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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) by January 12, 2018. Abstracts should address the 2018 CFPs posted HERE.
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 (email@example.com) by Jan. 12, 2018. Membership in the Emerson Society is required of presenters.
Emerson and/in the Arts
The Ralph Waldo Emerson Society is sponsoring two panels at the 2018 ALA in San Francisco, on the theme ‘Emerson and/in the Arts.’ As an essayist and a poet Emerson is, of course, a literary artist in his own right. But how have the other Arts seen Emerson or drawn on his influence? We invite presentations on ‘Emerson and/in the Arts’. These might consider depictions of Emerson or Emersonianism in fiction, music, the fine arts or cinema. We would also welcome presentations that would investigate the significance of Emerson’s aesthetics for the Arts broadly conceived. Also welcome would be presentations that explore the wider Transcendentalist movement and its place in the Arts.
E-mail 300 word abstracts to David Greenham (firstname.lastname@example.org) by Jan. 12, 2018. Membership in the Emerson Society is required of presenters.
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 2018) or the Thoreau Society Annual Gathering (July 2018). Submit a 300-word abstract to David Greenham (email@example.com) by January 12, 2018. Abstracts should address the 2018 CFPs posted at emersonsociety.org
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, 2018.
*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 description of expenses, by April 1, 2018.
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, 2018.
Send Research, Pedagogy/Community, and Subvention proposals to:
Prentiss Clark (Prentiss.Clark@usd.edu) and
Kristina West (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Award recipients must become members of the Society; membership applications are available at http://www.emersonsociety.org/membership/
“Transcendentalist Intersections: Literature, Philosophy, Religion” at the University of Heidelberg, Germany, July 26 – 29, 2018 now has an official conference webpage at: https://transcendentalistintersections.wordpress.com/
The conference is sponsored by the Ralph Waldo Emerson Society, the Margaret Fuller Society, and the Anglistisches Seminar and Center for American Studies at the University of Heidelberg.
For more information, see our previous post at:
The above youtube video includes brief remarks by Bay Bancroft and lengthier comments by Leslie Perrin Wilson and Joel Myerson at the exhibition opening on March 24, 2017 for Picturing Emerson: A Selection of Lifetime Portraits of Ralph Waldo Emerson.
Call for Papers
Emerson Panels at the Poe and Hawthorne Societies’ Conference
Kyoto Garden Palace Hotel—Kyoto, Japan, June 21-24, 2018
The Ralph Waldo Emerson Society invites proposals for the above conference. Depending on the number and quality of proposals, the Hawthorne and Poe societies will host up to 2 panels on Emerson.
We would encourage proposals on the theme of ‘Transpacific Emerson.’
Other areas, e.g., connections between Emerson and Hawthorne and/or Poe, will also be considered. Any requests for A/V equipment must accompany the proposal.
Please send 250-word paper proposals to Dr David Greenham, Emerson Society Program Chair, at email@example.com, by July 18th, 2017.
The banquet speaker will be Michael J. Colacurcio, and the plenary speaker will be Takayuki Tatsumi.
All those whose proposals are accepted for the conference must be members of one of the author associations (Emerson, Poe or Hawthorne Societies) to present papers or to chair sessions.
The Poe Studies Association and the Nathaniel Hawthorne Society will host a joint international conference with the Japanese Poe Society and the Japanese Hawthorne Society in Kyoto, Japan from June 21-24, 2018. Our plenary speaker will be Takayuki Tatsumi and our keynote speaker will be Michael J. Colacurcio. I have attached the formal CFP to this message, and I would like to share some information about flight costs, the conference hotel, and contact information for the conference organizers.
For those interested in the cost of flights, I’d recommend going to studentuniverse.com, which has a “flexible” search option that will display fares for a few days before and after the dates for which you are searching. Sometimes flights can be up to $700 higher or lower in cost based on a difference of a couple of days, so if you can be a bit flexible in your flight dates, you can potentially save a lot of money. I will be reserving a limited number of hotel rooms at the conference rate for two days before and two days after the conference. Also, you may be surprised at how low the fares can be if you are willing to shop around at different sites based on the optimal dates from Student Universe. You may search using airport code OSA (Osaka-All Airports) or KIX (Osaka, Kansai International Airport). Kyoto is one hour away from KIX by train.
