[ilds] [Fwd: Paper Proposals for OMG XVI -- New Orleans]

Charles Sligh Charles-Sligh at utc.edu
Wed Jan 20 05:58:14 PST 2010

Dear Durrellians:
The deadline for the submission of paper proposals for the New Orleans 
conference has been extended until February 15, 2010. Please take a 
moment to send Don your proposal if you have not done so already.
Paul Lorenz
On Miracle Ground XVI
Durrell and the City: Reconstructing the Urban Landscape

Call for Papers
*'The city, half-imagined (yet wholly real) begins and ends in us, roots 
lodged in our memory."* from /Balthazar/

July 7-10, 2010
Hotel Monteleone, New Orleans

This conference is sponsored by The International Lawrence Durrell 
Society and Louisiana Tech University
On Miracle Ground XVI will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 
publication of /The Alexandria Quartet/ with a reassessment of the 
cities, especially Alexandria, that have been associated with Durrell's 
life and work. We will encourage a variety of perspectives and 
theoretical approaches -- historical, biographical, sociological, 
psychoanalytic, textual, and cultural -- in order to create a 
"multiple-mirror" effect and explore how Durrell's cities are really the 
major "characters" in his fiction.

The conference will be held in New Orleans, a city that is itself being 
reassessed and reconstructed after the devastating hurricane of 2005. 
Although Durrell never visited New Orleans, he did suggest the city 
would make a perfect setting for an "American Quartet." Indeed, the 
Crescent City -- with its mix of races, languages, and religions; its 
reputation for sensual indulgence; and its annual celebration of 
Carnival -- is more closely aligned with Durrell's Alexandria than any 
other American city. Through concurrent sessions, papers will establish 
the links between the host city and Alexandria as well as explore other 
themes and topics related to Durrell’s urban landscapes.

Some of the possible themes include the following: Multi-cultural Worlds 
(French, Spanish, English, African, Native-American, and Caribbean): New 
Orleans and Alexandria; Gastronomic Durrell; Musical Durrell; The 
Carnivalesque: Masks, Murder, and Mayhem; Literary New Orleans/Literary 
Alexandria; Love, Lust, and Lechery: Sex and the City; French Durrell; 
Creole Durrell; Durrell and the American Experience; Religious Practices 
(Voodoo, Vampirism, Catholicism, Gnosticism, Cabalism); Durrell’s Vast 
Ghost: History, Hauntings, and Authors; Decadence and Separatism 
(Alexandria and Egypt/New Orleans and Louisiana). All sessions will take 
place in the newly renovated Hotel Monteleone, on Royal Street, at the 
heart of the French Quarter.

Submit all proposals by email to Donald P. Kaczvinsky at 
_dkaczv at latech.edu_ <mailto:dkaczv at latech.edu> byFebruary 15, 2010. Use 
the subject heading "Durrell and the City." The proposal should be 
attached as a Word Document and include the following:
Name of presenter, rank, and university affiliation (if any)
Paper title
Return address
250-word abstract of the paper topic
Brief (1 paragraph) biography for the conference program
Requests for specific material (recorder, video projector, or other 

Receipt of the proposal will be confirmed by email reply.

Two panels will be reserved just for graduate students, and a $100 cash 
award will be given for the best paper by a graduate student.


Registration for the conference is due by May 1, 2010.

Registration Fee :: $125
Late Registration Fee :: $150 (after May 1st)
Graduate Students :: $50
Late Registration Fee (Student) :: $70 (after May 1st)

Send a check or money order in American dollars to:

Paul Lorenz
University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff
Mail Stop 4980
Pine Bluff, AR
71601, USA
Email: _paullorenz at sbcglobal.net_ <mailto:paullorenz at sbcglobal.net>

The conference has reserved rooms at the Hotel Monteleone for all 
participants at the rate of $129/night. For reservations, contact the 
hotel directly at 504-708-4668 and ask for "Durrell and the City." You 
may also visit the hotel website at _http://hotelmonteleone.com_ 

The Monteleone will provide free continental breakfast for all 
participants staying at the hotel.

For those looking for other accommodations, contact the New Orleans 
Visitors Bureau at _http://www.neworleanscvb.com/_.


Donald P. Kaczvinsky, President
The International Lawrence Durrell Society
Department of English
Louisiana Tech University
Ruston, LA
71272, USA
_dkaczv at latech.edu_ <mailto:dkaczv at latech.edu>

Charles L. Sligh
Assistant Professor
Department of English
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
charles-sligh at utc.edu

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