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New “Chat with an Editor” Feature at the SSAWW Conference in Philadelphia

Do you have questions about any aspect of publishing in a scholarly journal? Would you like an editor to look over the abstract and/or introduction to an article you’re thinking of sending out to a journal? Would you like advice about turning a dissertation chapter into a publishable article? Throughout the conference, we’ll have editors of different scholarly journals on hand to meet with conference attendees. Sign up coming soon.

With thanks to the editors involved.

These sessions will complement several other program features at SSAWW such as the Mentoring Breakfast table topics on publishing articles, and publishing books and the session, “Publishing and the Open Access Journal: A Roundtable Discussion,” on Friday. 

Proposed SSAWW Edited Collection and Senior Scholar to Write Preface

Call for Proposed SSAWW Edited Collection and Senior Scholar


The Society for the Study of American Women Writers (SSAWW) is seeking abstracts (250 words) for essays (7500-8500 words, excluding notes) on American women writers and liminality for a proposed edited collection. We also seek a senior scholar in the field of American women writers to write the preface to the collection and, if interested, join the team as a co-editor.


SSAWW 2015 Conference Update

Conference Update – June 3, 2015

Thank you to everyone who submitted to the conference call; our reviewers and the program committee had to make some difficult decisions among many fine submissions. We look forward to a rich and creative program.

We are currently working on the draft conference schedule which we hope to post in the next few weeks along with conference and hotel registration links on the conference website:


To renew your SSAWW membership or become a member, please go to the membership page:


In the meantime, here is some information:

Early registration general audience conference fees (up to July 20): $129.00

After July 20: $150.00

Early registration grad student fees: $90.00

After July 20: $110.00

There will be an extra charge for the optional mentoring breakfast and Saturday lunch.

The room rates as we have previously mentioned are $179. for singles or doubles, $199. for triples, and $219. for quads. These rates do not include taxes.

The main conference email remains ssaww2015.submit@gmail.com

With best wishes and in happy anticipation of the November conference,

Rita, Dick, Beth, Miranda, Leslie and Rickie-Ann

SSAWW 2015 Conference

Thank you to all submitters for the November conference in Philadelphia. We have a wonderful, rich range of submissions and have begun the process of reviewing them. The author society, regional and study group submissions have confirmed spots, and are already indicative of a stimulating and varied program for SSAWW 2015. We will be in touch in mid-to-late spring with decisions for all others.

Thank you again and best springtime wishes,

Rita, Dick, Beth, Miranda, Leslie, Rickie-Ann

Rita Bode (Trent University), VP of Organizational Matters and Conference Director
Dick Ellis (University of Birmingham), President
Beth L. Lueck (University of Wisconsin – Whitewater), Associate Conference Director
Miranda Green-Barteet (Western University), Conference Program Coordinator
Leslie Allison (Temple University), Conference Grad Assistant
Rickie-Ann Legleitner (Black Hills State University), Conference Grad Assistant

SSAWW 2015: Workshop Proposal for the SSAWW Conference Nov. 4-8, 2015

Workshop Proposal for the SSAWW Conference Nov. 4-8, 2015

When Species Meet in Women’s Writing (Panel)

“Silence is perhaps / the sound of spiders breathing” (Lisel Mueller)

We are looking for papers that explore cross-species encounters in
women’s writing. We understand species as a broad category, including
humans and other animals, but also gods, monsters, bacteria, and
cyborgs for example. Papers might explore interspecies communication,
human and animal relationships, women and animals, the “Other”
inhabiting the human, forms of symbiotic relationships, and instances
of transcending the species boundary. Papers on theoretical
approaches, such as Donna Haraway’s et al. are also welcome.

Please submit your proposal (250-300 words), brief biography (60 word
limit), and affiliation to Susanne Opfermann
(opfermann@em.uni-frankfurt.de) and Birgit Spengler
(b.spengler@em.uni-frankfurt.de) by February 11. We will notify you of
the status of your proposal before the general submission deadline
runs out.

SSAWW 2015 Panel: On the Boundary between Public and Private: Rethinking Willa Cather’s Letters (DEADLINE EXTENDED January 15, 2015)

On the Boundary between Public and Private: Rethinking Willa Cather’s Letters (DEADLINE EXTENDED January 15, 2015)

The Cather Foundation solicits proposals on topics related to Cather’s letters for a panel at the Society for the Studies of American Women Writers conference in Philadelphia November 4-8, 2015. For many years, biographers and critics who consulted Willa Cather’s letters could refer to their contents only in paraphrase because of restrictions in Cather’s will. Cather’s insistence that her letters not be published or quoted from and stories about the burning of her letters also became a key component of many interpretations of Cather’s life and works. With the lifting of the ban on publication and quotation, the appearance of The Selected Letters of Willa Cather in 2013, a complete digital edition of the letters underway, and the regular discovery of previously-unknown letters, the time is ripe to rethink Cather’s letters and their place in scholarship.

What can Cather’s letters tell us about her works and her life? What can’t they tell us? Now that scholars can quote from her letters, what can we say about Cather’s voice in her letters and her engagement with the letter as genre? Considering the survival of over 3,000 letters in libraries, was Cather as obsessed with privacy as some previously claimed based in part on stories about the destruction of letters? What public function did Cather’s letters have when she wrote them, and what public function to they have now?

Proposals on these and other topics concerning Cather’s letters are solicited. Depending on the number of proposals, more than one panel or a roundtable of shorter presentations may be constructed. Please e-mail a 250-300 word abstract and a 1-page c.v. to Melissa J. Homestead at mhomestead2@unl.edu by January 15, 2015.

CFP for SSAWW 2015: Texas Regional Study Group: “Written By Herself”: Dialogue in African American Women’s Self-Writing (January 20, 2015)

“Written By Herself”: Dialogue in African American Women’s Self-Writing

 CFP: Texas Regional SSAWW group at SSAWW Conference, November 4-8, 2015 in Philadelphia, PA

Deadline: January 20, 2015

The Texas Regional SSAWW group invited scholars to submit abstracts for its panel at the SSAWW Conference. We welcome abstracts about doing scholarly work on the self-writing of black American women. This panel examines autobiographies, memoirs, and diaries of black American women writers and dialogue that develops between the scholars who work on them and the original author and text. 

Over the past two hundred and fifty years African American women writers and literary scholars have collaborated to create and represent the lives and voices of black women: from Frances Smith Foster’s Written by Herself: Literary Production by African American Women, 1746-1892 in 1979 to Akasha Gloria Hull’s discovery and publication of Give Us Each Day: The Diary of Alice Dunbar-Nelson in 1986; from Audre Lorde’s own memoir The Cancer Journals published in 1980 to Joycelyn Moody’s Sentimental Confessions: Spiritual Narratives of Nineteenth- Century African American Women in 2003 and Rhondda Robinson Thomas’ A Nickel and A Prayer: The Autobiography of Jane Edna Hunter in 2011. (more…)


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