I just received a pre-notification on a cfp for an event celebrating the 50th anniversary of the publication of William Burroughs' Naked Lunch.
The organisers are Burroughs and Beat Gen. scholar Oliver Harris, in partnership with fellow-Burroughsian - see for instance Reality Studio - Ian MacFadyen (they are also co-editing the book, Naked Lunch@50), and with Andrew Hussey, Dean of the University of London Institute in Paris.
The organizers promise that the event website will be developed shortly, but you can already take a sneak peek here.
The following four streams will organize the discussions:
We welcome proposals that range from short papers (15 minutes) to longer talks (30 minutes), from multi-media presentations to panel discussions and open mic debates. In English and in French, we are looking for original and innovative contributions from scholars and Burroughsians under the headings: The Untold Naked Lunch / A Post-Colonial Lunch / Naked Paris / Naked Lunch Now.I hope a lot of scholars will gather in Paris next July to discuss and celebrate this extraordinary novel.
You are free to download and distribute the flyer for the Symposium. (PDF, 324 kb)
PS: Quick follow-up. Here is a good tie-in article by Jan Herman...