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CFP: Migration, Diaspora, Circulation and Translation: due Feb 15, 2017

Migration, Diaspora, Circulation and Translation

October 5-7, 2017

University College Dublin, Clinton Institute for American Studies

Dublin, Ireland

A conference sponsored by the Charles Brockden Brown Society (www.brockdenbrownsociety.ucf.edu)

Our conference site in Dublin calls to mind issues of migration, immigration, emigration, colonization, revolution, and other changes that result from the movement of people, ideas, and things from one place to another. Such issues were significant in colonial and early national American writing and thought in the long eighteenth century. The current global migration crisis and the recent “Brexit” vote makes these topics timely for reappraisal: as millions of migrants and asylum seekers cross into Europe, the world confronts questions about borders, resources, community, poverty, wealth, understanding of cultural differences, and human rights. The Eleventh Biennial Conference of the Charles Brockden Brown Society invites papers on all aspects of diaspora, migration, circulation, and translation in the long eighteenth century. The following list offers some examples of suggested topics:

  • ●  Texts (letters, periodicals, books, treatises) that migrate from one place to another
  • ●  Migration of species, and theories of natural history that involve migration or hibernation
  • ●  Spread of genetic material in plants or other living beings; ecological biology, biodiversity,

    monoculture or related concepts

  • ●  Movement of food, drink and other cultural practices related to agriculture, food preparation

    and/or eating

  • ●  Loss inherent in places from which migration takes place on a large scale
  • ●  Changing boundaries of nations, places, concepts (gender, childhood, etc.) during the long eighteenth century
  • ●  Colonial and/or imperial repercussions of migration
  • ●  Representations of Irishness as an unstable category in the long eighteenth century
  • ●  Maria Edgeworth’s influence on American texts
  • ●  Literary hoaxes and their reliance on dissemination
  • ●  Ways that “contagion” works differently than “diaspora” as a trope
  • ●  Adaptations, literary influences, allusions, plagiarism, copyright issues
  • ●  Charles Brockden Brown’s depiction of migration, circulation, translation
  • ●  Migratory labor, including prisoners, apprentices, and chattel slaves
  • ●  The effects of borders and border crossing in domestic (national and private) spaces

    Although we are an author society, we solicit proposals from a broad range of texts and practices beyond those associated with Brown and his writings alone. We also encourage interdisciplinary scholarship and work emphasizing non-U.S. literatures. Our conference culture aims to create a space of egalitarian consideration free from career-oriented and competitive attitudes, a place for new work to blossom. In this light, we have no concurrent sessions, so that all may be heard by all. Because of time/space constraints, we may ask you to reframe your proposed talk as a brief (5-10 minute) presentation for inclusion within a roundtable format.

    Travel Support for Graduate Students:

    Two travel awards of $500 each for graduate student participation will be awarded, funded by the Brown Society. Criteria for these travel subventions will favor students at the dissertation stage (over those in earlier stages of degree work) and those who have not previously presented at a CBBS meeting. Graduate students applying for a subvention should indicate their interest in a cover letter and provide information about whether or not they are ABD.

    250-word proposal deadline: February 15, 2017. Please send a proposal in .docx format to hewitt.33@osu.edu.

CFP: Volume on Edith Wharton, due Nov 20, 2016

Call for Papers: Critical Insights, Edith Wharton

Please see below the call for essays for a forthcoming volume on Edith Wharton. The volume is part of the series Critical Insights (Salem Press) and will appear in fall 2017. More information can be found here:

http://www.salempress.com/critical_insights.html

 

Following the guidelines for the series, I seek essays (4000-5000 words) that are accessible to high school students and undergraduates, and are meant to:

  • Provide undergraduates with a comprehensive introduction to the author’s works, as well as the various approaches students are likely to encounter and study in their classrooms.
  • Help students build a foundation for studying works in greater depth by introducing them to key concepts, contexts, critical approaches, and vocabulary in literary scholarship.

