International American Studies Association Conference in Laredo CFP

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  • 20 Feb 2017 at 7:13 am #8874

    Rick Wallach
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    Manuel Broncano, author of Religion in Cormac McCarthy’s Fiction: Apocryphal Borderlands, is chairing the eighth conference of the International American Studies Association at Texas A&M University’s international campus in Laredo, Texas on July 19-21 and is looking for papers or panels on Cormac McCarthy. The official deadline is March 1 – short notice, I know, but I just did find out about it myself. I suspect that if you have a good idea that will need a few more days to develop, you can email Manuel and I’m sure that, in the spirit of J. R. “Bob” Dobbs, he will cut you some slack. His email is manuel dot broncano at TAMIU dot eee dee you.

    He is seeking precis of about 500 words accompanied by a brief bio or vita. The theme is “marginalia” which, like most conference themes, is rather malleable. Here’s the link for the Association’s web site with links within links within links to more details about the conference itself (I’m a sucker for matryshka metaphors): http://www.iasaweb.org/

    To submit your proposal, use IASA2017@tamiu.edu

    I’ve never been to Laredo myself but I’ve been to the song. I look forward to seeing some of my fellow Cormackians down there. Bring sunblock and bang the drum slowly.


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    20 Feb 2017 at 6:29 pm #8878

    Rick Wallach
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    Bush beating time.

    Okay, my proposal for the IASA conference has been accepted. That was quick. Ellis was wrong about old age: that it doesn’t last long isn’t the only good thing about it. The other good thing is that you accrue street cred and get your paper proposals accepted very quickly, and then get all sorts of cheap hotel rates, rental cars and air fares through the Old Fart Network (AARP).

    So: I am presenting a paper entitled “Vietnam on the Border: The Shadow of a Misbegotten War in Cormac McCarthy’s Southwestern Works.” I spend four days with Fred Rivera and now I see Vietnam all over the place. The inside of my head must look like Woody Allen’s kitchen from Stardust Memories.

    But in all seriousness (or in what little of it I can still muster at my age), I’ve been discussing a McCarthy panel with Manuel Broncano about Vietnam and/or border violence. These days, with Hair Hitler on his bungling, incoherent rampage in Washington and his dreams of outdoing Stalin and Albert Speer combined with his idiotic border wall, this might be a terrific opportunity for anyone working on the McCarthy/border wars subject to join me. I need two more papers for a panel.

    If you’re interested, you can always reach me at info@cormacmccarthy.com and we’ll kick it around. Manuel has assured me that we’ll have some extra time to get those panel proposals together if we come up with something.

    Hope a few of you can see your way to joining me in Laredo July 19-21. Bring some eggs to fry on the sidewalk!


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    28 Feb 2017 at 12:52 pm #8894

    Rick Wallach
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    Well, the good news is that Wallis Sanborn will be joining us in Laredo with (I believe) an expanded paper on the military backgrounds of some of Cormac’s characters – cleverly and insightfully speculative about Anton Chigurh’s tactics too, I might add.

    The bad news is that we’re one leg shy of a triangle and we still need one more paper broadly related to internationalism in the Master’s works. Come on folks – don’t make it necessary for Wallis n’ me to drone on interminably to fill out the time. We need one more proposal to be sent to the IASA2017@tamiu.edu link.

    The deadline is technically March 1 (tomorry) but conference director Manuel Broncano will work with you assuming you will need a few more weeks to flesh your proposal out. You can reach him at the same email address. Tell him you’re a friend of mine, even if you can’t stand the sight of me (and since I just cleaned out a dozen aquarium filters you probably wouldn’t want to inhale around me either for the time being).

    IASA Laredo, people. It’ll be like stepping into a Marty Robbins album. Join us!


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