2021 SSAWW Triennial Conference – Theme and Call

SSAWW 2021 Conference November 4-7, 2021

Royal Sonesta Harbor Court Hotel, Baltimore, Maryland

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 1, 2021.  Details on proposal submissions will be forthcoming.  Please check our website and the SSAWW listserv for future updates on our 2021 Triennial Conference.

CFP: Roundtable for NeMLA Virtual Conference (Deadline: 10.19.2020)

Call for Papers for NeMLA’s 2021 virtual conference from March 11-14

Northeast Modern Language Association Conference

3/11/21 – 3/14/21, Philadelphia, PA

This roundtable will explore manifestations of the grotesque in various forms and genres, from a range of periods, and from a range of critical approaches. These might include, but not be exclusive to, analyses informed by posthumanism, postmaterialism, postmillenniallism, or a similar critical lens. In an age when so much seems grotesque—from our art to our politics to our everyday lives—this session will provide not only new ways to think about literature informed by or exhibiting elements of the grotesque but also ways to conceptualize our current historical and cultural moment. Submit a 250-300 word abstract and a brief c.v. by Oct. 19 to the NeMLA website: https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/CFP

For inquiries, contact Mary Balkun: mary.balkun@shu.edu

Job: Research Assistant Professor at IRIS Center Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (Deadline: 10.30.2020)

Faculty Position FY21-020
October 5, 2020 

Research Assistant Professor

Hiring Unit
College of Arts & Sciences, Interdisciplinary Research and Informatics Scholarship Center (IRIS) 

Job Description/Responsibilities
The Research Assistant Professor will contribute to engaged, inclusive digital scholarship and teaching across campus. The selected candidate will serve as the initial point of referral for digital research and teaching projects. Duties and responsibilities include the following:

  • Offering in-depth consultations for faculty and students on digital humanities-related research and technology design.
  • Designing and delivering instruction to classes, research groups, and other audiences.
  • Working with colleagues on digital humanities-related publications and outreach.
  • Contributing to and consulting on grant writing activities related to digital humanities projects.
  • Assisting with project management for on-going IRIS Center projects.
  • Mentoring students enrolled in the IRIS minor and contributing to student internships.
  • Teaching the 200-level, interdisciplinary introduction to the digital humanities course yearly. 

Terms of Appointment
Term appointment beginning fall/early winter 2020; promotion eligible. 

Source of Funds

Salary Range
Commensurate with experience and credentials. 

Minimum Qualifications
Applicants will have a Ph.D. in a humanities-related discipline and will have worked in a digital humanities center or on digital humanities projects.  Persons who have not completed all terminal degree requirements may be considered, but all degree requirements must be completed at time of hire.  Applicants must have experience with HTML, CSS, PHP, Python, and CMS customization. 

Closing Date for Applications
Application materials must be submitted by October 30, 2020

Application Process
Candidates should submit an initial letter of application and vita, name and contact information for at least three references, a portfolio of digital work with activity links, transcripts (copies acceptable for initial submission, official will be required as part of the interview process), a statement of teaching experience and philosophy, and a statement addressing experiences and competencies in supporting equity, inclusion, and diversity to: 

IRIS Center
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Campus Box 1458
Edwardsville, IL 62026

For electronic submissions, send materials in PDF format to: methrid@siue.edu 

Interviews to be held via phone or video conference. 

Application Deadline
Applications materials must be submitted by October 30, 2020. 

SIUE is a state university – benefits under state sponsored plans may not be available to holders of F1 or J1 visas. Applicants will be subject to a background check prior to an offer of employment.

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to an inclusive and diverse workforce. We will not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, national origin, religion, disability, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation or veteran’s status. We encourage applications from women, minorities, protected veterans and people with disabilities. 

The SIUE Annual Security and Fire Safety Report is available online at http://www.siue.edu/securityreport. The report contains campus safety and security information, crime statistics, fire safety policies, and fire statistics for the previous three calendar years. This report is published in compliance with Federal law, titled the “Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act” and the Higher Education Opportunity Act also known as the “Campus Fire Safety Right to Know.” For those without computer access, a paper copy of the report may be obtained, with a 24-hour notice, from the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Administration, Rendleman Hall, Room 2228, 618-650-2536.

SIUE is focused on the health and safety of our faculty and staff while remaining committed to serving our students with the excellence that is a hallmark of SIUE.  Our Cougar Commitment plan provides both broad and specific actions that will allow SIUE to restore much of our campus’ energy through a safe and intentional science-based approach.  The role of higher education continues to be critical to the well-being of our communities and sustainability. Our careful planning is a testament to the importance of that mission, our stewardship and responsibilities to help shape a changing world.   