The format of each volume is standard, and will include:

  • A “biographical” essay (2000 words) that gives an overview of Wharton’s life
  • A “historical background” essay (4000-5000 words) that addresses how the time period influenced Wharton as well as what makes her work relevant to a modern audience. The essay should consider a variety of contexts in which Wharton’s work is usually placed.
  • A “critical reception” essay (4000-5000 words) that reviews the history of critical responses to Wharton’s oeuvre, and addresses the major concerns that scholars have identified over the years. The essay should be a comprehensive overview of criticism rather than a focused analysis of specific perspectives.
  • A “critical lens” essay (4000-5000 words) that offers a close reading of Wharton’s work(s) from a particular critical standpoint (e.g. gender studies, cultural studies, disability studies, etc).
  • A “comparative analysis” essay (4000-5000 words) that analyzes Wharton in the light of another (similar or contemporary) author.

 

In addition: the volume will include ten 5000-word essays, which will offer various critical readings of Wharton’s work. Topics could address (but are not limited to):

  • Wharton and the First World War; Wharton and race; Wharton and feminism; queer readings of Wharton’s works; Wharton and cosmopolitanism; Wharton and modernism; Wharton as an architectural historian; Wharton’s works in comparison with other writers (American or not); Wharton in a transatlantic context; Wharton and animal studies; Wharton and disability; Wharton and other genres (e.g. Gothic); Wharton in film; Wharton as a travel writer, etc.
  • I welcome topics that reflect the main critical approaches to Wharton’s oeuvre, as well as recent reevaluations of her work. Essays that incorporate a range of Wharton’s texts are strongly encouraged. Readings and approaches should not be dated nor so cutting-edge as to be dated in the next 10 years.

 

Please send an abstract (500-1000 words) and a brief CV by November 20, 2016 to:

 

Myrto Drizou, PhD

Department of English

Valdosta State University

Valdosta GA 31698

mdrizou@valdosta.edu

 

Notification of acceptance by December 15, 2016. Complete first drafts (5000 words) due by March 15, 2017.

CFP: James Fenimore Cooper and American Women Writers, Due Jan 15, 2017

The James Fenimore Cooper Society will host the following panel at the 28th annual American Literature Association conference, which will take place from May 25-28, 2017, in Boston, MA.

Panel 1: James Fenimore Cooper and American Women Writers

Contributing to a literary marketplace largely shaped by Cooper’s success as a professional writer, American women writers from the 19th century to the present have been strongly influenced by or have consciously responded to Cooper’s novels, themes, and generic innovations. This panel will consider the ways women writers – from Cooper’s contemporaries, such as Catharine Maria Sedgwick (Hope Leslie) to current writers, such as Lauren Groff (The Ghosts of Templeton) –have been shaped by Cooper, his novels, and/or his literary contributions. Papers may consider the ways Cooper was influenced by female contemporaries as well. Please submit to a 250-word abstract, a brief cv (2-3 pages), and an indication of whether or not the paper may be published in the James Fenimore Cooper Society Journal by January 15, 2017. Please also indicate any audio-visual requirements. All proposals should be both pasted into the text of the email and included as attachments (word files or pdfs preferred).

Please submit abstracts and accompanying materials to Luis A. Iglesias (luis.iglesias@usm.edu) by January 15, 2017.

Papers should be a maximum of 20 minutes (6-8 pages) in length. Brief discussion will follow the presentations. Presenters need not be members of the James Fenimore Cooper Society, though we certainly hope they will choose to join. Please note that as per ALA guidelines, no one may present more than one paper at the conference.

Papers presented at the conference will, with their authors’ permission, be published in the James Fenimore Cooper Society Journal and made available online at the Cooper Society website. Papers may be mildly revised for publication.

