Calls for Papers
Send announcements and calls for papers that you'd like posted on this page to Donna Campbell at email@example.com. Please send the information in the body of your message, not as an attachment. Plain text is best, and if you are sending a long list of topics, it's helpful to use a hyphen or dash instead of a list of bullets (since these must be edited one by one). Dates listed beside the links are the deadline dates.
Paper calls are removed from the header (the table below) after the deadline date has passed, and the full cfp is removed a week or so after that. If you want to extend the deadline, please let me know before the original deadline has passed or resend me the call. No archives of this page are kept, but most of the calls for papers are available in the SSAWW-L listserv archives.
By looking at the ghostly machinations of the “Invisible Hand” of capitalism, we seek in this edited collection to examine literary confrontations with the horrors produced by social class fluctuations and a growing consumer culture. Essays might focus on the Gothic plot’s phobic responses to capitalistic ventures and materialist ambitions as well as the excess and scarcity that typify Naturalism. As Charles Crow has recently noted, “Gothicism and naturalism are both devoted to shaking bourgeois complacency, revealing unsettling truths that society tries to conceal from itself” confronting us with “a universe of vast forces that can overwhelm and terrify the individual” (American Gothic, U of Wales P, 2009). Our book seeks to look at the underside of late nineteenth-century Realism, by viewing the Naturalistic school as a Gothic mode emerging out of the vacuous sentimentality or excessive feeling of the Romantic Gothic.
Topics and authors might include, but aren’t limited, to the following key terms:
Send two-page proposals and one-paragraph bios to Monika Elbert, English Dept., Montclair State University, firstname.lastname@example.org and Wendy Ryden, English Dept., LIU Post, email@example.com by
OTHER SOUTHS: APPROACHES, ALLIANCES, ANTAGONISMS
These turns to swamps, Indians, eugenics, early Souths, poor whites, trans-Appalachian migrations, the extrasouthern, queer Souths, digital Souths, undead Souths, and Souths we can’t even imagine are exciting both in their own right and as starting points for important new lines of inquiry. We would like to use the opportunity of the next SSSL meeting to push these questions further, and to propose, describe, define, and debate an even broader, more expansive constellation of “Other Souths.” How might we productively re-envision southern literatures, cultures, spaces, and histories? What else needs to be done? And what scholarly, pedagogical, and institutional challenges bedevil these sea changes?
Thinking in terms of southern studies as a field, how might “we”—as self-identified “southernists” or scholars working in fields that bump up against the South—position ourselves professionally, and how we might organize, collaborate, and work across disciplines? How might we learn better to be both southernists and Americanists, for example, or both southernists and comparatists? In other words, who are (and who might be) our allies? What are (and what might be) our most productive alliances? And how do we go about forming these alliances? How does a southernist become more—or differently—interdisciplinary and/or multicultural? And, importantly, as we shape and continue to build the field of southern literary studies, how do we both honor those who have come before us and develop 21st-century pedagogies, mentorships, academic programs, and institutional influence?
Finally, what are the antagonisms—the counterforces, struggles, foils, obstacles, strains, tensions, insurgences, etc.—that attend this work? Is there a value in strategic antagonism?
We’ll gather in Arlington, Virginia, a longstanding yet ever-changing site of transatlantic, multiethnic, colonial, urban, and cosmopolitan alliances and antagonisms. The Washington, DC, metropolitan area is of course replete with iconic, monumental fashionings of U.S. national identity and cultural memory. But northern Virginia is also, now more than ever before, an “Other South” in its own right, a region of tremendous fluidity, full of surprises and crisscrossed by routes—of trade, labor, government, law, media, languages, cultures—that continue to be negotiated, constructed, mapped, traveled, toured, enforced, and contested. SSSL 2014 offers us an opportunity to consider how these and other networks provoke both alliances and antagonisms, both connections and disconnections, both memory and amnesia, among the local, the federal, the regional, the national, the hemispheric, and the global.
