Call for Papers: 2007 Literature/Film Association Conference
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Call for Papers
2007 Literature/Film Association Conference
11-14 October 2007, The University of Kansas, Lawrence
Deadline for all abstracts and proposals: August 15, 2007
Primary Theme: Adaptations of Theatre into Film and Television
Papers are also invited from all areas of literature/film studies,
including adaptations and remakes, literature/film theory, history
and film, biography and film, genre topics, social issues (including
race, class and gender studies), auteur studies, and individual film
analyses. The Theatre/Film focus should not be regarded as restrictive.
Proposals: 300-500 word abstracts due 15 August 2007. Send to
mail to:tibbetts@ku. edu. And copy to: jxwelsh@salisbury. edu,
cymiller@tiac. net, and tom.prasch@washburn .edu.
For additional information on the conference theme, submission,
accommodation, and online registration, see www.salisbury. edu/lfq/
Featured Speakers Announced: Director and Playwright, Neil LaBute;
Film Scholar, Dr. Frank Manchel; Theatre and Vaudeville Scholar, Dr.
Andrew Erdman. (See below for more information)
About Our Speakers:
Neil LaBute: Director, screenwriter, and playwright, Neil LaBute is
known for his edgy and often unsettling portrayals of relationships.
A recipient of awards and nominations from the Sundance Film
Festival, the New York Film Critics Circle, the Society of Texas Film
Critics, and the Independent Spirit Awards, among others, LaBute is
known for theatrical productions and films alike, including: "In the
Company of Men," "Nurse Betty," "Your Friends and Neighbors," "Wicker
Man," "Fat Pig," and "In a Dark, Dark, House," among others.
Dr. Frank Manchel: A foundational scholar in the field of film
studies, Dr. Manchel's work in the areas of film history and
criticism has guided and informed generations of film scholarship.
He is the author of numerous volumes, including Terrors of the Screen
(1970), Box Office Clowns: From Bob Hope to Woody Allen (1979),
Gangsters on the Screen (1978) Great Science Fiction Films (1982),
and the four-volume Film Study: An Analytical Bibliography (1990),
along with countless articles in scholarly journals. Dr. Manchel has
had an extensive career teaching in the departments of both English
and Communications at the University of Vermont, where he also served
as Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences for more than a
decade. He is currently Professor Emeritus of English and Film at
the University, and is celebrating the release of his latest volume:
Every Step a Struggle: Interviews with Seven Who Shaped the African-
American Image in Movies (New Academia Publishing, 2007), critically
acclaimed as "must reading for anyone interested in the cultural
politics of race in America."
Dr. Andrew Erdman: Author of Blue Vaudeville: Sex, Morals and the
Mass Marketing of Amusement, 1895-1915 (McFarland, 2003), Andrew
Erdman has taught film, theater, writing, and media studies at a
number of New York Universities. His work has appeared in Theatre
Studies, The Theatre Annual, and The Bulletin of Biography, as well
as Fortune and National Lampoon. Dr. Erdman has also written for
LifetimeTV.com, VH1, and the stage ("Likeable War Criminals" 2000),
and is also featured as an expert in the documentary film, "The
Original Mermaid: The Amazing Story of Annette Kellerman," about a
famous swimmer-turned- vaudevillian, produced for the Australian
Broadcasting Company. He is currently at work on a biography of Eva
Tanguay (1878-1947), the so-called "Queen of Vaudeville."
Conference Director: Dr. John C. Tibbetts, Associate Chair
Department of Theatre and Film
The University of Kansas
Lawrence, Kansas 66045
Co-Directors: Jim Welsh, LFA Founder, Salisbury University emeritus
Tom Prasch, Washburn University, Topeka, KS
Cynthia J. Miller, Emerson College, Boston, MA.
Sponsored by The Literature/Film Association, the University of
Kansas Department of Theatre & Film, and the Hall Center for the
Humanities (Lawrence, KS).