Call for Nominations: Lydia Maria Child Social Justice Award (Deadline: 4.1.2019)

Call for Nominations: Lydia Maria Child Social Justice Award

In keeping with our society’s goal of honoring and continuing Lydia Maria Child’s vision of and work toward social justice, the Lydia Maria Child Society is pleased to offer three awards recognizing scholarship, pedagogy, creative work, and/or activism that furthers social change: one for faculty, independent scholars, and other professionals; one for scholars, artists, and activists at the graduate level; and one for high school and undergraduate students. Child routinely wrote on behalf of the marginalized, emerging as a passionate advocate for slaves, Native Americans, prisoners, prostitutes, and even animals, among a host of others. Our society aims to recognize academic writing, pedagogical endeavors, creative projects, and social outreach that, like Child’s work, speaks to pressing social causes and/or foregrounds the voices of (oftentimes neglected) authors who have worked to produce socially-conscious writing. Winners will receive a monetary award of $100 and may be featured in our society’s newsletter or other programming.

To apply for any of the three awards or to nominate a colleague or student, please send to by April 1st a letter detailing the ways in which your own or your nominee’s work engages with current social justice concerns, with “Social justice award” as the subject line of your email. If you nominate someone else, please include their contact information so that they may be notified. You are also welcome, though not required, to include a writing sample that demonstrates this engagement. These samples may take the form of essays (or essay excerpts), course syllabi, or descriptions of projects that explore the intersections between American literature/history and social justice outside the academic classroom. Applications should be sent as Word documents and should not exceed 15 pages. While we will be happy to receive submissions that consider Child directly, Child need not be included in order for projects to be eligible; we welcome projects on a variety of authors, genres, periods, and/or concerns.

Winners will be recognized at the upcoming American Literature Association conference in Boston (May 2019), though they need not be present at the conference in order to be eligible for the award. To read about past winners, visit and We look forward to reading your submissions.

CFP: MLA 2020 – Recovery from the Margins a Digital Poster Session (Deadline: 3.15.2019)

CFP: Recovery from the Margins a Digital Poster Session

MLA 2020, Seattle, WA

Well-funded digital archives have energized the field of scholarly editing, yet the recovery of texts by women and people of color has suffered setbacks since the 1990s; in effect, the revitalization of marginal figures has been hampered by a canon that privileges particular genres over “messy” texts, scholarly rationales and digital encoding predicated on a model of single-author agency and the existence of multiple versions of a single text, and granting agencies that favor large-scale initiatives. The Committee on Scholarly Editions solicits presentations for a digital poster session on digital recovery efforts of rare or marginalized texts, texts by women and people of color, texts that dislodge the single author model, and the exploration of the ways in which scholarly editions can avoid replicating colonization/marginalization.

300-word abstracts and bio(s) welcome by 15 March to Noelle Baker (

CFP: MLA 2020 Early American

CFP: Early American Forum

at MLA 2020, Seattle, Wa


American Settler Colonialisms 
Settler colonialism transformed American ecologies, lifeways, cultural exchange, and aesthetic forms. How can this concept in indigenous, environmental, and CRT reorient American studies?

Please send 250-word abstracts to Monique Allewaert ( by March 15


Vast Early America

How does “Vast Early America,” a historiographical orientation from the Pacific and the continental West, change the spatial, temporal, and linguistic coordinates of the field?

Please send 250-word abstracts to Kirsten Silva Gruesz ( by March 15th.


Decolonizing Pedagogies in Early American Studies

What pedagogical strategies, methodological orientations, counter-geographies, canonical interventions, digital platforms, and/or critical fabulations best position the field to decolonize the early American classroom?

Please send 250-word abstracts to Duncan Faherty ( by March 15

CFP: Charlotte Perkins Gilman Society at ALA (Extended Deadline: 1.29.2019)

CFP: New Approaches to Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Charlotte Perkins Gilman Society

American Literature Association (ALA), 30th Annual Conference, May 23-25, 2019

Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s life and work intersect a universe of historical discourses: a testament to Gilman’s rapacious reading habit, sweeping interdisciplinary curiosity, and to her sustained engagement with pressing contemporary issues, scientific discoveries, and progressive remedies embraced by feminists of her time. This session invites papers that discuss new approaches to reading the life, work, and/or literature of Charlotte Perkins Gilman and her intellectual peers, predecessors, and descendants. The panel will gather a selection of papers that help to widen our understanding of the historical, social, literary, and political movements that surrounded one of America’s most famous feminists. Topics may include theoretical approaches to Gilman, such as queer theory, critical race studies, and genre studies, alternative visions of motherhood, feminism in the socialist movement, visual art in women’s writing, reform, recovery, and the archive, and any of the broad connections springing from the life and work of Gilman. Submit a 250-500 word abstract and a CV by January 29, 2019 to Hannah Huber at

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

CFP for Graduate Studies: Beyond the Margins – A Graduate Journal of Literary Scholarship (Deadline: 2.28.2019)

CFP: Beyond the Margins.

