Lives Welded and Woven: Women Writers and American Arts & Crafts (Deadline: 11.1.14)
The 2015 Society for the Study of American Women Writers Conference (Philadelphia, PA, November 4-8, 2015)
Addressing the conference theme of “Liminal Spaces, Hybrid Lives,” this panel will explore the lives and work of women writers and activists whose socio-political vision found expression both in prose and the plastic arts. At the turn of the century, several important female-centered Arts & Crafts communities formed in Deerfield, MA; Chicago; and New York; in addition to smaller communities throughout the country. We welcome papers that focus on well-known figures in this movement such as Jane Addams and Ellen Gates Starr as well as lesser-known figures like Madeline Yale Wynne and Gertrude Christian Fosdick (among many others). How did this largely female-centered American movement depart from its roots in Ruskinian thought? What is the relationship between the social programs, fiction, non-fiction, and works of plastic art the movement produced? What insights does the context of the movement bring to bear on contemporaneous literature? Proposals might also consider the legacy of Arts & Crafts feminism; the role of craft magazines; or American women writers from any period who simultaneously produced a significant body of work in ceramics, weaving, metalsmithing, etc.
Email proposals to Arielle Zibrak at firstname.lastname@example.org by November 1 2014. Please include a 250-500 word abstract and a brief CV (no more than 2-pages) that includes rank/status (e.g. ABD or Associate Professor, etc.), institutional affiliation (independent scholars are welcome to submit proposals), publications, and conference presentations. All proposals should be both pasted into the text of the email and included as attachments (preferably as a single PDF document). While you do not need to be a SSAWW member to apply for a panel, presenters must be or become SSAWW members to participate in the conference.