SSAWW 2018 Triennial Conference – Artist Workshop Sign-up

SSAWW 2018 Triennial Conference –

Artist Workshop Sign-up

During the time of the conference, the city of Denver will be celebrating Denver Arts Week as part of its commitment to celebrating and encouraging artistic innovation. In this spirit, we are pleased to include the following three artist workshops as part of the conference: “Bridging Literature and the Visual Arts through Identity and Struggle” with Natalia Anciso, “Choice Cuts” with Francesca Brunetti, and “An Archive of Unnamed Women” with xtine burrough and Sabrina Starnaman.

Because there is limited seating available (twenty-five participants per workshop), pre-registration will be required to participate. Please sign-up via SignUpGenius at

For more information on these workshops, the workshop descriptions (also available in the conference program) have been provided below:


Bridging Literature and the Visual Arts through Identity and Struggle

1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

Room: Molly Brown

Literature has long been considered as art in the written form. The perspective around literature’s connection with the visual arts, however, is not nearly as clear. Anciso will walk participants through connecting visual art and literature, bridging the forms to enhance the experience through creation, using personal and historical examples of identity and struggle, which have been tantamount to her own work and study. Each participant will have an opportunity to explore, reflect, and bring works of literary art into the realm of the visual using mixed media and collage.


Choice Cuts

11:30 AM – 12:45 PM

Room: Molly Brown

Participants in this workshop will engage in a visual deconstruction of the representation of women’s bodies in popular magazines such as Seventeen, Cosmopolitan, Vogue, etc. in order to create collages that play with and question the way women are depicted in them. Magazines, paper, glue, cutters, cutting mats, and markers will be provided, as participants analyze the magazines’ pictures and work to identify which aesthetic traits they consider the most unreal, sexualized, and/or stereotypical. By using the daily frustration about how women are represented in the media, participants will create grotesque compositions as a parody of the original pictures, though this parody is just a repetition of the surreal aesthetic choices proposed daily in magazines as natural and acceptable.


An Archive of Unnamed Women

3:45 PM – 5:00 PM

Room: Molly Brown

“An Archive of Unnamed Women” is a browser-based digital archive juxtaposing nineteenth-century literature about women with photographs of unnamed or unidentified American women found in the collections of the New York Public Library, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, and the Library of Congress. Blurring the lines between art and archive, this project aims to further discourse about the library as an authority of knowledge curation and as a site of creation. When visitors explore the database, its parameters are visible. This works to reveal the arbitrary nature of information preservation and highlights the constructed nature of digitized materials. Through a discussion of our project, participants will explore the political role of archives in emphasizing or in hiding marginalized people. Moreover, we investigate archives as mechanisms for critical discussions about identity. Participants will search our archive, suggest additional source material, and print their own “Unnamed Woman” action-artifact on archival paper.


SSAWW Announcement – Updated Email for SSAWW President

Announcement: New Email Address for SSAWW President – DoVeanna Fulton
In working toward the triennial conference this November, we have recently lost access to the old E-mail address for the SSAWW President. As a result, those who have contacted her at that address may not have received replies. We sincerely apologize for the oversight. Moving forward, to rectify this issue, the new SSAWW President E-mail address will be Note that all E-mail addresses for the SSAWW officers are also available online on the SSAWW website under the About menu. We look forward to hearing from you and working with you as we approach a truly exciting conference in Denver later this year.

CFP: International Girls Studies Association Conference, University of Notre Dame (Deadline: 7.6.2018)

CFP: International Girls Studies Association Conference, University of Notre Dame

February 28th – March 2nd, 2019

This prospective panel seeks papers for the International Girls Studies Association Conference, University of Notre Dame – Notre Dame, Indiana, USA
 – 28 February – 2 March, 2019. Our panel explores girls’ reading practices and narrative sites of participation, broadly defined. We are especially interested in Web 2.0 participation. Reading online involves the consumption of texts but also the production of meaning as a real-time in-kind response, which may include comments, reviews, fan homages, and correctives. The digital reading practices of girls, for example, can tell us much not only about their role as social media conduits but it can also shed light upon the status of literature itself in this born-digital milieu.  Taking the notion that girls have value beyond their role as cultural consumers as a given, the panel maintains that girls claim their very own literature, literature with a lower-case l but literature nonetheless, that crosses genre and platform and boundaries of authorship. The possibility for girl literature arises from a combination of market-driven imperatives and the flexibility of Web 2.0 authorship. Girl literature, characterized by girl-centered narratives and protagonists in more traditional formats, includes works authored by girls on Goodreads, YouTube, Instagram, and fan fiction sites. As the girl half of the 12-26-aged YA demographic does most of the reading both on and off the screen, this panel seeks to 1) map out the Web 2.0 arenas where girls perform their hybrid or prosumer reading, and 2) offer an analysis of girls’ digital reading practices in the light of contemporary reading theory.

Please submit a 250-word abstract and short bio to Leisha Jones ( I am looking for a couple of papers to round out the panel. The deadline for submission is July 6, 11:59pm.

