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

 

Please share widely and feel free to email us with any questions.

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.