CFP: Movement and Mobility, Graduate Symposium, due January 27


Movement and Mobility: An Interdisciplinary Graduate Symposium

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi

April 27th-28th, 2017

Deadline for Abstracts: Friday, January 27th


In a world of rapid global expansion and technological transformation, it can seem as though we are constantly in motion. In response, scholars in the humanities have taken a growing interest in the various ways movement and mobility continually reshape our world. Transnational migrations, human trafficking, and the development of global diasporas, past and present, have re-ordered geographic and cultural boundaries. New methods of travel, from trains and ships to automobiles and airplanes, have had a dramatic impact on the ways we move from one place to another and have forced us to consider the ecological and social consequences of this movement. And in the present, new technologies—from GPS and drones to mobile gaming and virtual reality—have transformed the ways we think about what it means for people to move through physical and virtual space. Historians of politics, literature, and society have studied how activist and artistic “movements” alike have taken shape, while scholars of disability have asked what assumptions about physical capability underlie our conversations about mobility. By seeking to make connections between environment, geography, technology, embodiment, history, and cultural forms, humanities scholars have developed new approaches to understanding what it means to be “on the move.”


We invite submissions on any humanistic approach to movement and/or mobility from graduate scholars working in the fields of literature, history, theater and dance, women, gender and sexuality studies, environmental humanities, oceanic studies, digital humanities, and American studies. Abstracts from both undergraduate researchers and creative writers are also welcome. Papers that adopt interdisciplinary perspectives and examine movements or mobility from diverse theoretical vantage points are encouraged. Presentations should be limited to 15 minutes. The symposium will be open to the public.


Possible topics include (but are not limited to):

– Strategies of movement and migration. What histories and theories of migration have had important impacts on the aesthetic and political cultures they engage? What social, aesthetic, or cultural practices have people used to cope with or justify their movements or migrations?


– Technologies of motion and mobility. How have these contributed to the movement of persons, commodities, and ideas? How have transportation technologies shaped labor, nationalism, communities, or social perceptions of gender, race, or ethnicity? How have technologies that allow us to move through spaces virtually (including computing and gaming) changed the relationship between person and place?


– Environmental movement. What has been the effect or response to movements and migrations on environmental factors and ideas about the environment? How have the movements of technological advancement shaped environments and ideas about them? What elements of our geographical/environmental experiences are “on the move” in ways good or bad?

Movement and gender. How do gendered bodies move through space and

time? What kind of bodily and imaginative mobility are available for those who seek alternative forms of gender or sexual expression? How have discourses of movement, mobility, and change shaped perceptions of gender and sexuality?

– Mobility and the body. How do concepts of ability and disability shape notions of “mobility”? What sorts of activities, contexts, or abilities enable or impede the movement of individual bodies? How do dancing or performing bodies make meaning through movement?


– Movements through time. How does a movement through time shape or affect bodies? Which ones? How can bodies change over time, and how is that change explored in literature, media, or other objects of culture? What theories of history help to shape discussions of migration or its practices? How do migrants, activists, or artists imagine temporality/movement through time?


– Formal Movements. How have social movements or groups used media forms to convey their messages/manifestos/positions? What strategies of formal innovation or “mobility” have social or activist movements used, and why? How do movements tap into the public’s emotions? What does it mean to create a “moving” work of literature, art, or propaganda?



What to Submit:

A 500-word abstract describing the paper’s argument, critical context, and significance. Please include your name, contact information, and paper title with the abstract.

An up-to-date CV.

A brief biography (200-300 words)

Where to Submit:

Abstracts, CVs, and bios should be submitted via email to:

Any questions may also be directed to this address.

