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.

Emerson and/in the Arts – CFP – ALA May 24-27, 2018, San Francisco

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 (david.greenham@uwe.ac.uk) by Jan. 12, 2018. Membership in the Emerson Society is required of presenters.

Awards Announcements, 2018

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 (david.greenham@uwe.ac.uk) by January 12, 2018. Abstracts should address the 2018 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, 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.

 *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, 2018.

 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/

 

“Transcendentalist Intersections” conference webpage

“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:

https://emersonsociety.org/2016/09/22/heidelberg-cfp/

Emerson Panels at the Poe and Hawthorne Societies’ Conference – Kyoto, Japan, June 21-24, 2018

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 david.greenham@uwe.ac.uk, 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.

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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: hawthornepoekyoto@gmail.com (Sandra Hughes)

Questions in Japanese: narimeg@ybb.ne.jp (Masahiko Narita)

Picturing Emerson Exhibition, Concord Free Public Library, 24 March 2017

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 meckel@minlib.net if you plan to attend.