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Call for Nominations: 2018 SSAWW Awards

2018 SSAWW Awards

The Society for the Study of American Women Writers (SSAWW) was founded in 2000 in order to promote the study of American women writers through research, teaching, and publication. In support of that mission, the three awards were established in 2011 to honor the work and legacies of the Society’s founding members and to further SSAWW’s goals to broaden knowledge among academics as well as the general public about American women writers, past and present. As we begin preparations for the 2018 SSAWW conference in Denver, this is a reminder of the SSAWW awards available. Once we have organized the selection committees for these awards, we will begin accepting nominations. Please keep a lookout on the SSAWW website and Facebook page for updated information by the end of August.

– Lifetime Achievement Award: The Karen Dandurand Lifetime Achievement Award is awarded every three years at the Society for the Study of American Women Writers’ conference to recognize a scholar’s career achievement in the study of American women writers. The award recognizes the individual’s commitment to the field, as demonstrated in his/her teaching, mentoring of students, scholarship, and service. The award is named in honor of Karen Dandurand, who passed away in 2011. She was one of the founding editors of Legacy and was an active member of SSAWW, serving as the Vice President of Development from 2004 to 2009. Nominators should submit a CV and brief (250 to 500 word) letter of support in one PDF file to the Lifetime Achievement Award Chair by January 1, 2018; the chair will distribute all nominations to the committee members.

– Book Award: The SSAWW Book Award is given every three years at the Society for the Study of American Women Writers’ conference to recognize excellence in the field. The award will recognize the monograph’s significant contributions to scholarship related to American women writers published during the preceding three years before the deadline for submission. Eligible books must have been published between December 2014 and November 2017. Edited collections and not eligible for the award. Nominators should contact the Book Award Chair by January 1, 2018, who will provide information about distributing submissions to the committee members.

– Edition Award: The SSAWW Edition Award is given every three years at the Society for the Study of American Women Writers’ conference in order to recognize excellence in the recovery of American women writers. The award recognizes an edition published during the preceding three years before the submission deadline. Eligible books must have been published between December 2014 and November 2017. Both print and digital collections are welcome.

Nominators should contact the Edition Award Chair by January 1, 2018, who will provide information about distributing submissions to each of the committee members.

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CFP: Digital Poster Session Editorship as Collaboration: Patterns of Practice in Multi-Ethnic Periodicals (Due 10.02.2017)

CFP: Digital Poster Session

Editorship as Collaboration: Patterns of Practice in Multi-Ethnic Periodicals

April 27-28, 2018 at the American Antiquarian Society

Worcester, MA

While scholars increasingly recognize the impact of periodicals on social, political, and aesthetic histories, few have explored the range of editorial and collaborative practices that animate their creation and circulation. Invoking editorship as a conceptual model and an area of inquiry, this symposium will support critical conversations about method, affiliation, and the historical arcs of diverse communities as they are developed and addressed through a range of periodical forms. An emphasis on multi-ethnic perspectives responds to important recent work on immigrant, Latin@, and African American print cultures that intersect in their attention to periodicals. Beginning with theories of archival attention, such as Eric Gardner’s “unexpected places,” Rodrigo Lazo’s “migrant archives,” and Kirsten Silva-Gruesz’s “ambassadorship,” invited panelists will participate in larger discussions structured around what Sianne Ngai has defined as “vernacular aesthetics,” those that, like the rhythms of editorship, “operate across much longer spans of time and across much larger swaths of culture” (Aesthetic Categories, 16). We anticipate that a focus on vernacular aesthetics and cultural producers beyond the author will generate alternative theories of editorial practice and historical forms.

As part of this event, we seek proposals for nineteenth-century newspaper and periodical-based digitization projects to be displayed at the American Antiquarian Society’s Spring Symposium 2018. In the digital poster session, we aim to support scholars from early stages of their careers or lower-resourced institutions. Participants will have the opportunity to select small runs of or selections from important serials in the AAS collections to digitize. Scholars will exhibit these materials at a digital poster session, exploring the promises and challenges of digitizing serial texts into appropriate electronic forms. This session will enable participants to share work around these questions with one another, thus encouraging direct, concrete cross-pollination of expertise and scholarly experience.

To be considered, please submit a short proposal (300-500 words) identifying a serial publication from the American Antiquarian Society collection for digitization. The scope of the digitized materials may be chosen in concert with symposium organizers and AAS staff. Any serial publication held by the American Antiquarian Society is eligible. The presence of your publication in another digital database will not exclude it from consideration. All materials digitized by AAS will be available in their digital asset management system GIGI (http://gigi.mwa.org/), and available for use as stipulated on their website under “Freely Available Images Online”: http://www.americanantiquarian.org/reproductions.htm.

Proposals should include:

The title, print run (or selection) and a permanent link to the serial from the AAS Catalog.

A brief summary of the publication’s relevance to our focus on multiethnic editorship and collaboration. Proposals might address questions like: How are processes of collaboration illustrated or dramatized in this example? How does this publication focus on external or internal communities, and how does the paper, and its editors, understand the exchanges between such communities? What historical or archival contexts/difficulties/conditions structure your example?

A brief description of the purpose of this publication in this context. Why this publication? Why now? What makes this a productive example for a range of users from introductory students to archivists and scholars?

Follow this link to access the AAS digital catalogue: http://catalog.mwa.org

This link will tell you more about AAS serials collections: http://www.americanantiquarian.org/newspapers-periodicals

Please send your submission to Jim Casey (jccasey@udel.edu) and Sarah Salter (sarah.salter@tamucc.edu) as a Word document along with a short CV. Submissions should be received by Monday, Oct 2. Selected participants will be notified via email by the end of October. Final acceptance will be conditional on membership in the Research Society for American Periodicals.