SSAWW 2018 Triennial Conference Program Draft (updated 6.5.2018)

Please review an updated draft of the conference program available on our site (Conference Program Draft).  This draft includes some significant changes, so please check your panels and events.

In the coming weeks, we’ll be posting hotel information, and you can find conference registration information and details on graduate student travel awards on our website HERE.  As always, please check our conference site for the latest updates and announcements (2018 Triennial Conference website).

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SSAWW 2018 Triennial Conference Graduate Student Registration Waiver (For Service)

SSAWW 2018 Triennial Conference Graduate Student Service Opportunity (Registration Waiver)

The Society for the Study of American Women Writers (SSAWW) is pleased to support graduate students with registration waivers in exchange for four hours of service at the registration desk or monitoring the art exhibition room at the 2018 triennial conference. These waivers (covering the full cost of registration) will be available to a select number of graduate students based upon our needs. In order to apply, your membership with SSAWW must be current and you must be presenting on a panel or roundtable at the conference. The SSAWW Executive Committee asks that those fortunate enough to have full financial support from their home institutions decline the reimbursement (please let us know as soon as possible after applying if you fall into this category).

To apply, please send the following information via E-mail to Christopher Varlack, the program director for the 2018 triennial conference, at ssaww.vpdevelopment@gmail.com:

Name:

Institution:

Year of graduate studies:

Paper/Panel Title:

Applications must be received no later than June 15, 2018. Receipt of applications will be acknowledged via E-mail. Please note, however, that late applications cannot be considered. Those accepted will be notified by June 22, 2018.

Those who apply and are accepted for one of these service positions must still register for the conference but are not required to pay the associated registration fees. For those who have already paid, those funds will be refunded via PayPal.

SSAWW 2018 Triennial Conference Graduate Student Travel Awards

SSAWW 2018 Triennial Conference Graduate Student Travel Awards

The Society for the Study of American Women Writers (SSAWW) is pleased to support graduate students with travel awards to our 2018 triennial conference. These awards (a minimum of fifty dollars) will be available to all graduate students whose membership with SSAWW is current, who are registered for the conference by July 31, 2018, and who are presenting on panel or roundtable at the conference. Those who apply will receive a check when they arrive to pick up their registration materials (badge, program, etc.) at the conference.

To ensure that we can provide assistance to the greatest number of graduate students possible, the SSAWW Executive Committee asks that those fortunate enough to have full support from their home institutions decline the reimbursement (please let us know as soon as possible after applying if you fall into this category).

To apply, please send the following information via E-mail to Christopher Varlack, the program director for the 2018 triennial conference, at ssaww.vpdevelopment@gmail.com:

Name:

Institution:

Year of graduate studies:

Paper/Panel Title:

In addition, please confirm the following:

Yes, I have registered for the 2018 conference.

Yes, my SSAWW membership is current.

 

Applications must be received no later than August 10, 2018. Receipt of applications will be acknowledged via E-mail. Please note, however, that late applications cannot be considered.

Call for Mock Interviewers – SSAWW 2018 Triennial Conference (Deadline 5.31.2018)

Call for Mock Interviewers
In addition to offering a CV workshop, at this year’s SSAWW Triennial Conference, we will be hosting mock interview sessions (by advanced registration) in order to support those entering this highly competitive job market. With interview season occurring in the weeks following the conference, this is an excellent opportunity to gain insight into the real job market experience while also receiving invaluable feedback for growth.
We are therefore looking for participants to serve as interviewers for twenty-minute mock interviews. For those interested in serving in this capacity, please contact the Program Director, Christopher Allen Varlack, at ssaww.vpdevelopment@gmail.com, providing a copy of your CV for review. The deadline to volunteer is May 31, 2018.

SSAWW 2018 Triennial Conference Announcements and Updates

Conference Draft Program and Registration

updated 6.5.2018

A new draft of the conference program is available on the Conference site – Conference Program Draft.


 5.3.2018

The initial draft of the conference program for the Society for the Study of American Women Writers 2018 Triennial Conference  is now available on our conference website along with conference registration information (HERE) .

For those interested, there are still opportunities to serve (typically items listed in red on the program), including spaces to present as part of the pre-conference events on digital humanities and globalizing American women writers, to serve as a facilitator or session chair, etc.

To volunteer or to address any questions/concerns about the program itself, please reach out to the Program Director, Christopher Allen Varlack, at ssaww.vpdevelopment@gmail.com.

Note that this early draft is subject to change, though the SSAWW Executive Committee kindly requests (if possible) that adjustments are restricted to name, affiliation, E-mail address, and paper title. The final date to request A/V for one’s session will be May 31, 2018.


