Call for Nominations
Nominations: open until November 30th, 2018
Voting begins: December 1st, 2018
Voting ends: December 21st, 2018
For the 2018 SSAWW Triennial Conference, the SSAWW Nominations Committee is pleased to issue this call for nominations for the 2018 election of SSAWW Officers. To facilitate a transparent and democratic process, the vote is open to all current SSAWW members who will receive a link to the ballot and the nominees’ information on December 1st, 2018 when voting begins.
Thus, the “call for nominations” is issued for the positions of: President; Vice President of Organizational Matters; and Vice President of Publications. We urge you to consider running or to nominate an active SSAWW member for one of the above named positions, please send your nomination to: email@example.com. Deadline for nominations is November 30th, 2018.
Nominees will need to submit a vision statement (no more than 250 words), and a brief biographical statement (no more than 150 words).
For your consideration, please find below excerpts from the SSAWW Constitution regarding the elected positions and duties:
Article II: Officers
The elected officers shall be the President; Vice President, Organizational Matters; and Vice President, Publications.
The President shall be elected by a majority of the members and shall serve a three-year term. The President shall preside at meetings of the Society and of the Advisory Board. It shall be the President’s duty to formulate policies and projects for presentation to the Board and to fulfill the chartered obligations and purposes of the Society. In filling this and any other Association responsibility, the President may call upon other officers, members of the Executive Council, and such ad hoc committees as the President may wish to appoint, for assistance.
The Vice President, Organizational Matters and Vice President, Publications shall be elected by a majority of the voting members and each shall be elected for a three-year term. The Vice President, Organizational Matters, shall assist the President at meetings of the Society and of the Advisory Board and in formulating policies and projects for presentation to the Board and to fulfill the chartered obligations of the Society. The Vice President, Publications, shall assist the president at meetings of the Society and of the Advisory Board and shall be responsible for the production and distribution of the biannual newsletter, shall maintain the Society website, and shall, with the advice of the Officers and Advisory Board, oversee any publications projects that the Society undertakes.
Service Opportunity: Reviewers Needed for SSAWW Graduate Student Paper Award
Every three years, after the SSAWW Triennial Conference, we invite submissions to be considered for the SSAWW Graduate Student Paper Award, awarded to the best paper presented by a graduate student at the conference. Having received a number of submissions in anticipation of the December 14, 2018 deadline, we are now reaching out to our membership for this excellent service opportunity with SSAWW. A panel of three judges will be organized to read the submissions and select the award recipients. Those interested in serving in this capacity should contact Dr. Christopher Varlack, the Vice President of Development, at firstname.lastname@example.org, stating their interest as well as areas of expertise and providing an up-to-date CV. Nominations for judges will be accepted through December 14, 2018 and notifications will be disseminated no later than December 17, 2018.
Call for Papers: “Modernism and Diagnosis” (prospective cluster for the Modernism/modernity Print Plus platform)
Edited by Lisa Mendelman and Heather A. Love
Proposed titles & abstracts due March 15, 2019
Selected essays due June 15, 2019
We seek proposals for short, provocative essays addressing the topic of “Modernism and Diagnosis” for a prospective peer-reviewed cluster on Modernism/modernity’s Print Plus platform.
The first decades of the twentieth century saw the proliferation of popular and scientific diagnoses. Ushered in by a standardizing culture of physical and mental health, individual and social measures of wellbeing and pathology abound during these years—from psychoanalysis and eugenics to self-help and the physical culture movement. Contemporary cultural productions drew from and commented on this evolving slew of analytics. Think, for example, of the representations of shell-shocked and institutionalized bodies in print, on stage, and on screen; formalist experiments that play with new models of selfhood through stream-of-consciousness narration and (sincere or satiric) primitivist aesthetics; and sweeping social diagnoses like Gertrude Stein’s “you are all a lost generation.”
This Print Plus cluster invites papers that meditate on these period dynamics and their implications for understanding modernism’s legacy. Individual essays might focus on questions of identification, categorization, epistemology, or ontology raised by modernist aesthetics (e.g., “cases,” dialect, primitivism), popularized discourses like psychoanalysis and eugenics, and evolving academic disciplines including psychiatry, sexology, sociology, anthropology, philosophy, and linguistics. Authors might also engage with the recent turns to cognitive neuroscience and sociology in literary studies, conversations about research methodology, modernist cultures of feeling / affect, and narratives of diagnosis as they pertain to contemporary analytic trends and enduring social categories including race, class, gender, sexuality, and disability.
