CFP Geographies of the Fantastic and the Quotidian

PAMLA 2022 Los Angeles: “Geographies of the Fantastic and the Quotidian”

November 11–13, 2022

Transcendentalist Geographies

Sponsored by the Ralph Waldo Emerson Society

Abstract: The Ralph Waldo Emerson Society invites proposals for a panel on Transcendentalist ways of thinking and writing place and space. Contributions may address how figures such as Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, and Margaret Fuller (among many others) conceptualized imaginary and concrete landscapes, interrogated the nature–culture divide, or explored new notions of dwelling. Papers on aesthetic, political, social, theological, or philosophical dimensions of the topic are all welcome.

Description: This panel, sponsored by the Ralph Waldo Emerson Society, seeks to showcase research in nineteenth-century literature and culture that speaks to the PAMLA conference theme “Geographies of the Fantastic and the Quotidian.” The Transcendentalists pioneered new ways of thinking and writing place and space, redefining what we mean by domesticity, nature, and environment. We are interested in contributions that look at how figures such as Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, and Margaret Fuller (among many others) conceptualized imaginary and concrete landscapes, interrogated the nature–culture divide, or explored new notions of dwelling. Papers may want to approach the theme from a variety of angles: aesthetic (e.g. nature-writing and ecopoetics), political (e.g. the Transcendentalists’ “abolitionist geographies” [Martha Schoolman]), social (e.g. the demographics of city vs. country), theological (e.g. pantheism and the location of the divine), or philosophical (e.g. nature and being). Proposals that address the post-Transcendentalist afterlives of such nineteenth-century themes are also welcome.

Please submit your abstract of 250-300 words using the following submission form by 15 May 2022: https://pamla.ballastacademic.com/Home/S/18502

 

 

Virtual Emerson Society Panels, 2021

In lieu of meeting at ALA in Boston, the Society will be pre-recording two virtual panel sessions on Saturday, June 5th, at 10:00 a.m. EST.

We invite all members of the Society and other interested Emersonians to attend virtually. Each session will include a Q&A session.

To register email:

emerson.society.webmaster@gmail.com

Panel Details are:

Emerson and Health

Chair: Joseph Urbas, Université Bordeaux Montaigne

  1. ” ‘I seem to have lost a beautiful estate’: Reading death, childhood, and property in Emerson’s ‘Experience’ and ‘Threnody,’ ” Kristina West, University of Reading
  1. ” ‘Scene painting and counterfeit’: Performing Grief in Emerson’s Elegiac Writing and George Saunders’s Lincoln in the Bardo,” Georgia Walton, University of Leeds
  1. “Beauty in Nature as Health for the Soul: Emerson’s Poetics of Givenness,” J. Edward Hackett, Southern University and A&M College
  1. “Get Health: Emerson, Health, and Cultural Pathologies,” Stephen Rachman, Michigan State University

Emerson Studies Now: A Roundtable Discussion

Chair: Bonnie O’Neill, Mississippi State University

  1. “Editing the Oxford Handbook of Ralph Waldo Emerson,” Christopher Hanlon Arizona State University
  1. ” ‘A Future Worthy of the Past’: Emerson’s Poetic Thinking,” Michael Jonik, University of Sussex
  2. ” ‘Where Do We Find Ourselves?’: Provocations for Emerson Studies Now,” Prentiss Clark, University of South Dakota
  1. “Reconsidering Emerson’s Critique of Busybodies in an Age of Scholarly Activism,” Joseph Urbas, Université Bordeaux Montaigne

Call for Submissions Transparent Eyeball Series Three

The Ralph Waldo Emerson Society Transparent Eyeball blog https://emersonsociety.org/the-transparent-eyeball/ seeks mixed media submissions for Series Three.

We welcome submissions from undergraduate and graduate students, teachers, independent scholars, early career as well as established scholars, artists, activists, and the general public.

Submissions may include any combination of visual, audio, text-based material that engages with Emerson and the innumerable circles of conversation in which he participated and in which we continue to find him. We especially encourage submissions that in some way address Emerson and aesthetics, the visual arts, music, film, architecture, and/or soundscapes.

Submissions will be reviewed by members of the Ralph Waldo Emerson Society Media Committee and may be returned to applicants with suggested revisions. Please submit your Transparent Eyeball contributions to TheTransparentEyeballBlog@gmail.com — with the subject line “Series Three” – no later than 17 May 2021.