 

CFP: ALA Symposium, Regionalism and Place (Deadline 5.15.17)

Call for Papers

American Literature Association Symposium

September 7-9, 2017

Hotel Monteleone, New Orleans, Louisiana

Regionalism and Place in American Literature

American regional writing, as a literary movement, often has a limited association with a few decades during the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. At times, many writers have cringed at being described as “regional,” fearing limiting or marginalizing classification. Other writers have embraced the term.  However, more recent research has often argued for a renewed importance in regional scholarship or the scholarship of place and has redefined how we look at canonical definitions of regionalism and place.  This symposium seeks to deepen our understanding of the importance of regionalism and place in past and present American literature by continuing to question spatial boundaries and definitions.  Are regions confined to big patches of landscape or can cities and neighborhoods be regional?  How do we address or define more recent regional concepts like the “Postsouthern” or “Postwestern”?  What does regionalism look like in the 21st century and how does it define (or fail to define) our sense of place?  What is it to publish or write “regionally”?  We welcome paper proposals, panels and roundtable discussions on all aspects of regionalism and place within American literature and particularly encourage interdisciplinary papers and projects.

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Michael Steiner, Emeritus Professor of American Studies, California State University, Fullerton

One page proposals or panel suggestions can be sent to program director Dr. Sara Kosiba at skosiba@troy.edu by May 15th, 2017.

CFP: ASLE Conference (Deadline: 12.12.16)

We seek participants for the SSAWW-affiliate panel at the upcoming ASLE conference. Please contact Tina Gianquitto (tinagian@mines.edu) if you are interested in participating in or forming a panel for the conference.
Rust/Resistance: Works of Recovery
Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE)
Twelfth Biennial Conference, June 20 – 24, 2017
Wayne State University
Detroit, Michigan
Eve: So this is your wilderness. Detroit.
Adam: Everybody left.
Eve: What’s that?
Adam: It’s the Packard plant, where they once built the most beautiful cars in the world. Finished.
Eve: But this place will rise again.
Adam: Will it?
Eve: Yeah. There’s water here. And when the cities in the South are burning, this place will bloom.
—Vampire couple in Jim Jarmusch’s film, Only Lovers Left Alive
 
