Join the Texas Regional SSAWW Study Group – February 27th, 2021 (first virtual meeting)

This Spring, the Texas Regional SSAWW Study Group will hold our first virtual meeting. We will gather via Zoom on Saturday February 27th, 2021 from 1-3pm CST, hosted by LuElla D’Amico (University of Incarnate Word, San Antonio TX). Our common reading is the first Honey Bunch novel by Helen Louise Thorndyke, Honey Bunch: Just a Little Girl (1923), available as an open-access digital edition.  

For a link to the text, a complete schedule, and information about how to register to attend, please go to: 

The Study Group is an informal gathering of professors, graduate students, and independent scholars who share an interest in American women’s writing. Attendance is free. This spring, we welcome the virtual participation of SSAWW members from outside of our region. 

CFP: Margaret Fuller Society Roundtable at MLA 2022 – Deadline: 3.20.2021

“Mattering in the 19th C and Beyond: US Transcendentalisms, Racism, and Repair”

Roundtable organized by the Margaret Fuller Society

MLA 2022: Washington, DC, 6 to 9 January

Submission deadline: 20 March 2021

How do race, racism, and anti-racism operate among US transcendentalists? What alternative vocabularies and theoretical models have their Black contemporaries and later Black thinkers created? We invite proposals that challenge or reform the legacies of transcendentalism. Potential topics (others are welcome):

–     constructions of race

–     systemic racism

–     Black intellectual/aesthetic traditions

–     Black writers/speakers

–     epistemologies

–     gender(s)

–     queer/trans of color critiques

–     disidentification

–     intersectionality

–     conversation as method

–     languages

–     critiques and revisionist readings of “transcendentalism”

–     social institutions (labor, incarceration, education, politics)

–     reparations

Early-career scholars are encouraged to submit. Send 200-word abstracts to Jana Argersinger (

Call for Contributions: Special Section of Scholarly Editing – (Deadline: 4.30.2021)

Call for Contributions:  Special Section of Scholarly Editing,

Issue 39–Uncovering and Sustaining the Cultural Record

Editing primary sources for publication has extensive origins in multiple disciplines, as is evident from the membership of the Association for Documentary Editing (ADE), which includes both historians and literary scholars in the United States and abroad. As we revive Scholarly Editing, we invite members of the editorial team, the advisory board, the ADE, and scholars, digital humanists, librarians, students, archivists, educators, and community members from outside these groups to contribute brief essays (1,500-4,000 words) about their experiences of uncovering and sustaining the cultural record as a set of practices, as a field, or as an act of recovery of silenced voices.

In issuing this invitation, we look forward to publishing a set of short essays in the upcoming issue of Scholarly Editing that will demonstrate diversities of practice, perspective, and emphasis. Our goal is to explore capaciously the contexts of knowledge production as theorized by Roopika Risam in New Digital Worlds: Postcolonial Digital Humanities in Theory, Praxis, and Pedagogy (2019). Central questions include “how projects are designed, how material in them is framed, how data in them is managed, and what forms of labor are being used to create them.”

Contributors might also wish to look to the following texts as references:
Matthew James Driscoll and Elena Pierazzo, eds., Digital Scholarly Editing: Theories and Practices (Cambridge, UK: Open Book Publishers, 2016), D.C. Greetham, ed. Scholarly Editing: A Guide to Research (NY: MLA, 1995).

Mary-Jo Kline and Susan Holbrook Perdue, A Guide to Documentary Editing, 3d ed. (Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2008),

MLA Committee on Scholarly Editions, “MLA Statement on the Scholarly Edition in the Digital Age,

Contributions are due by April 30, 2021.

Submissions: 2021 SSAWW Triennial Conference (EXTENDED Deadline: 3.8.2021)

Submissions for the 2021 SSAWW Triennial Conference

Please send your submissions as PDFs to

EXTENDED Deadline: March 8, 2021

Individual paper proposals: Interested participants will be asked to provide a tentative paper title as well as a proposal of approximately 250 to 300 words with your name and email.

Pre-formed panel proposals: Interested participants will be asked to provide a tentative panel title and contact information for the session chair. In addition, we will need a tentative title and a brief proposal of approximately 250 to 300 words for each participant. Note that panels typically consist of three, but no more than four, presenters who are each allotted between fifteen and twenty minutes to present their work with time remaining for discussion.

