Call for Nominations: 2018 Lydia Maria Child Social Justice Awards

2018 Lydia Maria Child Social Justice Awards
Call for Nominations

In keeping with our society’s goal of honoring and continuing Lydia Maria Child’s vision of and work toward social justice, the Lydia Maria Child Society is pleased to offer three awards recognizing scholarship, pedagogy, creative work, and/or activism that furthers social change: one for faculty, independent scholars, and other professionals; one for scholars/artists/activists at the graduate level; and one for high school and undergraduate students.  Child routinely wrote on behalf of the marginalized, emerging as a passionate advocate for slaves, Native Americans, prisoners, prostitutes, and even animals, among a host of others.  Our society aims to recognize academic writing, pedagogical endeavors, creative projects, and social outreach that, like Child’s work, speaks to pressing social causes and/or foregrounds the voices of (oftentimes neglected) authors who have worked to produce socially conscious writing.  Winners will receive a monetary award of $100 and may be featured in our society’s newsletter or other programming.

To apply for any of the three awards or to nominate a colleague or student, please send to lydiamariachildsociety@gmail.com by April 15 a letter detailing the ways in which your own or your nominee’s work engages with current social justice concerns, with “Social justice award” as the subject line of your email.  You are also welcome, though not required, to include a writing sample that demonstrates this engagement.  These samples may take the form of essays (or essay excerpts), course syllabi, or descriptions of projects that explore the intersections between American literature/history and social justice outside the academic classroom.  Applications should be sent as Word documents and should not exceed 15 pages.  While we will be happy to receive submissions that consider Child directly, Child need not be included in order for projects to be eligible; we welcome projects on a variety of authors, genres, periods, and/or concerns.

Winners will be recognized at the upcoming American Literature Association conference in San Francisco (May 2018), though they need not be present at the conference in order to be eligible for the award.  To read about past winners, visit https://lydiamariachildsociety.wordpress.com/2016/07/13/social-justice-award-winners/.  We look forward to reading your submissions.

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CFP: Constance Fenimore Woolson Society at SSAWW (Deadline: 4.15.2018) 

CFP: Constance Fenimore Woolson Society

at SSAWW 2018 Triennial Conference 

In accordance with the SSAWW’s theme for the 2018 Triennial Conference in Denver, the Constance Fenimore Woolson Society is seeking paper proposals that highlight Woolson’s resistance to gendered, social, political, and environmental thought in her time. We are also interested in papers that discuss how including Woolson as a woman of conviction and an emphatic “resistor” might aid (or hinder) her inclusion in the classroom. Paper proposals could include, but are not limited to the following topics:

  • Woolson and American Exceptionalism
  • Woolson and the domestic sphere (or conception of motherhood)
  • Travel writing as social resistance
  • Woolson’s social realism
  • Woolson and representations of the Reconstruction South
  • Ecocritical engagement with Woolson’s texts
  • Pedagogical approaches to Woolson

We highly encourage unusual or surprising presentation formats, but are just as happy to receive traditional paper proposals. If you are interested in submitting, please email Jane Fleming at jmafleming@utexas.edu with a brief 250-word or less abstract by April 15, 2018.

CFP: Palgrave Studies in Contemporary Women’s Writing

Call for Proposals – Palgrave Studies in Contemporary Women’s Writing

Series Editors: Dr Andrea Quaid (Bard College, USA), Dr Denise deCaires Narain (University of Sussex, UK) and Prof Gina Wisker (University of Brighton, UK)

Palgrave Studies in Contemporary Women’s Writing publishes literary criticism on Late Twentieth and Twenty-first Century work by women, transgender and non-binary writers. The series aims to be a focal point for critical conversations about literary works that engage with new theoretical interventions in feminist scholarship and queer and emergent discourses. We invite scholars working on contemporary writers from across the globe, including the Caribbean, anglophone African countries, Indian sub-continent and south-east Asia, Anglophone South American countries, and Australasia, as well as the USA, Canada and the UK to present their work in this series in order to extend and connect the study of contemporary women’s, transgender and non-binary writing globally.

Contact for Proposals

For further information about the series or if you would like to discuss a proposal please contact Ben Doyle, Publisher for Literature at Palgrave Macmillan: b.doyle@palgrave.com.

Website: https://www.palgrave.com/gb/palgrave/humanities/literature/palgrave-studies-in-contemporary-womens-writing-cfp/15467768

CFP: Request for Specific Proposals – SSAWW Triennial Conference (Deadline 3.16.2018)

Request for Specific Proposals: SSAWW Triennial Conference

(due Friday, March 16, 2018)

Reviewers have completed their evaluations of the many wonderful proposals that we have received for the 2018 SSAWW Triennial Conference in Denver, and the majority of status notifications have been sent to panel chairs (for pre-formed panels and roundtables) and to individual participants (for those who submitted an individual paper proposal for consideration). At this time, we are requesting individual paper submissions on the following topics in order to complete a few incomplete panels. For those interested in participating, please send a proposal directly to Dr. Christopher Allen Varlack at ssaww.vpdevelopment@gmail.com by Friday, March 16, 2018.