The SSSL 2014 program committee—Michael Bibler, Lisa Hinrichsen, Kirstin Squint, and Eric Gary Anderson—invites paper and panel proposals on “Other Souths: Approaches, Alliances, Antagonisms.” All approaches are welcome, including papers that explore alliances and antagonisms in broader cultural and theoretical contexts, including circum-Atlantic, circum-Mississippian, and diasporic connections; literary canons, intertextualities, and networks or anxieties of influence; diverse approaches to power and knowledge; evolving notions of race, gender, sexuality, and/or the body; historical, social, cultural, or political tensions within and/or about “the South”; constructions and deployments of southern cultures through “non-literary” forms of film, music, visual art, popular culture, and performance; and work more specifically focused on particular writers and/or texts.
Please e-mail session or individual paper proposals to firstname.lastname@example.org
DEADLINE: December 15, 2013
Eric Gary Anderson
The co-editors seek essays that showcase the breadth and vigor of the new scholarship on Lydia Sigourney. Though Sigourney was one of the most popular, productive and consequential authors of America?s nineteenth-century (poet, entrepreneur, educational reformer, and essayist), serious critical attention to her work languished until the latter decades of the twentieth-century when the field of American literature and culture underwent significant revision and revitalization. Her works have been critical to many of these reconsiderations --- whether of romanticism, American identity, the history of the book, disability studies, and, most recently, of the new aesthetics --- but there has yet to be a volume of essays that collects and represents this work.
Keynote Speaker: Daphne Brooks
Ocean City is within driving distance of the Harriet Tubman Museum in Cambridge and the Chipman Cultural Center, the Delmarva Peninsula’s first African-American school and church. It is also near two other scenic beach towns: Bethany and Rehoboth.
Call for Papers: “Intercontinental Cross-Currents: Women’s (Net-)Works across Europe and the Americas (1789-1939).” Dec. 5-7, 2013, Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, Wittenberg, Germany. We invite abstracts from literary, historical and cultural studies perspectives focusing on the literal and metaphorical networks created and navigated by women from the American Revolution to the onset of the Second World War. We are interested in papers on a wide range of transatlantic themes, including the history of ideas, the migration of texts, identity formation, literary production and reception, feminism and emancipation, immigration, and social reform. How and in what forms did ideas, bodies, and texts travel across oceans and continents? How did women’s lives adapt and change as a result of such networks? What were the consequences of such intellectual and social engagements on the literary and socio-political milieus of these women? Which cooperative strategies enabled and emanated from such relationships? We especially invite participants whose projects focus on relations between women in the Americas and Scandinavia, and in eastern and southern Europe. In addition to examining the historical networks of our nineteenth- and twentieth-century predecessors, we anticipate establishing a global web of contemporary researchers engaged in transatlantic studies. At the conference, we will discuss future events and other venues for continued collaboration.
Organized by Dr. Julia Nitz (MLU Halle-Wittenberg), Dr. Sandra H. Petrulionis (Penn State University, Altoona), and Theresa Schön (MLU Halle-Wittenberg) and hosted by the Center for US Studies at Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, the conference will be held at the Leucorea in Wittenberg, a 1-hour train ride from central Berlin. Lodging will be available at the Leucorea Foundation building. Confirmed guest speakers include Dr. Thavolia Glymph, Associate Professor of African and African American Studies at Duke University (Durham, North Carolina USA), and Dr. Jutta Gsoels-Lorensen, Associate Professor of German and Comparative Literature at Pennsylvania State University (Altoona, Pennsylvania USA). We expect to publish selected conference proceedings; participants whose proposals are accepted will be eligible to apply for a travel grant.
Please send 300-word abstracts and a brief biographical sketch by June 15, 2013, to Dr. Julia Nitz at email@example.com.
