CFP: Digital Poster Session Editorship as Collaboration at the American Antiquarian Society (Deadline 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.


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 (, and available for use as stipulated on their website under  “Freely Available Images Online”:


Proposals should include:
  1. The title, print run (or selection) and a permanent link to the serial from the AAS Catalog.
  2. 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?
  3. 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:
This link will tell you more about AAS serials collections:

Please send your submission to Jim Casey ( and Sarah Salter ( 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.  


CFP: Catherine O’Flaherty Chopin’s Irish Eyes co-sponsored by Kate Chopin International Society, Transatlantic Women 3 (Deadline 10.06.2017)

Call for Papers: Catherine O’Flaherty Chopin’s Irish Eyes Panel co-sponsored by the Kate Chopin International Society, Transatlantic Women 3 Conference: Women of the Green Atlantic Dublin, Ireland Royal Irish Academy 21-22 June 2018

Before we knew her as Kate Chopin, the author of The Awakening was christened Catherine O’Flaherty by her parents, Eliza Faris and Thomas O’Flaherty, the latter of whom emigrated to America from County Galway, Ireland. Given that O’Flaherty died when Chopin was very young, that Chopin was raised by maternal relatives of French descent, that she grew up in a city originally part of the Louisiana territory and named after a French Catholic saint, and that she married into a French family, much of Chopin scholarship has focused on French and French- American influences in her life and fiction. However, around the time Chopin was born in 1850, nearly 10,000 Irish emigrated to St. Louis in yet a second wave of nineteenth-century Irish immigration to America. The neighborhood of Kerry Patch developed to the city’s north, and parish churches such as St. Patrick’s, St. Bridget of Erin, and St. Lawrence O’Toole served a growing Irish population. When she died in 1904, Chopin lived on a street with an Irish surname: McPherson Avenue.

In keeping with the Transatlantic Women 3 conference theme, this panel invites papers that consider “Irish/American crosscurrents of the long nineteenth century” that might have influenced Chopin’s view of the world. How might we theorize the degree to which Ireland’s legacy—both in Europe and America—influenced the fiction Chopin bequeathed to us? Papers may address any topic related to Chopin as part of “the Irish-American nexus,” including but not limited to: Irish history in St. Louis; Chopin’s Irish relatives, friends, and contacts; or Irish characters in her fiction.

Please send abstracts of 250 words to Bonnie Shaker,, on or before 6 October 2017. Conference details may be found in the Transatlantic Women 3 link, above.

CFP: SSAWW at College Language Association Convention, April 2018 (Deadline 09.29.2017)

CFP: SSAWW Panel at the College Language Association Convention, April 2018

Hosted by DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois

“Rewrit[ing] the American Literary Landscape”: American Women Writers across the Diaspora and Tales of Black Metropolitan Life


In the introduction to her 2002 text, Rereading the Harlem Renaissance, Sharon Lynette Jones, Professor of English at Wright State University, calls attention to the influx of immigrants into the Black metropolis with “blacks from Africa, the Caribbean, and other regions of the United States migrat[ing] to Harlem in search of the American Dream of economic prosperity and equality, often to find that the dream was elusive” (2). Despite being faced with a tense racial climate that limited the social, economic, and political opportunities afforded ethnic minorities, however, the nation’s arriving immigrants fundamentally transformed cities nationwide into epicenters of unprecedented artistic and cultural growth that forever shaped not only the literary landscape but the very notion of what constitutes the American identity. Eager to explore these critical issues in the works of a diverse range of American women writers, the Society for the Study of American Women Writers is pleased to invite proposals for a SSAWW-sponsored panel to be held at the College Language Association Convention in Chicago from April 4 to 7, 2018.

