SSAWW Annual Business Meeting
The Society for the Study of American Women Writers invites members to attend its annual business meeting at the 28th Annual Conference on American Literature organized by the ALA in Boston, MA. The SSAWW business meeting is scheduled for Friday, May 26, 2017, 2:10-3:30pm, Session 11-K. If you are attending ALA, please plan to attend this meeting.
2017 – Pauline Hopkins Scholar Award
The Pauline Hopkins Society (http://www.paulinehopkinssociety.org) is pleased to announce its second bi-annual competition for the best essay or book chapter on Pauline Elizabeth Hopkins published between January 1, 2013 and December 31, 2016. If you have published an essay or chapter that discusses Hopkins and/or her work, we invite you to consider entering before the April 15, 2017 deadline.
Because entries will be judged through a system of blind reviewing we recommend that any self-citation, either in the body or in notes, be reworked to the third person.
How to Enter:
Essays should be double-spaced throughout, with your name appearing only on the cover sheet, along with your institutional mailing address and e-mail address.
Please send essay as a pdf email attachment by April 15, 2017 to: PHSscholaraward@gmail.com
The award of a $100 cash prize will be presented during a special ceremony commemorating Hopkins and her work in Boston during the American Literature Association annual conference in May 2017.
We invite abstracts for a proposed collection of critical essays focused on historical and contemporary representations of rural women in North America.
We are interested in interdisciplinary topics and theoretical approaches that help provide new understandings of the lives and experiences of rural women. We are seeking contributors from English, American studies, history, women’s and gender studies, ethnic studies, popular culture studies, communication, film and media studies, sociology, anthropology, political science, and other relevant disciplines. Contributions may include, but are not limited to, the following topics:
- Representations of rural women in literature, film, and television
- Rural women and poverty
- Race, racism, and immigration among rural women
- Rural women and the environment
- Rural women and health
- Government policies and programs that impact rural women
- Collective organizing among rural women
- Rural women and the use of social media
- Rural women in Trump America
The collection will be organized into thematic sections around these topics or others that emerge from submissions. Feel free to contact the co-editors with questions about the project and share the announcement widely with colleagues.
Please submit a 300-word abstract, or manuscript of previously unpublished work, plus a 150-word biographical sketch to the co-editors of the volume: Margaret Thomas Evans, Chair, Department of English, Indiana University East (firstname.lastname@example.org); H. Louise Davis, Department of Interdisciplinary and Communication Studies, Miami University (email@example.com); and Whitney Womack Smith, Chair, Department of Languages, Literatures, and Writing, Miami University (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The deadline for receipt of abstracts is 31 March 2017. We anticipate that complete chapters of 4000-6000 words will be due 30 November 2017.
CFP: Transformations of Gertrude Stein (MLA 2018)
CFP: Feminist Pedagogy in Digital Spaces: An Electronic Roundtable
Organized by the Committee on the Status of Women in the Profession
MLA Convention, New York City, January 4-7, 2018 (proposals due March 10)
Digital spaces present a number of challenges to feminist discourses: platforms such as Twitter suffer from design affordances that amplify trolling and harassment, unmoderated online forums can easily become havens for misogynist discourse, and being visible as a woman online is associated with sexual harassment and continual microaggressions. The recent election and its aftermath have particularly brought attention to the discursive challenges faced in the context of charged, intersectional, feminist debate. However, digital spaces are increasingly sites of learning, from massively online courses to online and mixed mode learning conducted in learning management systems such as Blackboard and Canvas. We will examine methods for integrating feminist discourse into digital pedagogy while considering the challenges of accessibility and inclusion.
This roundtable intersects with previous conversations surrounding digital pedagogy at the MLA, but makes explicit the challenges that traditional digital humanities assumptions present for marginalized voices and feminist discourse. As a digital roundtable, this session will include a short overview with interactive digital display stations for each participant to engage with small groups in dialogue throughout the event. We invite proposals of 250-300 words addressing:
Tools and strategies for creating intersectional feminist spaces within existing learning management systems
Successful (and unsuccessful!) uses of technology in literature and writing curriculum
Digital projects (such as games and web resources) designed to support intersectional feminist pedagogy
Social media-based experiments or exercises designed for deployment in the literature or writing classroom
Products and methods for critical making as part of intersectional feminist pedagogy
Presenters should include specific information on what they plan to share as part of their digital display. Please email your submissions to email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org by March 10th.
The Edith Wharton Society seeks to fill up to two Member-at-Large positions on its Executive Board for the 2017-19 term. If you are interested in serving, please send your name and a brief biographical statement (one paragraph) to the EWS Secretary, Jennifer Haytock, at email@example.com by March 30, 2017. We will hold elections after that date, and the two candidates who receive the most votes will serve.
In order to encourage broad participation, the EWS particularly encourages new nominations. Candidates must be members in good standing of the Edith Wharton Society. Membership dues can be paid here:
The Society’s by-laws, which outline the responsibilities of the Members at Large, can be found here:
Interested persons may also contact any current Board member for more information.