CFP: 14th Biennial Conference of the Constance Fenimore Woolson Society (Deadline: 1.7.2022)

Fourteenth Biennial Conference of the Constance Fenimore Woolson Society

“Woolson and Her Contemporaries” 

Glidden House 

Cleveland, Ohio 

Date: April 7-9, 2022 

In conjunction with the Cleveland Arts Prize and the city’s year-long celebration of “Our Past Masters,” including Woolson, we invite papers on any topic related to Woolson’s life and work, as well as the life and work of her contemporaries.   

In Cleveland, those might include William Dean Howells, John Hay, Martha Wolfenstein, Paul Lawrence Dunbar, and Charles Chesnutt. Because the city’s celebration will extend to 60 eminent artists who won national fame before there was a Cleveland Arts Prize, we are also casting a wide net this year, with a particular interest in other postbellum writers who corresponded with Woolson, including Edmund Clarence Stedman, Paul Hamilton Hayne, Mary Mapes Dodge, Susan Fenimore Cooper, Henry James, Alice James, and Edward Everett Hale. 

Our keynote speaker is Anne Boyd Rioux, author of Constance Fenimore Woolson: Portrait of a Lady Novelist and soon to deliver the Sadar Lecture on Woolson at Case Western Reserve University.  Special events may include Dawn Sonntag’s chamber opera “Miss Grief” and a trip to Zoar, once an historic community of German Separatists who settled near Cleveland in 1817. 

As always, Woolson Society conferences are open to all, and membership in the society is not a requirement for attendance. Graduate student proposals are also encouraged. 

Send a proposal (about 250 words) and a brief CV or bio to Dr. Mischa Renfroe (mischa.renfroe@mtsu.edu).   

Proposals Due: January 7, 2022 

Call for Graduate Students and Recent PhDs: The Mark Twain Circle of America (New Deadline: 3.1.2022)

The Mark Twain Circle of America is calling for proposals for From Seminar Paper to Publishable Article: A Workshop for Graduate Students and Recent PhDs. Please note: both the proposal due date and the eligibility criteria have changed since our last posting.

The Mark Twain Circle of America, in conjunction with the Center for Mark Twain Studies at Elmira College, is happy to announce their first Graduate Student/Early Career Workshop. This in-person workshop will provide an intensive writing experience for students and recent PhDs hoping to transform a seminar paper, conference paper, or dissertation chapter into an article ready to submit for publication. Although all approaches are welcome—and interdisciplinary approaches are encouraged–the paper must give substantial attention to Twain. Recent PhDs should have received their degrees no earlier than January 1, 2018.

Ph.D. candidates and recent PhDs  are invited to apply for the 4-5 day workshop, which is scheduled to take place immediately following the August 4-7, 2022Ninth International Conference on the State of  Mark Twain Studies. Participants will work with a mentor and with each other, with ample time for writing and with access to the Twain archives at Elmira College and at Quarry Farm. Successful applicants will be housed, free, in Elmira College dormitories and provided with breakfasts and lunches for the duration of the workshop, which will take place both on campus and at the Farm. They will also be provided with a $200 stipend and, depending on need, up to $300 more towards travel expenses.*  

Applications are due by Tuesday, March 1, 2022.  Ph.D. candidates should provide a cover letter giving their name and institution, their program and their current progress within it (i.e., second year Ph.D., ABD, etc.), and their dissertation project where determined.  Applicants who have received their Ph.D.s within the last 3 years should provide the name of their institution, their program, and the date of their graduation.  Please also provide a 500-word abstract of the paper to be transformed in the workshop.

Applications should be submitted simultaneously to John Bird (birdj@winthrop.edu) and to Judith Yaross Lee (leej@ohio.edu).   Applicants will be informed of their acceptance by late March.

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* Special Offer: Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit proposals to and/or attend the Ninth International Conference on the State of Mark Twain Studies as well as the workshop.  The conference theme is “Growth: The Most Rigorous Law of Our Being,” and is intended to stimulate conversation about 21st-century issues as well as 19th.  The workshop, then, will be preceded by four days of lively discussion about Twain, his times, and the links between his times and ours. Students selected for the workshop who also choose to attend the conference will have their conference fees, lodging, and food waived—a $600 package.

