CFP: 2018 Margaret Fuller Society MLA panel (due March 20)

Call for Papers for the 2018 Margaret Fuller Society panel at the Modern Language Association convention, January 4-7, 2018 in New York City:  MARGARET FULLER: NEW CRITICAL APPROACHES.  Such as: Gender fluidity; Queer Theory; Environmental Criticism; Affect and Public Feeling; Transnational mobility; Critical Race Studies; New Feminist Materialism; the New Aesthetics.  250-500 word abstract and short vita by March 20, 2017 to Jeffrey Steele,  Inquiries welcome.

CFP: Migration, Diaspora, Circulation, and Translation, due Feb 15, 2017


Migration, Diaspora, Circulation and Translation 

October 5-7, 2017

University College Dublin, Clinton Institute for American Studies

Dublin, Ireland

A conference sponsored by the Charles Brockden Brown Society



Our conference site in Dublin calls to mind issues of migration, immigration, emigration, colonization, revolution, and other changes that result from the movement of people, ideas, and things from one place to another. Such issues were significant in colonial and early national American writing and thought in the long eighteenth century. The current global migration crisis and the recent “Brexit” vote makes these topics timely for reappraisal: as millions of migrants and asylum seekers cross into Europe, the world confronts questions about borders, resources, community, poverty, wealth, understanding of cultural differences, and human rights. The Eleventh Biennial Conference of the Charles Brockden Brown Society invites papers on all aspects of diaspora, migration, circulation, and translation in the long eighteenth century. The following list offers some examples of suggested topics:


Texts (letters, periodicals, books, treatises) that migrate from one place to another

Migration of species, and theories of natural history that involve migration or hibernation

Spread of genetic material in plants or other living beings; ecological biology, biodiversity, monoculture or related concepts

Movement of food, drink and other cultural practices related to agriculture, food preparation and/or eating

Loss inherent in places from which migration takes place on a large scale

Changing boundaries of nations, places, concepts (gender, childhood, etc.) during the long eighteenth century

Colonial and/or imperial repercussions of migration

Representations of Irishness as an unstable category in the long eighteenth century

Maria Edgeworth’s influence on American texts

Literary hoaxes and their reliance on dissemination

Ways that “contagion” works differently than “diaspora” as a trope

Adaptations, literary influences, allusions, plagiarism, copyright issues

Charles Brockden Brown’s depiction of migration, circulation, translation

Migratory labor, including prisoners, apprentices, and chattel slaves

The effects of borders and border crossing in domestic (national and private) spaces

Although we are an author society, we solicit proposals from a broad range of texts and practices beyond those associated with Brown and his writings alone. We also encourage interdisciplinary scholarship and work emphasizing non-U.S. literatures. Our conference culture aims to create a space of egalitarian consideration free from career-oriented and competitive attitudes, a place for new work to blossom. In this light, we have no concurrent sessions, so that all may be heard by all. Because of time/space constraints, we may ask you to reframe your proposed talk as a brief (5-10 minute) presentation for inclusion within a roundtable format.

Travel Support for Graduate Students: 

Two travel awards of $500 each for graduate student participation will be awarded, funded by the Brown Society. Criteria for these travel subventions will favor students at the dissertation stage (over those in earlier stages of degree work) and those who have not previously presented at a CBBS meeting. Graduate students applying for a subvention should indicate their interest in a cover letter and provide information about whether or not they are ABD.


250-word proposal deadline: February 15, 2017  Please send a proposal in .docx format to

Call for Reviewers: SSAWW Panels at the American Literature Association

Call for Reviewers: SSAWW Panels at the American Literature Association


The Society for the Study of American Women Writers will be presenting two panels at the 2017 American Literature Association Conference in Boston, MA. The theme for our panels this year will be activism and resistance in American women’s writing from early America to the present day. In preparation for this always exciting conference—another great opportunity to promote and advance the study of American women writers—we are asking for volunteers to serve as reviewers for the proposals that we receive. The deadline for submission of proposals is January 15, 2017, so reviewers can expect to receive proposals for evaluation no later than January 17 with a turnaround no later than January 27 in order to allot sufficient time to form our panels, contact participants, and submit materials to the ALA conference organizers.


