Letter to SSAWW Members – 2021 Triennial Conference Update

September 13, 2021

Dear SSAWW Members,

It is my pleasure to announce that we will be holding our 2021 conference in-person, as planned, from Nov. 4 to 7 at the Royal Sonesta Hotel in Baltimore. As you know, our conference theme is “American Women Writers: Ecologies, Survival, Change.” The theme seemed generative when we developed it two years ago and is even more so now. Our wonderful program addresses many ways in which the theme matters as well as many other subjects of interest.

The SSAWW Planning Committee has been monitoring health guidelines in Maryland and in the city of Baltimore and is pleased to report that both, especially the city, are requiring best health practices. You can access Baltimore’s Covid dashboard here. The conference hotel is also being scrupulous. SSAWW too is taking measures to assure that our conference is as safe as possible. To that end we have developed a Covid Conduct Statement which is available here.

We do understand that some of you will not be able to attend the conference in-person. In keeping with SSAWW’s tradition of inclusiveness and community-engagement, we will accommodate some virtual presentations on Whova, the app we have adopted for the conference. Whova is a flexible and easily navigated app that can be used either from a desktop/laptop computer or from a mobile device, which will allow all attendees to connect and communicate with one another, check the conference program and keep abreast of changes, link to virtual panel sessions, share presentation materials, set up in-person and online meetups, and more. The app will be made available to registered attendees by October.

Your panel or roundtable chairs will be contacting you to confer about your preferences regarding options for presenting at the conference.

I want to stress, though, that the conference will not take a fully hybrid form. It is, at its core, an in- person conference. One reason is financial: SSAWW is locked into hotel, AV, and other costs, and is incurring additional costs to support safety measures in Baltimore and limited virtual access. Thus the cost of holding a hybrid conference would be prohibitive. Additionally, the cost of holding it in the form we have planned are such that we must maintain the full registration rate for all attendees, whether you are present in-person or virtually.

If you have not already paid your dues or registered for the conference, we ask that you please do so. The link to join/renew your membership is https://ssawwnew.wordpress.com/membership/join- renew-membership/. The link to register for the conference is https://ssawwnew.wordpress.com/2021-ssaww-triennial-conference/2021-triennial-conference- registration/. Thank you to those who have already paid.

In addition to finances, the other reason for holding an in-person conference is our commitment to the community spirit of SSAWW. We’ve heard from many of you that you are eager to see each other, to exchange ideas and develop new ones, to present your own scholarship and to learn about others’, to develop new collaborations, to attend major events such as the keynote address and awards ceremony, and to be sustained by the community affirmation and community building that are so fundamental to SSAWW. For those of you who cannot be physically present at the conference, we hope our virtual accommodations will facilitate some element of that connection and community. You will be able to attend virtual sessions and participate in asynchronous online interactions using Whova’s messaging and chat feature, even though you will not have access to all aspects of the conference.

I hope that you and yours are well and remain so. I very much look forward to seeing many of you in Baltimore this November.

With warm regards,


Sandra A,  Zagarell, SSAWW President (2018-2021)

2021 SSAWW Triennial Conference – Covid-19 Code of Conduct

SSAWW COVID-19 Statement of Conduct

To ensure that our conference is as safe as possible, and in keeping with CDC guidelines to slow the transmission of COVID-19, the Society for the Study of American Women Writers will work to protect not only its members but  the most vulnerable people,  including the immunocompromised, the elderly, the very young, and the various service and support workers who make conferences like this one possible. 

Mindful of the risks of group gatherings during this uncertain time, we ask that you abide by the following community guidelines in order to ensure the health and safety of our attendees and the wider community during our upcoming conference. Specifically, we ask that all conference attendees: 

  • Be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 before attending the conference if able to do so. 
  • Wear a mask during the conference, whether you are vaccinated or not. 
  • Notify SSAWW Conference Organizers as soon as possible by emailing <ssaww.conferences@gmail.com>  if you are experiencing Covid-19 symptoms or are exposed to someone with Covid-19.  Please cease attending conference activities and follow all hotel guidelines for quarantining. A list of local Covid-19 testing sites is available at https://coronavirus.baltimorecity.gov/where-get-tested-covid-19-baltimore-city. Google will provide you with urgent care centers nearest the hotel 
  • Become familiar with the Royal Sonesta Harbor Court Hotel health and safety protocols, which will align with the guidelines of the city of Baltimore and  must be followed by all attendees throughout the conference. 

