I saw the following cfp for the North American Jules Verne Society conference come across the SF-LIT email list recently. The above portrait of Jules Verne is by Félix Nadar and can be found here.
Scholars! Scientists! Collectors! Hobbyists! Verne lovers everywhere!
We ask just TWO things of you:
A. Mark your calendars!
B. Put on your thinking caps!
The 2010 Conference of the North American Jules Verne Society is slated
for next Spring, May 19 – May 23 . . . and we’re looking for talks,
papers, presentations, and show-and-tells of all kinds!
NAJVS welcomes Vernians of every bent – educators,
collectors, researchers, hobbyists, translators, and explorers . . . not
to mention renowned scientists and literary figures who say they couldn’t
have done it without Verne! They’ll all be on hand at the 2010 NAJVS
Conference in Bethesda, Maryland:
ARRIVE: Wed., May 19.
PROGRAMMING: Thurs. – Sat., May 20-22.
DEPART: Sun., May 23.
This unique Vernian venture will climax at Bethesda’s Round House Theatre,
one of the leading professional companies in the D.C. area: On Sat. we’ll
attend the Area premiere of Mark Brown’s recent off-broadway hit, Around
the World in 80 Days. It’s a madcap adaptation in which, thanks to
dazzlingly fast reflexes, five actors do the work of fifty! This show, as
the Orlando Sentinel observes, “moves at the speed of a roller coaster.
Writer Mark Brown has taken Jules Verne’s century-old comic novel and made
it gallop across the stage. If this show doesn’t make you laugh, you’ll
have to look hard for something that will!”
Since nearly a fourth of this all-time favorite takes place in North
America, we’ll be featuring a Yankee motif next Spring: “VOYAGING TO
AMERICA WITH VERNE.” But, needless to say, every Vernian topic is of
interest . . . and Vernians of every nationality! Just ask me to reserve a
slot for you . . . presentations are to be 20 minutes in length.
All audio, video, and other electronic requirements should be doable.
We’ll be tweaking the technical and thematic specifics with you early next
year. But in the meantime, please let me know that you’d like to
participate . . . and start laying your plans for the North American Jules
Verne Society’s BETHESDA BONANZA!
North American Jules Verne Society