2020 EDJ Special Issue: Scholarship in English Translation

Call For Submissions to a 2020 Special Issue of The Emily Dickinson Journal

International Dickinson: Scholarship in English Translation

Because English is the dominant language in Dickinson studies, the flow of ideas tends to move in one direction, even while excellent scholarship is published in other languages. With the goal of promoting scholarly dialogue across languages and cultures, we invite submissions for a special issue of The Emily Dickinson Journal devoted to translations into English of recent critical work on the poet published in other languages. As Domhnall Mitchell and others have noted, interest in Dickinson’s writing continues to grow in Europe, Asia, Latin America, and other parts of the world: currently there are major translation projects underway in places like Japan, Taiwan, China, and Brazil. Global interest in Dickinson’s work, however, has surpassed global scholarly communication networks, which tend to be restricted by national and linguistic boundaries.

Seeking to represent a nationally diverse range of critical perspectives on Dickinson’s work, the editors invite scholars to submit abstracts in English of no more than 500 words of published, peer-reviewed essays and book chapters published in other languages in the last five years. We will then review the abstracts and extend invitations to scholars to translate their work into English in full or in part for publication in the fall 2020 issue of The Emily Dickinson Journal. To maximize the diversity of the scholarly work presented in the issue, a second section will feature abstract-length presentations of books, chapters and articles. We therefore also invite scholars interested in this section to send 500-word summaries of recent publications or work in progress in the last five years, to be published in abstract form. For a third section, we seek abstracts (250-300 words) of PhD dissertations on Dickinson defended in the last five years or still in progress. It is our hope that this issue will bring new perspectives to an international readership. The issue offers a unique opportunity for international scholars to make their work more widely available, and for English-speaking scholars to enrich their critical perspectives on Dickinson. Please submit abstracts to all 3 editors of this issue, Adeline Chevrier-Bosseau (achevrier.bosseau@gmail.com), Li-hsin Hsu (hsulihsin@yahoo.com) and Eliza Richards (ecr@email.unc.edu). Provide the bibliographical information for the original publication or contextual information for the work in progress, along with a short cv.

Deadline for submission: January 15, 2020.

CFPs for ALA

EDIS 2020 ALA Proposal

The Emily Dickinson International Society seeks submissions to two panels at the annual American Literature Association Conference (ALA), which will be held at the Manchester Grand Hyatt, San Diego on May 21-24, 2020 (Thursday through Sunday of Memorial Day weekend).

Panel 1: Dickinson and Disaster

How does Emily Dickinson’s work conceptualize or address disaster? Does reading Dickinson’s poems help us cope with disaster? The first panel seeks papers that explore Dickinson’s writing about disaster, or theorize Dickinson’s approach towards disaster, natural or man-made, hypothetical or real, economically or environmentally, metaphorically or metaphysically, individually or collectively, or otherwise. Essays might consider how recent theories of sociologies, philosophies or ecologies might renew our ways of reading Dickinson and crisis in her time. Essays might also consider how to read Dickinson in relation to 21st-century events or other discourses, or how reading Dickinson’s poems might assist our understanding of destruction and diseases in unexpected ways.

Panel 2: Open Topic
We invite proposals for papers on any topic. We hope to pull together a panel that will provide insight into new directions in Dickinson studies.

Please submit a brief proposal (300 word abstract and 100 word bio) by January 10, 2020 to Renée Bergland (renee.bergland@GMAIL.COM) and Li-hsin Hsu (johsu@mail2.nccu.tw).

2019 International Conference - Asilomar, California

“To another Sea”: Dickinson, Environment, and the West

EMILY DICKINSON INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY International Conference 2019

August 8-11, 2019
Asilomar, California


To view the conference program summary overview, click here.

The detailed conference program is available here.


