CFP: Resistance and Recovery through Collaborative Teaching Practices at SSAWW (Deadline 2.9.2018)

CFP for SSAWW 2018: “Resistance and Recovery through Collaborative Teaching Practices”

Deadline: February 9, 2018

Contact: Amanda Stuckey, York College of Pennsylvania ( and Heather Fox, University of South Florida (

In an introduction to a 2017 special issue of American Literature, Carol Batker, Eden Osucha, and Augusta Rohrbach ask how our current political moment gives rise to new questions about the role of teaching and scholarship in American literary studies. The issue calls for the radical potential of intertwined scholarship and teaching that makes literary studies necessary to the work of unmasking the asymmetrical relations of power that persist in the academy. In response, our roundtable proposes an examination of feminist pedagogy practices, or a pedagogy that privileges collaboration and resists canonical syllabi to engage students in interdisciplinary projects of recovery and resistance. Panelists should connect research on the recovery of women’s negotiations in the literary marketplace to classroom explorations of women’s literary lives. The focus should address how collaborative teaching practices invite interdisciplinary approaches and value student-driven inquiry toward the recovery and resistance of the underrepresentation and oppression of women and other marginalized groups.

We envision this roundtable to consist of three presentations of two or three teachers per presentation, in which presenters discuss their shared experiences together. Collaborative pedagogy projects may engage work within or between disciplines and institutions, from any time period. Some questions to consider might include

· How does collaboration in the classroom deconstruct hierarchies as part of a feminist praxis?

· How might collaboration contribute to social change and social justice?

· How do collaborative projects open up conversations that resist marginalization originating from gender, racial, class, sexual, and religious oppressions?

· How can collaboration bridge disciplines and institutions?

· How do collaborative projects invest students in the process of recovery?

· How does a collaborative methodology illumine presences and absences?

· How does technology–from digital archives to Google docs–enhance access to collaboration?

Collaborative proposals must include the names and bios of all presenters. Please send 250-300 word proposals and bios to Amanda Stuckey ( and Heather Fox ( by February 9, 2018.


CFP: Speaking Her Truth, Power in the Telling, SSAWW 2018 (Deadline: 2.12.2018)

Speaking Her Truth, Power in the Telling: Contemporary Narratives of Women Writing for Healing, Wholeness,
and Re-formation of Sociopolitical Understandings of Sexual Violence

(SSAWW. Nov. 7-11, 2018, Denver, CO)
Nicol Epple/Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Deadline for submissions: February 12th

2017 was a year of feminist action: the year began with the national
Women’s March in DC, and the year closed with media reporting mass
cover-ups of sexual exploitation and abuse in Hollywood and with the
reporting of women finding power in uniting their voices. The #metoo
movement was birthed and has become a rallying cry for continued
awareness of misogynistic practices, collaboration to resist gendered
violence, and recover women’s innate worth. Oprah Winfrey summed up
these actions in her 2018 Golden Globes speech stating, “Speaking your
truth is the most powerful tool we all have. And I’m especially proud
and inspired by all the women who have felt strong enough and
empowered enough to speak up and share their personal stories.”

This panel seeks to contribute to this ongoing national conversation
through considering texts recovering women’s voices overcoming sexual
trauma. Of particular interest are papers discussing: memoir as a
genre of healing and resistance; the role of writing in emotional
recovery from sexual trauma; writing social justice, resistance, and
protest; the influence of storytelling as an impetus for social
change. Papers discussing the intersection of feminist theory and
praxis will add substantially to this panel’s topic of women
collaborating voices in resistance to abuse, resisting normalization
of sexual misconduct, and advocating for a reframing of gendered

Please send your abstract of 250-300 words, biographical information 
(no longer than 60 words), and any A/V requirements to Nicol Epple,, by February 12th. Notifications will be delivered
on February 12th in time for individual proposals to be sent to SSAWW
directly if desired.

Society for the Study of American Women Writers (SSAWW) 2018 Triennial
Conference in Denver, Colorado, November 7-11, 2018, “Resistance and
Recovery across the Americas”

Categories: African-American, American, Memoir, Gender Studies and
Sexuality, contemporary literature; Cultural Studies; Feminism; Trauma

CFP: Stowe’s Resistance, Resisting Stowe for SSAWW 2018 (Deadline 2.9.2018)

CFP for SSAWW 2018: Stowe’s Resistance, Resisting Stowe
Deadline: February 9, 2018
Contact: Allison Speicher, Eastern Connecticut State University
The Harriet Beecher Stowe Society invites paper proposals for the SSAWW 2018 Triennial Conference, to be held in Denver, Colorado November 7-11, 2018. This panel will focus on the complexity of Stowe’s legacy, from her exemplary role as a vocal critic of social ills to the occasions when modern readers wish to resist her political views. We welcome papers on the social issue with which we most commonly associate Stowe—slavery—as well as papers that explore her responses to other social issues or illuminate her impact on other protest writers. Given the conference theme, “Resistance and Recovery across the Americas,” we particularly welcome papers that focus on Stowe’s lesser-known works. Please send a 250-300 word abstract, a biographical statement (no longer than 60 words), and a brief CV to Allison Speicher ( by Friday, February 9.
Graduate students who are interested in presenting on this panel are also eligible to apply for the Harriet Beecher Stowe Up and Coming Scholar Award, which comes with a $100 prize to help offset the cost of conference travel. To submit a paper for this award, please send an essay of no more than eight pages (along with the documents requested above) to by Friday, February 9. Papers should not have your name or any identifying information on them, as they will be reviewed anonymously by Stowe Society members.

