Emily Dickinson 2014 Birthday Celebrations

Happy Birthday to Emily Dickinson from Chapters from Coast to Coast

Although the official date of Emily Dickinson’s 184th birthday is December 10, 2014, chapters on both coasts are celebrating on various dates. Members and their friends are invited to attend one of these celebrations – or make their own and let us know about it. Eleanor Heginbotham, Chair, Chapters Committee.

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The Society for the Study of Women Writers, with whom EDIS has long been aligned, will hold its Triennial Conference November 4-8, 2015 in Philadelphia. EDIS members are invited to participate in one of two EDIS-sponsored programs relating to the conference theme, “Liminal Spaces, Hybrid Lives.” Papers might address such topics as Dickinson’s circumferential poetics, dramatic voices, biography, gender/ sexuality, or connections with another woman writer.

EDIS Member-At-Large Nominations

2015 Member-At-Large Election

At the 2014 meeting of the Emily Dickinson International Society, the Board of Directors decided to run an election to fill a vacant Member-at-Large seat on the Board. The position of Member-at-Large is for a three-year term which would begin at the Annual Meeting in Amherst in 2015 and conclude in 2018. 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 their own attendance.

Members-at-Large have the same responsibilities and opportunities for service to the organization that all EDIS Board members have. These include the following: becoming familiar with the Society’s bylaws; conducting Society business by serving on committees; reading the EDIS Bulletin and the Journal; following discussions on e-mail; attending annual meetings; checking the Society’s website for information and updates; staying current with activities at the Emily Dickinson Museum; writing for the Bulletin; and, depending on location, sponsoring or participating in activities with a local chapter or your community generally. 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 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. Please send nominations or self-nominations to Páraic Finnerty (paraic.finnerty@port.ac.uk) by 31 January 2015. 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 or April 2015, with the winner announced in May 2015. Candidates for the position will be asked to prepare a statement (500 words) of their qualifications and interests to be distributed to all members of EDIS for consideration.

2015: Dickinson Institute CFP

On Friday, August 7, 2015, the Emily Dickinson International Society will sponsor a critical institute in conjunction with its Annual Meeting. The Institute provides an opportunity for participants to workshop critical essays and conference papers with established Dickinson scholars. The topic for this year’s meeting is “Dickinson in her Elements." Applicants working on Dickinson’s writings in relation to the physical sciences (botany, geology, astronomy, etc.), agriculture, natural and built environments, etc. are encouraged to apply, but all submissions will be considered. We welcome applications from graduate students, adjunct faculty, independent scholars, and tenure-track professors. Please submit an abstract (300-350 words) describing your paper topic along with a CV to Eliza Richards (ecr@email.unc.edu) and Alexandra Socarides (socaridesa@missouri.edu) by January 15, 2015. Applicants will be notified by email in February; selected participants will be asked to circulate conference-length (8-10 page) papers to their workshop group by June 15th.

2014 Annual Meeting - Amherst, Massachusetts

Join EDIS in Amherst for the 2014 Annual Meeting and Institute, “Emily Dickinson and New England Writers.”

August 8 to 10, 2014

The Emily Dickinson International Society will hold its 2014 annual meeting program in Amherst, Massachusetts, from August 8 to August 10. This year’s theme is “Emily Dickinson and New England Writers.” The program, cosponsored by the Emily Dickinson Museum, will include presentations and activities related to the topic for all participants as well as an institute format for participants who have submitted papers on the theme for discussion in critical workshops. A preliminary schedule follows, and members are advised to check the EDIS website for the most up-to-date information as the weekend approaches. We hope to see many of you there!

To register for the Meeting, click here. Those who prefer may download and mail the registration form.

Click here to see schedule details.


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