CFP: Reflecting Black: 400 Years of African American Life and History, University of Houston-Downtown Fall Symposium (Deadline: 9.6.2019)

CFP: University of Houston-Downtown Fall Symposium

Reflecting Black: 400 Years of African American Life and History

Thursday, October 24, 2019

The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Department of History, Humanities, and Languages, and Center for Critical Race Studies is hosting a Symposium commemorating 400 Years of African American Life and History. This year, 2019, marks the four hundredth anniversary of the arrival of the first documented Africans to the North American continent. Undoubtedly, the past four centuries of African American life have been replete with trauma, struggle, and resiliency. The Symposium will examine the centrality of race and racism throughout United States history and ongoing efforts to dismantle structural systems of oppression. We will also highlight the myriad achievements and contributions African Americans have made to various sectors in the United States.

The Symposium aims to provide undergraduate students interested in Africana studies opportunities to engage and network with graduate students performing cutting-edge research in Africana studies. We also seek to provide graduate students at a wide range of colleges and universities opportunities to engage UHD faculty concerning transdisciplinary pedagogical strategies and creative methods that enrich educational experiences of students of color, especially transfer and first-generation college students.

2019 Call for Papers

The Symposium Committee welcomes undergraduate and graduate students at UHD and other institutions to submit paper proposals and abstracts on any of the following topics:

Slavery and Resistance                                         Citizenship and Armed Forces

Race and Racial Formation/Identity                    African American Literature and Creativity

Black Language/Dialect                                       African and African American Art

Entertainment (Music, Film, Dance)                   Civil Rights Movement

Black and Brown Coalitions                                             Education

Afrocentrism                                                         Pan-Africanism

The African Diaspora                                            Black Greek Fraternities and Sororities

#BlackGirlMagic                                                  #BlackBoyJoy

Black Masculinity                                                 Black Feminism

Queer Black Studies                                              Race and Politics

Black Religion                                                      Race and Sports

Black Lives Matter                                                Afrofuturism

Including Other Related Topics



Any students registered for undergraduate or graduate courses in Fall 2019.

 Call for Papers Timetable:

Timely submission of papers is critical to the success of the Symposium. The procedures and timetable enumerated below will apply.

  • Deadline for Proposals and Abstract
    By September 6, 2019, authors should submit a one to two page proposal for their papers including: 1) the title of the paper; 2) a 500-word abstract. The abstract should provide a brief summary of the paper and include the paper’s purpose, methodology and design, major interpretations, and conclusions. Proposals, along with authors’ contact information, should be submitted via the Symposium Website.
  • Notification of Acceptance of Proposals
    By September 19, 2019, the Reflecting Black Selection Committee will make a decision on all proposals. The Committee will contact authors regarding their proposals and presenting their papers at the Symposium scheduled for October 24 at UHD.
  • Symposium Registration: Students whose proposals have been accepted should register to attend and present their papers at the Symposium by emailing the following information to Dr. Jonathan Chism ( by September 23, 2019.●        Your Name

    ●        Paper Title

    ●        Institutional Affiliation

    ●        Short Biography

  •   Paper Presentation Details: For undergraduate students, the paper presentation should be between 12-15 minutes (approx. 1200-1500 words, 6-8 pp.), with 5-10 minutes reserved for questions and discussion. For graduate students, the paper presentation should be between 15-20 minutes (approx. 1500 – 2000 words, 8 – 10 pp.), with 10 minutes reserved for questions and discussion.

Undergraduate and Graduate Student Prize Competition

All papers accepted for the Symposium that meet the minimum standards established by the Committee will be included in the Reflecting Black Competition. To be eligible for the Competition, students need to submit their complete papers for consideration by October 1, 2019 and present at the Symposium. The undergraduate and graduate students with the best papers will receive prizes at the conclusion of the Symposium. The criteria for evaluation will be based on the following: 1) Critical Engagement, Interpretation, and Analysis of Academic Sources; 2) Originality of ideas; 3) Clarity of presentation; and 4) Creativity.

Please address questions to Dr. Jonathan Chism via e-mail at

CFP: C19 The Society of Nineteenth Century Americanists 6th Biennial Conference (Deadline: 9.2.2019)

CFP: C19: The Society of Nineteenth Century Americanists 6th Biennial Conference


C19: The Society of Nineteenth Century Americanists, seeks submissions for its sixth biennial conference, “Dissent,” to be held on April 2-5, 2020, in Coral Gables, Florida. We invite individual paper, panel, and roundtable proposals on literature and culture in and beyond the United States during the long nineteenth century.

