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Call for Readers: 2018 SSAWW Awards (Volunteer Deadline: 8.18.2017)

Request for Readers for the 2018 SSAWW Awards

Volunteer Deadline: August 18, 2017

The Society for the Study of American Women Writers (SSAWW) was founded in 2000 in order to promote the study of American women writers through research, teaching, and publication. In support of that mission, the three awards were established in 2011 to honor the work and legacies of the Society’s founding members and to further SSAWW’s goals to broaden knowledge among academics as well as the general public about American women writers, past and present. As we begin preparations for the 2018 SSAWW conference in Denver, the time has arrived once again to solicit volunteers to read for our 2018 Awards:

– Lifetime Achievement Award: The Karen Dandurand Lifetime Achievement Award is awarded every three years at the Society for the Study of American Women Writers’ conference to recognize a scholar’s career achievement in the study of American women writers. The award recognizes the individual’s commitment to the field, as demonstrated in his/her teaching, mentoring of students, scholarship, and service. The award is named in honor of Karen Dandurand, who passed away in 2011. She was one of the founding editors of Legacy and was an active member of SSAWW, serving as the Vice President of Development from 2004 to 2009. Five readers are needed to evaluate nominations for this award.

– Book Award: The SSAWW Book Award is given every three years at the Society for the Study of American Women Writers’ conference to recognize excellence in the field. The award will recognize the monograph’s significant contributions to scholarship related to American women writers published during the preceding three years before the deadline for submission. Eligible books must have been published between December 2014 and November 2017. Edited collections and not eligible for the award. Three readers will be needed to evaluate nominations for this award.

– Edition Award: The SSAWW Edition Award is given every three years at the Society for the Study of American Women Writers’ conference in order to recognize excellence in the recovery of American women writers. The award recognizes an edition published during the preceding three years before the submission deadline. Eligible books must have been published between December 2014 and November 2017. Both print and digital collections are welcome. Three readers will be needed to evaluate nominations for this award.

Ideally, readers will represent SSAWW’s range of scholars and scholarship and be available to read submissions during a seven-month period between the closing date for the awards: January 1, 2018 and August 4, 2018. Award recipients will be announced at SSAWW’s 2018 conference. Note that readers for awards (including the VP of Development) are not eligible to submit their own work for consideration of a 2018 award in which they are directly involved.

If you are interested in serving as a reader for one of the following awards, please contact the VP of Development, Christopher Allen Varlack, at ssaww.vpdevelopment@gmail.com by August 18, 2017. In the E-mail, please note the award that you would like to read for, your area(s) of specialty,

and academic rank (independent scholars are always welcome to serve). In addition, provide a PDF copy of your CV. If you have any questions, please let him know.

Call for Nominations: 2018 SSAWW Awards

2018 SSAWW Awards

The Society for the Study of American Women Writers (SSAWW) was founded in 2000 in order to promote the study of American women writers through research, teaching, and publication. In support of that mission, the three awards were established in 2011 to honor the work and legacies of the Society’s founding members and to further SSAWW’s goals to broaden knowledge among academics as well as the general public about American women writers, past and present. As we begin preparations for the 2018 SSAWW conference in Denver, this is a reminder of the SSAWW awards available. Once we have organized the selection committees for these awards, we will begin accepting nominations. Please keep a lookout on the SSAWW website and Facebook page for updated information by the end of August.

– Lifetime Achievement Award: The Karen Dandurand Lifetime Achievement Award is awarded every three years at the Society for the Study of American Women Writers’ conference to recognize a scholar’s career achievement in the study of American women writers. The award recognizes the individual’s commitment to the field, as demonstrated in his/her teaching, mentoring of students, scholarship, and service. The award is named in honor of Karen Dandurand, who passed away in 2011. She was one of the founding editors of Legacy and was an active member of SSAWW, serving as the Vice President of Development from 2004 to 2009. Nominators should submit a CV and brief (250 to 500 word) letter of support in one PDF file to the Lifetime Achievement Award Chair by January 1, 2018; the chair will distribute all nominations to the committee members.