Why Elmira? Elmira was the home of Twain’s wife, Olivia Langdon Clemens, and the Clemens family spent more than 30 long summers there.  Quarry Farm, where the workshop will take place, belonged to Twain’s sister-in-law, and was the original site of the octagonal study that now graces the College campus.  In it, Twain wrote many of his most famous works, including Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court.  Now a scholarly retreat, Quarry Farm has a fine collection of primary and secondary Twain materials. Moreover the library at Elmira College, which will be open during both the conference and the workshop, boasts a special Mark Twain archive that contains books, manuscripts, and other documents related to Twain’s own life and writings and to the lives of his family and friends.

SSAWW – Get Out! Facebook Group

At SSAWW 2021, the presentations on the Late Career/Retirement panel sparked a lively discussion about the fate of mid- and late-career academics who are considering retirement—whether at age 65 or significantly earlier–in response to burnout resulting from the pandemic, general frustration with the customer service orientation of colleges and universities, and the waning importance of the humanities in American higher education. While many of these issues also pertain to early-career academics, the panel demonstrated that late-career (especially post-tenure) academics are faced with specific concerns that warrant a dedicated discussion/support space.

SSAWW has thus created a Facebook group—SSAWW Get Out!– to share ideas and resources about retirement and to provide networking opportunities and support for those who have left or are considering a life after academia. Because of the sensitivity of this issue, especially for mid-career academics, the Facebook group is private and confidentiality among members is required.

The group is open to mid-career (post-tenure or 5+ years post-PhD), late-career, and retired SSAWW members or others in literature and related humanities fields who engage in feminist praxis. SSAWW members who would like to join SSAWW Get Out! are asked to fill out a brief questionnaire; you will be contacted by the group moderator with a link to join once your questionnaire has been processed.

You will need to have a Facebook account to participate in this group. Other options were considered, but despite its significant shortcomings, it was decided that Facebook provided the greatest accessibility for potential participants as well as mechanisms for structured discussion and confidentiality.


If you are interested in joining the group, please complete the form HERE.


If you would like to help with the formation of other SSAWW groups or initiatives, please reach out to VP of Development, Ellen Gruber Garvey (ssaww.vpdevelopment@gmail.com)

Postponed – Discussion of the Netflix film of Nella Larsen’s novel

We are excited to announce a new date for this event. If you previously registered, you MUST register again to receive the updated meeting invite link — available HERE

Dear SSAWW folks,

Apologies! We have to postpone the Society for the Study of American
Women Writers’ planned discussion of the film of Nella Larsen’s novel
Passing, scheduled for tonight, December 13. We will soon announce a new
date for the event, to be held in January.

Enjoy restful holidays, with time to reread and watch!

Warmly,

Ellen

SSAWW 2021 Election Results

Greetings, SSAWW members,

I hope you have all had a good holiday and that the semester is winding down well for everyone.

I write to announce the results of the election for SSAWW officers for 2022–2024. Please join me in congratulating

Maria Carla Sanchez, President 

Patrick Allen,  Vice President of Organizational Matters

Jordan Von Cannon, Vice President of Publications

These experienced, innovative officers  will provide strong and visionary leadership. In their hands SSAWW will continue to sustain our current members and to adapt creatively to the many changing landscapes with which we are faced.

Kudos to Maria, Patrick and Jordan, and kudos to you for electing such stellar leaders.  

Warm regards,
Sandra Zagarell SSAWW President, 2018-2021

CFP: Carson McCullers Society at ALA (Deadline: 1.12.2022)

The Carson McCullers Society ~ Call for Papers

Carson McCullers and Social Justice

American Literature Association (ALA) Annual Conference / Chicago, IL, May 26-29, 2022

For a proposed session of the 2022 annual meeting of the American Literature Association (ALA), we invite papers that consider the intersections of Carson McCullers’s life and writing with issues of social justice. From her earliest publications, such as The Heart is a Lonely Hunter (1940), to her final novel, The Clock Without Hands (1961), McCullers is arguably most well- known for her representations of individuals who experience isolation and marginalization within the context of their small-town, Southern communities, often in association with or because of their social identities. McCullers’s letters and correspondences, as well as her fiction, persistently demonstrate her deep commitment to anti-fascism and racial justice, as well as her concerns about homophobia and other forms of oppression. We invite papers that examine how McCullers’s novels, short fiction, plays, and other works explore and/or address issues of inequality across differences in race, gender, dis/ability, sexuality, class, and other categories of identification. We also invite new scholarship that examines this topic through archival research and/or a biographical lens.