Topics for Consideration

Because of their role in expanding the ethnic diversity of the United States and contributing to the urban artistic revival nationwide, immigrant American women writers across the African diaspora have played a particularly vital role in the American literary and cultural traditions. This panel will therefore ask participants to consider the unique experience of such immigrant women or writers in the city. Presenters, for instance, might explore social, cultural, racial, and political challenges that such women had to overcome in order to survive in a society where women “sometimes faced the triple jeopardy of race, class, and gender oppression” (Jones 2). How did these women not only help “rewrite the American literary landscape” (2) but also paint a fundamentally new picture of American life—one that recognizes the multicultural mosaic emerging in the city, as they share their traditions and cultural backgrounds with the world? Presenters are asked to consider the works of authors including Paule Marshall, Edwidge Danticat, Jamaica Kincaid, and NoViolet Bulawayo to name a few, as they develop proposals for what is sure to be an intellectually-stimulating panel at the 2018 CLA Convention. Panelists could also potentially explore African-American authors such as Jessie Redmon Fauset, Nella Larsen, and others who explore the diverse experiences of women migrating to the city in search of that elusive American Dream.

The deadline for proposals this year will be September 29, 2017. Please submit a 250- to 500-word abstract and a brief CV that includes rank/status (e.g. ABD, Associate Professor, etc.), institutional affiliation (independent scholars are encouraged to submit proposals as well), and past conference presentations. Proposals should be submitted to the SSAWW Vice President of Development, Christopher Allen Varlack, at and note “SSAWW at CLA Proposal” in the E-mail subject line. All proposals should be included as an attachment, preferably as a single PDF document. Confirmation of receipt will be sent within two business days of submission.

While interested participants do not need to be members of SSAWW to submit a proposal for the aforementioned panel, all presenters must be members of SSAWW and the College Language Association by February 1, 2018 in order to participate in this panel. For more information about SSAWW or CLA, please visit or respectively.

Leslie Feinberg’s Stone Butch Blues back “in print”

Leslie Feinberg’s Stone Butch Blues is back “in print” in multiple formats–

in both DIGITAL free-download and PRINT at-cost editions.

Please SHARE widely with your networks.

To access all versions of the 20th Anniversary Author’s Edition of Stone Butch Blues:

About The New Edition

Stone Butch Blues, Leslie Feinberg’s 1993 first novel, is widely considered in and outside the U.S. to be a groundbreaking work about the complexities of gender. Feinberg was the first theorist to advance a Marxist concept of “transgender liberation” in hir theoretical nonfiction book, Transgender Warriors: Making History.

Stone Butch Blues has sold hundreds of thousands of copies, been passed from hand-to-hand inside prisons, and been translated into Chinese, Dutch, German, Italian, Slovenian, Turkish, and Hebrew (with hir earnings from that edition going to ASWAT Palestinian Gay Women). The novel was winner of the 1994 American Library Association Stonewall Book Award and a 1994 Lambda Literary Award.

Leslie Feinberg worked up to a few days before hir death in November 2014 to ready the 20th anniversary Author’s Edition of Stone Butch Blues, to make it available to all, in free-download and at-cost-print editions. This action was one part of hir entire life work as a revolutionary communist to change the world in the struggle for justice and liberation from oppression.

“This Is What Solidarity Looks Like”

This Author’s Edition of Stone Butch Blues is dedicated to CeCeMcDonald, a young Minneapolis trans woman of color organizer and activist sent to prison for defending herself against a white neo-Nazi attacker.

Accessible at is a slideshow, “This Is What Solidarity Looks Like,” that documents the breadth of the global organizing campaign to free CeCe McDonald. Feinberg developed the slideshow with the help of scores of activist photographers.

“This Is What Solidarity Looks Like” is a powerful teaching and organizing tool to show how a mass liberation movement started from a single community to achieve a global reach.

A Note from Minnie Bruce Pratt
Leslie explains in “Author’s Rights and Requests” hir decision as a revolutionary communist to make Stone Butch Blues available free to all through digital download. The at-cost Lulu print version fulfills hir goal of making Stone Butch Blues available in a no-profit-to-anyone edition. Leslie’s “Author’s Rights and Requests” can be found at the end of the new edition.