CFP: NeMLA 2019 “Varieties of the Monstrous Feminine in American Literature” (Deadline: 9.30.2018)

NeMLA 2019 Session: Call for Proposals

“Varieties of the Monstrous Feminine in American Literature”

The monstrous female is a staple of the literary imagination. The Medusa, the witch, the Sirens, the succubus/vampire, the she-devil, the madwoman, the coquette, the cross-dresser—these are just some versions of this trope that can be identified from the earliest periods to the present day. Some figures represent the ways women have been marginalized as “other” and the impact of that designation, while others represent ways that outsider positions can become a locus of power. This roundtable will explore various manifestations of the monstrous feminine trope, specifically in American literature and culture. It will consider questions such as: Who defines monstrosity? How can it be construed as positive as well as negative? How does the monstrous feminine manifest in different time periods and locations (urban vs. rural, east vs. west vs. midwest, north vs. south)? Does the monstrous feminine always have to be female?

Proposals of 300 words should be submitted by Sept. 30, 2018 via the NeMLA portal

On behalf of Dr. Mary M. Balkun (

CFP: Margaret Fuller Society – Special Conversations issue in Honor of Jeffrey Steele (Deadline: 8.1.2018)

Call for Submissions:

Special Conversations issue in Honor of Jeffrey Steele

 We are planning to dedicate the next issue (Fall 2018) of Conversations: The Newsletter of the Margaret Fuller Society to our late colleague, Jeff Steele, a founding member of the Margaret Fuller Society and former president. We wish to pay tribute to Jeff’s life, scholarship, and legacy in this issue.

Jeff’s work extended far beyond the reaches of the Margaret Fuller Society, and so I am inviting submissions from those of you who knew Jeff personally, those who worked with him, and/or those who were shaped by his work. The more contributions we receive, the better we will be able to honor Jeff. This is an open call for submissions, which may take many forms, including:

·      personal recollections

·      a critical assessment/review of one or more of Jeff’s books/articles

·      photographs

·      information on Jeff’s role in the early formation and growth of the Margaret Fuller Society and/or his further contributions to the society (or any other society in which he was active, including SSAWW)

·      a critical essay of your own which draws on Jeff’s ideas and scholarship

·      an exploration of how you may have used The Essential Margaret Fuller in the classroom

·      any other ideas that you may have as to how we can honor Jeff in this issue of Conversations

Details on How to Contribute:

·      Submissions and ideas should be sent to Katie Kornacki, Editor of Conversations, at with “newsletter” in the subject line

·      Submissions received by August 1, 2018 will be considered

·      You can view past issues of Conversations on the Margaret Fuller Society website:

2018 SSAWW Triennial Conference – Hotel Information

SSAWW 2018 Triennial Conference – Conference Hotel Reservations

The Westin Denver Downtown

We have a block of rooms reserved at the Westin Denver Downtown hotel where the conference will be held.  Please use the link below to make your reservation in order to receive the discounted conference attendee rates.

There are several wonderful events coinciding with our conference in Denver so make your reservations early.  Reservations should be made before October 17th, 2018; after that date, unsold rooms will be released for general sale.*

SSAWW Conference Hotel Reservation

or you may copy and paste the link below to your preferred web browser

*The hotel will accept reservations at the prevailing rates after the release dale, subject to hotel availability.  Extra roll away beds are $15/night.

CFP: Separate Worlds? Spain, the United States, and Transatlantic Literary Culture throughout the Nineteenth Century

CFP: Separate Worlds? Spain, the United States, and Transatlantic Literary Culture throughout the Nineteenth Century

Edited by Ricardo Miguel Alfonso (Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha) and John C. Havard (Auburn University at Montgomery)

Over the last 20 years, the transnational turn has spurred Americanists’ interest in the literature and culture of the Spanish-speaking world. Most of this work has reframed U.S. literature in hemispheric lights, as Americanists have found much more to discuss with Latin Americanists than Peninsularists. However, a handful of scholars, such as Raúl Coronado (A World Not to Come: A History of Latino Writing and Print Culture, Harvard UP, 2013), María DeGuzmán (Spain’s Long Shadow: The Black Legend, Off-Whiteness, and Anglo-American Empire, U of Minnesota P, 2005), and Iván Jakšić (The Hispanic World and American Intellectual Life, 1820-1880, Palgrave, 2007) have ventured further into trans-Atlantic matters than others. To build on works such as these that have illustrated the important cultural engagements between Spain and the United States, we solicit new work on Spain, the United States, and literature in the nineteenth century that goes beyond traditional questions of influence, translation, or transmission. Essays might examine literary connections that demonstrate either coincidence or separation between the two countries. They might work from either multilingual, comparative perspectives that address U.S. and Spanish literature in tandem or from more monolingual perspectives that analyze literary works of one nation for which the other nation plays some important thematic role. As a way of illustrating future directions for work in the area, we are particularly interested in essays that bring these trans-Atlantic connections into dialogue with major trends in literary study, such as New Formalism, post-critique, and the religious turn/postsecular studies. For instance, scholars influenced by postcritique and/or New Formalism might consider how literary works engaged in trans-Atlantic conversations represent not ideological back formations or false consciousness but rather deliberate engagements. Scholars working from the postsecular angle might consider the importance of religion in the two nations’ reception of each other. We also welcome work that presents illuminating new archives previously uncommented in the scholarship. 

 Essays should use endnotes and conform to Chicago style. The deadline for submission of proposals is October 1, 2018. We will notify accepted proposals by December 1, 2018. We anticipate asking for essays to be completed by August 1, 2019.

Please send proposals to jhavard@aum.eduand