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Emily Dickinson International Society

The Emily Dickinson International Society seeks submissions to two panels at the annual American Literature Association Conference (ALA), which will be held at the Westin Copley Place, Boston on July 7-11, 2021.

Panel 1: Greenness and Dickinson

How does Emily Dickinson’s work conceptualize or address the notion of greenness? Does reading Dickinson’s poems help us reimagine greenness? The panel seeks papers that explore Dickinson’s writing about greenness, or theorize Dickinson’s approach towards the idea of greenness, natural or artificial, emotional or physical, scientifically, economically or environmentally, materialistically or metaphysically, or otherwise. Presentations might consider how recent theories of technologies, sociologies or ecologies might renew our ways of reading Dickinson and greenness in her time. Papers might also consider how to read Dickinson in relation to 21st-century events or interdisciplinary approaches and discourses, or how reading Dickinson’s works might assist our understanding of greenness as a multifaceted concept in refreshing ways.

Panel 2: Open Topic
We invite proposals for papers on any aspect of Dickinson studies. We particularly invite new directions in research or scholarship. We hope to pull together a panel that will provide insight into new dimensions in Dickinson studies.

Please submit a brief proposal (300 word abstract and 100 word bio) by March 24th, 2021 to Elizabeth A. Petrino (, Renée Bergland (renee.bergland@GMAIL.COM) and Li-hsin Hsu (

Please use EDIS 2021 ALA Proposal as subject line.