CFP: Special Issue of American Literature: New Citizenship Studies (Deadline: 6.9.2022)

Call for Papers—Special Issue of American Literature: New Citizenship Studies

Citizenship remains one of the most pervasive and contested terms in literary and cultural studies. It has been both idealized as the remedy for the struggles of the disenfranchised and challenged as an exclusionary model of belonging built on structural inequalities and subjection. In reassessments of citizenship beginning in the 1990s, Lauren Berlant, Michael Warner, David Kazanjian, and others show how the abstractness of universalist formulations of citizenship masks the nation-state’s grounding in white heteropatriarchy. Work by Saidiya Hartman, Edlie Wong, and others has unsettled the association between citizenship and freedom by excavating the afterlives of enslavement, the failures of Reconstruction, and the forms of subjection that fetter formally free individuals, often through the mechanisms of citizenship and the language of rights. This disenchantment with formal citizenship has led some critics to abandon the concept as irredeemable, but it also has opened up new ways of theorizing citizenship. In the past few years, Audra Simpson, Martha Jones, Koritha Mitchell, and others have begun retheorizing citizenship from the perspectives and practices of those whom the state routinely refuses to recognize or protect. This work across the humanities presages a new citizenship studies that approaches citizenship as fundamentally vexed—a question to be asked and work to be done, rather than a destination to be reached. 

Building on our own work (Hyde and Spires) and other recent scholarship that takes citizenship as an interdisciplinary field of inquiry, this special issue of American Literatureformalizes a “new citizenship studies” that centers the voices, practices, and expressive cultures that legalistic understandings of citizenship tend to marginalize. Law-centered accounts of citizenship often treat literature (broadly conceived) as a response to and protest against the state. This approach celebrates literature’s revisionist power, but it also privileges the law as the primary source of citizenship’s meanings. This special issue begins with the premise that an approach to citizenship grounded in literary and cultural studies can offer new insight into citizenship’s past, present, and future. This methodology is all the more urgent today.How, for example, have literature, art, print culture, and material practices helped to shape broad social, cultural, and legal assumptions about citizenship? What new methods and stories emerge when we move beyond the traditional focus on normative white heteropatriarchal logics? How can literature and the arts help us orient or destabilize current debates around immigration, Indigenous sovereignty, mass incarceration, and policing? How have artists understood and mobilized their work as spaces for imagining belonging or refusal?

From David Walker’s Appeal (1829)and Claudia Rankine’s Citizen (2014) to battles around voting rights, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, and Black Lives Matter, people continue theorizing new models of citizenship even as they criticize its exclusionary history. In this spirit, this special issue takes citizenship less as a stable category or guarantor of rights and more as a contested terrain through which access, privilege, and resources are navigated. We welcome essays that examine citizenship through a variety of methodological and conceptual approaches, including but not limited to Indigenous studies; critical race studies; gender, sexuality, and trans studies; Black studies; Latinx studies; ethnic studies; Caribbean studies; queer theory and queer of color critique; Afropessimism; environmental studies; postcolonial and decolonial studies; and disability studies. 

Topics might include:

·      Literature’s role in creating and influencing models of citizenship within and beyond the state

·      Civic practices and aesthetics of formally and informally disenfranchised groups 

·      Alternative frameworks to citizenship (e.g., kinship, personhood, subjecthood, sovereignty)

·      Citizenship and borders (e.g., migration, enslavement, removal, statelessness, documentation)

·      Citizenship’s forms (e.g., novel, poetry, conventions) 

·      Citizenship’s performances (e.g., activism, theater, affect, spectacle) 

·      Citizenship’s entanglements (e.g., settler colonialism, racism, sexism, property, biopolitics, white supremacy)

Submissions of 11,000 words or less (including endnotes and references) should be submitted electronically at by June 9, 2022. When choosing a submission type, select “Submission-Special Issue-Citizenship.” For assistance with the submission process, please contact the office of American Literature at or 919-684-3396. For inquiries about the content of the issue, please contact the coeditors: Carrie Hyde ( and Derrick R. Spires (

Call for Submissions: RSAP Article Prize (2020-21) Deadline: 12.15.2021

Research Society for American Periodicals

Article Prize 2020-21

Deadline for submissions: December 15, 2021

Contact: Tim Lanzendörfer –

The Research Society for American Periodicals invites submissions for its 2020-21 Article Prize.

