Any critics or academics with a strong understanding of or a fresh perspective on Orson Welles’ work has a chance to write something about him for a major Welles celebration. Indiana University’s Lilly Library is hosting an Orson Welles symposium next April 29-May 2 in honor of Welles’ 100th birthday (May 6). The symposium will include keynote addresses, academic sessions, a major exhibit of Welles materials, and presentations with guest scholars, filmmakers and archivists like Jonathan Rosenbuam, Joseph McBride and James Naremore. It will also include the presentation of papers on Welles, and for that, Lilly Library Archivist (and House Next Door contributor) Craig Simpson is asking for proposals.
Anyone eager to write about Welles’ work in theater, radio, television, journalism or cinema should submit a paper proposal. Proposals should be 300 words or less and consist of a brief description of the paper’s theme or focus, plus a one-page vita.
After that, it’s time to get creative, and a great opportunity for writers to be a part of a major celebration of one of the greatest innovators of the arts in the 20th century. The symposium is accepting papers with fresh perspectives on much-discussed Welles works like “Citizen Kane” and “War of the Worlds,” but they’re also eager to receive papers on previously unexplored issues, and with perspectives ranging from critical, historical theoretical or political. So for anyone with an inhuman amount of knowledge or a wild theory about “Orson Welles’ Sketch Book,” your time has arrived.
The university is also accepting proposals for panels on Welles featuring two or three panelists, which should be submitted as a group by the organizer, along with a short explanation of the unifying theme. Each panel proposal should also feature individual paper descriptions (300 words each), names of panelists and their vitae.
Paper proposals are due to Jon Vickers, Director of the IU Cinema, by November 15, 2014. The Symposium Program Committee will evaluate all proposals and notify all candidates by December 15. For more information about the call for papers, go here.