Cather at ALA 2024: Open Call for Papers

deadline for submissions: 
January 12, 2024
full name / name of organization: 
The Willa Cather Foundation
contact email: 

The Willa Cather Foundation will sponsor 1-2 panels at the American Literature Association’s 35th Annual Conference, to be held at the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago, May 23-26, 2024. Proposals on any topic related to Cather’s life and writing will be considered, including but not limited to:

- New approaches to Cather studies 

- Cather and her contemporaries

- Cather and authorship, circulation, reception, and/or publishing

- Teaching Cather 

- Environmental and ecocritical themes 

- Material culture

- Digital/computational approaches to Cather studies

- Cather's correspondence

Please send 300 word proposals for individual papers and a brief CV to Matthew Lavin (lavinm [at] by Friday, January 12, 2022. Please include the title of your submission and list of any required AV equipment (projector, sound, video, etc.). 

NOTE: The Willa Cather Foundation provides funding (up to $400) to support graduate student scholars presenting a paper related to Willa Cather at a major conference. All scholarly and critical approaches are welcome, as long as Cather’s work is the central focus. Recipients must have travel and registration expenses not already covered by other external sources. See for more information.