Call for Mock Interviewers
In addition to offering a CV workshop, at this year’s SSAWW Triennial Conference, we will be hosting mock interview sessions (by advanced registration) in order to support those entering this highly competitive job market. With interview season occurring in the weeks following the conference, this is an excellent opportunity to gain insight into the real job market experience while also receiving invaluable feedback for growth.
We are therefore looking for participants to serve as interviewers for twenty-minute mock interviews. For those interested in serving in this capacity, please contact the Program Director, Christopher Allen Varlack, at ssaww.vpdevelopment@gmail.com, providing a copy of your CV for review. The deadline to volunteer is May 31, 2018.

Call for Participants: Pre-Conference Events
For the SSAWW 2018 Triennial Conference, the Executive Committee is planning two exciting pre-conference events on Wednesday evening in an effort to stimulate conversation but also promote inquiry into areas that we have targeted for growth in future SSAWW endeavors (conferences, publications, etc.).
The first event is a roundtable on promoting public and digital humanities. The second event is a roundtable on globalizing American women writers. Participants will have approximately six to eight minutes to present before we open up the floor to questions, comments, and conversation in a relatively relaxed setting at the Westin Denver Downtown V’s Lounge.
For those interested in participating on either roundtable, please contact the Program Director, Christopher Allen Varlack, at ssaww.vpdevelopment@gmail.com, indicating which pre-conference event you are interested in joining, a presentation title, and a brief summary (no more than one hundred words) for your proposed presentation. We hope to have five to seven presenters for each event to kick off yet another incredible SSAWW conference.

Call for Reviewers – CV Workshop

Plans are moving full speed ahead for the SSAWW Triennial Conference and a draft of the program is forthcoming (at the beginning of next month). In an ongoing effort to support our graduate students and those entering this highly competitive job market in 2019, we are including a CV workshop as part of the conference on Sunday, November 11, 2018. Though interested participants will be eligible to sign up for a consultation at the conference registration desk throughout the conference, we would like to begin lining up reviewers in advance.

Those interested in serving as reviewers should contact the VP of Development, Christopher Allen Varlack, at ssaww.vpdevelopment@gmail.com and provide a copy of your CV by April 30, 2018. We will select experienced reviewers across a wide range of teaching/research interests. Thank you, as always, for your support of SSAWW and the next generation of teachers, scholars, and innovators in the field.


Member Advertisements in the Conference Program: April 3, 2018

We are offering special rates for members who want to purchase ad space in our conference program. Please find all the details and information here.


2018 SSAWW Triennial Conference: Update March 15, 2018

Preparations are underway for the Society for the Study of American Women Writers Triennial Conference in Denver, CO, and I wanted to take a moment to update our members regarding our process and some of the exciting developments that you can look forward to later this year.

In early January, we issued a call for reviewers to help in the process of evaluating the numerous individual paper, panel, and roundtable proposals that we were beginning to receive for the 2018 conference. The incredible response from our membership resulted in nearly fifty reviewers from across the world volunteering to read and evaluate these proposals based upon the pre-established criteria provided them. Reviewers examined each proposal based upon relevance to the theme of the conference (resistance and recovery of American women writers across the Americas), the overall relevance to our SSAWW mission, the innovation of the proposal, and the quality of the writing. For each submission, at least three reviewers were assigned, providing us a depth of insight into the strengths of each proposal and their potential placement on the conference program. We would like to offer our thanks to each of the individuals who served in this invaluable role, even participating in a second round of reviews after our extended deadline. Except in the case of clear disagreement in evaluation, I accepted the suggestions of our esteemed panel of reviewers with years of dedicated service to and expertise in the field.

After the process had been completed and we had a working draft of the conference program, we had a few remaining papers that received high marks from reviewers but that did not form complete panels. In our mission for inclusivity, I elected to develop a request for specific proposals on the topics of 1) a pedagogy of resistance and care, 2) American women writers on gender, race, and religion, and 3) citizenship and resistance to oppressive regimes. The deadline for submissions is March 16, 2018. Rather than electing to add a respondent in order to complete those sessions, I wanted to once again extend the opportunity for more scholars and voices to potentially participate in the program. We are pleased to have received thus far a few new proposals as well as a few revised submissions from the original round.

At this point in time, notifications for all panel, roundtable, and individual proposal submissions have been disseminated. For anyone who has submitted a proposal and has not received a formal response, please contact me directly at ssaww.vpdevelopment@gmail.com; some individuals did note technical difficulties in using the Google Forms—a process that we will continue to refine for the future based upon the solid feedback that we received—so we want to ensure that no one fell through the cracks with the new submission process that we adopted this year.

