genres, or topics that are not covered by
the societies that make up the ALA. 
Proposals must follow the guidelines described at the end of this
notice.

 

Tentative
Conference Schedule
:

            Thursday, May 22, 2014:            Sessions from 9:00 AM
until 6:00 PM

Book
Exhibit: 11:00 AM – 5 PM

Opening
Reception:  6:00 - 7:00 PM

Friday,
May 23, 2014:                Sessions from
8:10 AM until 6:30 PM.

                                                            Book Exhibit:  9 AM – 5
PM   

                                                            Special

Readings and
Receptions: 6:30-8:00 PM            

            Saturday, May 24, 2014:            Sessions from 8:10 AM until 6:30 PM.

Book
Exhibit:  9:00 AM – 2:00 PM

ALA
Business Meeting for Society Reps: 
5:10--6:30

ALA
Reception: 6:30 - 7:30 PM

Sunday,
May 25, 2014:              Sessions from
8:30 AM until 1:00 PM

 

Book Exhibit:   An exhibit of scholarly books will be held during the
conference.  About twenty publishers are expected
to take part. To have your books represented at the exhibit, ask your publisher
to consider taking part in the book exhibit or to contact ScholarÂ’s Choice (see
information below), which will organize exhibits for publishers.  Publishers should direct any questions to
Alfred Bendixen at abendixen@tamu.edu
-- We welcome the participation of publishers and are one of the few scholarly
organizations that do NOT charge an exhibit fee. Publishers who are unable to attend, but wish to have a few titles
exhibited should contact The Scholar's
Choice
.

Scholar’s Choice:  The American Literature Association has again
arranged with The ScholarÂ’s Choice to manage the combined book exhibit for our
meeting taking place May 22-25, 2014 in Washington, D.C.  It may be possible for your
recently-published books to be included in their display.  Please refer to
the following guidelines:  “Any members
interested in having their book displayed at the upcoming meeting should
contact their publisher between October 30th, 2013 and March
1st, 2014.  The Scholar’s
Choice displays on behalf of the publishers and all requests must come from
them, not the individual authors. 
If they donÂ’t already have it, the press may request the appropriate
paperwork by emailing Mary Lynn Howe at
mlh@scholarschoice.com
.”

 

The
conference fee

covers the costs of the conference including the opening and closing
receptions.  It does not include any
meals. All of those who are on the
program are required to pre-register
. For those who register before April
15, 2014, the pre-registration rate is $90 ($60 for Graduate Students,
Independent Scholars, and Retired Faculty). 
After April 15, the conference fee becomes $100 ($75 for Graduate
Students, Independent Scholars, and Retired Faculty). Registration Information
for the conference will be available on the website in January.  Individuals may register on line or mail in a
check but please do NOT mail any checks until the registration form is posted.
The website will list the program as soon as it is available –a draft will
probably appear during the second week of March.  Copies of the printed program will be mailed
in late April to those who pre-register.

 

ALA
Membership
: 
Membership in the
ALA

is not required in order to propose or present a paper.  In fact, technically the members of the
American Literature Association are the various author societies.  Individuals may keep informed about the
activities of the ALA by checking our website
(www.americanliterature.org), which is the primary source for information about

ALA

activities. 

 

The easiest
way to find out about the conference and all
ALA
activities is by consulting our website:

www.americanliterature.org

 

ALA Guidelines: The most common
ALA
format is a time
slot of one hour and twenty minutes with three papers and a chair.  This permits some time for discussion and
three papers of approximately 20 minutes (or ten typed double-spaced pages).
Organizers of panels are free to use other formats provided they respect the
time limits.  Please note that the normal
reading time for a paper is two minutes per double-spaced page (or 20 minutes
for a 10-page paper). Furthermore, the
ALA

encourages panel organizers to experiment with innovative formats including
discussion groups and panels featuring more speakers and briefer papers. Chairs
will make sure that the panels start and end on time and that no speaker goes
beyond the allotted time limit.  Chairs
may NOT present papers on the panels that they are moderating, and no one may
present more than one paper at the
ALA

conference. Individuals may, however, present a paper on one panel, and chair
other panels, and/or also present on roundtable discussions.

 

Procedures for Author
Societies:
  The representatives of the various author
societies that make up the American Literature Association will organize most
of the program.  Societies are expected
to offer their own calls for papers using their websites, email list-serves,
newsletters, other publications, or mailing lists.  Each society is also expected to post a call
for papers or announce its plans on this
ALA

website by sending the CFP to Alfred Bendixen at abendixen@tamu.edu as soon as possible and
No Later Than December 1, 2013.   Societies are expected to advertise the
national conference in their publications or on their websites.  This expectation can be met by including the
following notice in appropriate publications and websites:

 

The
American Literature AssociationÂ’s 25th annual conference will meet at the Hyatt
Regency Washington on Capitol Hill on May 22-25, 2014 (Thursday through Sunday
of Memorial Day weekend).  The deadline
for proposals is January 30, 2014. For further information, please consult the
ALA website at www.americanliterature.org
or contact the conference director, Professor Alfred Bendixen of Texas A &
M University at abendixen@tamu.edu with
specific questions.

