Category Archives: Conferences

CFP: ALA Symposium October 27-29, 2022

Dear Members of the Edith Wharton Society,

I would like to share the call for papers for a fall symposium offered by the American Literature Association (ALA) in Santa Fe (October 27-29, 2022). The theme is the Historical Imagination in American Literature, and the conference director, Professor Olivia Carr Edenfield, welcomes proposals for individual papers or a full panel sponsored by the Edith Wharton Society. If you are interested in organizing a panel, please let me know. More details on the conference can be found below.

I hope you are all having a restful summer,

All best wishes,

Myrto

Dr. Myrto Drizou

Assistant Professor of English

Coordinator, Minor Degree in English Literature

Department of Western Languages and Literatures

Bogaziçi University

34342, Bebek

Istanbul, Turkey

myrto.drizou@boun.edu.tr 

Vice President, Edith Wharton Society

Associate Editor, Edith Wharton Review

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For our 2022 Fall Symposium, the American Literature Association will return to beautiful Santa Fe, New Mexico.  The Drury Plaza Hotel offers excellent rates and is perfectly located near the central plaza. Single and double rooms will be available for $135 a night plus taxes. This rate includes not only a free breakfast and wireless access, but also a “kickback” every evening at 5:30, featuring hot food and cold drinks.  Valet parking will be $10 per night. 

The Historical Imagination in American Literature:  What does it mean to envision and embody history in American writing?  How does a “usable past” shape our fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction? What philosophical, psychological, and political factors shape how writers look at a moment of time?  How do regional differences shape our historical perspectives? How do race, class, and gender influence the perception and presentation of historical realities? How important is the historical novel to our culture? How do the alternate histories of speculative fiction transform our understanding of time?  These and other related questions should provide for a lively weekend of literary exploration and good conversation. We welcome proposals for individual papers, complete panels, and roundtable discussions on any aspect of this important subject.

Please send all proposals to the Conference Director at carr@georgiasouthern.edu

as soon as possible and no later than September 15, 2022.

Conference Details:  Sessions run Friday and Saturday, October 28-29, 2022. There will be an opening event and welcoming reception on Thursday evening, October 27. The Conference Fee of $175 includes a luncheon as well as receptions.

Individuals may propose papers, panels, or roundtables by emailing the Conference Director, Professor Olivia Carr Edenfield (carr@georgiasouthern.edu) no later than September 15, 2022, and preferably earlier. The proposal should include the title of the presentation or panel, an abstract that provides a clear idea of the material that will be covered, a brief vita or description of the presenter’s qualifications, and the email addresses for all participants. The proposal should be both pasted into an email and sent as an attachment (preferably in WORD). All emails will be acknowledged in a timely manner.

Those proposing papers and/or panels will be informed of acceptances by September 20, and hotel reservations will need to be made before September 25.  Participants will be asked to make their hotel reservations immediately and to pay the conference fee by pre-registering on-line by October 15.  A program will be placed on the ALA website prior to our meeting, and printed programs will be available at the symposium.

ALA Guidelines: The most common ALA format is a time slot of one hour and twenty minutes with three papers and a chair. This permits time for discussion and three papers of approximately 20 minutes (or nine typed double-spaced pages). Organizers of panels are free to use other formats provided they respect the time limits. Furthermore, the ALA encourages panel organizers to experiment with innovative formats including discussion groups and panels featuring more speakers and briefer papers. Chairs will make sure that the panels start and end on time and that no speaker goes beyond the allotted time limit.  We prefer that chairs not present papers on the panels that they are moderating, and no one may present more than one paper at an ALA symposium.

AV:  Please note that we are not able to provide AV at this symposium. 

Conference Registration: The conference fee of $175 covers the costs of the conference. We require all of those who are on the program to pre-register by October 15, 2022. Please see the website for the on-line registration link. If you wish to pay by check, you may find the mail-in registration form on our website. The conference fee is $175 for all participants.  We regret that we are unable to offer a lower rate for graduate students and independent scholars. If you have a question or concern regarding registration, please contact Olivia Carr Edenfield, Director of the ALA, at carr@georgiasouthern.edu.

ALA Membership: Membership in the ALA is not required in order to propose or present a paper.  In fact, technically the members of the American Literature Association are the various author societies. Individuals may keep informed about the activities of the ALA, including our symposia and conferences, by checking our website (www.americanliteratureassociation.org).

Please note that the American Literature Association maintains the lowest conference fees of any major scholarly organization because it operates without a paid staff. If you have any questions that are not answered by this announcement, please contact the Conference Director, Professor Olivia Carr Edenfield, Director of the ALA, at carr@georgiasouthern.edu

Thank you for your interest and your support of the American Literature Association.

