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Call for Papers: L.M. Montgomery and Re-Vision

 

CFP: L.M. Montgomery and Re-vision 

The L.M. Montgomery Institute’s Fifteenth Biennial International Conference

University of Prince Edward Island,  22-26 June 2022

 "It is never quite safe to think we have done with life. When we imagine we have finished our story fate has a trick of turning the page and showing us yet another chapter." —L.M. Montgomery, Rainbow Valley (1919)

… at every given moment of writing in her journal she presents a truth as she sees it at that moment, but that truth may include a distortion of what actually happened, and it may be different from how she saw it earlier. —Mary Rubio and Elizabeth Waterston, Introduction, Selected Journals, Volume 3

The 2022 conference invites proposals for research pertaining to L.M. Montgomery’s life, writings, and/or scholarship through the lens of “re-vision.” The theme plays off the “Vision” theme of the cancelled 2020 L.M. Montgomery Institute conference, but it also stands on its own, speaking to the editing of literary works and to reinventions within Montgomery’s own life. “Re-vision” might also suggest proposals on translations, new editions, or literary, dramatic, cinematic, musical, or new media adaptations; on revisionist scholarship or confronting orthodoxy; and/or on seeing Montgomery’s work and life anew.

The conference theme might inspire papers that explore:

  • Adaptations or revisions of Montgomery’s life and works on/in film, stage, art, new media, and beyond
  • The art and artistry of the illustrators of Montgomery’s works
  • Re-seeing, revision, remembering, and nostalgia in Montgomery’s creative and/or autobiographical processes
  • How Montgomery adapted her writing to changing environments
  • Revising genres (e.g. romance, pastoral, epic, literature for children and young adults)
  • Telling and retelling, or rescripting master narratives
  • Metaphors of change and renewal in and around her work

Please submit 250-300-word proposals (individual paper or panel) and 100-150-word biographical statements by 15 August 2021. Individual paper and panel proposals are double-blind reviewed. Proposals for workshops, special exhibits, films, performances, or other visual displays are also welcomed. Proposals that view Montgomery’s life and art from different cultural and theoretical perspectives are also encouraged.

The conference is being planned as an in-person event in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada, 22-26 June 2022, but virtual presentation will be possible in some circumstances. Should travel still be restricted as it currently is, an online or hybrid conference will be held. Updates will be provided as available.

When you submit your proposal, you will be asked whether you are submitting for (1) individual paper; (2) panel; (3) pre-conference workshop; or (4) other (special exhibit, film, performance, etc.). You will also be asked if you are an early career scholar (within three years of terminal degree completion as of June 2022) and whether you wish to participate in the LMMI’s mentorship program (as either a mentor or mentee).

Paper Proposal:

  • Papers will be 20 minutes maximum.
  • Provide a short title.
  • Abstracts of 250-300 words should clearly articulate a strong argument and situate that argument in the context of established Montgomery scholarship.
  • Proposals are double-blind vetted so do not include any identifying information in the abstract.
  • Biographical statement of 100-150 words should include the following information: current status/employment and/or institutional affiliation, education history (degree, institution, date), relevant scholarly or creative work, and email address. 

Panel Proposal

  • Panel or roundtable proposals can consist of either three or four papers.
  • Panels will be 90 minutes, of which 30 minutes should be reserved for audience questions and discussion.
  • The panel organizer is responsible for submitting the abstracts, biographical statements, and contact information of all panelists, as well as a panel title, a brief statement of how the panel reflects the conference theme (100-150 words), and an abstract and biographical statement for each panel participant (see guidelines above).
  • Proposals are double-blind vetted so do not include any identifying information in the abstract.
  • The vetting committee and conference co-organizers may approve the panel as proposed or accept some individual papers for inclusion elsewhere in the program.

 Workshop Proposal

  • Workshops are held on the first day of the conference, Wednesday, 22 June, and are two to three hours.
  • Organizers of workshops are responsible for submitting a workshop title and a brief statement of how the workshop reflects the conference theme (100 words), a description of their experience in facilitating workshops (100 words), and a description of planned participant engagement, facilities needed, and length (100 words).
  • Biographical statement of 100-150 words should include the following information: current status/employment and/or institutional affiliation, education history (degree, institution, date), relevant scholarly or creative work, and email address. 

Other Special Event Proposal

  • Exhibits, films, performances, and other visual displays are scheduled throughout the five days and evenings of the conference.
  • The moderator of a special event will introduce and/or give a short artist’s talk, as relevant.
  • The organizer of a proposed special event is responsible for submitting an abstract indicating relevance to the conference theme (100 words), a description of facilities needed, length of the event, and, if an exhibition or display, whether it would remain up for the duration of the conference (100 words).
  • Biographical statement of 100-150 words should include the following information: current status/employment and/or institutional affiliation, education history (degree, institution, date), relevant scholarly or creative work, and email address. 

Questions should be directed to the conference co-organizers, Lesley Clement and Alan MacEachern, lmmiconf@upei.ca.

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