In Rust: The Longest War, Jonathan Waldman claims that, for those who “yield to rust, find beauty in rust, capitalize on rust, raise awareness of rust, and teach about rust, work is riddled with scams, lawsuits, turf battles, and unwelcome oversight. Explosions, collisions, arrests, threats, and insults abound.”  Rust is the underside of cosmopolis. Rust belts follow industry and its corrosions; the parasitic Rust fungi are enemies of agriculture. And yet there is an irenic side to rust: it inspires contemplation, the search for beauty, and the effort to defend what is threatened. As an agent of time, rust sponsors stories of collapse-and-recovery, evolution-and-extinction, but it also questions them. Narratives of progress that see rust as the enemy are not universal. In Japanese aesthetics, for instance, sabi is the beauty of natural aging and aged materials; what is new is not as lovely as what has weathered. In a time obsessed by environmental apocalypse, rust may reveal other trajectories for cultures of recovery. Resurget Cineribus, “It Will Rise from the Ashes,” is the motto of Detroit—our host city.
Long associated with steel, car culture, and the music of Motown, Detroit is also a site of struggle for racial and environmental justice, against depopulation and “ruin porn,” and for the preservation of artistic heritage. A nexus of encounters between indigenous nations and the French fur trade, it became a locus of the Great Migration, “white flight,” and gentrification. Water-rich on the strait between Lake Huron and Lake Erie, Detroit and its neighbors struggle against corroded infrastructure and government corruption. For all those reasons, Detroit is an ideal place to confer about rust, resistance, and recovery. We invite participants to interpret the conference theme as broadly as possible and to imagine their work in terms of content and  form. We particularly encourage non-traditional modes of presentation, including hybrid, performative and collaborative works; panels that minimize formal presentation in favor of engaged emergent discussion; interdisciplinary approaches; environmentally inflected readings of fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, film, theatre and other media; and proposals from outside the academic humanities, including submissions from artists, writers, teachers, practitioners, activists and colleagues in the social and natural sciences. Topics may include, but are certainly not limited to:
The literatures, arts, and cultures of the Rust Belt, the Great Lakes, and Appalachia. Bioregionalism, eco-cosmopolitanism, multinaturalism, (New) historicism, material ecocriticism, posthumanism, queer ecology, postcolonial ecocriticism, new media theory, decolonization theory, geography, and geocriticism as techniques for the analysis of rust-culture.
Transnational rust: Detroit and its relationship with Ontario; the borderlands of Canada and the United States; nationalist and cosmopolitan rusts; colonial, postcolonial, and decolonial rusts.
Elemental rust: Rust as an element of nature writing, natural history, agrarian and wilderness literature. The nature of iron and the arts of steel; water as an agent of rust;  rust as vitality, materiality, and quintessence; corrosion as hyper-object; mines, foundries, and factories; nuclear rust; rust and oil, coal, and natural gas;  Rust as programming language; rust as the essence of the Internet; the Internet of (Rusty) Things; steampunk aesthetics; rust as waste of civilization.
Labor and rust: Corrosions of justice; the literature and other arts of labor; agricultures of resistance; class as a category of environmental analysis; working class nature writing; environmental infrastructures; precarity and the corrosion of higher education; petrocultures of labor; the work of environmentalism; the energy humanities; environmental catastrophes and the working class; blue collar conservation and restoration; environmentalism and the Old Left; folk, rock, soul, funk, and other forms of music as resistance..
Aeons of rust: Iron ages: archaic, classical, late antique, medieval, early modern, Renaissance, Victorian, Modernist, and postmodern rust; the aesthetics and poetics of weathering, rhetorics of collapse and recovery; periodization after the “Anthropocene;” narratives of extinction; legends of rust; rust as telos; rust as closure;  cosmologies, cosmogonies, and eschatologies of rust.
The arts and sciences of resistance: Public health and environmental justice; methods derived from climatology, paleontology, geology; changes in the weather reporting; post/industrial ecologies; urban ecology; urban nature/parks/green spaces, urban planning; planned resilience; cities and climate change; ecotopias, urban renaissance, new urbanisms; green architecture.
Methods of resistance: Recovering conservation, ecofeminism, Deep Ecology, intersectionality, critical race theory, comparatism, formalism, anthropology, folkloristics, social ecology, deconstruction, eco-Marxism, Green anarchism, Writing Studies, rhetoric and composition, and other “rusty” methods for the environmental humanities.
Genres of resistance: Natural histories of resistance; the poetry of witness; testimony, autoethnography, virality as modes of activism; slam and avant-garde ecopoetry; folklore; the visual arts of resistance; post/industrial photography; survivance as a resistant mode; “cli-fi”; sentimental literature as resistance; Naturalism; the proletarian novel; prison literature; resistant memoir; investigative theater; viral video; the politics of video games; the museum as target or agent of resistance; video installations.
Recovering ecological citizenship: Rhetorics of citizenship; the public sphere in the age of climate change; globalization and the “global citizen”; social media as an activist tool;  traditions of direct action; democratic environments; green populism; civic environmentalism; activist pedagogies.
Recovering lost lands: Narratives of drowned cities and lost homelands (Atlantis, Tuvalu, Aztlan, Doggerland, Oz); the literature of hurricanes and floods; Katrina, Sandy, and the media; water rights; state seizures of local resources and governance; the environment of ethnic neighborhoods; refuges and refugia; sanctuaries; ecological sovereignty;  ecological reparations; eco-cultural nationalisms: First Nations activism, gay and lesbian lands/queer territories, postcolonial recoveries; cosmopolitan alliances.
Recovering past and future: Ends of environmental history; paradises born in hell; the place of the Roman and other empires in declensionist narratives; linguistic recoveries; neo-medievalisms; fantasy fiction as imagined past; science fiction as extrapolation; queer futurities; archaeology and anthropology in the environmental humanities; the corrosion and recovery of literary history.
                                               
