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CFP – Lydia Maria Child Society at ALA 2016 (Deadline 01.10.16)

Call for Papers:  Lydia Maria Child Society at ALA 2016 Deadline 01.10.16

The Lydia Maria Child Society (LMCS) welcomes proposals on the topic “‘How Do You Solve a Problem Like Lydia Maria Child?’:  Principles at Heart and at Work” for a panel to be held at the annual American Literature Association conference in San Francisco, CA, 26 – 29 May 2016 at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco (http://alaconf.org/annual-conference/).

At the core of Lydia Maria Child’s myriad roles as woman, writer, editor, intellectual, and human rights activist lay her deep conviction in social responsibility, a principle embedded and perpetuated within nineteenth-century American reforms in religion, education, temperance, as well as in rights for women, African Americans, and Native Americans.  While Child sought to evoke and instill this principle widely throughout her career—from selecting pedagogically appropriate texts for the children’s magazine Juvenile Miscellany to championing Native rights in political pamphlets—her interventions in public discourse triggered reactions ranging from admiring approbation to social ostracism and thus have prompted the question that provides this panel’s focus.

LMCS seeks papers that explore the connections between Lydia Maria Child and problem-solving within the literary marketplace to flesh out and complicate our understanding of social responsibility—its meanings, risks, benefits, and opportunities—in Child’s lifetime and, perhaps, our own.  Toward that end, we suggest papers that consider or play with the following ideas, either narrowly or broadly construed (though they are by no means exhaustive):

·         What is unique about Child’s textual approach(es) to fostering social responsibility in children? wives and mothers?  intellectual colleagues?  the reading public?  How did her techniques influence her contemporaries and their own ideas about or techniques within public discourse?  What might we learn from those choices, and/or how might we apply them in our own time?

·         How did Child navigate the intertwined worlds of public and private as she promoted principles of civic integrity?  What might we learn from the ways in which she handled personal/professional adversity?

·         What if the problem were perceived to be Child herself?  What charges did her detractors level against her and to what end(s)?  How did Child and/or her contemporaries respond to critics’ attacks?  How might we best learn from their experiences?

Please send 250-word abstracts and a brief CV to Sandy Burr at sburr@nmu.edu by 10 January 2016

CFP for ALA – “Woman Thinking: Public Intellectualism in U.S. Periodical Culture” Deadline 01.10.16

CFP for ALA – “Woman Thinking: Public Intellectualism in U.S. Periodical Culture” Deadline 01.10.16

We welcome proposals on the topic “Woman Thinking: Public Intellectualism in U.S. Periodical Culture” for the American Literature Association Conference, San Francisco, CA, May 26-29, 2016 (http://alaconf.org/). This panel will be co-sponsored by the Research Society for American Periodicals and author societies including the Lydia Maria Child Society, the Anna Julia Cooper Society, the Catharine Maria Sedgwick Society, the Edwidge Danticat Society, the Margaret Fuller Society, the Society for Rebecca Harding Davis and Her World, the Emily Dickinson International Society, and the Elizabeth Oakes Smith Society.

Historically, women have been excluded from the markers of intellectualism available to men, ranging from the academy to the church to the state. American periodical culture provided an alternative forum for women thinkers to participate in intellectual exchange and, in so doing, influence public opinion, critique societal practices, and advance human knowledge and freedom. While illuminating studies have linked women’s periodical work to their activism, less attention has been paid to the ways that women have engaged with periodical culture to establish themselves as intellectual authorities in the public mind. For this panel, we seek papers that explore the relationship between women’s periodical work and public intellectualism in America. We wish to emphasize that we look for papers on all women working and writing in periodicals, including those without author societies, such as Frances E.W. Harper, Ida B. Wells, Zitkala-Ša, Sarah Winnemucca, Sarah Josepha Hale, Fanny Fern, Grace Greenwood, etc.

