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CFP Border Crossings: Translation, Migration, & Gender in the Americas, the Transatlantic, & the Transpacific (Deadlines: 30 June for Complete Panels; 31 August for individual papers)

Border Crossings:Translation, Migration, & Gender in the Americas, the Transatlantic, & the Transpacific

Society for the Study of American Women Writers & Université Bordeaux Montaigne

Dates: 5th – 8th July 2017

Venue: Université Bordeaux Montaigne, France

Conference director: Stéphanie Durrans

To maintain a continuity with our previous conference (in Philadelphia, November 2015) on liminality and hybrid lives, we would like this first SSAWW conference in Europe to address the significance of “border crossing[s]” in the lives and works of American women writers. Such experiences have always been important to American women. Early diaries and travel notes left by 17th– and 18th-century women provide us with valuable records of and about their migratory experience to the New World and their lives and experiences in America. Besides offering more records of such experiences, the 19th century also witnessed an explosion in travel writing, fiction, and poetry treating with travel, as growing numbers of American women writers could afford to travel across Europe and more widely. Throughout the 20th century, more American women writers found in foreign lands a source of inspiration and creativity (e.g. Willa Cather, Edith Wharton, Kay Boyle, and Djuna Barnes in France, Elizabeth Bishop in Brazil, Katherine Anne Porter in Mexico) and some of them even made the choice to write from abroad. Meanwhile, women writers originating from other countries drew on their first-hand experience of migration, border-crossing, and uprooting to add to the growing canon of American literature (e.g. Jumpa Lahiri, Bharati Mukherjee, Shirley Geok-lin Lim). No study of border-crossing can afford to neglect the rich mine of writing contributed by Chicana writers throughout the 20th century. As pointed out by Carmen Tafolla, “[Chicanos] did not cross the border; the border crossed [them].” This was also true of many other women, moving into or across America. From such a perspective, crossing borders lends itself to the most radical strategies of subversion and defamiliarization. Last but not least, such writers as Toni Morrison explored the darker side of border-crossing by seeking to express and represent the trauma of the Middle Passage for whole generations of Africans, and the multiple dilemmas facing African American women down the decades.

The conference theme invites participants to explore the broad spectrum of possibilities generated by such cross-cultural interactions, as well as the challenge consequently posed to literary canons. How has this experience affected women writers’ worldview and conception of language? To what extent do their modes of exploration differ from that of their male counterparts? How important were such contacts in allowing women writers to develop a consciousness of otherness and/or forge a community of feeling and experience transcending national and/or cultural barriers? “Chroniclers bind the inner and outward history of isolated humanity, but travellers connect all humanity together,” stated Grace King in one of the first entries to her diary. More often than not, indeed, geographical borders assume an ontological dimension, and crossing them amounts to an exploration of the self as much as to a confrontation with otherness. Crossings have always involved a necessary stage of transition, transformation, and consequent redefinition of the self that questions the very stability and permanence traditionally associated with women’s conventionalized roles. Thus we are very happy to consider writers using the idea of border crossing and travel symbolically or metaphorically as well as literally: early female travellers, explorers, and adventurers crossed borders in more ways than one, often by transgressing gender expectations, using this experience or awareness to reshape the conventions of many genres. One might also approach the topic by focusing on what happens when literary works cross national borders to reach foreign readers in translation. In this respect, translation studies and studies of American women writers’ reception abroad constitute another potentially fruitful arena.

As a multiethnic, multilingual society, the U.S. undoubtedly provides fertile terrain for the development of a transnational consciousness that will be pivotal to our questioning on the topic. Possible approaches to the conference theme may include but are not limited to such keywords and ideas as:

  • Women writers and travel writing
  • The migratory experience
  • Expatriate American women writers
  • Expatriate women writers in Paris
  • The Lost Generation
  • Redefining the national canon
  • Transnationalism
  • Transatlantic studies
  • Transcontinental/Transpacific/Transatlantic literary relationships
  • Geographical borders/ontological issues
  • Representations of otherness
  • Cross-cultural interactions
  • Cross-linguistic perceptions/living between two languages
  • Women and frontier experiences
  • Translation studies
  • American women writers’ reception in foreign countries
  • Women writers’ reception in America and Europe

Submission Instructions
Deadline: August 31, 2016 (Individual Papers)

Submissions are electronic. Submit individual proposals and completed panel proposals to ssaww2017.bordeaux.montaigne@gmail.com both attached in Word or rtf, and pasted into the body of the message.

