CFP: Celebrating African American Literature and Language Conference

Call for Proposals (due 3/15/16)
Celebrating African American Literature and Language – “Race and Resistance”
Penn State University
October 28-29, 2016
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CFP: Emily Dickinson (MLA; 3.10.16)

Emily Dickinson International Society

Dickinson in the Anthropocene
How does the idea of the Anthropocene change our understanding of Emily Dickinson? Presentations on ecopoetics, vitalism, animal studies, periodization, and other topics welcome. Abstract, cv by 10 March 2016; Cody Marrs (
Posted 10 November 2015

The Spatial Turn in Dickinson and Her Contemporaries
Presentations on memory, artifact, and experience; reconstructing lost landscapes or mindscapes; immersive environments; ambiguity and contingency in representations of the past welcome. Abstract, cv by 10 March 2016; Marta L. Werner (

Regional Study Groups: Texas SSAWW on April 2 (RSVP by 3.21.16)

The next meeting of the Texas Regional SSAWW Study Group will be Saturday, April 2, 2016 at the University of Texas Dallas, hosted by Sabrina Starnaman. The common reading is a selection from Sisters of Tomorrow: The First Women of Science Fiction and one of the editors of this volume, Lisa Yaszek, will be our special guest participant.

Please RSVP to Sabrina Starnaman ( by March 21.

For more information about the common reading, location, parking, lodging, and meals:

The Study Group is an informal gathering of professors, graduate students, and independent scholars who share an interest in American women’s writing. We share a lunch (provided by the host campus), spend the afternoon discussing the common reading, and have dinner at a local restaurant (paid individually). We welcome new participants to join the conversation, which is always rich and stimulating, and often touches on larger professional concerns (teaching, publishing, mentoring, etc.).

Join our Facebook Group for updates:  or search Facebook for “Texas Regional SSAWW Study Group.”

Assistant Professor of Africana Studies (Lebanon Valley College in Pennsylvania)

Lebanon Valley College invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor of Africana studies and/or related fields. The area of specialization is open to candidates in the arts, humanities, and/or an interdisciplinary field. Disciplinary backgrounds may include, but are not restricted to, diaspora studies, critical race theory, African American studies, contemporary art, visual and print cultures, African American literature, and media studies.

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Associate Professor of English (University of Texas at Arlington in Texas)

The English Department of the University of Texas at Arlington invites applications for the position of tenured or tenure-track Associate Professor in English and Digital Arts, starting in the Fall of 2016. The successful applicant will have a PhD in English and will be an active researcher who can contribute to our vibrant graduate and undergraduate programs by teaching traditional and online courses in the required areas of expertise. Strong preference will be given to candidates whose research interests include pre-20th-century African American literature, computers and writing, digital archives, digital/social media, empirical research methods utilizing big data, literacy studies, and literary studies. The position also entails service to the Department and University, such as mentoring graduate students or serving on committees.

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Grants, Fellowships, and Prizes: RSAP Article Prize for Early-Career Scholars (3.10.16)

RSAP Article Prize 

The Research Society for American Periodicals announces the $1000 article prize for 2016.

The prize will be awarded to the best article on American periodicals by an early-career scholar – that is, one who is pre-tenure, non-tenure, or independent, within five years of degree conferral – published in a peer-reviewed academic journal between January 1, 2014 and December 31, 2015.

The prize winner will be announced at the 2016 American Literature Association (ALA) conference, to be held in San Francisco, CA May 26-29, 2016.

Articles will be judged by a panel of three scholars appointed by the RSAP Advisory Board.

Applicants must  submit a registration form (details below), CV, and one .pdf file copy of their articles to Cynthia Patterson at by midnight March 10, 2016. The winner will be notified by April 1, 2016 and announcement of prize winners will be made at the RSAP reception at the ALA conference. The first place winner will be awarded a prize of $1000 to help finance his or her trip to the ALA conference. Applicants to the RSAP article prize must be current members of RSAP when they submit their articles. Members join RSAP by subscribing to the journal American Periodicals, published by the Ohio State University Press. Information on subscribing can be found on the journal’s web site: To request an article prize registration form, and for further information, please contact Cynthia Patterson at

CFP: MLA 2017 SSAWW Proposed Special Session (Deadline 03.01.16)

SSAWW Proposed Special Session: American Women Writers’ Boundary Conditions: 1 March Deadline
Boundaries that define/challenge the category of American women writers, any period/genre. Special session proposed by the Society for the Study of American Women Writers.
500 word abstract by 1 March 2016; Kristin J. Jacobson (
Topics might include author(s), text(s), and/or teaching approach(es) that define/challenge:
  • the category of American “woman”:
    • a cisgender male or gender-queer author/text that should be included under the rubric of AWW
    • a cisgender female author/text that clarifies the (continued/strategic) essentialist need for scholarship on AWWs and/or who has been excluded from study;
  • the category of “American” woman:
    • the criterion that defines/should define a text/author as “American” within the field of AWW and our organization;
  • the categories of “American” and “woman” writer:
    • a text/author that helps define or challenges both core categories of the field.