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Edited Collection: Critical Insights: Southwestern Literature, Salem Press (abstracts due March 2, 2015)
Critical Insights: Southwestern Literature will contain an introductory chapter written by the editor, ten chapters providing critical readings of the work of ten writers whose writing reflects the Southwestern region of the United States, and four chapters that provide critical context by offering an overview of important areas of study within the field of Southwestern Literature.
Chapters should be written with an upper high school level and undergraduate readership in mind.
Representative authors may include Leslie Marmon Silko, Sandra Cisneros, Willa Cather, Cormac McCarthy, Tony Hillerman, Dagberto Gilb, Ana Castillo, Denise Chavez, Rudolfo Anaya, and N. Scott Momaday. Areas of study within the field of Southwestern Literature may include Native American literature, Chicana/o literature, Ecocriticism, and Genre/History/Film. Proposals focused on other writers or other areas of study within the Southwest region are very much welcome and may be considered.
Scholars interested in contributing an essay are invited to submit a 500 word abstract of their eventual chapter contribution (5000 to 6000 words) or the completed submission, as well as a short biographical statement and/or CV. Documents and inquiries should be sent to Dr. William Brannon, Professor of English (Collin College) at firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday, March 2, 2015. Notifications of acceptance will go out by Monday, March, 23, 2015. Completed critical context essays will be due to the editor on Friday, May 1, 2015 and completed critical reading essays will be due to the editor on Friday, May 15, 2015.
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3 CFPs for MLA 2016.
Session 1 is a guaranteed session and the other two will be vetted by MLA.
You must be a WLA member to participate in any of these panels.
Session 1, Roundtable – “The Profane West”
Looking beyond the common meaning of “profane” this roundtable takes for its focus the theme of The 51st Annual Conference of the Western Literature Association, to be held in Big Sky, Montana. President Elect, Linda Karell, asks us to approach: “profane as that which is underrepresented, undervalued, censored, denied, shared in secret; unofficial and unsanctioned pleasures; profane as the necessary other side to sacred, as that which helps define sacred but undoes it, too; profane as in challenging rote and accepted ways of thinking about/defining/ celebrating the West, even though those ways might once have occupied the status of subversive. I suggested that we’ve moved from a celebration of land, vista, scenery, rurality to a more complex and complicated discussion of urbanity; perhaps it’s time to upend and rethink all of those.” Please submit a 250 word proposal for a short presentation, which will join in conversation on this roundtable, to Kerry Fine by March 15th, email@example.com.
Session 2, Panel – “The Transnational West”
This panel seeks to go beyond the territory opened by the spaghetti-westerns to explore the ways in which the themes and tropes of the West have been appropriated (or re-appropriated)/redeployed/repurposed in texts, broadly defined, with a transnational context. Please submit a 250 word proposal to Kerry Fine by March 15th, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Session 3, Panel – “Multicultural Futurism: Decolonizing the Future”
In collaboration, The Western Literature Association and The Society for the Study of the Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States invite proposals that bring together texts, broadly conceived, of multicultural futurism with the scholarly aims of the WLA, particularly as they involve issues of colonialism and resistance to the colonization of depictions of the future. Possible subgenres include alternative history, science fiction, speculative fiction, slipstream, new weird, and fantasy. Multicultural futurisms include Indigenous futurism, Afrofuturism, Chican@/Latin@ futurism, and Asian-American futurism. 250 word abstract and 1-page CV to email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org by March 15, 2015.
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The Charles Redd Center for Western Studies at Brigham Young University invites applications for its Visiting Scholar Program in Western Studies for 2015-2016. University faculty of all ranks, independent scholars, freelance authors and other public intellectuals who are working on a significant article- or book-length study are eligible to apply for this position. The Visiting Scholar may be in residence for 2-4 months. The Center will provide a stipend of $2,500 per month for 2-4 months, office space, a networked computer, campus library and activity privileges, and limited photocopying and printing. Upon request, the Center will provide a part-time research assistant. Applications for May 2015-April 2016 are due March 15.
Professor Julianne Newmark of New Mexico Tech described her experiences as a visiting scholar. “During my months as a Redd Center visiting scholar, I had an incredibly productive time, compiling hundreds of pages of manuscript notes drawn from my archival research in the L. Tom Perry Special Collections library and completing two scholarly articles. This archival research material has laid the foundation for my second book manuscript and such productivity would have been impossible without the singular focus on research afforded by a long-term fellowship like the Redd Center’s. With a beautiful office to use, a helpful group of people at the Redd Center to consult, and the collegiality and intellectual inspiration of the BYU community to inspire me further, I was able grow as a scholar and build my own record of publication.”
Professor John Turner of George Mason University wrote, “The Redd Center’s Visiting Scholar program was essential to the successful completion of my research. It granted me ready access to the extensive archival and library holdings at BYU, as well as enabling visits to other repositories in Utah. The Redd Center also facilitated affordable summer housing, many conversation partners, and a productive writing environment.”
Application packages should contain a formal letter describing the applicant’s background, research interests and desired dates of stay; a CV; a one-page discussion of the applicant’s research project and its significance; and the names and contact information for two references. Electronic applications are encouraged and should be submitted to email@example.com Alternately, applications can be mailed to:
Charles Redd Center
for Western Studies
Brigham Young University
Provo, Utah 84602,
by the postmark deadline of March 15. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Announcement of the awards will be made by May 1. Award recipients will be required to submit a one-page report of work completed for inclusion in the Center’s annual report.
