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  • EDIS Calls for Papers and Announcements

Emily Dickinson International Society at ALA

EDIS will sponsor two sessions at the twenty-third annual meeting of the American Literature Association. ALA will be held in San Francisco, May 24–27, 2012. The first, “Dickinson’s Endings,” will be chaired by Martin Griffin, University of Tennessee. The panel will include presentations by Linda Freedman, University of Cambridge (“Dickinson’s Mutable God in the Context of Interdisciplinary Thinking”), Martin Greenup, Harvard University (“Dickinson and Spiritualism”), and Michelle Kohler, Tulane University (“Poets Ended: The Deaths of the Author in Dickinson’s Poetry”). The second panel, “Dickinson’s Development,” will be chaired by Vivian Pollak, Washington University in St. Louis. The panel will [End Page 126] include presentations by Randall Fuller, Drury University (“Savage Dickinson”), Kate Dunning, Case Western University (“Copyright, Fair Use, and Fan Fiction”), and Jed Deppman, Oberlin College (“Emily Dickinson’s Development as a Creative Thinker”).

Emily Dickinson International Society at MLA

EDIS will sponsor two panels at the next MLA meeting:

  1. 1. Dickinson, Frost, and the Vernacular Tradition. Papers will discuss the language or regionalism of New England literary culture. Attention will also be given to formal and theoretical discussions of auditory influences.

  2. 2. 2013 Open Call. Papers on any aspect of Dickinson’s poems and letters, including biographical, theoretical, or multi-disciplinary approaches will be presented.

The Emily Dickinson International Society Annual Meeting

The twenty-fourth annual EDIS meeting will take place on the campus of Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, August 3–5, 2012.

The theme is “Emily Rocks,” a nod to the city’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, to which we will have an excursion. Featured speakers include Kevin J. Dettmar and Martha Nell Smith, both of whom write about literature and rock and roll, and Gwen Mayer, an archivist who will share details about the years when Emily’s grandfather was treasurer of Western Reserve College. Other events include poem workshops and cabaret performances of Dickinson poems.

For details please consult:

EDIS 2013 International Conference: “Emily Dickinson, World Citizen,” University of Maryland and American University, College Park, MD and Washington, D.C.

On August 9–11, 2013, the University of Maryland and American University will co-sponsor the next Emily Dickinson International Society international conference in the Washington, D.C. area. “Emily Dickinson, World Citizen” will explore Dickinson’s various forms of belonging and ways in which multiple constituencies “belong” to her, her world. The poet herself may have seen “New Englandly,” but as a cosmopolitan reader, she crafted and cultivated numerous affiliations beyond the local. This conference explores her politics, her [End Page 127] understanding of citizenship, her engagements with international cultures and influences, and theirs with her writings—the global reach of her mind and verse from the nineteenth century to the present. “Emily Dickinson, World Citizen” will take extensive advantage of the many historical and cultural resources in the D.C. area. Anticipated highlights include high tea at the Willard Hotel, where Emily Dickinson stayed when she visited her Representative father and where Julia Ward Howe wrote “The Battle Hymn of the Republic”; a lecture and/or exhibition, followed by a reception, at the National Museum of Women in the Arts; and a dinner and reception at American University.

Look for updates on the conference and a CFP in early spring 2012 at

Emily Dickinson International Society at the SSAWW

The Society for the Study of American Women Writers will hold its tri-annual conference in Denver, Colorado October 10–13, 2012, with the theme “Citizenship and Belonging.” Please see the conference website for further details:

EDIS at the South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA)

EDIS will sponsor a panel at the 2012 South Atlantic MLA convention that will be held in Durham, North Carolina, November 9–11, 2012. The conference theme is “Text as Memoir: Tales of Travel, Immigration, and Exile” and the panel title is “Dickinson’s (Inter)Textuality.”

Please send a 200–400 word description of your project by July 1, 2012 to Trisha Kannan at Please describe the details...


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