Notice: Possible Formation of Lydia Maria Child Society

I am writing on behalf of a small group of scholars who are in the very early stages of possibly trying to get a Lydia Maria Child society started. If you are at all interested in being a potential member of this society or contributing in any way, please get in touch with me at solivier82@gmail.com. Once I have a list of people who are interested, we will send more information to those individuals.

Thank you,
Sarah Olivier
Ph.D. Candidate
Literary Studies
University of Denver

CFP: Proposed Panel at SSAWW 2015: Bodies of Bondage: Environments in Women’s Neo-Captivity Narratives (Deadline 11.1.14)

CFP for Proposed Panel at Society for the Study of American Women Writers

Bodies of Bondage: Environments in Women’s Neo-Captivity Narratives

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; (more…)

Job Posting: University of Cincinnati

University of Cincinnati

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF ENGLISH (214UC7474)

The University of Cincinnati is currently accepting applications for an Assistant Professor of English.

Assistant Professor – tenure track faculty responsibilities include teaching 12-credit hours for two semesters and availability for both day and evening classes unless otherwise indicated, ongoing scholarship/research, service to the department, college, university, and community, and willingness to participate in all departmental duties. This is a generalist position that includes teaching both literature and composition each semester as well as participation in formative assessment and curriculum development in the English area. All candidates must have the appropriate degree awarded by time of appointment. (more…)

CFP: Proposed Panel for SSAWW 2015: Lives Welded and Woven: Women Writers and American Arts & Crafts (Deadline 11.1.14)

Lives Welded and Woven: Women Writers and American Arts & Crafts

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. (more…)

CFP: TRANSFORMATIONS: The Journal of Inclusive Scholarship and Pedagogy TEACHING DISABILITY (Journal Issue; Deadline 8.15.14)

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS FOR A SPECIAL ISSUE, TEACHING DISABILITY

TRANSFORMATIONS: The Journal of Inclusive Scholarship and Pedagogy

Deadline: August 15, 2014

Sarah Chinn, Guest Editor

 The editors seek articles (5,000-10,000 words) and media essays (overviews on books, film, video, performance, art, music, websites, etc. 3,000 to 5,000 words), and items for the “Material Culture of Teaching” section, that explore teaching disability. This issue will be guest edited by Sarah Chinn.

Submissions should explore strategies for teaching about disability in the classroom and in non-traditional spaces (such as the media and public discourse). We welcome jargon-free essays from all disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives.

Transformations is a peer-reviewed semi-annual journal published by New Jersey City University which invites college teachers to take pedagogy seriously as a topic of scholarly articles.

 Transformations publishes only essays that focus on pedagogy. (more…)

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
Martha Pitts (marthab.pitts@gmail.com), Conference Grad Assistant

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