1)      Toward a Pedagogy of Resistance and Care: promoting inclusion in higher education and addressing the challenges for women in academia

2)      American Women Writers of Color Addressing Gender, Race, and Religion: how American women writers successfully or unsuccessfully confront issues of gender oppression, racial strife, or religion across the ages

3)      Contemplating Citizenship and Resistance to Oppressive Regimes: addressing citizenship, political engagement, and resistance in Latinx literature (inside and outside of U.S. borders)

CFP: Request for Specific Proposals – SSAWW Triennial Conference (Deadline 3.16.2018)

Request for Specific Proposals: SSAWW Triennial Conference

(due Friday, March 16, 2018)

Reviewers have completed their evaluations of the many wonderful proposals that we have received for the 2018 SSAWW Triennial Conference in Denver, and the majority of status notifications have been sent to panel chairs (for pre-formed panels and roundtables) and to individual participants (for those who submitted an individual paper proposal for consideration). At this time, we are requesting individual paper submissions on the following topics in order to complete a few incomplete panels. For those interested in participating, please send a proposal directly to Dr. Christopher Allen Varlack at ssaww.vpdevelopment@gmail.com by Friday, March 16, 2018.

1)      Toward a Pedagogy of Resistance and Care: promoting inclusion in higher education and addressing the challenges for women in academia

2)      American Women Writers of Color Addressing Gender, Race, and Religion: how American women writers successfully or unsuccessfully confront issues of gender oppression, racial strife, or religion across the ages

3)      Contemplating Citizenship and Resistance to Oppressive Regimes: addressing citizenship, political engagement, and resistance in Latinx literature (inside and outside of U.S. borders)

New Books: Iola Leroy, edited by Koritha Mitchell

Edited by: Koritha Mitchell

Novel by Frances E. W. Harper

Iola Leroy; or Shadows Uplifted

Broadview Press, 2018

This book is available in print and digital formats: https://broadviewpress.com/product/iola-leroy/#tab-description

Frances Harper’s fourth novel follows the life of the beautiful, light-skinned Iola Leroy to tell the story of black families in slavery, during the Civil War, and after Emancipation. Iola Leroy adopts and adapts three genres that commanded significant audiences in the nineteenth century: the sentimental romance, the slave narrative, and plantation fiction. Written by the foremost black woman activist of the nineteenth century, the novel sheds light on the movements for abolition, public education, and voting rights through a compelling narrative.

This edition engages the latest research on Harper’s life and work and offers ways to teach these major moments in United States history by centering the experiences of African Americans. The appendices provide primary documents that help readers do what they are seldom encouraged to do: consider the experiences and perspectives of people who are not white. The Introduction traces Harper’s biography and the changing critical perspectives on the novel. (Description from Broadview Press)

CFP: Transatlantic Girlhood in Nineteenth-Century Literature Collection (Deadline: 6.30.2018)

CFP: Transatlantic Girlhood in Nineteenth-Century Literature Collection

Although often dubbed “domestic” novelists, nineteenth-century women writers often featured girl protagonists who travelled, and much of the time this travel wasn’t relegated to a local or even national scale.  Rather, like Amy in Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women, fictional girls on both sides of the Atlantic often journeyed abroad, usually with the intent of learning more about themselves, their relationships with others, and even their country.  This collection will interrogate both literal and metaphorical exchanges of culture that happened in nineteenth-century girls’ fiction.  Creative approaches to thinking about transatlantic travel and how it had an impact on girl culture in both Europe and America are invited.  For instance, contributors could explore novels like Anna Sewell’s Black Beauty, Maria Susanna Cummins’s The Lamplighter, and E.D.E.N. Southworth’s The Hidden Hand, all of which earned popularity in both Europe and America.  Likewise, the editors are eager to read submissions centering on girls’ magazines, journals, and etiquette books, so long as these were read in both Europe and America.

The book will comprise three sections: girl characters travelling, books travelling, and girl readers travelling. The first section will focus on how young female characters in novels approach and respond to travelling abroad, the second will consider how books were received and responded to on both sides of the Atlantic by the masses and critics alike, and the third section will examine how the books inspired their young readers to travel themselves and critically examine their cultural mores.

Interested contributors should send abstracts of 500 words (as an attachment in Word) and brief CV to Robin Cadwallader and LuElla D’Amico at transatlanticgirlhood@gmail.com. Abstracts are due by June 30, 2018, and authors will be notified of acceptance quickly after the deadline for submissions. Note that acceptance of the abstract does not guarantee acceptance of the article. First full drafts will be due January 15, 2019.