Aug 1, 2007
We'll be convening a conference, to take place at Fordham University in New York City, May 23-25, 2008.
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.
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'm co-convener - I'm Chair of the Department of Communication and Media Studies - along 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 contains essays by Lavery, Howard, me, and other scholars and critics. In September 2002, to inaugurate the book's publication and a new season of The Sopranos, I organized a small vest-pocket conference at Fordham University, at which Lavery, I, and others presented papers.
Sopranos script supervisor Christine Gee Lowrey was our special guest.
We expect to have all sorts of exciting special guests at the 2008 conference.
Keep an eye on this blog for details, and/or send me an e-mail at PaulLevinson@LightonLightthrough.com 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...
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