The conference organizers welcome and encourage complete session submissions as well as individual paper abstract submissions. Affiliate associations and regional groups should follow the submission guidelines for complete session submissions.

Conference participants may appear on the program twice as presenters: once on a panel presenting a formal academic paper, and once in an additional way (for example, on a roundtable, as a respondent, or in a “professionalization” session).

Complete Panel Submission Guidelines-Deadline 30 June 2016

The cfp for complete panel submissions can be posted on the SSAWW website in addition to other venues of your choice. For posting on the SSAWW website, please send cfp to ssaww.web@gmail.com.

Listserv members can circulate the call at: ssaww-l@ucsd.edu.

Session lengths are 1 hour and 15 minutes.

Complete sessions may take the form of panels or roundtables. A panel normally consists of three, preferably four presenters, who speak for approximately 15 minutes each with 15 minutes left for discussion. Roundtables consist of five or more participants who speak briefly (6-8 minutes), and emphasize discussion among themselves and with the audience.

The organizers welcome variations on and innovations in format within the allotted time frames. If you are proposing a different format for a complete session, please explain the format clearly, and state the rationale and benefits.

If submitting a complete session, please ensure that notifications go out by the end of June at the latest to those whose proposals are declined for the particular panel so that they can still submit individual paper abstracts by the conference submission deadline of August 31.

Email Header: Please put 1) “Complete Session” in the subject line, followed by a brief title (one to five words); 2) OR the name of the affiliate association; 3) OR the name of the regional group

Please include the following information for complete session proposals in the body of the email, as well as attached in Word or rtf.

Adapting the guidelines set out by the American Literature Association which facilitates the copying of accepted submissions directly into the program, we ask that you provide a summary of the panel information at the beginning of the submission in the following format, listing the session title, the chair and affiliation (if any), the organizer (if different from the chair), and affiliate association/group name (if any), and each of the presenters, citing name, affiliation (if any), and title of paper in quotation marks. Please turn off auto format to prevent automatic indenting. Commas separate the name, affiliation, and title, and there is no period at the end. Here is an example:

Gender and Print Culture
Chair: Mary Smith, Nu University
Organized by the North American Society of Women Scholars of Print Culture

Jane Eyre, Thornfield College, “The Afterlife of Women’s Words”
Will Ladislaw, Middlemarch University, “Writing the Right Moment”
Hester Prynne, Independent Scholar, “Embodied Print”
Jo March, Concord State College, “Writing for Money, Writing for the Self”

In addition, please provide the following information:

  • Contact person’s name and contact information: email and phone (to be used only if email fails)
  • Title of session
  • Type of session: please indicate if this is a panel or roundtable, or please explain if you are proposing an alternate format
  • Chair: name and affiliation (if any)
  • Brief biography (60 word limit)
  • Organizer’s name and affiliation (if any), and brief biography (60 word limit) if different from the Chair; or if the session is being organized by an affiliate association or regional group, please provide its name here
  • Abstract overview of session submission (250 – 300 words)
  • A/V requirements: please indicate none or yes; if yes, please specify the equipment required.

For each presenter:

  • Name and affiliation (if any)
  • Title of paper
  • Abstract (250 – 300 words)
  • Brief biography (60 word limit)
  • Email contact

Submit to: ssaww2017.bordeaux.montaigne@gmail.com by June 30, 2016 (complete panel).

Individual Paper Abstract Submission Guidelines-Deadline August 31, 2016

Email Header: Please put “Individual Submission” in the subject line, followed by a brief title of the paper (one to five words)

In the body of the email, as well as attached in Word or rtf, please include the following:

To facilitate the copying of accepted submissions directly into the program, please provide the submission in the following format at the beginning of the submission:

Name, affiliation (if any), title of paper in quotation marks; the items are separated by commas and there is no period at the end.