For more information on Our Cougar Commitment, visit our COVID-19 Response website at: https://www.siue.edu/about/announcements/coronavirus/  

Dual Career Support for New Faculty

The Career Development Center has partnered with SIUE’s Toward an Inclusive Model of Excellence project to provide a variety of career services and resources to partners of new faculty who have relocated to the Greater St. Louis area. Visit them online at: Dual Career Support

Call for Applications: Willa Cather Scholarship (Deadline: 12.1.2020)

Call for Applications: Nebraska Cather Collaborative Research Grants for Willa Cather Scholarship (2021)

The Cather Project of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) English Department, in cooperation with the Cather Archive of the UNL Libraries and the National Willa Cather Center (NWCC) in Red Cloud, announces the availability of research grants for visiting scholars. These grants provide financial support for scholars to travel to and reside in Nebraska for one to four weeks to conduct research on Willa Cather in UNL Archives and Special Collections and in the Archive of the NWCC. Scholars from advanced doctoral students through senior faculty are invited to apply (note the change from the previous Woodress Scholars research grants program).

Proposed projects should reflect the need to conduct research in UNL Archives and Special Collections, although researchers are also encouraged to conduct research at the NWCC and to experience Cather’s Nebraska hometown during their residence. Red Cloud is 2 ½ hours from Lincoln by car. Successful applicants will be awarded $1,000 per week for up to four weeks. The deadline for submission of materials is DECEMBER 1, 2020, and we will inform successful applicants by FEBRUARY 1, 2021. Weeks in residence, which need not be consecutive, should fall between March 1, 2020 and February 28, 2021. Note, however, that considering the contingencies of the pandemic, grant funds will be held in reserve and may be taken up later if archives access and safe travel are not available during this period.

The Cather Project will assist successful applicants with advice about travel and lodging. When successful applicants are in residence, they will receive advice and guidance from scholars associated with the Cather Project and the Cather Archive and, depending on schedule and availability, have the opportunity to present their work in progress. The Cather Project (https://www.unl.edu/english/cather-project) produces the Willa Cather Scholarly Edition and Cather Studies, both published by the University of Nebraska Press. The Cather Archive (https://cather.unl.edu) is a digital project dedicated to study of Willa Cather’s life and writings and the home of The Complete Letters of Willa Cather. The Archives and Special Collections of the UNL Libraries holds the largest collection of letters from and to Cather; edited typescripts and manuscripts of her works; multiple editions of her works; and many other Cather-associated materials. For more on these collections, see the finding aids for the various Cather-related collections https://libraries.unl.edu/cather-collections. The growing archive of the National Willa Cather Center includes books, letters, photographs, and personal items. Information about these collections can be accessed here: https://www.willacather.org/learn/collections-and-archives-national-willa-cather-center

These grants are funded by the Willa Cather Fund and the Roberta and James Woodress Fund, both of which are administered by the University of Nebraska Foundation. When schedule and availability permits, the NWCC will provide In-kind support in the form of housing in Red Cloud. To apply, please send to Beth Burke (eburke3@unl.edu), Cather Project Specialist, as e-mail attachments the following items:

  • · your c.v. (please limit to 2 pages)
  • · an application statement of no more than 3 pages describing your proposed research project and the importance of materials and resources at UNL and the NWCC to your project (please be specific).

In addition, a professional letter of recommendation should be sent directly by your recommender to Beth Burke (eburke3@unl.edu). The letter should be specific to the fellowship and proposed project rather than a general letter of recommendation (such as a letter from job placement dossier).

Please address questions about these grants to Professor Melissa J. Homestead, Director of the Cather Project (mhomestead2@unl.edu).

CFP: Past Futures – Thinking in Crisis (Charles Brockden Brown Society) Deadline: 3.15.2021


Past Futures: Thinking in Crisis

October 14-16, 2021

Brown University

Providence, Rhode Island

A conference sponsored by the Charles Brockden Brown Society


Crisis! As we write this CFP, in the midst of a global pandemic that has brought conditions supposedly unprecedented in this century, it is difficult to predict our future circumstances and concerns in October 2021. This prompts us to ask: How do we think in the midst of crisis? How will our thinking change once the crisis has passed? If, as Thomas Paine argued in 1776, “the mind soon grows through” the short duration of a crisis, what is gained and what is lost as we process the uncertainties of crisis? Drawing on our scholarly engagements with the long eighteenth century, alongside our varied roles as teachers, humanities scholars, and community members in the twenty-first century, we invite proposals that consider the role critical thinking and reflection play in contending with crisis.

