SSAWW 2015 CFP: Proposed panel “Women and Work” (Deadline 1.5.15)

The meaning of “women’s work” has never been stable. While women have consistently engaged with the production of home as well as labor outside the home, their involvement in what Marx conceptualizes as wage-to-labor power exchange did not achieve heightened visibility in U.S. cultures until the nineteenth century. “Women and Work” seeks to explore the many ways that women have offered their labor in service of their families, their communities and their nations and how this labor constructs a variety of liminal experiences. How does women’s labor provide opportunities for collective dissent regarding the ethics of labor practices as well as the continued undervaluation of women’s work? How do women of color and immigrant women, systematically relegated to liminal spaces, organize to instigate change?  What liminal spaces do women occupy as they attempt to redefine the value of women’s work and negotiate new hybrid identities for themselves as workers, mothers, wives, community organizers, movement advocates? How do women navigate liminal and arguably risky spaces as they work to alter women’s complex relationships to the production of home, community and nation? How have women of color and gender nonconforming persons been disadvantaged by other more privileged women’s attempts to redefine work as well as secure political/social authenticity for this work and for themselves? Send 250-word proposal, CV, and 60-word bio by January 5 to AND

Grants and Prizes: The Research Society for American Periodicals (RSAP) proudly announces its $1000 Book Prize.

The prize will be awarded for the best monograph on American periodicals published by an academic press between January 1, 2013 and December 31, 2014. Books will be judged by a peer review of three scholars chosen by the RSAP Advisory Board.

The Book Prize will be awarded at the American Literature Association (ALA) conference in Boston, MA, May 21-24, 2015. The winner and up to two honorable mentions will be notified by March 1, 2015 and will be recognized at an RSAP-sponsored reception at ALA.

Applicants, who must be current members of RSAP when they submit their books, should download and submit a completed registration form ( and THREE hard copies of their work by December 1, 2014 to:

Timothy Helwig
010 Simpkins Hall
Department of English
Western Illinois University
Macomb, IL 61455

Please direct any questions to Book Prize Committee Chair, Timothy Helwig, at TW-Helwig at wiu dot edu.

Consider a SSAWW Lifetime Membership

Many memberships expire in 2014 . . . perhaps it is time to invest in SSAWW’s very affordable lifetime membership:

2015-16 Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Center for Cultural Analysis at Rutgers University…

2015-16 Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Center for Cultural Analysis at Rutgers University at…… 2015-16 Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Center for Cultural Analysis at Rutgers University at… 2015-16 Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Center for Cultural Analysis at Rutgers University – See more at:
from Society for the Study of American Women Writers

CFP: Woolson Society Conference (Deadline extended to 9.1.14)

The deadline for proposals for the Woolson Society conference in D.C. in February has been extended until September 1.  (If you really want to come but need more time, let me know. It’s a busy time of year, I realize.)

The Domestic and the National in Woolson and Her Contemporaries
Eleventh Biennial Conference of the Constance Fenimore Woolson Society

Washington, D.C.

Feb. 19-21, 2014 

Keynote Speaker: Alison Booth

In honor of this year’s conference venue, the nation’s capital, the Constance Fenimore Woolson Society invites proposals on any aspect of  the domestic or national in Woolson’s works or in the works of her contemporaries. We encourage work that examines tensions between home and abroad, the margin and the center, the capital and the nation, the regional and the federal. (more…)

Regional Study Groups: Pacific Northwest Meeting on 10.18.14 (Respond by 9.24.14)

You are invited to the Fall 2014 meeting of the Northwest Region SSAWW Study Group, which will take place at Whitworth University in Spokane, WA. The meeting will be on Saturday, October 18th from 12:30-3:30pm, and lunch will be provided by the Whitworth English Department and the Weyerhaeuser Center for Christian Faith and Learning. We will be meeting in George’s Place in the Hixson Union Building.

The common text for the meeting is Elizabeth Stuart Phelps: Selected Tales, Essays, and Poems, edited by Elizabeth Duquette and Cheryl Tavin, which was released in June of this year. You may purchase the text at Amazon:

Or at the University of Nebraska Press Website: (more…)

Regional Study Groups: Pacific Northwest

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If anyone is interested in reinvigorating the Pacific Northwest SSAWW Study Group, would you please contact me offline at<>?

I would be particularly interested in looking at newly recovered/discovered works and the latest critical studies; an emphasis on Pacific Northwest writers for some of the sessions would be interesting as well. Let me know if you are interested and any suggestions for readings that interest you.

Thanks, Sharon

Sharon M. Harris
Dept. of English
University of Connecticut
(now residing in Washington State)<>


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