Transcendentalist Geographies

PAMLA 2022 Los Angeles: “Geographies of the Fantastic and the Quotidian”

November 11–13, 2022

 

Transcendentalist Geographies

Sponsored by the Ralph Waldo Emerson Society

 

Abstract

The Ralph Waldo Emerson Society invites proposals for a panel on Transcendentalist ways of thinking and writing place and space. Contributions may address how figures such as Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, and Margaret Fuller (among many others) conceptualized imaginary and concrete landscapes, interrogated the nature–culture divide, or explored new notions of dwelling. Papers on aesthetic, political, social, theological, or philosophical dimensions of the topic are all welcome.

 

Description

This panel, sponsored by the Ralph Waldo Emerson Society, seeks to showcase research in nineteenth-century literature and culture that speaks to the PAMLA conference theme “Geographies of the Fantastic and the Quotidian.” The Transcendentalists pioneered new ways of thinking and writing place and space, redefining what we mean by domesticity, nature, and environment. We are interested in contributions that look at how figures such as Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, and Margaret Fuller (among many others) conceptualized imaginary and concrete landscapes, interrogated the nature–culture divide, or explored new notions of dwelling. Papers may want to approach the theme from a variety of angles: aesthetic (e.g. nature-writing and ecopoetics), political (e.g. the Transcendentalists’ “abolitionist geographies” [Martha Schoolman]), social (e.g. the demographics of city vs. country), theological (e.g. pantheism and the location of the divine), or philosophical (e.g. nature and being). Proposals that address the post-Transcendentalist afterlives of such nineteenth-century themes are also welcome.

 

Primary Subject Area

American

 

Please submit your abstract proposals using the following submission form by July 10, 2022: https://pamla.ballastacademic.com/Home/S/18502 

CFP Geographies of the Fantastic and the Quotidian

PAMLA 2022 Los Angeles: “Geographies of the Fantastic and the Quotidian”

November 11–13, 2022

Transcendentalist Geographies

Sponsored by the Ralph Waldo Emerson Society

Abstract: The Ralph Waldo Emerson Society invites proposals for a panel on Transcendentalist ways of thinking and writing place and space. Contributions may address how figures such as Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, and Margaret Fuller (among many others) conceptualized imaginary and concrete landscapes, interrogated the nature–culture divide, or explored new notions of dwelling. Papers on aesthetic, political, social, theological, or philosophical dimensions of the topic are all welcome.

Description: This panel, sponsored by the Ralph Waldo Emerson Society, seeks to showcase research in nineteenth-century literature and culture that speaks to the PAMLA conference theme “Geographies of the Fantastic and the Quotidian.” The Transcendentalists pioneered new ways of thinking and writing place and space, redefining what we mean by domesticity, nature, and environment. We are interested in contributions that look at how figures such as Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, and Margaret Fuller (among many others) conceptualized imaginary and concrete landscapes, interrogated the nature–culture divide, or explored new notions of dwelling. Papers may want to approach the theme from a variety of angles: aesthetic (e.g. nature-writing and ecopoetics), political (e.g. the Transcendentalists’ “abolitionist geographies” [Martha Schoolman]), social (e.g. the demographics of city vs. country), theological (e.g. pantheism and the location of the divine), or philosophical (e.g. nature and being). Proposals that address the post-Transcendentalist afterlives of such nineteenth-century themes are also welcome.

Please submit your abstract of 250-300 words using the following submission form by 15 May 2022: https://pamla.ballastacademic.com/Home/S/18502

 

 

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

 

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.