CFP: SEA panels at the ALA, San Diego, May 21-24, 2020
Deadline for Proposals Extended to Friday, January 24
The Society of Early Americanists seeks presenters for its sponsored panels at the American Literature Association annual conference, which moves to San Diego this year and takes place May 21-24, 2020. Presenters’ topics should fall in the colonial period, or in the early republic before 1830. Abstracts of 300 words or fewer which relate to one of the two topics below should be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org by January 24.
Teaching Early American Environments
The SEA’s annual pedagogy panel calls for papers on any aspect of teaching American literature to 1830. Papers may reflect on the implications of ecocritical approaches to teaching, such as reflections on site-based learning versus assignments evoking a “sense of place”; models of “citizen science” across the centuries; the teaching of theory in the classroom; etc. We welcome discussions of curricula devoted to such questions as the history of energy technologies, arguments for preservation and/or conservation, the origins of the environmental sciences, etc.
Migration and Refuge in Early America
San Diego’s location at the southern border of the United States prompts this panel on the themes of exodus, asylum, and hospitality in colonial/early republican American literature to 1830. Can we make connections between early American mobilities and those of our time? How does our choice of words, for example, matter in the way we narrate the histories of those whom we might designate as asylum-seekers rather than as “voyagers to the West,” as “refugees” rather than “migrants” (a word that Al Jazeera controversially decided to stop using this year)? Other lines of inquiry might concern how demographic movement creates national citizens, or how political borders relate to fictive ones.
Len von Morzé
Chair, English Department
University of Massachusetts Boston
Society of Early Americanists Liaison for the American Literature Association, 2017-2019
For further information about the conference, please consult the American Literature Association website: http://americanliteratureassociation.org