Visiting Scholars enjoy the luxury of focusing almost exclusively on their research and writing. Visiting Scholars fully participate in the intellectual life of the Center and the University. During their time at BYU they give a public talk on their research and lead a seminar session with interested faculty and students. They also make themselves available for a small number of guest presentations to BYU classes on their research. BYU, with a student body of 32,000, is located 50 miles south of Salt Lake City at the foot of the Wasatch Mountain Range and within an hour’s drive of several world-class winter sports resorts.
Visiting Scholars will enjoy library privileges including access to BYU’s extensive western and Mormon archival collections. Major western collections at BYU include the papers of Zane Grey, Gertrude Bonnin (Zitkala Sa), Elizabeth Custer, William Henry Jackson, Charles R. Savage, Thomas F. O’Dea, Cecil B. DeMille, Arthur Watkins, Reed Smoot, Wallace Bennett, Walter Mason Camp, Earl A. Briningstool, Robert Spurrier Ellison, Finis Ewing and the Utah Parks Company as well as over 50 overland trail journals. Major Mormon collections include the papers of Newell K. Whitney, Hyrum Smith, Emmeline Wells, Thomas and Elizabeth Kane, John Steele, L. John Nuttall, J. Reuben Clark, Adam S. Bennion, David M. Kennedy, Gustive O. Larson and Ernest L. Wilkinson as well as a rich array of LDS missionary diaries.
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Open Access to the Encyclopedia of American Studies
Published by Johns Hopkins University Press for the American Studies Association (ASA), the Encyclopedia of American Studies covers the history, philosophy, arts, and cultures of the United States in relation to the world, from pre-colonial days to the present, from various perspectives and the global American Studies movement. With over 800 online, searchable articles and accompanying bibliographies, related websites, illustrations, and supplemental material, the Encyclopedia of American Studies is the leading reference work for American Studies. Access to content on this site is open to the public and is subject to copyright protection.
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The Charles Redd Center for Western Studies is pleased to announce multiple awards for 2015 that are available for scholars conducting research related to Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, or/and Wyoming. Please see the descriptions below. Follow the link to https://reddcenter.byu.edu/Pages/Apply-for-an-Award.aspx for further information and application instructions. Applications for 2015 are due by 11:59 p.m. MST on March 15.
The Redd Center offers the following awards:
Faculty Research Awards provide up to $3,000 to faculty members at any academic institution to conduct research on any topic related to Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, or Wyoming. Research may be conducted at any location.
Independent Research and Creative Awards provide up to $1,500 to researchers who are not connected to an academic institution for studying Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, or Wyoming. Research may be conducted at any location.
Summer Awards for Upper Division and Graduate Students at any academic institution provide up to $1,500 for research support for any topic related to Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, or Wyoming. Research may be conducted at any location.
The Annaley Naegle Redd Student Award in Women’s History provides up to $1,500 for research support concerning any aspect of women’s history in the American West (not limited to the Intermountain West). Applications not receiving the Redd Award but dealing with Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, or Wyoming will be considered for the Summer Awards for Upper Division and Graduate Student Awards, Research may be conducted at any location.
Public Programming Awards provide up to $3,000 to any organization planning a conference, museum exhibit or lecture series on a topic related to Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, or Wyoming.
Fellowship Awards in Western American History provide up to $3,500 in research support for scholars who travel to BYU to use the L. Tom Perry Special Collections in the Harold B. Lee Library.
Clarence Dixon Taylor Historical Research Awards provides up to $2,500 for completed works from research regarding Utah, Carbon, and Wasatch Counties. Nominations can include theses, books, papers, monographs, articles, symposia, dramatic presentations, lectures, etc. Students and faculty of Brigham Young University or other institutions or other recognized scholars are eligible.
The Visiting Scholar Program enables university faculty of all ranks, independent scholars, freelance authors and other public intellectuals to visit and conduct research at BYU. It provides a stipend of $2,500 per month for 2-4 months, office facilities, a networked computer, a research assistant, a limited photocopying budget, and campus library and activity privileges. Visiting Scholars participate in Center activities and deliver public and classroom presentations on their work.
Publication Grants to Presses provide up to $3,000 to assist in the publication of scholarly studies on Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, or Wyoming . The grants will be given to academic publishers to help offset the costs of publishing books and to lower the books’ selling price. The book should already have been accepted for publication by the press and be ready for publication. The Redd Center may honor authors whose books receive a publication grant with a public lecture and book signing at Brigham Young University. The Center will defray the author’s travel and lodging expenses.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR SUBMITTING AN APPLICATION:
To apply for an award, visit the Redd Center website (http://reddcenter.byu.edu), and click on “Apply for an Award” on the right hand side of the homepage. You will then be taken to our awards application page. After you have completed your application, you will receive a message indicating that your application has been successfully submitted. In addition, you will receive an email confirmation at the email address you list on your application. If you have any questions about the application process or about submitting your application, please contact Amy Carlin at 801-422-4048 or firstname.lastname@example.org If you have questions about the substance of your application you may contact Brian Cannon email@example.com
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