I have been informed by Professor Hatem Bazian that the Paris Conference is likely being cancelled and, in the event it does take place, my paper will no longer be accepted – all this due to the 11/13 attacks. Unfortunately I already purchased a plane ticket.
So I will either:
(1) (in the event I can get a refund, either from Hatem or from the airline) use the money raised for this project toward a new book (see above);
(2) go to Paris anyway and read the paper in front of cameras outside the venue as a protest.
Meanwhile, I will be emailing donors to solicit their views on how I should respond to these new and unfortunate circumstances.