The prize is awarded to the best article on the subject of American periodicals published in a peer-reviewed academic journal between January 1, 2020 and December 31, 2021. RSAP takes an expansive view of “periodicals” and will consider any article that focuses on serial publications in print or digital form in the Americas, broadly construed. We also welcome submissions from any field or discipline.

The Article Prize is designed for early-career scholars. Graduate students and those who received their Ph.D. no earlier than January 1, 2016 are eligible to apply.

The prizewinner will be awarded $1000. The prizewinner and two honorable mentions will be provided with a one-year membership to the Research Society for American Periodicals, which includes a subscription to the society’s journal, American Periodicals.

The winner and two honorable mentions will be invited to participate in an RSAP Article Prize Roundtable held at the 2022 American Literature Association conference, to be held from May 26-29 in Chicago, IL. All roundtable participants will be reimbursed for travel expenses related to the conference (up to $1000).

To apply, please email a .pdf version of the article and a completed registration form to Tim Lanzendörfer (Heisenberg Research Professor, Goethe University, Frankfurt) at

The registration form can be found here: Download RSAP Article Prize 2021 Registration Form

In order to be considered, all submissions must be received by December 15, 2021.

For more about the Research Society for American Periodicals, visit and follow on Twitter @RSAPeriodicals.

Celebrating Louisa May Alcott – Zoom Event

Celebrating Louisa May Alcott

Sunday, November 28, 2021

3:00 p.m. Eastern, 2:00 Central, 1:00 Mountain, 12:00n Pacific

Via Zoom at

This year’s event will feature talks from Jamie Burgess and Jill Fuller, the creators and hosts of the Let Genius Burn podcast, and Azelina Flint, author of the recently published The Matrilineal Heritage of Louisa May Alcott and Christina Rossetti (Routledge 2021). There will also be some lively discussion and some social connecting and reconnecting. So bring your own preferred dessert, snack, or drink: leftovers, cookies, cocoa, a glass of wine, Alcott’s own Apple Slump, or whatever you would enjoy, while learning some new things about Alcott and visiting with your fellow Alcott enthusiasts. 

CFP: Taylor Swift as/and Literature (Deadline: 2.14.2022)

Please consider submitting a proposal to the edited collection Taylor Swift as/and Literature

Taylor Swift, one of the best-known musical artists of her generation, has left an indelible mark on popular culture and the collective consciousness. Although Swift is a perennial subject in the media, cast in both a positive and a negative light, few professional scholars have considered her work. We aim to address that gap with a collection that interrogates Swift’s significance and timeliness through the lenses afforded by literary studies, and we seek 300-word abstracts/proposals for essays that apply relevant methodologies in original arguments about Swift’s storytelling, poetic craft, celebrity, and/or other topics.  We especially welcome arguments treating Swift’s interest in revision, her personal mythology, and her intertextual engagements, as well as arguments treating individual songs or albums.  

A major academic publisher has expressed interest in this collection.  Please send abstracts/proposals by February 14, 2022 to Betsy Winakur Tontiplaphol ( and/or Anastasia Klimchynskaya (

CFP: Legacy Award for Best Paper at the 2021 SSAWW Conference (Deadline: 11.15.2021)

Dear Colleagues,

Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers announces a contest to honor the best papers presented at the 2021 meeting of the Society for the Study of American Women Writers Conference in Baltimore. Two prizes will be awarded, one for the best paper presented by a graduate student, and one for the best paper presented by a non-student member of SSAWW. If you attend the conference and read your paper – virtually or in person – you are eligible to submit your conference paper for this award!