Deadline for Abstracts: Friday, January 27th, 2016

Acceptances will be sent out in February





Dr. Hester Blum, Associate Professor of English at The Pennsylvania State University

“Writ Upon Ice”

SSAWW Panels for ALA: due January 15, 2016

CFP: SSAWW Panels at the American Literature Association (ALA), May 2017

The West Copley Place Hotel in Boston, MA


Contact: Christopher Allen Varlack, SSAWW VP of Development

Contact E-mail:


The Society for the Study of American Women Writers (SSAWW) is proud to announce its two panels for the upcoming American Literature Association Conference in Boston, MA, from May 25 to 28, 2017. These two panels intend to present the varied ways in which women—as authors and activists, storytellers and social critics—have engaged and continue to engage in activism in response to the many social, cultural, and political issues that shape American life. But as Annelise Orleck notes in her 2015 Rethinking American Women’s Activism, far too many have envisioned “women’s activism and advances in women’s rights as having come in two major waves,” the mid-nineteenth and mid-twentieth centuries—a view that inaccurately suggests “women had little to do with American politics or social change at any other times” (xi). In their attempt to promote a more expansive vision, this year’s SSAWW panels seek to engage the theme of activism and resistance in American women’s writing from early America to the present day:


Panel I: Activism in Early American to Nineteenth-Century American Women’s Writing

Panel II: Activism in Twentieth-Century to Twenty-First Century American Women’s Writing


Because of its influence in shaping public discourse and the socio-political conversation, American women’s writing across time and across genre has played an important role in shaping the vision for social change. These panels will therefore ask participants to consider women writers and political activism.  Presenters might explore the need for renewed attention to  women writers for their efforts at activism and resistance in a largely patriarchal society that too often relegates women to second class status at best. What are the social, cultural, racial, and political challenges that they seek to overcome? How do they envision, in their writing, a less restrictive America—one where the notion of equality extends across the racial, gender, and religious lines that arguably still divide the United States? How do their works resist not only the social norms but also the culture of marginalization that seeks to limit the involvement of women and minority peoples in traditional political roles? Interested participants are encouraged to think not just of the speeches, articles, and essays traditionally associated with political discourse but also of the novels, short stories, poems, and plays, etc. that necessarily challenge America’s social ills and promotes socio-political change.


The deadline for proposals this year is January 15, 2017. Please submit a 250 to 500-word abstract and a brief CV (no more than two pages) that includes rank/status (e.g. ABD, Associate Professor, etc.), institutional affiliation (independent scholars are encouraged to submit proposals as well), and past conference presentations. Proposals should be submitted to Christopher Allen Varlack at and note either “ALA Panel 1 Submission” or “ALA Panel 2 Submission” in the E-mail subject line. All proposals should be included as an attachment, preferably as a single PDF document. Confirmation of receipt will be sent within two business days of submission.


While interested participants do not need to be a member of SSAWW to submit a proposal for the aforementioned panels, all presenters must be members with SSAWW before ALA in order to participate in a SSAWW-sponsored panel.

CFP: ALA 2017 Rebecca Harding Davis Society (Deadline 1.20.17)

The Society for the Study of Rebecca Harding Davis and Her World welcomes proposals for two sessions at the next meeting of the American Literature Association. The conference will be held May 25-28, 2017 in Boston, MA.  For further information about the conference, please consult the ALA website at

1.   Joint Session with the Louisa May Alcott Society:  Rebecca Harding Davis (1831-1910) and Louisa May Alcott (1832 – 1888) witnessed dramatic changes in American culture throughout their lifetimes.  As authors, they explored a variety of genres, including realist fiction (often oriented toward reform), gothic fiction, children’s literature, essays, and journalism.  Both women viewed aspects of the Civil War firsthand, were troubled by the effects of industrialization and the factory system, critiqued the position of women in nineteenth-century culture and advocated for women’s rights.  They also at times examined the tension between philosophical ideals and the pragmatic demands of daily life.  Both women experienced the vicissitudes of publication, recognition, and careers in authorship. Davis and Alcott met during a visit Davis made to Concord in 1862.  About this meeting, Alcott wrote in her Journal for May 1862 “Saw Miss Rebecca Harding, author of ‘Margaret Howth,’which has made quite a stir, and is very good. A handsome, fresh, quiet woman, who says she never has any troubles, though she writes about woes.  I told her I had had lots of troubles; so I write jolly tales; and we wondered why we each did so.”