Please contact Christopher Allen Varlack directly at if you are willing to help with this important process, providing 1) your areas of expertise, 2) your academic rank/institution (independent scholars and advanced graduate students are most welcome to participate), and 3) your contact information. We would like to thank you for your consideration and valuable service to SSAWW. Selected reviewers will receive a letter of appreciation in response and can include their service as part of their CVs.



The SSAWW Executive Committee

CFP: Movement and Mobility, Graduate Symposium, due January 27


Movement and Mobility: An Interdisciplinary Graduate Symposium

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi

April 27th-28th, 2017

Deadline for Abstracts: Friday, January 27th


In a world of rapid global expansion and technological transformation, it can seem as though we are constantly in motion. In response, scholars in the humanities have taken a growing interest in the various ways movement and mobility continually reshape our world. Transnational migrations, human trafficking, and the development of global diasporas, past and present, have re-ordered geographic and cultural boundaries. New methods of travel, from trains and ships to automobiles and airplanes, have had a dramatic impact on the ways we move from one place to another and have forced us to consider the ecological and social consequences of this movement. And in the present, new technologies—from GPS and drones to mobile gaming and virtual reality—have transformed the ways we think about what it means for people to move through physical and virtual space. Historians of politics, literature, and society have studied how activist and artistic “movements” alike have taken shape, while scholars of disability have asked what assumptions about physical capability underlie our conversations about mobility. By seeking to make connections between environment, geography, technology, embodiment, history, and cultural forms, humanities scholars have developed new approaches to understanding what it means to be “on the move.”


We invite submissions on any humanistic approach to movement and/or mobility from graduate scholars working in the fields of literature, history, theater and dance, women, gender and sexuality studies, environmental humanities, oceanic studies, digital humanities, and American studies. Abstracts from both undergraduate researchers and creative writers are also welcome. Papers that adopt interdisciplinary perspectives and examine movements or mobility from diverse theoretical vantage points are encouraged. Presentations should be limited to 15 minutes. The symposium will be open to the public.


Possible topics include (but are not limited to):

– Strategies of movement and migration. What histories and theories of migration have had important impacts on the aesthetic and political cultures they engage? What social, aesthetic, or cultural practices have people used to cope with or justify their movements or migrations?


– Technologies of motion and mobility. How have these contributed to the movement of persons, commodities, and ideas? How have transportation technologies shaped labor, nationalism, communities, or social perceptions of gender, race, or ethnicity? How have technologies that allow us to move through spaces virtually (including computing and gaming) changed the relationship between person and place?


– Environmental movement. What has been the effect or response to movements and migrations on environmental factors and ideas about the environment? How have the movements of technological advancement shaped environments and ideas about them? What elements of our geographical/environmental experiences are “on the move” in ways good or bad?

Movement and gender. How do gendered bodies move through space and

time? What kind of bodily and imaginative mobility are available for those who seek alternative forms of gender or sexual expression? How have discourses of movement, mobility, and change shaped perceptions of gender and sexuality?

– Mobility and the body. How do concepts of ability and disability shape notions of “mobility”? What sorts of activities, contexts, or abilities enable or impede the movement of individual bodies? How do dancing or performing bodies make meaning through movement?


– Movements through time. How does a movement through time shape or affect bodies? Which ones? How can bodies change over time, and how is that change explored in literature, media, or other objects of culture? What theories of history help to shape discussions of migration or its practices? How do migrants, activists, or artists imagine temporality/movement through time?


– Formal Movements. How have social movements or groups used media forms to convey their messages/manifestos/positions? What strategies of formal innovation or “mobility” have social or activist movements used, and why? How do movements tap into the public’s emotions? What does it mean to create a “moving” work of literature, art, or propaganda?



What to Submit:

A 500-word abstract describing the paper’s argument, critical context, and significance. Please include your name, contact information, and paper title with the abstract.

An up-to-date CV.

A brief biography (200-300 words)

Where to Submit:

Abstracts, CVs, and bios should be submitted via email to:

Any questions may also be directed to this address.