– Book Award: The SSAWW Book Award is given every three years at the Society for the Study of American Women Writers’ conference to recognize excellence in the field. The award will recognize the monograph’s significant contributions to scholarship related to American women writers published during the preceding three years before the deadline for submission. Eligible books must have been published between December 2014 and November 2017. Edited collections and not eligible for the award. Nominators should contact the Book Award Chair by January 1, 2018, who will provide information about distributing submissions to the committee members.

– Edition Award: The SSAWW Edition Award is given every three years at the Society for the Study of American Women Writers’ conference in order to recognize excellence in the recovery of American women writers. The award recognizes an edition published during the preceding three years before the submission deadline. Eligible books must have been published between December 2014 and November 2017. Both print and digital collections are welcome.

Nominators should contact the Edition Award Chair by January 1, 2018, who will provide information about distributing submissions to each of the committee members.

CFP: Digital Poster Session Editorship as Collaboration: Patterns of Practice in Multi-Ethnic Periodicals (Due 10.02.2017)

CFP: Digital Poster Session

Editorship as Collaboration: Patterns of Practice in Multi-Ethnic Periodicals

April 27-28, 2018 at the American Antiquarian Society

Worcester, MA

While scholars increasingly recognize the impact of periodicals on social, political, and aesthetic histories, few have explored the range of editorial and collaborative practices that animate their creation and circulation. Invoking editorship as a conceptual model and an area of inquiry, this symposium will support critical conversations about method, affiliation, and the historical arcs of diverse communities as they are developed and addressed through a range of periodical forms. An emphasis on multi-ethnic perspectives responds to important recent work on immigrant, Latin@, and African American print cultures that intersect in their attention to periodicals. Beginning with theories of archival attention, such as Eric Gardner’s “unexpected places,” Rodrigo Lazo’s “migrant archives,” and Kirsten Silva-Gruesz’s “ambassadorship,” invited panelists will participate in larger discussions structured around what Sianne Ngai has defined as “vernacular aesthetics,” those that, like the rhythms of editorship, “operate across much longer spans of time and across much larger swaths of culture” (Aesthetic Categories, 16). We anticipate that a focus on vernacular aesthetics and cultural producers beyond the author will generate alternative theories of editorial practice and historical forms.

As part of this event, we seek proposals for nineteenth-century newspaper and periodical-based digitization projects to be displayed at the American Antiquarian Society’s Spring Symposium 2018. In the digital poster session, we aim to support scholars from early stages of their careers or lower-resourced institutions. Participants will have the opportunity to select small runs of or selections from important serials in the AAS collections to digitize. Scholars will exhibit these materials at a digital poster session, exploring the promises and challenges of digitizing serial texts into appropriate electronic forms. This session will enable participants to share work around these questions with one another, thus encouraging direct, concrete cross-pollination of expertise and scholarly experience.

To be considered, please submit a short proposal (300-500 words) identifying a serial publication from the American Antiquarian Society collection for digitization. The scope of the digitized materials may be chosen in concert with symposium organizers and AAS staff. Any serial publication held by the American Antiquarian Society is eligible. The presence of your publication in another digital database will not exclude it from consideration. All materials digitized by AAS will be available in their digital asset management system GIGI (http://gigi.mwa.org/), and available for use as stipulated on their website under “Freely Available Images Online”: http://www.americanantiquarian.org/reproductions.htm.

Proposals should include:

The title, print run (or selection) and a permanent link to the serial from the AAS Catalog.

A brief summary of the publication’s relevance to our focus on multiethnic editorship and collaboration. Proposals might address questions like: How are processes of collaboration illustrated or dramatized in this example? How does this publication focus on external or internal communities, and how does the paper, and its editors, understand the exchanges between such communities? What historical or archival contexts/difficulties/conditions structure your example?

A brief description of the purpose of this publication in this context. Why this publication? Why now? What makes this a productive example for a range of users from introductory students to archivists and scholars?

