CFP: Fabricating Truths: African-American Women and Clothing in the 19th Century (C19; 8.28.15)

Fabricating Truths: African-American Women and Clothing in the 19th Century

Proposed Panel for the c19 conference

From runaway slave notices identifying the details of women’s clothing to Elizabeth Keckley’s depictions of dressmaking in Behind the Scenes: Or, Thirty Years a Slave and Four Years in the White House (1868), clothing figures prominently in portrayals of African-American women’s lives in the nineteenth century. However, this aspect of African-American women’s history has yet to be analyzed with the fullness it deserves. This proposed panel for the c19 conference seeks papers that analyze depictions of clothing in the cultural or literary productions linked to or produced by African-American women during the 19th century. The questions animating the proposed panel are these: How might analyses of the wearing and making of clothing in the American 19th century further or deepen understandings of the issues that were pertinent to African-American women’s lives during this period? What stories does clothing tell about the transitions from enslavement to emancipation, particularly regarding the shifting conditions of African-American women’s work? Given c19’s conference theme of “Unsettling,” are there assumed narratives or histories that analyses of clothing might begin to unsettle? As the title of the panel suggests, we are particularly interested in papers that seek to illuminate the roles clothing has played in African-American women’s efforts to compose visual and material arguments that undo the “truths” enslavement and its aftermaths fabricated about their lives, bodies, and sexualities.

Please submit 250 word proposals and 100 word biographies to Kimberly Lamm by August 28th 2015. The c19 conference will take place March 17-20, 2016.

CFP: Dickinson’s Environments (ESQ Special Issue)

CFP: ESQ: A Journal of the American Renaissance

Special Issue: Dickinson’s Environments

Paul Crumbley, Guest Editor

Ecocritical approaches especially welcomed. Appropriate “environments” may include but are not limited to: geographical, ecological, scientific, artistic, literary, musical, cultural, historical, philosophical, theological, poltical.

Review of manuscripts begins immediately. Final deadline: June 1, 2016.
Submission Guidelines:

For this special topic we invite submission of essays between 6,000 and 12,000 words. Electronic submissions are strongly preferred and should be provided in Rich Text or Microsoft Word format; send by email attachment to the Editors at Print submissions should include two copies of the typescript as well as provisions for the return of one copy, if desired; address to the Editors, ESQ, Department of English, P.O. Box 645020, Washington State University, Pullman, Washington 991364-5020. In aid ofESQ‘s commitment to double-blind review, the author’s name should not appear on the essay itself.

Upon acceptance, contributors are asked to submit final versions that conform to The Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition (you may also consult Turabian’s Manual, 6th edition, chapter 9), with some exceptions covered inESQ‘s House Style Sheet.

CFP: Embodied Readings: Child Readers and Children in Literature (Edited Collection; 11.30.15)

Call for Papers

Embodied Readings: Child Readers and Children in Literature

Roxanne Harde and Lydia Kokkola (Eds.)

Submissions are invited for chapters on the theme of the embodied child in relation to children’s literature and other media. The collection will reflect the growing interest in the embodied nature of child both as the reader or consumer of various  media and as represented within those media.

Contributions are welcomed from a range of fields, such as literature, postcolonial studies, literacy education, historical and cultural studies, film and media studies, and education.


New “Chat with an Editor” Feature at the SSAWW Conference in Philadelphia

Do you have questions about any aspect of publishing in a scholarly journal? Would you like an editor to look over the abstract and/or introduction to an article you’re thinking of sending out to a journal? Would you like advice about turning a dissertation chapter into a publishable article? Throughout the conference, we’ll have editors of different scholarly journals on hand to meet with conference attendees. Sign up coming soon.

With thanks to the editors involved.

These sessions will complement several other program features at SSAWW such as the Mentoring Breakfast table topics on publishing articles, and publishing books and the session, “Publishing and the Open Access Journal: A Roundtable Discussion,” on Friday. 

Mentoring Breakfast Discussion Tables – August Update

Dear Conference Attendees,

The SSAWW 2015 Mentoring Breakfast is for everyone – there is something of interest for SSAWWers at all stages of their careers.

We have put together a wide range of topics, mostly growing out of suggestions by SSAWW members, and are very pleased to be continuing this tradition at SSAWW.

Please come and join the discussion at breakfast at the table of your choice on Friday morning of the conference, 7:30 to 8:50, as a mentor, a mentee or just to listen and converse.

Thanks to all who have agreed to facilitate

If you did not sign up for the breakfast when you registered for the conference, you may still do so through the conference registration site. The cost for regular members is $20. Graduate students are complimentary but they must be pre-registered.

Table Topics (in alphabetical order):

The Demands of Service: Tips for Time Management and ‎Avoiding Burn-Out

– Facilitated by Barb McKaskill

Digital Humanities I: “How to learn more about DH and how to develop a DH project

– Facilitated by Paul Ohler

Digital Humanities II: “Archives and Other Digital Projects”

– Facilitated by Martha Nell Smith

“Flourishing in Alternative Careers for PhDs”

– Facilitated by Gail K. Smith

“Forming Societies – Authors and Areas”

– Facilitated by Sharon Harris and Sarah Olivier

“Getting over ‘Associate:’ Promotion to Full Professor”

– Facilitated by Karen Kilcup

“The Job Search”

– Facilitated by Heidi Hanrahan and Rickie-Ann Legleitner

“Motherhood and the Academic Career”

– Facilitated by Phyllis Cole and Miranda Green-Barteet

“The Online Academic Presence – Social Media and Professional Websites”

– Facilitated by Donna Campbell and Kristin Jacobson

Publishing I: “Peer-reviewed articles”

– Facilitated by Shirley Samuels

Publishing II: “The Book Project”

– Facilitated by Koritha Mitchell

“Retirement: Planning and Working”

– Facilitated by Susan K. Harris

“Why go into administration? – Considerations of the Administrative Track”

– Facilitated by Deb Clarke and Sarah Robbins

“Working in Women’s Studies

– Facilitated by Kimberly Brown

Conference registration site:

Grants, Fellowships, and Prizes: Harriet Beecher Stowe Society Up and Coming Scholar Award

Harriet Beecher Stowe Society Up and Coming Scholar Award

The Stowe Society would like to recognize graduate students who are currently working on scholarship on Harriet Beecher Stowe.  If you are a graduate student who plans to present on Stowe at the Society for the Study of American Women Writers Conference (November 2015), we are sponsoring an outstanding paper award of $100 that will help contribute to your travel to the conference and recognize you for your work on Stowe.  Please send full conference papers by September 15th to  Papers should not have your name or any identifying information on them, as they will be anonymously reviewed by Stowe Society members.  We will announce the award winner prior to the conference on our website as well as via email.  We look forward to reading your submissions! 

Warm Regards,

LuElla D’Amico

Assistant Professor of English

Vice President of the Harriet Beecher Stowe Society

Whitworth University

Legacy News: Summar C. Sparks joins as Editorial Assistant

Legacy is happy to announce that Summar C. Sparks has joined us as our new Editorial Assistant. As we speak, Ms. Sparks is preparing to defend her dissertation, “Bound by Paper: Nineteenth-Century Southern Editors and Their Northern Connections,” at the University of North Carolina Greensboro. She brings experience working as an Assistant Editor at College English, and we are very happy to have her.

We would also like to take this opportunity to thank Dr. Amber LaPiana for her superb contributions as Legacy Editorial Assistant over the past two years. As her term draws to a close, she departs the journal in order to become Senior Editor for the education website We thank her for her excellent service and her brilliant editorial eye, and we wish her well as she begins her career.

Jennifer S. Tuttle

Editor, Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers,

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