A Graduate Journal of Literary Scholarship

University of New Orleans

Beyond the Margins is a new annual, open access, blind peer-reviewed journal, housed at the University of New Orleans, dedicated to furthering diversity in academia through the publication of graduate student scholarship in the field of English, with a focus on literary and textual studies. The journal’s aim is twofold: to broaden opportunities for graduate student scholars to contribute to academic conversations and to provide a platform for alternative forms of scholarship.

Beyond the Margins welcomes submissions from currently enrolled graduate students at the Master’s and Ph.D. level in the form of critical essays, reviews of contemporary scholarly books (published by university or trade presses), pedagogical articles, archival discoveries (including introduction and explanatory notes), and hybrid genres (such as autobiographical criticism). Students from public, urban universities are especially encouraged to submit.

Each issue of Beyond the Margins will also focus on a special theme that pushes beyond the boundaries of what is already known or assumed, although submissions on other topics are welcome as well. The theme of the first issue is “Beyond the ‘Lost Generation’: New Perspectives on American Writers Abroad.” We envision publishing a cluster of essays, archival discoveries, or other pieces that help us to reconceptualize American writers’ experiences abroad beyond the mythology and particular concerns of the “Lost Generation” in France during the 1920s. We are looking for works that take new approaches, examine American writers from a wide variety of backgrounds, and consider their travels to both well-known and lesser-known parts of the globe. Papers may consider such questions as the following, although other approaches are certainly welcome:

* How did race and/or gender impact the experience of Americans abroad?

* When American writers traveled to lesser-known parts of the world did they view these areas and their inhabitants through colonialist eyes? Did they make an effort to fully understand the culture of the areas they visited? If so, how does that effort come across in their writing?

* How do the works that authors wrote while abroad differ from what they wrote while living in the United States? In other words, how were they influenced by their new surroundings?

* How have American writers’ exposure to different artistic communities, political systems, and/or social structures, informed their writings?

* Has going abroad always been a liberatory or beneficial experience for American writers? Has it, in some cases, perhaps limited expression or caused crises of identity?

Submissions, except for reviews, should be 5,000 to 7,500 words, double-spaced, in .doc format, and follow the 8th edition of the MLA style guide. Reviews should be 1,000 words. Submissions will be accepted at, the journal’s website. All submissions must be original and not under consideration elsewhere. Due to the journal’s blind editorial review process, submissions should be accompanied by a cover letter with the title of paper, author’s name, and a brief bio. Do not include the author’s name on the paper itself. Please also provide a one-paragraph abstract.

Beyond the Margins does not accept creative submissions, such as short stories, poems, or creative non-fiction.

Submissions will be accepted until February 28, 2019.

The Editor of Beyond the Margins is Dr. Anne Boyd Rioux, and the Managing Editors for the first issue are Toria Smith and Renee Vincent, graduate students in English at the University of New Orleans. Questions should be directed to

SSAWW Texas Regional Study Group (RSVP by 2.1.2019)

SSAWW Texas Regional Study Group

The Spring 2019 meeting of the Texas Regional SSAWW Study Group is fast approaching! We will be gathering on February 23, 2019 at the University of North Texas in Denton, hosted by John Edward Martin and Angie Calcaterra. The common reading will be Effie M. Moore’s Alone by the Sea: The Story of Jane Wilkinson Long, Mother of Texas (San Antonio: Naylor Company, 1951) [ebook and print-on-demand versions available]. This book is part of an exciting digitization project hosted by UNT Libraries, which we will have the opportunity to learn more about.
RSVP by February 1 to John Edward Martin at — and please indicate if you will need a parking pass, any dietary restrictions, and whether or not you plan to stay for dinner.
More information about the Spring meeting is available on our website:
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.). Please circulate this announcement to your colleagues and grad students.

New Books: Chicago and the Main of American Modernism

Author: Michelle E. Moore

Chicago and the Making of American Modernism: Cather, Hemingway, Faulkner, and Fitzgerald in Conflict

Bloomsbury Academic, 2018



Chicago and the Making of American Modernism is the first full-length study of the vexed relationship between America’s great modernist writers and the nation’s “second city.” Michelle E. Moore explores the ways in which the defining writers of the era-Willa Cather, Ernest Hemingway, William Faulkner and F. Scott Fitzgerald-engaged with the city and reacted against the commercial styles of “Chicago realism” to pursue their own, European-influenced mode of modernist art. Drawing on local archives to illuminate the literary culture of early 20th-century Chicago, this book reveals an important new dimension to the rise of American modernism.

The book contains chapters that reexamine the creation of the Little Room and explores Elia Peattie’s relationship to young Willa Cather. Chapter two tells the story of Harriet Monroe’s fight to create the “Columbian Ode.” It reveals Monroe’s battle to obtain and protect her copyright based on new archival evidence and contextualizes the fight against the backdrop of Chicago history.

Available in print and digital formats: