AML at RMMLA in Reno rescue call for papers

By June 30, 2008

Bruce Jorgensen is looking for submissions for this year’s Mormon Letters session at RMMLA-a great opportunity to present at a conference, especially for anyone doing stuff in Mormon literature or film. I’ve posted Jorgensen’s CFP and submission details below:

For about three decades, since shortly after its organization, AML has had a “conjoint” or (now) “affiliated” session at the annual Convention of the Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association. This year, as of the program deadline for the RMMLA Convention, no program for the AML session had been filed. With permission from the RMMLA Secretariat, I’m attempting a rescue mission with this rather belated call for papers.

If I can put a session together by the 1 August 2008 deadline for the final print version of the program, we’re on; if not, we’re still a permanent affiliate, and we can try again for next year.

I’m open to proposals on any topic, writer, or literary work within the broadest definition of Mormon literature (including film). With the recent success of Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight series, fantasy by Mormon writers might be an obviously apt topic; but it’s only one among many possibilities, and I’d be quite content with a miscellaneous session. For presentation, papers should be about 15 minutes long (7 to 8 double-spaced pages). Inquiries or proposals (even sketchy ones) can be emailed to me at bruce_jorgensen@byu.edu . This year’s RMMLA Convention meets 9-11 October 2008 in Reno, and the preliminary program, now posted at rmmla.org, lists the AML session Saturday morning (11 October) from 8:30 to 10:00 a.m. I’m presenting in and chairing another session at RMMLA, so I’m not eligible to present in or chair the AML affiliated session. But if I get enough proposals (3 good ones will do) to set up a program, I will likely just ask one of the presenters to chair the session. Presenters whose proposals are accepted will need to pay RMMLA dues of $35 for their names and paper titles to appear on the program. Forms for dues, for the Convention pre-registration fee ($85), and other information about the Convention are available online at http://rmmla.wsu.edu/conferences/default.asp

B. W. Jorgensen, Assoc. Prof. of English, 4038 JFSB, BYUProvo, UT 84602.

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