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The Sixth International Charlotte Perkins Gilman Conference
Gilman and the Archive
June 12-14, 2015
Schlesinger Library, Cambridge, MA
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Scholars who are no more than three years beyond receipt of the doctorate are invited to apply for the 2015-16 Hench Post-Dissertation Fellowship, a year-long residential fellowship at the American Antiquarian Society. The purpose of the post-dissertation fellowship is to provide the recipient with time and resources to extend research and/or to revise the dissertation for publication. Any topic relevant to the Society’s library collections and programmatic scope, and coming from any field or disciplinary background, is eligible. AAS collections focus on all aspects of American history, literature, and culture from contact through 1876, and provide rich source material for projects across the spectrum of early American studies.
The Society welcomes applications from those who have advance book contracts, as well as those who have not yet made contact with a publisher. The twelve-month stipend for this fellowship is $35,000; the fellowship also includes reimbursement of up to $4,000 to cover health insurance costs. The Hench Post-Dissertation Fellow will be selected on the basis of the applicant’s scholarly qualifications, the appropriateness of the project to the Society’s collections and interests, and, above all, the likelihood that the revised dissertation will make a highly significant book.
Further information about the fellowship, along with application materials, is available on the AAS website, at http://www.americanantiquarian.org/post-diss.htm. Any questions about the fellowship may be directed to Paul Erickson, Director of Academic Programs at AAS, at email@example.com.
The deadline for applications for a Hench Post-Dissertation Fellowship to be held during the 2015-2016 academic year is October 15, 2014.
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The Society for the Study of American Women Writers
The Society for the Study of American Women Writers was founded in 2000 to promote the study of American women writers through research, teaching, and publication. The followingthree awards were established in 2011 to honor the work and legacies of the Society’s founding members and to further SSAWW’s goal to support and broaden knowledge among academics as well as the general public about American women writers.
The SSAWW Book Award is given every three years at the Society for the Study of American Women Writers’ conference to recognize excellence in the field. The award recognizes the monograph’s significant contribution to scholarship related to American women writers published during the preceding three years before the submission deadline.
Eligibility for 2015 award: Eligible books must contribute to the field of American women writers, have been published between December 2011-November 2014, and mailed to all committee members by the submission deadline, January 1, 2015. Edited collections are not eligible for the award.
The SSAWW Edition Award is given every three years at the Society for the Study of American Women Writers’ conference to recognize excellence in the recovery of American women writers. The award recognizes an edition published during the preceding three years before the submission deadline.
Eligibility for 2015 award: Eligible books must contribute to the field of American women writers, have been published between December 2011-November 2014, and mailed to all committee members by the submission deadline, January 1, 2015. Print and digital collections are welcome.
Karen Dandurand Lifetime Achievement Award
The Karen Dandurand Lifetime Achievement Award is given every three years at the Society for the Study of American Women Writers’ conference to recognize a scholar’s career achievement in the study of American women writers. The award recognizes the individual’s commitment to the field as demonstrated in his/her teaching, mentoring of students, scholarship and service.
The award is named in honor of Karen Dandurand, who passed away in 2011. She was one of the founding editors of Legacy and was an active member of SSAWW, serving as Vice President of Development (2004-2009).
Nomination Deadline for 2015 Award: January 1, 2015.
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Notes from Underground:
The Depths of Environmental Arts, Culture and Justice
Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE)
Eleventh Biennial Conference, June 23- 27, 2015
University of Idaho, Moscow, Idaho
THE CONFERENCE WEBSITE (INCLUDING SUBMISSIONS PAGE) WILL BE LIVE IN SEPTEMBER, 2014
In Notes from Underground (1864), Dostoyevsky explores relations between modernity and its discontents at an important historical conjuncture: the novella’s unnamed, unpleasant hero rails against capitalist industry, imperialist architecture and an emerging social scientific understanding of human behaviour premised on predictability and knowability. By writing from the underground – from the subterranean, from the murk, from the world of refuse – Dostoyevsky asks us to consider the importance of experiences that lie beneath (and both before and after) the shiny edifices of progress, rationality and industry. But the “underground” also asks us to consider what lies beneath us much more literally: crust, tectonic plates, magma, minerals, fossil fuels, aquifers, lakes, caves, fungal networks, clay, compost, worms, ants, nematodes, roots, rhizomes, tubers, seeds, warrens, nests, vaults, graves, landfills, nuclear weapons and waste, buried treasure. In this act of collection – underground elements, underground agents, underground movements, underground epistemologies – we hope to draw attention to the multiple ways in which things underground and the institutions that variously cultivate, harness and contain them, are constantly changing the terrain (literally and politically) on which we stand.
