SSAWW Call for Nominations (Deadline: 10.15.2021)

Dear Colleagues:

The Society for the Study of American Women Writers is seeking nominations for three officer positions:

President

Vice President of Organizational Matters

Vice President of Publications

Please consider nominating yourself and/or deserving colleagues.

The SSAWW constitution defines these positions as follows:

 
The President shall be elected by a majority of the members and shall serve a three-year term. The President shall preside at meetings of the Society and of the Advisory Board.  It shall be the President’s duty to formulate policies and projects for presentation to the Board and to fulfill the chartered obligations and purposes of the Society.  In filling this and any other Association responsibility, the President may call upon other officers, members of the Executive Council, and such ad hoc committees as the President may wish to appoint, for assistance.


The Vice President of Organizational Matters shall be elected by a majority of the voting members and shall be elected for a three-year term. The Vice President of Organizational Matters shall assist the President at meetings of the Society and of the Advisory Board and in formulating policies and projects for presentation to the Board and to fulfill the chartered obligations of the Society.

The Vice President of Publications shall be elected by a majority of the voting members and shall be elected for a three-year term.  The Vice President of Publications shall assist the president at meetings of the Society and of the Advisory Board and shall maintain the Society website, the Facebook account, and the Twitter account.  They shall also manage the SSAWW listserv and other communication between the Society and its members.  With the advice of the Officers and Advisory Board, they shall also oversee any publications projects that the Society undertakes. 

Nominations should be sent to ssaww.nominations@gmail.com by October 15th.  If you are nominating yourself, please include a 250-word vision statement and a 150-word biographical statement.  If you are nominating a colleague, please provide their name and contact information.  We ask that you discuss your nomination with your colleague prior to submitting it.

The slate of nominees and the voting procedures will be posted on the SSAWW website two weeks prior to the conference.  The vote is open to all members in good standing, not just those in attendance at the conference. Members will vote online (a link is forthcoming).  Voting will begin at the time of the conference and will stay open until December 2nd.

Please contact Jennifer Putzi (Chair, Nominations and Elections Committee) if you have questions.

Thank you on behalf of SSAWW!

Jennifer Putzi, jlputz@wm.edu

Chair, SSAWW Nominations and Elections Committee

SSAWW Call for Nominations (Deadline: 10.15.2021)

Dear Colleagues:

The Society for the Study of American Women Writers is seeking nominations for three officer positions:

President

Vice President of Organizational Matters

Vice President of Publications

Please consider nominating yourself and/or deserving colleagues.

The SSAWW constitution defines these positions as follows:

 
The President shall be elected by a majority of the members and shall serve a three-year term. The President shall preside at meetings of the Society and of the Advisory Board.  It shall be the President’s duty to formulate policies and projects for presentation to the Board and to fulfill the chartered obligations and purposes of the Society.  In filling this and any other Association responsibility, the President may call upon other officers, members of the Executive Council, and such ad hoc committees as the President may wish to appoint, for assistance.


The Vice President of Organizational Matters shall be elected by a majority of the voting members and shall be elected for a three-year term. The Vice President of Organizational Matters shall assist the President at meetings of the Society and of the Advisory Board and in formulating policies and projects for presentation to the Board and to fulfill the chartered obligations of the Society.

The Vice President of Publications shall be elected by a majority of the voting members and shall be elected for a three-year term.  The Vice President of Publications shall assist the president at meetings of the Society and of the Advisory Board and shall maintain the Society website, the Facebook account, and the Twitter account.  They shall also manage the SSAWW listserv and other communication between the Society and its members.  With the advice of the Officers and Advisory Board, they shall also oversee any publications projects that the Society undertakes. 

Nominations should be sent to ssaww.nominations@gmail.com by October 15th.  If you are nominating yourself, please include a 250-word vision statement and a 150-word biographical statement.  If you are nominating a colleague, please provide their name and contact information.  We ask that you discuss your nomination with your colleague prior to submitting it.

The slate of nominees and the voting procedures will be posted on the SSAWW website two weeks prior to the conference.  The vote is open to all members in good standing, not just those in attendance at the conference. Members will vote online (a link is forthcoming).  Voting will begin at the time of the conference and will stay open until December 2nd.

Please contact Jennifer Putzi (Chair, Nominations and Elections Committee) if you have questions.

Thank you on behalf of SSAWW!

Jennifer Putzi, jlputz@wm.edu

Chair, SSAWW Nominations and Elections Committee

2021 SSAWW Conference – Guidelines for Hybrid Panels

Guidelines for Hybrid Panels

What is a hybrid panel and how will it work?