The conference venue will be the Kyoto Garden Palace Hotel. All sessions will be held in this hotel, and a block of rooms will be held at a conference rate of US $100/night (at current exchange rates), including Japanese or Western breakfast. The hotel is in a quiet area of Kyoto across the street from the Imperial Palace Garden. The hotel itself contains a traditional Japanese restaurant and one that serves more Western cuisine, but public transportation (metro/subway) and other restaurants are a 10-15 minute walk away. There is one triple-occupancy room built to accommodate people with disabilities. Please see below for hotel website and conference organizer information:
Hotel Website: http://www.hotelgp-kyoto.com/english/
Questions regarding proposals or the academic program: Philip.Phillips@mtsu.edu (Philip Phillips)
Questions regarding other aspects of the conference: firstname.lastname@example.org (Sandra Hughes)
Questions in Japanese: email@example.com (Masahiko Narita)
The Trustees of the Concord Free Public Library cordially invite you to the formal opening of the exhibition Picturing Emerson: A Selection of Lifetime Portraits of Ralph Waldo Emerson, Friday, March 24, 2017, 6:30-8:30 p.m., in the Concord Free Public Library rotunda, 129 Main Street, Concord, MA. The exhibition is offered in anticipation of the forthcoming publication by Harvard of Picturing Emerson: An Iconography, by Joel Myerson and Leslie Perrin Wilson. The evening’s program will include a reception, the opportunity to view the exhibition, remarks by Margaret Emerson Bancroft, Leslie Perrin Wilson, and Joel Myerson, and the performance of pieces from the music collection of Emerson’s daughter Ellen. Please R.S.V.P. to (978) 318-3355 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you plan to attend.
American Literature Association Call for Proposals
The Emerson Society will sponsor two panels at the annual meeting of the American Literature Association, to be held in Boston, MA, from May 25-28, 2017. For information about the conference, see http://americanliteratureassociation.org/calls/annual-conference/.
Emerson and Social Justice
This panel examines Emerson’s influence on, discussion of, or participation in social justice movements. We welcome papers that consider the relationship between Emerson and social justice broadly considered, but we are especially interested in papers that highlight Emerson’s career and work as it relates to social justice movements in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries or that theorize Emerson as a proponent of social justice in his own time. We welcome new readings of Emerson in light of theories of human rights, as well as presentations that challenge Emerson’s role in human rights advocacy. Historical analyses, theoretical readings, comparative analyses, and influence studies are all welcome, as are discussions of Emerson’s relationship to Thoreau as it relates to the idea of civil resistance and human rights.
E-mail 300 word abstracts to Roger Thompson (email@example.com) or David Greenham (David.Greenham@uwe.ac.uk) by Dec. 20, 2016. Membership in the Emerson Society is required of presenters, but it is not required to submit proposals for consideration. The Emerson Society also provides grants that may be of interest to presenters, including a Research Grant and a Graduate Student Paper Award. More information on grants can be found at the Emerson Society webpage: https://emersonsociety.org/2016/09/17/awards-announcements-2017/
Thoreau Society Annual Gathering, July 2017
The Thoreauvian Emerson
The Emerson Society sponsors a panel at the Thoreau Society Annual Gathering each summer in Concord, MA. In order to celebrate the Thoreau Bicentennial, honoring Thoreau’s birth in 1817, we seek papers that examine Thoreau’s influence on Emerson. The story of Emerson’s influence on Thoreau is often told, but Thoreau significantly shaped Emerson’s career and thinking. He has also significantly shaped how we think about Emerson today. We seek papers that renew and revitalize our understanding of the relationship between the two transcendentalists by focusing on what is Thoreauvian in Emerson. For information on the conference theme, please visit www.thoreausociety.org. We will consider papers both on the topic above and the conference theme more generally.
