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 April 1, 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 April 1, 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 April 1, 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.

Awards Announcements 2019

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

*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 April 1, 2019.

*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 April 1, 2019.

*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 April 1, 2019.

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; membership applications are available at http://www.emersonsociety.org

Emerson Society at the Thoreau Annual Gathering 2019 CFP

Transcendentalism:  Men and Women Conversing

In a collaborative call from the Henry David Thoreau, Margaret Fuller, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Louisa May Alcott Societies, we invite proposals for papers to be presented at the next Thoreau Gathering in Concord, MA (July 11-14, 2019) on dialogues between men and women of  the Transcendentalist movement. When Emerson looked back at Transcendentalism, in “Historic Notes of Life and Letters in New England,” he recalled men and women who read adventurously, became friends, formed a club for conversation, and launched a magazine. They were talkers as well as solitaries.  Across the apparent divide of gender, what did they have to talk about?

Papers might closely study an individual dialogue or consider the broader dynamics of two or more writers within or alongside the movement.  All conversation was not face-to-face; instead, in keeping with the Gathering’s 2019 theme, “Nature, Technology, and the Connected Life,” it was also  made possible by the post office that delivered letters, the railroad that enabled travel, and the print industry that opened authorship in books and periodicals.  The following list suggests only some areas of possibility :

  • Mary Moody Emerson’s exchange of letters with Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Mary Moody Emerson’s conversation with Henry David Thoreau, as reported by Thoreau
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson’s exchanges of letters and opinion with Margaret Fuller
  • Fuller editing Thoreau as editor of the Dial
  • Much more on the Dial:  perhaps Caroline or Ellen Sturgis’ poems and their reception, or any dialogues within or between issues
  • Fuller’s social vision in re Orestes Brownson’s or Theodore Parker’s or W.H. Channing’s
  • Fuller’s Conversations, with vs. without male participation
  • Elizabeth Palmer Peabody and Bronson Alcott as educators at the Masonic Temple school
  • Peabody publishing Thoreau’s “Civil Disobedience” in Aesthetic Papers
  • Thoreau and the women of his family as antislavery activists
  • Interactions across gender at Brook Farm or Fruitlands
  • Louisa May Alcott and her father
  • Louisa May Alcott’s fictional or poetic representations of Emerson and/or Thoreau
  • Lydia Maria Child on the movement from New York:  definitions and satires; her own practical Transcendentalism (urban reform, antislavery , Croton water) vs. Emerson’s or Thoreau’s or ?
  • Fictional refractions of Emersonian thought by Elizabeth Oakes Smith, Mary Gove Nichols, Margaret Sweat, or ?
  • Caroline Dall as sponsor of Ralph Waldo Emerson’s “Woman” at the 1855 Boston women’s rights convention
  • Acknowledgement of or resistance to Emerson or Thoreau or another male transcendentalist  by your choice of feminist author or activist
  • Dall’s history of the movement in “Transcendentalism in New England” (1895)
  • The gender divide and its overcoming in history or criticism of the Transcendentalist movement

This will be a peer-reviewed panel.  Please send one-page proposals and short c.v.’s to Phyllis Cole (pbc2@psu.edu) or David Greenham  (David.Greenham@uwe.ac.uk) by Nov. 26.  Decisions will be made by Dec. 15.  Inquiries are welcome at any point.

Awards Announcements 2019

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 2019) or the
Thoreau Society Annual Gathering (July 2019). Submit a 300-word abstract to David
Greenham (david.greenham@uwe.ac.uk) by January 11, 2019. Abstracts should
address the 2019 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 April 1, 2019.

*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 April 1, 2019.

*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 April 1, 2019.

Send Research, Pedagogy/Community, and Subvention proposals to:
Prentiss Clark (Prentiss.Clark@usd.edu) and Kristina West (k.j.west@reading.ac.uk)
Award recipients must become members of the Society; membership applications are
available at http://www.emersonsociety.org/membership

CFPs for ALA Boston 2019

The Ralph Waldo Emerson Society will sponsor two panels at the annual meeting of the American Literature Association, to be held May 23-26, Boston, USA.

 Panel 1: Emerson and Pedagogy

The Emerson Society are inviting proposals that examine or encourage strategies for teaching Emerson, informed by disciplines other than English or methods other than literary criticism, for example, rhetoric, journalism and media studies, environmental studies, creative writing, philosophy and religion, gender studies, material culture, etc. The society is also interested in receiving proposals that consider pedagogies and approaches that engage the younger generation with the core ideas/ideals of Emerson, reviving them for the current age.

Panel 2: Twenty-First Century Emerson

The Emerson Society are inviting proposals that consider Emerson’s relevance in the twenty-first century. The proposals could engage with current scholarly work on climate, politics of resistance, the anthropocene, and/or affect. We would welcome proposals that re-examine Emerson in the light of twenty-first century critical/literary/philosophical theories, and invite papers on Emerson in conversation with 21st-century writers/artists/thinkers addressing the pressing questions “of the times.”

E-mail 300 word abstracts to David Greenham (david.greenham@uwe.ac.uk) by Jan. 11, 2019. Membership in the Emerson Society is required of presenters.

2018 Graduate Student Paper Award 

The Ralph Waldo Emerson Society 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 2018) or the Thoreau Society Annual Gathering (July 2018). Submit a 300-word abstract to David Greenham (david.greenham@uwe.ac.uk) by January 12, 2018. Abstracts should address the 2018 CFPs posted HERE.

Emerson Society Panel at the Thoreau Gathering, Concord, July 2018

Waldo and Henry: Points of Parting

The Ralph Waldo Emerson Society is sponsoring one panel at annual Thoreau Gathering, 2018, in Concord, MA. With the theme ‘Waldo and Henry: Points of Parting.’ The influence of Emerson on Thoreau, and of Thoreau on Emerson, is well known. But this should not hide their differences. In this panel, ‘Waldo and Henry: Points of Parting’, we would welcome papers that productively explore the differences between these two transcendentalists. Themes of particular interest would be: writing, politics, philosophy, influence, friendship, nature, the past, race, the self, gender and the environment.

E-mail 300 word abstracts to David Greenham (david.greenham@uwe.ac.uk) by Jan. 12, 2018. Membership in the Emerson Society is required of presenters.