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CALL FOR PAPERS/FILM/EXHIBIT: Kerouac’s On the Road and the Beats: Film on K in Big Sur and Scroll Exhibit, University of Birmingham, UK (Deadline, Oct. 11; Conference: Thur. Dec. 11-Dec. 12)

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Unfortunately, there doesn’t seem to be a website for this conference. The most complete listing is at H-California at the link here, above, or below.–ed.

The famous 1951 ‘scroll’ version of Jack Kerouac’s On the Road is on display at the Barber Institute, University of Birmingham during December 2008 and January 2009 — contact for further details.

Cfp: Jack Kerouac, Kerouac’s On the Road and the Beats

A two day conference at the University of Birmingham UK

Thursday 11 December 2008 and Friday 12 December 2008

Marking the fiftieth anniversary of On the Road’s publication in the UK, in 1958 (following its 1957 publication in the US). The University of Birmingham has arranged for the 1951 original typescript manuscript of On the Road – the world-famous scroll of 1951 – to come to the Barber Institute at the University during December 2008 and January 2009. A series of events is planned to celebrate this, including a Film Event (during the evening of 11 December) timed to coincide with this two-day conference, which will likely include the UK premiere showing of One Fast Move and I’m Gone: Kerouac’s Big Sur, produced by Jim Sampas.

The conference will take as its focus the ‘Beats’ and their relations to On the Road and its themes –travel, jazz, sexuality and gender, rebellion, disaffiliation and alienation, class and ethnicity. Plenary speakers will include Tim Hunt (author of Kerouac’s Crooked Road), speaking on how being able to study the scroll ms. adjusts our perspective upon On the Road, and Matt Theado.

Please do come along to this exciting event and – if you wish – deliver a paper. CFP: If you want to deliver a paper please submit a title for your paper and an abstract of between 100 and 250 words for consideration to: by 31 October 2008


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