CFP: Catharine Maria Sedgwick Society at ALA 2019 (Deadline: 1.15.2019)

CALL FOR PAPERS – Catharine Maria Sedgwick Society

2019 American Literature Association Conference,

May 23-26, 2019, Westin Copley Hotel, Boston, MA

Send 200 word abstracts to Lisa West, by January 15, 2019.

Catharine Maria Sedgwick and the Gothic or Supernatural

While Sedgwick is associated with Federalist politics, reason, republican sensibility, and moral leadership, her writings do venture into the gothic, the uncanny, the supernatural, and the enchanted.  This panel will explore the underexamined ways Sedgwick uses the gothic and the supernatural in her fiction and other writings.  Panelists are encouraged to consider ways she responds to a transatlantic gothic tradition or to think about the religious supernatural. Panelists can build on ideas and papers presented at 2018 ALA or SSAWW.  Papers are also welcome on writers who are contemporaries of Sedgwick, such as Washington Irving or Lydia Maria Child. Send 200-word abstracts to Lisa West, by January 15, 2019.

The Catharine Maria Sedgwick Society is sponsoring a roundtable on:

Sedgwick’s Letters: Material Letters, Transcribed Letters, Fictional Letters, Digitized Letters.

This roundtable will put the exciting work of the Catharine Maria Sedgwick Online Letter  (CMSOL) Project in conversation with theoretical approaches to “the letter” in a variety of contexts.  CMSOL is an ongoing initiative with the goal of making the correspondence of Sedgwick held at the Massachusetts Historical Society publicly available in digitized form.  This project is significant not only in developing the scholarly infrastructure of Sedgwick Studies but also in linking archives, scholars, and the general public.  The project raises numerous ethical and pragmatic issues about reading, transcribing, and editing letters.  We welcome short presentations on Sedgwick’s (or her contemporaries’) personal letters, letters embedded within novels, letters from abroad, or references to letters.  Scholarly challenges in working with letters or family papers also welcome, as are presentations that consider the role of letter-writing within a broader literary culture.  Send 200-word abstracts to Lisa West, by January 15, 2019.



CFP: Dissent of the Governed, c18 and c21 – Charles Brockden Brown Society (Deadline: 2.15.2019)


Dissent of the Governed, c18 and c21

October 3-5, 2019

University of Kentucky – Lexington, Kentucky

A conference sponsored by the Charles Brockden Brown Society (

While the long-eighteenth century gave rise to “the consent of the governed” as a principle of legitimate government, this period also witnessed inventive forms of dissent by many who were presumed to have given, or who had never been asked for, their consent. Recent developments in the U.S. and across the globe spur to mind these earlier contexts in which the law was deemed immoral or incorrect. Black Lives Matter has powerfully challenged ideas of the law and its enforcers as supposedly neutral. High school students’ responses to the spate of school shootings raise questions about political rights and avenues of participation for the disenfranchised, in this case, the under-aged – but also non-citizens, felons, the homeless, and more. The uncertain legal standing of non-persons—Are corporations individuals? Who or what represents “the environment,” and on what basis?—recalibrate conventional understandings of consent and dissent. These issues provide a fitting opportunity to reconsider Brown’s time and our own. What were the forms of dissent in the final decades of the eighteenth century and the early decades of the nineteenth? Who were the participants? How did contemporaries understand the impact of disagreement and disobedience on republicanism? On democracy? How was the Revolutionary tradition of dissent eventually tempered and managed by elites from the ratification of the Constitution onward? The Twelfth Biennial Conference of the Charles Brockden Brown Society invites papers on all aspects of dissent in the Atlantic World of the long eighteenth century. Topics might include:

  • Blurring of fact and fiction: fake news, propaganda, novel writing, hoaxes
  • “Social networks” from the Friendly Club to Facebook
  • Uses, manipulations of, and controversies over historiography and storytelling
  • Free speech (e.g., in the first amendment; its invocation in recent years as protection for

    hate speech or bias crime; issues of civility, etc.)

  • Populism, demagoguery, fears of tyranny
  • Protest
  • Violence performed by/upon marginalized populations (e.g., The Whiskey Rebellion,

    slave revolts, Pontiac’s War)

Women’s governance and dissent, within the family and the political community

  • Justice and inequality
  • Resistance to nationalism and imperialism
  • Dissenting religions
  • Dissenting regions
  • Racism and xenophobia

Though 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 flourish. Thus we have no concurrent sessions, so that all may be heard by all. Due to time and 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:

Some graduate student travel support will be available. 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, 2019. Please send a proposal in .docx format to

CFP: Constance Fenimore Woolson Society, 13th Biennial Conference (Deadline: 10.28.2018)

Thirteenth Biennial Conference of the

Constance Fenimore Woolson Society 

Constance Fenimore Woolson: Making Her Presence Felt in the World

 Rollins College

Winter Park, Florida

April 4-7, 2019

We welcome papers on any topic related to Woolson’s life and work, as well as the life and work of her contemporaries.  Feel free to extend consideration to the reception of her writings or the writings of contemporary authors, to the business of being Woolson, or to the pleasure of being a Woolson scholar.

