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ALSC
Posted on Friday, April 14, 2006 - 08:01 am:   

Call for Papers
2006 ALSC Conference
Hotel Sir Francis Drake
San Francisco, California
October 13-15 2006

Seminar One: Pleasures of the Imagination in Science Fiction
Chair: Paul K. Alkon (University of Southern California)

This seminar will focus on the imaginative pleasures of science fiction rather than on its didactic concerns or its uses as grist for the cultural-studies mills. What in fact are the imaginative pleasures of science fiction (if any)? How are they manifested and to what ends? Please send abstracts of papers that address these and related questions by concentrating on a single noteworthy work of science fiction to Paul K. Alkon, Department of English, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA 90089-0354. (alkon@usc.edu)

The submissions deadline for this seminar is April 30.

Prospective members and current members alike are heartily invited to apply.

Please see below for details.

Seminars
The 2006 Conference in San Francisco will continue the tradition established in 2004 of offering seminars designed to increase participation of the membership in the conference and give them another excellent reason for attending. Modeled on what has worked successfully for such organizations as the Shakespeare Association of America and the Modernist Studies Association, these three seminars will each be led by a distinguished member of the Association.

Each seminar will have fifteen (15) guaranteed places, and each person accepted for a seminar will receive an official letter of invitation to the conference and will be listed in its program. Seminar participants will write brief position papers (2-4 pages maximum, double-spaced), and will circulate their papers to the other participants and read all the papers prior to the conference. The listing of the titles in the conference program should help participants obtain travel funding for the conference from their home colleges and universities. Senior scholars are eligible to apply for these seminars, but graduate students and junior faculty especially are encouraged to do so; and we hope that senior scholars and others will spread the word and encourage their graduate students and junior colleagues to apply. The three seminars will run concurrently. Those admitted as participants in each seminar will participate in the actual discussion, but anyone at the conference is welcome to attend one of the seminars as an auditor--not a participant--provided there is sufficient room. Details on submission of abstracts are given above and on the topics of the seminars below.

Submission form and deadline. A few places remain in each of the three seminars, and the deadline is hereby extended to April 30, with applicants advised to send in their abstracts as soon as possible. Abstracts should be no longer than a paragraph or half a page. They should be submitted only by e-mail, to both (1) the chair of the panel or seminar and (2) the Association's office at alsc@bu.edu. On the e-mail's Subject line please give your name and other information in the form, "ALSC 2006, [name of the session] abstract by [your name]."

Association membership is required for participation in the conference. Student memberships cost $25 (proof of student status is required). Standard new memberships cost $35 for the first calendar year. For details on how to join the ALSC, visit our website at www.bu.edu/literary. Secure online forms for membership application and conference registration are available there.

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