Follow this link to access the AAS digital catalogue: http://catalog.mwa.org

This link will tell you more about AAS serials collections: http://www.americanantiquarian.org/newspapers-periodicals

Please send your submission to Jim Casey (jccasey@udel.edu) and Sarah Salter (sarah.salter@tamucc.edu) as a Word document along with a short CV. Submissions should be received by Monday, Oct 2. Selected participants will be notified via email by the end of October. Final acceptance will be conditional on membership in the Research Society for American Periodicals.

CFPs: C19 Conference “Climate” – March 22-25, 2018 (Albuquerque, NM)

CALL FOR PAPERS AND SEMINAR PAPERS

CFP: Genealogies of Homonationalism

Homonationalism has typically been used to name a late-twentieth and twenty-first century phenomenon in which gay and lesbian rights discourse has achieved power, in part, by donning the rhetoric of U.S. exceptionalism. Yet Jasbir Puar’s 2013 re-articulation of homonationalism as a “facet of modernity and a historical shift” also points to an underexplored set of questions pertinent to nineteenth-century American Studies: What are the deeper genealogies of homonationalism? What forms does it take in periods prior to the popularization of the “homosexual” as a type in Euro-American sexology? What earlier iterations of nationalist homosociality also comprise something like a sexual politics? In what contexts does the homo- of homonationalism become useful for describing non-sexual social formations? What affinities exist between histories of homosociality—erotic, intellectual, aesthetic, literary, militaristic, class-based, or otherwise—and the machinations of white supremacy and settler colonialism?

Scholars of sexuality such as Carroll Smith-Rosenberg, Peter Coviello, and Samaine Lockwood have paved the way for this work to be done, attesting to the fact that national belonging in the United States has long taken shape through the cultivation of same-sex intimacy and homosocial attachment. At the same time, scholars such as Mark Rifkin, Siobhan Somerville, and Leela Gandhi have urged scholars to look to the nineteenth century to explore intersections between queer sexualities, deviant racial formations, and anti-colonial politics. Building on this work, “Genealogies of Homonationalism” will interrogate where and how homonationalism takes shape in the 19th century, and in what contexts homonationalism becomes useful, as a category of analysis, for describing intersections between race, citizenship, and socialities oriented toward “sameness.”

We invite 300-word abstracts pertaining to any of the themes and questions addressed above. Please direct these and short CVs to Travis Foster (travis.foster@villanova.edu) and Don James McLaughlin (dmclaug1@swarthmore.edu) no later than September 5th, 2017.


Call for Seminar Proposals

CFP: Feminist Regionalism and the Climate of Western Literary Studies

(if you are leading a seminar and would like to send out an individual call for paper proposals, please email jvonca1@lsu.edu)

We are delighted to announce the nine seminars that will be featured at the fifth biennial C19 conference, “Climate.” The conference will take place March 22-25, 2018, in Albuquerque, NM, and is hosted by the University of New Mexico.

We are also very glad to say that the conference submission site is now available: https://c19conference2018.exordo.com/. We look forward to reading your proposals.

Here are the nine seminar topics and leaders; a full description of each seminar is attached and can be found on our conference website:  https://c19conference.wordpress.com/seminars/.

8. Feminist Critical Regionalism and the Climate of Western Literary Studies

Seminar Leaders: Jennifer S. Tuttle and Jean Pfaelzer

CFP: Emily Dickinson Society (Deadline 6.20.2017)

Emily Dickinson and pop culture in Atlanta! Please consider participating in the EDIS panel at this year’s SAMLA, and feel free to share the CFP below with anyone who might be interested. SAMLA is a very friendly conference, and submissions from graduate students are encouraged.