Awards Announcements 2021

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

*Research Grant*

Provides $1,000 to support scholarly work on Emerson. Preference given to junior scholars and graduate students. Submit a confidential letter of recommendation, and a carefully crafted 1-2-page single-spaced project proposal, including a description of expenses, by May 16, 2021.

*Pedagogy or Community Project Award*

Provides $1,000 to support projects designed to bring Emerson to a non-academic audience. Submit a confidential letter of recommendation and a carefully crafted 1-2-page single-spaced project proposal, including a description of expenses, by May 16, 2021.

All proposals will be evaluated based on clarity, originality, and relevance to the award or grant.

Please send proposals to Kristina West (kristina.west@btopenworld.com) and Austin Bailey (abailey2@gradcenter.cuny.edu). Award recipients must become members of the Society; membership applications are available at http://www.emersonsociety.org

Emerson Society at the Thoreau Annual Gathering July 2021

The Emerson Society sponsors a panel at the Thoreau Society Annual Gathering each summer in Concord, MA (July 8-12, 2021). 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.

“Other Views of Emerson’s Writing and Activism”

The Ralph Waldo Emerson Society invites proposals on the topic of “Other Views of Emerson’s Writing and Activism.” The Society particularly welcomes proposals that explore historical and current perspectives on Emerson in terms of gender, class, race, religion, nationality, or culture.

E-mail 300 word abstracts to Joseph Urbas (joseph.urbas@u-bordeaux-montaigne.fr) by Feb. 7, 2021. Membership of the Ralph Waldo Emerson Society is required of presenters.

*Graduate Student Conference Paper Award*
Provides $750 of travel support to present a paper on an Emerson Society panel at the American Literature Association Annual Conference (May 2021) or the Thoreau Society Annual Gathering (July 2021). Submit a carefully crafted 1-2-page single-spaced conference paper proposal by February 7, 2021. Proposals should address the 2021 CFPs posted at emersonsociety.org.

Emerson Society at the ALA May 2021

The Ralph Waldo Emerson Society will sponsor two panels at the 32nd Annual Conference of the American Literature Association, to be held July 7-11, 2021, Westin Copley Place, 10 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02116.

“Emerson and Health”*

The Emerson Society invites proposals on the topic of ‘Emerson and Health.” Papers may consider topics such as body and mind, “health of the eye,” food, exercise, mortality, and grieving.  The Society also welcomes proposals that view the term health globally, in social, political, environmental, or cosmic terms.

“Emerson Studies Now: A Roundtable Discussion”

Over thirty years after the formation of the Society, this roundtable will be discussing the current state of Emerson studies and possible orientations for future research, teaching, and outreach to the broader public. Participants will be invited to express their views in particular concerning the proper relation between the historical Emerson and current cultural and political issues. Have these taken too large a place in the field?  Manifestoes, provocations, strong opinions, animadversions, untimely meditations or contrarian views on these and other themes relevant to the topic are most welcome. The Society seeks a frank and open discussion with the widest possible range of viewpoints.

*Graduate Student Conference Paper Award*
Provides $750 of travel support to present a paper on an Emerson Society panel at the American Literature Association Annual Conference (May 2021) or the Thoreau Society Annual Gathering (July 2021). Submit a carefully crafted 1-2-page single-spaced conference paper proposal by February 7, 2021. Proposals should address the 2021 cfp posted at emersonsociety.org.

More details about the ALA may be found here: http://americanliteratureassociation.org/ala-conferences/ala-annual-conference/

E-mail 300 word abstracts to Joseph Urbas (joseph.urbas@u-bordeaux-montaigne.fr) by Feb. 7, 2021. Membership of the Ralph Waldo Emerson Society is required of presenters.

Emerson Society Web Panel “‘The Way to Mend the Bad World, Is to Create the Right World’: The Transcendentalists and Forms of Righting the World”

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic this year’s Thoreau Annual Gathering will take place online through video conference. Please join us for a 90-minute program beginning at 9 am EST on July 9, including the following presenters:

Welcome by Joseph Urbas (Université Bordeaux – Montaigne)

Panel: “‘The Way to Mend the Bad World, Is to Create the Right World’: The Transcendentalists and Forms of Righting the World”

Chair: Kristina West (University of Reading)

  1. Kristina West, “Radical Transcendentalism: Emerson and Civil Disobedience in the 21st Century.”
  2. Ayad Rahman (Washington State University), “Reading Frank Lloyd Wright’s Broadacre City through the Lens of Emerson’s ‘Farming.'”
  3. Christina Katopodis (CUNY Graduate Center, Hunter College), “Emerson’s Transcendental Sonic Self and the Tuning of the World.”