                                                           
Keynote Speakers/Panelists:
Our list of keynote speakers includes scholars, activists and writers working on/in different forms of resistance and recovery: humor and the new American nature writing; the Transcendentalist and Humboldtian lineages in the environmental humanities; poetry and urban gardening; indigenous rights, climate fiction, and climate change; the history of slavery and the Detroit River; and cultural sustainability through the Digital Humanities.
Michael Branch is Professor of Literature and Environment at the University of Nevada, Reno, where he teaches creative nonfiction, American literature, ecocriticism and environmental writing, and film studies. He is a co-founder and past president of ASLE. Mike has published three new books in the past year: Raising Wild: Dispatches from a Home in the Wilderness (Roost Books), “The Best Read Naturalist”: Nature Writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson (co-edited with Clinton Mohs, University of Virginia Press), and Rants from the Hill (Roost Books).
Ross Gay teaches at Indiana University and is the author of three books: Against Which; Bringing the Shovel Down; and Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude, winner of the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award and the 2016 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. He is the co-author, with Aimee Nezhukumatathil, of the chapbook “Lace and Pyrite: Letters from Two Gardens,” and, with Richard Wehrenberg, Jr., of the chapbook “River.” Ross is a founding board member of the Bloomington Community Orchard, a non-profit, free-fruit-for-all food justice and joy project.
Tiya Miles is a professor at the University of Michigan in the Departments of American Culture, Afro-American and African Studies, History, Women Studies, and the Native American Studies Program. Her research and creative interests include African American and Native American interrelated and comparative histories (especially 19th century); Black, Native, and U.S. women’s histories; and African American and Native American women’s literature. She is author of The House on Diamond Hill: A Cherokee Plantation Story (UNC Press, 2010),  and Ties That Bind: The Story of an Afro-Cherokee Family in Slavery and Freedom (University of California Press, 2005).  Her forthcoming debut novel is The Cherokee Rose.
Siobhan Senier is Associate Professor of English at the University of New Hampshire-Durham. She is the author of Voices of American Indian Assimilation and Resistance (2001), and Dawnland Voices: An Anthology of Writing from Indigenous New England (University of Nebraska Press, 2014), a collection she authored with a dozen regional Native writers and historians. Currently, Dr. Senier holds the UNH Center for the Humanities Hayes Chair, which supports the annual Indigenous New England Conference and the website  Writing of Indigenous New England.  For more information, consult Dr. Senier’s blog at indiginewenglandlit.wordpress.com.
Laura Dassow Walls is the William P. and Hazel B. White Professor of English at the University of Notre Dame, where she teaches 19th-century American literature and literature and science studies. Her research explores the history and future of ecological thinking, most recently in Passage to Cosmos: Alexander von Humboldt and the Shaping of America (2009), which was awarded MLA’s James Russell Lowell Prize and the Merle Curti Award from the Organization of American Historians.  Her forthcoming book is Henry David Thoreau: A Life (University of Chicago Press, 2017).
Kyle Powys Whyte holds the Timnick Chair in the Humanities at Michigan State University. He is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Community Sustainability. He is an enrolled member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, and is involved in the Climate and Traditional Knowledges Workgroup, Sustainable Development Institute of the College of Menominee Nation, Tribal Climate Camp, and the Michigan Environmental Justice Coalition. He is a recipient of the 2015 Bunyan Bryan Award for Academic Excellence given by Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice. Kyle’s MSU faculty website is http://www.philosophy.msu.edu/people/faculty/kylepowyswhyte/.
 
