SSAWW 2015 Conference Hotel Updates

Hotel Updates: while our conference hotel block is sold out, even after negotiating for extra rooms, rooms at higher prices remain available at the Sheraton Society Hill.

But here are some very good alternatives within close proximity to the Sheraton, and we urge conference participants to book now while rooms at these reasonable prices are still in effect and available:

Wyndham Hotel – near the Sheraton Society Hill – has reduced rates if booked by August 31st for stays through 2016

Thanks to conference attendees who made the following suggestions:
Thomas Bond House, near the Sheraton Society Hill; prices vary but a few at a reasonable price are still available.

Hilton Penn’s Landing – a few blocks away; has a pool. It’s $199/refundable rate, but goes down to $184 if you use AAA or other discounts. Also there’s a pay in advance $179 rate nonrefundable – these prices may have already gone up.

For other hotels, googling, hotels near the Sheraton Society Hill, or hotels Philadelphia Historic District, brings up a number of other hotels. If booking through an online booking agency, check the hotel’s website too to ensure you are getting the best price.

Airbnb – private home rentals; this is a good option especially if there are several conference attendees willing to share space.–PA?locale=en&neighborhoods%5B%5D=Society+HIll

The Society Hill area is very walkable at all times.


CFP: Unsettling the Gendered West (C19; Deadline 8.16.15)

CFP: Unsettling the Gendered West

C19: The Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists
March 17-20, 2016 at Pennsylvania State University

This panel examines nineteenth-century women’s writing as a political tool for unsettling notions of the American West as masculine, anti-modern, and untouched. As recent work by Nina Baym and Krista Comer has shown, there is considerable work left to be done to account for women writers’ use of the West as an imaginative and political space. Likewise, new directions in gender studies, border theory, settler colonialism, and critical regionalism have made new conversations about the U.S. West as a setting for political and literary engagement increasingly urgent.

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Update on Conference Hotel

The Society Hill is now sold out on all nights. If you need to cancel some nights, please notify Rita ( before you cancel with the hotel, since cancelled rooms do not automatically go back into our room block, but, once cancelled, are put back into the general supply. If we know about rooms becoming free in our block, we can move others into them, and notify the hotel of the change in booking. We will post if a room becomes available in our room block so please keep an eye on the website updates.

We are also looking into an overflow hotel.

SSAWW 2015 Conference Reminder of Early Registration deadline and Hotel Update

The deadline for early registration for the conference is July 31s

registration site:   (corrected)

Hotel rooms for Wednesday (especially) and Saturday night are very limited, but there are still lots of rooms remaining for Thursday and Friday nights at the conference rate. On the link to hotel registration, a note in red comes up if any one of the nights is sold out even if rooms remain available on other nights. We have asked the hotel to try to change this but it is part of their system to send alerts for the entire block. Please note: It is still possible to book rooms for some nights at the conference rate even if this notice is up.

Once our room block sells out for certain nights, rooms may still be available for those nights but at a higher rate, and need to be booked through the regular hotel site or by phone.

Sheraton Society Hill Hotel reservations: SSAWW – Society for the Study of American Women Writers – 2015 C    OR    copy and paste the following link into a web browser:

Phone:(1)(215) 238-6000
Fax:(1)(215) 238-6652

Assistant Professor – African American Studies (Western Kentucky University)

Job Description: The African American Studies Program in the Department of Diversity and Community Studies at Western Kentucky University seeks applications for a tenure track appointment at the Assistant Professor level in African Diaspora literatures, with specialization in nineteenth and twentieth century African American literature and popular culture.  The successful candidate will teach core courses within the African American Studies Program, as well as other courses offered by the department, as needed.  Instruction and scholarship in women and gender studies is a plus, as is experience with teaching online, curriculum development, and/or event programming.  The candidate must demonstrate a promising research agenda and exhibit a strong commitment to interdisciplinary studies.

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CFP: Wharton in Washington 2016 (Extended Deadline: Proposals due September 1, 2015)

Wharton in Washington: A Conference Sponsored by the Edith Wharton Society 

June 2-4, 2016

Extended Deadline: Proposals due September 1, 2015

 Please join the Edith Wharton Society for its upcoming Conference in Washington, DC.  The conference directors seek papers focusing on all aspects of Wharton’s work. Papers might offer readings of any of Wharton’s texts, including the short fiction, poetry, plays, essays, travel writing, and other nonfiction, in addition to the novels.  While all topics are welcome, the location of the conference in the U. S. capital invites readings related to nationalism, cosmopolitanism, transatlanticism, seats of power, Americana, museum cultures in the 19th C, material cultures, and the work of preservation.  Further, given the centennial years of World War I, papers offering new examinations of Wharton’s relationship to the war are particularly invited. Proposals might also explore Wharton’s work in the context of such figures as Teddy Roosevelt and Henry Adams or Wharton’s work in relation to that of her contemporaries, such as Gertrude Stein, Willa Cather, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Nella Larsen, Anita Loos, Henry James, and more. All theoretical approaches are welcome, including feminist, psychoanalytic, historicist, Marxist, queer studies, affective studies, disability studies, and ecocritical perspectives. Continue reading