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 (adamsk.legacy@gmail.com) 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.

Please note: this contest is distinct from the SSAWW-sponsored contest that also honors papers presented at the conference.

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: Critical Essays on Gloria Naylor (Abstract Deadline: 12.1.2021)

Call for Articles: “Critical Essays on Gloria Naylor” (advanced contract with University of Mississippi Press), edited by Maxine Lavon Montgomery, Mary C. Foltz, and Suzanne M. Edwards

Abstract proposals of 500-750 words and C.V. due by Dec. 1, 2021. Submit abstract proposals to: innaylor@lehigh.edu.

From her award-winning The Women of Brewster Place (1982) to her fictionalized memoir 1996 (2005), Gloria Naylor’s literary production spanned more than two decades. In her nuanced portrayals of the survival strategies through which Black women build and sustain community and her attentiveness to racism, sexism, homophobia, and capitalism as forms of structural violence, Gloria Naylor has long been recognized as one of the most important U.S. writers of the late-20th century. Naylor’s collected papers—donated to Sacred Heart University in 2009 and recently made more accessible through a partnership with Lehigh University—offer a fresh perspective on her published work. With over forty-seven linear feet of material, the Naylor Archive offers novel insights into her writing process; her writing for film, television, and theatre; the intellectual histories with which she was in dialogue; as well as late-twentieth century global literary networks that challenge current national frameworks for literary histories. Naylor’s collected papers not only expand our sense of what she wrote (to include private letters and journals, non-fiction essays and speeches, and unpublished works), they also open up new interpretive perspectives on her engagement with scholarly and public conversations about the African diaspora, African American history and theology, Black feminist theory, and Indigenous history.

We invite proposals for essays that showcase how Naylor’s archives open up new avenues for understanding her published novels and new directions in understanding Black women’s contributions to literary and intellectual history, including their own work as archivists. Abstracts of 500-750 words are due to editors by Dec. 1, 2021; please also include a current C.V. Completed essays will be due to editors by July 15st of 2022.

While editors are open to all proposals that suggest how archival materials expand current critical conversations about Naylor’s published novels, we are particularly interested in the following areas:

  1. How does Naylor’s research material (bibliographies, archived articles, travel brochures and ephemera from research trips, etc.) suggest new interpretive possibilities for her published works?
  2. How do Naylor’s reflections upon her published novels in correspondence with literary luminaries and academic critics expand current critical conversations about her novels and about African American literary history more broadly? 
  3. How does Naylor’s archival praxis grant greater insight into the literary renderings of archives in novels like Linden Hills? How does attention to her own archives illuminate her critical engagement with white supremacist histories and archives and her creation—in literary form and in physical collection—of Black feminist counterarchives?

As essayists may not be able to travel to the archives as you prepare your abstracts, we invite proposals based on perusal of the archives’ digital finding aid: https://wordpress.lehigh.edu/naylorarchive/archive-finding-aid/. A more detailed finding aid, with information about individuals, institutions, and subjects referenced in the archive, is available upon request. As most materials related to Naylor’s first three novels—The Women of Brewster Place, Linden Hills, and Mama Day—have been digitized, essayists can access these materials online as you prepare your abstracts by contacting the archives’ staff at innaylor@lehigh.edu. Essayists also are invited to schedule a trip to the physical archives, currently located at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA, or a consultation with an archivist as you prepare your proposal. Essayists’ with accepted abstracts will be provided travel funds for the spring or summer of 2022 to visit the archives through funding from a NEH Collaborative Research Grant, which will support our edited collection.

Editors seek to build a cohesive edited collection as well as a vibrant community of Naylor scholars. To this end, we will bring essayists together monthly via zoom for seminar-style meetings to discuss archival materials, approaches, and ideas in development during the spring of 2022. In addition, editors will support essayists’ research by providing digitized research materials, travel funding to visit the Archive, and individual meetings throughout the writing process during the months following abstract submission and acceptance. For more information about the edited collection or to discuss proposals, please contact us at innaylor@lehigh.edu.

CFP: Eudora Welty Foundation and the Mississippi Department of Archives and History (Deadline: 3.4.2022)

The Eudora Welty Foundation and the Mississippi Department of Archives and History are delighted to announce the 2022 Eudora Welty Research Fellowship, to encourage and support research use of the Eudora Welty Collection and related materials at the Mississippi Department of Archives and History by graduate students. 

This competitive fellowship of $5,000 will be offered for research conducted in summer 2022. The stipend may be used to cover travel, housing, and other expenses during the recipient’s two-week stay in Jackson, Mississippi. The deadline for applications is March 4, 2022.

Additional information, including the application form and a link to the Eudora Welty Collection description in our online catalog, are available here  

Thank you very much for your interest and assistance. If you have any questions, please contact Forrest Galey at fgaley@mdah.ms.gov.  

You can download a copy of the application –

Sincerely, David M. Pilcher

Director, Archives and Record Services

Mississippi Department of Archives and History

SSAWW – Nominees for the 2021 Election

Thank you for your nominations for the three officer positions. You’ll find a description of the positions below along with short bios and vision statements from each nominee.

In accordance with the SSAWW constitution we are posting the nominees to the 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 (via a link sent by email).  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.

Jennifer Putzi, jlputz@wm.edu and ssaww.nominations@gmail.com

Chair, SSAWW Nominations and Elections Committee


 
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.

NOMINEE: María Carla Sánchez

Candidate for President

Vision Statement:

I’m running for SSAWW President for three reasons: commitment, experience, and desire. I currently serve as Vice-President for Organizational Matters; previously I served as Associate Conference Director in 2012; and I’ve served on the Advisory Board. As a scholar, SSAWW represents the organization to which I’m mostly deeply committed: for more than a decade, it’s been the group that inspired me, and made me feel valued and unquestionably welcome. That connection inspired me to get involved in the group’s leadership. I’ve enjoyed learning to run a scholarly organization, and can bring a wealth of experience to this role.