 
Panel and Paper Submission:
For additional information and to submit a pre-formed panel or individual presentation, please visit the conference website at http://asle2017.clas.wayne.edu
All conference sessions will be 90-minutes long. ASLE strongly encourages presenters to create pre-formed panels and to experiment with alternative forms of presentation, discussion and engagement. Both scholarly and creative submissions are welcome. We expect to receive more proposals than we can accommodate; therefore, not all proposals will be accepted. Proposals for fully constituted panels will be given priority over individual paper proposals; please note that there are separate tabs for panel proposal submission and individual paper submission on the submissions website.
                                                                       
Key information (more details available on the website):
·       proposals for pre-formed panels must include at least four presentations (papers, readings, provocations, responses, etc.), 15 minutes-max each, plus a chair; panel organizers must submit the proposal on behalf of all panelists (500 word abstract for the panel outlining topic, format, participants’ roles; 300 word abstract for each contribution as relevant to the format; all contact information)
·       proposals for panels may also include roundtables (five or six 10 minute-max presentations plus discussion) and paper/reading/hybrid jams (seven or eight short, sharp eight minute-max presentations plus discussion); please contact ASLE Co-Presidents Christoph Irmscher and Anthony Lioi at asle2017@indiana.edu to discuss other format options (e.g., author-meets-critics)
·       to encourage institutional diversity and exchange, all pre-formed panels must include participants from more than one institution and from more than one academic level/sector
·       individual paper/reading/performance submissions are for 15 minute presentations; potential presenters will be asked to indicate whether they would also be willing to participate in a paper/reading/hybrid jam with a shorter presentation (which will increase chances of acceptance); 300 word abstracts should describe both form and content
·       only one proposal submission is allowed per person; participants can present only once during the conference (pre-conference seminars/workshops and chairing a panel not included)
·       proposals must be submitted online at https://asle.submittable.com/submit; in cases in which this requirement poses a significant difficulty, please contact Christoph Irmscher and Anthony Lioi, as above
·       ASLE policy is currently to discourage virtual participation at our biennial conferences except in extraordinary circumstances.
All proposals must be submitted by December 12, 2016. We will evaluate your proposal carefully and notify you of its final status by February 15, 2017.  If you are a panel organizer and would like a panel CFP posted to the ASLE website, please use the online submission form here: http://www.asle.org/panel-calls-for-papers/.
Note: you must be or become a member of ASLE by the time of registration to present at the conference. Join or check your membership status at http://www.asle.org/.
For questions about the program, please contact 2017 ASLE Presidents Christoph Irmscher and Anthony Lioi at asle2017@indiana.edu. For questions about the conference site, field sessions, progressive event and other local activities, please contact Elena Past at elenapast@wayne.edu. For questions about ASLE and membership, please contact Amy McIntyre, ASLE Managing Director, at info@asle.org.
                                                                       
Travel and Writing Awards
Once again ASLE will offer a small number of Conference Awards ($500) to graduate students and independent scholars to help defray the costs of attending the conference. The purpose of the travel award is to substantively support members who are in precarious employment or students without institutional support, and who can reasonably demonstrate that an award will make attending the conference possible. A secondary purpose is to support members whose presence contributes to ASLE’s Mission of “promoting equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility on behalf of the membership.”  Applications will be made through the ASLE Submittable site this year: https://asle.submittable.com/submit.
We will also present our biennial book and graduate student paper awards at the conference.
Information on deadlines and how to apply for these awards will be posted at the conference website.
                                                                       
Pre-/ Mid- Conference Seminars and Workshops: Call for Proposals
We will offer a number of pre-conference workshops and seminars on important and emerging topics that reflect the diversity of our approaches and our membership: these workshops may or may not relate directly to the conference theme (although we encourage it) and will be held on Tuesday, June 20th (the day before the general conference sessions begin). In addition, in response to participant feedback we will also hold one or two mid-conference seminars/workshops on Friday, June 23rd at the same time as the field trips (see below).
We are calling for proposals to lead these seminars and workshops, and will choose the slate of offerings from the submissions. Preconference workshop leaders will receive free registration for the 2017 conference and a complimentary year’s membership in ASLE. For further information or to submit a proposal to lead a workshop or seminar, please email Greg Garrard, Preconference Workshop Coordinator, at greg.garrard@ubc.ca. Proposals should include: 1) a 500-word max description of the proposed workshop/seminar theme and structure (four hours), in addition to your particular qualifications to lead it; and 2) your vita. Pre-conference workshop proposals must be sent to the coordinator by October 12, 2016.
Information on which topics are being offered will be available in early 2017. There is limited availability (15 persons) in each workshops or seminar, so you must pre-register to reserve a spot. For further information and/or to reserve a spot in a workshop or seminar, please email Greg Garrard at greg.garrard@ubc.ca. As participants’ names will appear on the program, we encourage registrants to apply to present in one of these events instead of giving a paper at the conference.
                                                                       