Those who wish to attend should email event host Christopher Hanlon (christopher.hanlon@asu.edu) for Zoom meeting id and password. Please use subject header “TAG RSVP” and include your full name along with institutional affiliation if applicable.

Please join us for what promises to be a stimulating exchange.

The Transparent Eyeball Blog Announcement

The Ralph Waldo Emerson Society announces The Transparent Eyeball, a blog devoted to
a collaborative study of Emerson and the innumerable circles of conversation in which he
participated and in which we continue to find him. We welcome short—500-1,000
word—submissions from undergraduate and graduate students, teachers, independent scholars,
early career as well as established scholars, artists, activists, and the general public. We
especially encourage submissions that address Emerson’s relevance in our 21 st -century moment;
consider him in conversation with philosophers, poets, environmentalists, artists, and activists,
within and beyond the nineteenth century; and explore him in transnational and interdisciplinary
contexts. Submissions may take any form—meditations, provocations, polemics, analyses,
critical-creative hybrids, personal reflections—but should be original work, jargon-free, and
accessible to the general public. Submissions will be received on a rolling basis and reviewed by
members of the Ralph Waldo Emerson Society Media Committee. Submissions may be returned
to applicants with suggested revisions. Please submit your Transparent Eyeball contributions to
TheTransparentEyeballBlog@gmail.com

Undergraduate Student Essay Prize

The Ralph Waldo Emerson Society invites submissions for the first annual Emerson Society
Undergraduate Student Essay Prize. Undergraduate students are welcome to submit 1,000-1,500-
word academic essays on any topic relevant to the study of Ralph Waldo Emerson—his life,
work, national and transnational reception, importance within and beyond U.S. literature and
culture, and/or contemporary relevance. Winning essays will demonstrate originality, clarity, and
rigorous engagement with Emerson. Selected essays may be returned to applicants with
suggested revisions. The winning essay will be published in Emerson Society Papers and the
writer awarded $100.
* Submissions should be 1,000-1,500 words and follow the 8th edition of MLA style, using
endnotes rather than footnotes.
* Submissions should include a cover letter containing the applicant’s name, essay title,
academic status and affiliation, e-mail address, and postal address.
* Please submit documents by email—with the subject line “Emerson Society Student
Essay Prize”—to Kristina West (kristina.west@btopenworld.com) and Prentiss Clark
(Prentiss.Clark@usd.edu) no later than 15 December 2020.

Virtual Emerson Society Panels

In lieu of meeting at ALA in San Diego, the Society will be hosting two virtual panel sessions this Friday, May 22, at 8:30 a.m. EST & 10:00 a.m. EST. To register email emerson.society.webmaster@gmail.com

Panel Details are:

Emerson and Resistance, 1: Politics, Religion, and Literature (8:30 am EST at Zoom link above)

Chair: Susan L. Dunston, New Mexico Tech

1.”Legacies of Resistance: Emerson, Buddhism, and Richard Wright’s Pragmatist Poetics,” Anita Patterson, Boston University

2.”Emerson’s Translation: An Act of Resistance, “Sarah Khalili Jahromi, Université Paris Sorbonne

3.”‘The Health of the Eye Seems to Demand a Horizon: Emersonian Resistance in Frederick Douglass’s Narrative,” Regina Yoong, Ohio University

4.”Emerson and Reconstruction,” Christopher Hanlon, Arizona State University

 

Emerson and Resistance, 2: Philosophy and Culture (10:00 am EST at Zoom link above)

Chair: Anita Patterson, Boston University

1.”The Ethics of Resistance: Emerson on Self-Reliance and Toni Morrison on Self-Regard,” Susan L. Dunston New Mexico Tech

2.”Shifting Paradigms: A Cultural Context for Emerson’s Racism and Abolitionism, “Leslie Brownlee, University of California Davis

3.”Why Ralph Waldo Emerson Should be Seen as a Eudaimonist Philosopher of Virtue Ethics,” Christopher Prozenheim, Georgia State University

4.”Whim at Last? Stanley Cavell on Emerson’s Resistance to Pragmatism,” David Heckerl, Saint-Mary’s University