With our theme we aim to inspire a broad consideration of varied forms of “dissent”: nonconformity to existing identities, institutions, policies, practices, and norms in this period. What constitutes “dissent”? How do we think through dissent genealogically–that is, how might  nineteenth-century dissent offer a means of examining contemporary circumstances and formations?

We also hope to engender discussions about dissent in scholarship and pedagogy. How might we challenge dominant or conventional approaches within nineteenth-century American literary and cultural studies? Do we need reformulations of what constitutes analysis, proper objects of study, disciplinary boundaries, and field formation? How might the particular historical and archival labor of nineteenth-century American studies challenge the scholarly values of the twenty-first century university?

Lastly, how might we theorize divergences from dissent, such as accord, consensus, convention, and acceptance, or reactionary forms of dissent, such as nativism and revanchism? To what extent might dissent itself, often framed as a form of negation, risk foreclosing intellectual and political possibilities? In what ways might we productively dissent from dissent?

C19 also invites submissions on other topics, especially those engaging literary, cultural and historical perspectives on nineteenth century Florida and its location within the circum-Caribbean. We encourage transhemispheric, transoceanic, and transnational approaches; presentations attending to migration, movement, and travel, and those examining the complex lives, afterlives and ecologies of settler colonialism, indigeneity, slavery and empire.

In addition to traditional panels, roundtables and individual paper submissions, we welcome proposals for workshops, dialogues, and inventive presentation formats. For more detailed information about our conferences, please consult the C19 website. Submissions will be due September 2, 2019. The website will open for submissions on May 24th.

Questions should be directed to the Program Committee:

Jennifer C. James, Program Chair, The George Washington University,

Mark Rifkin, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro,

Gretchen Woertendyke, University of South Carolina,


The 1921 Prize in American Literature (Deadline: 9.1.2019)

The 1921 Prize in American Literature

The American Literature Society is pleased to invite submissions for the 1921 prize, which is awarded annually for the best article in any field of American literature. The prize is named for the year the organization was initially founded “to promote and diversify the study of American Literature.” Judged by a panel comprised of members of the American Literature Society Advisory Board and other scholars in the field, the competition will be divided in two categories: one for tenured faculty and one for graduate students, scholars in contingent positions, and untenured faculty members. The winner will be announced at the 2020 MLA awards ceremony.

Rules for competition:

• Submissions must be published during the calendar year of 2019.  For submissions that have not yet appeared in print by the September 1 deadline, authors are requested to provide verification that their essay will be published within the calendar year.

•No person may nominate more than one essay in a given year.

•Articles must appear in one of the following journals: African American Review; American Literary History; American Literary Realism; American Literature; American Periodicals; American Quarterly; Callaloo; Early American Literature;ESQ; J19; Journal of Ethnic American Literature; Legacy; MELUS; Native American and Indigenous Studies (NAIS); Resources for American Literary Study; Studies in American Fiction; and Studies in American Indian Literatures. Essays that appear elsewhere will not be considered.

•Authors must be members of the American Literature Society. If you haven’t already, please join! Membership is free—just go to:

•Please send an electronic copy of the nominated essay (PDF preferred) to the Prize Committee by September 1, 2019 at

If you have any questions, please contact Laura Mielke, American Literature Society Chair,


CFP: Edith Wharton’s New York; Sponsored by the Edith Wharton Society (Deadline: 8.1.2019)

CFP: Edith Wharton’s New York:
A Conference Sponsored by the Edith Wharton Society
New Yorker Hotel
June 17th-20th 2020


Please join the Edith Wharton Society for its upcoming conference marking the centennial anniversary of the publication of Edith Wharton’s Pulitzer-Prize winning novel, The Age of Innocence. We will celebrate this momentous year in New York, the setting not only of so many of Wharton’s works but also of much of her life.

