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Conference 2012: Call for Papers

The Norman Mailer Society Tenth International Conference

October 10-13, 2012 • Provincetown, Massachusetts

The Program Committee seeks proposals for panel presentations during the Tenth Annual International Conference of The Norman Mailer Society, to be held in Provincetown, MA. “Norman Mailer: Achievements and Paradoxes” is the theme of the conference and papers on any topic related to Norman Mailer will be considered.

The Program Committee also invites established writers to propose Writing Workshops. In registering for the conference, all attendees will have the opportunity to work with these writers in workshop settings. Our hope is to further Norman Mailer’s commitment to both scholarly and creative writers.

The Conference hotel is the Provincetown Inn. Conference attendees will have the opportunity to book rooms at the Provincetown Inn or the Harbor Hotel at a discounted price. Many conference events will also be held at various venues in Provincetown, to be announced later.

Organizers encourage participants to interpret the conference theme broadly. We welcome papers on all aspects of Mailer’s life and literary work. We also invite debates, panels and roundtables. Travel Grants of $100, sponsored by The Norman Mailer Society, are available to student presenters.

If you are interested in submitting a paper, a presentation panel (three speakers) or a roundtable panel (four speakers), please contact either of the Program Co-chairs: J. Michael Lennon or Barry H. Leeds. Interactive panels will emphasize discussion among panelists and audience members. More information will be posted here when available. Inquiries are encouraged.

Guidelines for submission: send a 50-word biographical statement and a 200 word abstract of the proposed presentation and/or workshop as MS Word attachments by June 1 to either:

  • J. Michael Lennon – JMLennon1 [at] charter [dot] net
  • Barry H. Leeds – bhleeds01 [at] snet [dot] net

The biographical statement and an abstract of the presentation or proposed workshop should be suitable for the printed program. Presentation papers must be no longer than 15 minutes. Roundtable Presentations must be no longer than 12 minutes.

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