SSAWW faces several challenges in coming years. I don’t want our society merely to meet them; my desire is for us to thrive. Funding throughout the humanities is disappearing? Let’s continue creating webinars like the “Reclaim Her Name” project and “Networking, 19th-C Style,” and offer programming members can access at little or no cost. In that vein, I’ll pursue a yearly joint program with an unaffiliated organization, as a means of diversifying and making new connections. Many regional SSAWW groups are currently inactive, with time and resources being significant obstacles. If elected I’ll meet with past organizers and interested newcomers, to reimagine and restart them. By using resources the pandemic introduced, like Zoom, we can nourish our intellectual needs between the conferences. We can’t completely fix academia, but we can insist on space for what inspires us. I’d be honored to help make SSAWW that space.

Biography:

María Carla Sánchez is Associate Professor of English and of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. She is author of Reforming the World: Social Activism and the Problem of Fiction in Nineteenth-Century America (Iowa UP, 2008); co-editor, along with Linda Schlossberg, of Passing: Identity and Interpretation in Sexuality, Race, and Religion (NYU P, 2001); has published articles on 19th- C literature, Latino/a/x issues, and pedagogy, and has forthcoming articles on 19th-C lit and the pandemic, 19th-C lit and reproductive justice, and Instapoetry. Her book-in-progress, Imagining el Otro Lado, examines 19th-C U.S. and Mexican genres of protest. She is an Associate Editor for College Literature and is on the editorial board for Legacy.


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.

NOMINEE: Patrick S. Allen

Candidate for Vice President of Organizational Matters

Vision Statement:

SSAWW is a special organization. Its feminist approaches to inclusivity, accessibility, and mentorship make it stand out from its peer societies. I joined the Advisory Board in 2018, as a graduate student, and I was welcomed warmly and invited to become involved in the organization right away. Most of my involvement thus far has been in the form of membership on the 2021 Conference Planning Committee—a challenging and rewarding position that has allowed me to see SSAWW’s leadership’s commitment to the community of scholars who find intellectual inspiration and pleasure in American women writers.

It is an honor to have my commitment to SSAWW recognized in this nomination to run for the Vice President of Organizational Matters and would love to serve in this leadership role. As a VP, I would look forward to working with the President, other VPs, and the entire Advisory Board to push us even further in our commitment to scholars of all ranks and to re-envision what our work might look like as more PhD’s in English move outside of academia. Reading groups, innovative presentation formats, and alt-ac roundtables might be some modes of making SSAWW a space that more fully welcomes and engages those who love American women writers but who may not make a living reading and teaching them. I would be eager to work with the society’s leadership to update our constitution so that it might reflect all that we have learned and accomplished while planning the 2021 Conference in such uncertain times—thus making future society work even more efficient as hybrid and virtual events become the norm.

Biography:

Patrick S. Allen has served on the SSAWW Advisory Board since 2018 and is a member of the 2021 Conference Planning Committee. He is an assistant professor of English at Culver-Stockton College in Canton, MO, where he teaches courses on Toni Morrison, Multicultural Literature, Graphic Medicine, and the Harlem Renaissance. Patrick’s research attends to questions of race, health, and medicine, especially in Black print culture. It looks particularly to the place of the Black medical professional in the US and in American literature and the modes by which both doctors and lay writers portray health and medicine in the post-bellum, pre-Harlem era. His work on the “practice of print” performed by nineteenth-century Black US “doctresses” Rebecca Crumpler and Rebecca Cole appears in Arizona Quarterly, and he has a forthcoming article on Toni Morrison’s Home, forced sterilizations, and the COVID-19 moment in MELUS (winter 2021).


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. 

NOMINEE: Jordan Von Cannon

Candidate for Vice President of Publications

Vision Statement

I deeply value my time serving as the VP of Publications for SSAWW. This society continues to mean a great deal to me not only for my own research but also for the community it draws together around American women’s writing. Our conference theme, “Ecologies,” reminds us of the networks in which we participate, and in my position overseeing the society’s business as it relates to communication, I appreciate the interactions I get to have in these virtual spaces.

For our 2021 conference, I’ve worked with the conference planning committee over the last year-and-a-half to prepare for the conference by creating and maintaining the conference site, coordinating CFPs for panel calls, and working with others on the Whova app for conference attendees.

I seek another service term as the VP of Publications because I hope to implement a better system for archiving societal materials as it relates to past communications, conference plans, and calls for nominations and awards. By preserving the institutional knowledge and history of SSAWW, the organization will be well-equipped to welcome in new members and affiliate societies. As we have all become more well-versed in virtual communities, it is important that SSAWW continues to support these interactions and engage our members through online gatherings and other collaborative spaces. It would be wonderful to increase the frequency with which members gather for webinars, research presentations, and conversations about our teaching between conference years.

Biography:

Jordan L. Von Cannon is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Language and Literature at Florida Gulf Coast University. She received her Ph.D. in English with a minor in Women’s and Gender Studies from Louisiana State University. Her primary teaching and research interests include early and 19th-century American literature, U.S. women writers, gender and sexuality studies, and digital humanities. She has published on Catharine Sedgwick’s transatlantic trip abroad and the intersection of female identity and primitivism in U.S. naturalist fiction. She is currently working on a book manuscript, Idle Women, which traces the relationship between American industriousness and non-normative narratives of female development. She is the Vice President of Publications for the Society for the Study of American Women Writers (SSAWW) and the Vice President of Digital Resources for the Catharine Maria Sedgwick Society.

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