Deadline for Abstracts: Friday, January 27th, 2016

Acceptances will be sent out in February





Dr. Hester Blum, Associate Professor of English at The Pennsylvania State University

“Writ Upon Ice”

SSAWW Panels for ALA: due January 15, 2016

CFP: SSAWW Panels at the American Literature Association (ALA), May 2017

The West Copley Place Hotel in Boston, MA


Contact: Christopher Allen Varlack, SSAWW VP of Development

Contact E-mail:


The Society for the Study of American Women Writers (SSAWW) is proud to announce its two panels for the upcoming American Literature Association Conference in Boston, MA, from May 25 to 28, 2017. These two panels intend to present the varied ways in which women—as authors and activists, storytellers and social critics—have engaged and continue to engage in activism in response to the many social, cultural, and political issues that shape American life. But as Annelise Orleck notes in her 2015 Rethinking American Women’s Activism, far too many have envisioned “women’s activism and advances in women’s rights as having come in two major waves,” the mid-nineteenth and mid-twentieth centuries—a view that inaccurately suggests “women had little to do with American politics or social change at any other times” (xi). In their attempt to promote a more expansive vision, this year’s SSAWW panels seek to engage the theme of activism and resistance in American women’s writing from early America to the present day:


Panel I: Activism in Early American to Nineteenth-Century American Women’s Writing

Panel II: Activism in Twentieth-Century to Twenty-First Century American Women’s Writing


Because of its influence in shaping public discourse and the socio-political conversation, American women’s writing across time and across genre has played an important role in shaping the vision for social change. These panels will therefore ask participants to consider women writers and political activism.  Presenters might explore the need for renewed attention to  women writers for their efforts at activism and resistance in a largely patriarchal society that too often relegates women to second class status at best. What are the social, cultural, racial, and political challenges that they seek to overcome? How do they envision, in their writing, a less restrictive America—one where the notion of equality extends across the racial, gender, and religious lines that arguably still divide the United States? How do their works resist not only the social norms but also the culture of marginalization that seeks to limit the involvement of women and minority peoples in traditional political roles? Interested participants are encouraged to think not just of the speeches, articles, and essays traditionally associated with political discourse but also of the novels, short stories, poems, and plays, etc. that necessarily challenge America’s social ills and promotes socio-political change.


The deadline for proposals this year is January 15, 2017. Please submit a 250 to 500-word abstract and a brief CV (no more than two pages) 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 Christopher Allen Varlack at and note either “ALA Panel 1 Submission” or “ALA Panel 2 Submission” 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 a member of SSAWW to submit a proposal for the aforementioned panels, all presenters must be members with SSAWW before ALA in order to participate in a SSAWW-sponsored panel.

Job Posting: Assistant Professor of English (Early Americanist), Valdosta State University. Due 1-9-2017

The Department of English invites applications for an academic tenure track faculty position. In addition to teaching a standard 4/4 load per academic year (graduate and undergraduate courses in area of expertise), responsibilities include research leading to publication and service at the department, college, and university levels.

Must have a  PhD in English with a specialization in pre-1865 American literature. Preferred subspecialties include multi-ethnic American literatures (Native American, African American, and/or ethnic literature of the Americas) and global perspectives (transatlantic, transnational, and/or hemispheric).
Preferred teaching experiences include composition and world literature.

The Department of English at VSU offers a versatile major focused on the study of language and literature designed to help students develop the critical, analytical, and writing skills employers seek.

By January 9, 2017, please submit a cover letter, CV, 3 letters of recommendation, and official transcripts to

For more information contact Dr. Donna Sewell, Interim Department Head, via phone 229-333-5946 or email

