Call for Papers




October 15-18, 2009

Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA 


"Texts, Technologies, and Intertextualities: Film Adaptation in a Postmodern World"  
 Deadline for Proposals: August 15, 2009
Plenary speakers:  (1) Phillip Lopate, essayist, film critic, and editor

of American Movie Critics: An Anthology from the Silents Until Now (2006). (2) A filmmaker from Brave New Films, an organization for social justice in Culver City, CA which makes essay-films on American politics, economics, and media for the DVD market and the Internet. 

Paper proposals are invited from ALL AREAS of adaptation studies and film or media studies.  Proposals relevant to the conference title above, including questions about graphic novels, comics, CGI, HD/Blue-ray television, home theater/surround sound, YouTube and other internet media, adapted screenplays, remakes, etc., are especially encouraged.  Also of significant interest are papers on literature/film theory, film and history, national cinemas, international cinematic influences, cultural and political issues related to film/media, and concepts of race/class/gender/sexual orientation in lit/film contexts.  We welcome as well papers comparing a single film and its source text, individual film analyses, auteur studies, and fresh looks at traditional genres and subgenres like film noir, war films, Shakespeare films, biopics, romantic comedies, and so on.  
Proposal abstracts should be 300-500 words in length (eventual papers must be read in no more than 20 minutes) and are due by 15 August 2009.  Send by email attachment to David Kranz, LFA 2009 Conference Director, at [log in to unmask] Proposals sent by regular mail should be addressed to David Kranz at Dept. of English, Dickinson College, P.O. Box 1773, Carlisle, PA 17013.  Rolling notifications of acceptance will arrive over the summer and by 1 September 2009 at the latest.    

Conference Registration Fees: $100 before 25 September 2009 and $125 thereafter.  Fees for graduate students and retired professionals:  $75 before 25 September 2009 and $100 thereafter.  Make checks out to Dickinson College and mail to David Kranz at the address above.


LFA Dues: All conference attendees must be now or soon become members of LFA.  To join and pay 2009 dues, please go to our website at and use our PayPal feature.  Annual dues are $20.


Travel: Carlisle, PA is 1 3/4 hours drive from Baltimore, 2 hours drive from Washington, DC, and Philadelphia, 3 1/2 hours from New York City, 40 minutes from Harrisburg International Airport, and 30 minutes from the combined Harrisburg Amtrak Station and Greyhound/Trailways Bus Depot.  HIA is served by a number of air carriers and by most rental car agencies.  Carlisle is at the crossroads of Interstates 81 and 76, not far from Interstates 83 and 78.  


Lodging:  Carlisle Comfort Suites (downtown, short walk to campus): Call for reservations at the Dickinson College LFA 2009 Conference rate of $93 per night.  Tel. 717-960-1000 or 800-704-1188.  


        Sleep Inn (Off Interstate 81, 2 miles from campus): Call for reservations at LFA Conference rate of $69.99 for singles or doubles.  Tel. 717-249-8863. 


        Day's Inn (Off Interstate 81, 3 miles from campus): Call for reservations at LFA Conference rate of $60 for singles and $70 for doubles.  Tel. 717- 258-4147.



To get these special rates, reservations must be made by 15 September 2009.

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