CFP: SSAWW Panels at ALA 2016 (San Francisco, CA May 2016) 4 January 2016 Deadline

CFP: SSAWW Panels at ALA 2016 (San Francisco, CA May 2016) 4 January 2016 Deadline

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The Society for the Study of American Women Writers will host two panels at the American Literature Association Conference (May 2016, San Francisco). The two ALA panels aim to present the varied ways in which women, as critics, dramatists, educators, essayists, journalists, oral storytellers, poets, novelists, short story writers, and practitioners of both older and emerging forms, invent and reinvent the American literary and cultural landscape. This year’s panels will both take up the theme of transnationalism.

Panel 1: Transnational Approaches to Early American to 19C American Women Writers

Panel 2: Transnational Approaches to 20C to 21C American Women Writers

Transnational literary studies allows for the exploration of the ways in which writers engage with globalization as a cultural, social, economic and political force. American women writers have long engaged with globalization, though this engagement can appear more or less visible in women’s writing depending on time periods, political contexts, and/or literary themes. These panels focus on transnational approaches and contexts to American women’s writing in an effort to complicate geographical, cultural, and temporal frameworks that define approaches to American women writers. Panel 1 will focus on early American to nineteenth-century American women writers and Panel 2 will focus on American women writers from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

Possible topics involving the panel theme may include but are not limited to such keywords and ideas as:

  • Transnationalism through personal identity
  • Themes of transnationalism in writing
  • Transnational circulation and/or reception
  • Transculturality
  • Transnational networks of women writers
  • Perspectives of geography
  • Transnational feminism in literature
  • Virtual environments and electronic textualities as transgressing national borders
  • Travel writing
  • Crosscultural contact and interaction
  • Global economies
  • Transnationalism as more temporal than territorial
  • “Transnational” vs “comparative” approaches to women writers
  • Multiracial realities of border culture
  • Cultural exchange
  • Citizenship
  • Multinational literature
  • Multilinguistic literature

Please submit to Kristin Allukian ( by Jan. 4, 2016, 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. Please note either “ALA Panel 1 Submission” or “ALA Panel 2 Submission” in the email subject line. Confirmation of receipt of your proposal will be sent to you within two business days.

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 the panel, presenters must be or become SSAWW members to participate in a SSAWW sponsored panel.

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