E-mail 300 word abstracts to Roger Thompson (firstname.lastname@example.org) or David Greenham (David.Greenham@uwe.ac.uk) by Feb 5, 2015. Membership in the Emerson Society is required of presenters, but it is not required to submit proposals for consideration. The Emerson Society also provides grants that may be of interest to presenters, including a Research Grant and a Graduate Student Paper Award. The travel grant provides $750 of travel support to present a paper on an Emerson Society panel at the American Literature Association Annual Conference (May 2017) or the Thoreau Society Annual Gathering (July 2017). More information on grants can be found at the Emerson Society webpage: https://emersonsociety.org/2016/09/17/awards-announcements-2017/
“Transcendentalist Intersections: Literature, Philosophy, Religion”
University of Heidelberg, Germany, July 26 – 29, 2018
Sponsored by the Ralph Waldo Emerson Society, the Margaret Fuller Society, and the Anglistisches Seminar and Center for American Studies at the University of Heidelberg
At its first meeting in 1836, the Transcendental Club declared an “organ of spiritual philosophy” to be essential to the project, and, when The Dial came forth in 1840 under Margaret Fuller’s editorship, its subtitle—“Literature, Philosophy, and Religion”—was meant to convey both the breadth and depth of the movement’s aims. As Emerson introduced it, the ambitious new journal would “share [in such] impulses of the time” as “special reforms to the state,” “modifications of the various callings of men,” “opening a new scope for literature and art,” “philosophical insight,” and “the vast solitudes of prayer.”
In the spirit of The Dial, and with its subtitle too, the organizers of “Transcendentalist Intersections” invite paper proposals seeking to do justice to that breadth and depth of the movement, generously construed. For this multi-disciplinary, international conference dedicated to new scholarship on American Transcendentalism, we are particularly interested in proposals engaging literature, philosophy, and religion, and especially encourage not only literary scholars but historians, philosophers, theologians, and others to share their ideas.
- With regard to literature, we welcome papers examining texts and authors traditionally ignored or cast as “minor”; such forms as journalism, literature of reform or revolt, correspondence, travel writing, history, philosophy as literature; relations between literature and visual or musical arts; biographical approaches; transnational dialogues; reception history, the history of the book and the relevance of literary institutions; and revisionist approaches to or paradigms of Transcendentalism. We encourage papers that address the convergences and tensions between literature and philosophical issues on the one hand and/or issues of religion, spirituality, or the sacred on the other.
- With regard to religion, we especially invite papers discussing the entanglements of Transcendentalists (major or minor) with other 19th-century American religious movements such as the Second Great Awakening, the Holiness and Spiritualist revivals, Catholic immigration, and the emergence of groups centered around new “American Scriptures” such as Mormonism. We are interested in the engagement of Transcendentalists with various Christian theological debates and scholarly discourses of the time, such as the higher criticism, the “New Christianity” of the Saint-Simonians, the Christian socialism of the Abbé Lammenais, the pantheism of Pierre Leroux, and the comparative study of religion. We also encourage papers investigating the contribution of Transcendentalists to the construction of religion as a category or of particular religious traditions (e.g. “Hinduism” or “Buddhism”); as well as Transcendentalism’s role in the coming of the modern paradigm of “seeker spirituality.”
- With regard to philosophy, we encourage proposals in all of the subfields that have been so vigorously engaged by Transcendentalist scholars in recent years. This would especially include work on the Transcendentalists in relation to social and political philosophy (e.g., feminism, antislavery, liberalism, democracy, socialism, environmentalism, human rights); religious philosophy (e.g., secularism and post-secularism); ethics (e.g., Kantian and post-Kantian, pragmatist ethics, virtue ethics); metaphysics (e.g., “neo-Platonism, Romantic theories of being and selfhood, Nietzcheanism, post-metaphysics”); epistemology (e.g., agnosticism, fallibilism, anti-foundationalism, skepticism); and aesthetics (symbolism, theories of metaphor and poetic expression, art and social reform, translation, and (again) music and the visual arts).
Please direct abstracts (300-500 words) and two-page CVs by August 1, 2017 to any of the members of the conference planning subcommittee: Charlene Avallone email@example.com, Dan Malachuk firstname.lastname@example.org, or Jan Stievermann email@example.com.
The conference webpage is at https://transcendentalistintersections.wordpress.com/