The temporal mood of crisis is an opportunity to consider historicist and presentist approaches to our past futures. While the urgent immediacy of crisis forcefully anchors us in the present, with hindsight, crisis is often re-framed as an outcome that should have been anticipated. As we examine the conditions that lead to crisis, we look to the missed opportunities and foreclosed possibilities of the past to imagine viable futures.

The long eighteenth century provides rich historical parallels, critical comparisons, and anachronisms that can inform our current crises. Brown and his intellectual circle debated the merits of historical and fictional genres for capturing the sensation of crisis and tracing its probable causes and effects. Heightening the pressures and violent contradictions of national affiliation, crisis was often invoked to justify the oppression and dispossession of indigenous, enslaved, free Black, and immigrant people. The competing responses to the Haitian Revolution from the United States signal that crisis, as a breaking point or a turning point, is a matter of perspective and interpretation. The age of social contract produced debates about the reformative and corrupting effects of solitary confinement and voluntary retreat, and many argued over whether nations should be imagined in terms of isolated independence or global interdependencies. 

The Thirteenth Biennial Conference of the Charles Brockden Brown Society invites papers on all aspects of crisis in the Atlantic World of the long eighteenth century and their resonances today.

Topics might include:

–Social distance: expatriation, dis/affiliation, hermits, domestic and natural retreat, solitary confinement, deportation

–Presentist and historicist approaches to crisis

–The aesthetics of crisis: visual and narrative forms, styles, and genres that represent crisis

–Role of reading, writing, reflection during crisis

–Role of communities during crisis: racial, ethnic, professional, regional, political, academic  

–Dystopia and utopia

–C18/C21 crises: constitutional crisis, climate change, settler colonialism, Atlantic slave trade, systemic racism, labor crises

–Yellow fever, epidemics, and crises of public health

–France, Haiti and the “contagion” of revolutionary ideals

–Pedagogical approaches to the C18 classroom in times of crisis

–How crisis changes our understanding of institutions, particularly institutions of learning

–How crisis is used to define, reinforce, limit, challenge, or transform communities

–The relationship between activism and reflection during a crisis

Though we are an author society, we solicit proposals from a broad range of texts and practices beyond those associated with Brown and his writings alone. We also encourage interdisciplinary scholarship, work emphasizing non-U.S. literatures, and presentations on teaching practices. Our conference culture aims to create a space of egalitarian consideration free from career-oriented and competitive attitudes, a place for new work to flourish. Thus we have no concurrent sessions, so that all may be heard by all. Due to time and space constraints, we may ask you to reframe your proposed talk as a brief (5-10 minute) presentation for inclusion within a roundtable format.

Mentoring for Graduate Students

Graduate students who are interested in receiving feedback on their abstracts before the submission deadline may submit their abstracts for revision suggestions by March 1, 2021. Review does not guarantee acceptance. Graduate students will also have the option to be paired with a faculty mentor during the weekend of the conference.

Public Health Contingencies

As conditions related to the COVID-19 pandemic will likely continue to impact travel, safety, and funding through the next year, we remain committed to organizing an event that stays true to the egalitarian principles of the CBBS. We will support remote presentations and ask that you indicate your preference for an in-person or remote presentation in your submission. These preferences will have no bearing on the status of your submission. Should conditions favor a fully remote conference, we will adopt new formats, including pre-circulated papers, workshops, and roundtables organized around common readings and teaching practices. We ask that you remain flexible about presentation format should the need arise, and we welcome submissions that include ideas for innovative hybrid presentation formats.

Travel Support

Some travel support will be available to those with limited institutional funding. Applicants requesting travel funding should indicate their interest and need in a cover letter. Graduate students should provide information about whether or not they are ABD.

250-word proposal deadline: March 15, 2021. Please send a proposal in .docx format to lhankins@umassd.edu.

Webinar: Revisiting Muriel Rukeyser’s Elegies in Times Like These, Feb 19-20, 2021 (Registration deadline: 11.1.2020)

Webinar: Revisiting Muriel Rukeyser’s Elegies in Times Like These, Feb 19-20, 2021

Format: This two-day webinar, scheduled for February 19-20, 2020, centers on Muriel Rukeyser’s critically neglected cycle of ten Elegies, published over the span of a decade, from 1939-1948, and recently republished by New Directions. The webinar will include keynote speeches, panels, workshops, and creative responses.

