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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 (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.



2020 Annual Meeting - Remote

EDIS Annual Meeting 2020: “Dickinson at a Distance”

Date: July 31-August 1, 2020


Please click HERE to register for the meeting. Registration is required.


Please click HERE for the “Dickinson at a Distance” Meeting Schedule.

Away from Home are some and I—
An Emigrant to be
In a Metropolis of Homes
Is easy, possibly—

The Habit of a Foreign Sky
We—difficult—acquire
As Children, who remain in Face
The more their Feet retire. (F 807)

How does Dickinson respond generatively and creatively to friends, relatives, and other writers even over distances of time and space? How does she engage with events that happen elsewhere or in other historical periods? What does she think about strangers, immigrants, people living in other places? In what ways did Dickinson and others in her era close geographic and emotional distance, and how might we learn to overcome or interrogate the same issues? At this time of global crisis, we will hold a virtual one-day Annual Meeting that explores how figurations of isolation, distance, and remoteness in Dickinson’s work can teach us ways to connect more deeply with each other on personal, emotional, and intellectual levels. As Marianne Moore, who admired Dickinson greatly, wrote, “the cure for loneliness is solitude.” We plan to explore these themes of seclusion, distance, privacy, and communication at a distance in her work, and we will consider how these themes might provide a new understanding of her poems and letters and allow us to celebrate her achievement together using interactive technology.

We plan a variety of synchronic and asynchronic scholarly panels, cultural events, and poetry sessions using Zoom and YouTube as platforms. Many of these activities, such as the Research Circle and Poetry Discussions, will be familiar to members from our Annual Meetings in years past. Major highlights include:

  • International Dickinson (a panel devoted to English translations of scholarship by critics outside of the United States)
  • Dickinson and Disaster (a panel formerly proposed at the ALA Conference)
  • #trendingDickinsonataDistance (a series of presentations on dissertations and recent publications)
  • A Keynote Address by Eliza Richards on “Remote Suffering,” based on her recent book, Battle Lines: Poetry and Mass Media in the U.S. Civil War (U of Pennsylvania P, 2019)
  • A Keynote Address by Cristanne Miller, “A New Dickinson's Letters and Prose: A Preview of Exciting Discoveries" (Cristanne Miller and Domhnall Mitchell are preparing a new edition of Dickinson's complete [extant] letters, drafts, and fragments, to be submitted to Harvard UP December 2021. This presentation will summarize some of the changes they will be making and their exciting finds, in relation to formatting, dating, state of manuscripts, and letters not included by Johnson.)
  • “Away from Home”: New Views on the Homestead and the Evergreens (video interpretations by the Museum docents of household objects, paintings, the gardens, and other features that were imported or represent a world outside Amherst)
  • Poetry Circle discussions with scholars and critics, based on suggestions made by members in advance of the conference
  • Research Circle
  • Live-stream video events, including a musical interlude inspired by Dickinson’s poetry
  • Virtual Social Hour and Celebration

Short papers on the theme of distance, isolation, privacy, retirement, seclusion and methods of connection, both emotionally or spatially, are invited. Participants will offer 5-minute presentations on the theme of the conference. Please send a 100-word abstract to Paraic Finnerty (paraic.finnerty@port.ac.uk) and Adeline Chevrier-Bosseau (achevrier.bosseau@gmail.com) by June 30.


EDIS Member-At-Large Election

2020 Member-At-Large Election

Instructions for Voting

  • If you want to vote electronically, please visit this page.
  • 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 (Cristanne Miller, Anne Ramirez, Baihua Wang) in the email.
  • If you want to vote by mail, please download this form and circle one name and return this ballot along with your contact details to:

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

VOTING CLOSES ON April 10, 2020.

To read candidate statements, please click here.


2020 ALA Sessions

A. Dickinson and Disaster

Organizer and Chair: Hsu, Li-hsin, National Chengchi University

  1. “Dickinson’s Accidental Falls”, Linda Freedman, University College London.
  2. “‘Nerve in Marble’: Eotion, Disaster and Geology in Dickinson”, Amanda Lowe, Columbia Univerisity
  3. “‘Dread, but the Whizzing’: Emily Dickinson’s Catastrophic Micro-Histories”, Jamie Fenton, University of Cambridge

B. Dickinson's Dimensions

Chair: TBA

  1. “Emily Dickinson and the Politics of Time”, Maria O’Malley, University of Nebraska, Kearney
  2. “Jian Feng's Translation of Emily Dickinson’s Poetry: A Conceptual Study of Creative Treason”, Muhammad Afzaal (and Liu Kanglong), Shanghai Jiao Tong University
  3. “‘As blind men learn the sun’: Emily Dickinson and the queer child”, Bradley Nelson, City University of New York
  4. “The Possibility of a Queer Lyric: Reading Difficulty in Dickinson’s Poetics”, Jan Leonard Maramot Rodil, University of California, Irvine

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