What are the Society's plans, if any, for MSA 2014? It's in Pittsburgh
this coming November.
*Deadline for Seminar Proposals and Thursday Workshop Proposals is February
28, 2014 *
I'm trying to put together something, but don't remember hearing anything
from my fellow Poundians.
On Fri, Aug 16, 2013 at 7:39 AM, Roxana Preda <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Dear Poundians,
> As you all know, The Ezra Pound Society has the major mission of
> organising conference sessions and panels so that Poundians can present
> their work and projects to the scholarly community. Until now, the EPS has
> had two slots at the MLA in January and two slots at the American
> Literature Association Conference in May. Preparations for the MLA
> participation were made in February this year: Demetres organised a session
> on literature and technology for the MLA 2014.
> The very good news is that our colleague Prof. Alan Golding, who has now
> been appointed Director of the Louisville Conference, has offered the
> society a regular slot for this prestigious annual event. The Louisville
> Conference is dedicated to literature after 1900 and its connections with
> the other arts: it has run for 41 years now and is attended on average by
> 500 scholars.
> Alan tells me people come gladly year after year (and not only for the
> music, excellent restaurants and the bourbon!). Have a look at the
> conference website here: http://www.thelouisvilleconference.com/
> I asked Alan about how the Louisville conference compares to the MSA.
> This is what he told me:
> ?Compared to MSA, it's somewhat smaller (about 500 people), and we don't
> use MSA's seminar structure. We have a somewhat smaller book exhibit, but
> still a pretty good-size Scholar's Choice table, and the U of Iowa Press is
> now a presence too. Creative writing is a much stronger presence here than
> at MSA; we run creative and critical panels simultaneously, and of our four
> featured speaker slots, two are devoted to creative writing. I'm in touch
> with Colson Whitehead about coming in 2014, and we still need to book our
> poet; our critical speakers, Lauren Berlant and Peter Nicholls (of obvious
> interest to Poundians), are in place. ? There's the full range of
> participants, from grad students to full profs and name chairs. ? this
> would be an opportunity to gather for folks working on the MLA Approaches
> to Teaching Pound, among other possibilities.?
> It is for us to shape our session according to our interests and pursuits,
> which gives us a much-needed freedom to study Pound in context and interact
> with scholars engaged in all areas of modernism. Other author societies,
> like the T.S. Eliot and Wallace Stevens ones, are regulars at the
> Louisville Conference. I have taken up contact with the Eliot society UK,
> which has started its own call for papers for Louisville ? it is a modest
> beginning but in due course we could have stable channels of cooperation
> and organise joint sessions or other projects.
> The deadline for submissions is October 1st 2013.
> Please send a 300 word abstract and separate cover sheet to
> [log in to unmask] to participate in this first session we organise
> for the Louisville conference as a society.
> The cover sheet should include:
> ? Name (as it will appear in the program)
> ? Address (preferably home address)
> ? E-mail address (necessary to confirm your acceptance)
> ? Telephone number
> ? Academic affiliation (if applicable)
> ? Title of paper/work (as it will appear in the program)
> ? National origin/genre of work discussed (please be specific)
> ? Personal biographical note (100-150 words
> Depending on the nature of the work you submit, I will devise an inclusive
> theme, rationale and title for our session.
> To conclude:
> Through our organisation we are fortunate to have what could be called a
> stable ?conference season? running from January through May (MLA,
> Louisville, ALA). Let us use it to present our work, discuss it with peers,
> and establish contacts.
> My promise to you at this point is that the participants in the Louisville
> Conference will be the first to benefit from a website I plan to create for
> the EPS. At present, most of us have to wait up to four years to see our
> work published, or at least posted somewhere for public attention. As
> people in my family used to say (a lot): ?This situation is intolerable. It
> can?t and shouldn?t last!?
> The least we can do is post the conference abstracts on the website, so
> that we have a running record of what we work on. For those of you who have
> a project ready and are willing to show it to peers, the society website
> could be a working option, permanent or temporary, as you choose.
> I am now preparing a white paper with proposals, so as to let you know
> what such a website could be like. I hope to finish a draft by the end of
> September and look forward to your input and ideas.
> Please use the email address above to write to me on any concerns, queries
> and proposals about the EPS you might have.
> With all my best,
> The University of Edinburgh is a charitable body, registered in
> Scotland, with registration number SC005336.
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