EWS ALA Panel, June 5, 2021

Dear Members of the Edith Wharton Society,

You are invited to attend the Society’s panel for ALA 2021. The presentation of papers and discussion will take place on Zoom on Saturday, June 5, from 3:00 to 4:15 (EST). The panel will be recorded for the ALA conference and will be chaired by Dr. Sheila Liming.

We have an exciting line-up of papers on “Reading Edith Wharton at Times of Crisis: Precarity, Vulnerability, and Risk in Her Late Fiction.”

1.     “Interpreting Architecture as a Site of Precarity in Edith Wharton’s Hudson River Bracketed,” Mindy Buchanan-King, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

2.     “Literary Tradition and Its Precarity in Edith Wharton’s Hudson River Bracketed and The Gods Arrive,” Chunfang Yi, Northwestern Polytechnical University, China

3.      “Edith Wharton and White Male Outsiderism,” Arielle Zibrak, University of Wyoming

4.      “Marriage and Parenthood between ‘Age of Innocence’ and ‘Jazz Age’: The Plight of the Vulnerable in Wharton’s Novels of ‘Old’ and ‘New’ New York,” Maria-Novella Mercuri, University College London, UK

Should you like to attend the panel, please contact Sheila Liming (sliming@champlain.edu) or Myrto Drizou (myrto.drizou@boun.edu.tr) to receive the Zoom meeting information. 

Conference programs link

Our thanks to all who made Edith Wharton’s (Virtual) New York such a success! If you did not have a chance to view the roundtable presentations, they’re here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbsi6k25uQ8nLzOym3tC-qA?view_as=subscriber. The original program is linked from the conference page at https://edithwhartonsociety.wordpress.com/conferences/edith-whartons-virtual-new-york-2020/

If you would like to see the original program and other materials from previous conferences, click on Conferences in the menu at the top of the page or or look here: https://edithwhartonsociety.wordpress.com/conferences/.

Thanks to EWS Archivist Carole Shaffer-Koros for making the .pdf versions of the programs available.

July 16: Edith Wharton’s (Virtual) New York Panel Discussion

We wanted to let you know that the webpage with details about Edith Wharton’s (Virtual) New York is up and running. At the page, you will find details about the events we are running, including a link to our YouTube channel that contains short videos by roundtable presenters. Those videos should be watched prior to the roundtable event on Thursday, July 16th, 1pm EDT.Link to videos for July 16 panel discussion: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbsi6k25uQ8nLzOym3tC-qA?view_as=subscriber

If you’re an Edith Wharton Society member or registered for the conference, you should have received the Zoom link and invitation; if not, please reach out to whartonnewyork@gmail.com (conference address) or Margaret Toth (Meg), Manhattan College margaret.toth@manhattan.edu or
Margaret Jay Jessee (Jay), University of Alabama at Birmingham mjjessee@uab.edu

This info is from the Conference Update page at https://edithwhartonsociety.wordpress.com/2019/04/21/conference-update-edith-whartons-new-york-in-2020/.

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This week, July 15 & 16: Edith Wharton’s (Virtual) New York

Update: The Zoom links have been sent to you. Please contact the conference organizers if you didn’t receive them.
Update 7/16/20:

If you’re an Edith Wharton Society member or registered for the conference, you should have received the links; if not, please reach out to whartonnewyork@gmail.com (conference address) or Margaret Toth (Meg), Manhattan College margaret.toth@manhattan.edu or
Margaret Jay Jessee (Jay), University of Alabama at Birmingham mjjessee@uab.edu

This info is from the Conference Update page at https://edithwhartonsociety.wordpress.com/2019/04/21/conference-update-edith-whartons-new-york-in-2020/.

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We wanted to let you know that the webpage with details about Edith Wharton’s (Virtual) New York is up and running. At the page, you will find details about the events we are running, including a link to our YouTube channel that contains short videos by roundtable presenters. Those videos should be watched prior to the roundtable event on Thursday, July 16th, 1pm EDT. No preparation is required for the keynote lecture on Wednesday, July 15th, 1pm EDT.

Edith Wharton Online Event: Edith Wharton’s Virtual New York

We wanted to let you know that the webpage with details about Edith Wharton’s (Virtual) New York is up and running. At the page, you will find details about the events we are running, including a link to our YouTube channel that contains short videos by roundtable presenters. Those videos should be watched prior to the roundtable event on Thursday, July 16th, 1pm EDT. No preparation is required for the keynote lecture on Wednesday, July 15th, 1pm EDT.
Conference Participants: RE. the keynote talk and the roundtable discussion, you will receive Zoom links over email on the week of the events.
If you have any questions, please let us know.
Best,

Margaret Toth (Meg) and Margaret Jay Jessee (Jay), Edith Wharton’s New York Conference Co-Directors

Announcements: Edith Wharton’s (Virtual) New York for Conference Participants

Dear Conference Participants,

We are pleased to invite you to participate in Edith Wharton’s (Virtual) New York, a slate of events we are creating to recognize the canceled 2020 NYC conference and to commemorate the centennial of the publication of The Age of Innocence. These events are designed to honor not only Wharton’s relationship to the city but also the past, present, and future of Wharton scholarship.

