CFP for the SSAWW 2018 Triennial Conference in Denver, Colorado
Conference Theme: “Resistance and Recovery across the Americas”
November 7-11, 2018 | The Westin Denver Downtown
Extended Deadline: March 2, 2018
From Anne Hutchinson to Phillis Wheatley to the Crunk Feminist Collective, American women writers have historically engaged in resistance in their creative/activist works, pushing against restrictive gender norms, a patriarchal culture that devalued women in political and economic spaces, the tradition of silence and silencing, and any number of other obstacles that limited women’s voices and their freedom to explore the full breadth of their unique identities. At the same time, from scholars like Frances Foster to the initiatives championed by the likes of Legacy and the Colored Conventions Project, scholars also work toward recovery, eager to rediscover the works of American women writers who were active in their resistance, insightful in their social and political critiques, and responsive to the dominant discourse on race, protest, social justice, as well as identity, etc. emerging during their lives. For the 2018 SSAWW Triennial Conference in Denver, CO, we invite proposals on the topic of “Resistance and Recovery across the Americas,” from early American literature to the literature of the present day. Proposals are encouraged in, but not limited to, the following topics:
- Writing the fight: social justice, resistance, and protest in poetry and prose
- Confronting race, whiteness, invisibility, and labor in women’s writing
- Social and political resistance in American women’s writing
- Resistance to restrictive gender roles in women’s writing
- The role of writing in emotional recovery from systemic oppression
- Memoir as a genre of recovery and resistance
- Periodicals, newspapers, and magazines: women and textual engagement
- Recovering American women’s writing from the archives
Teaching and Pedagogy
- Women scholars’ resistance and work to change academic institutions
- Resisting the canonical syllabus by diversifying the field of women writers taught in the classroom
- Teaching beyond traditions by transcending traditional theoretical lenses, engaging new approaches to student research/scholarly production, etc.
- Encouraging thinking beyond traditional academic silos by engaging the intersection of art, music, literature, etc. for a more interdisciplinary approach
- Scholarship as social engagement
- Teaching outside of the academic classroom
- Creating partnerships for public humanities by bridging the university and the public sphere
- Utilizing digital avenues to showcase research projects and student work
- Pedagogical practices of digital tools, assignments, projects in the classroom
- Labor and recovery in the digital age: new models of resistance, politics, and economies
- Approaches to shepherding projects from initial idea stage to fully-formed digital works
- The state of digital humanities
- Access to grant funding and sustainability of long-term projects
- Perceived disparities between projects focusing on male versus female authors
- How digital publication platforms can both hurt and/or help recovery work
- Discussion on the differences between digital and print texts, journals, etc.
- Professional challenges within universities or the discipline (e.g. how to “count” digital work toward promotion and tenure, reconsidering the value of edited volumes, etc.)
- From PhD candidate to colleague: tips for demystifying the academic job market
- Resisting the PhD pipeline: considering the non-academic job search and the role of Humanities PhDs outside of the academy
- From proposal and beyond: understanding academic publishing in the twenty-first century
Submit individual paper proposals to: Individual Paper Proposal Form
- Interested participants will be asked to provide a tentative paper title as well as a proposal of approximately 250 to 300 words.
Submit pre-formed panel proposals to: Panel Proposal Form
- 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, preferably four, presenters who are each allotted between fifteen and twenty minutes to present their work with time remaining for discussion.
Submit pre-formed roundtable proposals to: Roundtable Proposal Form
- 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 tentative title and brief proposal of approximately 150 to 250 words for each participant. Note that roundtables typically consist of five to eight participants allocated around six to eight minutes to present their work with time remaining for discussion.
Submit workshop and exhibition proposals to: Workshop & Exhibition Proposal Form
- 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. There is an optional section devoted to additional session information to provide space and time considerations, contact information for additional contributors, etc.
Submit special sessions (for SSAWW affiliate organizations) to: Special Sessions SSAWW Affiliate Organizations
- SSAWW affiliate organizations 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, preferably four, 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. Christopher Varlack directly at email@example.com with a query.
For complete sessions, please ensure that notifications are sent to potential participants by early February 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 2, 2018. Chairs will be asked to provide an abstract for the panel as a whole (approximately 250 to 300 words) as well as the contact information and a brief biographical statement (no longer than 60 words) for each participant, each individual abstract, and any A/V requirements (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 we would like to limit).
This year, 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 the new electronic submission form or for questions regarding the participation guidelines above, please contact the Program Director for the 2018 conference, Dr. Christopher Allen Varlack, at firstname.lastname@example.org; he 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. Sabrina Starnaman, via E-mail at email@example.com.
