American Literature Association Annual Conference

Deadline: January 30, 2015

Dates: May 21-24, 2015

Location: Boston, MA

CFP Link

For the 2015 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, 2015. 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.

For societies’ CFPs, see here. Societies of interest to our group include: African American Literature and Culture; American Humor Studies Association; American Religion and Literature; Willa Cather Foundation; Kate Chopin International Society; Emily Dickinson International Society; International Theodore Dreiser Society; T.S. Eliot Society; Emerson Society; William Faulkner Society; Charlotte Perkins Gilman Society; Nathaniel Hawthorne Society; Ernest Hemingway Society; The Melville Society, among others.

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.

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