Papers should be inventive, provocative gestures, along the lines of a conference roundtable (2000-3000 words). We particularly welcome submissions that draw on the unique possibilities afforded by the digital setting of the Print Plus platform. Please send a titled, 300-word abstract and a brief biography to email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org by March 15, 2019. 6 to 8 contributors will be invited to submit essays, after which the entire cluster will be sent out for peer review.
2019 Dickinson Scholar Award
The Emily Dickinson International Society invites applications for the 2019 Dickinson Scholar Award, which supports new research on Dickinson. The project need not be devoted solely to Dickinson, but her work should be a substantial focus. The award of $2,000 may be used for any expense incurred to advance the project. Applicants must have completed a PhD. To apply for the award, please submit: a cv, a cover letter, a 600-800 word project proposal, a brief bibliography, and a preliminary budget to Michelle Kohler at. Deadline for applications is January 30, 2019. Applicants will be notified of final decisions by March 1. For more information, see
2019 Emily Dickinson International Society Graduate Student Fellowship
EDIS announces a fellowship award of $1,000 in support of graduate student scholarship on Emily Dickinson. The project need not be devoted solely to Dickinson, but her work should be a substantial focus. The award may be used for any expense incurred to advance the project. Preference will be given to applicants in the dissertation stage or writing a work aimed at publication. To apply, please send a cv, a cover letter, a 600-800 word project description, a brief bibliography, and contact information for two references to Michelle Kohler at. Applications are due by January 30, 2019. Applicants will be notified of final decisions by March 1. For more information, see
CFP: “Teaching the End of the World” at the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment (ASLE)
Teaching the End of the World
With some climate scientists calling the year 2035 the “point of no return” for reducing global climate warming, it is our ethical imperative to encourage our students to be thinking about the perils of the environment so that they may potentially take part in solutions. This roundtable session will consider: how are we to teach the end of the world? How do we incorporate our present climate crisis into courses on literature from time periods that may be well before people were thinking about climate change? What strategies can we use in composition and/or media studies courses to analyze the rhetoric of apocalyptic language used in news reports and scientific studies? How can we address the very real possibility of reaching “the point of no return” in the context of the classes we teach? How do we combat apathy toward an unknowable and (not so) distant future? Additionally, what tactics would or do you use in teaching climate fiction?
Participants in this roundtable session will discuss their strategies, struggles, and questions regarding the incorporation of time-sensitive contemporary environmental issues into literature, composition, and other classes covering various time periods and thematic approaches. This session will be an opportunity to share and learn about the teaching methods—including sample assignments, lectures, readings, etc.—used by scholars from various fields.
LEGACY BEST PAPERS CONTEST – SSAWW CONFERENCE 2018
PLEASE NOTE that this is a separate contest from the SSAWW’s graduate student paper competition and that authors are free to submit their work to both contests.
The editors of Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers invite submissions to a contest honoring the best papers presented at the Society for the Study of American Women Writers conference in Denver. Two prizes will be awarded—one for the best paper presented by a graduate student and another for the best paper presented by a non-student member of SSAWW.
Please send conference-length papers (i.e., in the form in which they were delivered) to Jennifer Tuttle at email@example.com by December 10, 2018. Make sure that your name appears only on a title page and that any references to your own work appear in the third person. In addition, indicate whether you are entering in the graduate student or non-student category.
The contest winners will be invited to expand their papers to a length of 8,000 to 10,000 words, including documentation. If they are suitable for publication and compliant with the University of Nebraska Press copyright policy, these revised essays will be published in a future issue of Legacy. Note that the University of Nebraska Press copyright policy dictates that essays published in Legacy may not have been published previously in any form or be currently under consideration by any other journal or publisher, including as part of a book manuscript.
Although Legacy has a historical orientation and a chronological scope that ends at approximately 1940, we make an exception to this rule for the Best Papers Contest in order to open up the competition for presenters working in all time periods.