Callaloo invites papers for a special issue devoted to the life and work of the late poet, fiction writer, playwright, and scholar, Sherley Anne Williams, guest edited by Wendy W. Walters (Emerson College).
Sherley Anne Williams was a talented author/scholar, publishing in many genres. Her novel, Dessa Rose,preceded Toni Morrison’s Beloved by one year and has been read as an inaugural example of the neo-slave narrative genre. Her short fiction is anthologized in multiple collections. Williams’ first book of poetry, The Peacock Poems (Wesleyan 1975), was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize and a National Book Award. Her second poetry book, Some One Sweet Angel Chile (William Morrow 1982) was also nominated for a National Book Award, and she received an Emmy Award for a televised performance of these poems. Her prose poem, “Letters from a New England Negro,” published in Iowa Review, became a one-woman drama, which was performed at several important theatre festivals. A theatrical version of Williams’s novel, Dessa Rose, was performed as an off-Broadway musical in 2005. She also published two children’s books in the 1990s.Working Cotton received both a Caldecott Award and a Coretta Scott King Book Award. Her second children’s book, Girls Together, was published in 1999.
As Mae Henderson wrote in her memorial tribute in Callaloo, “her achievements betoken the legacy this generation will pass on to its survivors. Our community is a poorer place without Sherley Anne Williams; our inheritance, a richer one because of her song:
These is old blues
and I sing em like any woman do.
These is old blues
and I sing em, sing em, sing em. Just like any woman do.
My life ain’t done yet
Naw. My song ain’t through.”
New essays on any aspect of Sherley Anne Williams’ writing are sought, from a variety of critical and interpretive perspectives. Specific topics and themes may include, but are not limited to:
– blues idioms; language; orality; music
– gender studies; black womanist theory
– depictions of nature; ecocritical readings
– sexuality and the erotic
– dramatic collaborations; adaptation of poetry to stage/screen
– Working Cotton, and Girls Together, and multicultural children’s literature
– working class literature; agricultural labor
– reconsidering the neoslave narrative; historical/archival revision
– Williams’s influences; intertextuality
– sisterhood; family bonds
– geography; migration; diaspora
– critical race theory
Callaloo Submission Guidelines:
Manuscripts must be submitted online through the Callaloo manuscript submission system by August 1, 2017. Please see the submission guidelines here:
http://callaloo.expressacademic.org/login.php. In order to submit a manuscript, you must register with the online system. The registration process will only take a few minutes. All manuscripts will follow the usual review process for submissions, and the Callaloo editor makes all final editorial decisions. Please note all manuscripts must follow the MLA Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing (3rd Edition) and include in-text citations, a works cited, and endnotes for any commentary.
Wendy W. Walters is a Professor in the department of Writing, Literature, and Publishing, at Emerson College, Boston, teaching courses in African American and African diaspora literature and culture. She is the author of two books, Archives of the Black Atlantic: Reading Between Literature and History (Routledge, March 2013), and At Home in Diaspora: Black International Literature (U of Minnesota, 2005). She has also published articles in Callaloo, American Literature, African American Review, Novel, and MELUS.
Call for Papers for the 2018 Margaret Fuller Society panel at the Modern Language Association convention, January 4-7, 2018 in New York City: MARGARET FULLER: NEW CRITICAL APPROACHES. Such as: Gender fluidity; Queer Theory; Environmental Criticism; Affect and Public Feeling; Transnational mobility; Critical Race Studies; New Feminist Materialism; the New Aesthetics. 250-500 word abstract and short vita by March 20, 2017 to Jeffrey Steele, email@example.com. Inquiries welcome.
