Submissions: 2021 SSAWW Triennial Conference (EXTENDED Deadline: 3.8.2021)

Submissions for the 2021 SSAWW Triennial Conference

Please send your submissions as PDFs to

EXTENDED Deadline: March 8, 2021

Individual paper proposals: Interested participants will be asked to provide a tentative paper title as well as a proposal of approximately 250 to 300 words with your name and email.

Pre-formed panel proposals: Interested participants will be asked to provide a tentative panel title and contact information for the session chair. In addition, we will need a tentative title and a brief proposal of approximately 250 to 300 words for each participant. Note that panels typically consist of three, but no more than four, presenters who are each allotted between fifteen and twenty minutes to present their work with time remaining for discussion.

Pre-formed roundtable proposals: Interested participants will be asked to provide a tentative roundtable title and the contact information for the session chair. In addition, we will need a title and brief proposal of approximately 150 to 250 words for each participant. Note that roundtables typically consist of five to six participants allocated around six to eight minutes to present their work with time remaining for discussion.

Workshop and exhibition proposals: Interested participants will be asked to provide a tentative session title as well as a brief workshop/exhibition overview of approximately 150 to 250 words. Workshops that would extend beyond traditional session time allotments or require a special space or set up must describe their needs in the proposal. Please include contact information for additional contributors, etc.

Special sessions (for SSAWW affiliate organizations): SSAWW affiliate organizations will be asked to provide a tentative panel title and contact information of the session chair. In addition, we will need a tentative title and a brief proposal of approximately 250 to 300 words for each participant. Note that panels typically consist of three presenters allotted fifteen to twenty minutes to present their work with time remaining for discussion.

For any special sessions (such as a syllabus/assignment exchange, film screening, etc.) that does not follow this format, please contact Dr. Ellen Gruber Garvey directly at with a query.

For complete sessions, please ensure that notifications are sent to potential participants by early January at the latest to allow those whose proposals are not accepted for the panel or roundtable to submit individual paper proposals by the submission deadline of March 8, 2021.

Please note (when possible) any A/V requirements for panels (please note that while we do recognize the need for support for some presentations, there are always high costs associated with securing this equipment that require us to be strategic).

Participants are allowed to appear on the final program no more than twice in an effort to allow as many individuals as possible the opportunity to participate. Participants will be listed in the program if they are presenting a paper, participating in a roundtable or workshop, or serving as the chair for a session. Participating in two different roles in the same session (e.g., as the chair and a panelist) would therefore count as two listings in the program. Please note that it is not permissible to present on two panels, though individuals can present as part of a panel and a roundtable session.

For help regarding any technical issues with submitting proposals or questions about the participation guidelines, please contact Dr. Sara Kosiba, Conference Associate for the 2021 conference, at; she is also the contact person for scheduling, A/V requests, etc.

For questions regarding the conference itself, please contact the Vice President of Organizational Matters, Dr. Maria Sanchez via E-mail at

Note that selected participants must be members of SSAWW no later than June 1, 2021 in order to secure their place on the conference program.

We look forward to receiving proposals for the many thoughtful and informative sessions that our SSAWW members always produce and to seeing you in Baltimore for yet another powerful SSAWW Triennial Conference.

For conference updates and additional information about the Society for the Study of American Women Writers, please visit the 2021 SSAWW Triennial Conference tab on our main menu

2021 SSAWW Triennial Conference – Theme and Call

SSAWW 2021 Conference November 4-7, 2021

Royal Sonesta Harbor Court Hotel, Baltimore, Maryland

View the full CFP, calls for panels and roundtables, and submission details HERE

View the call for SSAWW Awards HEREEXTENDED Deadline 2.22.2021

American Women Writers: Ecologies, Survival, Change

“Ecologies, Survival, Change” celebrates the many women across the Americas whose creative work fosters survival and envisions change by exploring the systems in which we live, labor and love. Toni Morrison is our touchstone: her works powerfully remind us that humans, however implicated in damaging structures, can also resist them through networks that sustain and transform.

We offer the term “ecologies” to signify the dynamic, interlocking systems that make up our world, from networks of family and friends to entrenched processes of environmental exploitation to hierarchies of race and gender.  Material and discursive, natural and human created, entrenched and emergent – ecologies integrate diverse, even conflicting, values and effects.  As the novel coronavirus demonstrates, global pandemics and other crises make many ecologies hyper-visible, calling attention to the sustenance which some provide while exacerbating the destructiveness of others.  

Our conference embraces the capacity of creative work to represent existing ecologies and to imagine alternative ones. While we encourage papers, panels, roundtables, and workshops that explore our theme, however, our 2021 conference is not restricted to them. As always, we encourage panel proposals from affiliated societies. As we meet in Baltimore for the first time, we also welcome contributions that highlight the city’s women writers and artists, organizers and organizations.

