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Graduate Students – “The Year in Conferences: C19” (Deadline: 1.20.2018)

Calling graduate student writers for “The Year in Conferences: C19″:
ESQ: A Journal of Nineteenth-Century American Literature and Culture is seeking participants to cover the C19 convention in New Mexico this March for its annual “The Year in Conferences” feature.
The C19 team will cover panels of interest to ESQ‘s readers.  This project is an excellent opportunity for scholarly collaboration and professionalization. YiC has been recognized by scholars not just for its utility but also as a mentoring and networking tool. From the initial recruiting stages to panel selection and publication of the final piece, YiC creates a supportive, collaborative environment that encourages participants to do their best work.  Past YiC writers have found the experience very rewarding.
We seek a team of Ph.D. students working in nineteenth-century American literature.  If you are interested in participating, please send a C.V. and brief message describing your scholarly interests to LuElla D’Amico at by January 20th.  Applicants will be notified before the end of January

Honoring Judith Fetterley at MLA – 40th Anniversary of The Resisting Reader

Please join us at at the 2018 MLA to celebrate the

40th anniversary of  The Resisting Reader

Session 749:

         Before #Resist:  Judith Fetterley’s The Resisting Reader at Forty

Featured speaker:  Judith Fetterley

Sunday, January 07, 2018    8:30 AM – 9:45 AM  

Sheraton New York Times Square, Central Park East meeting room


Mary Jo Bona, Stony Brook University, “Fetterley’s ‘Palpable Design’: Feminist Blueprint for Resisting Scholars”

David Bleich, University of Rochester, “Immasculation in the Language Uses of Science and Philosophy”

Yung-Hsing Wu,  University of Louisiana, “Identification Matters:  One Legacy of The Resisting Reader

for more information:

link to the session description in the Program 

CFP: The Margaret Fuller Society at ALA (Deadline 1.15.2018)

The Margaret Fuller Society

invites proposals for two panels

at the American Literature Association Conference

San Francisco, May 24-27, 2018


Margaret Fuller: In the Classroom and Beyond

We invite submissions that address teaching Fuller in any academic context or in venues outside of the traditional classroom.


Margaret Fuller: Out of New England

We invite submissions that address such topics as:

  • Fuller and the West
  • Fuller and the East
  • Fuller and regionalism
  • Fuller and New York/Paris/Rome
  • Fuller and transnationalism or cosmopolitanism
  • Fuller and translation

We especiially welcome proposals that approach Fuller along with other writers.

Please send a one-page proposal to Charlene Avallone by 15 January 2018

CFP: SSAWW 2018 Triennial Conference in Denver, Colorado

CFP for the SSAWW 2018 Triennial Conference in Denver, Colorado

Conference Theme: “Resistance and Recovery across the Americas”

November 7-11, 2018 | The Westin Denver Downtown



From Anne Hutchinson to Phillis Wheatley to the Crunk Feminist Collective, American women writers have historically engaged in resistance in their creative/activist works, pushing against restrictive gender norms, a patriarchal culture that devalued women in political and economic spaces, the tradition of silence and silencing, and any number of other obstacles that limited women’s voices and their freedom to explore the full breadth of their unique identities. At the same time, from scholars like Frances Foster to the initiatives championed by the likes of Legacy and the Colored Conventions Project, scholars also work toward recovery, eager to rediscover the works of American women writers who were active in their resistance, insightful in their social and political critiques, and responsive to the dominant discourse on race, protest, social justice, as well as identity, etc. emerging during their lives. For the 2018 SSAWW Triennial Conference in Denver, CO, we invite proposals on the topic of “Resistance and Recovery across the Americas,” from early American literature to the literature of the present day. Proposals are encouraged in, but not limited to, the following topics:


Literary Studies

  • Writing the fight: social justice, resistance, and protest in poetry and prose
  • Confronting race, whiteness, invisibility, and labor in women’s writing
  • Social and political resistance in American women’s writing
  • Resistance to restrictive gender roles in women’s writing
  • The role of writing in emotional recovery from systemic oppression
  • Memoir as a genre of recovery and resistance
  • Periodicals, newspapers, and magazines: women and textual engagement
  • Recovering American women’s writing from the archives


Teaching and Pedagogy

  • Women scholars’ resistance and work to change academic institutions
  • Resisting the canonical syllabus by diversifying the field of women writers taught in the classroom
  • Teaching beyond traditions by transcending traditional theoretical lenses, engaging new approaches to student research/scholarly production, etc.
  • Encouraging thinking beyond traditional academic silos by engaging the intersection of art, music, literature, etc. for a more interdisciplinary approach


Public Humanities

  • Performance
  • Scholarship as social engagement
  • Teaching outside of the academic classroom
  • Creating partnerships for public humanities by bridging the university and the public sphere


Digital Humanities

  • Utilizing digital avenues to showcase research projects and student work
  • Pedagogical practices of digital tools, assignments, projects in the classroom
  • Labor and recovery in the digital age: new models of resistance, politics, and economies
  • Approaches to shepherding projects from initial idea stage to fully-formed digital works
  • The state of digital humanities
    • Access to grant funding and sustainability of long-term projects
    • Perceived disparities between projects focusing on male versus female authors
    • How digital publication platforms can both hurt and/or help recovery work
    • Discussion on the differences between digital and print texts, journals, etc.


