EXTENDED DEADLINE: Collecting, Curating, Editing, Collaborating: How to Make an Author Today!

deadline for submissions: 
May 24, 2020
full name / name of organization: 
The Henry James Society

The Henry James Society

Midwest Modern Language Association

Annual Convention  Milwaukee, WI Nov 5-8


Collecting, Curating, Editing, Collaborating: How to Make an Author Today!

In line with the conference theme “Cultures of Collectivity,” the Henry James Society will sponsor a roundtable discussion that seeks to make visible our scholarly labor that sustains and disseminates literature. Although the focus of the participants may be on a particular author, the issues discussed apply more generally to the kinds of work that are rarely addressed in the curriculum and yet vital to the continued circulation and enjoyment of literature. This perspective would be of particular interest to early career professionals and graduate students who are looking both inside and outside the academy to work in the humanities. We invite proposals that include but are not limited to the following topics.

  • Allusion, citation, and the formation of communities through bibliography and scholarship
  • Professional / academic societies and the communities they foster
  •  The role of publishing in scholarly organizing: monographs, journals, edited collections, critical editions
  •  Professional or scholarly collaborations
  •  Varieties of digital humanities (see PMLA January 2020)
  •  Public facing scholarship in exhibitions online and in novel brick and mortar venues
  • Social media and scholarship
  • Adaptations in other media (film, opera, etc.) and ancillary works such as fictive “lives of the author”

 The format of the roundtable will be several brief (7-10 minute) presentations on some aspect of the various scholarly, editorial, and popular cultures of collectivity that promulgate the literary work of Henry James and others. Each presenter should include questions about the preservation of traditional forms of scholarship and the innovation of new methods of creating reading communities and public humanities. The majority of the time for this session will be devoted to discussion.

 Please submit 250 word abstracts and a brief biography to Beverly_Haviland@brown.edu and Sarah.Wadworth@marquette.edu by MAY 31, 2020.