Call for Emerson Society Program Committee Members

“I awoke this morning with devout thanksgiving for my friends, the old and the new.”

—Emerson, “Friendship” (1841)

The Ralph Waldo Emerson Society seeks two persons to serve on the Emerson Society
Program Committee, beginning in January 2023. This committee annually organizes panels for
ALA (the American Literature Association) and TAG (the Thoreau Society Annual Gathering),
and panels for SAAP (the Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy), regional MLA
associations, and C19 (the Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists) as interests and
opportunities allow. In past years the Emerson Society co-sponsored “Transatlanticism in
American Literature” (Oxford 2006), “Conversazioni in Italia” (Florence 2012), and
“Transcendentalist Intersections: Literature, Philosophy, Religion” (Heidelberg 2018). We’re
looking for persons interested in supporting and developing RWES programs that nurture
international conversation, interdisciplinary inquiry, and collaboration between scholarly
societies. Committee members on this four-person committee serve two-year terms (renewable).
Service includes drafting and circulating CFPs, organizing and chairing panels (when relevant),
communicating with the Emerson Society Media Committee, and attending biannual RWES
board meetings (remotely or in person). If interested, please contact Prentiss Clark
(Prentiss.Clark@usd.edu).

The Ralph Waldo Emerson Society https://emersonsociety.org
@EmersonSociety

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RWES panel for TAG 2023

The Ralph Waldo Emerson Society will sponsor a panel at the 82nd Annual Gathering of the Thoreau Society (July12-16, 2023) exploring the themes of Thoreau, politics, and extinction.

“Fates, Fortunes, and Resources in the Postbellum Republic”

In his 1863 lecture “Fortune of the Republic,” and at the peak of his lecture career after
the Civil War, Emerson sounded the poles of hope and despair as he surveyed the state of the
nation. He anticipated “a new era of equal rights” (LL II: 334) yet in his journal he remarked,
“We hoped that in the Peace, after such a war, a great expansion would follow in the mind of the
country: grand views in every direction,—true freedom in politics, in religion, in social science,
in thought. But the energy of the nation seems to have expended itself in the war, and every
interest is found as sectional & timorous as before” (JMN XV: 77-8). This panel invites papers
that explore how Emerson figures the fate of the nation and its resources, broadly defined, in the
wake of the Civil War. How does he reassess, revise, and/or elaborate on his thinking about
nature, technology, economy, and/or power? In what ways does he grapple with
“extinction”—personal, political, philosophical—and/or attempt to defy them? This panel is
especially interested in papers that engage with Emerson’s later work, such as “American
Civilization” (1862), “Fortune of the Republic” (1863), “Resources” (1864), “Progress of
Culture” (1867), “Farming” (1870), and Natural History of Intellect (1870-71), and papers that
reflect on continuities, shifts, and/or changes in Emerson’s thinking as he confronts the fates,
fortunes, and “resources” of the postwar American landscape.

More details about TAG may be found here: https://thoreausociety.org/events/annual-gathering-2023-thoreau-the-politics-of-extinction/

 Send 300-word abstracts by 15 January 2023 to Peter Balaam (pbalaam@carleton.edu)

 

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

*Graduate Student Conference 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 2023) or the Thoreau Society Annual Gathering (July 2023). Please submit a carefully crafted 1-2-page single-spaced conference paper proposal by January 15, 2023. Please note: all proposals should address the 2023 CFPs posted at emersonsociety.org and should be submitted directly to the panel chair listed on the Society’s website.

Please note: all proposals should address the 2023 CFPs posted at emersonsociety.org and should be submitted to Randall Fuller (randallfuller@ku.eduand Peter Balam (pbalaam@carleton.edu).

*Research Grant*

Provides $500 to support scholarly work on Emerson. Preference is given to junior scholars and graduate students. Please submit a confidential letter of recommendation, and a carefully crafted 1-2-page single-spaced project proposal, including a description of expenses needed to complete the project, by April 1, 2023 to Austin Bailey (abailey2@gradcenter.cuny.edu ) and Georgia Walton (g.a.walton@leeds.ac.uk ).

