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 with a brief 250-word or less abstract by April 15, 2018.


CFP: Palgrave Studies in Contemporary Women’s Writing

Call for Proposals – Palgrave Studies in Contemporary Women’s Writing

Series Editors: Dr Andrea Quaid (Bard College, USA), Dr Denise deCaires Narain (University of Sussex, UK) and Prof Gina Wisker (University of Brighton, UK)

Palgrave Studies in Contemporary Women’s Writing publishes literary criticism on Late Twentieth and Twenty-first Century work by women, transgender and non-binary writers. The series aims to be a focal point for critical conversations about literary works that engage with new theoretical interventions in feminist scholarship and queer and emergent discourses. We invite scholars working on contemporary writers from across the globe, including the Caribbean, anglophone African countries, Indian sub-continent and south-east Asia, Anglophone South American countries, and Australasia, as well as the USA, Canada and the UK to present their work in this series in order to extend and connect the study of contemporary women’s, transgender and non-binary writing globally.

Contact for Proposals

For further information about the series or if you would like to discuss a proposal please contact Ben Doyle, Publisher for Literature at Palgrave Macmillan:


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 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: Transatlantic Girlhood in Nineteenth-Century Literature Collection (Deadline: 6.30.2018)

CFP: Transatlantic Girlhood in Nineteenth-Century Literature Collection

Although often dubbed “domestic” novelists, nineteenth-century women writers often featured girl protagonists who travelled, and much of the time this travel wasn’t relegated to a local or even national scale.  Rather, like Amy in Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women, fictional girls on both sides of the Atlantic often journeyed abroad, usually with the intent of learning more about themselves, their relationships with others, and even their country.  This collection will interrogate both literal and metaphorical exchanges of culture that happened in nineteenth-century girls’ fiction.  Creative approaches to thinking about transatlantic travel and how it had an impact on girl culture in both Europe and America are invited.  For instance, contributors could explore novels like Anna Sewell’s Black Beauty, Maria Susanna Cummins’s The Lamplighter, and E.D.E.N. Southworth’s The Hidden Hand, all of which earned popularity in both Europe and America.  Likewise, the editors are eager to read submissions centering on girls’ magazines, journals, and etiquette books, so long as these were read in both Europe and America.

The book will comprise three sections: girl characters travelling, books travelling, and girl readers travelling. The first section will focus on how young female characters in novels approach and respond to travelling abroad, the second will consider how books were received and responded to on both sides of the Atlantic by the masses and critics alike, and the third section will examine how the books inspired their young readers to travel themselves and critically examine their cultural mores.

Interested contributors should send abstracts of 500 words (as an attachment in Word) and brief CV to Robin Cadwallader and LuElla D’Amico at Abstracts are due by June 30, 2018, and authors will be notified of acceptance quickly after the deadline for submissions. Note that acceptance of the abstract does not guarantee acceptance of the article. First full drafts will be due January 15, 2019.

CFP: Transnationalism and Modern American Women Writers – E-rea (Deadline 5.15.2018)

Call for submission: Transnationalism and Modern American Women Writers

Keywords: American modernist women writers; Border-Crossing; Modernity; Transnationalism; Middlebrow

This volume of essays, which will be published in the December 2018 issue of the webjournal E- rea (, discusses a broad spectrum of writing by American women who engaged with modernity and national border-crossing in ways that deepen our understanding of modernist literary production of the early and middle years of the twentieth century.

The aim is to examine how women writers confronted the material, technological, and ideological acceleration of modernity both at home and abroad through a transnational perspective, i.e. by acts of transition across borders that are not only national and political, but also linguistic, cultural, racial, ethnic, or temporal. We invite work that discusses the range of their activities, such as journalism, criticism, war writing, press surveys and reviews, conference talks, translations, as well as poetry and fiction published in the periodical press.

We welcome contributions that cast fresh light on attitudes, genre, form, structure, and gender in literary writing of this period. Topics of interest can include but are not limited to the way American women writers’ experience of mobility played in the construction of national cultural identity and belonging while resisting facile opposition between “nationalist” and “internationalist” categories. One might also reflect on the importance of cross-cultural interactions in allowing women writers to participate in collective feeling and collective thinking. Contributions that address issues such as domesticity and their relation to transnationalism.

Articles should be 7,000-12,000 words, inclusive of notes.

All articles will be peer-reviewed.

Authors will conform to the webjournal’s Contributor Guidelines


Authors should submit full-length essays and a short bio to and by May 15, 2018

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 ( 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 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; 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

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