CFP: Dissent of the Governed, c18 and c21 sponsored by the Charles Brockden Brown Society (Deadline: 2.15.2019)


Dissent of the Governed, c18 and c21

October 3-5, 2019
University of Kentucky
Lexington, Kentucky

A conference sponsored by the Charles Brockden Brown Society

While the long-eighteenth century gave rise to “the consent of the governed” as a principle of legitimate government, this period also witnessed inventive forms of dissent by many who were presumed to have given, or who had never been asked for, their consent. Recent developments in the U.S. and across the globe spur to mind these earlier contexts in which the law was deemed immoral or incorrect. Black Lives Matter has powerfully challenged ideas of the law and its enforcers as supposedly neutral. High school students’ responses to the spate of school shootings raise questions about political rights and avenues of participation for the disenfranchised, in this case, the under-aged – but also non-citizens, felons, the homeless, and more. The uncertain legal standing of non-persons—Are corporations individuals? Who or what represents “the environment,” and on what basis?—recalibrate conventional understandings of consent and dissent. These issues provide a fitting opportunity to reconsider Brown’s time and our own. What were the forms of dissent in the final decades of the eighteenth century and the early decades of the nineteenth? Who were the participants? How did contemporaries understand the impact of disagreement and disobedience on republicanism? On democracy? How was the Revolutionary tradition of dissent eventually tempered and managed by elites from the ratification of the Constitution onward? The Twelfth Biennial Conference of the Charles Brockden Brown Society invites papers on all aspects of dissent in the Atlantic World of the long eighteenth century. Topics might include:

  • Blurring of fact and fiction: fake news, propaganda, novel writing, hoaxes
  • “Social networks” from the Friendly Club to Facebook
  • Uses, manipulations of, and controversies over historiography and storytelling
  • Free speech (e.g., in the first amendment; its invocation in recent years as protection for hate speech or bias crime; issues of civility, etc.)
  • Populism, demagoguery, fears of tyranny
  • Protest
  • Violence performed by/upon marginalized populations (e.g., The Whiskey Rebellion, slave revolts, Pontiac’s War)
  • Women’s governance and dissent, within the family and the political community
  • Justice and inequality
  • Resistance to nationalism and imperialism
  • Dissenting religions
  • Dissenting regions
  • Racism and xenophobia

Though we are an author society, we solicit proposals from a broad range of texts and practices beyond those associated with Brown and his writings alone. We also encourage interdisciplinary scholarship and work emphasizing non-U.S. literatures. Our conference culture aims to create a space of egalitarian consideration free from career-oriented and competitive attitudes, a place for new work to flourish. Thus we have no concurrent sessions, so that all may be heard by all. Due to time and space constraints, we may ask you to reframe your proposed talk as a brief (5-10 minute) presentation for inclusion within a roundtable format.

Travel Support for Graduate Students:

Some graduate student travel support will be available. Criteria for these travel subventions will favor students at the dissertation stage (over those in earlier stages of degree work) and those who have not previously presented at a CBBS meeting. Graduate students applying for a subvention should indicate their interest in a cover letter and provide information about whether or not they are ABD.

250-word proposal deadline: February 15, 2019. Please send a proposal in .docx format to


CFP: Constance Fenimore Woolson Society at ALA 2019 (Deadline: 1.25.2019)

CFP: New Directions in Woolson Scholarship

at ALA 2019

The Constance Fenimore Woolson Society welcomes proposals for a session at the next meeting of the American Literature Association, to be be held May 23-26, 2019, in Boston, MA.

We welcome proposals that engage any aspect of Woolson’s work, from “Rodman the Keeper” or “Miss Grief” to lesser-known works, such as Jupiter Lights and “Sister St. Luke.” We particularly welcome work that examines Woolson in new contexts, perhaps in connection with twentieth-century and/or non-American writers or utilizing new theoretical approaches.

Please send a 200-250 word abstract to Anne Boyd Rioux ( by January 25.

CFP: Margaret Fuller Society at ALA (Deadline: 1.19.2019)

The Margaret Fuller Society at ALA
(Boston, May 23-26, 2019)

Deadline for submissions:

Saturday, January 19, 2019

1) Margaret Fuller’s Languages
In the “Preface by the Translator” that Margaret Fuller penned for her translation of Goethe’s Tasso, she states: “There are difficulties attending the translation of German works into English which might baffle one much more skillful in the use of the latter than myself. A great variety of compound words enable the German writer to give a degree of precision and delicacy of shading to his expressions nearly impracticable with the terse, the dignified, but by no means flexible English idiom” (Art, Literature and the Drama, p. 355). In her work as critic and translator, Fuller has always been attuned to style, register, nuances, wording, irony and all the richness and complexity of language, and to the particularities of different languages. As a result, readers have often been “baffled” by her  complexity. 
For this panel, we seek presentations on all matters that have to do with Margaret Fuller’s  languages, both in terms of her translation work, but also regarding her code-switching, generic mixes, neologisms, rhetorical force, word-play.  How do Fuller’s theories about translation and her ideas about language/languages inform her writing? How have recent transnational perspectives on American Literature shed new light on Fuller’s rhetoric and language? 

Please send a 250 word abstract and a brief bio to Sonia Di Loreto ( by January 19, 2019.

