CFP for SSAWW 2018: Recovering Laura Curtis Bullard and Early Suffragist Literature (Panel Deadline: 1.31.2018)

deadline for submissions: 
January 31, 2018
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Individual Panel for SSAWW
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Deadline: January 31, 2018

Contact: Brooke A. Opel, Ph.D. Candidate, Indiana University—Bloomington



CFP: "Recovering Laura Curtis Bullard and Early Suffragist Literature"

Society for the Study of American Women Writers (SSAWW)


We invite paper proposals for a panel entitled “Recovering Laura Curtis Bullard and Early Suffragist Literature” at the SSAWW 2018 Triennial Conference in Denver, Colorado from November 7-11, 2018.


This proposed panel seeks to recover the work of Laura Curtis Bullard, a significantly overlooked American writer and women’s rights activist, as well as to explore the ways in which American women writers advanced their social and political reform agendas through early suffragist literature.


Although papers regarding Bullard are encouraged, Bullard need not be included in your abstract for your paper to be considered. Possible topics include, but are not limited to:


  • Bullard’s literary works, including Now-a-days! (1854) and Christine; Or Woman’s Trials and Triumphs (1856), both containing women’s rights themes
  • Bullard’s editorial work and involvement in the Women’s Rights Moment, including her participation in the National Woman Suffrage Association and The Revolution
  • Other women’s rights activists and writers, such as Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony, found within Bullard’s circle
  • Broader social and political trends found within early suffragist novels, of which Christine is an example


Please send a brief abstract (200-300 words)—including paper title, contact information, and any Audio/Video requirements—as well as a short bio (around 60 words) in a Word document to Brooke A. Opel at by January 31, 2018. Decisions will be made in enough time for scholars to submit individual paper proposals to the general CFP by the deadline of February 16th, if necessary.