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CFP: Nathaniel Hawthorne Society Conference

“Hawthorne and Friends, Enemies, Frenemies”

Crowne Plaza Hotel Downtown Union Station—Indianapolis, USA

The Nathaniel Hawthorne Society invites paper and session proposals for its triennial summer conference to be held in Indianapolis on June 18-20, 2021

All topics related to Hawthorne and his friends, competitors, rivals, influences, collaborators, admirers, correspondents, promoters, etc., are welcome. Email 250-word paper proposals to Chuck Baraw, Program Committee Chair, by Oct 5, 2020. Please include “Hawthorne and Friends” in the subject line. Requests for A/V equipment should accompany the proposal. 

1,000 word session proposals, also due by Oct 5, 2020, should include organizer and speaker names and affiliations, as well as paper titles, abstracts, and requests for A/V equipment. Slots for papers will be twenty minutes apiece. Individual author societies are especially welcome to propose sessions on Hawthorne’s contemporaries, etc.

Possible topics include (but are not limited to):

Coterie writing and publishing practices
Reception and reputation
Literary theory
The Anthropocene
The Non-Human
Twentieth & Twenty-First Century Heirs
Genre (short story, novel, sketch, romance, gothic, humor, children’s literature, allegory)
Adaptations (literary, cinematic, graphic novels, television, video games, etc.)
Transatlantic or global studies
Race, class, gender, sexuality
Literary, philosophical, scientific, or cultural influence
Contemporary “Afterlives”

All those whose proposals are accepted for the conference must become members of the Nathaniel Hawthorne Society (or other sponsoring organization) to present. Participants may present one paper and also organize one session.

Conference Hotel:
Situated in America’s first union station (1853), Crowne Plaza Hotel Downtown Union Station is the city’s most unique hotel. It boasts 273 guestrooms that include 26 early 1900’s authentic Pullman Train Car guestrooms and over 50,000 square feet of meeting space.
  •  #1 airport in country
  •  #1 convention city in US
  •  10-15 minute shuttle from airport to hotel
  • Can walk everywhere in downtown
Things to do:
  • Conner Prairie: 1836 pioneer village; 1859 balloon ride; 1863 Civil War; Lenape camp
  • Eiteljorg (Native American Art Museum)
  • White River State Park
  • Indiana Historical Society
  • #2 city with most monuments in US

MLA 2021 Call for Papers: Hawthorne and the EcoGothic

The Annual Conference of the MLA will meet in Toronto on January 7-10, 2021. The editors of Gothic Nature observe that the Gothic now serves as a primary means to articulate the horrors of climate change and our current environmental crisis. EcoGothic, however, has been a fundamental component of American literature since William Bradford recoiled from the continent’s “hideous & desolate wilderness.” A recent spate of articles not only acknowledges this strange continuity but has begun to situate Nathaniel Hawthorne as one of the tradition’s key figures. This panel invites papers that further investigate Hawthorne’s entanglement with the ecoGothic.

Abstracts of 250 words to Nancy Sweet at by March 1, 2020.

Revisiting Hawthorne’s short stories

Essays of ca. 6,500-7,000 words on Hawthorne’s short stories and/or sketches for the fall, 2020 issue of the Nathaniel Hawthorne Review.  The topic is open, but we are looking for new approaches to Hawthorne’s stories and sketches, which could include (but are not limited to):  the changing structure of his stories (over the course of his career);  the changing  narrative point of view of the sketches; Hawthorne’s use of contemporary history (such as the Panic of 1837; the construction and use of the Erie Canal); attitudes towards popular culture; depictions of immigrants, servants, or Native Americans; social class or the capitalist economy; ecoGothic or views of nature; the supernatural and magical; changing domestic interiors or living spaces; urban landscapes; industrialization; travel; disease, aging, and death; comparison to other nineteenth-century writers (influences on or by).

Please send abstracts of 250 words and short bios by March 15, 2020 to Monika Elbert, and Laura Laffrado,

Queries welcome.  Final essays will be due July 30, 2020.

Hawthorne and The Digital Humanities

At the upcoming Modern Language Association conference in Seattle, the Nathaniel Hawthorne Society is please to host a panel entitled “Hawthorne and the Digital Humanities.”   The panel is scheduled for Thursday, January 9th,  2020, from 7-8:15 PM with the following panelists and presentations.  We hope to see you there!


  1. ‘Nor Less Devoted to the Affairs of the Nation’: Using Word Vectors to Model Hawthorne’s Concept of the National, Erik Fredner (Stanford U) 
  2. Actor-Network Theory and the Hawthorne Digital Archive, Gale M. Temple (U of Alabama, Birmingham)
  3. The Digital Faun, Evander Price (Harvard U)


Christopher G. Diller (Berry C)

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