CFP for ALA 2017: Edwidge Danticat Society, due December 20, 2016

ALA Boston 2017


The American Literature Association Conference

May 25-28, 2017

The Westin Copley Place in Boston, MA


The Edwidge Danticat Society invites papers for a panel at the 28th  Annual American Literature Association conference. We welcome papers that explore the expanse of Danticat’s work across many genres. As a prolific author, she has produced short stories, the collection Krik! Krak! (1996) and novel-in-stories The Dew Breaker (2004); several novels Breath, Eyes, Memory (1994), The Farming of Bones (1998), and Claire of the Sea Light (2013); three young adult novels, Beyond the Mountains (2002) and Anacaona: Golden Flower, Haiti, 1490, which belong to series, and her latest works Untwine (2015); and Mama’s Nightingale (2015), a children’s picture book. She has embraced life writing, producing two memoirs in what might be considered the collective mode, Brother, I’m Dying (2007) and Create Dangerously: The Immigrant Artist at Work (2010). She has edited several anthologies, The Butterfly’s Way: Voices from the Haitian Diaspora (2001), Haiti Noir (2011), and Best American Essays (2011); written a travel narrative, After the Dance: A Walk Through Carnival in Jacmel, Haiti, and is also an essay contributor for The New Yorker. Beyond this, Danticat has written and narrated two films, Poto Mitan (2009) and Girl Rising (2013).


The Edwidge Danticat Society invites proposals for 15-minute presentations, possible topics include:

  •          The collective memoir, testimonio, and non-traditional archives in Danticat’s memoirs
  •          Danticat’s role as anthology editor, promoting the literature of the Haitian dyaspora
  •          The literary in Danticat’s work in film
  •          Danticat’s op-editorial and essay contributions

By December 20, 2016, please submit a 150-word biography, 300-word abstract (including working title) and any a/v needs to Megan Feifer, or Maia Butler,


Membership with the Edwidge Danticat Society is required for panelists, but it is not required to submit proposals for consideration. Membership dues to the Edwidge Danticat Society ( must be paid by March 15, 2015.


American Literature Association conference registration ( must be paid by March 15, 2015, or papers/panels will not appear in the conference program.


CFP: Collection on Playwright Lydia Diamond, Due December 16, 2016




Staging Lydia: Dramaturgy, Directing & Design in the Plays of Lydia Diamond

Edited by Denise J. Hart

(Northwestern Press 2018)


Staging Lydia is an anthology that seeks to contextualize the work of notable seasoned African American woman playwright Lydia Diamond for a broader academic and professional audience. This anthology will include chapters from both scholars and professional theatre practitioners. It will serve as a resource in institutions and spaces that serve undergraduate students and professional

practitioners seeking a comprehensive examination of the works of Lydia Diamond.


Written and edited by theatre scholar, educator and dramaturge Denise J. Hart, Staging Lydia positions the work of Lydia Diamond as an important African American playwright making a significant contribution to the diversification of the American Theatre canon. The volume will include an in-depth interview with Diamond and key collaborators who’ve impacted her playwriting career.  Northwestern Press will release he volume in 2018.


Diamond is the author of 6 published plays and the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships. In addition to being produced in regional theatre houses, her play Stick Fly was produced on Broadway by Alicia Keys in 2012 under the direction of Kenny Leon.


 Breakdown of Manuscript

Foreword by Kathy Perkins

Introduction by the editor, Denise J. Hart

12 chapters (essays) ranging from 5000 to 6000 words in length

8-10 practitioner interviews for a chapter on collaborators who have worked on Diamond’s plays


Essay Topics

The anthology will examine Diamond’s work through the lens of dramaturgy, directing and design. Authors are encouraged to form essay topics that spring from their specific interest in and relationship to Diamond’s work.



Authors are invited to submit an abstract, due no later than December 16, 2016

Each proposal submission must be in Microsoft Word format and include: title of paper; abstract (250 words maximum),

author’s affiliation(s) and email address.  Email your submission to:


Editor –  Denise J. Hart

Denise J. Hart, a tenured Associate Professor of Theatre at Howard University. Hart is a prolific playwright, dramaturge and

educator.  For the past 16 years she has served the academic population at Howard University where she founded the Playwrights-in- Process Visiting Playwrights series and where she was instrumental in the development of Obie Award Winning playwright, Nikkole Salter’s ground breaking play, “Repairing a Nation” and through a partnership with the Lark Play Development Center, she assisted with the play development and translation from French to English of award winning French playwright, Kofi Kwahule’s “Melancholy of Barbarians.”


