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Calls for Papers for Prospective SSAWW 2015 Panels

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The Society for American Travel Writing (Deadline: 15 December 2014)

The Society for American Travel Writing invites submissions for its upcoming panel at the triennial meeting of the Society for the Study of American Women Writers, November 4-8, 2015 in Philadelphia.

In keeping with the conference theme of “Liminal Spaces, Hybrid Lives,” we welcome papers that explore the ways in which crossing ideological, political, economic, intellectual, and creative boundaries are elaborated in women’s travel experiences and travel texts. Because the word “limen” suggests crossing thresholds, an inherent aspect of geographic movement, our panel seeks to investigate how the various mobilities of geography, politics, and identity meet and intersect in women’s travel writing.

Please email a brief CV and 300 word abstract to Melanie Scriptunas (mscript@udel.edu) and Susan Roberson (susan.roberson@tamuk.edu) by 15 December 2014 using “SATW at SSAWW” as the subject line.


CFP: Ethnic American Women and Illustrated Periodicals

The Research Society for American Periodicals invites submissions for a conference session of the Society for the Study of American Women Writers (SSAWW), November 4-8, 2015 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In keeping with the conference theme “Liminal Spaces, Hybrid Lives,” the panel considers periodicals as the “liminal” or threshold sites of engagement between ethnic American cultural producers and their audiences. Papers may especially focus on how the hybridized forms of illustrated periodicals, as both visual and textual forms, enable self-expression for African American, Asian and Pacific American, Latina, and Native American women as authors and artists.

Possible topics may include:

  • -the dual or “hybrid lives” of ethnic American women as writers and visual artists in periodicals
  • -collaborations between periodical editors or authors and visual artists
  • -women cartoonists, illustrators, photographers and graphic designers
  • -the relationship between text and image in ethnic American magazines, newspapers, and newsletters
  • -women of color as art critics in American periodical culture

Papers may address any US historical era. Please submit a 300-word abstract and a 1- to 2-page c.v. by December 5, 2014 to Andreá Williams (Ohio State University) at andrea.williams.osu@gmail.com. Please use the subject line “RSAP/SSAWW proposal.” 

CFP: Indigenous Influence and Perspective in Mourning Dove’s Cogewea, the Half-Blood: A Depiction of the Great Montana Range (Deadline 12.15.14)

Mourning Dove’s novel Cogewea has been recognized for its foregrounding of a cast of liminal characters who straddle Native and non-Native cultures and spaces. Scholars have also drawn attention to the novel’s hybridized form with its celebration of indigenous oral traditions and its engagement and subversion of the familiar tropes of the western romance and sentimental novel. This panel would like to further explore indigenous influences and perspectives within the novel or Mourning Dove’s other writings, and welcomes a wide range of approaches to her work.

Email 250 word abstracts and a brief bio or CV to Amber LaPiana at aa.lapiana@gmail.com by December 15, 2014.

CFP: Rhyme as Liminal Space in Nineteenth Century Poetry (Deadline: Jan. 1, 2015)

Nineteenth century poetry is overwhelmingly driven by its rhymes, yet it is also overwhelmingly maligned for them. Very often, the kinds of rhymes in these poems are viewed as rigid, stultifying, predictable, or old-fashioned—as “mere jingling,” not worthy of much serious attention. Poet A.E. Stallings, however, writing in 2009, describes rhyme of any kind as a liminal space where something mysterious and transformative happens between words: “Rhyme is an irrational, sensual link between two words. It is chemical. It is alchemical.” Using Stallings’s definition as point of departure, this panel welcomes papers on any aspect of rhyme in poetry by nineteenth century American women, including (but not limited to) the following:

  • True rhyme
  • Slant rhyme
  • Eye rhyme
  • Stock rhyme, expected rhyme, “bad” rhyme
  • Rhyme in political poetry
  • Rhyme and genre
  • Rhyme and form
  • Rhyme and performance
  • Rhyme and humor
  • Rhyme and emotion
  • Rhyme and inversion
  • “Feminine” rhymes

Please send an abstract (300-500 words) and a brief bio to Melissa Range at melissa.h.range@lawrence.edu by January 1, 2015.

 CFP for SSAWW Conference 2015: Defining and Defying Boundaries in Nineteenth- and Twentieth Century Regional Literature (11.14.14)

For SSAWW’s forthcoming 2015 conference on “Liminal Spaces, Hybrid Lives,” we are assembling a panel focused on contested boundaries of race, class, and sexuality in women’s nineteenth- and twentieth-century regional literature. Current papers for the session focus on contested gender roles in the work of New England authors Sarah Orne Jewett and Mary Wilkins Freeman, depictions of contested racial and regional identities in the work of antebellum antislavery novelist Mattie Griffith, and representations of the rural in the late twentieth century queer press.  Please submit any queries and 250 word abstracts to Myrto Drizou (mdrizou@valdosta.edu) and Holly Kent (hkent3@uis.edu) by Friday, November 14th.