Inventing the Middlebrow: The Middlebrow in 20th-Century Literature and Culture
The category of the middlebrow has risen sharply in scholarly significance over the last few years, with the creation of organizations such as the Middlebrow Network, publications of new texts giving an overview of the field (e.g., Brown & Grover (eds.) Middlebrow Literary Cultures) and monographs from major presses (e.g. Berlant, The Female Complaint; Harker, Middlebrow Queer). However, the definition of the term is still excitingly in flux: does it have primarily to do with social and cultural capital, as was traditionally thought? Is it, as mid-century critics such as Clement Greenberg believed, an aesthetic category (albeit an abject one)? To what extent does it have to do with gender? How has it intersected with sexuality? What is its relationship with queer categories such as camp? How might it be periodized? How do its roots in nineteenth-century progressive culture relate to the periods in which the term most widely circulated in both the UK (the 1920s and 30s) and the US (the 1950s)? What is its relationship with modernism, the dominant cultural paradigm of the early twentieth century? How can the category of the middlebrow help scholars to think about twentieth-century culture?
This conference –“Inventing the Middlebrow: The Middlebrow in 20th-Century Literature and Culture”--takes advantage of this exciting moment in middlebrow scholarship by bringing together scholars from different time periods and national traditions to explore the diverse range of literary production in the twentieth century. We seek proposals for papers, panels, roundtables, workshops, and study groups dealing with any aspect of so-called middlebrow culture, from the Progressive Era, through the interwar period, to Cold War literature and the many literary movements that have marked the second half of the twentieth century and beyond. We envision a wide-ranging and transnational conversation on the middlebrow, and we especially encourage papers from scholars investigating middlebrow culture after World War II. This conference is co-sponsored by Post-45 (http://post45.research.yale.edu/) and the Middlebrow Research Network (.http://www.middlebrow-network.com/).
Interested participants should submit a one-page c.v. and 250-word abstract by October 1, 2013 to Jaime Harker (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Cecilia Farr (email@example.com). We also welcome proposals for panels, workshops, roundtables, and study groups.
Women’s Narratives and the Formation of Empire
Editors: Mary McAleer Balkun, Seton Hall University
If woman is indeed not born but made, as Simone de Beauvoir maintained, then certainly the process of empire building also impacts the “construction” of woman—what is normative, what is not, and how the difference between the two is navigated, especially by women themselves. As Kate Conboy, Nadia Medina, and Sarah Stanbury explain in their “Introduction” to Writing on the Body, there is a “tension between women’s lived bodily experiences and the cultural meanings inscribed on the female body that always mediate those experiences” (1). This tension is especially acute during times of crisis and social change, natural consequences of the power struggles in emergent empires. The lived bodily experiences of women can vary dramatically depending on age, class, and other variables, and what is ultimately written on their bodies may manifest as a call for change and an insistence on reform even in the midst of cognitive and/or physical disability, freakishness/monstrosity, and/or illness.
Emily Dickinson Journal. Special Issue: Networking Dickinson
Book Publisher: Scarecrow Press
Co-editor: Carol SmallwoodCo-ed., Women on Poetry: Writing, Revising, Publishing and Teaching (McFarland, 2012) on Poets & Writers Magazine "List of Best Books for Writers." Writing After Retirement: Tips by Successful Retired Writers forthcoming from Scarecrow Press.
Co-editor: Joan GelfandDevelopment Chair for the Women's National Book Association, member of the National Book Critics Circle, Joan blogs regularly for the Huffington Post, teaches writing, and is an award winning author.
Seeking chapters of unpublished work from writers in the United States and Canada for an anthology. We are interested in such topics as: Women Founding Companies Existing Only on the Web; Women Working on the Web With Young Children or Physical Disabilities; Woman's Studies Resources and Curriculum Development Webmasters; Women as Founding Editors of Webzines and Blogs; Surveys/Interviews of Women on the Web.
