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Calls for Papers for Prospective SSAWW 2015 Panels

To call for proposals for a panel,

  send your CFP to ssaww2015.web@gmail.com for posting here

and on the first page of the site.

Please submit individual proposals and completed panel proposals to ssaww2015.submit@gmail.com.

Kay Boyle Society (Deadline 1.9.15)

Kay Boyle Society at Society for the Study of American Women Writers, Philadelphia, PA, November 4-8, 2015

In accordance with the SSAWW shared theme of Liminal Spaces, Hybrid Lives, we invite papers that engage Kay Boyle’s short fiction from any perspective. In particular, we encourage critical or pedagogical treatments of her short fiction that explore Boyle’s propensity to illuminate boundaries, crossings, and the subversive. Boyle’s short stories provide rich sites to interrogate transgression and marginality.

Paper proposals and CVs should be sent by January 9th to Anne Reynes-Delobel and Caroline Maun,anne.reynes@univ-amu.fr and caroline.maun@wayne.edu.

Women and Work (Deadline 1.5.15)

The meaning of “women’s work” has never been stable. While women have consistently engaged with the production of home as well as labor outside the home, their involvement in what Marx conceptualizes as wage-to-labor power exchange did not achieve heightened visibility in U.S. cultures until the nineteenth century. “Women and Work” seeks to explore the many ways that women have offered their labor in service of their families, their communities and their nations and how this labor constructs a variety of liminal experiences. How does women’s labor provide opportunities for collective dissent regarding the ethics of labor practices as well as the continued undervaluation of women’s work? How do women of color and immigrant women, systematically relegated to liminal spaces, organize to instigate change?  What liminal spaces do women occupy as they attempt to redefine the value of women’s work and negotiate new hybrid identities for themselves as workers, mothers, wives, community organizers, movement advocates? How do women navigate liminal and arguably risky spaces as they work to alter women’s complex relationships to the production of home, community and nation? How have women of color and gender nonconforming persons been disadvantaged by other more privileged women’s attempts to redefine work as well as secure political/social authenticity for this work and for themselves? Send 250-word proposal, CV, and 60-word bio by January 5 to leiren@aol.com AND strong01@nsuok.edu.

Bodies of Bondage: Environments in Women’s Neo-Captivity Narratives (Deadline 11.1.14)

With the conference theme in mind, this panel will consider the liminal spaces and hybrid lives of women in neo-captivity narratives, a term that addresses the broad implications of the captivities about which women write in the 20th and 21st centuries. From early captivity narratives to sentimental novels of seduction and the slave narratives made popular around the Civil War to contemporary neo-slave narratives, women write and narrate stories of captivity that prominently feature their bodies and the various violences and bondages visited upon them, the manner in which they are pursued, controlled, and patrolled, and the possibility for redemption, bodily or otherwise. But another salient feature of these narratives is the how the body and its attendant discursive possibilities “fits” within certain environments and how that fit-ness (or unfit-ness) is made manifest in the lived reality—before, during, and after capture—of the captive woman. Therefore, this panel’s focus is on the captive body of the woman and how that body: interacts with its environments, crosses and re-crosses boundaries between self/other, human/other-than-human, “inside”/”outside”, public/private; experiences differing environmental conditions and sociopolitical forces before, during, or after captivity; pursues practices of liberation from captivities; negotiates societal expectations for women or the pressures attached to normativity; engages in family- and community-building; and pursues liberatory practices, becomes empowered and resourceful, and achieves courage and strength within oppressive environments.

“Captivity” and “environment” can be interpreted broadly, but some approaches you might want to consider include: works by incarcerated women or kidnapped women; the body in critical race theory, material feminism, environmental health/justice movements, or disability studies; writings by lesbian, queer, and/or transgender women; postcolonial or transnational approaches to the body; or representations of women’s bodies in science and speculative fiction.

Please send a PDF file with an abstract (300-500 words) and brief bio by November 1, 2014 to Jill E. Anderson (andersonwires@gmail.com). NOTE: While you do not need to be a SSAWW member to apply for a panel, presenters must be or become SSAWW members to participate in the conference.


Lives Welded and Woven: Women Writers and American Arts & Crafts (Deadline: 11.1.14)

The 2015 Society for the Study of American Women Writers Conference (Philadelphia, PA, November 4-8, 2015)

Addressing the conference theme of “Liminal Spaces, Hybrid Lives,” this panel will explore the lives and work of women writers and activists whose socio-political vision found expression both in prose and the plastic arts. At the turn of the century, several important female-centered Arts & Crafts communities formed in Deerfield, MA; Chicago; and New York; in addition to smaller communities throughout the country. We welcome papers that focus on well-known figures in this movement such as Jane Addams and Ellen Gates Starr as well as lesser-known figures like Madeline Yale Wynne and Gertrude Christian Fosdick (among many others). How did this largely female-centered American movement depart from its roots in Ruskinian thought? What is the relationship between the social programs, fiction, non-fiction, and works of plastic art the movement produced? What insights does the context of the movement bring to bear on contemporaneous literature? Proposals might also consider the legacy of Arts & Crafts feminism; the role of craft magazines; or the work of American women writers from any period who simultaneously produced a significant body of work in ceramics, weaving, metalsmithing, etc.

Email proposals to Arielle Zibrak at azibrak@gmail.com by November 1 2014. Please include a 250-500 word abstract and a brief CV (no more than 2-pages) that includes rank/status (e.g. ABD or Associate Professor, etc.), institutional affiliation (independent scholars are welcome to submit proposals), publications, and conference presentations. All proposals should be both pasted into the text of the email and included as attachments (preferably as a single PDF document). While you do not need to be a SSAWW member to apply for a panel, presenters must be or become SSAWW members to participate in the conference.

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