Call for Presenters: Pre-Conference Events at SSAWW 2018 Triennial Conference

For the SSAWW 2018 Triennial Conference, the Executive Committee is planning two exciting pre-conference events on Wednesday evening in an effort to stimulate conversation but also promote inquiry into areas that we have targeted for growth in future SSAWW endeavors (conferences, publications, etc.).
The first event is a roundtable on promoting public and digital humanities. The second event is a roundtable on globalizing American women writers. Participants will have approximately six to eight minutes to present before we open up the floor to questions, comments, and conversation in a relatively relaxed setting at the Westin Denver Downtown V’s Lounge.
For those interested in participating on either roundtable, please contact the Program Director, Christopher Allen Varlack, at, indicating which pre-conference event you are interested in joining, a presentation title, and a brief summary (no more than one hundred words) for your proposed presentation. We hope to have five to seven presenters for each event to kick off yet another incredible SSAWW conference.

Call for Reviewers – CV Workshop at SSAWW (Deadline 4.30.2018)

Call for Reviewers – CV Workshop

Plans are moving full speed ahead for the SSAWW Triennial Conference and a draft of the program is forthcoming (at the beginning of next month). In an ongoing effort to support our graduate students and those entering this highly competitive job market in 2019, we are including a CV workshop as part of the conference on Sunday, November 11, 2018. Though interested participants will be eligible to sign up for a consultation at the conference registration desk throughout the conference, we would like to begin lining up reviewers in advance.

Those interested in serving as reviewers should contact the VP of Development, Christopher Allen Varlack, at and provide a copy of your CV by April 30, 2018. We will select experienced reviewers across a wide range of teaching/research interests. Thank you, as always, for your support of SSAWW and the next generation of teachers, scholars, and innovators in the field.

Rebecca Harding Davis – Comprehensive Bibliography

Rebecca Harding Davis 

A comprehensive bibliography of over 500 works published by Rebecca Harding Davis in her lifetime is now available on the REBECCA HARDING DAVIS: COMPLETE WORKS site

Rebecca Harding Davis: Complete WorksJust click on “Browse Collections” for the bibliography.

In addition, notations of reprints and excerpts are also included in the bibliography.

For additional information: Sharon M. Harris, Professor, Emerita, Dept. of English, University of Connecticut

Member Advertisements with the SSAWW Triennial Conference (Reservation Deadline: 8.31.2018; Advert Copy Due: 9.21.2018)

Member Ads with the SSAWW Triennial Conference                November 7-11, 2018 at the Westin Denver Downtown            Denver, Colorado

For the 2018 SSAWW Triennial Conference, we are offering the option for members to purchase ad space in the conference program. Members are often interested in advertising their books or digital projects in order to increase exposure to a broad audience of potential readers/buyers. Listed below are the prices for advertisements for members of SSAWW.

Advertisement Options:

Listed below are the different advertisement options available for purchase. Note that, in addition to helping defray costs for printing, these advertisements will also support graduate student travel to the conference, as five, ten, and twenty dollars respectively (depending upon the type of ad purchased) will be allocated to our graduate student travel fund.

Advertisement Formatting Requirements:

All advertisements must be submitted in Adobe Acrobat PDF format and should be sent E-mailed to All advertisements must be black and white only, with no color graphics or ICC profiles. For the best results, convert images to grayscale before exporting to PDF format. Do not include crop marks, color bars, registration marks, or slug lines in the file.

  • Quarter Page Advertisement: 3 5/8” x 4 1/2” at 300 dpi (no bleed)
  • Half Page Advertisement: 7 1/2” x 4/12” at 300 dpi (no bleed)
  • Full Page Advertisement: 7 1/2” x 9 5/16” at 300 dpi (no bleed)

Please send all inquiries to Dr. Christopher Allen Varlack at The deadline for advertisement reservation (and associated fees) is August 31, 2018. The deadline for submitting ad copy is September 21, 2018.