Chapters of 3,000-4,000 words (up to 3 co-authors) on how the Internet has opened doors, leveled the playing field and provided new opportunities for women, are all welcome. Practical, how-to-do-it, anecdotal and innovative writing based on experience. We are interested in communicating how women make money on the Web, further their careers and the status of women. One complimentary copy per chapter, discount on additional orders.
Please e-mail two chapter topics each described in two sentences by August 30, 2013, along with a brief bio to firstname.lastname@example.org Please place INTERNET/Last Name on the subject line; if co-authored, paste bio sketches for each author.
Writing After Retirement: Tips by Successful Retired Writers
Book Publisher: Scarecrow Press
Co-editor: Carol Smallwood co-edited Women on Poetry: Writing, Revising, Publishing and Teaching (McFarland, 2012), on Poets & Writers Magazine's "List of Best Books for Writers"; edited Pre- & Post-Retirement Tips for Librarians (American Library Association, 2012).
Co-editor: Dr. Christine Redman-Waldeyer, Assistant Professor, Coordinator of the Journalism Option Program, Passaic County Community College, Paterson, New Jersey; Editor/Founder, Adanna Literary Journal; Author, Eve Asks (Muse-Pie Press, 2011).
An anthology of unpublished 3,000-4,000 word chapters by successful, retired writers from the U.S. and Canada (up to 3 co-authors) previously following other careers than writing. Looking for topics as: Business Aspects of Writing, Writing as a New Career, Networking, Using Life Experience, Surveys/Interviews on Retired Writers, Finding Your Niche, Getting Published, Following Dreams Put on Hold, Privacy and Legal Issues, Working With Editors, Time Management. With living longer, early retirement, popularity of memoir writing, this is a how-to for baby boomers who now have time to write. Compensation: one complimentary copy per chapter, discount on additional copies.
Please e-mail two chapter topics each described in two sentences by August 30, 2013 with brief pasted bio to email@example.com placing RETIREMENT/Last Name on the subject line. If co-authored, pasted bios for each.
Until recently, Dickinson’s writings have more often been considered uniquely detached from, rather than indicative or exemplary of, broader cultural currents. For the Spring 2014 issue of The Emily Dickinson Journal, we seek essays that explore her work’s relation to local, national, and global networks of circulation and exchange in the nineteenth century, as well as the ways in which they comment upon and register the traces of these networks: traffic in goods and ideas, travel and transportation systems, financial transactions, legal battles, political movements, and the circulation of news via telegraph, print, and word of mouth in the small town of Amherst.
Essays might also address the networks that conveyed Dickinson's work from the turn of the century to the present, as well as the twenty-first-century networks -- digital, print, scholarly, fan-based -- through which her work currently circulates and takes on new meanings and functions. This issue seeks to showcase work that situates Dickinson inside the broader social, cultural, political, economic, and informational networks on which so much of her writing depends.
CFP: American Periodicals
Submissions are invited for an online periodical, WOMEN IN JUDAISM: A MULTIDISCIPLINARY JOURNAL, http://www.womeninjudaism.org
The journal is published exclusively on the Internet as a forum for scholarly debate on gender-related issues in Judaism. The ultimate aim of the journal is to promote the reconceptualization of the study of Judaism, by acknowledging and incorporating the roles played by women, and by encouraging the development of alternative research paradigms. It is particularly intended to advance critical analysis of gender inequalities within Jewish religion, history, culture and society, both ancient and modern. The journal does not promote a fixed ideology, and welcomes a variety of approaches. The material may be cross-methodological or interdisciplinary.
Articles, essays, book reviews, short notes and bibliographies from all disciplines in the Humanities and Social Sciences are welcome. Submissions for the fall and spring issues are concurrently accepted and should be made by e-mail or by regular mail to:
Dr. Dina Ripsman Eylon, Editor-in-Chief
We are also seeking book reviewers. A complete list of books is available in our Review Books Received section, which is updated periodically. For further information and guidelines for contributors, please consult our web site or write to the Editor-in-Chief.