2021 Annual Meeting - Remote

**Postponed until 2021, New Dates: 6-7 August 2021**

“‘Stratford on Avon’ - accept us all!”— Dickinson and Shakespeare: 2021 Annual Meeting



Victoria Dickson, “The Poppy in the Cloud” Copyright 2016


In collaboration with the Emily Dickinson Museum, the 2021 EDIS Annual Meeting will be held 6-7 August 2021 remotely. This year’s focus is Dickinson’s great love of Shakespeare and this theme will shape a variety of synchronic and asynchronic scholarly panels, lectures, and workshops using Zoom and YouTube as platforms.


We will discuss aspects of Dickinson’s reading of or response to Shakespeare, and compare Dickinson’s and Shakespeare’s writings. We will consider Shakespeare’s place in Dickinson’s society and literary culture and how Dickinson’s contemporaries engaged with Shakespeare.


Highlights include a keynote lecture by Adeline Chevrier-Bosseau, seminar-discussions led by Páraic Finnerty and Martha Nell Smith, Shakespeare readings, special Shakespeare-related tours of the Dickinson Museum and an exhibit of watercolors by Victoria Dickson. Other entertainments will include folk music and a theatrical performance of Shakespearean scenes. More details will be forthcoming in the next few weeks. Join us for an opportunity to discuss the connections between these two extraordinary writers in Amherst this summer!

EDIS International Conference - Call for Papers

The 2022 Emily Dickinson International Society Conference in Seville

“Dickinson and Foreignhood”

Call for Papers





The Emily Dickinson International Society invites proposals for papers and panels at its international conference “Dickinson and Foreignhood,” scheduled at the College of Philology, University of Seville, Spain, from Tuesday, July 12, to Thursday, July 14, 2022. Because the academic calendar for 2021-2022 at the University of Seville is pending, conference dates will be confirmed in July 2021.

In “A South Wind – has a pathos” (c.1864), the poet refers to “much not understood – / The fairer – for the farness – / And for the foreignhood.” These lines represent the unknown as more beautiful when distant and unfamiliar, or foreign. The conference seeks to develop knowledge of how Dickinson understood the foreign, how she has been understood as foreign, and how foreign peoples have understood her.

The Program Committee welcomes all work on configurations of the foreign, broadly understood, in Dickinson’s writing, including:

  • Conceptions of the foreign (or what we might call otherness) in Dickinson’s culture and historical moment, including e.g., race, ethnicity, class, disability, gender, sexuality
  • Dickinson, geography, navigation, and foreign travel
  • Parts of Dickinson’s environment, culture, or identity that seemed foreign to her
  • Immigration, emigration, and exile
  • Dickinson’s reception abroad
  • Dickinson, foreign languages, and translation
  • Lyric alienation and the poetics of estrangement
  • Invasion, contagion, and infection as encounters with the foreign

All proposals engaging serious scholarship on Dickinson’s work will also be welcome. Please send abstracts of no more than 300 words, along with a brief biography of 100 words maximum, to Jefferey Simons (dickinsoninseville@dfing.uhu.es) and to Cristanne Miller (ccmiller@buffalo.edu) before November 1, 2021. The conference Program Committee will respond to proposals by December 15, 2021.

For further information, please see the Web site of The Emily Dickinson International Society (EDIS): http://www.emilydickinsoninternationalsociety.org/.

Member-at-Large election 2021

Member-at-Large election 2021:

The EDIS Board of Directors has agreed to run an election to fill one vacant Member-at-Large seat on the Board. The position of Member-at-Large is for a three-year term, which would begin in August 2021 and conclude in 2024. The Board usually meets once or twice a year and the Member-at-Large is expected to attend these meetings, either in person or remotely via Zoom.

Members-at-Large have the same responsibilities and opportunities for service to the organization that all EDIS Board members have, which include the following: becoming familiar with the Society’s bylaws; conducting Society business by serving on committees; reading the EDIS Bulletin and the Emily Dickinson Journal; following Board discussions on e-mail; attending Annual Meetings; checking the Society’s website for information and updates; staying current with Emily Dickinson Museum activities; writing for the Bulletin when needed; and, depending on location, sponsoring or participating in local activities focused on Emily Dickinson, and perhaps even starting a local chapter (if one does not already exist). An ongoing issue for EDIS is increasing membership, and Members-at-Large are asked to contribute to this goal by having their ears tuned to members’ preferences, interests, and concerns.

If you are interested in providing leadership for the Emily Dickinson International Society (EDIS) and supporting its mission of promoting interest in Dickinson and her poetry, you are invited to submit your name for consideration for the position of Member-at-Large. Members are also invited to submit the names of those they think will serve well in this important capacity on the EDIS Board. Please send nominations or self-nominations and a short statement about how you or the person you are nominating would contribute to the Society to Páraic Finnerty (paraic.finnerty@port.ac.uk) by 20 February 2021. Páraic is Chair of the Nominations Committee, which will compile a list of candidates to present to the general membership for election to the Member-at-Large position. The election will take place in spring 2021, with the winner announced in summer 2021.

CFPs for ALA


Calls for Papers
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 (EPetrino@fairfield.edu), Renée Bergland (renee.bergland@GMAIL.COM) and Li-hsin Hsu (johsu@mail2.nccu.tw).


Please use EDIS 2021 ALA Proposal as subject line.

2020 Tell It Slant Poetry Festival Marathon

The Tell It Slant Poetry Festival (formerly the Amherst Poetry Festival) is a free event that celebrates the poetic legacy of Emily Dickinson and the contemporary creativity of the Pioneer Valley and beyond.

For more information and the festival schedule, please click here.



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