The Harriet Beecher Stowe Society invites participants for its upcoming panel at the SSAWW 2015 Conference:

Between Feeling Unsettled and Feeling Right:  Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Targeted Liminality
CFP for Society for the Study of American Women Writers, Philadelphia, PA, November 4-8, 2015

Sponsored by the Harriet Beecher Stowe Society
In The American Porch:  An Informal History of an Informal Place, Michael Dolan asserts that Harriet Beecher Stowe’s “Uncle Tom’s Cabin served its purpose, namely to heighten certain contradictions inherent in American life.”   He points out that many of the novel’s key scenes of emotional potency take place outside of the domestic confines of a home and on a porch, “positioning that ordinary liminal space as a site of enormous transformation.” Thus, Stowe’s novel can be seen as one that self-consciously worked to disrupt the binaries that defined antebellum America.  Under Stowe’s scrutiny, binaries such as race, politics, gender, and even public and private space were used to pique and incite a nineteenth-century audience’s oft conflicted emotions so as to help them to “feel right.”

Keeping with the SSAWW 2015 theme, “Liminal Spaces, Hybrid Lives,” the Harriet Beecher Stowe Society invites papers that explore Stowe’s self-conscious application of liminality throughout her writing career.  Possible topics include:
•         Stowe’s treatment of mixed-race characters and/or passing
•         Protestantism versus Catholicism
•         sentiment versus rationality
•         constructions of public and private space
•         constructions of public and private life
•         constructions of gender
•         transatlanticism and/or transcontinentalism

Please send abstracts (250-500 words) and a brief bio to LuElla D’Amico (ldamico@whitworth.edu<mailto:ldamico@whitworth.edu>) by January 5, 2015.  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, in addition to being members of the Stowe Society.


SSAWW 2015 Panel CFP: Rebecca Harding Davis and her World (Deadline 1.15.15)

The Society for the Study of Rebecca Harding Davis and her World will organize a session at the triennial meeting of the Society for the Study of American Women Writers to be in held November 4-8, 2015 in Philadelphia.

In keeping with the conference theme of “Liminal Spaces, Hybrid Lives,” we are particularly interested in papers that explore issues of liminality and hybridity in the work of Davis and her contemporaries. The SSAWW CFP suggests a range of topics including: Alienation and/or disillusionment as states of in-betweeness; Borders and peripheries; Boundaries between/within the built environment and/or the natural environment; Child, adult and blurring boundaries; In between public and private or the semi-private, the semi-public; Historical constructions of space, place, home; Liminal spaces in the home; Immigration and/or citizenship; Inside and outside—the academy, the canon, etc.; The mainstream and/or the subversive; The margin and/or the center; Obscurity and celebrity; Pressures of normalization; Transatlantic; and Transgressions. See http://ssawwnew.wordpress.com/2015-conference/ssaww-2015-call-for-papers-deadline-2-13-15/ for more information. We are especially interested in papers that explore Davis’s lesser-known work.

Presentations will be limited to 15-20 minutes to accommodate 3 or 4 presenters.

Presenters must be members of the Society for the Study of Rebecca Harding Davis and Her World.  For information about joining the society, please visit our website at http://scotus.francis.edu/rebeccahardingdavis/

Deadline: January 15, 2015

Please submit a 250 word abstract and brief biographical sketch or CV to Mischa Renfroe at mischa.renfroe@mtsu.edu and Sharon Harris (Sharon.harris@uconn.edu )


SSAWW 2015 Panel CFP: Doing Recovery in the 21st Century: A Legacy Features Panel (Deadline 11.15.14)

Doing Recovery in the 21st Century: A Legacy Features Panel (Deadline 11.15.14)

This panel honors the role of Legacy Features—including Profiles, Reprints, and From the Archives—as a key venue for publishing recovery projects on American women writers.

What does recovery look like in the 21st century, when many of the traditional routes for publicizing recovery research are no longer readily available? Why do academics remain committed to recovery, particularly for the study of American women writers? What innovative strategies are necessary to make recovery academically relevant and professionally valued? What obstacles remain? How have previous recovery efforts shaped our approach to American women’s writing today?

Some potential topics include:

  • Biography as recovery
  • Teaching recovery methods
  • Teaching recovered materials
  • Recovery in the digital age
  • The limits of recovery
  • The politics of recovery
  • Failed recovery and its lessons
  • Collaborative recovery
  • Recovery and the profession
  • The legacy of early recovery research

Preference will be given to papers that present specific recovery projects as case studies, in addition to addressing larger critical questions about recovery scholarship and methods.

Please submit a short abstract (250-300 words) and biography (60 words) to Desirée Henderson at dhenderson@uta.edu by November 15, 2014.

This Legacy-sponsored panel is guaranteed to appear on the conference program.  Presentations may be considered for publication as Legacy Features.

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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