The two authors encountered each other again years later, and Davis recorded their meeting in Bits of Gossip (1904):

Years afterward she came to the city where I was living and I hurried to meet her.  The lean, eager, defiant girl was gone, and instead, there came to greet me a large, portly, middle-aged woman, richly dressed.  Everything about her, from her shrewd, calm eyes to the rustle of her satin gown told of assured success.

Yet I am sure fame and success counted for nothing with her except for the material aid which they enabled her to give to a few men and women whom she loved. . . . Louisa Alcott wrote books which were true and fine, but she never imagined a life as noble as her own.


To explore the connections between these two significant 19th-century women’s voices in greater depth, the Rebecca Harding Davis Society and the Louisa May Alcott Society will offer a joint panel at the American Literature Association in May 2017.  We invite papers that examine how Alcott and Davis treat or respond to any of the issues mentioned in the opening paragraph.


Send brief abstracts by January 20, 2017 to Mischa Renfroe ( and Melissa Pennell (

2.  Open Topic Session:   We welcome proposals that engage any aspect of Davis’s work and are especially interested in new readings of neglected texts.  Presenters must be members of the Society for the Study of Rebecca Harding Davis and Her World.  For information about joining the society, please visit our website at

Deadline: January 20, 2017

Please send a 200-250 word abstract to :

Mischa Renfroe

Middle Tennessee State University


Sharon Harris

Job Posting: Assistant Professor of English (Early Americanist), Valdosta State University. Due 1-9-2017

The Department of English invites applications for an academic tenure track faculty position. In addition to teaching a standard 4/4 load per academic year (graduate and undergraduate courses in area of expertise), responsibilities include research leading to publication and service at the department, college, and university levels.

Must have a  PhD in English with a specialization in pre-1865 American literature. Preferred subspecialties include multi-ethnic American literatures (Native American, African American, and/or ethnic literature of the Americas) and global perspectives (transatlantic, transnational, and/or hemispheric).
Preferred teaching experiences include composition and world literature.

The Department of English at VSU offers a versatile major focused on the study of language and literature designed to help students develop the critical, analytical, and writing skills employers seek.

By January 9, 2017, please submit a cover letter, CV, 3 letters of recommendation, and official transcripts to

For more information contact Dr. Donna Sewell, Interim Department Head, via phone 229-333-5946 or email

CFP: Catharine Maria Sedgwick Society’s 20th Anniversary Symposium – Deadline EXTENDED (12.9.16)

“Where and When: Evolving Concepts of Place, Space, and Time

in the Writings of Sedgwick and Her Contemporaries”

Commemorating the 150th Anniversary of Sedgwick’s death in 1867

and The 20th Anniversary of the Catharine Maria Sedgwick Society

June 7-10, 2017 — The Red Lion Inn, Stockbridge, Massachusetts

From her first novel, A New-England Tale; or Sketches of New-England Character and Manners (1822) to her last, Married or Single? (1857), much of Catharine Sedgwick’s writing, like the writing of many of her contemporaries, is geographically and historically specific. While a significant body of criticism has treated the elements of history and locality in Sedgwick’s works, far less scholarship has explored the ways in which her depictions of settings reflect changing ideas about both place and time over the course of her career. How did Sedgwick’s understanding of her native Berkshires, the larger region of New England, and the nation as a whole evolve as her physical and personal life, her professional career, and the United States advanced and matured? How did her perception of the passage of time, of cultural change, and of history itself evolve as political expansion, economic development, and technological innovation rapidly changed the look, the breadth, and the pace of American life from the 1820s to the Civil War?