Professional Development

  • Professional challenges within universities or the discipline (e.g. how to “count” digital work toward promotion and tenure, reconsidering the value of edited volumes, etc.)
  • From PhD candidate to colleague: tips for demystifying the academic job market
  • Resisting the PhD pipeline: considering the non-academic job search and the role of Humanities PhDs outside of the academy
  • From proposal and beyond: understanding academic publishing in the twenty-first century


The deadline for proposals of approximately 250 to 300 words is Friday, February 16, 2018, using the corresponding Google Form listed below. Session lengths are 1 hour and 15 minutes, and preference will be given to pre-formed panels as well as roundtables (pending review by our esteemed SSAWW reviewers), though high-quality individual submissions will be accepted and grouped into coherent panels when possible. Remember that panels typically consist of three, preferably four, presenters allotted approximately fifteen minutes each to present their work with time remaining for discussion. Roundtables typically consist of five to eight participants allotted approximately six to eight minutes to present their work with time remaining for discussion. In order to help facilitate the review process and the development of this exciting SSAWW program, we ask that participants identify five key words for proposals when submitting.

Submit individual paper proposals to: Individual Paper Proposal Form  

Submit pre-formed panel proposals to: Panel Proposal Form 

Submit pre-formed roundtable proposals to: Roundtable Proposal Form  

Submit workshop and exhibition proposals to: Workshop & Exhibition Proposal Form 

Submit special sessions (for SSAWW affiliate organizations) to: Special Sessions SSAWW Affiliate Organizations 

For complete sessions, please ensure that notifications are sent to potential participants by early February at the latest to allow those whose proposals are not accepted for the panel or roundtable to submit individual paper proposals by the submission deadline of February 16, 2018. Chairs will be asked to provide an abstract for the panel as a whole (approximately 250 to 300 words) as well as the contact information and a brief biographical statement (no longer than 60 words) for each participant, each individual abstract, and any A/V requirements (please note that while we do recognize the need for support for some presentations, there are always high costs associated with securing this equipment that we would like to limit).

This year, participants are allowed to appear on the final program no more than twice in an effort to allow as many individuals as possible the opportunity to participate. Participants will be listed in the program if they are presenting a paper, participating in a roundtable or workshop, or serving as the chair for a session. Participating in two different roles in the same session (e.g., as the chair and a panelist) would therefore count as two listings in the program. Please note that it is not permissible to present on two panels, though individuals can present as part of a panel and a roundtable session.

For help regarding any technical issues with the new electronic submission form or for questions regarding the participation guidelines above, please contact the Program Director for the 2018 conference, Dr. Christopher Allen Varlack, at; he is also the contact person for scheduling, A/V requests, etc. For questions regarding the conference itself, please contact the Vice President of Organizational Matters, Dr. Sabrina Starnaman, via E-mail at

Note that selected participants must be members of SSAWW no later than September 28, 2018 in order to secure their place on the conference program. We look forward to receiving proposals for the many thoughtful and informative sessions that our SSAWW members always produce and to seeing you in Denver for yet another powerful SSAWW Triennial Conference. The registration and hotel information will be posted to the SSAWW website, listserv, as well as social media accounts under separate cover.

For additional information about the Society for the Study of American Women Writers, please visit our website at

CFP: Charlotte Perkins Gilman Society at ALA (Deadline: 12.31.2017)

The Charlotte Perkins Gilman Society is seeking submissions to a panel at the annual ALA conference in San Francisco (May 24-27, 2018).

“Embodiment and Charlotte Perkins Gilman”

Despite a career-spanning insistence on the spiritual value of collective humanity, the writings of Charlotte Perkins Gilman often take a turn toward the exploration of individual embodiment. In her autobiography, Gilman attests to a “life-long interest in physical culture” and recounts many of her life’s events through somatic experience. In another instance, she recalls a doctor’s praise for having depicted so thoroughly the physical experience of nervous breakdown in “The Yellow Wall-Paper.” This session invites papers that explore Gilman’s fascination with the physical body and her simultaneous investment in and resistance to individualized embodiment. This panel’s selected papers should contribute to a better understanding of themes of embodiment and corporeality in Gilman’s writings. They may also illuminate Gilman’s and/or other writers’ enmeshment in scientific, medical and popular treatments of the body in late nineteenth and early twentieth century culture. Additionally, this panel encourages pedagogical approaches to embodiment and similar themes in the works of Gilman and other contemporary authors.