We further ask that conference attendees understand, acknowledge, and assume all the risks and dangers associated with attending the conference, including contracting Covid-19.

We are excited about being together after all these months, and we thank attendees for abiding by these requirements so that we can maintain our commitment to one another and to the collective responsibility we all have to ensure  the health and safety of ourselves, our SSAWW family, and our larger communities during this challenging time.

SSAWW Conference Planning Committee

Patrick Allen, Advisory Board

Kimberly Blockett, Advisory Board

Jean Lee Cole, Advisory Board

DoVeanna Fulton, Advisory Board

Ellen Garvey, Vice President of Development

Christine Grogan, Vice President of Membership and Finances

Susan K. Harris, Advisory Board

Sara Kosiba, Conference Planning Associate

María Sánchez, Vice President of Organizational Matters

Jordan Von Cannon, Vice President of Publications

Sandra A. Zagarell, President 

CFP: Technology and Carson McCullers, SSSL 2022 Hybrid Conference (Deadline: 9.13.2021)

Technology and Carson McCullers

Session Proposal for the Society for the Study of Southern Literature (SSSL) 2022 Hybrid Conference

February 17-20, 2022, Atlanta, GA Contact:paula.rawlins@yale.edu

The Carson McCullers Society invites proposals for presentations related to technology as imagined through the works and influence of Carson McCullers. From Miss Amelia experimenting with medical tinctures in The Ballad of the Sad Cafe to Frankie’s father working with watches in The Member of the Wedding, many of McCullers’ characters engage with technology overtly. However, in the spirit of the SSSL  2022 Conference theme, we also encourage potential panelists to think of technology in broad and creative ways. In Acoustic Properties: Radio, Narratives, and the New Neighborhood of the Americas (2017), for example, Tom McEnaney suggests that the relationship between characters and sounds in mid-century novels, including The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, creates a “new neighborhood,” joining North and South America. As such, McNaney theorizes reading as a type of technology. How else might we read McCullers’ work as inventing, resisting, and or engaging technology? Other questions to inspire possible paper topics include:

·       In what ways does McCullers comment on the technology of the mid-century South and world at large?

·       How does technology influence archival, biographical, and literary research on McCullers? (Panelists might think of McCullers’ telegrams, recordings of therapy sessions, photography, handwritten and typewritten mailed correspondence, etc.). 

·       How does teaching act as a kind of technology? Please consider sharing your ideas and experiences for teaching and engaging with McCullers’ work in the classroom and beyond.

Please email your roughly 200-word paper proposal and 100-word biography to Paula Rawlins (paula.rawlins@yale.edu) by September 13, 2021. We invite and encourage proposals from a wide range of disciplinary backgrounds, especially those who may not identify as “southernists,” as well as from Black, Indigenous, Hispanic, and other people of color; LGBTQIA+ individuals; and those with a range of (dis)abilities; as well as scholars who are students or contingent faculty. We will contact panelists by September 17, 2021. 

SSSL 2022 Hybrid Conference, February 17-20, 2022: http://southernlit.org/conference2022/hybrid-locations/

Job Posting: Assistant Professor in 20th- and 21st-century African American Literature, University of Tennessee

The University of Tennessee English Department seeks to appoint an Assistant Professor in 20th- and 21st-century African American literature, with a particular interest in fiction. We welcome candidates with expertise in specializations such as (but not limited to) film/media studies, transatlantic studies, and digital humanities. Excellence in research and teaching is required. PhD in hand or expected by August 1, 2022. Duties include active participation in both graduate and undergraduate programs, plus significant research and publication. Salaries and teaching loads are competitive, and our endowment provides ample support for research and travel. The Knoxville campus of the University of Tennessee is seeking candidates who have the ability to contribute in meaningful ways to the diversity and intercultural goals of the University.