Please send your conference-length papers (in Word or Pdf format) by email to Kate Adams ( by November 15, 2021. Minor revisions only, please! – submissions should not be expanded or substantially changed from the form in which they were delivered. Self-nominations are welcome.

With the submission, please add a sentence verifying that your paper is not under consideration by any other journal or publisher.

Contest results will be announced in January 2022, and winners will be invited to expand their papers to a length of 8,000-10,000 words, including documentation. If suitable for publication, these revised essays will be published in a forthcoming issue of Legacy.

Your truly,

Susan Tomlinson, Legacy Edit

Jennifer Putzi, Legacy Co-Editor

Kate Adams, Legacy Co-Editor

CFP: Edith Wharton Society at ALA (Deadline: 1.10.2022)

Edith Wharton Society Call for Papers

American Literature Association (ALA) Conference 2022

May 26-29 (Chicago, IL)


Panel One:

Bodies and Mobility in Wharton and Her Contemporaries

The Edith Wharton Society invites papers that explore how Wharton and her contemporaries represent bodies and mobility in their work. Panelists are especially encouraged to consider comparative analyses of Wharton’s work on this subject in relation to her contemporary writers. All theoretical approaches are welcome. Proposals might consider (but are not limited to) the following questions:

·      How does the representation and/or meaning of bodies change (or not) in different places/settings?

·      Who moves and who cannot, and how do bodies facilitate or hinder movement?

·      How do bodies mark social acceptance and belonging?

·      How do Wharton and her contemporaries represent gendered, classed, or raced bodies?

·      What constitutes acceptable or unacceptable bodies?

·      How do bodies coincide with upward or downward social and economic mobility?

·      What role does the mobility or immobility of bodies (Wharton’s, her contemporaries’ or their characters’) play in travel writing and other nonfiction works, or in depictions of travel in fiction?

Please submit a 250-300 word abstract and a brief CV by January 10, 2022 to Gary Totten ( Please include any requests for AV needs in your proposal. Scholars whose proposals are accepted must be members in good standing of the Edith Wharton Society by the time of the conference.

Panel Two:

Revisiting Edith Wharton’s Short Stories

The Edith Wharton Society invites papers that explore how Wharton engages with the form of the short story throughout her career. Panelists are encouraged to consider Wharton’s lesser-known stories as well as comparative analyses in relation to Wharton’s contemporary writers. All theoretical approaches are welcome. Proposals might consider (but are not limited to) the following questions:

·      How does Wharton’s short fiction converse with turn-of-the-century literary movements, including realism, naturalism, regionalism, and modernism?

·      How does Wharton work with specific short story genres, such as the ghost story?

·      How does Wharton address questions of race, ethnicity, gender, ability, and age throughout her short fiction?

·      How do themes and tropes in short stories complement (or conflict with) Wharton’s novels, poems, plays, and non-fiction works?

·      How do short stories represent issues of illness, contamination, and risk, in particular?

·      How do short stories shed light upon established readings of Wharton’s major novels or other writings?

·      How does the short story’s economy of form work within the economy of capitalism and the literary market?

Please submit a 250-300 word abstract and a brief CV by January 10, 2022 to Myrto Drizou ( Please include any requests for AV needs in your proposal. Scholars whose proposals are accepted must be members in good standing of the Edith Wharton Society by the time of the conference.

CFP: 67th Annual Willa Cather Spring Conference, June 2-4, 2022, Red Cloud Nebraska

Call for Papers, 67th Annual Willa Cather Spring Conference, June 2-4, 2022, Red Cloud Nebraska

In 1922, Alfred A. Knopf, Inc., published Willa Cather’s fifth novel, One of Ours. Despite Cather’s attempts to head off negative responses, reviews of One of Ours were decidedly mixed, with key critics such as H.L. Mencken deriding it as marking a precipitous descent from Cather’s previous level of achievement as an artist. Nevertheless, it was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1923, and as a result Cather became, for the rest of her life and beyond, “the Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Willa Cather.”