Submit 250 to 500-word abstracts and a CV, by December 31, 2017, to Hannah Huber, University of South Carolina,

For more information about the conference, please visit the ALA website at

CFP: Catharine Maria Sedgwick Society at ALA, (Deadline 1.15.2018)

Catharine Maria Sedgwick Society

Call for Papers

American Literature Association Conference

San Francisco, CA May 24-27, 2018

SESSION 1: Roundtable: Sedgwick and American Enchantment

The Catharine Maria Sedgwick Society calls for 5-7 scholars to participate in a roundtable discussion of Michelle Sizemore’s recently published American Enchantment: Rituals of the People in the Post-Revolutionary World (Oxford UP, November 2017). Participants do not need to focus on the discussions of Sedgwick in the final chapter but instead can address Sizemore’s treatment of any of the central authors (such as Hawthorne, Irving, Brackenridge, and Brown); the significance of this scholarship on Sedgwick Studies; and/or key issues in Sizemore’s work, such as thinking of “the people” as a process rather than as a substance or understanding “enchantment” as a contingent state of embodied cognition.

A description of the book is as follows: The demise of the monarchy and the bodily absence of a King caused a representational crisis in the early republic, forcing the American people to reconstruct the social symbolic order in a new and unfamiliar way. Social historians have routinely understood the Revolution and the early republic as projects dedicated to and productive of reason, with “the people” as an orderly and sensible collective at odds with the volatile and unthinking crowd. American Enchantment rejects this traditionally held vision of a rational public sphere, arguing that early Americans dealt with the post-monarchical crisis by engaging in “civil mysticism,” not systematic discussion and debate. By evaluating a wide range of social and political rituals and literary and cultural discourses, Sizemore shows how “enchantment” becomes a vital mode of enacting the people after the demise of traditional monarchical forms. In works by Charles Brockden Brown, Washington Irving, Catharine Sedgwick, and Nathaniel Hawthorne–as well as in Delaware oral histories, accounts of George Washington’s inauguration, and Methodist conversion narratives–enchantment is an experience uniquely capable of producing new forms of popular power and social affiliation. Recognizing the role of enchantment in constituting the people overturns some of the most common-sense assumptions in the post-revolutionary world: above all, that the people are not simply a flesh-and-blood substance, but also a mystical force.

Please send a brief abstract (200 words) outlining your intended focus in the roundtable to Lisa West,, by January 15, 2018.



Catharine Maria Sedgwick Society

Call for Papers

American Literature Association Conference

San Francisco, CA May 24-27, 2018

SESSION 2: Panel: Sedgwick (and others) Beyond Unitarianism

The Catharine Maria Sedgwick Society seeks papers that invite discussion of religion in Sedgwick’s life and writing. In particular, the society hopes to complicate an understanding of Sedgwick’s Unitarian beliefs; call attention to her use of a variety of religious affiliations and doctrines; consider the role of secularism in her work; and investigate connections between religion, education, morality, and fiction. Papers that address contemporaries of Sedgwick, particularly other women writers or religious theorists, will also be considered. Please send an abstract of 250 words to Lisa West,, by January 15, 2018.

CFP: Mary E. Wilkins Freeman Sessions at ALA 2018 (Deadline: 1.15.2018)

CFP for the Mary E. Wilkins Freeman Sessions at ALA 2018

The Mary E. Wilkins Freeman Society will sponsor two sessions at the American Literature Association Conference at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco (May 24-27, 2018). Please see the topics below and send 250-word abstracts and brief vitae to Program Chair Myrto Drizou ( by January 15, 2018.

Session 1: Mary E. Wilkins Freeman and Race

Though she is often labeled as a New England regionalist, Mary E. Wilkins Freeman is becoming increasingly recognized as an author who has engaged with a range of geographical contexts, generic conventions, and sociopolitical discourses. Scholars have widely discussed her challenging representations of gender, particularly in the context of turn-of-the-century ideas about marriage, economy, social class, and material culture. Although Freeman is radical in her representations of gender, she is often silent on issues of race. For instance, her historical romance The Heart’s Highway (1900), offers conventional, exoticizing descriptions of black subjects in a 17th-century Virginia plantation. This panel will include papers that explore the discussion of race (or lack thereof) in any aspect of Mary E. Wilkins Freeman’s work, including her children’s stories, Gothic fiction, novels, and plays. Comparative studies with her contemporary (or later) authors are welcome.

Session 2: Open Topic

This session invites proposals for presentations concerned with any aspect of Freeman’s life and oeuvre. Discussions (and examples) of teaching Freeman’s works are particularly welcome.


For more information about the conference, please consult the ALA website at