2015 Annual Meeting - Amherst, Massachusetts

  • Online registration form (recommended) now available here.
  • PDF Registration form available here.
  • Online schedule available here
  • For more full descriptions of the Program for "Emily Dickinson in her Elements” please download a PDF schedule here.
  • Lodging possibilities available here.


    In collaboration with the Emily Dickinson Museum, The Emily Dickinson International Society 2015 Annual Meeting will be held in Amherst Aug. 7-9. "Dickinson in Her Elements" offers a variety of programs inspired by the poet's engagements with air, earth, fire, and water. A Critical Institute in which participants are sharing essays in progress is already under way, and during the meeting we're offering workshops on some poems in which Dickinson turns her acute attentions to worldly elements. Besides some wonderfully informative and engaging talks by exciting scholars, Friday evening we'll be treated by The Red Skies Music Ensemble and Saturday afternoon by jazz pianist Tomoko Ozawa playing Martha Dickinson Bianchi's Steinway in the Evergreens. Also featured are hikes on the Emily Dickinson trail, visits to the Amherst College Wilder Observatory, a program on Dickinson's gardens, thinking about the weather in Dickinson, and more. Be prepared for a delightful variety of elemental matters--bird-watching, star-gazing, cloud musing, ruminating botanically, thinking about insects, earthquakes, and congregating with other Dickinson and poetry enthusiasts from all over the world (Japan, France, Qatar, England, just to name a few).


2015 EDIS Undergraduate Research Award

Emily Dickinson Undergraduate Essay Prize

In 2015, the Emily Dickinson International Society is launching a prize for undergraduate research on Emily Dickinson. We seek critical essays by undergraduates from institutions of all kinds, focusing on Dickinson’s poems or letters. Students at all levels are eligible to submit. Papers should be 15 pages maximum. The winning essay will be published on the EDIS website and the author will receive an award of $250.
To submit an essay for the prize, send copies of articles as anonymous word attachments, plus a cover letter with contact information to the following address by May 25, 2015: epetrino@fairfield.edu. The essays will be distributed electronically to a panel of nationally recognized scholars for judging. All submissions will be acknowledged and receive a response within a month.

2015 EDIS Member-At-Large Election

An election ballot, statements from the three candidates, and instructions on how to vote for our EDIS Member-At-Large Election are now available to download here.

2015 MLA Sessions

Click here to view Dickinson panels at MLA.

2015: Dickinson Critical Institute CFP

On Friday, August 7, 2015, the Emily Dickinson International Society will sponsor a critical institute in conjunction with its Annual Meeting. The Institute provides an opportunity for participants to workshop critical essays and conference papers with established Dickinson scholars. The topic for this year¹s meeting is “Dickinson in her Elements." Applicants working on Dickinson¹s writings in relation to the physical sciences (botany, geology, astronomy, etc.), agriculture, natural and built environments, etc. are encouraged to apply, but we welcome submissions on all topics. Scholars at all stages--graduate students, adjunct faculty, independent scholars, and tenure-track/tenured professors--are encouraged to apply. Please submit a short cv and an abstract (300-350 words) to Eliza Richards (ecr@email.unc.edu) and Alexandra Socarides (socaridesa@missouri.edu) by January 31, 2015. Applicants will be notified by email in February; selected participants will be asked to circulate conference-length (8-10 page) papers to their workshop group by June 15th.


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