The City and American Literature
New Orleans, LA
September 10-12, 2015
Keynote Speaker: Ed Folsom, University of Iowa
ALA symposia provide opportunities for scholars to meet in pleasant settings,
present papers, and share ideas and resources. The September 2015 symposium
will focus on representations of the city in American literature. We welcome
proposals for individual papers, complete panels, and roundtable discussions on
any aspect of this important subject.
Location: Hotel Monteleone
214 Royal Street
New Orleans, LA 70130-2201
Hotel Rate: The Hotel Monteleone is offering a special rate of $175 (plus tax) per
night for a single or double room.
Leslie Petty, Rhodes College
Conference Fee: $150
(Includes two lunches and three receptions)
Please email all proposals to Leslie Petty
before June 30, 2015
Conference Details: The American Literature Association will return to New Orleans for a
symposium on the City and American Literature, September 10-12, 2015. Please plan to
stay in the conference hotel as this helps us meet our commitment to the hotel and keeps
our rates low. The Hotel Monteleone is an historic hotel in the French Quarter that has
hosted many distinguished American writers.
Sessions run Friday and Saturday, September 11-12. There will be an opening reception on
Thursday evening as well as receptions Friday and Saturday evenings. Lunch will be served
Friday and Saturday. Please note that luncheon preferences will be sent to conference
participants at a later date. Our emphasis on the receptions and meals reflects a belief that
some of the most productive scholarly conversations happen in congenial social settings.
A special event will be planned for Thursday, September 10. Details will follow.
Individuals may propose papers or panels by emailing the conference director, Leslie Petty
(pettyL@rhodes.edu), no later than June 30, 2015. The proposal should include the title of
the presentation or panel, an abstract that provides a clear idea of the material that will be
covered, a brief vita or description of the presenter’s qualifications and email addresses for
all participants. The proposal should be both pasted into an email and sent as an
attachment (preferably in WORD). All emails will be acknowledged in a timely manner.
The conference director welcomes proposals for roundtables and panels that deal with the
development of important genres, literary movements, themes, and issues related to the
Please note that no audiovisual equipment will be available for the symposium.
Those proposing papers and/or panels will be informed of acceptances in mid-July.
Participants will be asked to make their hotel reservations immediately and to pre-register
on-line. If necessary, the registration fee and form can be mailed using the material posted
at the end of this announcement. A program will be placed on the ALA website prior to our
meeting, and printed programs will be available at the symposium.
ALA Guidelines: The most common ALA format is a time slot of one hour and twenty
minutes with three papers and a chair. This permits time for discussion and three papers of
approximately 20 minutes (or nine typed double-spaced pages). Organizers of panels are
free to use other formats provided they respect the time limits. Furthermore, the ALA
encourages panel organizers to experiment with innovative formats including discussion
groups and panels featuring more speakers and briefer papers. Chairs will make sure that
the panels start and end on time and that no speaker goes beyond the allotted time limit.
We prefer that chairs not present papers on the panels that they are moderating, and no
one may present more than one paper at an ALA symposium.
The conference fee covers the costs of the conference including two meals and two
receptions. We encourage all of those who are on the program to pre-register. The
conference fee is $150 for all participants. We regret that we are unable to offer a lower
rate for graduate students and independent scholars.
ALA Membership: Membership in the ALA is not required in order to propose or present a
paper. In fact, technically the members of the American Literature Association are the
various author societies. Individuals may keep informed about the activities of the ALA,
including our symposia and conferences, by checking our website
Please note that the American Literature Association maintains the lowest conference fees
of any major scholarly organization because it operates without a paid staff. If you have any
questions that are not answered by this announcement, please contact the conference
director at pettyL@rhodes.edu or Alfred Bendixen, Executive Director of the ALA, at