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SSAWW-DH listserv for Digital Humanities discussions of American Women Writers

Because of the tremendous response to our initial inquiry about a DH discussion, we’ve decided to change course a bit. Because we had intended this to simply be a venue for conversation about DH projects, we are afraid this number of participants would be unwieldy. In its place, we have created (thanks to Donna Campbell) a listserv focused on this topic. If you’re interested in being a part of this listserv, please follow this link to subscribe:


We’d also like to call your attention to a previously-planned discussion at Friday’s mentoring breakfast. We hadn’t realized this was in the works, and it sounds like a great opportunity to discuss DH projects. Participants need to sign up for this; watch for more information on the main listserv. Remember that this costs $20 for faculty and is free for graduate students.

All of this interest is exciting and will surely lead to some great DH projects!


Cari Carpenter and Carolyn Sorisio

re: SSAWW 2015, please remember . . .

All conference participants must be SSAWW members.

SSAWW treasurer, Heidi Hanrahan, has asked that we remind all conference participants that SSAWW membership registration is in addition to the conference registration. Conference registration does not provide SSAWW membership. Here is the conference registration site again:


And here is the SSAWW membership page: https://ssawwnew.wordpress.com/membership/

Questions about membership can be directed to Heidi: hhanraha@shepherd.edu.

Thanks, everyone.

CFP: Society for the Study of Southern Literature Conference (Deadline11.15.15)

Society for the Study of Southern Literature Conference

Boston, March 10‐12, 2016

The South in the North

Taking place for the first time in a non-Southern venue, SSSL’s conference next year in Boston will focus on challenges to and reconfigurations of North/South binaries in regional, national, hemispheric, and transatlantic literary and cultural studies.  The foundation of traditional US Southern literary studies on domestic regional difference and distinctiveness has been expanded over recent decades to encompass broader study of Southernness within national and global rubrics.  We welcome innovative scholarship on a wide spectrum of research within our intentionally flexible topic: for example, on the imagining of region as it figures in the imagining of nation, on the construction and consequences of Southern exceptionalism, on the continued expansion of analytical concepts of Southernness (and Northernness) in hemispheric, transatlantic, and global contexts.  We are especially interested in having scholars join us who work in literary fields involving Southern content (colonial plantation literature, race studies, the literatures of slavery, migration, transatlantic studies, and so on) but who may not identify as Southernists. (more…)

CFP: American Literature Association Symposium: The City and American Literature (6.30.15)

American Literature Association Symposium: The City and American Literature
New Orleans, LA

September 10-12, 2015 

Keynote Speaker: Ed Folsom, University of Iowa

 ALA symposia provide opportunities for scholars to meet in pleasant settings, present papers, and share ideas and resources. The September 2015 symposium will focus on representations of the city in American literature. We welcome proposals for individual papers, complete panels, and roundtable discussions on any aspect of this important subject. Thematic possibilities include (but are by no means limited to):  City on a Hill, the ideal city, the city as nightmare, the architecture of the city, the racial city, the city in science fiction, the city of crime fiction, the gendered city, the sexualized city, the city and economics, the city and reform, suburbia and the city, urbanization, alienation, community, the urban landscape, etc.  (more…)

CFP SAMLA 87–Edith Wharton Society (Deadline 6.15.15)

CFP SAMLA 87–Edith Wharton Society

Writing (of) Women’s Bodies: Wharton and Early Twentieth-Century Feminism

In keeping with the SAMLA theme, “In Concert: Literature and other Arts,” this panel seeks papers which consider Edith Wharton’s work in the context of the growing voice of feminism of her time. In this panel, we are interested in papers which explore the connections between Wharton’s treatment of female bodies and the context of early twentieth century feminism. We encourage a broad interpretation of this theme, including (but not limited to) the role of sexuality in her work, to her work as a war correspondent, to even the material realities of her characters’ lives. By June 15, 2015, please submit a 250-300 word abstract, brief bio, and A/V requirements to Monica Miller, monica.miller@lmc.gatech.edu.

CFP: Nineteenth-Century American Studies in the Twenty-First Century (7.17.15)

Nineteenth-Century American Studies in the Twenty-First Century
University of Warwick, 6-7 November 2015

Keynote Speaker: Susan Gillman (University of California, Santa Cruz)

The second biennial BrANCA symposium aims to be a ‘state-of-the-field’ event that brings together researchers, writers, teachers and students to discuss the most pressing topics and concepts currently animating nineteenth-century American literary and cultural studies.


EAAS Conference Call for Proposals (15 June Deadline)

Proposals are invited for the next Conference of the European Association for American Studies

To highlight the range and diversity of American Studies in Europe the EAAS is issuing an open call for proposals for the April 2016 conference, to be hosted in Constanta, Romania.

Proposers may wish to identify and explore long-standing, current and emerging intellectual debates in American Studies; to explore critically the varying practices and methodologies in American Studies; to bring to life current discussions and to posit potential paradigms in American Studies.


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