Conference Host
Founded in 1868, Wayne State University is a nationally recognized metropolitan research institution offering more than 380 academic programs through 13 schools and colleges to more than 27,000 students. WSU serves a diverse body of students in vibrant Midtown, the cultural center of Detroit. The university’s mission is to create and advance knowledge, prepare a diverse student body to thrive, and positively impact local and global communities. To that end, many research initiatives currently address environmental questions, including the Flint water crisis, urban foodways, environmental stressors in urban areas, urban soils, alternative energies, and more. See the Environment Top 10 list for more: http://wayne.edu/action/top-10/. Wayne State University and ASLE are committed to making the conference as accessible and sustainable as possible for all participants; the conference website will provide more details.
                                                                       
Field Sessions, Progressive Evening Event:
We are excited to continue the innovative and popular progressive evening, inaugurated at the 2015 conference, an event that will connect the ASLE conference with local Detroit artists and businesses, on Thursday, June 22.  We will also be continuing the longstanding tradition of Friday afternoon field excursions, which will include possibilities such as visiting urban research field stations, browsing the WSU Library’s North American Labor Collection holdings, experiencing the Underground Railroad Living Museum, or the Arab American National Museum, going on an urban garden tour, running through historic neighborhoods in Midtown, and biking the Inner Circle Greenway. Specifics about these events will be posted at the conference website, and field trips sign-up will be available as part of registration.      

CFP: Catharine Sedgwick Society at ALA (Deadline 1.15.17

As we head toward the 150th anniversary of Catharine Sedgwick’s death and the 20th anniversary of the CMS Society in 2017, we invite proposals for the following panel for ALA 2017:

Session #1: TIME, MEMORIALS AND ANNIVERSARIES (3 or 4 15 to 20-minute papers):

How is “time” referenced in Catharine Maria Sedgwick’s writings? Does her sense of time seem consistent at moments with Wordsworth’s “spots of time”? Is there more that can be said about her “anachronistic imaginings,” to take a phrase from Jeffrey Insko’s 2004 essay, “Anachronistic Imaginings: Hope Leslie’s Challenge to Historicism?” What about her attention to memory, memorials, and monuments, and how space and visual culture relate to notions of time? What about anniversaries, rituals and annual or seasonal celebrations? This panel invites proposals on these and other issues related to the perception of time, the passage of time, and the celebration of times past in Sedgwick’s writings or the writings of her contemporaries.

I want to remind readers that the Catharine Maria Sedgwick Society is holding its 8th symposium in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, June 7-10, 2017, celebrating both the 150th anniversary of Sedgwick’s death and the 20th anniversary of the CMS Society. The focus for the symposium is “Where and When: Evolving Concepts of Place, Space, and Time in the Writings of Sedgwick and Her Contemporaries.” There is potential to have meaningful overlap between the May ALA panel and the June symposium. The Society asks that participants do not deliver exactly the same paper at both events but encourages work that connects papers between the different forums or initiates an ongoing conversation.

ALA will be held May 25-28, 2017 (Thursday to Sunday of Memorial Day weekend) at Westin Copley Place in Boston, MA.

