CFP: American Theatre and Drama Society at SSAWW 2018 (Deadline 4.25.2018)

CFP: American Theatre and Drama Society 

guaranteed affiliate society panel at SSAWW 2018 Triennial Conference

Please see CFP below for the guaranteed ATDS panel(s) at the 2018 conference of our affiliate organization, the Society for the Study of American Women Writers, in Denver,  Colorado,  November 7-11, 2018.  If interested, please send paper title and abstract (250-300 words) to Cheryl Black, BlackC@missouri.edu by April 25.

Panel Theme #1 – Nevertheless She Resisted: Women Playwrights of the Americas Confront Social Injustice

In keeping with SSAWW’s conference theme  “Resistance and Recovery Across the Americas,” this panel invites papers that explore dramatic/performance texts by women writers of the Americas, from any era, that engage and critique oppressive social and political systems.

Panel Theme #2 – Recovery Through Performance

In keeping with SSAWW’s conference theme of “Resistance and Recovery Across the Americas,” this panel invites papers and/or performance texts by women writers of the Americas that explore the dramatization/performance of recovery from traumatic events.

Please distribute widely! Presenters must be or become ATDS members. Any questions, email Cheryl Black BlackC@missouri.edu

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CFP: Constance Fenimore Woolson Society at SSAWW (Deadline: 4.15.2018) 

CFP: Constance Fenimore Woolson Society

at SSAWW 2018 Triennial Conference 

In accordance with the SSAWW’s theme for the 2018 Triennial Conference in Denver, the Constance Fenimore Woolson Society is seeking paper proposals that highlight Woolson’s resistance to gendered, social, political, and environmental thought in her time. We are also interested in papers that discuss how including Woolson as a woman of conviction and an emphatic “resistor” might aid (or hinder) her inclusion in the classroom. Paper proposals could include, but are not limited to the following topics:

  • Woolson and American Exceptionalism
  • Woolson and the domestic sphere (or conception of motherhood)
  • Travel writing as social resistance
  • Woolson’s social realism
  • Woolson and representations of the Reconstruction South
  • Ecocritical engagement with Woolson’s texts
  • Pedagogical approaches to Woolson

We highly encourage unusual or surprising presentation formats, but are just as happy to receive traditional paper proposals. If you are interested in submitting, please email Jane Fleming at jmafleming@utexas.edu with a brief 250-word or less abstract by April 15, 2018.

SSAWW 2018 Triennial Conference Announcements and Updates

Member Advertisements in the Conference Program: April 3, 2018

We are offering special rates for members who want to purchase ad space in our conference program. Please find all the details and information here.


2018 SSAWW Triennial Conference: Update March 15, 2018

Preparations are underway for the Society for the Study of American Women Writers Triennial Conference in Denver, CO, and I wanted to take a moment to update our members regarding our process and some of the exciting developments that you can look forward to later this year.

In early January, we issued a call for reviewers to help in the process of evaluating the numerous individual paper, panel, and roundtable proposals that we were beginning to receive for the 2018 conference. The incredible response from our membership resulted in nearly fifty reviewers from across the world volunteering to read and evaluate these proposals based upon the pre-established criteria provided them. Reviewers examined each proposal based upon relevance to the theme of the conference (resistance and recovery of American women writers across the Americas), the overall relevance to our SSAWW mission, the innovation of the proposal, and the quality of the writing. For each submission, at least three reviewers were assigned, providing us a depth of insight into the strengths of each proposal and their potential placement on the conference program. We would like to offer our thanks to each of the individuals who served in this invaluable role, even participating in a second round of reviews after our extended deadline. Except in the case of clear disagreement in evaluation, I accepted the suggestions of our esteemed panel of reviewers with years of dedicated service to and expertise in the field.

After the process had been completed and we had a working draft of the conference program, we had a few remaining papers that received high marks from reviewers but that did not form complete panels. In our mission for inclusivity, I elected to develop a request for specific proposals on the topics of 1) a pedagogy of resistance and care, 2) American women writers on gender, race, and religion, and 3) citizenship and resistance to oppressive regimes. The deadline for submissions is March 16, 2018. Rather than electing to add a respondent in order to complete those sessions, I wanted to once again extend the opportunity for more scholars and voices to potentially participate in the program. We are pleased to have received thus far a few new proposals as well as a few revised submissions from the original round.

At this point in time, notifications for all panel, roundtable, and individual proposal submissions have been disseminated. For anyone who has submitted a proposal and has not received a formal response, please contact me directly at ssaww.vpdevelopment@gmail.com; some individuals did note technical difficulties in using the Google Forms—a process that we will continue to refine for the future based upon the solid feedback that we received—so we want to ensure that no one fell through the cracks with the new submission process that we adopted this year.

In addition to the dynamic sessions that we have organized for the conference, we are pleased to have Ms. Staceyann Chin—the “Jamaican-Born, Brooklyn-Living, Woman-Loving, Writer/Poet, Political Activist, and Performance Artist”—join us as our keynote speaker for the event. Her work has been featured in many publications, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Pittsburgh Daily. Her distinguished titles include The Other Side of Paradise: A Memoir and “Authenticity,” featured in Black Cool: One Thousand Streams of Blackness. Her contribution will add a unique voice and perspective to the conversation that we hope this conference will evoke. This, along with a planned art exhibition and three film screenings, we hope will result in a stirring conference program that we can talk about for the next three years.

