15/08/2020 – call for papers “William Gilmore Simms Society”

cfp simms society 2020

What, when & where

call for papers for the “2020 William Gilmore Simms Society Conference“, to be held in Sept ’20 on the campus of the University of South Carolina. The Simms Society is actively engaged in attempts at bringing new awareness to this important 19th-century author and encouraging new lines of critical inquiry into Simms, his work, and his world, including those perspectives that honestly wrestle with the many troubling aspects of his thought.

The conference also includes a student contest at both the graduate and undergraduate levels, should you have students interested in 19th century literature or the literature, culture, society, and/or politics of the Antebellum South.

Simms’s complete published works, his scrapbooks, some secondary resources, and other items related to Simms, are freely available at the Simms Initiatives:
http://simms.library.sc.edu/

While we are accepting papers on any Simms-related topic, possible paper topics for this conference may include Simms, Simms’s work, and Simms’s life-and-times in terms of:

  • Tragedy
  • Civilizational/Municipal Destruction
  • Race, Ethnicity, and Slavery
  • Science and Culture
  • The ‘Great Man’ Theory of History
  • Republicanism
  • Victorianism and Victorian Thinkers
  • German Romanticism and Romantic Thinkers
  • Post-Napoleonic European Civilization
  • Revolution(s)
  • History and Myth
  • Colonialism and Empire
  • Migration
  • The Caribbean
  • The Frontier
  • Copyright and Intellectual Property
  • And any number of others

Deadline & how to apply

Academics, independent scholars, and students not wishing to enter the contest should submit abstracts (100-200 words) by July 15, 2020. Conference information, including registration fees and information about accommodations, will be posted on the Society’s website, www.simmssociety.org. Scholars are encouraged to use the resources listed at www.simmssociety.org/resources, especially the Simms Initiatives.

All questions and submissions should be directed to Dr. W. Matthew J. Simmons, Society President, at simmonwm@mailbox.sc.edu

Other info, Links & conditions

Detailed information about the conference can be found on the society website:
http://simmssociety.org/conference-information/

Simms’s complete published works, his scrapbooks, some secondary resources, and other items related to Simms, are freely available at the Simms Initiatives:
http://simms.library.sc.edu/

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