The very exciting 2019 International Conference on the work of Emily Dickinson and the sea will take place on August 8-11, 2019, in Asilomar, California. Known as Monterey Peninsula's “Refuge by the Sea,” Asilomar State Park is located on 107 acres of state beach and conference grounds, within the quaint and scenic town of Pacific Grove. Asilomar is celebrated for its restored dune ecosystem and architectural significance, with cozy, historic structures designed by renowned Arts & Crafts architect Julia Morgan between 1913 and 1928. Dickinson writes she “never saw a moor” or “the sea,” yet she knows “how the heather looks” and “what a billow be,” and also the sea's swells, tides, mysterious and familiar creatures. Indeed, Dickinson explored the landscape of the inner wild. Her poetic and epistolary writings investigate the end of consciousness and the West, as a figure for the unknown and a way to transcend physical and mental boundaries. Her writings investigate this unknown place by transforming her daily experience as she dwells in poetry. As her readers are more than aware, Dickinson welcomes us to take this profound imaginative voyage with her.

The conference features panels by international scholars on a variety of topics, including critical interpretations of Dickinson’s poetry and letters in light of water, environmental criticism, non-human studies, plant studies, creativity and imagination, ecology, geography, landscape, and the like. Topics on unrelated areas of current interest in Dickinson studies are also part of the program. A variety of formats, including traditional panels and roundtables, as well as flash presentations, will fill our days and nights by the sea, facing West.

To register for the EDIS 2019 conference, click here.


Housing information available here!



To access the original CFP, click here.

2019: Is Translation a Loaded Gun?

Is Translation a Loaded Gun? This EDIS-sponsored roundtable invites proposals reflecting on that specific Dickinson poem in translation: Why translate this work now? What is carried over, what's left standing in corners, in transit?

Deadline for submissions: Sunday, March 15, 2019

Antoine Cazé, Université Paris Diderot Paris 7: antcaze@wanadoo.fr

2018 Annual Meeting – Amherst, Massachusetts

Emily Dickinson: In the Company of Others (Otherness as Company)


Online registration is available here!


To download and mail in your registration form, please click here.

Online registration is preferred.

In collaboration with the Emily Dickinson Museum, The Emily Dickinson International Society 2018 Annual Meeting will be held Aug. 3-4 in Amherst. “Emily Dickinson: In the Company of Others (Otherness as Company)” will feature a keynote address by Vivian Pollak, Professor of English at the University of Washington, St. Louis and one of the original founders of the Society; a lecture by the celebrated composer, conductor and teacher, Alice Parker; panels on Dickinson and pedagogy; reading seminars on Dickinson, race and gender; and poetry groups on Dickinson’s reading cultures and her notions of solitude and community. The meeting will also host the prestigious EDIS Critical Institute as well as an open Research Circle, both opportunities for meeting participants to search together for new knowledge from their different perspectives. Special events at this year’s meeting include original performances about Dickinson’s life and work; literary walks and tours of Dickinson and Todd sites in Amherst; a presentation in the Amherst College Archives; and a picnic on the grounds of the Dickinson Homestead with a view of the Pelham Hills. This is a splendid opportunity for meeting new and reuniting with old friends, all fellow travelers in reading Dickinson’s writings, learning about her cultural, natural, and familial surroundings.

The Lord Jeffrey Inn has set aside a block of rooms with special EDIS rates that are offered from August 2-4. To obtain special rates, please say that you are attending the EDIS 2018 Annual Meeting when you call 413.256.8200 to book your reservation.
A list of other accommodations within one and two miles of the Emily Dickinson Museum can be accessed here.

To see the full program, click here.

See Reading Lists for Critical Reading Groups and Poetry Reading Groups here.

Readings for Alice Parker's lecture, "The Music in the Words: Rhythm, Pitch and Phrasing in Two Worlds" are available here.

We’re very pleased to share this link to the Ko Festival website (https://kofest.com/), where you may purchase discounted tickets to Laurie McCants’s 4 August 8:00 PM performance of Industrious Angels. To purchase your discounted tickets, simply type the code word “FEATHERS” into the coupon box when you check out.



Mary Hitchcock, drawing, Amherst College
Edward and Orra White Hitchcock Papers
Amherst College Archives & Special Collections




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