Ultimately, as with planning and organizing any event of this size, it has been a challenging and yet rewarding experience. Through your eager participation and innovative insights into the theme of resistance and recovery, we have been able to organize a number of commanding sessions on women writers, their lasting legacy, pedagogy, and the profession, among other important topics. We look forward to an incredible conference later this year in Denver and thank you once again for your vital contributions to an event that so many great teacher-scholars anticipate over the years. More information regarding the program, hotel accommodations, and registration are forthcoming. As always, we encourage you to check the website regularly or to sign up for the listserv to get updates regarding the conference, CFPs, job announcements, and so much more. With so many ways to still become involved in the conference program (such as volunteering to evaluate CVs in our SSAWW CV Workshop), please be on the lookout for future announcements from the SSAWW Executive Committee over the coming months.

Thank you once again for your time and for your continued support of the Society for the Study of American Women Writers. It is your thoughtful contributions, after all, that enable us to advance our core mission.

Best,

Christopher Allen Varlack

Program Director, 2018 SSAWW Triennial Conference

CFP: Request for Specific Proposals – SSAWW Triennial Conference (Deadline 3.16.2018)

Request for Specific Proposals: SSAWW Triennial Conference

(due Friday, March 16, 2018)

Reviewers have completed their evaluations of the many wonderful proposals that we have received for the 2018 SSAWW Triennial Conference in Denver, and the majority of status notifications have been sent to panel chairs (for pre-formed panels and roundtables) and to individual participants (for those who submitted an individual paper proposal for consideration). At this time, we are requesting individual paper submissions on the following topics in order to complete a few incomplete panels. For those interested in participating, please send a proposal directly to Dr. Christopher Allen Varlack at ssaww.vpdevelopment@gmail.com by Friday, March 16, 2018.

1)      Toward a Pedagogy of Resistance and Care: promoting inclusion in higher education and addressing the challenges for women in academia

2)      American Women Writers of Color Addressing Gender, Race, and Religion: how American women writers successfully or unsuccessfully confront issues of gender oppression, racial strife, or religion across the ages

3)      Contemplating Citizenship and Resistance to Oppressive Regimes: addressing citizenship, political engagement, and resistance in Latinx literature (inside and outside of U.S. borders)

CFP: Request for Specific Proposals – SSAWW Triennial Conference (Deadline 3.16.2018)

Request for Specific Proposals: SSAWW Triennial Conference

(due Friday, March 16, 2018)

Reviewers have completed their evaluations of the many wonderful proposals that we have received for the 2018 SSAWW Triennial Conference in Denver, and the majority of status notifications have been sent to panel chairs (for pre-formed panels and roundtables) and to individual participants (for those who submitted an individual paper proposal for consideration). At this time, we are requesting individual paper submissions on the following topics in order to complete a few incomplete panels. For those interested in participating, please send a proposal directly to Dr. Christopher Allen Varlack at ssaww.vpdevelopment@gmail.com by Friday, March 16, 2018.

1)      Toward a Pedagogy of Resistance and Care: promoting inclusion in higher education and addressing the challenges for women in academia

2)      American Women Writers of Color Addressing Gender, Race, and Religion: how American women writers successfully or unsuccessfully confront issues of gender oppression, racial strife, or religion across the ages

3)      Contemplating Citizenship and Resistance to Oppressive Regimes: addressing citizenship, political engagement, and resistance in Latinx literature (inside and outside of U.S. borders)

CFP: Rediscovering Disability & Resisting Ableism at SSAWW (Deadline 2.28.2018)

CFP: Rediscovering Disability & Resisting Ableism
at SSAWW 2018 Triennial Conference
How does disability intersect with gender, race, class and/or sexuality in lives and work of women writers? One presentation on this panel will discuss a feminist disability studies reading of mood disorders in Louisa May Alcott’s first published novel Moods (1865). Seeking 2-3 additional proposals for a panel addressing physical, psychiatric, sensory or intellectual disabilities as forgotten or neglected aspects of the work of women writers from any period. Please send a 250-300 word abstract and brief bio to Dr. Karyn Valerius (nuckmv@hofstra.edu) by Wednesday, February 28, 2018.

CFP: SSAWW 2018 Triennial Conference (Extended Deadline: 3.2.2018)

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

Extended Deadline: March 2, 2018

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

 


Submit individual paper proposals to: Individual Paper Proposal Form  

  • Interested participants will be asked to provide a tentative paper title as well as a proposal of approximately 250 to 300 words.

Submit pre-formed panel proposals to: Panel Proposal Form 

  • Interested participants will be asked to provide a tentative panel title and contact information for the session chair. In addition, we will need a tentative title and a brief proposal of approximately 250 to 300 words for each participant. Note that panels typically consist of three, preferably four, presenters who are each allotted between fifteen and twenty minutes to present their work with time remaining for discussion.

Submit pre-formed roundtable proposals to: Roundtable Proposal Form  

  • Interested participants will be asked to provide a tentative roundtable title and the contact information for the session chair. In addition, we will need a tentative title and brief proposal of approximately 150 to 250 words for each participant. Note that roundtables typically consist of five to eight participants allocated around six to eight minutes to present their work with time remaining for discussion.

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

  • Interested participants will be asked to provide a tentative session title as well as a brief workshop/exhibition overview of approximately 150 to 250 words. There is an optional section devoted to additional session information to provide space and time considerations, contact information for additional contributors, etc.

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

  • SSAWW affiliate organizations will be asked to provide a tentative panel title and contact information for the session chair. In addition, we will need a tentative title and a brief proposal of approximately 250 to 300 words for each participant. Note that panels typically consist of three, preferably four, presenters allotted fifteen to twenty minutes to present their work with time remaining for discussion. For any special sessions (such as a syllabus/assignment exchange, film screening, etc.) that does not follow this format, please contact Dr. Christopher Varlack directly at vpdevelopment@gmail.com with a query.

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 March 2, 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 ssaww.vpdevelopment@gmail.com; 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 ssaww.vporganizationalmatters@gmail.com.

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 https://ssawwnew.wordpress.com/2018-conference/.