- EDIS Calls for Papers, Announcements, and Awards
EDIS International Conference—Paris—June 2016 “The Angled Road Preferred against the Mind”: Experimental Dickinson
Emily Dickinson was a born experimenter who constantly dared heterodoxy to explore “the ‘Undiscovered Continent’” which she broadly referred to as “the Mind.” Her radical experimentalism in forms of poetry and forms of life, sometimes deceptively couched in the idiom of conventionality, led her to think “lonelier thing[s]” than anyone “had seen,” adopting “that precarious Gait/Some call Experience.” Conceiving of art forms as experiences is a radical gesture that has had many resonances throughout the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, making Dickinson more relevant than ever in the light of the experimental as a current historical, aesthetic, and critical category, understanding the experimental as both a time-bound and a transhistorical concept.
EDIS invites potential participants to submit proposals for workshops and individual scholarly papers as well as artistic performances on the theme of “Experimental Dickinson” for its ninth international conference to be held in Paris in June 2016 (dates TBA). Papers will also be accepted on other aspects of Dickinson’s writing.
Deadline for the submission of workshops and performances: October 15, 2015. Deadline for the submission of individual papers: January 15, 2016. Proposals to be sent to: Prof. Antoine Cazé, Conference Organizer – firstname.lastname@example.org.
Emily Dickinson Undergraduate Essay Prize
In 2015, the Emily Dickinson International Society is launching a prize for undergraduate research on Emily Dickinson. We seek critical essays by undergraduates from institutions of all kinds, focusing on Dickinson’s poems or letters. Students at all levels are eligible to submit. Papers should be fifteen pages maximum. The winning essay will be published on the EDIS website, and the author will receive an award of $250. To submit an essay for the prize, send copies of articles as anonymous word attachments, plus a cover letter with contact information to the following address by May 1, 2015: email@example.com. The essays will be distributed electronically to a panel of nationally recognized [End Page 122] scholars for judging. All submissions will be acknowledged and receive a response within a month.
Emily Dickinson International Society at the SSAWW Triennial Conference
EDIS will be present at the Society for the Study of American Women Writers Conference, “Liminal Spaces, Hybrid Lives.” The proposed panel, “Emily Dickinson, Liminal Spaces, Transformational Possibilities” represents the “international” in EDIS: chaired by Jane Eberwein and organized by Eleanor Heginbotham, the panel includes Joan Wry (“‘Roof[s] of Stone!’: Emily Dickinson’s Liminal Poetics”), Hiroko Uno (“Emily Dickinson and Japanese Flowers”), Nicole Panizza (“‘Titanic Operas’: The Musical Voice of Emily Dickinson and Elizabeth Barrett Browning”), and Nelly Lambert (“Emily Dickinson’s Kindness: A New Perspective on Literary Friendship and the Compassionate Force of Riddles.”) More information on this triennial conference, which meets November 4–7 in Philadelphia, may be found on the SSAWW website: http://ssawwnew.wordpress.com/2015-conference.
Emily Dickinson International Society at ALA
EDIS will sponsor two sessions at the American Literature Association’s twenty-sixth annual meeting in Boston, May 21–24, 2015. The first session, “Emily Dickinson and the Non-Human,” will be chaired by Michael Joseph Walsh, University of Denver. The panel will include presentations by Lauren Rocha, University of New Hampshire (“The Monstrous Inside: The Body and Creation of the Monstrous Self in Emily Dickinson’s Poetry”), Naihao Lee, National Taiwan Normal University (“The Inhuman Excess in Dickinson’s Poems”), and Páraic Finnerty, University of Portsmouth (“Supernatural Dickinson”). The second session, “Emily Dickinson’s Afterlives,” will be chaired by Michelle Kohler, Tulane University. The panel will include presentations by Cynthia L. Hallen and Jessie L. Rose, Brigham Young University (“Gilbert and the Afterlife: An Analysis of Seven Dickinson Elegies”), Michael Joseph Walsh, University of Denver (“Poesis as Possession: Dickinson, Keats, and the Undead Poem”), and Shira Wolosky, Hebrew University of Jerusalem (“Emily Dickinson’s Afterlife: The Aesthetic Question”). [End Page 123]
Emily Dickinson International Society at MLA
The Modern Language Association will hold its annual conference January 7–10, 2016, in Austin, Texas. The Emily Dickinson International Society will sponsor one session and jointly sponsor a second session with the Melville Society. “Lyrical Ecologies...