In the spirit of creating ecologies that sustain us, the 2021 conference will offer numerous opportunities for community-building and personal and professional flourishing: workshops, mentoring, and brainstorming sessions for colleagues at all stages, from graduate students to retirees; opportunities for meditation and exercise; meetings with journal editors; roundtables and discussions about distance teaching and learning. We will also unveil the SSAWW Digital Recovery Hub, a network of scholars grounded in diverse feminist methods which provides resources for digital project consultation and technical assistance for scholars engaged in the recovery work of American women writers.

While we’re planning a face-to-face conference for November 2021, we are monitoring the ongoing situation with COVID-19 and will prepare contingencies as the situation continues to evolve

Proposals for panels, roundtables, and individual papers are to be submitted no later than February 22, 2021.  Details on proposal submissions will be forthcoming.  Please check our website and the SSAWW listserv for future updates on our 2021 Triennial Conference.

2021 SSAWW Conference Registration – Now Open

Registration for the 2021 SSAWW Conference is now open!

A draft of the conference program will be available in early June for planning purposes.  In the coming weeks we will also have additional details on hotel reservations and graduate student travel awards. 

Visit our conference page to find out more information about the conference and to register for 2021 SSAWW –

SSAWW 2021 Keynote Speaker: Dr. Joyce J. Scott

“I’d like my art to induce people to stop raping, torturing, and shooting each other.

I don’t have the ability to end violence, racism, and sexism. But my art can help them look and think.”

—Joyce J. Scott 

MacArthur Fellow, Dr. Joyce J. Scott (b. 1948, Baltimore, MD) is best known for her figurative sculpture and jewelry using bead weaving techniques, as well as blown glass, and found objects.  As an African-American, feminist artist, Scott unapologetically confronts difficult themes as diverse as her subjects which include race, misogyny, sexuality, stereotypes, gender inequality, economic disparity, history, politics, rape, and discrimination. Over the past 50 years,  Scott has also established herself as an innovative fiber artist, print maker, installation artist, vocalist, and  performer.   

Joyce J. Scott  was born to sharecroppers in North Carolina who were descendants of slaves. Her family migrated to Baltimore,  where Joyce was born and raised. She earned her BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art, MFA from the Instituto Allende in Mexico, and was conferred honorary doctorates from both The Maryland Institute College of Art  and California College of the Arts. 

In 2017, Scott and her primary gallery, Goya Contemporary, opened her largest exhibition to date at Grounds For Sculpture in New Jersey.   In addition to historic and recent objects, Scott realized 2 large-scale site-specific works focused on the abolitionist Harriet Tubman, created at the Johnson Atelier.  Other major projects include glassworks made at Berengo Glass Studios on the Italian island of Murano, Italy, which were exhibited in the 2013 Venice Biennale collateral exhibition Glasstress, and a major one-person exhibition at the Baltimore Museum of Art.      Scott   has been the recipient of many commissions, grants, awards, and honors  from such institutions as the National Endowment for the Arts, the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, Anonymous Was a Woman, American Craft Council, National Living Treasure, Women’s Caucus for the Arts, The National Academy of Design, The Baker Award, MacArthur Foundation Fellowship Award, New York University Fellowship Award, and the Smithsonian Visionary Artist Award. Scott explores challenging subjects, powerfully revealing the equality between materials and practices often associated with “craft” and “fine art.”   She currently lives and works in Baltimore, Maryland, and is represented by Goya Contemporary Gallery.

New Book: Newspaper Confessions

Author: Julie Golia

Newspaper Confessions

A History of Advice Columns in a Pre-Internet Age

Oxford University Press, 2021

What can century-old advice columns tell us about the Internet today? This book reveals the little-known history of advice columns in American newspapers and the virtual communities they created among their readers.

Imagine a community of people who had never met writing into a media outlet, day after day, to reveal intimate details about their lives, anxieties, and hopes. The original “virtual communities” were born not on the Internet in chat rooms but a century earlier in one of America’s most ubiquitous news features: the advice column.

Newspaper Confessions is the first history of the newspaper advice column, a genre that has shaped Americans’ relationships with media, their experiences with popular therapy, and their virtual interactions across generations. Emerging in the 1890s, advice columns became unprecedented virtual forums where readers could debate the most resonant cultural crises of the day with strangers in an anonymous, yet strikingly public, forum. Early advice columns are essential–and overlooked–precursors to today’s digital culture: forums, social media groups, chat rooms, and other online communities that define how present-day American communicate with each other.