Pre-formed roundtable proposals: Interested participants will be asked to provide a tentative roundtable title and the contact information for the session chair. In addition, we will need a title and brief proposal of approximately 150 to 250 words for each participant. Note that roundtables typically consist of five to six participants allocated around six to eight minutes to present their work with time remaining for discussion.

Workshop and exhibition proposals: Interested participants will be asked to provide a tentative session title as well as a brief workshop/exhibition overview of approximately 150 to 250 words. Workshops that would extend beyond traditional session time allotments or require a special space or set up must describe their needs in the proposal. Please include contact information for additional contributors, etc.

Special sessions (for SSAWW affiliate organizations): SSAWW affiliate organizations will be asked to provide a tentative panel title and contact information of the session chair. In addition, we will need a tentative title and a brief proposal of approximately 250 to 300 words for each participant. Note that panels typically consist of three presenters allotted fifteen to twenty minutes to present their work with time remaining for discussion.

For any special sessions (such as a syllabus/assignment exchange, film screening, etc.) that does not follow this format, please contact Dr. Ellen Gruber Garvey directly at with a query.

For complete sessions, please ensure that notifications are sent to potential participants by early January at the latest to allow those whose proposals are not accepted for the panel or roundtable to submit individual paper proposals by the submission deadline of March 8, 2021.

Please note (when possible) any A/V requirements for panels (please note that while we do recognize the need for support for some presentations, there are always high costs associated with securing this equipment that require us to be strategic).

Participants are allowed to appear on the final program no more than twice in an effort to allow as many individuals as possible the opportunity to participate. Participants will be listed in the program if they are presenting a paper, participating in a roundtable or workshop, or serving as the chair for a session. Participating in two different roles in the same session (e.g., as the chair and a panelist) would therefore count as two listings in the program. Please note that it is not permissible to present on two panels, though individuals can present as part of a panel and a roundtable session.

For help regarding any technical issues with submitting proposals or questions about the participation guidelines, please contact Dr. Sara Kosiba, Conference Associate for the 2021 conference, at; she is also the contact person for scheduling, A/V requests, etc.

For questions regarding the conference itself, please contact the Vice President of Organizational Matters, Dr. Maria Sanchez via E-mail at

Note that selected participants must be members of SSAWW no later than June 1, 2021 in order to secure their place on the conference program.

We look forward to receiving proposals for the many thoughtful and informative sessions that our SSAWW members always produce and to seeing you in Baltimore for yet another powerful SSAWW Triennial Conference.

For conference updates and additional information about the Society for the Study of American Women Writers, please visit the 2021 SSAWW Triennial Conference tab on our main menu

SSAWW 2021 Conference – CFP Deadline: 2.22.2021

SSAWW 2021 Conference November 4-7, 2021

Royal Sonesta Harbor Court Hotel, Baltimore, Maryland

View the full CFP, calls for panels and roundtables, and submission details HERE

View the call for SSAWW Awards HEREEXTENDED Deadline 2.22.2021

American Women Writers: Ecologies, Survival, Change

“Ecologies, Survival, Change” celebrates the many women across the Americas whose creative work fosters survival and envisions change by exploring the systems in which we live, labor and love. Toni Morrison is our touchstone: her works powerfully remind us that humans, however implicated in damaging structures, can also resist them through networks that sustain and transform.

We offer the term “ecologies” to signify the dynamic, interlocking systems that make up our world, from networks of family and friends to entrenched processes of environmental exploitation to hierarchies of race and gender.  Material and discursive, natural and human created, entrenched and emergent – ecologies integrate diverse, even conflicting, values and effects.  As the novel coronavirus demonstrates, global pandemics and other crises make many ecologies hyper-visible, calling attention to the sustenance which some provide while exacerbating the destructiveness of others.  

Our conference embraces the capacity of creative work to represent existing ecologies and to imagine alternative ones. While we encourage papers, panels, roundtables, and workshops that explore our theme, however, our 2021 conference is not restricted to them. As always, we encourage panel proposals from affiliated societies. As we meet in Baltimore for the first time, we also welcome contributions that highlight the city’s women writers and artists, organizers and organizations.

In the spirit of creating ecologies that sustain us, the 2021 conference will offer numerous opportunities for community-building and personal and professional flourishing: workshops, mentoring, and brainstorming sessions for colleagues at all stages, from graduate students to retirees; opportunities for meditation and exercise; meetings with journal editors; roundtables and discussions about distance teaching and learning. We will also unveil the SSAWW Digital Recovery Hub, a network of scholars grounded in diverse feminist methods which provides resources for digital project consultation and technical assistance for scholars engaged in the recovery work of American women writers.