Especially in the midst of such widespread focus on atmospheric climate change, perhaps we also need to look down, under, beneath and below for imaginative aesthetic, critical, pedagogical and activist responses? At our current political and ecological conjuncture, the literal underground is very much the subject of contest – extraction, pollution, depletion, neoliberalisation, cultivation, sovereignty, equity, (re)claiming – suggesting the need for creative new ways of engaging in activism, reading, writing and education in these networks of depth: underground arts, humanities, ecocriticism, justice. For the 2015 ASLE conference, we seek proposals for panels, papers, performances, discussions, readings and roundtables that address this constellation of undergrounds. We invite participants to interpret the conference theme as broadly as possible and to imagine their work in terms not only of underground contentbut also of subterranean form: we particularly encourage non-traditional modes of presentation, including hybrid, performative and collaborative works; panels that minimize formal presentation in favour of engaged emergent discussion; interdisciplinary approaches; environmentally inflected (earthy?) readings of fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, film, theatre and other media; and proposals from outside the academic humanities, including submissions from artists, writers, teachers, practitioners, activists and colleagues in the social and natural sciences.
Our list of keynote speakers includes Donna Haraway, Linda Hogan, Stephanie LeMenager, Ann Fisher-Wirth, Jorge Navarro, Anna Tsing, Rita Wong, and Tanure Ojaide.
For questions about the program, please contact 2015 ASLE President Cate Sandilands at ASLE2015@yorku.ca. For questions about the conference site, field sessions, progressive event and other local activities, please contact the conference site hosts at firstname.lastname@example.org. For questions about ASLE and membership, please contact Amy McIntyre, ASLE Managing Director, email@example.com.
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Dec. 7, 2014
Read or download the full CFP: http://www.asle.org/assets/docs/ASLE_Conferences_2015CFP.pdf
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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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DAY OUT OF DAYS: A SAM SHEPARD SYMPOSIUM
DERBY THEATRE NOVEMBER 15TH 2014
Take a day out of days to explore the surreal magic of America’s leading living playwright. From humble beginnings in the lofts and cafés of the Village, New York to Broadway and across the globe Sam Shepard has explored family, violence, politics and fear. These are typical American theatre themes but Shepard takes them on through the eyes of a cowboy. He mixes classic American theatre with uniquely American cinema, all inspired by the British and Irish theatre revolution of the 1950’s. A Stetson wearing playwright? If he didn’t exist, you’d have to make him up.
Already famous by the end of the 1960’s for opinion splitting but award winning plays such as The Rock Garden and La Turista he then escaped New York City and moved to London. There he wrote perhaps his most purely Shepard play The Tooth of Crime, attempting to mix his passion for music intricately into his theatre work. Only after his return to the States though was his reputation secured with Buried Child, True West and Fool for Love. Family plays with a dark heart.
He is of course, for the general public, more famous for his film appearances and script writing. Days of Heaven saw his first big film but it was the Oscar nomination for playing Chuck Yeager in The Right Stuff that brought him a brief Hollywood stardom. He has gone on to star or co-star in dozens of films since then and written screenplays, most famously for Wim Wenders’ Paris Texas. The books of short stories/poems/thoughts that have often come from these film experiences such as Motel Chronicles, Cruising Paradise or Day out of Days are perhaps the purest form of his writing and can be read again and again.
Sam Shepard has just turned seventy and is still as busy as ever. With the influence of Samuel Becket never far away, it is appropriate that much of his recent work has premiered in Ireland due to his strong connections with Abbey Theatre and Stephen Rea’s ‘Field Day’ Theatre Company.
This symposium explores not only his playwriting but also his films and stories, all through the most expert and experienced writers and practitioners working on or with Sam Shepard.
If you are familiar with his work this will keep you right up to date, if you have only just found an interest in some aspect of his art then this symposium will have you coming back for more.
All this from a man who’d rather go fishing than go and see a play. Sam Shepard is still at the centre of a contradiction. “Can we become completely ourselves even while wishing we were something else?” (Sam Shepard, Derry, 20th November 2013)
The day will include the premiere of Ashley Smith’s new play I wish I was Sam Shepard
Stephen Bottoms, “Fascinating me to Death: Sam Shepard and the Environmental Absurd”
Phillip Breen (Director), “True West in the 21st Century. Why Shepard’s masterpiece is the play for now”.
Emma Creedon, “Ireland’s Bromance with Sam Shepard…and Vice Versa: A Site for the Surreal.”
Neil Campbell, “Post-Western Man: Framing the West in Sam Shepard’s Films”
£25 for the symposium and play performance, including buffet lunch, teas and coffee.
£12 concessions for seniors, students and unwaged.
How to Buy a Ticket
Contact the Derby Theatre Box Office on 01332 593939 or book online at www.DerbyTheatre.co.uk