The Society for the Study of Early Modern Women sponsors one paper seminar at each Shakespeare Association of America Annual Meeting, and we now solicit your proposals for SAA 2019, to be held in Washington, DC from April 17 to April 20, 2019. Proposals submitted both to SAA and SSEMW, or only to SSEMW, are welcome. The chosen proposal will be recognized as the SSEMW seminar in the conference program.
Please note that seminar proposals *need not* be focused on Shakespeare; early modern women’s writing and related topics are also welcome at this conference. In 2017, SSEMW- sponsored SAA seminar was organized by Jessica C. Murphy (University of Texas at Dallas) and Elisa J. Oh (Howard University) on the topic: “Regulating Early Modern Women’s Bodies: Fiction, Prescription, and Practice.” In March 2018, the sponsored seminar is “Margaret Cavendish Now!”, organized by Lara Dodds (Mississippi State University).
Please email Mary Trull with questions, and/or submit your proposals in the format outlined below, at trull[at]stolaf.edu by January 29, 2017 for consideration as the SSEMW-sponsored seminar. Below, I’ve copied part of the description of the paper seminar process from the SAA website; full details are on the SAA website. A paper seminar at SAA is not a traditional panel; instead, 10-15 participants who sign up for the seminar circulate their essays ahead of the conference and engage in discussion during the two-hour workshop.
Proposing a Seminar or Workshop
Eligibility: Proposals are accepted only from postdoctoral scholars who are members in good standing of the SAA. A previous policy prohibiting seminar or workshop leadership in successive years has been lifted. SAA members may propose to lead a seminar or workshop in the year immediately following one in which they have spoken on an SAA panel or led an SAA seminar or workshop.
Guidelines: SAA seminars should open a number of pathways into a subject, recognizing that the seminar meeting is an occasion for focused but open discussion of written work completed in advance. Advance work in SAA programs may involve readings, online discussions, shared syllabi, performances, and pedagogical exercises, as well as research papers. For descriptions of seminars and workshops from previous years, consult any of the June Bulletins uploaded to the SAA Archives page.
1. The name of the proposed seminar or workshop leader(s), with university affiliation as applicable, and e-mail address(es).
2. The title of the proposed seminar or workshop.
3. A description of the objectives of the proposed seminar or workshop, including potential issues to be raised or practices to be modeled (maximum 2,300 characters, including spaces).
4. A short biographical statement or statements for the proposed seminar or workshop leader(s), including a description of previous experience with the SAA (maximum 750 characters per person, including spaces).
5. Audio-visual equipment, data projectors, and internet access are not generally provided for seminars and workshops. If the proposed program relies upon equipment and services, these should be requested and described in the proposal.