The Emily Dickinson International Society Scholarship Award 2022

EDIS is proud to announce an annual award recognizing distinguished publications on the work of Emily Dickinson for $1000. Our goal is to recognize, publicize, and encourage original research and outstanding achievement in Dickinson studies. We are happy to consider peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, essays in books, digital or multi-media projects. The work need not be devoted solely to Dickinson’s writing, but she should be a substantial focus. The award is open to scholars of any rank, but we will give preference to newer scholars in the field doing innovative work. Please send nominations (self-nominations are encouraged) to Ivy Schweitzer at for work published in the 2021 calendar year for our consideration for the prize. Use the subject line “EDIS.scholarshipprize.lastname,” include an explanatory note, and attach a document of or link to the work to your email. Please ensure that you receive confirmation of receipt. Applications are due by July 15, 2022. The Awards Committee will review the proposals; applicants will be notified of final decisions by August 15, 2022.

2022 ALA Sessions

EDIS ALA Sessions (The Palmer House Hilton, Chicago, May 26-29, 2022)


Chair: Renée Bergland, Simmons University

1. “Boxing in Dickinson: The Bibliographic Codes of Price in the Roberts Brothers’ Editions of Emily Dickinson’s Poetry,” Nicole Salama, Loyola University Chicago

2. “Shared Rhythms: The Semiotics of “Paradise” in Dickinson’s Lyric,” Amy Chan University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

2023 MLA CFP

EDIS MLA panel 2023 – Emily Dickinson in Her Time and Ours

We are interested in lively proposals on any aspect of Dickinson’s historical or contemporary resonance. Send 250-word abstracts and a short bio by March 10 to Vivian R Pollak at


Call for Papers
Emily Dickinson International Society

The Emily Dickinson International Society seeks submissions to two panels at the annual American Literature Association Conference (ALA), which will be held at the Palmer House Hilton, Chicago on May 26-29, 2022.

Panel 1: Dickinson and Restoration

How does Emily Dickinson’s work conceptualize or address the notion of restoration? Does reading Dickinson’s poems help us rethink the ideology of healing in response to a post-pandemic world? The panel seeks papers that explore Dickinson’s writing about restoration and / or regeneration, or theorize Dickinson’s approach towards the idea of renewal, natural or man-made, emotional, physical or spiritual, politically, economically or environmentally, materialistically or symbolically, or otherwise. Presentations might consider how recent theories of philosophies, technologies, sociologies or ecologies might refresh our ways of reading Dickinson and restoration in her time. Papers might also consider how to read Dickinson in relation to contemporary events or interdisciplinary approaches and discourses, or how reading Dickinson’s works might assist our understanding of restoration as a multifaceted concept in new ways.

Panel 2: Open Topic

We invite proposals for papers on any aspect of Dickinson studies. We particularly invite new directions in research or scholarship. We hope to pull together a panel that will provide insight into new dimensions in Dickinson studies.

Please submit a brief proposal (300 word abstract and 100 word bio) by January 30th, 2022 to Elizabeth A. Petrino (, Renée Bergland (renee.bergland@GMAIL.COM) and Li-hsin Hsu (

Call for Applications for the EDIS Graduate Fellowship

2022 Emily Dickinson International Society Graduate Student Fellowship

The EDIS announces a fellowship award of $2,000 in support of excellence in graduate student scholarship on Emily Dickinson. The project need not be devoted solely to Dickinson, but her work should be a substantial focus. The award may be used for any expense incurred to advance the project. Preference will be given to applicants in the dissertation stage or writing a work aimed at peer-reviewed digital or print publication. Graduate students from the United States as well as other countries are encouraged to apply; the application as well as the scholarly work must, however, be in English. To apply, please send a cv, a cover letter, a 600-800 word project description, a brief bibliography, and contact information for two references familiar with the work to Eliza Richards at Use the subject line “EDIS grad award.last name.” Please ensure that you receive confirmation of receipt. Applications are due by January 15, 2022. The Awards Committee will review the proposals; applicants will be notified of final decisions by February 15, 2022. The award recipient will be asked to submit a report about the work accomplished with the fellowship support within one year.


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