By charting the economic and cultural motivations behind the rise of this influential genre, Julie Golia offers a nuanced analysis of the advice given by a diverse sample of columns across several decades, emphasizing the ways that advice columnists framed their counsel as modern, yet upheld the racial and gendered status quo of the day. She offers lively, surprising, and poignant case studies, demonstrating how columnists and everyday newspaper readers transformed advice columns into active and participatory virtual communities of confession, advice, debate, and empathy. (Description c/o Oxford University Press)

This book is available for purchase from the Oxford University Press website. Use code AAFLYG6 for 30% off at

You can also hear a conversation with the author and Daniel Lavery, Slate’s current Dear Prudence and the author of Something that May Shock and Discredit You, recorded here:

You can hear a conversation with her and Daniel Lavery, Slate’s current Dear Prudence and the author of Something that May Shock and Discredit You, recorded here:

Reminder: 2021 SSAWW Conference – Upcoming Deadlines


  • April 12 Confirm or submit any special requests for AV by emailing AV REQUESTS CANNOT BE SUBMITTED AFTER THIS DEADLINE
  • April 12 Confirm receipt of your acceptance by completing the survey (link sent with acceptance letter)
  • June 1 Pay or Renew you SSAWW 2021 Membership Dues
  • September 1 Register for the conference to ensure your place on the program. Registration link will be available in May.

CFP: Association for Documentary Editing at MLA 2022 (Extended Deadline: 3.27.2021)

Association for Documentary Editing

Call for Papers: Editing Outside the Walls

Modern Language Association Convention 6 – 9 January 2022 Washington, D.C

New DEADLINE for ABSTRACTS: 27 March 2021

Scholarly editing has grown in scope and diversified into many fields of practice in recent years, including numerous intellectual projects in a variety of settings outside the traditional domains of documentary editing. These digital humanities projects and other publications have changed the scope and context of editorial practices, sometimes without access to established models and best practices in the field of documentary editing. Such projects range from those repurposing already-edited materials to those doing editorial work on previously unedited materials. We are interested in discussions of how documentary editing can assist in the rigorous presentation of textual materials across a broad range of projects.

At the same time, this seismic shift in terrains is altering the field of documentary editing itself. This panel examines how documentary/scholarly editing interacts with and overlaps with other disciplines and roles—particularly in projects for which the preparation of documents may only play one part among many.

The Association for Documentary Editing invites proposals from

  • Archivists
  • Biographers
  • Collectors
  • Curators
  • Digital Humanists
  • Documentary Editors
  • Exhibit-builders
  • Historians
  • Independent Scholars
  • Lawyers
  • Librarians
  • Linguists
  • Literary Scholars
  • Museums and other Cultural Institutions
  • Providers of texts in variable Accessible and Alternative Formats
  • Public Historians
  • Publishers in Print and Online
  • Special Collections
  • Translators
  • Web Designers

NEW Deadline: 27 March 2021.

Please send your one-page abstract and two-page CV as Word documents with full contact information to Carol DeBoer-Langworthy (, ADE’s Liaison to MLA. Inquiries to Carol or to Niklaus Wasmoen ( 

Recovery Hub for American Women Writers (Extended Deadline: 3.31.2021)

The Recovery Hub for American Women Writers is extending its call for peer reviewed and cultivated projects through March 31.

The Recovery Hub for American Women Writers supports projects recovering the work of women writers by providing digital access to forgotten or neglected texts and/or extending them with network mapping, spatial analysis, multimedia storytelling, innovative contextualization, and the distant reading of massive datasets. 

Seeking Support through Project Cultivation

Apply at 

Each year The Recovery Hub for American Women Writers will provide significant support for two digital projects in their early phases. Project cultivation can range from guidance through the process of textually encoding a small edition to more in-depth support, including but not limited to creating a project charter, formulating a research design, learning new technologies, searching for funding, and hosting on the Hub’s servers. Projects eligible for support include digital editions of letters, books, short fiction, and other texts as well as experimental projects that explore mapping, visualization, and other content-rich methods. The Hub’s editorial platform is designed to support scholars who want to encode their recovered documents using the best technical and sustainability standards but who have limited experience with the digital humanities. For examples of the range in project types and sizes the Hub supports, see Alex W. Black, Brigitte Fielder, and Johanna Ortner’s Just Teach One: Early African American Print edition of Frances Ellen Watkins (Harper)’s Forest Leaves, Kevin Mcmullen’s Fanny Fern in the New York Ledgeror Jordan Von Cannon’s Transatlantic Departures: Catharine Maria Sedgwick’s Travel’s Abroad.

Project cultivation support is available for researchers at any rank, with or without institutional affiliations. Recovery practitioners who are awarded project cultivation will also receive a $2,000 stipend to support their work on the project during the Hub’s pilot phase. Practitioners are expected to dedicate at least 80 hours of work to the project throughout the course of the year and attend meetings and training with the Hub’s staff. Complete the application no later than March 31, 2021, to have your project considered for pilot cultivation beginning April 1.