This call is capacious because we will be celebrating a momentous 25th anniversary.  The Society began during a meeting of Woolson scholars at Rollins College, a series of sessions that were held in January 1995.  Organized by Kate Reich, longtime director of the Woolson Archives, that first conference was convened to mark the centenary of Woolson’s death in Venice during 1894.

 Once again in 2019, sessions will be held in the Woolson Room at Rollins College.  To commemorate those first papers and to honor the Society’s longevity, five new biennial awards will be made in the name of founding scholars: Kate Reich, Victoria Brehm, Sharon L. Dean, Cheryl Torsney, and Anne Boyd Rioux.  Those who have published a book, an essay, or a creative work on Constance Fenimore Woolson in a peer-reviewed venue since March 2016, when the Society last met, are invited to apply for well-deserved recognition.

Woolson Society conferences are open to all.  Membership in the society is not a requirement.  Graduate student proposals are encouraged.

Please send all queries and informal proposals (up to 250 words, plus a brief bio) to Dr. Carolyn Van Bergen-Rylander at  Thanks for placing “Woolson Conference 2019” in the subject line. 

Deadline: October 28, 2018.

Call for Graduate Students: “Year in Conferences-MLA” (Deadline 9.20.2018)

Call for Graduate Students:

“The Year in Conferences MLA”

ESQ: A Journal of Nineteenth-Century American Literature and Culture is seeking participants to cover the Modern Language Association convention in Chicago this January for its annual “The Year in Conferences” feature.

The MLA 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 September 20, 2018.

CFP: American Literature – Early and 19th-C at CEA 2019 (Deadline: 11.01.2018)

Call for Papers, American Literature:

Early and 19th-Century, at CEA 2019

March 28-30, 2019 | New Orleans, Louisiana

Astor Crowne Plaza

739 Canal Street, New Orleans, Louisiana 70130 | Phone: (504) 962-0500

The College English Association, a gathering of scholar-teachers in English studies, welcomes proposals for presentations on American Literature: Early and 19th-Centuryfor our 50th annual conference. Submit your proposal at The special topic area of  American Literature: Early and 19th-Century especially seeks papers related to New Orleans and its rich literary history and the concepts of vision and re-vision.

Conference Theme

New Orleans is one of America’s most culturally and historically rich cities. The birthplace of jazz, it is also notable for its proud literary heritage. Its iconic setting has inspired generations of American writers, such as Tennessee Williams, Kate Chopin, William Faulkner, John Kennedy Toole, and Anne Rice. From Easy Riderto Treme, its distinctive sights have been memorialized in film and television to form an indelible part of America’s cultural imagination. Renowned for its Mardi Gras celebrations, it is also recognized for bravery and vision in the face of devastation after Hurricane Katrina. It is a city that has had to rebuild and reinvent itself.

The College English Association celebrates its 50th anniversary with its 2019 national conference, to be held in the heart of the French Quarter. We invite you to join us at our annual meeting to explore the theme of vision and revision. CEA invites proposals from academics in all areas of literature, language, film, composition, pedagogy, and creative, professional, and technical writing. We are especially interested in presentations that feature topics relating to vision and/or revision in texts, disciplines, people, cultural studies, media, and pedagogy.

For your proposal you might consider:

• Vision or visibility/invisibility as it relates to race, class, cultures, regions,

genders, or sexualities

• The iconic/iconicity in literary texts and popular culture

• Visionaries in literary texts, media, and pedagogy

• Connections between illustrations and literary texts

• Graphic novels and visual texts

• The themes of sight, vision, revision, and spectacle as they relate to literary,

scholarly, or theoretical works

• Revising, re-envisioning or re-imagining pedagogy or the profession

• Revision as it pertains to the writing process

• The eye or vision as a metaphor, motif, or icon

• New visions, innovations; avant garde or experimental literature

• Envisioning new landscapes for digital humanities

General Call for Papers

CEA also welcomes proposals for presentations in any of the areas English departments typically encompass, including literature criticism and scholarship, creative writing, composition, technical communication, linguistics, and film. We also welcome papers on areas that influence our work as academics, including student demographics, student/instructor accountability and assessment, student advising, academic leadership in departments and programs, and the place of the English department in the university.

Submission: August 15-November 1, 2018

For more information on how to submit, please see the full CFP at

Membership All presenters at the 2019 CEA conference must become members of CEA by January 1, 2019. To join CEA, please go to

Other questions? Please email

CFP: Research Support Grant Program, Maine Women Writers Collection (Deadline: 12.01.2018)

Call for Proposals: Research Support Grant Program, Maine Women Writers Collection

The Maine Women Writers Collection at the University of New England in Portland, Maine solicits applications for our Research Support Grant Program, intended for faculty members, independent researchers, and graduate students at the dissertation stage who are actively pursuing research that requires, or would benefit from, access to our holdings.

Grants range between $250 and $1000 and may be used for transportation, housing, and research-related expenses. Applications will be reviewed by an interdisciplinary panel of staff from the MWWC and faculty from the University of New England.

Deadline for applications: December 1, 2018

For application instructions and more information, go to