While all topics are welcome, we are particularly interested in whole panels and individual papers that focus on New York as a geographical and thematic element in Wharton’s life and works. Papers could explore the role of New York City and/or the Hudson River Valley in Wharton’s works, Wharton’s own history with the region, or Wharton’s relationship to place and space more generally. Papers that offer new readings of The Age of Innocence—such as new historical approaches or legacies of The Age of Innocence, the novel’s relationship to other works by Wharton and/or her peers, and adaptations of the novel (for film, theater, etc.)—are also welcome.

Since 1920 marks the beginning of what many consider the “later years” of Wharton’s career, examinations of Edith Wharton’s works in the shifting literary and political foundations of postWWI society are also of interest. The 20s mark the centennial of other significant Wharton texts, and essays that examine these later works are of particular interest.

In addition, there will be a keynote speaker and opportunities for tours of local attractions. Further details forthcoming.

We welcome submissions for full panels of 4-5 participants and roundtables of 6-7 participants as well as individual paper submissions. Please submit proposals no later than August 1st, 2019 to

For full panel and roundtable proposals, please submit 200-350-word summaries of each presentation included in the panel or roundtable as well as a brief 50-word bio and A/V requests for each presenter

For individual paper proposals, please submit a 350-500-word abstract, a brief 50-word bio, and A/V requests as one Word document.

All conference participants must be members of the Edith Wharton Society at the time of registration.

For additional information, contact co-directors at email address above or individually:
Margaret Toth (Meg), Manhattan College
Margaret Jay Jessee (Jay), University of Alabama at Birmingham

SSAWW Announcement: Membership Dues Increase Notice (coming June 1st, 2019)

Dear SSAWW Members and Friends,

After several discussions and research into our peer organizations, the SSAWW Executive Committee and Advisory Board have voted to increase our membership dues.  The increase comes after many years in which  dues have remained  at their current rate. As we respond to member feedback about a more frequent conference schedule and continue to grow as an organization,  adding new members, the dues increase will allow us to continue our current ventures and support  new ones.

You can renew at the current membership rates until May 31st, 2019 for the year January 1, 2019 – December 31, 2019. If you have already renewed your membership for 2019, then there will be no changes until you renew for 2020.

You can find the page for renewal on our SSAWW Membership site, and you can review the new membership dues rate that will go in effect for those renewing on or after June 1st, 2019.

 SSAWW Membership Dues (New – Effective – June 1st, 2019)

Student/Retired/Independent Scholar – $35.00

Regular membership, annual -$90.00

3-year Regular membership (expires 12/31/2021 if you join/renew after 6/1/2019) – $230.00 

Lifetime* – $800.00 

(*option to pay this in 4/$200 installment over one year calendar year, but you must contact the SSAWW VP of Membership and Finance in order to begin this plan)

If you have any questions, please reach out to or


Sandy Zagarell

SSAWW President

SSAWW Members – Legacy Journal

As you well know, there are many benefits to being a member of the Society for the Study of American Women Writers. One of them, of course, is the ability to subscribe to Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers at a special discounted rate. The first issue of the 2019 volume will be released soon, so the time is right for those of you who are current subscribers to renew and the rest of you to consider becoming a subscriber. Information on how to receive your 20% discount can be found at . There you will learn how to order your subscription online, by phone, or by mail. Please be aware of two things:

  • University of Nebraska Press Journals will be migrating to a new website in late April. This link should redirect to you to the page on the site after that happens. If you have problems connecting, please let me know.
  • Some people are understandably bothered by the fact that our current site is http rather than the secure https. (The new site will be https.) It is safe to order from our current site, because you will be transferred to PayPal’s secure site before you enter any credit card information; no credit card information ever touches our site. But if you prefer, please do order by phone or mail or wait until after the launch of our new site, tentatively scheduled for April 23.

CFP: Margaret Fuller’s Ecologies at MLA (Deadline: 3.25.2019)

Call for Papers

Modern Language Association Convention

Seattle, 9 – 12 January 2020

Deadline for submission: March 25th, 2019


Margaret Fuller’s Ecologies

 This panel seeks contributions that explore ecology, environment, and the natural world in relation to any aspect of Margaret Fuller’s writings. We also welcome proposals that approach Fuller along with other writers, and we encourage international perspectives.

Presentations might consider (but are not limited to):
Fuller as ecotheorist
Enviromental justice
Animal studies
Teaching ecology with Fuller
Being human with nature

If interested, please send a 300 word paper proposal and a short Vita by March 25, 2019 to Sonia Di Loreto: