Call for Papers

Society for the Study of American Women Writers
First International Conference

Dates: February 14-18, 2001
Location: St. Anthony Hotel, San Antonio, Texas
Conference Director: Susan Belasco, University of Tulsa
Deadline for Proposals: August 15, 2000


The program committee welcomes submissions of panels organized by individuals and sessions sponsored by author societies affiliated with the Society for the Study of American Women Writers. We are especially interested in panels and sessions that provide substantial time for discussion and exchange. Although traditional conference papers of no more than fifteen minutes in length are welcome, we are especially interested in proposals adaptable to a variety of formats. Formats may include exhibits, roundtables, performances, workshops, readings, group presentations, and discussion sessions of papers distributed online prior to the conference. Topics may include (but are not limited to) examinations of the individual works of women writers; theoretical considerations of race, disability, genre studies, ethnicity, gender, and class; pedagogical issues and implications; lesbian studies; international dimensions of American women writers, women writers and the reconstruction of American literature, the place of feminist scholarship in contemporary society and in the academy; and women writers and the development of periodical literature in American culture.

The SSAWW is committed to a conference program that reflects the diversity of its membership.

Inquiries and proposals should be sent to Susan Belasco, Conference Director, SSAWW, by e-mail to

Proposal should include the name, e-mail address, and institutional affiliation of a contact person or session chair; names, e-mail addresses, and institutional affiliations of all persons involved in the panel or session; the title or topic and a brief description of the panel or session; the proposed format; and equipment requests. Program participants must be current members of the SSAWW.

The Officers and Advisory Board of the SSAWW invite all interested persons to access the SSAWW website for membership information about the Society and the conference. Author societies affiliated with the American Literature Association and the Modern Language Association are also encouraged to affiliate with the SSAWW and to sponsor a panel or session at the conference.