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CFP: Stowe Society Panel at SSAWW 2015

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) 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 Proposed Panel: Kay Boyle’s Short Fiction (Deadline 1.9.15)

Kay Boyle’s Short Fiction

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.

SSAWW 2015 Conference Local Representatives Needed

Dear Colleagues,
The Conference Planning Committee is looking for a local representative or representatives for the 2015 conference in Philadelphia.
We already have someone looking into the area restaurants, but other responsibilities would include drawing attention to cultural activities, special exhibitions, library holdings that may be of special interest to our members, among other possibilities.
Advertising the conference specifically to local colleges and universities would also be helpful.
We also need practical advice on transportation, taxis, etc., and perhaps some on the ground, last minute things that can’t be done from a distance. This would not be onerous.
Please let us know if you are interested/willing/able to volunteer for this: SSAWW2015.query@gmail.com
Best wishes for the term to you all,
Rita on behalf of the Conference Planning Committee

SSAWW 2015 Conference Submission Guidelines

SSAWW 2015 Conference (Philadelphia, PA, November 4-8, 2015)
Submission Guidelines

Due date for all proposals: Friday, February 13, 2015

Abstract length: 250-300 words

Submission is electronic.

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

both attached in Word or rtf, and pasted into the body of the message.

The conference organizers welcome and encourage complete session submissions as well as individual paper abstract submissions. Affiliate associations and regional groups should follow the submission guidelines for complete session submissions.

Please Note: if not already a member of SSAWW, presenters must become SSAWW members once the paper is accepted.
Every attempt will be made to notify submitters of the status of their proposals by late May 2015 and to have the draft program in place by late June 2015.

Conference participants may appear on the program twice as presenters: once on a panel presenting a formal academic paper, and once in an additional way: for example, on a roundtable, as a respondent, or in a “professionalization” session.

Complete Panel Submission Guidelines:

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.

The panel call for papers site is: http://ssawwnew.wordpress.com/2015-conference/calls-for-papers-for-prospective-ssaww-2015-panels/ .

Session lengths are 1 hour and 15 minutes.

Complete sessions may take the form of panels or roundtables. A panel normally consists of three, preferably four presenters, who speak for approximately 15 minutes each with 15 minutes left for discussion. Roundtables consist of five or more participants who speak briefly (6-8 minutes), and emphasize discussion among themselves and with the audience.

The organizers welcome variations on and innovations in format within the allotted time frames. If you are proposing a different format for a complete session, please explain the format clearly, and state the rationale and benefits.

If submitting a complete session, please ensure that notifications go out by the end of January at the latest to those whose proposals are declined for the particular panel so that they can still submit individual paper abstracts by the conference submission deadline of February 13.

Email Header: Please put 1) “Complete Session” in the subject line, followed by a brief title (one to five words); 2) OR the name of the affiliate association; 3) OR the name of the regional group

Please include the following information for complete session proposals in the body of the email, as well as attached in Word or rtf.

Adapting the guidelines set out by the American Literature Association which facilitates the copying of accepted submissions directly into the program, we ask that you provide a summary of the panel information at the beginning of the submission in the following format, listing the session title, the chair and affiliation (if any), the organizer (if different from the chair), and affiliate association / group name (if any), and each of the presenters, citing name, affiliation (if any), and title of paper in quotation marks. Please turn off auto format to prevent automatic indenting. Commas separate the name, affiliation, and title, and there is no period at the end. Here is an example:

Gender and Print Culture
Chair: Mary Smith, Nu University
Organized by the North American Society of Women Scholars of Print Culture

Jane Eyre, Thornfield College, “The Afterlife of Women’s Words”
Will Ladislaw, Middlemarch University, “Writing the Right Moment”
Hester Prynne, Independent Scholar, “Embodied Print”
Jo March, Concord State College, “Writing for Money, Writing for the Self”

In addition, please provide the following information:
– Contact person’s name and contact information: email and phone (to be used only if email fails)
– Title of session:
– Type of session: please indicate if this is a panel or roundtable, or please explain if you are proposing an alternate format
– Chair: name and affiliation (if any)
– Brief biography (60 word limit)
– Organizer’s name and affiliation (if any), and brief biography (60 word limit) if different from the Chair; or if the session is being organized by an affiliate association or regional group, please provide its name here
– Abstract overview of session submission (250 – 300 words)
– *A/V requirements: please indicate none or yes (please note that we recognize the need for audio visual support for some presentations, but ask that you consider its necessity carefully because of the high costs involved); if yes, please specify the equipment required.

For each presenter:
– Name and affiliation (if any)
– Title of paper
– Abstract (250 – 300 words)
– Brief biography (60 word limit)
– Email contact

Submit to: ssaww2015.submit@gmail.com by Friday, February 13, 2015

Individual Paper Abstract Submission Guidelines

Email Header: Please put “Individual Submission” in the subject line, followed by a brief title of the paper (one to five words)

In the body of the email, as well as attached in Word or rtf, please include the following:

To facilitate the copying of accepted submissions directly into the program, please provide the submission in the following format at the beginning of the submission:

Name, affiliation (if any), title of paper in quotation marks; the items are separated by commas and there is no period at the end.

Example:

Mary Smith, Nu University, “Empowered by Literature”

Then, please provide the following:

- Name and affiliation (if any)
– Email and phone contact (phone will only be used in the event of email failure)
– Title of paper:
– Abstract (250 – 300 words)
– *A/V requirements: please indicate none or yes (please note that we recognize the need for audio visual support for some presentations, but ask that you consider its necessity carefully because of the high costs involved); if yes, please specify the equipment required.
– Brief biography (60 word limit)

Submit to: ssaww2015.submit@gmail.com by Friday, February 13, 2015

Thank you.

CFP: SSAWW 2015 Triennial Conference (Deadline: 2.13.15)

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

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

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

, both attached in Word or rtf, and pasted into the body of the message.
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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