The Margaret Fuller Society
invites proposals for two panels
at the American Literature Association Conference
San Francisco, May 24-27, 2018
Margaret Fuller: In the Classroom and Beyond
We invite submissions that address teaching Fuller in any academic context or in venues outside of the traditional classroom.
Margaret Fuller: Out of New England
We invite submissions that address such topics as:
- Fuller and the West
- Fuller and the East
- Fuller and regionalism
- Fuller and New York/Paris/Rome
- Fuller and transnationalism or cosmopolitanism
- Fuller and translation
We especiially welcome proposals that approach Fuller along with other writers.
Please send a one-page proposal to Charlene Avallone firstname.lastname@example.org by 15 January 2018
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
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
- 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, etc.)
The deadline for proposals of approximately 250 to 300 words is Friday, February 16, 2018, using the corresponding Google Form listed below. Session lengths are 1 hour and 15 minutes, and preference will be given to pre-formed panels as well as roundtables (pending review by our esteemed SSAWW reviewers), though high-quality individual submissions will be accepted and grouped into coherent panels when possible. Remember that panels typically consist of three, preferably four, presenters allotted approximately fifteen minutes each to present their work with time remaining for discussion. Roundtables typically consist of five to eight participants allotted approximately six to eight minutes to present their work with time remaining for discussion. In order to help facilitate the review process and the development of this exciting SSAWW program, we ask participants identify five key words for their proposals when submitting.
Submit individual paper proposals to: Individual Paper Proposal Form
Submit pre-formed panel proposals to: Panel Proposal Form
Submit pre-formed roundtable proposals to: Roundtable Proposal Form
Submit workshop and exhibition proposals to: Workshop & Exhibition Proposal Form
Submit special sessions (for SSAWW affiliate organizations) to: Special Sessions SSAWW Affiliate Organizations
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 February 16, 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).
For help regarding any technical issues with the new electronic submission form, please contact the Program Director for the 2018 SSAWW Triennial Conference, Dr. Christopher Allen Varlack, at email@example.com; he is also the contact person for scheduling, A/V requests, etc. For questions regarding the conference, please contact the Vice President of Organizational Matters, Dr. Sabrina Starnaman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 ssawwnew.wordpress.com.
The Charlotte Perkins Gilman Society is seeking submissions to a panel at the annual ALA conference in San Francisco (May 24-27, 2018).
“Embodiment and Charlotte Perkins Gilman”
Despite a career-spanning insistence on the spiritual value of collective humanity, the writings of Charlotte Perkins Gilman often take a turn toward the exploration of individual embodiment. In her autobiography, Gilman attests to a “life-long interest in physical culture” and recounts many of her life’s events through somatic experience. In another instance, she recalls a doctor’s praise for having depicted so thoroughly the physical experience of nervous breakdown in “The Yellow Wall-Paper.” This session invites papers that explore Gilman’s fascination with the physical body and her simultaneous investment in and resistance to individualized embodiment. This panel’s selected papers should contribute to a better understanding of themes of embodiment and corporeality in Gilman’s writings. They may also illuminate Gilman’s and/or other writers’ enmeshment in scientific, medical and popular treatments of the body in late nineteenth and early twentieth century culture. Additionally, this panel encourages pedagogical approaches to embodiment and similar themes in the works of Gilman and other contemporary authors.
Submit 250 to 500-word abstracts and a CV, by December 31, 2017, to Hannah Huber, University of South Carolina, email@example.com.
For more information about the conference, please visit the ALA website at www.americanliterature.org.
Catharine Maria Sedgwick Society
Call for Papers
American Literature Association Conference
San Francisco, CA May 24-27, 2018
SESSION 1: Roundtable: Sedgwick and American Enchantment
The Catharine Maria Sedgwick Society calls for 5-7 scholars to participate in a roundtable discussion of Michelle Sizemore’s recently published American Enchantment: Rituals of the People in the Post-Revolutionary World (Oxford UP, November 2017). Participants do not need to focus on the discussions of Sedgwick in the final chapter but instead can address Sizemore’s treatment of any of the central authors (such as Hawthorne, Irving, Brackenridge, and Brown); the significance of this scholarship on Sedgwick Studies; and/or key issues in Sizemore’s work, such as thinking of “the people” as a process rather than as a substance or understanding “enchantment” as a contingent state of embodied cognition.
A description of the book is as follows: The demise of the monarchy and the bodily absence of a King caused a representational crisis in the early republic, forcing the American people to reconstruct the social symbolic order in a new and unfamiliar way. Social historians have routinely understood the Revolution and the early republic as projects dedicated to and productive of reason, with “the people” as an orderly and sensible collective at odds with the volatile and unthinking crowd. American Enchantment rejects this traditionally held vision of a rational public sphere, arguing that early Americans dealt with the post-monarchical crisis by engaging in “civil mysticism,” not systematic discussion and debate. By evaluating a wide range of social and political rituals and literary and cultural discourses, Sizemore shows how “enchantment” becomes a vital mode of enacting the people after the demise of traditional monarchical forms. In works by Charles Brockden Brown, Washington Irving, Catharine Sedgwick, and Nathaniel Hawthorne–as well as in Delaware oral histories, accounts of George Washington’s inauguration, and Methodist conversion narratives–enchantment is an experience uniquely capable of producing new forms of popular power and social affiliation. Recognizing the role of enchantment in constituting the people overturns some of the most common-sense assumptions in the post-revolutionary world: above all, that the people are not simply a flesh-and-blood substance, but also a mystical force.