CFP: American Theatre and Drama Society at SSAWW 2018 (Deadline 4.25.2018)

CFP: American Theatre and Drama Society 

guaranteed affiliate society panel at SSAWW 2018 Triennial Conference

Please see CFP below for the guaranteed ATDS panel(s) at the 2018 conference of our affiliate organization, the Society for the Study of American Women Writers, in Denver,  Colorado,  November 7-11, 2018.  If interested, please send paper title and abstract (250-300 words) to Cheryl Black, by April 25.

Panel Theme #1 – Nevertheless She Resisted: Women Playwrights of the Americas Confront Social Injustice

In keeping with SSAWW’s conference theme  “Resistance and Recovery Across the Americas,” this panel invites papers that explore dramatic/performance texts by women writers of the Americas, from any era, that engage and critique oppressive social and political systems.

Panel Theme #2 – Recovery Through Performance

In keeping with SSAWW’s conference theme of “Resistance and Recovery Across the Americas,” this panel invites papers and/or performance texts by women writers of the Americas that explore the dramatization/performance of recovery from traumatic events.

Please distribute widely! Presenters must be or become ATDS members. Any questions, email Cheryl Black

Call for Nominations: 2018 Lydia Maria Child Social Justice Awards

2018 Lydia Maria Child Social Justice Awards
Call for Nominations

In keeping with our society’s goal of honoring and continuing Lydia Maria Child’s vision of and work toward social justice, the Lydia Maria Child Society is pleased to offer three awards recognizing scholarship, pedagogy, creative work, and/or activism that furthers social change: one for faculty, independent scholars, and other professionals; one for scholars/artists/activists at the graduate level; and one for high school and undergraduate students.  Child routinely wrote on behalf of the marginalized, emerging as a passionate advocate for slaves, Native Americans, prisoners, prostitutes, and even animals, among a host of others.  Our society aims to recognize academic writing, pedagogical endeavors, creative projects, and social outreach that, like Child’s work, speaks to pressing social causes and/or foregrounds the voices of (oftentimes neglected) authors who have worked to produce socially conscious writing.  Winners will receive a monetary award of $100 and may be featured in our society’s newsletter or other programming.

To apply for any of the three awards or to nominate a colleague or student, please send to by April 15 a letter detailing the ways in which your own or your nominee’s work engages with current social justice concerns, with “Social justice award” as the subject line of your email.  You are also welcome, though not required, to include a writing sample that demonstrates this engagement.  These samples may take the form of essays (or essay excerpts), course syllabi, or descriptions of projects that explore the intersections between American literature/history and social justice outside the academic classroom.  Applications should be sent as Word documents and should not exceed 15 pages.  While we will be happy to receive submissions that consider Child directly, Child need not be included in order for projects to be eligible; we welcome projects on a variety of authors, genres, periods, and/or concerns.

Winners will be recognized at the upcoming American Literature Association conference in San Francisco (May 2018), though they need not be present at the conference in order to be eligible for the award.  To read about past winners, visit  We look forward to reading your submissions.

CFP: Constance Fenimore Woolson Society at SSAWW (Deadline: 4.15.2018) 

CFP: Constance Fenimore Woolson Society

at SSAWW 2018 Triennial Conference 

In accordance with the SSAWW’s theme for the 2018 Triennial Conference in Denver, the Constance Fenimore Woolson Society is seeking paper proposals that highlight Woolson’s resistance to gendered, social, political, and environmental thought in her time. We are also interested in papers that discuss how including Woolson as a woman of conviction and an emphatic “resistor” might aid (or hinder) her inclusion in the classroom. Paper proposals could include, but are not limited to the following topics:

  • Woolson and American Exceptionalism
  • Woolson and the domestic sphere (or conception of motherhood)
  • Travel writing as social resistance
  • Woolson’s social realism
  • Woolson and representations of the Reconstruction South
  • Ecocritical engagement with Woolson’s texts
  • Pedagogical approaches to Woolson

We highly encourage unusual or surprising presentation formats, but are just as happy to receive traditional paper proposals. If you are interested in submitting, please email Jane Fleming at with a brief 250-word or less abstract by April 15, 2018.