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.

2022 Undergraduate Prize

EDIS Undergraduate Scholarship Award

The Emily Dickinson International Society is pleased to sponsor a prize for undergraduate work on Emily Dickinson. Our goal is to encourage, recognize, and publicize outstanding scholarship among undergraduate students. Students whose work was created for any undergraduate course, and touches on any aspect of Dickinson, are eligible to submit. Since the last time we awarded this prize was 2018, this round we will accept papers written between 2019 and 2022. Papers and projects should be no longer than 15 pages or the equivalent and should include a heading with the student’s name, undergraduate institution, and email address; a title; and a work cited list. We are also happy to receive experiential and experimental work in different media. A panel of Dickinson scholars will review all submissions and provide feedback. The author of selected submissions will receive a small cash prize and can list this national award on their resumés. In addition, the selected work will be posted on the EDIS website in September and will be noted, either by an interview with the writer, or by publication, in the EDIS Bulletin.

Teachers: please encourage your students to submit their work.

Send it, with a cover page that contains the student's email and mailing addresses, and a short recommendation or contextualization from the instructor, to Ivy Schweitzer, Professor of English and Creative Writing, Dartmouth College ( The deadline for papers to be submitted is June 30, 2022.

2018 Prize Winner: Madeline Killen, Dartmouth College, “The Textual Landscape of ‘Bliss’ in Dickinson’s Fascicle 18”.

EDIS International Conference in Seville July 12 to July 14, 2022

The 2022 Emily Dickinson International Society Conference in Seville

Registration is open for
“Dickinson and Foreignhood”


For information about plenary panels, special events, hotels, and Seville, please go to here.

You can download a PDF version of the conference poster here.

Call for Papers

The Emily Dickinson International Society invites proposals for papers and panels at its international conference “Dickinson and Foreignhood,” scheduled at the College of Philology, University of Seville, Spain, from Tuesday, July 12, to Thursday, July 14, 2022.

In “A South Wind – has a pathos” (c.1864), the poet refers to “much not understood – / The fairer – for the farness – / And for the foreignhood.” These lines represent the unknown as more beautiful when distant and unfamiliar, or foreign. The conference seeks to develop knowledge of how Dickinson understood the foreign, how she has been understood as foreign, and how foreign peoples have understood her.

The Program Committee welcomes all work on configurations of the foreign, broadly understood, in Dickinson’s writing, including:

  • Conceptions of the foreign (or what we might call otherness) in Dickinson’s culture and historical moment, including e.g., race, ethnicity, class, disability, gender, sexuality
  • Dickinson, geography, navigation, and foreign travel
  • Parts of Dickinson’s environment, culture, or identity that seemed foreign to her
  • Immigration, emigration, and exile
  • Dickinson’s reception abroad
  • Dickinson, foreign languages, and translation
  • Lyric alienation and the poetics of estrangement
  • Invasion, contagion, and infection as encounters with the foreign

All proposals engaging serious scholarship on Dickinson’s work will also be welcome. Please send abstracts of no more than 300 words, along with a brief biography of 100 words maximum, to Jefferey Simons ( and to Cristanne Miller ( by November 20, 2021. Please specify if you plan to present virtually rather than in person. The conference Program Committee will respond to proposals by December 15, 2021.

For further information and to REGISTER, please see the conference Web site (

Call for Papers: 2022 Dickinson Critical Institute in Seville - DEADLINE EXTENDED!!!

Graduate students and early career scholars (who have received their degrees in the last eight years) are invited to apply to the Dickinson Critical Institute to take place from 2:30 to 6:00 pm July 11, 2022, as a part of the Emily Dickinson International Society (EDIS) Conference at the College of Philology, University of Seville, Spain. The Institute provides an opportunity for participants to workshop critical essays, chapters, or conference papers in small seminars with established Dickinson scholars. Following these seminars, participants will gather for a large-group discussion of grant and award opportunities, publishing, and other professional development topics. All sessions will be conducted in English.

For more information, please follow this link.


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