We are still working out some details, but Edith Wharton’s (Virtual) New York will include two live sessions, and we ask that you please save the dates for those:

July 15, 2020 1:00 EDT: Keynote Lecture by Francis Morrone (Architecture Historian, NYU), “Newland Archer’s New York,” with an introduction by Meg Toth

July 16, 2020 1:00 EDT: Discussion with Wharton Scholarship Roundtable panelists on the past, present, and future of Wharton scholarship, hosted by Paul Ohler and Jay Jessee

We hope you will be able to join!

Thank you,
Margaret Toth (Meg) and Margaret Jay Jessee (Jay), Edith Wharton’s New York Conference Co-Directors

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The original schedule for the in-person Edith Wharton’s New York 2020 is available under Conferences – Edith Wharton’s New York 2020 – Edith Wharton’s New York 2020 Conference Schedule in the menu bar and also here: https://edithwhartonsociety.wordpress.com/conferences/edith-whartons-new-york-2020/edith-whartons-new-york-2020-conference-schedule/

Conference Update: Edith Wharton’s New York in 2020

Edith Wharton’s New York:
A Conference Sponsored by the Edith Wharton Society New Yorker Hotel
June 17th-20th 2020

Please join the Edith Wharton Society for its upcoming conference marking the centennial anniversary of the publication of Edith Wharton’s Pulitzer-Prize winning novel, The Age of Innocence. We will celebrate this momentous year in New York, the setting not only of so many of Wharton’s works but also of much of her life.

While all topics are welcome, we are particularly interested in whole panels and individual papers that focus on New York as a geographical and thematic element in Wharton’s life and works. Papers could explore the role of New York City and/or the Hudson River Valley in Wharton’s works, Wharton’s own history with the region, or Wharton’s relationship to place and space more generally. Papers that offer new readings of The Age of Innocence—such as new historical approaches or legacies of The Age of Innocence, the novel’s relationship to other works by Wharton and/or her peers, and adaptations of the novel (for film, theater, etc.)—are also welcome.

Since 1920 marks the beginning of what many consider the “later years” of Wharton’s career, examinations of Edith Wharton’s works in the shifting literary and political foundations of post- WWI society are also of interest. The 20s mark the centennial of other significant Wharton texts, and essays that examine these later works are of particular interest.

In addition, there will be a keynote speaker and opportunities for tours of local attractions. Further details forthcoming.

We welcome submissions for full panels of 4-5 participants and roundtables of 6-7 participants as well as individual paper submissions. Please submit proposals no later than August 1st, 2019 to whartonnewyork@gmail.com

For full panel and roundtable proposals, please submit 200-350-word summaries of each presentation included in the panel or roundtable as well as a brief 50-word bio and A/V requests for each presenter.

For individual paper proposals, please submit a 350-500-word abstract, a brief 50-word bio, and A/V requests as one Word document.

All conference participants must be members of the Edith Wharton Society at the time of registration.

For additional information, contact co-directors at email address above or individually: Margaret Toth (Meg), Manhattan College margaret.toth@manhattan.edu
Margaret Jay Jessee (Jay), University of Alabama at Birmingham mjjessee@uab.edu

Deadline for Approaches to Teaching the Works of Edith Wharton Extended to February 28, 2018.

Deadline for Approaches to Teaching the Works of Edith Wharton Extended to February 28, 2018.

The deadline to contribute to the survey and send a proposal to a Modern Language Association (MLA) volume, Approaches to Teaching the Works of Edith Wharton, edited by Ferdâ Asya, is extended to Wednesday, February 28, 2018.

You can contribute to the volume by completing a survey about your experiences of teaching Wharton’s works. The names of all contributors to the survey will be mentioned in the published volume.

 

You also can propose an essay for the volume. If you would like to propose an original essay for the volume, please submit an abstract of approximately 500 words in which you describe your approach or topic and explain its usefulness for both students and instructors. The focus of your essay should be pedagogical and the abstract should be as specific as possible. Proposed essays should not be previously published.

 

Please also attach a short CV.

Please send your abstract and CV to Ferdâ Asya electronically at fasya@bloomu.edu by February 28, 2018.

 

You may send any supplemental materials such as course descriptions, course plans, syllabi, assignments, bibliographies, or other relevant documents as separate attachments (.doc, .docx, .rtf, or .pdf) or by surface mail to Ferdâ Asya at Department of English, 111A Bakeless Center for the Humanities, Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, 400 East Second Street, Bloomsburg, PA 17815.

 

The information about proposing an essay is available at the end of the survey.

 

The survey for Approaches to Teaching the Works of Edith Wharton is also available here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/att-Wharton

 

For other questions, please contact Ferdâ Asya at fasya@bloomu.edu.