2018 Triennial Conference – Book Display

2018 SSAWW Triennial Conference – Book Display

For those interested in having their books on display at the 2018 SSAWW Triennial Conference, we will be partnering with The Scholar’s Choice to meet that need. They will be displaying books throughout the conference in Molly Brown, where our book/journal exhibition and art exhibitions are scheduled to take place. Please reach out to your press and have them contact Mary Lynn Howe at Scholar’s Choice for additional information; her E-mail address is mlh@scholarschoice.com.


SSAWW Conference – Registration Desk Volunteer Needed (Registration Waiver – Respond ASAP)

One of the volunteers at the registration desk has had to withdraw from the conference; therefore, we need to fill a vacancy on Wednesday evening from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM.

This position comes with a full registration waiver (or reimbursement, if the individual selected has already paid). If you are interested, please e-mail at ssaww.vpdevelopment@gmail.com as soon as possible.  This is not restricted to graduate students, though we would prefer to open the position to a graduate student, independent scholar, or early career scholar.

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CFP: Woodress Scholar Research Grants – Willa Cather (Deadline: 12.30.2018)

Woodress Scholar Research Grants (2019)

Willa Cather

The Cather Project of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln announces the availability of a Research Grant for visiting scholars. This grant provides financial support for scholars to travel to and reside in Lincoln, NE, for four consecutive weeks, in order to conduct research on Willa Cather using Cather resources in Nebraska and at UNL.

Applications are invited from early career scholars, advanced graduate students, recent PhDs, and faculty not yet tenured. Projects should reflect the need for research at the UNL Archives and in Nebraska. Each Woodress Research Grant is $4,000 and the scholar is expected to be in residence in Lincoln for four consecutive weeks during March 1 – December 20, 2019. The Cather Project will assist with advice about travel, lodging, and a trip to the Willa Cather Foundation in Red Cloud, Nebraska (2 ½ hours by car) to enable the scholar to research materials in the Foundation’s archives and visit the area of Cather’s childhood.

The Cather Project produces the Willa Cather Scholarly Edition and Cather Studies, both published by the University of Nebraska Press. The Archives and Special Collections of the UNL Libraries hold the largest collection of Cather letters to and from her; edited typescripts; manuscripts; multiple editions of her works; and many other Cather-associated materials.

Funding for the grants is from the Roberta and James Woodress Fund (created from a gift by Roberta and James Woodress; Mr. Woodress was an eminent Cather biographer and emeritus professor of English at University of California-Davis).

To apply, please send, as e-mail attachments, to Beth Burke at eburke3@unl.edu, the following items:

  • your c.v.
  • a statement of no more than 3 pages describing the proposed research project and the importance of materials and resources at UNL to your project
  • a sample of scholarly writing (20-25pp: preferably focusing on Cather, though not necessarily exclusively)
  • In addition, two letters of recommendation should be sent directly by your recommenders to Beth (eburke3@unl.edu). Letters should be specific to the fellowship and proposed project rather than general letters of recommendation from your job placement dossier.

The deadline for submission of materials is DECEMBER 30, 2018 and we will inform successful applicants by FEBRUARY 1, 2019.

Guy Reynolds, Director, The Cather Project 309 Andrews Hall

University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Lincoln, NE 68588-0396

(402) 472-1919; http://www.cather.unl.edu

CFP: The British Society for Literature and Science 14th Annual Conference (Deadline: 12.7.2018)

CFP: The British Society for Literature and Science Fourteenth Annual Conference, Royal Holloway University of London, 4–6 April 2019


The fourteenth annual conference of the British Society for Literature and Science will take place at Royal Holloway, University of London, from Thursday 4 April until Saturday 6 April 2019. Keynote speakers will include Professor Tim Armstrong (Royal Holloway) and Professor Angelique Richardson (Exeter).

The BSLS invites proposals for 20-minute papers, panels of three papers, or special roundtables on any subjects within the field of science, and literatures in the broadest sense, including theatre, film, and television. There is no special theme for this conference, but abstracts or panels exploring one of the following topics are especially welcome: (1) how the literatures of Africa, the Americas, Asia, or Australasia address, interact with, or respond to the discourses of science; (2) the digital humanities; (3) the writing, reading, and interpretation of human nature; (4) innovative or progressive models for uniting the sciences and the humanities.

In addition, we are hoping to put together sessions with looser, non-traditional formats, and would welcome proposals from any person or persons interested in making presentations of approximately ten minutes from notes rather than completed papers. The hope is that this format will encourage longer Q&A sessions with more discussion.

Please send an abstract (200 words) and short biographical note (50 words) to the conference organiser, Dr. Mike Wainwright, mike.wainwright@rhul.ac.uk, by no later than 18.00 GMT, Friday 7 December 2018. Include the abstract and biographical note in the body of the email.

