Deadline Extended

Charles Redd Center/Western Literature K-12 Educator Prize

Extended Deadline: July 1

The Western Literature Association and the Charles Redd Center for Western Studies are sponsoring two K-12 Teaching Prizes that will provide teachers with the opportunity to attend and present at the Western Literature Association Annual Meeting in Big Sky, Montana, on September 21-24, 2016. The selected teachers will share their lesson plans at the conference on a K-12 Teaching Panel on Saturday, September 24.

The prize will include conference registration, award banquet ticket, and $750 toward conference related costs such as hotel, airfare, and a WLA membership.

Please see the link below for more information. Contact Randi Tanglen, rtanglen@austincollege.edu, with any questions.

http://www.westernlit.org/k-12-teaching-prize/

 

Randi Lynn Tanglen, Ph.D.

New Deadline

CFP: WLA Panel at SSAWW Conference

Society for the Study of American Women Writers & Université Bordeaux Montaigne

5th – 8th July 2017

Venue: Université Bordeaux Montaigne, France

The Western Literature Association invites submissions for its upcoming panel at the international meeting of the Society for the Study of American Women Writers, July 5-8, 2017 in Bordeaux, France.

You can learn more about the conference here: wordpress.com/2015/12/16/cfp-border-crossings-translation-migration-gender-in-the-americas-the-transatlantic-the-transpacific-deadline-august-31-2016/

In response to the conference theme of “Border Crossings:Translation, Migration, & Gender in the Americas, the Transatlantic, & the Transpacific,” we welcome papers that consider how women writers respond to the ideological and imaginative boundaries that have shaped western American literary and cultural production. Proposed papers might address but are not limited to the following topics:

  • gender, genre, and the West
  • negotiations of racial, ethnic, and religious difference in western women’s writing
  • women writers and the geographic and chronological definitions of the West
  • archival and recovery work in the field of western women’s writing
  • women writers and the post-western West

ESPECIALLY WELCOMED ARE SUBMISSIONS WITH A PRINT CULTURE FOCUS

E-mail a 300-word abstract and brief CV to Cathryn Halverson (clh@hum.ku.dk) by May 15, 2016. While you do not need to be an SSAWW or WLA member to submit a proposal, you must be or become a member of both SSAWW and WLA in order to present as part of this panel.

WLA Lyons Award

To all WLA Members:

If you have published a book in 2015 that you would like to have considered for the WLA’s Thomas J. Lyon Book Award, be sure to let your press know that the deadline for nominations is slightly earlier (June 1) this year because of the earlier conference date.
If your press cannot commit to this deadline, you can self-nominate. Details for the award and nomination procedures can be found on our website:
The author does not have to be a WLA member. Readers can nominate books they deem worthy of this award. Details on above cited web page as well.
Thanks!

Conference abstracts due soon

New proposals are coming in every day now (thank you!), so this is just a short reminder that we’re counting down the final month until abstracts need to be submitted for WLA 2016.  Remember, the deadline is June 1.  You can access the CFP, other information about the conference, and the ConfTool address at http://www.westernlit.org/wla-conference-2016/

WLA Panel at SSAWW Conference (CFP)

CFP: WLA Panel at SSAWW Conference

Society for the Study of American Women Writers & Université Bordeaux Montaigne

5th – 8th July 2017

Venue: Université Bordeaux Montaigne, France

Venue: Université Bordeaux Montaigne, France

The Western Literature Association invites submissions for its upcoming panel at the international meeting of the Society for the Study of American Women Writers, July 5-8, 2017 in Bordeaux, France.

You can learn more about the conference here: https://ssawwnew.wordpress.com/2015/11/16/ssaww-conference-in-bordeaux/

In response to the conference theme of “Border Crossings: Translation, Migration, & Gender in the Americas, the Transatlantic, & the Transpacific,” we welcome papers that consider how women writers respond to the ideological and imaginative boundaries that have shaped western American literary and cultural production. Proposed papers might address but are not limited to the following topics:

• gender, genre, and the West
• 
negotiations of racial, ethnic, and religious difference in western women’s writing
• women writers and the geographic and chronological definitions of the West
• archival and recovery work in the field of western women’s writing
• women writers and the post-western West

E-mail a 300-word abstract and brief CV to Cathryn Halverson (clh@hum.ku.dk) by May 10, 2016. While you do not need to be an SSAWW or WLA member to submit a proposal, you must be or become a member of both SSAWW and WLA in order to present as part of this panel.

Redd Center/WLA Teaching Western American Literature K-12 Educator Prize

Dear WLA colleagues,

Please encourage your K-12 colleagues to apply for the Redd Center/WLA Teaching Western American Literature K-12 Educator Prize. The purpose of the prize is to recognize creative and innovative approaches to teaching and to enhance discussions of pedagogy at the WLA conference. Two K-12 educators will receive a stipend to attend the WLA conference in Big Sky, Montana this September and to be part of a K-12 pedagogy panel on Saturday, September 24.

Please see the link below for more information. Feel free to forward this notice to Education department colleagues at your institutions as well as to your local school districts, state and local educator groups, or K-12 professional organizations

http://www.westernlit.org/k-12-teaching-prize/

Randi Lynn Tanglen, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of English

Director, Johnson Center for Faculty Development

and Excellence in Teaching

The EcoGothic and the American West

As an affiliated organization, the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE) hosts a panel at the annual WLA conference. As you know, this year WLA will be held September 21-24 in beautiful Big Sky, Montana! The conference theme is “The Profane West.” http://www.westernlit.org/wla-conference-2016/

The subject for the ASLE panel will be “The EcoGothic and the American West.” If you are interested in presenting on this panel, please send a 150-word abstract by Friday, April 28 to amyhamil@nmu.edu. See below for the panel CFP.

CFP: The EcoGothic and the American West

Over the past five years, the use of the term “ecoGothic” to describe both a type of analysis and a mode of writing has proliferated among scholars interested in environmental writing that addresses the more terrifying/horrific aspects of the natural world. To date, much of the focus has been on authors whose work has more traditional Gothic overtones, such as Mary Shelley, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Bram Stoker, and Cormac McCarthy. This panel seeks to expand the conversation about the ecoGothic, specifically with respect to the print and visual culture of the American West.

Proposals and papers might address, among other things:

Ecophobia (fear and dread of nature)
Extinction
Climate change
Pollution
Natural disasters
Environmental injustice
Monstrosity
Unnatural Anomalies
Revenge-of-nature

Amy T. Hamilton
Associate Professor of English
Northern Michigan University

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