 

The official representatives of each author
society should confirm tentative plans for sessions with the conference director
by email at
abendixen@tamu.edu before Nov 1, 2013. This is
essential if any society is requesting more than two sessions and a business
meeting. All that is required is an email noting the number of desired sessions
and any special requests. If your society, for whatever reason, chooses not to
sponsor a session this year, please let the conference director know that.

 

By January 30, 2014, the conference director
should receive an email with the complete program information. That information
should follow the following format for each panel:

 

1.         The subject line of the email should read
ALA 2014: Name of Society. This enables the conference director to file emails
efficiently. Then provide the rest of information as both an attachment
(preferably in WORD) and pasted in.  The
ALA
will use Ariel
Narrow (12 point font); please do so if you can.  If you cannot, do not worry about it.

 

2.                  
Provide the program information so that it can be pasted into the final
program.  Please look at the following
sample and then at the specific instructions that follow:

 

The Sublime in the
Poetry of Sample

Organized by the Ima Sample Society

 

Chair:  Joseph Goodscholar,

University of
Great
Hopes

 

1.         “Irony and Angst in the poetry
of Ima Sample,” Noah Problem,
College of
Notre Doubt

2.         “The

BeautifulGarden in The Jungle: Sample’s Influence on Sinclair,” Raphael Hythloday,
University of
East London

3.         “Sample’s
‘Mambo’ Poems and the Humor of Mark Twain: Beyond Beauty and Truth,” Uriah
Heap, Independent Scholar

 

Audio-Visual
Equipment required: None

 

Requested slot: Thursday or Friday
morning

 

Business Meeting Requested: 
immediately following panel if possible

 

Please
note that the sample above has no formatting (no bold, no CAPS). Please note
that the presentations are listed with numbers and then five spaces and then
the information.  They are NOT INDENTED
as some word processing panels will do automatically unless you turn off
auto-format. Book titles are italicized. If the conference organizer can cut
and paste, then everything goes quickly. 

 

A.              
Provide the exact Title of the Session as you wish it listed in the
Program.  (Please try to be both concise
and precise). Please do NOT use CAPS or
special fonts or highlighting or Bold or any special formatting in any part of
the material you send!

B.              
On the second line, please write Organized by Name of Your Society

C.             
Then list:  Chair: Name,
Affiliation

D.             
For each paper, begin with a number, skip five spaces or hit tab, then
provide the title of the presentation in quotation marks, and then the correct
name of the presenter, and his or her academic affiliation. For independent
scholars, you may identify a society, a place, or just note independent scholar
or biographer or anything you deem appropriate. 
For any questions about matters of format and style, please consult The
Chicago Manual of Style
.

E.              
You may list a respondent, if appropriate and desired.

F.              
Then write Audio-Visual Equipment Required and state NONE or request
the specific equipment desired.  The
ALA will normally
provide projectors for powerpoint
and dvd presentations and screens (but we will not provide laptop computers).  We will no longer provide overhead
projectors, slide projectors, vcrs,
or cd or cassette tape players (but you may, of course, bring your own cd or
tape player). Please note that audio-visual equipment is very expensive and
usually takes up over $12,000 of our budget. It costs much more to rent a piece
of a/v equipment and a competent Tech person for three days than it costs to
buy it. Feel free to use a/v if needed, but make sure that all audio-visual
requests reach the conference director by January 30, 2014.

G.         Because of the complexity of the
program, we cannot permit individual societies to request specific time slots,
but you may designate two preferred days and request either morning or
afternoon.  The conference director will attempt to honor all reasonable
requests provided the required program information arrives by January 30, 2014,
but no promises or guarantees can be made. 

H.         Please
italicize book-length works and foreign phrases and use quotation marks for
shorter works.

I.          Please
remind all of your participants that no-one may present more than one paper at
the
ALA

conference and that we need to know about a/v requests immediately.

J.         Proposals that fail to follow these directions will be
returned to the proposer. 

 

3.                  
Please note that the ALA also welcomes Round Table
Discussions.  The difference between a
panel and a round table is that a round table usually has a Moderator who is
participating in the discussion (instead of a Chair who simply introduces
speakers and monitors time) and more than 4 (four) participants.  Roundtable presentations may or may not have
titles listed but round table presentations normally are 8 (eight) minutes or
less in length.

 

4.         If
you wish to also schedule a business meeting for your society, please request
Business Meeting and provide any desired days and times.  It is important that you let the conference
director
know if you wish the business
meeting to come before or after a panel. 
Please note that we cannot guarantee to provide specific times, but we
will usually try to put the business meeting directly after one of your
sessions.

 

5.         Please note that we no
longer need you to provide the email address or mailing address of your
participants since ALL communication with your panel will go through you.  Please include a phone number where you can
be reached in the event that the conference director is unable to email you.

The conference director will confirm the receipt of
all emails within 3 business days.  The
conference director may
refer you to the website but will never send you an attachment to open, because
of the danger of computer viruses.  By
the second week in March, the conference director will let you know the day on
which your panel or panels are scheduled. 
You should inform your participants of the day and instruct them to
register using the information on the website at www.americanliterature.org and
explaining that their early registration and payment saves the organization
time and money. You will also inform them to check the on-line program for
accuracy and to send any corrections to both you and the conference
director.  We’ll send a printed program
to everyone who pre-registers. 