Example:

Mary Smith, Nu University, “Empowered by Literature”

Then, please provide the following:

  • Name and affiliation (if any)
  • Email and phone contact (phone will only be used in the event of email failure)
  • Title of paper:
  • Abstract (250 – 300 words)
  • A/V requirements: please indicate none or yes; if yes, please specify the equipment required.
  • Brief biography (60 word limit)

Submit to: ssaww2017.bordeaux.montaigne@gmail.com by August 31, 2016 (individual papers).

Every attempt will be made to notify submitters of the status of their proposals by October 31, 2016 and to have the draft program in place by November 30, 2016.

Estimated Conference Costs

Early registration (between November 1, 2016 and January 31, 2017):

  • Faculty members: circa 130 euros (incl. lunch, coffee breaks and closing banquet)
  • Students: circa 100 euros (incl. lunch, coffee breaks and closing banquet)

Late registration (after February 1, 2017): circa 145 euros (faculty)/115 euros (students)

Accommodation: 60-150 euros per night (hotel) or 30-40 euros per night (basic student accommodation)

Questions about conference registration can be directed to:

ssaww2017.bordeaux.montaigne@gmail.com

Thank you!

PDF of the CFP

#GivingTuesday and SSAWW

1 December is #GIVINGTUESDAY: Please consider donating to SSAWW: https://ssawwnew.wordpress.com/donate/
Your tax-deductible donations will help rebuild our graduate student travel fund in anticipation of the 2017 Universite Bordeaux Montaigne conference. Thank you for your support of SSAWW.

SSAWW Graduate Student Paper Award 2015

SSAWW will present an award for the best paper by a graduate student at the 2015 SSAWW conference.

The Award

This award brings recognition and a monetary prize. First- and second-place winners will be awarded a monetary prize and publicly recognized on the SSAWW website. (Note: this award is separate from the Legacy award.)

A committee of three SSAWW members reads the submissions and selects the award winner(s).

Submission Instructions

Submit papers (single PDF or Word document) to the Vice President of Development, Kristin J. Jacobson (Kristin dot Jacobson at stockton dot edu) after the conference. Submissions should include:

1) The paper presented (no more than 2500 words)
2) The name of your panel
3) Contact information (name, institution, degree program, email)

You are welcome to revise the paper from its conference form, but please do not exceed 2500 words.

Deadline: 1 December 2015

Award Announcement: March 2016


 

SSAWW 2015 Conference * Philadelphia, Sheraton Society Hill * November 4-8, 2015

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Fall 2015 SSAWW Newsletter Now Available

The Fall 2015 SSAWW Newsletter is now available: SSAWW 16-2 Fall 2015

Last call for Fall 2015 SSAWW Newsletter Items

If you have items you¹d like to see in the Fall 2015 SSAWW Newsletter, please send them to me at ssaww.web@gmail.com  by September 25. This is the last issue before our conference in November, and it will be out before we convene in Philadelphia.

If you’re sending in a notice of a new book or article (and please do send these!), it would be helpful if you could include a link to the press’s page on your book (for books) and to put the article citations in MLA format (for articles).

Other items to send:

  • –calls for papers for conferences, journal issues, edited collections, and so on
  • –conference announcements
  • –invitations to apply for grants and fellowships
  • –new books by SSAWW members
  • –new articles by SSAWW members
  • –reports from SSAWW regional study groups
  • –announcements of upcoming SSAWW regional study group meetings
  • –announcements of book prizes (either received or invitations to submit)

 

SSAWW Directory Updated

The SSAWW Membership Directory has been updated: https://ssawwnew.wordpress.com/membership/directory/

Thanks to VP for Membership Dr. Heidi M. Hanrahan for making this resource available. 

Student Travel Awards Donations for SSAWW 2015

If you are able, please consider making a donation to our graduate student travel fund. We all know that funding is tight at many schools and most of our graduate students are really struggling to make ends meet. Any amount you can donate will make a difference.

Remember, your donations are tax deductible. And you’ll be helping the next generation of scholars!

You can donate via PayPal here: https://ssawwnew.wordpress.com/membership/.

You can also donate via check. Please make your checks payable to Society for the Study of American Women Writers and be sure to write “Graduate Student Travel Fund” in the check’s memo field.

Donations can be sent to:

Dr. Heidi Hanrahan

Department of English

Shepherd University

P.O. Box 5000

Shepherdstown, West Virginia 25443

Thank you for considering this.

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