CFP SSAWW Conference: “Lydia Maria Child and Social Change”

Call for Papers:

The Lydia Maria Child Society invites proposals for the Society for the Study of American Women Writers Conference to be held November 4-8, 2015 in Philadelphia, PA.

“Lydia Maria Child and Social Change”

Much of Child’s work addresses, if not directly calls for, social change. In engaging with the status of women, the condition of slaves, the removal policies for Native Americans, the situations facing the urban poor, etc., Child envisions and enacts the sorts of boundary-crossing communications that can instigate change. In her fiction and non-fiction, she often explores the experiences of those who occupy liminal spaces in their relation to the dominant culture, while embracing hybridity as the key to America’s future. The Society invites submissions on any of the following topics:

  • Processes of social reform/change
  • Hybridity and American identity
  • Cultural exchange in Child’s life/writing
  • Childhood as liminal experience
  • Crossing boundaries of gender, race, or social class
  • The periodical or journalistic sketch as hybrid form/Child’s use of hybrid genres
  • The domestic sphere as liminal space
  • Intersections through collaboration
  • Insider/Outsider status

These topics are meant to be suggestive not exhaustive and any papers on Child that relate to the conference theme “Liminal Spaces, Hybrid Lives” are welcome.    

 Please send 250-300 word abstracts and a 1-page CV to by January 14, 2015. Indicate if you will need any A/V equipment.