CFP Proposed Panel for SSAWW 2015: “Lydia Maria Child and Social Change” (1.14.15)

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.

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