Academic Call for Papers: The Literature of War & Collateral Damage

Words & Music: A Literary Feast in New Orleans (November 17 – 21, 2010) has issued a Call for Papers on The Literature of War & Collateral Damage.

The 2010 Humanities theme is The Literature of War & Collateral Dam­age. The conference offers programming designed for multiple audi­ences: students and scholars, developing writers, established authors, readers, and patrons of the arts. The five-day festival will include daily Literature & Lunch sessions, evening enter­tainment, film events and music events.

Among important speak­ers will be National Book Award winner, Tim O’Brien, author of the moving account of the soldier’s experience war, The Things They Carried, and other books and stories on the Vietnam War.

This year, for the first time, the conference is inviting Academics, Scholars, Psychologists, Physicians, music critics, film directors, attorneys, artists, and environmental activists to register and present papers on topics related to the 2010 theme. Registration begins June 1. those who wish to register are encouraged to register at our secure on-line registraton page: wordandmusic2010 beginning June 1st. Early Bird dis­counts are available.

Academics who require a formal letter of invitation and/or invoice for reimbursement by their institutions may submit their request to Faulkner Society Co-Founder and Treasurer Rosemary James at: Papers to be presented will be limited to 50; early registration for presentation is therefore encouraged. Papers presented will be published in The Literature of War & Collateral Damage: The Proceedings of Words & Music, 2010. Publication will be in March, 2011. A hard copy and a disk of The Proceedings will be provided to participating presenters, who will be free to distribute at will to their colleagues, students, professional journals, etc.

The top three papers, selected by a special Words & Music committee, will be published in our online journal, The Double Dealer. Judging will be on the basis of both originality of con­tent and literary style.

GUIDELINES: Papers to be presented should be written in literary language accessible for general educated audiences in addition to scholars. Presentations should be timed for 15-minute talks, followed by Q. & A.

SUGGESTED TOPICS: Registered Academics, Scholars, Psychologists, Physicians, Scientists, and other au­thorities (music critics, film directors, artists, and environmental activists for in­stance) are invited to present papers on the following topics:

The Psychology of War: Some Suggested Subjects:
As Old as Humanity: Why is War the Longest Running Show in Literature?
Romance & War: Why Do We Associate War with Romance in our Storytelling?
Patriotism: How Does It Originate? Its Impact on Literature?
War & Peace: Is There a Way To Make Peace the Norm Instead of War?
Why Are So Many of the Great War Books Written Decades, Generations After the Battles are Over?
The Collateral Damage of War to the Psyches of Ordinary Non-combatants
War & Dreams: What do our Dreams of War Mean?
War’s Destruction of Social Structures and the Impact on Literature
Women at War: Emotional and Social Consequences as Inspiration for Literature? Do Women Love War as Much as Men?
War and Mass Idolatry: Why an Osama Bin Laden?
Post-traumatic Stress of War As Inspiration for Literature
Psychological Warfare in the 21st Century and its Place in 21st Century Literature
War & The Arts: Some Suggested Topics
War As a Creative Well of Inspiration for the Visual Arts
War and Architecture: Out With the Old, In With the New. Why? Music to Inspire Warriors
Music as Audio Symbols of Various Wars
Music to Make Us Forget About Wars
Music at the Front
Music at Home
War Inspired Music of Lasting Impact
Music for Propaganda in War
Music for War Movies
War And The Environment: Some Suggested Topics
War: An Environmental Disaster for All Species
The Environmental Impact of War as Inspiration for Literature
If Man Can’t Give Up His Terrible Love of War, Can There Be Such a Phenonemon as The Greening of War?

Note: these are merely suggestions to get the ball rolling; imagination is welcome!For questions or more information, email us at