The University of Tennessee – Knoxville is the flagship campus of the University of Tennessee system and a Carnegie doctoral research extensive university with over 21,000 undergraduate and 6,000 graduate students from over 100 countries. Knoxville has a vibrant arts scene, a lively downtown, affordable housing, and is home to significant companies in the film and television industry (Discovery Communications, Regal Cinemas, etc.). Less than an hour’s drive to the Great Smoky Mountains, the city is also home to 1000 acres of urban wilderness, the Knoxville Museum of Art, and Big Ears, the acclaimed avant-garde festival of film, music, and art.

Applicants should submit a letter of application, CV, and 1-2 page abstract of dissertation or current project via Interfolio at https://apply.interfolio.com/92916. Applications are due November 1, 2021, but the search will remain open until the position is filled; candidates selected for the next stage of review will be contacted to send additional materials. Please address other correspondence to Roy Liuzza, Associate Head, Department of English, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN 37996-0430, or rliuzza@utk.edu.

The University of Tennessee is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/Section 504/ADA/ADEA institution in the provision of its education and employment programs and services. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, age, physical or mental disability, or covered veteran status.

CFP: 2022 Dickinson Critical Institute in Seville (Deadline: 11.1.2021)

Call for Papers: 2022 Dickinson Critical Institute in Seville

Graduate students and early career scholars (who have received their degrees in the last eight years) are invited to apply to the Dickinson Critical Institute to take place from 2:30 to 6:00 pm July 11, 2022, as a part of the Emily Dickinson International Society (EDIS) Conference at the College of Philology, University of Seville, Spain. The Institute provides an opportunity for participants to workshop critical essays, chapters, or conference papers in small seminars with established Dickinson scholars. Following these seminars, participants will gather for a large-group discussion of grant and award opportunities, publishing, and other professional development topics. All sessions will be conducted in English.

There is no additional charge for the Institute, but participants will be expected to register for and attend the conference, “Dickinson and Foreignhood,” which features two plenary panels and other exciting special events, including a dance performance and a reading of Dickinson’s poems in Spanish translation. For details, please see https://edisforeignhoodconference.org/. Participation in the Institute does not preclude proposing a paper for panel presentation at the EDIS Conference. Paper proposals for the Conference should be submitted separately to the conference program committee.

If you are interested in applying to the Institute, please submit a one-page cv and a 500-800-word description of your project to Eliza Richards (ecr@email.unc.edu) and Karen Sánchez-Eppler (kjsanchezepp@amherst.edu) no later than November 1, 2021. Use the subject heading “[Last Name] Dickinson Institute Application,” and attach your application materials as Word or pdf documents. Applicants will be notified by email by December 15, 2021; selected participants will be asked to circulate 8-10-page papers to their workshop group by June 1, 2022.

The EDIS will be offering limited travel funds to some participants, based on need. If you would like to apply for funds, please include a document with your application that provides the following information:

  • name, email, institution, position
  • itemized approximate budget for travel to the meeting
  • other sources of travel funding you will apply for and/or have access to; any amount you know you will be granted
  • the amount you are requesting from EDIS

Eliza Richards


Dept of English and Comparative Literature

UNC Chapel Hill

Research leave July 1-December 31

CFP: Colloquy with Lindsay DiCuirci on “Colonial Revivals” (Deadline: 9.17.2021)

CFP: Couple of seats are available on this colloquy
with Lindsay DiCuirci on Colonial Revivals:
The Nineteenth-Century Lives of Early American Books, at
the next ASECS conference (Baltimore, March 31-April 2022)