Requesting Peer Review

Request at 

The Recovery Hub for American Women Writers peer reviews digital projects at various stages of completion. Projects are publicized by SSAWW, reviewed in Legacy, and included in a twice-yearly showcase on the Hub website. Peer-reviewed projects will also be featured in a pedagogical forum where educators at the K-12 and college level can access professionally produced teaching materials, including assignments, video interviews, and examples of student work. The Hub’s peer review process is grounded in feminist practice; reviewers use an open model that emphasizes one-on-one mentorship and encourages project directors to build upon and cite the work of other feminists. The Hub also values the iterative nature of digital projects by offering in-process peer review even at a project’s earliest stages. An article outlining the results of peer review will be published on the website with each project to model best practices and demonstrate the value of digital recovery work. Submit requests to be included in the pilot peer review process no later than March 31, 2021

Learn about the Recovery Hub’s Mission:

Professor Jessica DeSpain
Co-Director of SIUE’s IRIS Center
Department of English Language and Literature
Southern Illinois University EdwardsvilleProfessor Jessica DeSpain
Co-Director of SIUE’s IRIS Center
Department of English Language and Literature
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

CFP: Charlotte Perkins Gilman Society at ALA (virtual panel) Deadline: 3.29.2021

American Literature Association, 32nd Annual Conference, July 7-11, 2021


Charlotte Perkins Gilman Society

This panel broadly invites papers on any aspect of Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s work. The session will be completely virtual and pre-recorded via Zoom. Please submit a 250-500 word abstract and a CV no later than March 29th (with a preferred deadline of March 22nd) to Hannah Huber at

For more information about the conference, please visit the ALA conference website as well as the support page for the 2021 digital option.

CFP: Late-19th and Early-20th Century American Forum at MLA 2022 (2 panels, 1 roundtable) Deadline: 3.22.2021

The Late-19th- and Early-20th-Century American forum would like to invite SSAWW members to submit proposals for two panels and one roundtable we are sponsoring for the MLA 2022 Convention, to be held in Washington DC from January 6-9 2022. We have extended the deadline for all submissions to March 22. 

  1. Antifa before Fascism

Papers tracing genealogies of antifa to radical literary and print cultures of the first US Gilded Age. Work in non-English archives encouraged (by no means required). Send 300-word abstracts to Travis Foster ( 

Deadline for submissions: Monday, 22 March 2021

2. Historicizing Critique 

We invite proposals for papers about US literary/print cultures and critique (genres, modes, objects) in the late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century. Send 300-word abstract and a brief CV to by March 22. 

Deadline for submissions: Monday, 22 March 2021

3. Roundtable: Novel Democracy 

What is the relationship between democracy and the nineteenth- and early twentieth-century novel? Please submit 250-word abstracts and brief CV to Claudia Stokes and Gordon Fraser at by March 22. 

Deadline for submissions: Monday, 22 March 2021

CFP: Roundtable on Race, Religion, and Archives at MLA 2022 (Deadline EXTENDED: 3.22.2021)

2022 Convention of the Modern Language Association: Washington, D.C.

CFP: Roundtable on Race, Religion, and Archives [3/22 extended deadline]

We invite topics that explore the relationships between race, religion, and archives for an approved session of the Religion and Literature Forum of the MLA. We welcome interdisciplinary work at the intersections of critical race theory, religious studies, cultural geography, health humanities, women and gender studies, and more. Proposals could include but are not limited to the following broad themes:

·        Archival theory and praxis

·        Politics of recovery

·        Digital projects

·        Reparative histories

·        Problems of genre

·        New archival research

·        Potential and limitations of archives

·        Decolonization

·        Silences and resistance

·        Memory

·        Orality

Presentations are expected to be brief. The exact time limit depends on the final number of panelists. The goal is to have plenty of time for robust discussion. Please send 250 abstract and cv to by March 22.

CFP: Legacy-sponsored panel at SSAWW (Deadline: 3.29.2021)

This CFP is for a pre-approved, Legacy-sponsored panel for the SSAWW 2021 Triennial Conference, to be held November 4-7 in Baltimore, Maryland.  At a time when many literary scholars are wondering how our work can more directly contribute to struggles for justice and survival, it makes sense to ask how the writers we study answered that question for themselves. We invite proposals for papers focusing on any aspect of the intersection between women’s literature with political organizing/activism. Topics could include women’s literature about political organizing, women’s literature that contributes to political organizing, political organizing on behalf of women’s literature, or women writers who are political activists. Other approaches welcome!

Please send 250-300 word abstracts to Kate Adams ( by March 29.