Friday, February 20, 2009

Roberts CFP's--ALA & SAMLA

As many of you know, the Roberts Society is growing rapidly this year. There are several Roberts panels at various conferences in the coming year:

CFP: ALA Symposium in Savannah, Georgia, October 8-10, 2009.
Conference Director Olivia Carr Edenfield has requested a special panel on the work of Elizabeth Madox Roberts at this year’s fiction symposium to be held in Savannah, Georgia, in the fall. Please submit paper proposals (length: 15 to 20 minutes, depending on number of presenters) for this panel to Steve Florczyk, panel chair, at before June 1, 2009. Roberts Society Honorary President H. R. Stoneback will deliver the keynote address at this year’s conference. Details: Sessions run Friday and Saturday, October 9-10. On Friday, October 9, there will be a special luncheon as well as an evening reception including the keynote address by H. R. Stoneback. On Saturday, October 10, the luncheon keynote will be delivered by Kirk Curnutt. A final celebration will take place that evening.

CFP: SAMLA Convention in Atlanta, Georgia, November 2009.
The Elizabeth Madox Roberts Society will hold two special sessions at SAMLA in 2009 in Atlanta, Georgia:

Session one, “Elizabeth Madox Roberts as Children’s Literature,” will be chaired by Jane Dionne. This session will explore the importance of using Elizabeth Madox Roberts’ poems with students across all the grades. Suggested topics include but are not limited to: 1) In what ways Roberts’ poems in Under the Tree affect children in the classroom; 2) children’s responses to Roberts’ poetry based on their age and experience; 3) techniques for teaching Roberts to a variety of children and special needs students; 4) how Roberts’ poetry may encourage more poetry to be taught across the curriculum; 5) how Roberts’ poetry, presumably for children, fits into the genres of Children’s Literature and/or Modernism. Papers may focus on one or more levels, from elementary to college. Papers should be fifteen minutes long. Please submit title and brief abstract by April 15, 2009 to Jane Dionne at

Session two, “Elizabeth Madox Roberts and the Influence of Philosophy,” will be chaired by Amanda Boyle. This session will examine the influence of philosophy in the life and writings of Elizabeth Madox Roberts. Some suggested paper topics include, but are not limited to: 1) direct philosophical influences on Roberts’ work (Bishop Berkley, Plato, etc.); 2) analysis of how philosophy may influence and be exemplified through literature, with a focus on Roberts’ writing; 3) the philosophy of existence in relation to the works of Elizabeth Madox Roberts. Papers should be fifteen minutes long. Please submit title and a brief abstract by April 15, 2009 to Amanda Boyle at