Hart is also a founding charter member of the August Wilson Society, housed at Howard University. She is an active member of professional theatre organizations, including: American Society of Theatre Research, Dramatist Guild, Black Theatre Network, SAG, Literary Managers and Dramaturges of the Americas, Association of Theatre in Higher Education and serves as the Secretary of the board for the Black Theatre Alliance of ATHE


SUBMISSION DEADLINE: December 16, 2016   Email to

CFP for ALA 2017: Emily Dickinson International Society, Due Jan 4, 2017

Calls for Papers

Emily Dickinson International Society



The Emily Dickinson International Society will sponsor two sessions at the 2017 American Literature Association Annual Conference. ALA conference will be held in Boston, May 25-28, 2017. Please send a 300-word abstract and a brief CV to Michelle Kohler ( and Renee Bergland ( by January 4, 2017.


Panel 1: Dickinson and Violence

We welcome papers that consider the significance of violence within Dickinson’s corpus. For example, papers might offer new approaches to Dickinson’s poetic treatment of war violence, slavery, criminality, natural disaster, violence toward or among animals, theodicy, racial or gendered violence, as well as more metaphorical forms of violence, to language, paper, syntax, decorum, etc.


Panel 2: Emily Dickinson, Open Topic

We invite papers on any aspect of Dickinson’s poems and letters, including multi-disciplinary or multi-author.

CFP for ALA 2017: Pauline E. Hopkins Society Due January 6, 2017

Please consider submitting a proposal for one of the two panels (including one on editors) below.  Ellen Gruber Garvey has kindly agreed to act as respondent for the first panel.  Thank you.

Call for Papers

Pauline E. Hopkins Society

American Literature Association

28th Annual Conference

May 25-28, 2017

Boston, MA


The Pauline Elizabeth Hopkins Society will sponsor two sessions at the 28th Annual Conference of the American Literature Association.


Panel One: Pauline Hopkins and Other Editors

Pauline Hopkins’s work as an author has, to a certain degree, overshadowed her work as an influential editor at The Colored American Magazine and later at the short-lived New Era Magazine.  Yet, as Hanna Wallinger has pointed out, her position at the Colored American “put Hopkins at the center of crucial debates about the cultural politics of magazine editing, the cultural politics of radical activism, and the early feminist movement.” This panel welcomes papers that address any aspect of Hopkins’s work as a magazine editor, particularly in relation with other editors at the Colored American (such as Walter Wallace and Fred R. Moore), the New Era, or other periodicals.  Papers on her relationships to her contemporaries, such as T. Thomas Fortune of The New York Age or the editors of mainstream publications aimed at white readers, and also later editors, such as W.E.B. Du Bois and Jessie Fauset of The Crisis, are particularly welcome.


Questions to consider might include: How did Hopkins wield her influence as editor in the pages of the magazine and behind the scenes?  What is the relationship between Hopkins as author and Hopkins as editor?  How is editing linked to issues of gender and/or race?  How do these issues influence or drive Hopkins’s role as editor in relation to other editors?  How is editing related to what Wallinger has called “the cultural politics of radical activism” in Hopkins’s work and that of other editors?


Ellen Gruber Garvey, author of Writing With Scissors: American Scrapbooks from the Civil War to the Harlem Renaissance (Oxford 2013), and The Adman in the Parlor: Magazines and the Gendering of Consumer Culture (Oxford UP 1996), is scheduled to serve as respondent to this panel.  We ask that full drafts of papers be available by May 8th.


Panel Two: Open panel on any topic related to Pauline Hopkins’s life and work.

Especially welcome are papers on approaches to teaching Hopkins and her work.


Instructions for proposal submission:

  • Abstracts for both panels should be no more than 300 words and accompanied by a brief CV.
  • Proposals for both panels should be sent to Eurie Dahn, Program Committee Chair, at by January 6, 2017.
  • The subject line of the email should be “Hopkins/ALA panel one (or two).”
  • AV needs should be included in the proposal.
  • Membership in the Pauline E. HopkinsSociety is required of presenters.