CFP of Interest: Roundtable: What is New in the Old: Archival Discoveries

This proposed roundtable session for SSAWW’s 2012 Conference (Oct 10-13, Denver Co)—organized by Carolyn Sorisio and Cari Carpenter – is intended to share newly discovered archives and literary works by and about US women writers. We will suggest, as well, how newly discovered archives or literary works by or about US women writers contributes to scholarly narratives regarding US women’s literary representation or cultural history or both.  We seek submissions from scholars in all stages of archival or literary recovery, ranging from those in the initial phases of archival exploration to those currently editing collections of archives or republishing literary works by US women writers (print or digital). We are interested in a diverse range of recovered materials, and therefore we encourage submissions from scholars in all historical periods.

Presenters will be given ten minutes each, and they will be asked to share a small sample of their archival research with the participants and to suggest how this sample has informed some aspect of their understanding of the woman writer or US women’s literary or cultural history. Our goal is to involve the attendees in analysis of the archives.

Interested panelists should submit the following to Carolyn Sorisio at (as a Word attachment in email) by January 9, 2012:

1. A paragraph describing your recovery work, specifying what stage the project is in, indicating the archival selection(s) you might share with the roundtable, and suggesting how the selection you share connects to US women’s literary or cultural history;

2. A paragraph-length professional biography; and,

3. A statement regarding your A/V equipment requirements (keeping in mind that SSAWW has asked for participants to use handouts instead of requesting A/V due to costs).

More information about the Society for the Study of American Women Writers’ 2012 Conference in Denver (October 10-13, 2012) can be found at:


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