Please send a brief abstract (200 words) outlining your intended focus in the roundtable to Lisa West, firstname.lastname@example.org, by January 15, 2018.
Catharine Maria Sedgwick Society
Call for Papers
American Literature Association Conference
San Francisco, CA May 24-27, 2018
SESSION 2: Panel: Sedgwick (and others) Beyond Unitarianism
The Catharine Maria Sedgwick Society seeks papers that invite discussion of religion in Sedgwick’s life and writing. In particular, the society hopes to complicate an understanding of Sedgwick’s Unitarian beliefs; call attention to her use of a variety of religious affiliations and doctrines; consider the role of secularism in her work; and investigate connections between religion, education, morality, and fiction. Papers that address contemporaries of Sedgwick, particularly other women writers or religious theorists, will also be considered. Please send an abstract of 250 words to Lisa West, email@example.com, by January 15, 2018.
CFP for the Mary E. Wilkins Freeman Sessions at ALA 2018
The Mary E. Wilkins Freeman Society will sponsor two sessions at the American Literature Association Conference at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco (May 24-27, 2018). Please see the topics below and send 250-word abstracts and brief vitae to Program Chair Myrto Drizou (firstname.lastname@example.org) by January 15, 2018.
Session 1: Mary E. Wilkins Freeman and Race
Though she is often labeled as a New England regionalist, Mary E. Wilkins Freeman is becoming increasingly recognized as an author who has engaged with a range of geographical contexts, generic conventions, and sociopolitical discourses. Scholars have widely discussed her challenging representations of gender, particularly in the context of turn-of-the-century ideas about marriage, economy, social class, and material culture. Although Freeman is radical in her representations of gender, she is often silent on issues of race. For instance, her historical romance The Heart’s Highway (1900), offers conventional, exoticizing descriptions of black subjects in a 17th-century Virginia plantation. This panel will include papers that explore the discussion of race (or lack thereof) in any aspect of Mary E. Wilkins Freeman’s work, including her children’s stories, Gothic fiction, novels, and plays. Comparative studies with her contemporary (or later) authors are welcome.
Session 2: Open Topic
This session invites proposals for presentations concerned with any aspect of Freeman’s life and oeuvre. Discussions (and examples) of teaching Freeman’s works are particularly welcome.
For more information about the conference, please consult the ALA website at www.americanliterature.org.
Job Posting: TT Assistant Professor of Race in American Religion and Culture, Virginia Tech (Deadline 1.29.2018)
Please circulate this announcement for a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor of Race in American Religion and Culture at Virginia Tech.
Reminder: Call for Submissions for the 2018 SSAWW Awards
The Society for the Study of American Women Writers (SSAWW) was founded in 2000 in order to promote the study of American women writers through research, teaching, and publication. In support of that mission, the three awards were established in 2011 to honor the work and legacies of the Society’s founding members and to further SSAWW’s goals to broaden knowledge among academics as well as the general public about American women writers, past and present. As we continue preparations for the 2018 SSAWW conference in Denver, this is a reminder of our call for submissions for our 2018 SSAWW Awards:
– Lifetime Achievement Award: The Karen Dandurand Lifetime Achievement Award is awarded every three years at the Society for the Study of American Women Writers’ conference to recognize a scholar’s career achievement in the study of American women writers. The award recognizes the individual’s commitment to the field, as demonstrated in his/her teaching, mentoring of students, scholarship, and service. The award is named in honor of Karen Dandurand, who passed away in 2011. She was one of the founding editors of Legacy and was an active member of SSAWW, serving as the Vice President of Development from 2004 to 2009. Nominators should submit a CV and brief (250 to 500 word) letter of support in one PDF file to the Lifetime Achievement Award Chair, Dr. Diane M. Todd, by January 1, 2018; the chair will distribute all nominations to the committee members. Please contact Dr. Todd at email@example.com and CC the Vice President of Development, Dr. Christopher Varlack, at firstname.lastname@example.org to submit nominations for this award.
– Book Award: The SSAWW Book Award is given every three years at the Society for the Study of American Women Writers’ conference to recognize excellence in the field. The award will recognize the monograph’s significant contributions to scholarship related to American women writers published during the preceding three years before the deadline for submission. Eligible books must have been published between December 2014 and November 2017. Edited collections and not eligible for the award. Nominators should contact the Book Award Chair, Dr. Valeria Gennero, by January 1, 2018, who will provide information about distributing submissions to committee members (those submitting work for the award should contact their presses to have review copies sent to the committee). Please contact Dr. Gennero at email@example.com and CC the VP of Development, Dr. Christopher Varlack, at firstname.lastname@example.org to submit for this award.
– Edition Award: The SSAWW Edition Award is given every three years at the Society for the Study of American Women Writers’ conference in order to recognize excellence in the recovery of American women writers. The award recognizes an edition published during the preceding three years before the submission deadline. Eligible books must have been published between December 2014 and November 2017. Both print and digital collections are welcome. Nominators should contact the Edition Award Chair, Dr. Terry Novak, by January 1, 2018, who will provide information about distributing submissions to each of the committee members (those submitting work for the award should contact their presses to have review copies sent to the committee). Please contact Dr. Novak at Terry.Novak@jwu.edu and CC the VP of Development, Dr. Christopher Varlack, at email@example.com to submit for this award.