EDIS Member-At-Large Election

2020 Member-At-Large Election

At the 2019 EDIS International Conference, the Board of Directors of the Emily Dickinson International Society (EDIS) agreed to run an election to fill two vacant Member-at-Large seats on the Board. The position of Member-at-Large is for a three-year term, which would begin at the EDIS Annual Meeting in Amherst in 31 July – 1 August 2020 and conclude in 2023. The Board normally meets once a year, usually in the summer, in conjunction with the Society's annual meeting or international conference. The Member-at-Large is expected to attend these meetings and to fund his or her own attendance.

Members-at-Large have the same responsibilities and opportunities for service to the organization that all EDIS Board members have, which include the following: becoming familiar with the Society’s bylaws; conducting Society business by serving on committees; reading the EDIS Bulletin and the Emily Dickinson Journal; following Board discussions on e-mail; attending Annual Meetings; checking the Society’s website for information and updates; staying current with Emily Dickinson Museum activities; writing for the Bulletin when needed; and, depending on location, sponsoring or participating in local activities focused on Emily Dickinson, and perhaps even starting a local chapter (if one does not already exist). An ongoing issue for EDIS is increasing membership, and Members-at-Large are asked to contribute to this goal by having their ears tuned to members’ preferences, interests, and concerns.

If you are interested in providing leadership for the Emily Dickinson International Society (EDIS) and supporting its mission of promoting interest in Dickinson and her poetry, you are invited to submit your name for consideration for the position of Member-at-Large. Members are also invited to submit names of those they think will serve well in this important capacity on the EDIS Board. Please send nominations or self-nominations and a short statement about how you or the person you are nominating would contribute to the Society to Páraic Finnerty (paraic.finnerty@port.ac.uk) by 15 January 2020. Páraic is Chair of the Nominations Committee, which will compile a list of candidates to present to the general membership for election to the Member-at-Large position. The election will take place in March 2020, with the two winners announced in April 2020. Candidates for the position will be asked to prepare a statement (500 words) describing their qualifications and interests to be distributed to all members of EDIS for consideration.

2020 Annual Meeting – Call For Papers

“‘Stratford on Avon’ - accept us all!”— Dickinson and Shakespeare: 2020 Annual Meeting

William Shakespeare was Emily Dickinson’s favorite writer and her letters abound with references to him and his works. Dickinson’s allusions to Shakespeare’s writings evidence his pervasive presence in her life but also signal his ubiquitous place in her culture.

In collaboration with the Emily Dickinson Museum, the 2020 EDIS Annual Meeting will be held July 31 to August 1 in Amherst. This year’s focus is Dickinson’s great love of Shakespeare and this theme will shape the usual features of our Annual Meetings such as reading groups, tours of the Dickinson Museum, performances, readings, seminar-style discussions, and talks.

We welcome papers that discuss any aspects of Dickinson’s reading of or response to Shakespeare, or that compare Dickinson’s and Shakespeare’s writings. We are also interested in papers that consider Shakespeare’s place in Dickinson’s society and literary culture, and especially his place in 19th century popular culture, theater, education and print culture. We also welcome papers that examine how Dickinson’s contemporaries engaged with Shakespeare.

We hope that the topic of Shakespeare provides a generative way of approaching Dickinson and offers many opportunities for participants, especially postgraduate students and early career academics, to consider this topic across disciplines.

Please send abstracts (300 words), with a short bio (100 words), to Adeline Chevrier-Bosseau (achevrier.bosseau@gmail.com) and Páraic Finnerty (paraic.finnerty@port.ac.uk) by 31 January, 2020.

2020 EDJ Special Issue: Scholarship in English Translation

Call For Submissions to a 2020 Special Issue of The Emily Dickinson Journal

International Dickinson: Scholarship in English Translation

Because English is the dominant language in Dickinson studies, scholarship published in other languages is often overlooked. With the goal of promoting scholarly dialogue across languages and cultures, we invite submissions for a special issue of The Emily Dickinson Journal devoted to translations into English of recent critical work on the poet published in other languages. As Domhnall Mitchell and others have noted, interest in Dickinson’s writing continues to grow in Europe, Asia, Latin America, and other parts of the world: currently there are major translation projects underway in places like Japan, Taiwan, China, and Brazil. Global interest in Dickinson’s work, however, has surpassed global scholarly communication networks, which tend to be restricted by national and linguistic boundaries.

