call for papers

The Louisiana Conference on Language, Literature and Culture
March 21st, 22nd, 23rd, 2013

What’s in a Castle of Murder?
Fairy Tales across Time and Place: Celebrating Our Deepest Language

The Louisiana Conference invites papers and creative work on the timeless and universal place of fairy tales in the world of communication and education.  We are interested in how fairy tales are and have been used to bridge cultures and time, connecting diverse peoples by means of easily translatable concepts.  Of particular interest might be violence, fear, entrapment and salvation; the battles of truth and deception, reality and illusion, honesty and trickery; character altering/forming cryptozoological sightings; and happiness deferred, denied, and occasionally delivered.  The conference seeks to focus on the barrier-shattering communicability of fairy tales and thereby emphasize their importance to the intellectual development of thinkers at all levels, as well as emphasize the many uses of fairy tales in the classroom.  Topics might include but are not limited to: problems of origin; highbrow vs. lowbrow controversies; questions of definition; cruelty and violence and over-the-top violence; contemporary adaptations (film, television, comics, graphic novels, theatre); the fairy tale in the works of Stephen King; fairy tales, horror and ghost stories; fascination with the grotesque and gothic; fairy tales in early and modern American fiction; uses of fairy tales in philosophy; revisionist takes; uses in contemporary poetry and novels; fairy tales in music; Walt Disney adaptations; feminist theory and the fairy tale; children’s literature; pedagogical uses.  If our list of possible topics does not stir your imagination, please feel free to submit work that in any way pertains to fairy tales. 

Guidelines for Submission:
•350-500 word proposals for 20 min papers should be submitted via email as attachment in rich text (.rtf) format by November 30th, 2012, ----- to ( Do not include name on abstract. Include name, affiliation, email address, phone number, and title of paper, as well as a brief biographical statement in the body of the email. Indicate possible A/V needs.
• Panel proposals (three presenters) should explain in 500 words the panel topic and include a 500- word abstract and biographical statement for each presenter.
• Creative submissions should include a short, descriptive abstract as well as a sample of the work to be considered. Please specify “Creative Submission” in your proposal.
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The Louisiana Conference on Language, Literature, and Culture is a professional conference but welcomes contributions from academics at all levels.
We hope to hear from you soon.
Maia and Dan

Download a .pdf version of this Call for Papers here.



Pack & Paddle Kayaking and Ghost tales and Masquerade Ball

Since it is all but impossible to talk about fairy tales without the mind casting at least a few tendrils back to childhood, this conference will thankfully lie heavily on the imaginative side of things.  Needless to say, creative submissions are welcome.  This welcoming is not meant to deepen the current unnecessary and unfortunate line dividing creative and scholarly writers, but to invite new approaches to both the creative and the critical.  In order to encourage a spirit of play, or at the very least a new-eyes child-like enthusiasm (do we not enjoy our work?), the Louisiana Conference on Language, Literature and Culture will be hosting a masquerade ball (that’s right, folks: masks, wine and dancing).  There will also be a kayak/canoe tour of our very own Lake Martin (quite a haunted place if the history is true (and when isn’t it?)), a ghost story reading mid-lake and by British electrical torch light (this lake reading is the form our creative writing competition will take), followed by a bonfire side gumbo feast and musical entertainment.  If this doesn’t sound appealing then consider donating your body to science as evidence for the non-existence of the soul.  So come to present your papers, your own fairy tales, or come to try and put a frown on the process and fail.  We welcome all motives. 


The Louisiana Conference on Language, Literature, and Culture is especially welcoming to creative submissions this year.  To encourage a creative spirit of play, we will be hosting a masquerade ball (that’s right, folks: masks, wine and dancing).  There will also be a kayak/canoe tour on nearby Lake Martin, a ghost story reading mid-lake, followed by a bonfire-side gumbo feast and musical entertainment.  So come to present your critical papers or fairy tales, or your own interesting combinations of the two.  We welcome all motives.

Summer Fundraising has gone swimmingly.  Over the course of 6 Jambalaya Thursdays held right here in Griffin Hall, we raised a total of $470.00 toward conference expenses.  Thanks to a small group of committed volunteers, we are ahead of the game before the academic year has even begun. 

Volunteers are needed for Fundraising Events in Fall and Spring semesters, and with a solid crew of help, we will have more fun earning more money to fund some of our goals.  For instance, we look forward to the possibility of offering more, and more substantial graduate student travel assistance, offering honoraria that will attract prestigious speakers, and including a Creative Submissions award that is equal to the Critical award already in existence.

Also, we are approaching this conference with plans to propose a publication of the proceedings, so that professionals and graduate level students will have an opportunity to publish revisions of their conference presentations as academic articles.

Stay tuned, there is much more to come!

Maia Butler
Dan Williams


a word

Many thanks from Dan WIlliams and Maia Butler!

Welcome.  Help us make this conference wildly successful, an event friendly to all forms of writing and research.  I believe we are living by fairy tales every day, building and understanding our thought-lives by them, rearranging our pasts with their aid, and consulting fairy tales as we consider the future.  So here’s what I see: March 21st, 22nd and 23rd of 2013, everybody's here.


Mad faith

It’s a shame all the conference’s future attendees can’t be in on the ground floor.  I do sort of mean this.  All one hundred and twenty of you seated at every planning meeting and taking part in every one of our fund raising events.  The meetings might be too busy to accomplish much for a while, but we’d learn, and in the meantime the hum of mass-conversation is nice.  And imagine the fundraisers.  We're going to have speed dating, a fine art auction, a bake sale, and a car-bash.  Picture one hundred and twenty swinging sledge hammers.  Imagine one hundred and twenty academics on first dates.  Disaster?  Sure.  And beautiful.  And unifying.  If the whole dynasty could be here for the forging of the dynasty then by the time the conference proper came around we’d roll through it like one big mind.  It’s a risk to work on a project that can only truly succeed if something quite unusual happens, the mad scientist’s risk of constructing a body with the assumption (mad) that at the right time, a soul will simply show up.  That’s faith.  Mad faith.  And we have it.  You will too when you join the volunteer team or arrive at the main event.  But this is contradictory.  The main event is happening now.  Come and see for yourselves.