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


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)
Climate change
Natural disasters
Environmental injustice
Unnatural Anomalies

Amy T. Hamilton
Associate Professor of English
Northern Michigan University