*Pedagogy or Community Project Award* 

Provides $500 to support projects designed to bring Emerson to a non-academic audience. Please submit a confidential letter of recommendation and a carefully crafted 1-2page single-spaced project proposal, including a description of projected expenses, by April 1, 2023 to Austin Bailey (abailey2@gradcenter.cuny.edu ) and Georgia Walton (g.a.walton@leeds.ac.uk ).

*Subvention Award* 

Provides up to $500 to support costs for the publication of an upcoming scholarly book or article on Emerson. Submit a confidential letter of recommendation from an academic mentor or colleague, and a 1-2-page proposal, including an abstract of the forthcoming work and a detailed description of expenses, by April 1, 2023 to Austin Bailey (abailey2@gradcenter.cuny.edu ) and Georgia Walton (g.a.walton@leeds.ac.uk ).

*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 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 The Emerson Society Papers and the writer awarded $100.
• Submissions should be 1,000-1,500 words and follow the 9th edition of MLA style.
• 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 Prentiss Clark (Prentiss.Clark@usd.edu) by April 1, 2023.

The Society welcomes and encourages submissions on Emerson and his circle from diverse perspectives and critical methodologies, as well as by marginalized and/or traditionally underrepresented groups. All proposals will be evaluated based on the general strength of the submission and clearly articulated relevance to the individual award
or grant.

Award recipients must become members of the Society; membership applications are

available at https://emersonsociety.org/membership/

2022 CFPs

ALA call for Proposals

 

The Ralph Waldo Emerson Society will sponsor two panels at the 33rd Annual Conference of the American Literature Association, to be held May 26–29, 2022, at the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago.

 

“Emersonian Economies”

 

The Society welcomes proposals concerning Emerson’s thinking and writing on economic topics, such as work and labor, finance, industrialization, slavery, the “market revolution,” women and the market, to name just a few. Proposals might also want to explore Emerson’s take on antebellum economic and social reform (Fourierism, Brook Farm, Chartism, etc.), and his attitude towards the nineteenth-century literary marketplace. Also welcome are discussions of later appropriations of Emerson as a (neo-)liberal or anti-capitalist figurehead.

 

“Emerson and His Media(ted) Afterlives”

The Society seeks papers that explore new perspectives on Emerson as a published writer and a public lecturer; on Emerson and the newspaper; on the global print history of Emerson’s writings from the nineteenth century to the present (including scholarly editions as well as formats directed at a mass readership); on Emerson’s digital afterlives on Twitter, Facebook, and the blogosphere; on Emersonian tourism and memorialization; as well as on Emersonian relics in the archives and beyond. Proposal abstracts should indicate the research methods used (e.g., archival research, interviews, fieldwork, digital humanities methods, Python programming, etc.).

More details about the ALA may be found here:

ALA Annual Conference

Send 300-word abstracts by January 15, 2022 to Joseph Urbas (joseph.urbas@gmail.com) and Tim Sommer (tim.sommer@as.uni-heidelberg.de).

Membership in the Ralph Waldo Emerson Society is required of presenters.

 

Thoreau Annual Gathering

The Ralph Waldo Emerson Society will sponsor a panel at the Thoreau Society Annual Gathering in Concord, Mass. (July 6–10, 2022).

Following the conference theme of “The Global Thoreau,” the Emerson Society invites papers that encourage global readings of Emerson or Emerson and the international scene. The panel seeks papers that address Emerson’s interest in non-anglophone literature and culture as well as Emerson’s own travels and lectures outside of the United States. Additionally, papers could look at Emerson’s global influence as a transnational figure in fields as diverse as poetry, politics, and philosophy. Also welcome are proposals that reflect on the globe in the geophysical, cosmological, or theological sense: “the good globe is faithful” (“New England Reformers”).

More details about the Thoreau Annual Gathering can be found here: https://www.thoreausociety.org/event/annual-gathering-2021

Send 300-word abstracts by January 15, 2022 to Joseph Urbas (joseph.urbas@gmail.com) and Tim Sommer (tim.sommer@as.uni-heidelberg.de).

Membership in the Ralph Waldo Emerson Society is required of presenters.

 

Graduate Student Paper Award

The award provides $750 of travel support to present a paper on an Emerson Society panel at the American Literature Association Annual Conference (May 2022) or the Thoreau Society Annual Gathering (July 2022). Submit a carefully crafted 1- or 2-page single-spaced conference paper proposal by February 15, 2022. Proposals should address the 2022 CFPs posted at emersonsociety.org.