All proposers of a paper or panel will receive notification of the results by the end of January 2019.

The conference fee will be waived for two graduate students in exchange for written reports on the conference, to be published in the BSLS Newsletter. If you are interested in being selected for one of these awards, please mention this when sending in your proposal. To qualify you will need to be registered for a postgraduate degree at the time of the conference.

Information concerning onsite accommodation and local hotels will be forthcoming. Membership: conference delegates will need to register/renew as members of the BSLS (annual membership: £25 waged/ £10 unwaged).

CFP: Harriet Beecher Stowe Society at ALA 2019 (Deadline: 12.14.2018)

The Harriet Beecher Stowe Society will sponsor two panels at the annual meeting of the American Literature Association to be held May 23-26, Boston, USA.

Panel 1: Teaching Stowe in the 21st Century: A Roundtable

The Harriet Beecher Stowe Society invites proposals for innovative approaches to teaching Stowe. We are especially interested in proposals that focus on engaging the current generation of college students to appreciate Stowe’s influence and literary acumen. Service-learning, digital humanities projects, and experiential approaches to teaching Stowe are all welcome, as are considerations about how teaching Stowe might enhance the undergraduate curriculum whether students encounter her work in their required or elective coursework.

Panel 2: Stowe in Conversation

The Stowe Society invites proposals that consider Harriet Beecher Stowe’s texts in conversation with other writers. While this may include writers in the nineteenth century, the society also welcomes proposals that compare Stowe’s works to more contemporary problems and authors.

Email 250-word abstracts, along with a brief CV, to LuElla D’Amico at ldamico@uiwtx.edu by December 14, 2018. Membership in the Stowe Society is required of presenters. Please write either “Teaching Stowe at ALA” or “Stowe in Conversation at ALA” in the subject line.

Harriet Beecher Stowe Up and Coming Scholar Award–ALA

The Stowe Society would like to recognize graduate students who are currently working on scholarship on Harriet Beecher Stowe. We are sponsoring an outstanding paper award of $100 that will help contribute to conference travel and that will guarantee a slot on one of our Stowe panels at ALA. To submit a paper for the award, please send an essay of no more than eight pages to ldamico@uiwtx.edu by December 14, 2018. Papers should not have your name or any identifying information on them, as they will be anonymously reviewed by Stowe Society members. We will announce the awards in January on our website as well as via email. We look forward to reading your submissions!

CFP: Special issue, CR: The New Centennial Review “American Literary Naturalism in the World” (Deadline: 10.30.2018)

CFP Special issue, CR: The New Centennial Review (Michigan State UP)

“American Literary Naturalism in the World”

Essays are invited for a forthcoming special issue of the CR on American literary naturalism in a global context. As Christopher Hill has argued in “The Travels of Naturalism and the Challenges of a World Literary History,” the history of nineteenth-century naturalist fiction points to disorderly patterns of circulation that suggest “multiple, overlapping histories, together forming a heterogeneous history on the scale of the planet.” Using the concept of “travel” as his point of reference, Hill sees naturalism as a paradigm for thinking about transnational literary, cultural, and economic transformations. This special issue aims to offer new perspectives on American literary naturalism in the context of global transformations from the nineteenth century to the present. Of particular interest are re-readings of canonical texts as well as less frequently discussed authors in comparative, transatlantic, postcolonial, and hemispheric approaches. Especially welcome are theoretically-inflected essays that offer novel, provocative definitions of the genre as it has developed from the mid/late nineteenth century to the present.

Possible topics can include but are not limited to:

* American naturalism in translation

* The international reputation and reception of American naturalist authors, poets, and dramatists, particularly in lesser known or less frequently discussed cultural contexts (e.g. Asia, South America, Central and Southern Europe, and the Middle East, among others)

* The social, economic, and political contribution of American naturalism to (post) modernity

* The interaction of American naturalism and other genres (e.g. realism, modernism, regionalism, journalism, melodrama, documentary, film, travel narratives), especially in less frequently addressed sociocultural contexts

* American naturalism and issues of transnational scope and interest (e.g. empire, globalization, immigration, climate change, diasporic studies, food studies, aging, among others)

* American naturalism and world literature: can we read American naturalism in the context of or as “world literature”? Can we rethink central thematic aspects and narrative patterns of American naturalism (e.g. determinism, evolution, nature, commodity culture, gender/race/and class) if we expand our range to different cultural, geographical, and geopolitical contexts?

* Teaching American naturalism in non-American cultural and geographical contexts

Please send 300-500 word proposals and short bios to Myrto Drizou, Boğaziçi University (mdrizou@gmail.com) by October 30, 2018. Essays of 9000 words (Chicago style, 15th edition) will be due by December 2019 for publication in spring 2021. All inquiries are welcome