 

6.         If
any conference proposal comes in after the deadline, the conference director may
be unable to place it on the program and will not be able to consider
requests for specific times.

 

Procedures for Individual
Proposals
:  Individuals may propose either a paper or a
panel or round table to the conference director no earlier than December 1, 2013 and no later than the deadline of
January 30, 2014.  The conference
director will give preference to papers and panels on authors, texts, and
topics not covered by the member societies of the ALA.
  Those proposing a paper or panel on a topic
represented by an author society should consult with the relevant society
before submitting the proposal to the ALA. 
All proposals must be by email and should be both pasted in and included
as attachments (preferably in WORD).

 

For an Individual Paper:  In the subject line of the email, please put
ALA 2014 Proposal: and then a brief title of between one and five words.  That will enable the conference director to
file emails efficiently.  Please provide
a clear and useful title for your paper and then an abstract describing the
paper (usually between 250-600 words) and then a brief discussion of your
status (i.e., an Associate Professor who has published a book and several
articles on this topic/author; a graduate student who is offering part of his/her
dissertation, etc.) or a two-page vita if that is easier.  It is important that your abstract enable the
conference director and his advisory committee to evaluate the nature of your
work.  You must also indicate
whether you need any audio-visual equipment to present your work. Please
provide a phone number (which will only be used if email fails to work for some
reason).

 

In choosing papers, the conference director
may need to emphasize the ways in which individual papers contribute to the
formation of logical and coherent panels,

.

For a panel:  Please follow the sample below so the
conference director can paste in the panels and round tables that are accepted.

In the subject line of the
email, please put ALA 2014 Proposal: and then a brief title of between one and
five words.  In your proposal, which you
should both paste into the email and provide as an
attachment (preferably in Word), begin with the information in the sample
below.

After providing the panel
information in a form that can be pasted directly into the program, please
provide a clear description of the panel and its goals, the titles of
individual papers, appropriate abstracts for the papers, and a brief
description of the participants and their relevant work.  It is crucial that you note any
audio-visual needs in your proposal. Finally, please provide your phone number
(which will only be used if email fails to work for some reason.)

 

Please consult the following Sample.

 

The
Sublime in the American Gothic Tradition

 

Organizer
and Chair: Joseph Goodscholar,
University of
Great
Hopes

 

1.         “Irony and Angst in the Gothic
Novels of the
EarlyRepublic,” Noah Problem,
College ofNotre Doubt

2.         “The
BeautifulGarden in HawthorneÂ’s
The Scarlet Letter,”  Raphael Hythloday,

University of
East London

3.         “Beyond the Castle: Gothic
Transformations in the Humor of American Realism,” Uriah Heap, Independent
Scholar

 

Audio-Visual
Equipment required: None

 

OR:
if the organizer is not the chair of the session, then write

 

Organized
by: Name of Individual organizer

And
then Chair: Name

 

Please
remember that individuals may NOT chair panels on which they present papers.

 

Please
note that the sample above has no formatting (no bold, no CAPS). Please note
that the presentations are listed with numbers and then five spaces then the
information.  They are NOT INDENTED as
some word processing panels will do automatically unless you turn off
auto-format. Book titles are italicized. Commas are used to separate the title
and presenter and affiliation and there is no period at the end of each
listing.  If the conference organizer can
cut and paste, then everything goes quickly. 

 

In evaluating the quality of a proposal, the
ALAÂ’s selection
committee tends to be suspicious of any panel in which all the participants are
from the same institution or are all graduate students.  The
ALA

welcomes panels that represent a diversity of perspectives and demonstrates
relevant expertise.  We believe that
graduate students are best served when they are on panels with senior scholars
and assistant professors.

 

Some reminders:

 

The deadline for all proposals from
individuals and panels from author societies is January 30, 2014.

 

No-one may present more than one paper at an
ALA
conference.  It is possible to present a paper and chair
another panel or panels and also participate in a round-table discussion.

 

Please make sure to indicate any audio-visual
requests with your proposal.  Late a/v
requests may not be considered.

 

Please make sure to follow the instructions
above.  The use of electronic submissions
enables the
ALA

to maintain the lowest conference fee of any major organization.

 

Participating author societies are required
to advertise the national conference and are expected to post call for papers
or announce their plans on the
ALA

website.

 

The conference director will attempt to
acknowledge the receipt of all emails within 3 business days and will try to
respond as quickly as possible to all proposals. 

 

Please note that the American Literature
Association maintains the lowest conference fees of any major scholarly
organization because it operates without a paid staff.  We cannot help you find a roommate or spend a
great deal of time answering personal phone calls.  If you have any questions that are not
answered by this announcement, please contact the conference director, Alfred
Bendixen, Executive Director of the ALA, at abendixen@tamu.edu.

 

 

 

Thank you for your
support of the American Literature Association

 

www.americanliterature.org