Women’s Narratives of Frontier/Early New Mexico: 2022 Western Literature Association Conference Panel

deadline for submissions: 
May 15, 2022
full name / name of organization: 
Western Literature Association
contact email: 

Call for Papers: Women’s Narratives of Frontier/Early New Mexico: 2022 Western Literature Association Conference Panel

 

Deadline for submissions: 

December May 15, 2022

 

Full name / name of organization: 

Western Literature Association Conference 2022

 

Contact email: 

jmayo@jscc.edu

 

Conference Theme: Palimpsests and Western Literatures: The Layered Spaces of History, Imagination, and the Future

Papers (not to exceed fifteen minutes reading time) are invited on diaries and memoirs written by women authors in which frontier/early New Mexico is prominently featured. Papers should match the theme of the conference and may, for example, explore the metaphor of the palimpsest by examining how female narratives are “painted over” the landscape and/or those of male writers. Potential authors include but are not limited to Agnes Morley Cleaveland, Susan Shelby Magoffin, Lydia Spencer, Fabiola Cabeza de Baca Gilbert, Louise Abeita, Sui Sin Far (Edith Maude Eaton), Ruth Muskrat Bronson, and Mabel Dodge. Abstracts should be sent via email to jmayo@jscc.edu by May 15, 2022. The conference will be held at the Santa Fe Convention Center, October 19–22, 2022. 

From the WLA Conference website: “A palimpsest is a material, be it birchbark, slate, or parchment, upon which something is written, and then expunged or blotted out, only to be written upon again. It is a thing made of layers of inscription, a thing made of strata of expression, a thing made of traces that may not be visible but can never be fully erased or repressed.”

Please submit a 250-word abstract or send queries to James Mayo at jmayo@jscc.edu. Approved proposals must also be sent through the WLA portal by June 15, 2022.

Conference information, including deadlines and submission guidelines, can be found here:

http://www.westernlit.org/wla-conference-2022/