CFP: American Writers in Exile (Anthology; Abstracts by 11.10.14; Completed Essays Deadline 1.19.15)

Critical Insights: American Writers in Exile

We seek essays of 5,000 to 6,000 words for an anthology that explores the work of some of the more popular and/or influential American writers in exile. While we understand the term “exile” to refer typically to American writers who have either been forced to leave the United States or, more commonly, chosen self-exile, this term need not be defined so narrowly. That is, the United States has long been a refuge for people and writers from many countries, and many of these writers have gone onto become recognized as “American” writers. Thus, in our view, the phrase “in exile” involves writers moving across borders in multiple directions and for multiple reasons, including for reasons of duress (official or personal) or personal quest. Besides the famous Paris years before, between, and after the world wars (which includes such writers as Sherwood Anderson, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Gertrude Stein, Richard Wright and many others), some writers commonly thought to be American writers in exile include James Baldwin, Ambrose Bierce, Elizabeth Bishop, William Burroughs, Hart Crane, John Dos Passos, T.S. Eliot, Janet Flanner, Washington Irving, Henry James, James Jones, Henry Miller, Anaïs Nin, Katherine Anne Porter, Sylvia Plath, Paul Theroux, Gore Vidal, Edith Wharton, Edmund White, Thomas Wolfe. Of course, this is necessarily a partial list and we urge you to consider other relevant, well-known writers. (more…)

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…)

CFP: HERA Conference (Updated Deadline 12.1.14)

Updated Deadline: 12.1.14

Call for Papers: Humanities Education and Research Association
Annual Conference, 8-10 April 2015
San Francisco, CA
Beyond the Binary

(See HERA’s website for an expanded description.)

In keeping with HERA’s mission of promoting the study of the humanities across a wide range of disciplines and interdisciplines, we invite presentations for the 2015 conference. The wide range of disciplines and areas of study for the conference include but are not limited to Aesthetics, Anthropology, Architecture, Art, Classics, Communication Studies, Composition, Cultural Studies, Dance, Design, Digital Technology, Education, Environmental Issues, Ethics, Ethnic Studies, Family, Film Studies, Gender Studies, Geography, Geology, Globalization, History, Languages, Literature, Media, Museum Studies, Music, Performance Studies, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Religious Studies, Sexuality, Sociology, Theater and all sciences relevant to the topic.  (more…)

CFP: SSAWW 2015 Proposed Panel: The Society for American Travel Writing (Deadline: 15 December 2014)

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 ( and Susan Roberson ( by 15 December 2014 using “SATW at SSAWW” as the subject line.

CFP: ALA Symposium on God and the American Writer (Deadline 12.1.14)

American Literature Association Symposium on God and the American Writer
February 26-28, 2015
Sheraton Gunter Hotel, 205 E. Houston St., San Antonio, TX 78205

Deadline for proposals to extended to December 1, 2014.

This ALA Symposium on God and the American Writer brings together scholars from across the full spectrum of American literature to explore the ways in which American authors have confronted God. For the full CFP, go to

Keynote speakers are Harold K. Bush on Mark Twain and Jonathan Cook on Herman Melville. A poetry reading with the theme of women and spirituality, featuring Bonnie Lyons, poet and critic, and Enedina Vasquez,  poet, artist, and lay Episcopal minister, to be presented, as well as a screening of Terence Malik’s “The Tree of Life” with an informance by Stacey Peebles. A mariachi reception and  luncheons. Enedina Vasquez is at; Lots of good food and drink with tours of historic missions and the San Fernando Cathedral. (more…)

Humanities Writ Large Visiting Faculty Fellow (Duke University)

Duke University is seeking proposals for the 2015-16 academic year for faculty members from Liberal Arts Colleges and HBCUs to participate in a comprehensive effort to redefine the role of the humanities in undergraduate education. Recipients of this fellowship must engage with one or more research and/or teaching projects while at Duke. These Fellowships are meant to mesh individual projects with the work of Duke faculty members or with larger collaborative ventures already ongoing at Duke that involve undergraduates. (more…)

Assistant Professor of African American literature (Syracuse University)

The Department of African American Studies at Syracuse University invites applications for a tenure-track, Assistant Professor of African American literature, to begin Fall 2015. We seek an exceptional candidate: an innovative literary scholar with a well-defined research agenda and demonstrated excellence in interdisciplinary teaching. The Ph.D. (or the equivalent) degree must be in hand by June 2015.

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