Commemorating the 150th anniversary of Sedgwick’s death and the 20th anniversary of the founding of the Catharine Maria Sedgwick Society, the Society will return to Sedgwick’s home town of Stockbridge, Massachusetts, to convene its 8th symposium from June 7-10, 2017. The Society is thrilled to have as our keynote speaker the renowned scholar Dr. Mary C. Kelley, the Ruth Bordin Collegiate Professor of History, American Culture, and Women’s Studies at the University of Michigan.  Dr. Kelley has published extensively on Sedgwick and other 19th-century American Women Writers and her works include such notable books as Private Woman, Public Stage: Literary Domesticity in Nineteenth-Century America and The Power of Her Sympathy: The Autobiography and Journal of Catharine Maria Sedgwick.

The Society invites proposals that consider Sedgwick’s legacy—how it grew over the course of her career and how it has evolved in the century and a half since her death—as well as the work of Sedgwick (or one of her male or female contemporaries with links to Sedgwick) through the lenses of place, space, and time broadly construed—including studies of setting and historicity as well as more contemporary theoretical approaches to time, space, and the environment. Papers might:

  • Explore evolving ways of reading/representing the landscape in works by Sedgwick and her contemporaries
  • Make connections between new technological developments, such as railroads and telegraphs, and changing perceptions of space and time in literature
  • Explore the state of the union as reflected in evolving depictions of place
  • Discuss the role of historic sites, cemeteries, place names in fiction and in national identity
  • Rethink the “transcendental” movement in terms of space and time
  • Elucidate cultural histories or popular culture representations of iconic New England scenes, such as the Concord Bridge, Ice Glen, Sacrifice Rock/Laurel Hill, Mount Holyoke, or Monument Mountain
  • Envision new roles for Sedgwick’s works in the classroom or interpret ways in which the teaching of Sedgwick and her contemporaries has evolved over nearly fifty years of recovery scholarship
  • Demonstrate ways in which digital humanities and online archives impact scholarly research on Sedgwick and her contemporaries
  • Theorize changing perceptions of domestic life, familial relationships, and the meaning of “home”: how might the “domestic” be reframed in terms of space, place and time?
  • Focus on the material distribution of texts (letters, periodicals, transatlantic republishing) in Sedgwick’s time and how these distribution methods relate to space, place and time
  • Explore ways in which considerations of geographic and/or historic specificity support, reiterate, and/or challenge larger theoretical notions of geography and/or history
  • Elucidate the life cycle or developmental paradigm of nonhuman entities:  plants, landscapes, mountains, art, nations, communities
  • Construct or deconstruct conceptual boundaries and binaries, such as country/city; past/present; colony/metropole; village/nation
  • Demonstrate how places that are geographically distant become connected through narrative
  • Describe ways in which concepts of space, place and/or time are constrained or distorted by gender, race, age, ethnicity or other factors
  • Track a specific place or moment in time across a variety of texts by different writers
  • Examine indirect experiences of geographic places or historic moments through the use of art, storytelling, monuments, news, or other forms of representation

These are among the many possibilities—as usual, all Sedgwick-related topics are welcome!

Please e-mail proposals of approximately 200-400 words by our extended deadline December 9, 2016, to Lisa West, CMSS Second Vice-President for Programs:

To register for the symposium or get more information about the conference program or outings in the Stockbridge area, visit the CMSS website at

CFP for ALA 2017: Edwidge Danticat Society, due December 20, 2016

ALA Boston 2017


The American Literature Association Conference

May 25-28, 2017

The Westin Copley Place in Boston, MA


The Edwidge Danticat Society invites papers for a panel at the 28th  Annual American Literature Association conference. We welcome papers that explore the expanse of Danticat’s work across many genres. As a prolific author, she has produced short stories, the collection Krik! Krak! (1996) and novel-in-stories The Dew Breaker (2004); several novels Breath, Eyes, Memory (1994), The Farming of Bones (1998), and Claire of the Sea Light (2013); three young adult novels, Beyond the Mountains (2002) and Anacaona: Golden Flower, Haiti, 1490, which belong to series, and her latest works Untwine (2015); and Mama’s Nightingale (2015), a children’s picture book. She has embraced life writing, producing two memoirs in what might be considered the collective mode, Brother, I’m Dying (2007) and Create Dangerously: The Immigrant Artist at Work (2010). She has edited several anthologies, The Butterfly’s Way: Voices from the Haitian Diaspora (2001), Haiti Noir (2011), and Best American Essays (2011); written a travel narrative, After the Dance: A Walk Through Carnival in Jacmel, Haiti, and is also an essay contributor for The New Yorker. Beyond this, Danticat has written and narrated two films, Poto Mitan (2009) and Girl Rising (2013).