Panelists might consider:

– What are the insights and/or limitations of McCullers’s novels, plays, short fiction, and other creative works as social criticism?

– How does McCullers engage with and/or respond to fellow writers and artists as she addresses issues of social inequity, including racism, homophobia, ableism, and other forms of oppression?

– To what extent did McCullers’s personal experiences of grief and loss shape her representations of injustice?

– What insights might McCullers’s fiction offer into our contemporary historical moment in the U.S.?

– How do our contemporary understandings of race, gender, sexuality, and categories of identification, as well as scholarship in queer theory and critical race and disability studies, shape and influence our readings of McCullers’s work?

– How does anti-fascism shape McCullers’s participation in the social protest tradition?

– To what extent has McCullers’s life and writing informed other works of social protest fiction?

Please send 300-word abstracts and a brief bio or CV to Kristen Proehl at kproehl@brockport.edu. The deadline for proposals is Monday, January 12th, 2022, 5pm EST. Additional details about the 2022 ALA Conference may be found online at: https://americanliteratureassociation.org/ala-conferences/ala-annual-conference/general-call-for-papers/

Spring 2022 – Texas Regional SSAWW Study Group (February 26, 2022)

Mark your calendars! 

Assuming that it remains safe to meet in person, the Spring 2022 meeting of the Texas Regional SSAWW Study Group will take place on Saturday February 26, 2022 at Texas A&M University-San Antonio, hosted by James Finley. The common reading will be Elizabeth Stuart Phelps’s The Gates Ajar (Penguin, 2019), co-edited by Elizabeth Duquette and Claudia Stokes. Dr. Stokes will be our special guest participant.

RSVP by February 1, 2022 by emailing James.Finley@tamusa.edu and please indicate whether you will stay for dinner.

The Study Group is an informal gathering of professors, graduate students, and independent scholars who share an interest in American women’s writing. We share a lunch (provided by the host campus), spend the afternoon discussing the common reading, and have dinner at a local restaurant (paid individually). We welcome new participants to join the conversation, which is always rich and stimulating, and often touches on larger professional concerns (teaching, publishing, mentoring, etc.).

More details regarding schedule, location, lodging, parking, etc. will be available on our website: http://txssaww.wordpress.com/ 

Job Posting: Assistant Professor – Black Studies Scholar (Application Review begins January 2022)

Assistant Professor – Black Studies Scholar – University of Alberta

AUG Fine Arts & Humanities 

Competition No.  -    A105646590 
Closing Date  -    Will remain open until filled. 

This position is located in Camrose, Alberta.  

The University of Alberta has committed to diversifying the institution’s professoriate through an inclusive excellence initiative that includes hiring up to eleven Black scholars across a range of disciplines and faculties. 

This cohort hire is designed to make an immediate and substantive contribution to advancing Black academic excellence at the University of Alberta. A commitment to recruiting and retaining an increasingly diverse group of excellent scholars is essential to addressing the cumulative impacts of biases and inequalities that have stood in the way of inclusive excellence. This is part of the University of Alberta’s ongoing commitment to equity, diversity and inclusivity.  

The scholars hired through this Black academic excellence cohort hire will be welcomed into academic Departments and Faculties committed to inclusivity and academic excellence and welcomed into a growing community of Black faculty members across the university.   

For this cohort hire, the University of Alberta seeks qualified individuals who self-identify as persons of Black African or Black Caribbean descent and lived experience.  

This Augustana Faculty position is for a Black scholar who specializes in the Philosophy of Race and/or Africana Philosophy and/or Critical Race Theory. The successful candidate will join the Department of Fine Arts & Humanities and will teach courses that contribute to these interdisciplinary majors: Ethics and Global Studies, which focuses on understanding the role of race and ethnicity in the global world; and the Law, Crime and Justice Studies program, which focuses on intersectional approaches to understanding law and crime. Depending on the successful candidate’s research area, they might also contribute to the Culture and Creativity, Psychology and Mental Health, and Sustainability majors. 