  Rather than presenting a paper, each participant in this interdisciplinary roundtable, including Lindsay DiCuirci, author of Colonial Revivals: The Nineteenth-Century Lives of Early American Books — recipient of the 2020 Early American Literature Book Prize and of the 2020 First Book Award from the Library Company of Philadelphia — will make a four- or five-minute opening statement that lays out a specific issue or question related to this book. This approach liberates the book’s author from having to serve as The Respondent; rather, the brief opening statements set off a lively, substantive discussion that engages members of the audience as well as panelists. Session organizer Dennis Moore, a past president of the Society of Early Americanists and 2017 recipient of ASECS’s Award for Excellence in Graduate Student Mentorship, has shamelessly appropriated this format from the Joyceans’ “Living Book Reviews.” In organizing dozens of panels along these lines — most recently as part of the SEA’s 2021 conference, via Zoom, on the recipient of the 2018 Early American Literature Book Prize, Caroline Wigginton’s In the Neighborhood: Women’s Publication in Early America, and, in 2019 at the Denver ASECS, on Tita Chico’s The Experimental Imagination: Literary Knowledge and Science in the British Enlightenment (Stanford, 2018) — he has found it crucial to avoid two extremes: on the one hand, assembling a tableful of sycophants ready to drool on cue and/or the author, and, on the other, assembling a lineup that would include someone intent on an academic ambush: trashing author over her or his methods, conclusions, and maybe parents. No fan club, then, and no food fights.

Serious inquiries about having a seat at the table to dmoore@fsu.edu no later than September 17, please and thank you.

Dr. DENNIS D. MOORE / dmoore@fsu.edu
  University Distinguished Teaching Professor

Letter from 2021 Conference Planning Committee (8.16.2021)

August 16, 2021

Dear SSAWW Members,

The SSAWW Conference Planning Committee is continuously monitoring the Covid situation as it unfolds. Our current plan is to hold the in-person conference in Baltimore this November but if the health situation worsens we will announce changes no later than September 15.  If we decide to postpone the conference until November 2022 we will hold a small virtual symposium this November to allow members to share time-sensitive work.

The city of Baltimore and the state of Maryland are taking more health precautions than many other states, and as of mid-August Maryland has the fourth lowest positivity rate of any U.S. state. The careful actions being taken at the local level make us hopeful that an in-person conference is still possible. Should we decide to proceed, we will follow all local guidelines and restrictions and will also expect conference attendees to abide by additional protocols for the health and safety of our community.

We are extending the deadline for early conference registration to September 30, 2021. If we decide to postpone the conference we will refund the registration fee to those who have registered. 

Please note that the conference hotel, the Royal Sonesta Harbor Court, will refund hotel bookings up to 48 hours in advance of the first night booked.

We share your concerns about traveling during such uncertain times. As many of you know, SSAWW is a smaller society and does not have the organizational infrastructure to support an entirely virtual conference while still fulfilling our contract with the hotel. Though we have only one paid staff member, our part-time conference associate, we will do our best to be responsive to members’ questions and concerns. Please know that everyone’s health and safety is our number one priority.  

Thanks for your patience in these difficult times.

With best wishes,

SSAWW Conference Planning Committee

Patrick Allen, Advisory Board

Kimberly Blockett, Advisory Board

Jean Lee Cole, Advisory Board

DoVeanna Fulton, Advisory Board

Ellen Garvey, Vice President of Development

Christine Grogan, Vice President of Membership and Finances

Susan K. Harris, Advisory Board

Sara Kosiba, Conference Planning Associate

María Sánchez, Vice President of Organizational Matters

Jordan Von Cannon, Vice President of Publications

Sandra A. Zagarell, President

Reminder: 2021 Triennial Conference Graduate Student Registration Waiver (For Service) – Deadline (TODAY) 8.10.2021 to apply

The Society for the Study of American Women Writers (SSAWW) is pleased to support graduate students with registration waivers in exchange for four hours of service at the registration desk or providing other suppour at the 2021 Triennial Conference. These waivers (covering the full cost of registration) will be available to a select number of graduate students based upon our needs. In order to apply, your membership with SSAWW must be current and you must be presenting on a panel or roundtable at the conference.

The SSAWW Executive Committee asks that those fortunate enough to have full financial support from their home institutions decline the reimbursement (please let us know as soon as possible after applying if you fall into this category).

Applications must be received no later than August 10, 2021. Please note, however, that late applications cannot be considered.

2021 Graduate Student Registration Waiver (For Service) – APPLY HERE