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

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

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