The Edwidge Danticat Society invites proposals for 15-minute presentations, possible topics include:

  •          The collective memoir, testimonio, and non-traditional archives in Danticat’s memoirs
  •          Danticat’s role as anthology editor, promoting the literature of the Haitian dyaspora
  •          The literary in Danticat’s work in film
  •          Danticat’s op-editorial and essay contributions

By December 20, 2016, please submit a 150-word biography, 300-word abstract (including working title) and any a/v needs to Megan Feifer, or Maia Butler,


Membership with the Edwidge Danticat Society is required for panelists, but it is not required to submit proposals for consideration. Membership dues to the Edwidge Danticat Society ( must be paid by March 15, 2015.


American Literature Association conference registration ( must be paid by March 15, 2015, or papers/panels will not appear in the conference program.


CFP: Collection on Playwright Lydia Diamond, Due December 16, 2016




Staging Lydia: Dramaturgy, Directing & Design in the Plays of Lydia Diamond

Edited by Denise J. Hart

(Northwestern Press 2018)


Staging Lydia is an anthology that seeks to contextualize the work of notable seasoned African American woman playwright Lydia Diamond for a broader academic and professional audience. This anthology will include chapters from both scholars and professional theatre practitioners. It will serve as a resource in institutions and spaces that serve undergraduate students and professional

practitioners seeking a comprehensive examination of the works of Lydia Diamond.


Written and edited by theatre scholar, educator and dramaturge Denise J. Hart, Staging Lydia positions the work of Lydia Diamond as an important African American playwright making a significant contribution to the diversification of the American Theatre canon. The volume will include an in-depth interview with Diamond and key collaborators who’ve impacted her playwriting career.  Northwestern Press will release he volume in 2018.


Diamond is the author of 6 published plays and the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships. In addition to being produced in regional theatre houses, her play Stick Fly was produced on Broadway by Alicia Keys in 2012 under the direction of Kenny Leon.


 Breakdown of Manuscript

Foreword by Kathy Perkins

Introduction by the editor, Denise J. Hart

12 chapters (essays) ranging from 5000 to 6000 words in length

8-10 practitioner interviews for a chapter on collaborators who have worked on Diamond’s plays


Essay Topics

The anthology will examine Diamond’s work through the lens of dramaturgy, directing and design. Authors are encouraged to form essay topics that spring from their specific interest in and relationship to Diamond’s work.



Authors are invited to submit an abstract, due no later than December 16, 2016

Each proposal submission must be in Microsoft Word format and include: title of paper; abstract (250 words maximum),

author’s affiliation(s) and email address.  Email your submission to:


Editor –  Denise J. Hart

Denise J. Hart, a tenured Associate Professor of Theatre at Howard University. Hart is a prolific playwright, dramaturge and

educator.  For the past 16 years she has served the academic population at Howard University where she founded the Playwrights-in- Process Visiting Playwrights series and where she was instrumental in the development of Obie Award Winning playwright, Nikkole Salter’s ground breaking play, “Repairing a Nation” and through a partnership with the Lark Play Development Center, she assisted with the play development and translation from French to English of award winning French playwright, Kofi Kwahule’s “Melancholy of Barbarians.”


Hart is also a founding charter member of the August Wilson Society, housed at Howard University. She is an active member of professional theatre organizations, including: American Society of Theatre Research, Dramatist Guild, Black Theatre Network, SAG, Literary Managers and Dramaturges of the Americas, Association of Theatre in Higher Education and serves as the Secretary of the board for the Black Theatre Alliance of ATHE


SUBMISSION DEADLINE: December 16, 2016   Email to

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