While we’re planning a face-to-face conference for November 2021, we are monitoring the ongoing situation with COVID-19 and will prepare contingencies as the situation continues to evolve

Proposals for panels, roundtables, and individual papers are to be submitted no later than February 22, 2021.  Details on proposal submissions will be forthcoming.  Please check our website and the SSAWW listserv for future updates on our 2021 Triennial Conference.

Webinar: Revisiting Muriel Rukeyser’s Elegies in Times Like These, February 19-20, 2021

Please consider registering to attend an upcoming webinar on Muriel Rukeyser. A list of speakers and panelists can be found at the link below. The webinar will begin February 19th, 2021 at 11 AM EST.

Visit the Muriel Rukeyser: A Living Archive site below for more information and to register for this exciting event.

Webinar: Revisiting Muriel Rukeyser’s Elegies in Times Like These

CFPs: Margaret Fuller Society at ALA 2021 (2 Panels) EXTENDED Deadline: 2.23.2021

Margaret Fuller Society—Calls for Papers

American Literature Association Conference

Boston, July 7–11, 2021

EXTENDED DEADLINE: Proposals due February 23, 2021

CFP 1: Teaching and Practicing Feminism(s) in 2021

Are Margaret Fuller’s feminist visions for social change still valid and contemporary in our age? The 2020 anniversary of women’s suffrage in the US calls attention to women’s civil rights, and to the language of the law. Taking into account Fuller’s early explorations of gender fluidity in her private and published writings, in her feminist theory, and in her pedagogical experiments with adults and young people, this panel seeks to investigate how the reconceptualization of gender, sexuality, politics, and the body in the feminist writings of Margaret Fuller and in those of other women writers–including those highlighting the presence of racism in white women’s suffrage movements—can be practiced and taught in the classroom. Using both theory and pedagogy, we invite papers that center on feminist practice and rhetoric, collaboration, aesthetics and activism, with a special focus on feminist critiques by militant and radical writers.

We welcome papers from scholars at any career stage. Paper proposals of 250-500 words and a short vita should be sent to Sonia Di Loreto ( and Jana Argersinger ( by February 23, 2021. Please note if you will require A/V for your presentation.

CFP 2: Women in the Nineteenth Century—Traveling, Writing, Speaking

The writings of such women as Margaret Fuller, Catharine Sedgwick, Rebecca Cox Jackson, Betsey Stockton, Caroline Kirkland, Frances E. W. Harper, Eliza Potter, Susan B. Anthony, Ida B. Wells, and Anna Julia Cooper, to name only a few, show the wide range of women’s reasons for and responses to travel. This panel proposes to question ways of thinking about traveling, including theorizing as well as representations (or silencings) of travel in the writings of Fuller and other women travelers, especially women of color. Whether focused on genres traditionally thought of as travel writing or on other modes in which women wrote and spoke, we would like to interrogate how motivations, encounters, itineraries, geographical locations, traveling equipment, and audiences have shaped literary, cultural, and political expressions in Fuller’s works and in that of women of her century. We are especially interested in ways that race and class, as well as gender, might have impeded or influenced modes of traveling and modes of writing about it. By including writing by Fuller and 19th-century women travelers, this panel aims to explore how these writers conceptualize travel, how they approach it as a topic, and how they respond to travel’s capacity to register physical and imaginative experiences, or to highlight or circumvent obstacles and impossibilities.

We welcome papers from scholars at any career stage. Paper proposals of 250-500 words and a short vita should be sent to Sonia Di Loreto ( and Jana Argersinger ( by February 23, 2021. Please note if you will require A/V for your presentation.

2021 SSAWW Triennial Conference – Keynote Speaker – Joyce J. Scott

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Joyce J. Scott will serve as our keynote speaker for the 2021 SSAWW Triennial Conference.

“I’d like my art to induce people to stop raping, torturing, and shooting each other.

I don’t have the ability to end violence, racism, and sexism. But my art can help them look and think.”

—Joyce J. Scott 

MacArthur Fellow, Dr. Joyce J. Scott (b. 1948, Baltimore, MD) is best known for her figurative sculpture and jewelry using bead weaving techniques, as well as blown glass, and found objects.  As an African-American, feminist artist, Scott unapologetically confronts difficult themes as diverse as her subjects which include race, misogyny, sexuality, stereotypes, gender inequality, economic disparity, history, politics, rape, and discrimination. Over the past 50 years,  Scott has also established herself as an innovative fiber artist, print maker, installation artist, vocalist, and  performer.   