Most of the hybrid panels will have at least two and preferably most of the panelists presenting in-person.

Virtual presenters can choose from a variety of possibilities:

1.     If the panel is in a room with A/V, they can present virtually via Zoom during the panel’s time slot. In this case, they can work with the chair to livestream the presentation.

2.     The virtual presenter can send the paper to someone who will be there in person, ideally someone on the panel, who can read it at the session.

3.     The virtual presenter can upload their paper (and PowerPoints or other documents) to Whova a day or two in advance of the panel’s time slot so that conference attendees can read it prior to attending the panel.

4.     The virtual presenter can create a 10-minute recording that they upload to YouTube or Vimeo and post a link to the video in Whova in advance of the panel’s time slot (again, 1-2 days in advance) so that conference attendees can view it. Due to storage restrictions, panelists will not be able to upload video files directly to Whova.

Whova will allow all attendees, whether in-person or virtual, to click on a panel and access uploaded papers, presentations, videos, abstracts, panelists’ bios, and Zoom links. Virtual attendees will be able to join all Zoom sessions via Whova.

Example of a Hybrid Session in a Room with A/V:

  • The panel chair will create the Zoom session through their own account. We assume those working at universities in 2021 have access to Zoom and prefer to set up their own session for the panel and handle practice sessions beforehand. If the panel chair needs access to Zoom using the SSAWW account please contact ssaww.conferences@gmail.com. The panel chair should bring her computer to the session.
  • The chair will post the Zoom link to the panel session in Whova (instructions will be sent to panel chairs beforehand).
  • At the beginning of the session, all virtual attendees will log into the session via the Zoom link posted to Whova, and the panel chair will log into the Zoom link at the in-person session. The panel chair’s computer will display on the large screen in the room, showing all of the virtual attendees including the virtual speaker(s).
  • When the Scholar A (we will call them Scholar A, B, and Virtual Scholar C for illustration purposes) speaks, the chair will slide her computer over to Scholar A so that the camera is on her.
  • Everyone attending remotely will see Scholar A just as in normal Zoom, through the Whova app. While she is speaking, attendees can post questions to the session’s chat or Q&A windows in Whova.
  • When it’s Scholar B’s’s turn, we’ll slide the chair’s computer in front of them and they will present their paper.
  • When it’s time for Virtual Scholar C to speak, he will speak into his computer and  will be visible to in-person attendees on the large screen and to virtual attendees on the Whova app via Zoom.
  • The Zoom session will be pinned on Virtual Scholar C during the Q&A.
  • The panel can take questions from in-person attendees the old-fashioned way—hands in the air—and from remote attendees via the chat function. The panel chair may wish to ask for assistance in monitoring the Whova chat.

Example of a Hybrid Session in a Room without A/V:

            If the same panel were to present in a room without A/V:

  • Scholars A and B will be physically in the room to present to a live audience. Virtual Scholar C will have uploaded a paper, slide presentation, and/or link to a video recording of his presentation in advance of the session.
  • Attendees will be asked to read/view Virtual Scholar C’s materials before attending the session.
  • If the panelists so choose, the panel chair may post a Zoom link to the session to enable virtual attendees (including Virtual Scholar C) to see the in-person presentations. In this case, the panel chair will log into Zoom and pass her computer from Scholar A to Scholar B as described above.
  • If no Zoom link is enabled, Scholars A and B will present their papers, in turn, as usual.
  • For live Q&A, attendees may raise their hands and present their questions–and those questions can be relayed (as necessary) to Virtual Scholar C. All three speakers can respond.
  • If Virtual Scholar C is not attending the session synchronously, questions for Scholar C can be posted to Whova, where Scholar C can then respond. This can be asynchronous.

Hybrid panels are more susceptible to glitches than fully virtual ones, so the SSAWW Conference Planning Committee urges hybrid panels with more than one virtual presenter to consider shifting to a fully virtual format. We strongly recommend that all hybrids do a trial run in advance, and that virtual panels also schedule a rehearsal session during the week prior to the conference. Whova support is available and panel chairs can reach out to conference volunteers and organizers with any questions following their practice session.

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2021 SSAWW Conference Update

October 2, 2021

Dear SSAWW Members,

The SSAWW Conference Planning Committee is continuing to fine-tune arrangements for our November triennial conference. The technologically savvy among us are working on the virtual component; keep your eye out for a series of announcements over the course of this month with more information about Whova (the app we’re using for the virtual component of the conference), links to online tutorials, rehearsal sessions, and more.

