CFP: [American] Emerson Society Panels and Travel Award (11/15/08, 12/20/08; 05/09; 07/09)

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Todd H. Richardson
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American Literature Association, Boston, Massachusetts, May 21-24, 2009

Panel I: Emerson after Cavell

Stanley Cavell is one of Emerson’s most provocative, influential, and
dedicated readers. The Ralph Waldo Emerson Society invites papers on all
aspects of Cavell’s work on Emerson including Emerson’s nonconformity,
politics, epistemology, ethics, and his craft as a writer. Email 300-word
abstracts to Todd H. Richardson ( by December 20.

Panel II: Teaching Emerson: A Roundtable Discussion

The teaching of Emerson, a central author in many American literature
courses, remains wonderfully exhilarating yet deeply challenging. The
Ralph Waldo Emerson Society invites short papers on any aspect of the
teaching of Emerson’s works in a variety of contextsâ€"from the undergraduate
survey to a specialized graduate course. Innovative approaches to both
well-known and typically overlooked texts are encouraged. Email 250-word
abstracts to Todd H. Richardson ( by December 20.

Thoreau Society Gathering, Concord, Massachusetts, July 9-12, 2009

Emerson and the Political Function of the Intellectual

Historically understood, Emerson was loath to engage directly with pressing
political problems on the American scene. Such an understanding in large
measure was brought about by Emerson himself. In the opening of his
address “The Fugitive Slave Law,” he wrote, “I do not often speak to public
questions. They are odious and hurtful and it seems like meddling or
leaving your work.” Even so, recent years have witnessed a great
outpouring of interest in Emerson’s political thought. In concert with the
Thoreau Gathering's 2009 theme “Social Awareness: Thoreau and the Reform
Movement,” The Ralph Waldo Emerson Society invites paper proposals which
will illuminate and contribute to the current conversation. Email 300-word
abstracts to Todd H. Richardson ( by November 15.

Emerson Society Graduate Student Travel Award

Provides up to $750 of travel support to one of the panels described above.
 Submit your abstract by the date given above to Todd H. Richardson at and indicate your desire for consideration.

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