Constance Fenimore Woolson Society 25th Anniversary Conference

deadline for submissions: 
October 28, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
Constance Fenimore Woolson Society
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Thirteenth Biennial Conference of the

Constance Fenimore Woolson Society


Constance Fenimore Woolson: Making Her Presence Felt in the World


Rollins College

Winter Park, Florida

April 4-7, 2019


We welcome papers on any topic related to Woolson’s life and work, as well as the life and work of her contemporaries.  Feel free to extend consideration to the reception of her writings or the writings of contemporary authors, to the business of being Woolson, or to the pleasure of being a Woolson scholar.

This call is capacious because we will be celebrating a momentous 25th anniversary.  The Society began during a meeting of Woolson scholars at Rollins College, a series of sessions that were held in January 1995.  Organized by Kate Reich, longtime director of the Woolson Archives, that first conference was convened to mark the centenary of Woolson’s death in Venice during 1894.

Once again in 2019, sessions will be held in the Woolson Room at Rollins College.  To commemorate those first papers and to honor the Society’s longevity, five new biennial awards will be made in the name of founding scholars: Kate Reich, Victoria Brehm, Sharon L. Dean, Cheryl Torsney, and Anne Boyd Rioux.  Those who have published a book, an essay, or a creative work on Constance Fenimore Woolson in a peer-reviewed venue since March 2016, when the Society last met, are invited to apply for well-deserved recognition.

Woolson Society conferences are open to all.  Membership in the society is not a requirement.  Graduate student proposals are encouraged.

Please send all queries and informal proposals (up to 250 words, plus a brief bio) to Dr. Carolyn Van Bergen-Rylander at  Thanks for placing “Woolson Conference 2019” in the subject line. 


Deadline: October 28, 2018.