17th International Willa Cather Seminar

The Willa Cather Foundation invites proposals for the 17th International Willa Cather Seminar, to be held in June 2019. Seminar directors work alongside WCF staff and Board to create a one-­of-­a-­kind conference experience for Cather scholars and enthusiasts in locations central to Willa Cather’s life and writing. Past seminars have been held in Red Cloud, Lincoln, and Nebraska City, Nebraska; Santa Fe; Quebec City; Frederick County, Virginia; Bread Loaf Campus of Middlebury College, Vermont; Paris and Provence, France; Flagstaff, Arizona; Northampton, Massachusetts; and Chicago. Seminars traditionally last 5-6 days and blend concurrent sessions of academic papers, keynote lectures, tours of Cather-­related sites, performances, public events, and social activities.

We ask for succinct 2-­3 page proposals that include the names of directors, their academic status, brief summary of their Cather scholarly and other related experience, justification of site appropriateness for Cather studies, explanation of proposed theme, and specifics on institutional partnership and sponsorship potential. Preference will be given to proposals that demonstrate strong institutional partnership, sponsorship potential, and sufficient local infrastructure for an academic conference (transportation, dining, lodging, and entertainment options). The WCF staff and Education Committee collaborate with, advise, and support directors and partner institutions in order to ensure that seminar experiences are successful and satisfying for all.

For questions or to submit a proposal, please contact Andrew Jewell, Education Committee Chair (ajewell2@unl.edu), and Tracy Tucker, Education Director of the Willa Cather Foundation (ttucker@willacather.org). Deadline for proposals is February 1, 2016.

Tracy Sanford Tucker
Education Director & Certified Archivist
The Willa Cather Foundation
413 North Webster Street | Red Cloud, NE 68970
Phone: 402-746-2653 | Toll Free: 866-731-7304

www.WillaCather.org | www.VirtualCather.org

Announcement. Neil Campbell’s New Book Published!

Neil Campbell’s new book Affective Critical Regionality has just been published by Rowman & Littlefield International in the Place, Memory, Affect series. The book explores and expands critical regionalism with a particular emphasis on different forms of western writing or writings of the west, including DJ Waldie, Willy Vlautin, Karen Tei Yamashita, Charles Olson, Rebecca Solnit & Kathleen Stewart.

Kathleen Stewart calls it a ‘powerful intervention of a singular kind’ and Steve Tatum  ‘A scintillating, ultimately humane achievement’.

Available in paperback now!

Western Literature Association 2016 Conference

For the latest information on the 2016 Western Literature Association conference in Big Sky, Montana, including registration information, see the WLA organization website’s 2016 conference page.