We are pleased to see that many of you plan to come to Baltimore and many panels will be taking place fully in-person or in-person with one panelist presenting virtually (we call that arrangement a hybrid). As VP of Organization Maria Sanchez wrote in a recent email, “It sounds like there may be a little confusion about how hybrid panels will work. But rest assured, the conference planning committee will work with hybrid panels to make sure they know what they’re doing.”

If you’d like to attend the conference but haven’t yet registered, you may do so here.

Here’s to good health and a good fall.

With warm regards,

Sandy

Sandra A. Zagarell, President, SSAWW (2018-2021)

2021 SSAWW Conference Reminders – Last Day for Early Conference Registration Rate and Graduate Student Travel Awards

We have a few very important reminders for 2021 SSAWW Conference Attendees

  • 9/30 – TODAY is the last day to register for the 2021 SSAWW Conference at the lower rate. Registration rates jump after today, so please make sure you register for the conference — Register NOW to receive the lower rate.
  • 10/1 – TOMORROW is the last day for graduate students to apply for the SSAWW Graduate Student Travel Award for the 2021 Conference – Apply here.
  • Please make sure you have joined/renewed your membership with SSAWW. All conference participants must be current on membership dues.  You can view the directory here. If you are unsure about your membership status, please email Christine Grogan, VP of Membership and Finances at ssaww.vpmembershipandfinances@gmail.com

Thank you,

SSAWW Conference Planning Committee

Letter to SSAWW Members – 2021 Triennial Conference Update

September 13, 2021

Dear SSAWW Members,

It is my pleasure to announce that we will be holding our 2021 conference in-person, as planned, from Nov. 4 to 7 at the Royal Sonesta Hotel in Baltimore. As you know, our conference theme is “American Women Writers: Ecologies, Survival, Change.” The theme seemed generative when we developed it two years ago and is even more so now. Our wonderful program addresses many ways in which the theme matters as well as many other subjects of interest.

The SSAWW Planning Committee has been monitoring health guidelines in Maryland and in the city of Baltimore and is pleased to report that both, especially the city, are requiring best health practices. You can access Baltimore’s Covid dashboard here. The conference hotel is also being scrupulous. SSAWW too is taking measures to assure that our conference is as safe as possible. To that end we have developed a Covid Conduct Statement which is available here.

We do understand that some of you will not be able to attend the conference in-person. In keeping with SSAWW’s tradition of inclusiveness and community-engagement, we will accommodate some virtual presentations on Whova, the app we have adopted for the conference. Whova is a flexible and easily navigated app that can be used either from a desktop/laptop computer or from a mobile device, which will allow all attendees to connect and communicate with one another, check the conference program and keep abreast of changes, link to virtual panel sessions, share presentation materials, set up in-person and online meetups, and more. The app will be made available to registered attendees by October.

Your panel or roundtable chairs will be contacting you to confer about your preferences regarding options for presenting at the conference.

I want to stress, though, that the conference will not take a fully hybrid form. It is, at its core, an in- person conference. One reason is financial: SSAWW is locked into hotel, AV, and other costs, and is incurring additional costs to support safety measures in Baltimore and limited virtual access. Thus the cost of holding a hybrid conference would be prohibitive. Additionally, the cost of holding it in the form we have planned are such that we must maintain the full registration rate for all attendees, whether you are present in-person or virtually.

If you have not already paid your dues or registered for the conference, we ask that you please do so. The link to join/renew your membership is https://ssawwnew.wordpress.com/membership/join- renew-membership/. The link to register for the conference is https://ssawwnew.wordpress.com/2021-ssaww-triennial-conference/2021-triennial-conference- registration/. Thank you to those who have already paid.

In addition to finances, the other reason for holding an in-person conference is our commitment to the community spirit of SSAWW. We’ve heard from many of you that you are eager to see each other, to exchange ideas and develop new ones, to present your own scholarship and to learn about others’, to develop new collaborations, to attend major events such as the keynote address and awards ceremony, and to be sustained by the community affirmation and community building that are so fundamental to SSAWW. For those of you who cannot be physically present at the conference, we hope our virtual accommodations will facilitate some element of that connection and community. You will be able to attend virtual sessions and participate in asynchronous online interactions using Whova’s messaging and chat feature, even though you will not have access to all aspects of the conference.

I hope that you and yours are well and remain so. I very much look forward to seeing many of you in Baltimore this November.