The Willa Cather Spring Conference theme in this centennial year of One of Ours, “Literary Prizes: Acclaim and Controversies,” engages this divided response to her novel, which is characteristic of prize culture more broadly rather than a departure from it. Some possible topics keyed to the broader conference theme for those who wish to present as part of the Scholars Symposium include:

*The critical reception of One of Ours in 1922 and later.

*The marketing of One of Ours by Knopf and how the firm positioned it as a prize candidate.

*The controversy over the award of the Pulitzer to Cather in 1923.

*One of Ours in relation to other Pulitzer winners in the prize’s first decade.

*One of Ours as novel of the region then known as the Middle West, including its relationship to Webster County people and places

*How the award shaped Cather’s future trajectory as an artist.

*Other prizes, awards, and recognitions accorded to Cather, such as the Prix Femina and the Howells Medal

*How Cather’s status as a Pulitzer winner did shape and has continued to shape the marketing of her works

*Cather’s place today in critical discourse about value and prestige, including the place of Cather and her novels on various “best of” ranked lists.

Proposals focusing on teaching and pedagogy at all levels of instruction are welcome!

Abstracts of no more than 250 words should describe papers or presentations approximately twenty minutes long. Innovative formats are encouraged. Abstracts, along with your contact information and institutional affiliation, should be emailed to education coordinator Rachel Olsen at by February 15, 2021. Responses to proposals will be sent by mid-March. Questions may be sent to Dr. Melissa J. Homestead, Academic Director of the 2022 Spring Conference, at

Given the uncertainties of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are planning for all possible formats: in-person in Red Cloud, completely online, or a hybrid. Presenters should plan to present their paper or participate in discussions online should circumstances require it.

#SSAWW2021 – “Chat with an Editor” and “Chat with a Digital Humanist” (open to virtual and in-person attendees — spots still available)

Hello everyone! There are still some lots remaining for “Chat with an Editor” sessions tomorrow and the “Chat with a Digital Humanist” sponsored by the Recovery Hub for American Women Writers. If you’d like to see what’s available, you’ll find the links below.  

At the 2021 SSAWW Conference, we will have the opportunity for participants to “Chat with a Digital Humanist”
The Recovery Hub for American Women Writers is facilitating the “Chat with a Digital Humanist” sessions and will offer a limited number of virtual and in-person slots for these sessions, so reserve your spot early using the link to the form below.


For the 2021 SSAWW Triennial Conference, we are pleased to once again offer the widely popular “Chat with an Editor” feature, including editors from American Periodicals, College Literature, Edinburgh University Press, ESQ, J19, Legacy, and MELUS, who will be hosting fifteen-minute one-on-one virtual consultations to answer questions about the publication process, to review abstracts for articles-in-progress, etc. as part of our commitment to mentoring scholars at all stages of their professional lives. There are limited spots available, so sign-up early.   A special thank you to all the wonderful editors willing to devote time to meeting with our attendees at the 2021 SSAWW Conference.


*Open to all virtual and in-person conference attendees

#SSAWW2021 – Open Dinner – Little Havana – Thursday Night

Don’t forget to sign up for the open dinner tomorrow at Little Havana (1325 Key Hwy, 1/2 mi walk from hotel). To accommodate the greatest number of people, we are asking people to sign up for one of 2 shifts (these will be combined if fewer than 60 total attendees sign up). Early shift is 5:30-7; late is 7-8:30. The room is open to a patio with heaters; vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options are all available. Individuals are responsible for their own checks. Sign up here (scroll down if you want to sign up for the late shift). 

#SSAWW2021 – Virtual Attendees and the Virtual Mentoring Breakfasts in Whova

Just a quick note that all virtual attendees are welcome to attend the virtual Mentoring Breakfasts on Zoom Thursday and Friday morning (whether you registered to attend a mentoring breakfast originally or not). 

The Zoom links will be added to the Whova Agenda today, so please feel free to join and chat with in-person conference attendees. In-person conference attendees may only attend the mentoring breakfast they’re registered for.