South Atlantic Modern Language Association, Atlanta, GA, November 3-5, 2017

The Emily Dickinson International Society welcomes projects that explore Emily Dickinson and popular culture. Topics can include but are not limited to: cinematic or dramatic representations of Dickinson’s life and work; Dickinson and music; realities versus popular myths; pop culture references within Dickinson’s work; Dickinson’s reception in popular culture in the nineteenth, twentieth, or twenty-first century. Creative works are encouraged. By June 20, 2017, please submit a CV, 250-word project description, and A/V requirements to Dr. Trisha Kannan at tk1139@gmail.com.

SSAWW Business Meeting, May 26th, 2017 ALA

There will be a business meeting for the Society for the Study of American Women Writers at the American Literature Association Annual Meeting in Boston, MA, Friday, May 26, Session 11-K, 2:10-3:30pm.  The agenda is below.  If you are attending the conference, please join us for this meeting.

Society for the Study of American Women Writers

Business Meeting Agenda

May 26, 2017

 

Welcome

Officer Reports

VP-Organizational Matters

VP-Publications

VP-Development

VP-Membership and Finances

New Officers

Vice President of Publications—Jordan Von Cannon, Louisiana State University

SSAWW International

Border Crossings: Translation, Migration, & Gender in the Americas, the Transatlantic, & the Transpacific, July 5-8, 2017, Université Bordeaux Montaigne, France

New Initiatives

2018 Conference, Nov

Conference Director

Program Director

Program Committee

Awards

Theme-Based Societies

Journal focused on 20th (post-1945) and 21st Century American Women Writers

SSAWW and Public Humanities

Other Items

CFP: C19 Podcast Episodes (Deadline 06.16.2017)

Call for Proposals: C19 Podcast Episodes

 

C19: The Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists is pleased to announce the launch of an official C19 podcast. The podcast will be a stage for public scholarship on American literature, history, and culture that can engage an audience of C19 members, students, alt-ac professionals, researchers, teachers, librarians, enthusiasts, the public, and friends. We invite proposals for individual podcast episodes from organization members. Suggested initial deadline for proposals: June 16. After this date submissions will be open and considered on a rolling basis to accommodate for C19 members’ work schedules and to allow for timely episode proposals in response to developing events.

No previous experience podcasting required. Resources and guides will be provided by the C19 Podcast Subcommittee.

 

We seek proposals on any topic relating to long nineteenth-century American literature, culture, and history. Episode topics might include

–       Archival discoveries (such as the recently recovered new Walt Whitman autobiographical novel The Life and Adventures of Jack Engle );

–       Discussions of new books in the field, new scholarly trends, or new J19 issues;

–       Appearances by granting agency officers or editors of journals or presses;

–       Previews of upcoming conferences or symposia;

–       Resources and/or workshops on conference proposals, writing a dissertation, or applying to a conference, or starting a newbook project;

–       NTT scholarly life and resources;

–       Reports on academic activism, pedagogy, and inclusion, past and present;

–       Considerations of current political, cultural, and social developments in the context of the nineteenth century; for instance, the president’s recognition of the contributions of Frederick Douglass or comments about the Civil War

–       Discussions of pedagogical approaches in the classroom

–       Tips for undergraduates, graduates, and/or junior faculty on navigating the academic or alt-ac landscape.

Possible formats may include narrative exposition, interviews, readings and analyses of underrepresented texts, and panel discussions. While individuals may produce episodes, we also encourage collaborative work. We invite submissions from all ranks including graduate students and non-tenure track faculty as well as collaborations between senior and junior scholars. Although the C19 Podcast Subcommittee will assign producers to help guide the technical development of episodes, applicants will be expected to produce their own audio files; any requirements for significant production assistance from the Subcommittee should be noted in the proposal. Episodes should be about half an hour in length. The projected launch date for the start of the first season is Fall 2017.

 

Proposals should be no longer than 250 words and should include the topic of the episode; the episode format (such as interview or narrative history); additional participants (if any); and relevant scholarly and technical qualifications related to the subject. Please email proposals and a CV (2 pages max) to c19podcast@gmail.com. Please place C19podcast along with the title of the proposal in the subject line of the email.

 

Questions? Contact Xine Yao, Subcommittee Chair (c19podcast@gmail.com).

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