With warm regards,

Sandy

Sandra A,  Zagarell, SSAWW President (2018-2021)

2021 SSAWW Triennial Conference – Covid-19 Code of Conduct

SSAWW COVID-19 Statement of Conduct

To ensure that our conference is as safe as possible, and in keeping with CDC guidelines to slow the transmission of COVID-19, the Society for the Study of American Women Writers will work to protect not only its members but  the most vulnerable people,  including the immunocompromised, the elderly, the very young, and the various service and support workers who make conferences like this one possible. 

Mindful of the risks of group gatherings during this uncertain time, we ask that you abide by the following community guidelines in order to ensure the health and safety of our attendees and the wider community during our upcoming conference. Specifically, we ask that all conference attendees: 

  • Be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 before attending the conference if able to do so. 
  • Wear a mask during the conference, whether you are vaccinated or not. 
  • Notify SSAWW Conference Organizers as soon as possible by emailing <ssaww.conferences@gmail.com>  if you are experiencing Covid-19 symptoms or are exposed to someone with Covid-19.  Please cease attending conference activities and follow all hotel guidelines for quarantining. A list of local Covid-19 testing sites is available at https://coronavirus.baltimorecity.gov/where-get-tested-covid-19-baltimore-city. Google will provide you with urgent care centers nearest the hotel 
  • Become familiar with the Royal Sonesta Harbor Court Hotel health and safety protocols, which will align with the guidelines of the city of Baltimore and  must be followed by all attendees throughout the conference. 

We further ask that conference attendees understand, acknowledge, and assume all the risks and dangers associated with attending the conference, including contracting Covid-19.

We are excited about being together after all these months, and we thank attendees for abiding by these requirements so that we can maintain our commitment to one another and to the collective responsibility we all have to ensure  the health and safety of ourselves, our SSAWW family, and our larger communities during this challenging time.

SSAWW Conference Planning Committee

Patrick Allen, Advisory Board

Kimberly Blockett, Advisory Board

Jean Lee Cole, Advisory Board

DoVeanna Fulton, Advisory Board

Ellen Garvey, Vice President of Development

Christine Grogan, Vice President of Membership and Finances

Susan K. Harris, Advisory Board

Sara Kosiba, Conference Planning Associate

María Sánchez, Vice President of Organizational Matters

Jordan Von Cannon, Vice President of Publications

Sandra A. Zagarell, President 

CFP: Technology and Carson McCullers, SSSL 2022 Hybrid Conference (Deadline: 9.13.2021)

Technology and Carson McCullers

Session Proposal for the Society for the Study of Southern Literature (SSSL) 2022 Hybrid Conference

February 17-20, 2022, Atlanta, GA Contact:paula.rawlins@yale.edu

The Carson McCullers Society invites proposals for presentations related to technology as imagined through the works and influence of Carson McCullers. From Miss Amelia experimenting with medical tinctures in The Ballad of the Sad Cafe to Frankie’s father working with watches in The Member of the Wedding, many of McCullers’ characters engage with technology overtly. However, in the spirit of the SSSL  2022 Conference theme, we also encourage potential panelists to think of technology in broad and creative ways. In Acoustic Properties: Radio, Narratives, and the New Neighborhood of the Americas (2017), for example, Tom McEnaney suggests that the relationship between characters and sounds in mid-century novels, including The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, creates a “new neighborhood,” joining North and South America. As such, McNaney theorizes reading as a type of technology. How else might we read McCullers’ work as inventing, resisting, and or engaging technology? Other questions to inspire possible paper topics include:

·       In what ways does McCullers comment on the technology of the mid-century South and world at large?

·       How does technology influence archival, biographical, and literary research on McCullers? (Panelists might think of McCullers’ telegrams, recordings of therapy sessions, photography, handwritten and typewritten mailed correspondence, etc.). 

·       How does teaching act as a kind of technology? Please consider sharing your ideas and experiences for teaching and engaging with McCullers’ work in the classroom and beyond.

Please email your roughly 200-word paper proposal and 100-word biography to Paula Rawlins (paula.rawlins@yale.edu) by September 13, 2021. We invite and encourage proposals from a wide range of disciplinary backgrounds, especially those who may not identify as “southernists,” as well as from Black, Indigenous, Hispanic, and other people of color; LGBTQIA+ individuals; and those with a range of (dis)abilities; as well as scholars who are students or contingent faculty. We will contact panelists by September 17, 2021. 

SSSL 2022 Hybrid Conference, February 17-20, 2022: http://southernlit.org/conference2022/hybrid-locations/