2019 International Conference - Asilomar, California

Call for Papers


Meeting August 8-11, 2019
Asilomar, California
“To another Sea”: Dickinson, Environment, and the West

We invite papers for the 2019 International Conference on the work of Emily Dickinson and the sea. The conference 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 recognizes the landscape intuitively and knows “how the heather looks” and “what a billow be.” Emily Dickinson may have said she never saw the sea, but she also maintains that she knows it. Through her creative imagination, Dickinson explored the landscape of the inner wild. Her poetry and letters investigate the end of consciousness and the West, as a figure for the unknown and a way to transcend physical and mental boundaries. Her writing investigates this unknown place by transforming her daily experience in poetry and allowing her readers to take a voyage with her through imagination.

The conference will feature 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 welcome. A variety of formats, including traditional panels and roundtables, as well as flash presentations, will be encouraged. Please submit 250-word abstracts or panel proposals and a two-page CV for each presenter by January 14 to Elizabeth Petrino (epetrino@fairfield.edu).

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

EDIS Undergraduate Award

Emily Dickinson Undergraduate Essay Prize

The Emily Dickinson International Society sponsors a prize for undergraduate research on Emily Dickinson. The objective is to recognize and encourage outstanding scholarship among undergraduate students. Students whose papers were written for an undergraduate course are eligible to submit their work. Papers are required to be 15 pages maximum along with Works Cited. All contestants will have a panel of experts judge and give comments on their work. The winning student will receive a check for $100 and be entitled to list this national award on their resumés. In addition, the winning essay will be posted on the EDIS website in September.

Please send your papers with a cover page that contains email and mailing address to Dr. Elizabeth Petrino (epetrino@fairfield.edu). The deadline for papers to be submitted is June 30, 2018.

EDIS Member-At-Large Election

2018 Member-At-Large Election

Instructions for Voting

If you want to vote by email, please write to paraic.finnerty@port.ac.uk, subject line “Member-at-Large,” and put your name and the name of your candidate of choice (Julie Dobrow Li-hsin Hsu) in the email.

If you want to vote online, please click here.

If you want to vote by mail, please download the ballot here, circle one name and return the ballot along with your contact details to:

Páraic Finnerty, Milldam, Burnaby Rd, University of Portsmouth, Portsmouth, PO13AS, UK

To view the candidate's statements, please click here.

VOTING CLOSES ON April 1, 2018.

2018: Dickinson Critical Institute in Amherst

2018 Dickinson Critical Institute in Amherst

Graduate students and early career scholars are invited to apply to the Dickinson Critical Institute at the Emily Dickinson International Society (EDIS) Annual Meeting in Amherst, MA on Friday, August 3, 2018. The Institute provides an opportunity for participants to workshop critical essays and conference papers with established Dickinson scholars in small seminars. Participants are encouraged to stay for the entire annual meeting, on August 3-4, which provides the opportunity to meet and talk with other participants who share common interests, to hear invited speakers, to conduct research at area libraries with strong holdings related to Dickinson, to visit the Dickinson Museum, and perhaps to enjoy the Emily Dickinson Trail and/or many of the delightful hikes in the area.

If you are interested in applying to the Institute, please submit a short cv and a 500-800 word description of your project to Eliza Richards (ecr@email.unc.edu) and Faith Barrett (barrettf@duq.edu) by February 1, 2018. Please make the subject heading “Dickinson Institute Application,” and attach your application materials as Word or pdf documents. Applicants will be notified by email by March 1; selected participants will be asked to circulate 8-10 page papers to their workshop group by June 15th.

The EDIS will be offering travel funds to a limited number of participants. If you would like to apply for travel funds, please include a document with your application that provides the following information:

- name, email, institution and position (if applicable)
- itemized approximate budget for travel to the meeting
- other sources of travel funding you will apply for


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