CFP: Lydia Maria Child at ALA (1.1.15)

The Lydia Maria Child Society is in the early stages of development. If you would like to be involved, join our listserv at

Call for Papers:

The Lydia Maria Child Society invites proposals for the annual ALA Conference to be held May 21-24, 2015 in Boston, MA.

“Lydia Maria Child and Her Contemporaries”

Given the multi-faceted impact on American culture that she had during her lifetime, many connections can be drawn between Child and her contemporaries. Her pioneering work in children’s literature and domestic advice books made her a familiar household name—as did her widely read journalistic sketches “Letters from New York.” In her contributions to the abolitionist cause, she forged networks with editors, writers, and activists. She participated in the national conversation on Native American rights and removal policies, which she worked into her fiction, thereby helping to establish the form of the American historical novel. Her mutually influential relationship with the transcendentalists is evident throughout her career. This panel seeks papers that explore the links between Child and her contemporaries in ways that illuminate her lasting impact on American culture and society.

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