CFP: “Forms of Resistance: Women’s Family Letters of the Early Americas” (Deadline 2.9.2018)

CFP: “Forms of Resistance: Women’s Family Letters of the Early Americas”

How do the letters of women of the early Americas, in particular those to family members, reveal ways in which they resisted the various strictures and obstacles that defined their lives? Given the limitations on female authorship, letters were one of the few ways women could articulate their desires, anxieties, and struggles. Especially when writing to relations—correspondence typically marked by higher levels of familiarity and trust—letters present opportunities for authentic reflection about matters both public and private. In these, women could reveal truths about their lives that might otherwise have gone unexpressed. They can reveal aspirations, a political/social/cultural consciousness, and even various forms of trauma. In addition, it is in their private letters that many women have been recovered who might otherwise never have been known; that these texts are generally not anthologized means our awareness of them continues to be precarious. This session will examine women’s family letters of the early Americas as sites of resistance and recovery, in keeping with the conference theme. Letters up to approximately 1830 and from any geographical area in the early Americas will be considered. Proposals about the letters of women from marginalized groups are especially welcome. Please send 300-word proposals and a brief bio to Mary Balkun by Feb. 9th.

CFP: “Recovering Laura Curtis Bullard and Early Suffragist Literature” at SSAWW 2018 (Deadline 1.31.2018)

CFP for SSAWW 2018: Recovering Laura Curtis Bullard and Early Suffragist Literature (Panel Deadline: 1.31.2018)

Deadline: January 31, 2018

Contact: Brooke A. Opel, Ph.D. Candidate, Indiana University—Bloomington


CFP: Recovering Laura Curtis Bullard and Early Suffragist Literature

We invite paper proposals for a panel entitled “Recovering Laura Curtis Bullard and Early Suffragist Literature” at the SSAWW 2018 Triennial Conference in Denver, Colorado from November 7-11, 2018.

This proposed panel seeks to recover the work of Laura Curtis Bullard, a significantly overlooked American writer and women’s rights activist, as well as to explore the ways in which American women writers advanced their social and political reform agendas through early suffragist literature.

Although papers regarding Bullard are encouraged, Bullard need not be included in your abstract for your paper to be considered. Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Bullard’s literary works, including Now-a-days! (1854) and Christine; Or Woman’s Trials and Triumphs (1856), both containing women’s rights themes
  • Bullard’s editorial work and involvement in the Women’s Rights Moment, including her participation in the National Woman Suffrage Association and The Revolution
  • Other women’s rights activists and writers, such as Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony, found within Bullard’s circle
  • Broader social and political trends found within early suffragist novels, of which Christine is an example

Please send a brief abstract (200-300 words)—including paper title, contact information, and any Audio/Video requirements—as well as a short bio (around 60 words) in a Word document to Brooke A. Opel at by January 31, 2018. Decisions will be made in enough time for scholars to submit individual paper proposals to the general CFP by the deadline of February 16th, if necessary.

CFP: “Recovering May Alcott Nieriker’s Life and Work” (Deadline Extended – 1.31.2018)

The CFP for the one-day conference “Recovering May Alcott Nieriker’s Life and Work” is below.  Funded by the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council “CHASE” consortium of universities from the East of England (including the universities of Essex and East Anglia), this conference will be held at Université Paris Diderot on 28th June, 2018 and will be the first international conference on Nieriker: a nineteenth-century painter, prolific life-writer, and the younger sister of Louisa May Alcott. Abstracts should be submitted through the website
We are also petitioning for a memorial plaque to be installed at the site of Nieriker’s remains at the Montrouge Cemetery in Paris where she lived for the last decade of her life:
Many thanks,
Azelina Flint (Chairman)
School of American Studies, University of East Anglia.

CFP: “Environmental Narratives of Resistance and Recovery” ASLE at SSAWW (Deadline 2.14.2018)

Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment (ASLE)-Sponsored panel at SSAWW

Deadline: February 14
Contact: Tina Gianquitto, Associate Professor, Colorado School of Mines
Phone: 303-709-0981

Environmental Narratives of Resistance and Recovery

Women writers have long used various narrative forms to record their perceptions of, resistance to, and recovery from environmental degradation. We propose a panel for the SSAWW conference, dedicated to resistance and recovery across the Americas, that explores the ways in which women have documented their environmental consciousness.

We encourage papers that expand both geographical and narrative boundaries and welcome submissions that explore written texts (memoir, poetry, nature journal), visual art, digital projects, and other kinds of personal narrative as tools of environmental justice. We welcome perspectives from across the Americas.

Please send a 250-word proposal and short bio to Tina Gianquitto at no later than February 14, 2018.

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