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SSAWW 2015 CFP

Call for Proposals
SSAWW Triennial Conference November 4-8, 2015
Sheraton Society Hill, Philadelphia, PA

Due Date: Friday, February 13, 2015 for all proposals.

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

Please see the complete submission guidelines posted on the website.

For the 2015 Triennial Conference of the Society for the Study of American Women Writers, the conference organizers welcome proposals on any topic related to the study of American women writers, broadly conceived. The strength of the society is rooted in the dynamic ideas and research accomplishments of its members, which the 2015 conference continues to facilitate and honor. As in the past, however, we would also like to take the opportunity that the conference affords to create discussions and conversations around a shared theme, which we have designated as

Liminal Spaces, Hybrid Lives.

The terms liminality and hybridity are most familiar in post-colonial contexts; however, they suggest critical concepts that draw on multiple disciplines and privilege inclusion. Often informed by notions of crossing, intersectionality, transition, and transformation, these terms contest exclusionary practices involving class, ethnicity, gender, race, religion, and sex, among other variables. The word “limen,” from which liminality derives, designates threshold. The threshold functions simultaneously as both an obstructive barrier and an enticing opening for the entry into unknown, perhaps unknowable states that invite exploration. Both spatial and temporal, the liminal is a site of in-betweenness enabling non-normative perspectives. It is a site where difference becomes encounter as well as a location that resists assimilation while simultaneously allowing for the dynamic possibilities of fusion that hybridity embraces and articulates.

With the theme of “Liminal Spaces, Hybrid Lives,” the 2015 Triennial SSAWW Conference aims to celebrate the multiplicity of American women’s writing across a longstanding literary tradition that continues to be dynamic in contemporary times. The conference theme of liminality and hybridity, and the wide range of implications and meanings that these expansive concepts imply, will facilitate a process of encounters, engagements, and conversations within, between, among, and across the rich polyphony that constitutes the creative acts of American women. Thus, through a focus on liminality and hybridity, the 2015 SSAWW conference hopes to present the varied ways in which women, as critics, dramatists, educators, essayists, journalists, oral storytellers, poets, novelists, short story writers, and practitioners of both older and emerging forms, invent and reinvent the American literary and cultural landscape.

Possible topics involving the conference themes may include but are not limited to such keywords and ideas as:

  • Alienation and/or disillusionment as states of in-betweenness
  • Borders and peripheries
  • Boundaries between/within the built environment and/or the natural environment
  • Child, adult and blurring boundaries
  • Collaboration
  • Crossings
  • Cross-species encounters: human and animal relationships
  • Horizontal and/or vertical paradigms of social constructs
  • The hyphen
  • In between public and private or the semi-private, the semi-public
  • In between resilience and vulnerability
  • Historical constructions of space, place, home
  • Liminal spaces in the home
  • Immigration and/or citizenship
  • Inside and outside—the academy, the canon, etc.
  • Leadership from, on, within the margins
  • The mainstream and/or the subversive
  • The margin and/or the center
  • Mutations
  • Obscurity and celebrity
  • Outliers
  • Porosity
  • Pressures of normalization
  • Technology and the human
  • Transatlantic
  • Transcontinental
  • Transgender
  • Transgressions

The conference organizers welcome and encourage complete session submissions as well as individual paper abstract submissions. The cfp for complete panel submissions can be posted on the SSAWW website in addition to other venues of your choice. For posting on the SSAWW website, please send cfp to: ssaww2015.web@gmail.com.

Please direct questions about the conference to: ssaww2015.query@gmail.com
Submissions are electronic: ssaww2015.submit@gmail.com

We look to the 2015 conference to carry forward past achievements, and to create present and future opportunities for the growth of the Society and all its members with the understanding that inclusivity, in all its forms, intellectual rigor, and supportive outlooks are the responsibility of the entire membership. We look forward to hearing from you and receiving your submissions.

Conference Organizers:
Rita Bode (rbode@trentu.ca), VP of Organizational Matters and Conference Director
Dick Ellis (r.j.ellis@birmingham.ac.uk), President
Beth L. Lueck (lueckb@uww.edu), Associate Conference Director
Miranda Green-Barteet (mgreenb6@uwo.ca), Conference Program Coordinator
Leslie Allison (leslie.allison@temple.edu), Conference Grad Assistant
Rickie-Ann Legleitner (rickie.legleitner@coyotes.usd.edu), Conference Grad Assistant


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