Awards Announcements

 Awards Announcements 2022

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

 

*Graduate Student Paper Award*

Submissions are invited for the Graduate Student Paper Award, which provides up to $750 of travel support for one graduate student to present a paper on an Emerson Society panel at the American Literature Association Annual Conference (May 2022) or at the Thoreau Society Annual Gathering (July 2022). Please submit a 300-word abstract of your proposed paper by January 22, 2022. Abstracts should address the 2022 CFPs posted at emersonsociety.org

 

*Research Grant*

The RWES Research Grant provides up to $500 to support scholarly work (monograph, book chapter, or article) on Emerson. Preference will be given to junior scholars and graduate students. Please submit a confidential letter of recommendation from an academic mentor or colleague, and a 1-2-page project proposal, which must include a detailed description of expenses, by February 15, 2022.

 

*Pedagogy or Community Project Award*

The RWES Pedagogy or Community Project award provides up to $500 to support projects designed to bring Emerson to a non-academic audience. Submit a confidential letter of recommendation, and a 1-2-page project proposal, including a detailed description of expenses, by February 15, 2022.

 

*Subvention Award*

The Subvention Award provides up to $500 to support costs attending the publication of a scholarly book or article on Emerson. Submit a confidential letter of recommendation from an academic mentor or colleague, and a 1-2-page proposal, including an abstract of the forthcoming work and a detailed description of expenses, by February 15, 2022.

 

*Undergraduate Student Essay Prize*

RWES invites submissions for the second 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. There will also be a $50 award for a second prize essay.

* 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 send all proposals to the RWES Awards Committee: Kristina West (kristina.west@btopenworld.com) and Austin Bailey (abailey2@gradcenter.cuny.edu). Award recipients must become members of the Society.

 

Emerson, Religious Belief, and the City of God: New Directions for Research

Call for papers

“Emerson, Religious Belief, and the City of God: New Directions for Research”

“City of God, City of Destruction,”

PAMLA Conference, November 11-14, Las Vegas, Nevada

 The Emerson Society panel seeks to present new directions in research on the theme of Emerson and religion.  Topics may include, for example, Emerson’s conception of worship, his views of organized religion, theology, philosophy of religion, psychology of religious belief, theo-poetics, and the relation between religion and art or religion and nature.

Also welcome are approaches that place Emerson’s attitude toward religion within the context of the Emerson family tradition or within broader historical or more recent philosophical and theological perspectives—e.g., Emersonian Impersonality as representative of a nineteenth-century “modern cosmic imaginary” (Charles Taylor) or of “ecstatic naturalism” (Robert Corrington).  Proposals that explore Emerson’s religious thought from a comparative perspective are also encouraged. Proposals by younger scholars and Ph.D candidates are particularly welcome.

Please send a 250-word abstract, as well as a brief CV by July 25, to Joseph Urbas, Ralph Waldo Emerson Society Program Director, Joseph.Urbas@u-bordeaux-montaigne.fr

 

Emersonian Reconstructions

“Rebuild the Ruin, Mend Defect”: Emersonian Reconstructions

C 19:  “Reconstructions,” March 31-April 2, 2022, Coral Gables, Florida

Joseph Urbas (Université Bordeaux Montaigne), Tim Sommer (Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg)

We are seeking contributions for a proposed panel on the theme of reconstruction in Emerson’s writings. The term may of course refer to the historical period and its aftermath but may also be more broadly construed as renewal, revision, reinvention, repair, remaking, transformation, or beginning afresh, whether in society or in solitude. The things reconstructed may be selves, careers, institutions, art forms, geographical regions, or worlds, to name just a few possibilities. Papers may also want to consider what cannot be rebuilt—e.g. “This shining hour is an edifice/Which the Omnipotent cannot rebuild,” as Emerson wrote in a manuscript poem—and how that impossibility affects the conduct of life.

Please address a 250-word abstract and a brief CV to both Joseph Urbas and Tim Sommer by August 15, 2021.

Joseph.Urbas@u-bordeaux-montaigne.fr

tim.sommer@as.uni-heidelberg.de

 

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