In “The American Scholar,” Ralph Waldo Emerson described the ideal citizen as “Man Thinking.” How did women use periodicals to assert themselves as citizen-thinkers in their own right? How did this work against or in conjunction with women’s societal roles (domestic or otherwise) and how might this relate to the expanding boundaries of the positions of women and intellectuals in American society? How wide of a public does a woman need to address to be considered a public intellectual—local, regional, national, global? What types of literacy/writing may define women as intellectuals? In the case of editing, women often worked with an invisible hand, performing intellectual labor as feminized “carework.” How might such work be made visible to literary historians, and how might we think about editing as a way for women to enter public, intellectual discourse? As recent discussions in news and social media outlets have made clear, women of color have faced and continue to face distinctive exclusions from public intellectualism (consider the debate surrounding Melissa Harris-Perry as a public intellectual, for example). How have women of color established their own traditions of public intellectualism through periodical work? What do we have to gain by examining women’s periodical work through the lens of public intellectualism and what might we lose?

Please send 250-word abstracts and a brief biographical statement to Sarah Olivier at Sarah.Olivier@du.edu and Jean Lee Cole at jlcole@loyola.edu by January 10, 2016.

CFP: Pauline E. Hopkins Society at ALA (1.6.16)


American Literature Association
27th Annual Conference
May 26-29, 2016
San Francisco, CA

 The Pauline Elizabeth Hopkins Society will sponsor two sessions at the 27th Annual Conference of the American Literature Association.

Panel One: “Inspired borrowings” or plagiarism? The significance of Pauline Hopkins’s textual appropriations.

While we have long known that Hopkins borrowed passages from William Wells Brown and other contemporaries, we now know that her appropriations, at least in Of One Blood and Winona, are surprisingly extensive, constituting approximately 25% of each text.  This panel welcomes papers that address any aspect of Pauline Hopkins’s “inspired borrowings” (Lois Brown).  Questions to consider might include: How can we distinguish between Hopkins’s intertextuality and plagiarism?  Do Hopkins’s appropriations constitute plagiarism as defined in the nineteenth century? What are the specific effects of Hopkins’s appropriations?  Are there new discoveries of appropriations in Contending Forces, Hagar’s Daughter, and her magazine articles?  (more…)

SSAWW Conference in Bordeaux

From Dick Ellis, SSAWW President:

Here is a date change for Bordeaux. 

SSAWW international conference at Universite Bordeaux Montaigne

Please note the following date change: the conference will begin one day earlier, on Wednesday 5 July and finish one day earlier, on 8 July. This is to save substantially on costs.

A few further details:

Registration will cost ca 120 euros.

Hotel rooms will generally cost circa 100 euros per night.

(link by tram between the university and city center is easy and quick [20 mins])

Plus there will be student style basic accommodation in Campus Rooms 28 euros (4 nights minimum); there are ‘lots’ of such roomsavailable.

A cfp will go out before the end of 2015.

SSAWW 2015

thanks The Library Company of Philadelphia for the Thursday night reception in a wonderful setting; there are many opportunities for research on American women writers at the Library Company. Information on research fellowships can be found on the Library Company’s website: www.librarycompany.org

SSAWW-DH listserv

There’s a great discussion going on now at SSAWW-DH, the SSAWW’s digital humanities listserv, in response to Cari Carpenter’s call for descriptions of digital projects.

To join, go to http://lists.wsu.edu/mailman/listinfo/ssaww-dh

CFP: The Society for the Study of Rebecca Harding Davis and Her World at ALA (1.15.16)

The Society for the Study of Rebecca Harding Davis and Her World welcomes proposals for an open topic session at the American Literature Association’s Annual Conference.  The conference will be held May 26-29, 2016 in San Francisco, CA.  For further information about the conference, please consult the ALA website at www.americanliterature.org.

We welcome proposals that engage any aspect of Davis’s work and are especially interested in new readings of neglected texts.

Presentations will be limited to 15-20 minutes to accommodate 3 or 4 presenters. Presenters must be members of the Society for the Study of Rebecca Harding Davis and Her World.  For information about joining the society, please visit our website at http://scotus.francis.edu/rebeccahardingdavis/   (more…)


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