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CFP: Catharine Maria Sedgwick Society for SSAWW 2015 (Deadline 12.15.14)

CFP for SSAWW 2015: Married and Single Life in Sedgwick’s Writing (Deadline: 12.15.14)

The Catharine Maria Sedgwick Society seeks proposals for a panel on the question of marriage vs. single life in Sedgwick’s writings for the SSAWW Conference in Philadelphia, Nov. 4-8, 2015. This panel topic honors the 2015 publication of Deborah Gussman’s new edition of Sedgwick’s final novel, Married or Single?, which was originally published in 1857.

From early in her career until her last full-length novel, Sedgwick and her characters consider the question of whether it is preferable to marry or remain single—for what reasons and under what circumstances. Beyond the decision of whether to marry at all, Sedgwick and her characters—both male and female—explore issues of parenting, spousal abuse, divorce, widowhood, friendship, emotional fulfillment, financial dependence and independence, and women’s vocations and contributions to society beyond marriage and motherhood.

Proposals on these or other aspects of the issue of marriage vs. single life in any of Sedgwick’s writings are welcome, but the Society particularly encourages proposals that view marriage and/or single life in relation to the overall conference theme of liminality. Is it useful to consider either marriage or single life as a liminal state in relation to the other—or in relation to some other social category? Is long-term single life a liminal state, and, if it is, does it empower or disenfranchise those who inhabit it? If a society views marriage as the desirable, “normal,” human state, is it still possible to view married women as occupying a liminal space between her own individual identity and her husband’s identity?

Send proposals of no more than 250 words to Jenifer_Elmore@pba.edu by December 15, 2014.

CFP SSAWW Panel Update: Lives Welded and Woven: Women Writers and American Arts & Crafts (Updated Deadline: 11.15.14)

Lives Welded and Woven: Women Writers and American Arts & Crafts (Deadline: 11.15.14)

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 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 15, 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.

CFP: ASAIL at SSAWW 2015 (Deadline 11.30.14)

CFP ASAIL Panel at SSAWW 2015 (Deadline: 11.30.2014)
Contact email: Cari.Carpenter@mail.wvu.edu

ASAIL will host one panel at the Society for the Study of American Women Writers Conference (October 2015, Philadelphia). The panel topic is relatively open, but papers should focus on American Indian women writers. Please send a 250-word abstract and a brief cv (1-2 pages) to Cari Carpenter by Nov. 30.

Panelists may choose to engage with the conference themes: liminality and hybridity.


CFP SSAWW 2015 Panel: On the Boundary between Public and Private: Rethinking Willa Cather’s Letters (12.15.14)

On the Boundary between Public and Private: Rethinking Willa Cather’s Letters

The Cather Foundation solicits proposals on topics related to Cather’s letters for a panel at the Society for the Studies of American Women Writers conference in Philadelphia November 4-8, 2015. For many years, biographers and critics who consulted Willa Cather’s letters could refer to their contents only in paraphrase because of restrictions in Cather’s will. Cather’s insistence that her letters not be published or quoted from and stories about the burning of her letters also became a key component of many interpretations of Cather’s life and works. With the lifting of the ban on publication and quotation, the appearance of The Selected Letters of Willa Cather in 2013, a complete digital edition of the letters underway, and the regular discovery of previously-unknown letters, the time is ripe to rethink Cather’s letters and their place in scholarship.

What can Cather’s letters tell us about her works and her life? What can’t they tell us? Now that scholars can quote from her letters, what can we say about Cather’s voice in her letters and her engagement with the letter as genre? Considering the survival of over 3,000 letters in libraries, was Cather as obsessed with privacy as some previously claimed based in part on stories about the destruction of letters? What public function did Cather’s letters have when she wrote them, and what public function to they have now?

Proposals on these and other topics concerning Cather’s letters are solicited. Depending on the number of proposals, more than one panel or a roundtable of shorter presentations may be constructed. Please e-mail a 250-300 word abstract and a 1-page c.v. to Melissa J. Homestead at mhomestead2@unl.edu by December 15, 2014.

SSAWW 2015 Conference: Call for Reviewers

Dear SSAWWers,

Plans are well underway for the 2015 conference. We are excited about the response, continuing successful initiatives from past conferences, and hoping to introduce a few additional events such as a syllabus exchange.

Right now we are starting to organize the review process for submissions, and are asking for volunteer reviewers for the paper and panel submissions.

We hope to get the proposals (both individual and panel) out to vettors in the two weeks or so following the Feb. 13th deadline for submission, with a request for a three week turnaround time. Therefore the bulk of the work would be in March.

If enough vettors volunteer, we hope to keep the number of proposals for each vettor to between 12 and 15, a combination of individual papers and complete panels. Please email me directly (rbode@trentu.ca) or our conference query email (ssaww2015.query@gmail.com) if you are able to help with this important process, providing 1) your areas of expertise (can be broad); 2) your academic rank/institution (independent scholars and advanced graduate students most welcome).

We would very much appreciate your participation. We would be happy to provide a letter of appreciation for those who would like one.

Submitting proposals of your own does not preclude participation in the vetting process since we will ensure that conflicts are avoided.

Best wishes,

Rita, on behalf of the organizing committee.

CFP: Constance Fenimore Woolson Society, SSAWW 2015 (Deadline 1.1.2015)

Constance Fenimore Woolson Society Call For Papers: Society for the Study of American Women Writers Triennial Conference, Philadelphia PA, 2015

“Constance Fenimore Woolson: Geographic Borders, Social Crossings”

The Constance Fenimore Woolson Society invites paper submissions for the CFW Society’s panel at the SSAWW Triennial Conference in Philadelphia, PA 2015. In keeping with SSAWW’s conference theme of “Liminal Spaces, Hybrid Lives,” this panel will explore Woolson’s liminal status as regionalist, international traveler, and genre-crossing woman writer. The Society warmly welcomes paper proposals on any of the following topics/keywords:


CFP Panel for SSAWW 2015: RSAP Session on Ethnic American Women and Illustrated Periodicals (Deadline 12.5.14)

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. (more…)


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