 In that section, Leslie also briefly discusses some of hir decisions about how zie/she chose to narrate the novel.

As Leslie Feinberg’s literary executor, I am adhering faithfully to hir wishes as zie/she gives those in “Author’s Rights and Requests.” I ask that you honor hir life and her work by respecting hir rights and requests.

Minnie Bruce Pratt

CFP for C19 Seminar: Feminist Critical Regionalism and the Climate of Western Literary Studies (EXTENDED Deadline 9.30.2017)

Feminist Critical Regionalism and the Climate of Western Literary Studies

Seminar Leaders: Jennifer S. Tuttle and Jean Pfaelzer

Following the general conference announcement to this effect, we write to confirm that the deadline for C19 seminar proposals has been extended to September 30, 2017

We are happy to invite proposals for our C19 Conference Seminar on “Feminist Critical Regionalism and the Climate of Western Literary Studies” for the March 2018 event in Albuquerque, NM. Anyone working on women, gender, and 19th-century Wests is welcome to participate. Please note that applicants to seminars need only submit a 250-word abstract by the 30 September deadline.

Please see below for a detailed description of the seminar and how to submit proposals. Seminars are a great venue for exploring new projects and exchanging ideas in a setting less formal than the conference panel. We especially invite graduate students and emerging scholars to join us!

Feel free to contact us with any questions.

Jennifer Tuttle and Jean Pfaelzer

The C19 conference is again offering seminars that emphasize conversation and interactive dialogue as an alternative to traditional paper and roundtable formats. Seminars will provide participants the opportunity to have a collaborative conversation around a particular topic. Seminars will be capped at 15 participants and will be run by co-facilitators with expertise in the topic. Each participant will submit a five-page position paper before the conference to be read in advance by the other participants so that seminar time can be reserved for discussion. Seminar participants will be listed in the program.

Seminars will convene for two hours at the conference. Confirmed participants will pre-circulate 5-page papers to fellow seminar members in advance of the seminar. The due date for the 5-page papers will be Thursday, March 8, 2018, two weeks before the conference commences.

To apply for a seminar, submit a title and an abstract (not to exceed 250 words) of the 5-page paper you propose to pre-circulate to the seminar. Members of the Program Committee and the relevant seminar leaders will select participants from these proposals. Please note: you do not need to submit the 5-page paper itself when applying to the conference.

The submission deadline for seminar applications is September 30, 2017. To apply, please visit

This seminar takes up Krista Comer’s call to advance feminist critical regionalism in studies of the US West, a region invoked here as a material and discursive construct. Recent scholarship by Susan Kollin, Neil Campbell, Chadwick Allen, José Limón, and others on the shifting signifier of the West has powerfully reconceptualized the region as fluidly postwestern, boundlessly rhizomatic, globally trans-indigenous, and deeply local. These reframings of the field are vital, yet Comer observes that “we grapple still as critics” with neglected feminist and decolonial concerns regarding the politics of space, mobility, and flow—“with the fact of immobilities, uneven development, frictions. Who moves when, [and] under what conditions?” (p. 9). This seminar invites papers that use the conference theme of “climate” in innovative ways to navigate paradoxes of mobility and space in intersectional feminist studies of the US West.

How, for example, might reconceiving the West as a wind-blown zone of circulation, stasis, transfer, and exchange within the larger Pacific world recover and resituate women’s agency, further illuminate queer and gender-innovative creative expression in and about the region, and provide interpretive access to the lives and voices of women heretofore overlooked in 19th-century western literary studies, especially indigenous, African American, Chinese American, Chicana, Latina, LGBTQ, and working-class women? Polar Easterlies and equatorial Trade Winds blow from east to west across North America and the Pacific; in the latitudes between them, Westerlies follow a reverse course, roaring from west to east. On the crests of these winds and in their zones of convergence, concurrent and competing agendas have been pursued. As metaphors these winds may inspire new ways of approaching women’s lives and texts in the West of the long 19th century–as a gateway to and a space within the imperial Pacific; a nexus of human trafficking and trade; a site of captivity, exclusion, and transgression; an oceanic zone of Native survivance; or an unmoving, persistent Aztlán. Participants may work within the metaphor of wind or consider other approaches to illuminating western women’s cultural production, but we especially encourage those who engage with the theme of climate.