Note that selected participants must be members of SSAWW no later than September 28, 2018 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 Denver for yet another powerful SSAWW Triennial Conference. The registration and hotel information will be posted to the SSAWW website, listserv, as well as social media accounts under separate cover.
For additional information about the Society for the Study of American Women Writers, please visit our website at https://ssawwnew.wordpress.com/2018-conference/.
CFP: Rediscovering and Recovering Women Writers from American Periodicals
at SSAWW 2018 Triennial Conference
As more periodicals from the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries are digitized and made available in online databases, many forgotten or neglected women writers are becoming visible again. One paper on this panel will examine abolitionist novels published in the nineteenth century by British writers Harriet Martineau and Frances Trollope in the American weekly newspaper The National Anti-Slavery Standard. Another paper will address the difficulties and rewards of assembling the short fiction of writer Belle K. Maniates, who published hundreds of stories in daily newspapers around the U.S. in the first decades of the twentieth century. We are seeking one-two additional papers for a SSAWW ’18 panel on the topic of rediscovering and/or recovering women writers from American periodicals. Please send a 250-300 word abstract and short CV to Dr. Patricia Oman (firstname.lastname@example.org) by Thursday, February 15, 2018.
Keynote Speaker – Staceyann Chin
SSAWW 2018 Triennial Conference
Friday, november 9th 2018, 3:00 pm The westin denver downtown
(followed by book signing and reception)
Staceyann Chin – “Jamaican-Born, Brooklyn-Living, Woman-Loving, Writer/Poet, Political Activist, and Performance Artist. Single Mama” – is the Keynote Speaker for the SSAWW 2018 Triennial Conference on “Resistance and Recovery Across the Americas.”
Ms. Chin is a fulltime performance artist, spoken-word poet, and LGBT rights political activist. She has been an “out poet and political activist” since 1998.”
Her work has been featured in more than 21 publications, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, and the Pittsburgh Daily. Her distinguished titles include: The Other Side of Paradise: A Memoir, and “Authenticity,” featured in Black Cool: One Thousand Streams of Blackness.
Ms. Chin has performed on stage and screen, including both the stage and film versions of Howard Zinn’s Voices of a People’s History of the United States. She co-wrote and performed in the Tony nominated, Russell Simmons Def Poetry Jam on Broadway. Ms. Chin was nominated for the GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding New York Theater: Broadway & Off-Broadway for her performance in her own production – Border/Clash: A Litany of Desire. She acted in the film Across the Universe, and was featured in the documentaries: Black./Womyn.:Conversations with Lesbians of African Descent, and OnePeople: The Celebration.
She has also been featured by public-access television cable programs in Brooklyn and Manhattan, The Oprah Winfrey Show, CNN, 60 Minutes, and PBS, discussing issues of race and sexuality.
In 2015, Ms. Chin was named by Equality Forum as one of their 31 Icons of the 2015 LGBT History Month. And in 2017, she was nominated for the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Play for her performance in “Motherstruck.”
CFP: Poetic Persona and Public Address at SSAWW 2018
This panel will examine the construction and contestation of female poetic personas in the early republic and nineteenth century. I’m seeking papers that examine iterations of the female poetic self — as an author represented herself, or as others represented her in letters, biographical and critical profiles, or visual forms. As they positioned themselves in the many public projects of nineteenth-century poetry and in the rapidly expanding world of commercial print culture and celebrity, authors negotiated their role within gender and literary and cultural ideologies, and readers during their era and in subsequent ones responded in turn. Papers will explore or demonstrate how autobiography, biography, and other modes of presenting an authorial self are sites of contestation or inspiration for literary interpretation, appreciation, or judgement. More generally, I seek papers interested in how the question of “who” effects reading and writing. One paper will focus on Lydia Sigourney, and I’m hoping to find two or three other papers to constellate into a panel.
Please send a 250-300 word abstract and a brief bio to Gretchen Murphy (email@example.com) by Feb 13.
Call for Proposals for SSAWW 2018
Panel Proposal: “American Women Making History”
Description: Seeking two-three additional papers and a Chair. With the decentering of the “book” in literary studies, and the decentering of the published “author” in the study of American women writers, scholars are increasingly turning their attention to the other genres of literary production women engaged in – from their contributions to literary societies to their reform and advocacy writings. This panel seeks to bring together papers on American women writers contributing to the making of “history.” One paper will examine the work of African American women authors contributing historical writing to the A.M.E. Church Review, the quarterly publication of the African Methodist Episcopal Church during the Progressive Era (roughly 1890 to 1920). Other papers addressing the historical writing of American women writers of any era welcome. Please send a 250 word abstract and two-page CV as .docx files to Dr. Cynthia Patterson at firstname.lastname@example.org by Tuesday, February 13, 2018.