Description: Rukeyser’s Elegies offer a personal reckoning with failure, both personal and collective. They lament the defeat of liberatory struggles in Spain, the advance of fascism, the devastations of World War II and the Shoah, as well as heart-wrenching personal losses, among them the death of a beloved and the betrayal by friends and co-travelers. But more than poems of loss, Rukeyser’s Elegies engage readers in the arduous emotional and imaginative work required to face defeat, in all its magnitude, and find in it the seeds of possibility, the foundation for a new consciousness and a way of living “of almost unimagined value.” As meditations on “multi-memoried America,” a “nation of refugees that will not learn its name,” molded by the dreams, wishes, and fears of its inhabitants, from indigenous populations to migrants and refugees, these elegies prove especially relevant to the present historical moment, in the US and across the globe.  Indeed, the time is ripe for taking an in-depth look at this understudied body of poems, in the context of its time and our continuing struggle for racial and social justice. 

Keynote Speakers: The event will feature keynote speeches by Louise Kertesz and Rowena Kennedy-Epstein, as well as panels, workshops, and creative responses. 

Proposals: We are especially interested in proposals that 

  • Incorporate archival work on Rukeyser and the social-historical context of Elegies
  • Explore the aesthetic, political, historical, environmental, or identitarian concerns addressed within Elegies
  • Study Rukeyser’s attention to children, refugees, migrants, indigenous cultures in Elegies
  • Explore Rukeyser’s visionary imagination, paying special attention to Elegies
  • Examine Elegies in the context of other literary and artistic works (e.g., Rilke’s Duino Elegies, Picasso’s Guernica)
  • Offer original close readings of specific Elegies
  • Discuss approaches to teaching Elegies
  • Study the work of writers/artists impacted by Rukeyser 
  • Offer creative responses to Elegies 
  • Read Elegies within the contemporary struggle for racial and social justice and resistance to authoritarianism in all of its forms
  • Analyze the emotional work performed within, or envisioned by, Rukeyser’s Elegies, and the Elegy form in general

Submit proposals, by November 1, 2020. For more information, contact murielrukeyseremu@gmail.com.​

Call for Submissions: 2021 Scholarly Editing

Editors in Chief Noelle Baker and Kathryn Tomasek invite submissions for the 2021 publication of Scholarly Editing, Issue 39. We welcome essays on the theory, practice, and pedagogy of scholarly editing, reviews of print and digital editions, and small-scale editions of understudied authors and texts that reflect our diverse and multifaceted cultural heritage.

The journal intends to represent contributions from all countries and cultures and across disciplines, including but not restricted to educators, researchers, scholars, historians, archivists, curators, editors, information professionals, students, and digital humanists. We particularly welcome submissions from and about the Global South, Black people, Indigenous people, People of Color, women, and other marginalized and underrepresented groups within the field of scholarly editing.

Virtual Launch: The Winnifred Eaton Archive (9.16.2020 at 12pm PDT)

Today (August 21) is the birthday of the author best known for writing as “Onoto Watanna”! In honour of her 145th birthday, we are officially launching the Winnifred Eaton Archive https://winnifredeatonarchive.org.

The Winnifred Eaton Archive (WEA) is an accessible, fully searchable, digital scholarly edition of the collected works of Asian North American novelist, journalist, playwright, and Hollywood screenwriter Winnifred Eaton Babcock Reeve (1875-1954), best known for the bestselling Japanese romances she signed “Onoto Watanna”. It comprises page images and transcriptions of 150+ located publications and manuscripts, as well as supplemental materials—photographs, a biographical timeline, secondary sources–that will aid students and scholars of Eaton’s work. Ultimately, it aims to collect all known publications, manuscripts, and films by Eaton in one location.

The younger sister of Edith Maude Eaton (1865-1914) who wrote sympathetic portraits of diasporic Chinese signed “Sui Sin Far”, Winnifred Eaton is often referred to as the “bad” Eaton sister because of her sustained masquerade as a Japanese author beginning in 1897. But as texts collected at https://winnifredeatonarchive.org show, Winnifred Eaton did much more than this over her 50-year career! Winnifred Eaton wrote one of the earliest short stories about Montreal’s Chinatown. She was a dogged woman journalist in 1890s Jamaica and 1900s New York City. In the 1920s, she authored screenplays, including an early draft of Showboat, and ran Universal’s script department. And from her home in Alberta ranch country, she championed Canadian literature and community theatre until her death in 1954. 

Please join us for a virtual launch at 12pm (PDT) on Wednesday, September 16th by registering here:  https://forms.gle/Xb2PHQyhz3g5orAF6

At the WEA launch, we will demonstrate the many ways you can use the archive for research, how the archive can be used in the classroom, and how researchers and students can become more involved in Phase Two of the project. We will also have a few remarks and a Q&A session with the current WEA team and special guest Diana Birchall (Eaton’s grand-daughter).

Please join us on September 16th!

Mary Chapman (Director)

Jean Lee Cole (Senior Consultant)

Joey Takeda (Technical Director)

Sydney Lines (Project Manager)

and the team of research assistants, past and present