(Krista Comer, “Thinking Otherwise across Global Wests: Issues of Mobility and Feminist Critical Regionalism,” Occasion: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities, vol. 10, 2016.

Jennifer S. Tuttle is Dorothy M. Healy Professor of Literature and Health at the University of New England, where she directs the Maine Women Writers Collection and co-founded the Women’s and Gender Studies program; in 2017 she completed a term as editor of Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers. She is editor of the first recovered edition of Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s 1911 western The Crux (2002) and co-editor of Charlotte Perkins Gilman: New Texts, New Contexts (2011, with Carol Farley Kessler) and The Selected Letters of Charlotte Perkins Gilman (2009, with Denise D. Knight). Her published essays on Gilman, María Amparo Ruiz de Burton, and Owen Wister explore intersections among gender, medical discourse, and western literary studies. She is currently working on a book about American nervousness in women’s writing of California and the imperial Pacific.

Jean Pfaelzer is Professor of English, Asian Studies, and Women and Gender Studies at the University of Delaware. She is the author of California Bound: The History of Slavery in the American West (2018); Driven Out: The Forgotten War Against Chinese Americans (2007); Parlor Radical: Rebecca Harding Davis & the Origins of American Social Realism (1996); and The Utopian Novel in America (1984) and editor of The Rebecca Harding Davis Reader (1995)Among her forthcoming books is Muted Mutinies: Slave Revolts on Chinese Coolie Ships. Jean recently helped to curate I Want the Wide American Earth: An Asian Pacific American Story for the Smithsonian Museum of American HistoryShe appears in two PBS specials airing this year: “1882” and a PBS/CCBS special on Chinese immigration. In 2015 she was featured on CSPAN3’s “African American Slavery and the Underground Railroad in California.”

Research Society of American Periodicals 2016-17 Article Prize (Deadline 12.01.2017)

The Research Society of American Periodicals invites submissions for its 2016-17 Article Prize.

The prize is awarded to the best article on the subject of American periodicals published in a peer-reviewed academic journal between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2017.

The Article Prize is designed for early-career scholars. Graduate students and those who received their Ph.D. no earlier than January 1, 2012 are eligible to apply.

The prizewinner will be awarded $1000. The prizewinner and two honorable mentions will also be provided with a one-year membership to the Research Society of American Periodicals, which includes a subscription to the society’s journal, American Periodicals.

The winner and two honorable mentions will be invited to participate in an RSAP Article Prize Roundtable held at the 2018 American Literature Association conference, to be held from May 24-27 in San Francisco, CA. All roundtable participants will be reimbursed for travel expenses related to the conference (up to $1000).

To apply, please email a .pdf version of the article and a completed registration form to Benjamin Fagan at

The registration form can be found here:

In order to be considered, all submissions must be received by December 1, 2017.

CFP: Research Support Grant Program, Maine Women Writers Collection (12.01.2017)

Call for Proposals

Research Support Grant Program, Maine Women Writers Collection
The Maine Women Writers Collection at the University of New England in Portland, Maine solicits applications for our Research Support Grant Program, intended for faculty members, independent researchers, and graduate students at the dissertation stage who are actively pursuing research that requires, or would benefit from, access to our holdings.

Grants range between $250 and $1000 and may be used for transportation, housing, and research-related expenses. Applications will be reviewed by an interdisciplinary panel of staff from the MWWC and faculty from the University of New England.

Deadline for applications: December 1, 2017

For application instructions and more information, go to