Awards Announcements 2020

The Ralph Waldo Emerson Society announces four awards for projects that foster appreciation for Emerson.

*Graduate Student Paper Award*
Provides up to $750 of travel support to present a paper on an Emerson Society panel at the American Literature Association Annual Conference (May 2020) or the Thoreau Society Annual Gathering (July 2020). Submit a 300-word abstract to David Greenham (david.greenham@uwe.ac.uk) by January 10, 2020. Abstracts should address the 2020 CFPs posted at emersonsociety.org.

*Research Grant*
Provides up to $500 to support scholarly work on Emerson. Preference given to junior scholars and graduate students. Submit a confidential letter of recommendation, and a 1-2-page project proposal, including a description of expenses, by August 28th, 2020.

*Pedagogy or Community Project Award*
Provides up to $500 to support projects designed to bring Emerson to a nonacademic audience. Submit a confidential letter of recommendation, and a 1-2-page project proposal, including a description of expenses, by August 28th, 2020.

*Subvention Award*
Provides up to $500 to support costs attending the publication of a scholarly book or article on Emerson and his circle. Submit a confidential letter of recommendation, and a 1-2-page proposal, including an abstract of the forthcoming work and a description of publication expenses, by August 28th, 2020.

Please send proposals to Prentiss Clark (Prentiss.Clark@usd.edu) and Kristina West (kristina.west@btopenworld.com). Award recipients must become members of the Society

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CFP Emerson Society at the Thoreau Annual Gathering, 2020

The Emerson Society sponsors a panel at the Thoreau Society Annual Gathering each summer in Concord, MA (July 8-12, 2020). For information on the conference theme, please visit www.thoreausociety.org. We will consider papers both on the topic below and the conference theme more generally.

‘“The way to mend the bad world, is to create the right world”: The Transcendentalists and Forms of Righting the World’*

The Ralph Waldo Emerson Society invites proposals on the topic of ‘The Transcendentalists and Forms of Righting the World.’  The RWES would particularly welcome proposals that situate Emerson in a wider Transcendentalist context. We would also welcome proposals that explore the relevance of Emersonian and Transcendentalist ideas of world ‘righting’ to contemporary contexts.*

E-mail 300 word abstracts to David Greenham (david.greenham@uwe.ac.uk) by Jan. 10, 2020. Membership of the Ralph Waldo Emerson Society is required of presenters.

*The RWES Graduate Student Paper Award provides up to $750 of travel support to present a paper on an Emerson Society panel at the American Literature Association Annual Conference (May 2020) or the Thoreau Society Annual Gathering (July 2020). If you are a graduate student, please make this clear on your abstract.

CFPs for ALA San Diego, 2020

The Ralph Waldo Emerson Society will sponsor two panels at the annual meeting of the American Literature Association, to be held May 21-24, 2020, San Diego, USA.

‘Emerson and Resistance’*

The Emerson Society invites proposals on the topic of ‘Emerson and Resistance’. Papers might like to consider the idea of resistance in Emerson in his own time, in subsequent periods, or in contemporary contexts. Emersonian resistance may also be considered in relation to other writers, political thinkers and philosopher’s.

‘Emerson’s Society and Solitude at 150’*

The Emerson Society invites proposals on the topic of Society and Solitude at 150. Papers might like to consider new critical perspectives on the book and its place in the Emerson canon, perspectives on any of the 12 essays published in the book or the range of topics represented (civilization, art, eloquence, farming, books, old age, etc.), and more broadly, ‘society’ and ‘solitude’ in Emerson.

E-mail 300 word abstracts to David Greenham (david.greenham@uwe.ac.uk) by Jan. 10, 2020. Membership of the Ralph Waldo Emerson Society is required of presenters.

*The RWES Graduate Student Paper Award provides up to $750 of travel support to present a paper on an Emerson Society panel at the American Literature Association Annual Conference (May 2020) or the Thoreau Society Annual Gathering (July 2020). If you are a graduate student, please make this clear on your abstract.