Seeking to represent a nationally diverse range of critical perspectives on Dickinson’s work, the editors invite scholars to submit abstracts in English of no more than 500 words proposing the translation of a peer-reviewed essay or book chapter published in a language other than English in the last five years. This may be work you published or work familiar to you; if the work is not your own, please secure the permission of the author to translate it into English as part of your proposal. We will review the abstracts and extend invitations to scholars to translate the proposed work into English in full or in part for publication in the fall 2020 issue of The Emily Dickinson Journal.

To maximize the diversity of the scholarly work presented in the issue, a second section will feature abstract-length presentations of books, chapters, and peer-reviewed, published articles. We therefore also invite scholars to send 500-word summaries of recently published or forthcoming work, to be published in abstract form. For a third section, we seek abstracts (250-300 words) of PhD dissertations on Dickinson defended in the last five years, or still in progress. It is our hope that this issue will bring new perspectives to an international readership. The issue offers a unique opportunity for international scholars to make their work more widely available, and for English-speaking scholars to enrich their critical perspectives on Dickinson.

Please submit abstracts for all three sections to all 3 editors of this issue, Adeline Chevrier-Bosseau (achevrier.bosseau@gmail.com), Li-hsin Hsu (hsulihsin@yahoo.com) and Eliza Richards (ecr@email.unc.edu). Provide any necessary permissions, the bibliographical information for the original publication or dissertation, and a short cv.

Deadline for submission: January 15, 2020.

CFPs for ALA

EDIS 2020 ALA Proposal

The Emily Dickinson International Society seeks submissions to two panels at the annual American Literature Association Conference (ALA), which will be held at the Manchester Grand Hyatt, San Diego on May 21-24, 2020 (Thursday through Sunday of Memorial Day weekend).

Panel 1: Dickinson and Disaster

How does Emily Dickinson’s work conceptualize or address disaster? Does reading Dickinson’s poems help us cope with disaster? The first panel seeks papers that explore Dickinson’s writing about disaster, or theorize Dickinson’s approach towards disaster, natural or man-made, hypothetical or real, economically or environmentally, metaphorically or metaphysically, individually or collectively, or otherwise. Essays might consider how recent theories of sociologies, philosophies or ecologies might renew our ways of reading Dickinson and crisis in her time. Essays might also consider how to read Dickinson in relation to 21st-century events or other discourses, or how reading Dickinson’s poems might assist our understanding of destruction and diseases in unexpected ways.

Panel 2: Open Topic
We invite proposals for papers on any topic. We hope to pull together a panel that will provide insight into new directions in Dickinson studies.

Please submit a brief proposal (300 word abstract and 100 word bio) by January 10, 2020 to Renée Bergland (renee.bergland@GMAIL.COM) and Li-hsin Hsu (johsu@mail2.nccu.tw).

2019 International Conference - Asilomar, California

“To another Sea”: Dickinson, Environment, and the West

EMILY DICKINSON INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY International Conference 2019

August 8-11, 2019
Asilomar, California


To view the conference program summary overview, click here.

The detailed conference program is available here.


The very exciting 2019 International Conference on the work of Emily Dickinson and the sea will take place on August 8-11, 2019, in Asilomar, California. Known as Monterey Peninsula's “Refuge by the Sea,” Asilomar State Park is located on 107 acres of state beach and conference grounds, within the quaint and scenic town of Pacific Grove. Asilomar is celebrated for its restored dune ecosystem and architectural significance, with cozy, historic structures designed by renowned Arts & Crafts architect Julia Morgan between 1913 and 1928. Dickinson writes she “never saw a moor” or “the sea,” yet she knows “how the heather looks” and “what a billow be,” and also the sea's swells, tides, mysterious and familiar creatures. Indeed, Dickinson explored the landscape of the inner wild. Her poetic and epistolary writings investigate the end of consciousness and the West, as a figure for the unknown and a way to transcend physical and mental boundaries. Her writings investigate this unknown place by transforming her daily experience as she dwells in poetry. As her readers are more than aware, Dickinson welcomes us to take this profound imaginative voyage with her.

The conference features panels by international scholars on a variety of topics, including critical interpretations of Dickinson’s poetry and letters in light of water, environmental criticism, non-human studies, plant studies, creativity and imagination, ecology, geography, landscape, and the like. Topics on unrelated areas of current interest in Dickinson studies are also part of the program. A variety of formats, including traditional panels and roundtables, as well as flash presentations, will fill our days and nights by the sea, facing West.

To register for the EDIS 2019 conference, click here.


Housing information available here!



To access the original CFP, click here.

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