DEADLINE FOR ABSTRACTS: January 15, 2017

Please send abstracts to Lisa West, V.P. for External Conferences, CMS Society: lisa.west@drake.edu

CFP: “Transcendentalist Intersections” (due August 1, 2017)

“Transcendentalist Intersections: Literature, Philosophy, Religion”

University of Heidelberg, Germany, July 26 – 29, 2018

 

Sponsored by the Ralph Waldo Emerson Society, the Margaret Fuller Society, and the Anglistisches Seminar and Center for American Studies at the University of Heidelberg

 

At its first meeting in 1836, the Transcendental Club declared an “organ of spiritual philosophy” to be essential to the project, and, when The Dial came forth in 1840 under Margaret Fuller’s editorship, its subtitle—“Literature, Philosophy, and Religion”—was meant to convey both the breadth and depth of the movement’s aims.  As Emerson introduced it, the ambitious new journal would “share [in such] impulses of the time” as “special reforms to the state,” “modifications of the various callings of men,” “opening a new scope for literature and art,” “philosophical insight,” and “the vast solitudes of prayer.” 

 

In the spirit of The Dial, and with its subtitle too, the organizers of “Transcendentalist Intersections” invite paper proposals seeking to do justice to that breadth and depth of the movement, generously construed. For this multi-disciplinary, international conference dedicated to new scholarship on American Transcendentalism, we are particularly interested in proposals engaging literature, philosophy, and religion, and especially encourage not only literary scholars but historians, philosophers, theologians, and others to share their ideas. 

 

·       With regard to literature, we welcome papers examining texts and authors traditionally ignored or cast as “minor”; such forms as journalism, literature of reform or revolt, correspondence, travel writing, history, philosophy as literature; relations between literature and visual or musical arts; biographical approaches; transnational dialogues; reception history, the history of the book and the relevance of literary institutions; and revisionist approaches to or paradigms of Transcendentalism.  We encourage papers that address the convergences and tensions between literature and philosophical issues on the one hand and/or issues of religion, spirituality, or the sacred on the other.   

 

·       With regard to religion, we especially invite papers discussing the entanglements of Transcendentalists (major or minor) with other 19th-century American religious movements such as the Second Great Awakening, the Holiness and Spiritualist revivals, Catholic immigration, and the emergence of groups centered around new “American Scriptures” such as Mormonism. We are interested in the engagement of Transcendentalists with various Christian theological debates and scholarly discourses of the time, such as the higher criticism, the “New Christianity” of the Saint-Simonians, the Christian socialism of the Abbé Lammenais, the pantheism of Pierre Leroux, and the comparative study of religion. We also encourage papers investigating the contribution of Transcendentalists to the construction of religion as a category or of particular religious traditions (e.g. “Hinduism” or “Buddhism”); as well as Transcendentalism’s role in the coming of the modern paradigm of “seeker spirituality.”

 

·       With regard to philosophy, we encourage proposals in all of the subfields that have been so vigorously engaged by Transcendentalist scholars in recent years.  This would especially include work on the Transcendentalists in relation to social and political philosophy (e.g., feminism, antislavery, liberalism, democracy, socialism, environmentalism, human rights); religious philosophy (e.g., secularism and post-secularism); ethics (e.g., Kantian and post-Kantian, pragmatist ethics, virtue ethics); metaphysics (e.g., “neo-Platonism, Romantic theories of being and selfhood, Nietzcheanism, post-metaphysics”); epistemology (e.g., agnosticism, fallibilism, anti-foundationalism, skepticism); and aesthetics (symbolism, theories of metaphor and poetic expression, art and social reform, translation, and (again) music and the visual arts).

 

Please direct abstracts (300-500 words) and two-page CVs by August 1, 2017 to any of the members of the conference planning subcommittee: Charlene Avallone avallone000@gmail.com, Dan Malachuk ds-malachuk@wiu.edu, or Jan Stievermann jstievermann@hca.uni-heidelberg.de.  

 

A conference webpage and announcement of keynote speakers are forthcoming.  This cfp is posted in the meantime at https://emersonsociety.org/2016/09/22/heidelberg-cfp/ and http://www.fullersociety.org/ For more information about our hosts, see http://www.hca.uni-heidelberg.de/index_en.html and http://www.as.uni-heidelberg.de/

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