In addition to the dynamic sessions that we have organized for the conference, we are pleased to have Ms. Staceyann Chin—the “Jamaican-Born, Brooklyn-Living, Woman-Loving, Writer/Poet, Political Activist, and Performance Artist”—join us as our keynote speaker for the event. Her work has been featured in many publications, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Pittsburgh Daily. Her distinguished titles include The Other Side of Paradise: A Memoir and “Authenticity,” featured in Black Cool: One Thousand Streams of Blackness. Her contribution will add a unique voice and perspective to the conversation that we hope this conference will evoke. This, along with a planned art exhibition and three film screenings, we hope will result in a stirring conference program that we can talk about for the next three years.

Ultimately, as with planning and organizing any event of this size, it has been a challenging and yet rewarding experience. Through your eager participation and innovative insights into the theme of resistance and recovery, we have been able to organize a number of commanding sessions on women writers, their lasting legacy, pedagogy, and the profession, among other important topics. We look forward to an incredible conference later this year in Denver and thank you once again for your vital contributions to an event that so many great teacher-scholars anticipate over the years. More information regarding the program, hotel accommodations, and registration are forthcoming. As always, we encourage you to check the website regularly or to sign up for the listserv to get updates regarding the conference, CFPs, job announcements, and so much more. With so many ways to still become involved in the conference program (such as volunteering to evaluate CVs in our SSAWW CV Workshop), please be on the lookout for future announcements from the SSAWW Executive Committee over the coming months.

Thank you once again for your time and for your continued support of the Society for the Study of American Women Writers. It is your thoughtful contributions, after all, that enable us to advance our core mission.

Best,

Christopher Allen Varlack

Program Director, 2018 SSAWW Triennial Conference

Member Advertisements with the SSAWW Triennial Conference (Reservation Deadline: 8.31.2018; Advert Copy Due: 9.21.2018)

Member Ads with the SSAWW Triennial Conference                November 7-11, 2018 at the Westin Denver Downtown            Denver, Colorado

For the 2018 SSAWW Triennial Conference, we are offering the option for members to purchase ad space in the conference program. Members are often interested in advertising their books or digital projects in order to increase exposure to a broad audience of potential readers/buyers. Listed below are the prices for advertisements for members of SSAWW.

Advertisement Options:

Listed below are the different advertisement options available for purchase. Note that, in addition to helping defray costs for printing, these advertisements will also support graduate student travel to the conference, as five, ten, and twenty dollars respectively (depending upon the type of ad purchased) will be allocated to our graduate student travel fund.

Advertisement Formatting Requirements:

All advertisements must be submitted in Adobe Acrobat PDF format and should be sent E-mailed to ssaww.vpdevelopment@gmail.com. All advertisements must be black and white only, with no color graphics or ICC profiles. For the best results, convert images to grayscale before exporting to PDF format. Do not include crop marks, color bars, registration marks, or slug lines in the file.

  • Quarter Page Advertisement: 3 5/8” x 4 1/2” at 300 dpi (no bleed)
  • Half Page Advertisement: 7 1/2” x 4/12” at 300 dpi (no bleed)
  • Full Page Advertisement: 7 1/2” x 9 5/16” at 300 dpi (no bleed)

Please send all inquiries to Dr. Christopher Allen Varlack at ssaww.vpdevelopment@gmail.com. The deadline for advertisement reservation (and associated fees) is August 31, 2018. The deadline for submitting ad copy is September 21, 2018.

Call for Reviewers: 2018 SSAWW Triennial Conference (accepting volunteers until 1.31.2018)

Call for Reviewers for the 2018 SSAWW Triennial Conference in Denver

Plans are now well underway for the Society for the Study of American Women Writers Triennial conference on the theme of resistance and recovery across the Americas. The conference will be held from November 7-11, 2018 at the Westin Denver Downtown and is certain to engage some thought-provoking discussions on American women writers, pedagogy, professional development, and digital humanities. In preparation for this always exciting conference, we are now asking for volunteers to serve as reviewers for the proposals that we receive for individual paper, panel, and roundtable presentations. The deadline for submissions is February 16, 2018, so reviewers can expect to receive proposals for evaluation no later than two weeks after the submission deadline with a three-week turnaround time (in March).

Please contact Dr. Christopher Allen Varlack directly at ssaww.vpdevelopment@gmail.com if you are willing to help in this important process. We will accept volunteers until January 31st. Provide 1) your areas of expertise, 2) your academic rank/institution (independent scholars and advanced graduate students are welcome to participate), and 3) your most reliable contact information. As always, our goal is to keep the number of proposals for each vettor manageable (fifteen at most), so your consideration and valuable service to SSAWW is most appreciated. Selected reviewers will receive a letter of appreciation in response and inclusion in the acknowledgments section of our final conference program.

Note that submitting proposals of your own does not preclude participation in the vetting process since we will ensure that conflicts are avoided when assigning proposals for review.