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Some on here might like to consider this CFP:  in the wonderful town of Santa Fe!  --hb

Sights and Sites:

Vision and Place in American Literature

November 1-3, 2018

Drury Plaza Hotel in Santa Fe

828 Paseo de Peralta

Santa Fe, NM 87501

Conference Director:

Alfred Bendixen, Princeton University

Keynote Speaker: Karen Kilcup,

University of North Carolina, at Greensboro

For our 2018 Fall Symposium, the American Literature Association will head to beautiful Santa Fe, New Mexico.  The Drury Plaza Hotel offers both an excellent location right near the central plaza and excellent rates.  Single and double rooms will be available for $129 a night plus taxes; this rate includes not only a free breakfast and wireless access, but also an afternoon “kickback” every evening at 5:30 featuring hot food and cold drinks.  Valet parking will be $10 per night.

Sights and Sites: Vision and Place in American Literature:  What does it mean to envision the American landscape? What are the philosophical, psychological, and political factors that shape how writers look at a place and transform their perceptions into works of fiction, poetry, drama, travel writing, and autobiography?  How does race, class, and gender influence the perception of natural and social sites? These and other related questions should provide for a lively weekend of literary exploration and good conversation. We welcome proposals for individual papers, complete panels, and roundtable discussions on any aspect of this important subject.

Please send all proposals to the conference director at

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as soon as possible and no later than September 15, 2018.

Conference Details:  Sessions run Friday and Saturday, November 2- 3, 2018. There will be an opening event and welcoming reception on Thursday evening, November 1; The Conference Fee will include at least one lunch as well as the receptions.

Individuals may propose papers or panels by emailing the conference director, Professor Alfred Bendixen ([log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>) no later than September 15, 2018 and preferably earlier. The proposal should include the title of the presentation or panel, an abstract that provides a clear idea of the material that will be covered, a brief vita or description of the presenter’s qualifications and email addresses for all participants. The proposal should be both pasted into an email and sent as an attachment (preferably in WORD). All emails will be acknowledged in a timely manner.

The conference director welcomes proposals for roundtables and panels that deal with the development of important genres, literary movements, themes, and issues related to the symposium topic.

Those proposing papers and/or panels will be informed of acceptances by September and hotel reservations will need to be made before October 1..  Participants will be asked to make their hotel reservations immediately and to pre-register on-line.  A program will be placed on the ALA website prior to our meeting, and printed programs will be available at the symposium.

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 time for discussion and three papers of approximately 20 minutes (or nine typed double-spaced pages). Organizers of panels are free to use other formats provided they respect the time limits. 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.  We prefer that chairs not present papers on the panels that they are moderating, and no one may present more than one paper at an ALA symposium.

The conference fee covers the costs of the conference. We require all of those who are on the program to pre-register. The conference fee is $125 for all participants.  We regret that we are unable to offer a lower rate for graduate students and independent scholars.

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, including our symposia and conferences, by checking our website (

Please note that the American Literature Association maintains the lowest conference fees of any major scholarly organization because it operates without a paid staff. 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 [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>

Thank you for your interest and your support of the American Literature Association.