Joyce J. Scott  was born to sharecroppers in North Carolina who were descendants of slaves. Her family migrated to Baltimore,  where Joyce was born and raised. She earned her BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art, MFA from the Instituto Allende in Mexico, and was conferred honorary doctorates from both The Maryland Institute College of Art  and California College of the Arts. 

In 2017, Scott and her primary gallery, Goya Contemporary, opened her largest exhibition to date at Grounds For Sculpture in New Jersey.   In addition to historic and recent objects, Scott realized 2 large-scale site-specific works focused on the abolitionist Harriet Tubman, created at the Johnson Atelier.  Other major projects include glassworks made at Berengo Glass Studios on the Italian island of Murano, Italy, which were exhibited in the 2013 Venice Biennale collateral exhibition Glasstress, and a major one-person exhibition at the Baltimore Museum of Art.      Scott   has been the recipient of many commissions, grants, awards, and honors  from such institutions as the National Endowment for the Arts, the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, Anonymous Was a Woman, American Craft Council, National Living Treasure, Women’s Caucus for the Arts, The National Academy of Design, The Baker Award, MacArthur Foundation Fellowship Award, New York University Fellowship Award, and the Smithsonian Visionary Artist Award. Scott explores challenging subjects, powerfully revealing the equality between materials and practices often associated with “craft” and “fine art.”   She currently lives and works in Baltimore, Maryland, and is represented by Goya Contemporary Gallery.

CFP for SSAWW 2021: Harriet Beecher Stowe and her Circle (Deadline: 2.17.2021)

CFP for SSAWW 2021: Harriet Beecher Stowe and her Circle

Deadline: Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Contact: Allison Speicher, Eastern Connecticut State University


The Harriet Beecher Stowe Society invites paper proposals for the SSAWW 2021 Triennial Conference, to be held on November 4-7, 2021 in Baltimore, Maryland. Submissions can focus on any aspect of Stowe’s work or on the work of members of her circle, including her famous family, fellow participants in the Semi-Colon Club, and her many correspondents. Papers that connect to the conference theme “American Women Writers: Ecologies, Survival, Change” are especially welcome. Please send a 250-300 word abstract, a biographical statement (no longer than 60 words), and a brief CV to Allison Speicher ( by Wednesday, February 17.

CFP: Shelter in Place – Lessons on Pandemic Life from 19c American Women Writers & Culture (Deadline: 2.17.2021)

CFP: Shelter in Place:  

Lessons on Pandemic Life from 19c American Women Writers & Culture  at SSAWW 2021

The pandemic has blurred the lines between public and private life as well as the circumstances in which we live, labor, and love. This SSAWW roundtable asks participants to consider what might be gained by giving a backward glance to the connections between contemporary pandemic life under Covid 19 and nineteenth-century representations of domestic life and culture by American women writers. Many themes that permeate these earlier writers and their historical contexts seem ever-present today—from concepts of home and home improvement; definitions of the family and the domestic, and women’s place within it; a turn to nature and the outdoors; spirituality and faith; collective grief and loss; sentimentality and fellow feeling; as well as isolation and connection. It is our hope that looking back to our sisters from another era can help us better understand and make sense of pandemic domestic life and work. 

Possible questions and topics to consider:   

• How did 19c women writers and American culture attempt to process and overcome loss, tragedy, and grief? What can 19c women writers and culture teach us about life and death during times of (inter)national crisis and personal hardship? Does sentimental literature still have something to teach us?  

• Has the “cult of true womanhood” returned to haunt us? How do current changes in the labor market (specifically, women’s departure from it at a significantly higher rate than men, whether voluntary or involuntary) echo sentiments made by domestic literature, advice manuals and periodicals, especially those which implied women’s service to home would benefit both family and nation alike? How does this return to women as the moral center of the domestic, continue to highlight economic and racial disparities in America? 

• How do women balance work and home when they become one place—when she no longer has access to “a room of one’s own”? Can the woman writer/intellectual/teacher who is also a mother, really ever have it all, especially now?  How might 19c literary texts about the struggles of women who are living, laboring, and loving in less than ideal conditions encourage dialogues about how the pandemic is impacting women’s status in society and demands for equality? 

• How does the home or nature—not just as physical spaces, but as concepts—figure during the pandemic and in 19c texts?  

Please send abstracts (250-300 words) and a brief bio to Maglina Lubovich  and Trish Brady by Wednesday, February 17, 2021.