CALL FOR PAPERS
Migration, Diaspora, Circulation and Translation
October 5-7, 2017
University College Dublin, Clinton Institute for American Studies
A conference sponsored by the Charles Brockden Brown Society
Our conference site in Dublin calls to mind issues of migration, immigration, emigration, colonization, revolution, and other changes that result from the movement of people, ideas, and things from one place to another. Such issues were significant in colonial and early national American writing and thought in the long eighteenth century. The current global migration crisis and the recent “Brexit” vote makes these topics timely for reappraisal: as millions of migrants and asylum seekers cross into Europe, the world confronts questions about borders, resources, community, poverty, wealth, understanding of cultural differences, and human rights. The Eleventh Biennial Conference of the Charles Brockden Brown Society invites papers on all aspects of diaspora, migration, circulation, and translation in the long eighteenth century. The following list offers some examples of suggested topics:
Texts (letters, periodicals, books, treatises) that migrate from one place to another
Migration of species, and theories of natural history that involve migration or hibernation
Spread of genetic material in plants or other living beings; ecological biology, biodiversity, monoculture or related concepts
Movement of food, drink and other cultural practices related to agriculture, food preparation and/or eating
Loss inherent in places from which migration takes place on a large scale
Changing boundaries of nations, places, concepts (gender, childhood, etc.) during the long eighteenth century
Colonial and/or imperial repercussions of migration
Representations of Irishness as an unstable category in the long eighteenth century
Maria Edgeworth’s influence on American texts
Literary hoaxes and their reliance on dissemination
Ways that “contagion” works differently than “diaspora” as a trope
Adaptations, literary influences, allusions, plagiarism, copyright issues
Charles Brockden Brown’s depiction of migration, circulation, translation
Migratory labor, including prisoners, apprentices, and chattel slaves
The effects of borders and border crossing in domestic (national and private) spaces
Although 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 blossom. In this light, we have no concurrent sessions, so that all may be heard by all. Because of time/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:
Two travel awards of $500 each for graduate student participation will be awarded, funded by the Brown Society. 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, 2017 Please send a proposal in .docx format to firstname.lastname@example.org.
As we head toward the 150th anniversary of Catharine Sedgwick’s death and the 20th anniversary of the CMS Society in 2017, we invite proposals for the following panel for ALA 2017:
Session #1: TIME, MEMORIALS AND ANNIVERSARIES (3 or 4 15 to 20-minute papers):
How is “time” referenced in Catharine Maria Sedgwick’s writings? Does her sense of time seem consistent at moments with Wordsworth’s “spots of time”? Is there more that can be said about her “anachronistic imaginings,” to take a phrase from Jeffrey Insko’s 2004 essay, “Anachronistic Imaginings: Hope Leslie’s Challenge to Historicism?” What about her attention to memory, memorials, and monuments, and how space and visual culture relate to notions of time? What about anniversaries, rituals and annual or seasonal celebrations? This panel invites proposals on these and other issues related to the perception of time, the passage of time, and the celebration of times past in Sedgwick’s writings or the writings of her contemporaries.
I want to remind readers that the Catharine Maria Sedgwick Society is holding its 8th symposium in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, June 7-10, 2017, celebrating both the 150th anniversary of Sedgwick’s death and the 20th anniversary of the CMS Society. The focus for the symposium is “Where and When: Evolving Concepts of Place, Space, and Time in the Writings of Sedgwick and Her Contemporaries.” There is potential to have meaningful overlap between the May ALA panel and the June symposium. The Society asks that participants do not deliver exactly the same paper at both events but encourages work that connects papers between the different forums or initiates an ongoing conversation.
ALA will be held May 25-28, 2017 (Thursday to Sunday of Memorial Day weekend) at Westin Copley Place in Boston, MA.
DEADLINE FOR ABSTRACTS: January 15, 2017
Please send abstracts to Lisa West, V.P. for External Conferences, CMS Society: email@example.com
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 www.americanliterature.org.
Call for Reviewers: SSAWW Panels at the American Literature Association
The Society for the Study of American Women Writers will be presenting two panels at the 2017 American Literature Association Conference in Boston, MA. The theme for our panels this year will be activism and resistance in American women’s writing from early America to the present day. In preparation for this always exciting conference—another great opportunity to promote and advance the study of American women writers—we are asking for volunteers to serve as reviewers for the proposals that we receive. The deadline for submission of proposals is January 15, 2017, so reviewers can expect to receive proposals for evaluation no later than January 17 with a turnaround no later than January 27 in order to allot sufficient time to form our panels, contact participants, and submit materials to the ALA conference organizers.
Please contact Christopher Allen Varlack directly at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are willing to help with this important process, providing 1) your areas of expertise, 2) your academic rank/institution (independent scholars and advanced graduate students are most welcome to participate), and 3) your contact information. We would like to thank you for your consideration and valuable service to SSAWW. Selected reviewers will receive a letter of appreciation in response and can include their service as part of their CVs.
The SSAWW Executive Committee
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: MovementandMobilitySymposium@gmail.com
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”