In general, the successful candidate will establish and maintain an active research program that reflects the increasingly interdisciplinary trends in Black studies, combining studies of race and ethnicity with some combination of political and social philosophy, epistemology, ethics, metaphysics, philosophy of science, or philosophy of religion. The successful candidate will teach and supervise undergraduate students and provide service to the Augustana campus and potentially the wider community. 

Augustana is committed to building on its reputation for high-quality, innovative and interdisciplinary programs in the liberal arts and sciences, academic rigour, and extensive opportunities for students in the areas of undergraduate research, community service learning, and international study. Augustana provides a distinctive undergraduate experience characterized by close student-faculty collaborations and numerous opportunities for student participation in athletics, clubs, and campus organizations. Students benefit from the advantages of a small campus while earning a degree from one of Canada’s leading universities. The Faculty seeks to attract scholars who will share its enthusiasm for teaching undergraduates on a residential campus, participate actively in a collegial culture of inquiry and public engagement, and flourish as researchers in an interdisciplinary and small-town milieu.      

The successful candidate will hold a PhD or terminal degree in their field. Candidates who can demonstrate they are near completion of their program will be considered; however, preference will be given to a candidate with a completed degree. The appointee’s research agenda may be disciplinary or interdisciplinary. The appointment is expected to begin July 1, 2022. 

How to Apply 

To have your application considered, please select the Apply Online icon below and submit the following: 

  • Cover letter that includes highlights of the candidate’s profile and the names of the three referees (see below for more information) 
  • Curriculum vitae (CV) 
  • Research statement that outlines main areas of current and future research (submit under “Research Plan”), which must include a list of publications and conference presentations. 
  • Writing samples from recent research publications or presentations (submit under “List of Publications”) 
  • Teaching dossier that includes a brief teaching philosophy statement; evidence of, or potential for, teaching effectiveness; and sample course outline(s) (submit as an attachment under “Statement of Teaching/Research Interests”) 

Letters of reference will be requested from applicants selected for interviews. Applicants will be expected to contact the three referees and arrange to have them submit their letters of reference via email attachment to Dr. Roxanne Harde, Chair, Department of Fine Arts and Humanities, and by the application deadline. Please enter “A105646590″ in the subject line. 

Review of applications will begin in January, 2022. Only those applicants selected for interviews will be contacted. 

To assist the University in complying with mandatory reporting requirements of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (R203 (3)(e), please include the first digit of your Canadian Social Insurance Number at the bottom of your cover letter.  If you do not have a Canadian Social Insurance Number, please indicate this at the bottom of your cover letter. 

COVID-19 Vaccination: Proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 in compliance with the University’s COVID-19 Vaccination Directive is required. Fully Vaccinated means a status an individual achieves 14 days after having received the recommended number of doses of a COVID-19 vaccine approved by Health Canada or the World Health Organization, and requires the individual to maintain the recommended number and type of vaccine doses as updated and required by Health Canada thereafter. 

  

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. 

The University of Alberta is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply. 

Fellowship: 2022 Emily Dickinson International Society Graduate Student Fellowship (Deadline: 1.15.2022)

2022 Emily Dickinson International Society Graduate Student Fellowship


The EDIS announces a fellowship award of $2,000 in support of excellence in graduate student scholarship on Emily Dickinson. The project need not be devoted solely to Dickinson, but her work should be a substantial focus. The award may be used for any expense incurred to advance the project. Preference will be given to applicants in the dissertation stage or writing a work aimed at peer-reviewed digital or print publication. Graduate students from the United States as well as other countries are encouraged to apply; the application as well as the scholarly work must, however, be in English.

To apply, please send a cv, a cover letter, a 600-800 word project description, a brief bibliography, and contact information for two references familiar with the work to Eliza Richards at ecr@email.unc.edu<mailto:ecr@email.unc.edu>. Use the subject line “EDIS grad award.last name.” Please ensure that you receive confirmation of receipt.

Applications are due by January 15, 2022. The Awards Committee will review the proposals; applicants will be notified of final decisions by February 15, 2022. The award recipient will be asked to submit a report about the work accomplished with the fellowship support within one year.