2) Winged Sphinxes: Margaret Fuller’s Poetry and Poetics

In his “Introduction” to a special forum on poetry in J19: The Journal of Nineteenth-Century Americanists (Spring 2013), Max Cavitch states “The study of nineteenth-century American poetry and poetics has been enjoying an efflorescence that shows no signs of contracting”, adding also that “among the most consequential developments has been the belated recognition of not simply the existence but also the centrality to North American literary and cultural history of poetry by women”. In keeping with this appraisal, the present  panel invites examinations of Margaret Fuller’s poetry and poetics from a wide array of critical approaches, including, but not limited to, historical poetics, ecocriticism, new materialisms, as well as linguistic, historical, ethical, feminist, transatlantic, transnational perspectives. We invite contributions that will consider Fuller’s poetry and poetics in their various forms and instantiations (original compositions, translations, embedded poems, quotations, etc.), and we welcome proposals that approach Fuller along with other writers and poets. 

Please send a 250 word abstract and a brief bio to Sonia Di Loreto ( by January 19, 2019.

The American Literature Association’s 30th annual conference will meet at the Westin Copley Place in Boston on May 23-26, 2019.  For further information, please consult the ALA website at or contact the conference director, Professor Olivia Carr Edenfield at with specific questions.

CFP: SSAWW at ALA (New Deadline: 1.11.2019)

Call for Papers: SSAWW at the American Literature Association Conference

The American Literature Association will host its thirtieth annual conference from May 23-26, 2019, at the Westin Copley Place in Boston, MA. As we continue to both promote and advance the study of American women writers, SSAWW will once again organize panels for this exciting and informative event:

Panel I: Digital Humanities and the Study of American Women Writers—Digital humanities initiatives are becoming increasingly popular in the field today, allowing students and scholars alike more opportunities to critically engage with women writers across time. The planning meeting for a digital recovery hub as well as the development of a number of sessions from a DH lens at the 2018 SSAWW Triennial Conference speak to this trend—all the more important as we work to recover authors whose works are unfortunately out of print, limiting their accessibility and potentially the spread of their invaluable perspectives on topics that have invariably shaped our society. In an effort to increase digital humanities work and awareness through SSAWW, this panel invites proposals that explore DH projects on women writers from across the Americas as well as methods for increasing student/public engagement with such authors through DH initiatives in the classroom and beyond.

Panel II: Globalizing American Women Writers—In addition to our interests in expanding DH awareness and work through SSAWW, we are equally interested in thinking about American women writers (AWW) on a much more global scale, including pedagogical innovations for teaching AWW abroad, scholarship on the role and impact of AWW outside of the confines of the United States, transatlantic connections, and more. As we come to better understand the overarching significance of such writers and their ideas on identity, culture, nationhood, politics, and self, these conversations remain vital in comprehending the world in which we live. The legacy of AWW, after all, is much farther reaching than the corners of North America, prompting this continued conversation from the 2018 SSAWW Triennial Conference. Still fueled by our 2017 international conference at the Université Bordeaux Montaigne, we are interested in papers that seek to globalize AWW.

Please send proposals of no more than five hundred words (for papers approximately fifteen minutes in length) to the Vice President of Development at no later than January 11, 2019. In addition, please indicate any A/V needs in your E-mail submission. Note that presenters must be members of SSAWW by January 28, 2018 in order to secure their place on the program.

SSAWW Election Results

SSAWW Election Results

Term 2019-2021


Congratulations to the newly elected officers for the term of 2019-2021:

SSAWW President: Dr. Sandra Zagarell

SSAWW VP of Organizational Matters: Dr. María Carla Sánchez

SSAWW VP of Publications: Dr. Jordan L. Von Cannon


Please join me in wishing this leadership team success in the future progress and growth of the Society.

I wish you all a peaceful and joyful holiday season.

In peace,

DoVeanna Fulton, SSAWW President

Call for Nominations: SSAWW Officers (Deadline Today)

SSAWW Announcement
Call for Nominations

Nominations: open until November 30th, 2018

Voting begins: December 1st, 2018

Voting ends: December 21st, 2018

For the 2018 SSAWW Triennial Conference, the SSAWW Nominations Committee is pleased to issue this call for nominations for the 2018 election of SSAWW Officers. To facilitate a transparent and democratic process, the vote is open to all current SSAWW members who will receive a link to the ballot and the nominees’ information on December 1st, 2018 when voting begins.

Thus, the “call for nominations” is issued for the positions of: President; Vice President of Organizational Matters; and Vice President of Publications. We urge you to consider running or to nominate an active SSAWW member for one of the above named positions, please send your nomination to: Deadline for nominations is November 30th, 2018.

Nominees will need to submit a vision statement (no more than 250 words), and a brief biographical statement (no more than 150 words).

For your consideration, please find below excerpts from the SSAWW Constitution regarding the elected positions and duties:

Article II: Officers
Section 1:
The elected officers shall be the President; Vice President, Organizational Matters; and Vice President, Publications.

Section 2:
The President shall be elected by a majority of the members and shall serve a three-year term. The President shall preside at meetings of the Society and of the Advisory Board. It shall be the President’s duty to formulate policies and projects for presentation to the Board and to fulfill the chartered obligations and purposes of the Society. In filling this and any other Association responsibility, the President may call upon other officers, members of the Executive Council, and such ad hoc committees as the President may wish to appoint, for assistance.

Section 3:
The Vice President, Organizational Matters and Vice President, Publications shall be elected by a majority of the voting members and each shall be elected for a three-year term. The Vice President, Organizational Matters, shall assist the President at meetings of the Society and of the Advisory Board and in formulating policies and projects for presentation to the Board and to fulfill the chartered obligations of the Society. The Vice President, Publications, shall assist the president at meetings of the Society and of the Advisory Board and shall be responsible for the production and distribution of the biannual newsletter, shall maintain the Society website, and shall, with the advice of the Officers and Advisory Board, oversee any publications projects that the Society undertakes.