Saturday, June 16, 2007

Sopranos Conference May 2008: Preliminary Announcement

Added 13 May 2008: Final Sopranos Conference program just posted.


A very preliminary announcement - but I wanted to start getting the word out -

We'll be convening a conference, to take place in New York City, May 23-25, 2008. (Note: this is a change from our earlier announced date of May 8-10.)

The working title: The Sopranos, A Wake

We expect about 100 papers to be presented, written not only by professors and graduate and undergraduate students, but by critics, writers, and indeed anyone with something interesting, sage, original, provocative to say about The Sopranos.

Here is our formal "call" for papers.

Sessions will be held at Fordham University's Lincoln Center campus in New York City, where I'm Chair of Fordham's Department of Communication and Media Studies.

Admission will be open to the general public.

The guiding force behind this conference is David Lavery, Chair in Film and Television, Brunel University. I'll be a co-convener, along with Douglas Howard (Suffolk Community College, New York).

Some background: David Lavery edited This Thing of Ours, Investigating The Sopranos (Columbia University Press/Wallflower Press, 2002), which contained essays by, among others, Douglas Howard, Lavery, and me. In September 2002, to inaugurate the book's publication and a new season of The Sopranos, I convened a small vest-pocket conference at Fordham University.

Sopranos script supervisor Christine Gee Lowrey was a special guest.

We expect to have all sorts of exciting special guests at our 2008 conference.

Keep an eye on this blog for details, and/or send me an e-mail - address in the right-hand column - to be put on our mailing list.

More details on the conference here from David Lavery.

Feel free to re-post this preliminary announcement anywhere and everywhere...

Further reading:

The Sopranos and the Closure-Junkies

The Sopranos, or the Tiger?

The Sopranos Ninth of Nine: The Anti-Ending Ending
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