CFP: Nathaniel Hawthorne Society Conference
“Hawthorne and Friends, Enemies, Frenemies”
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, firstname.lastname@example.org by Oct 5, 2020. Please include “Hawthorne and Friends” in the subject line. Requests for A/V equipment should accompany the proposal.
Possible topics include (but are not limited to):
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.
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- #1 convention city in US
- 10-15 minute shuttle from airport to hotel
- Can walk everywhere in downtown
- 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 email@example.com 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).
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!
- ‘Nor Less Devoted to the Affairs of the Nation’: Using Word Vectors to Model Hawthorne’s Concept of the National, Erik Fredner (Stanford U)
- Actor-Network Theory and the Hawthorne Digital Archive, Gale M. Temple (U of Alabama, Birmingham)
- The Digital Faun, Evander Price (Harvard U)
Christopher G. Diller (Berry C)