The PSA sponsors panels at the yearly conferences of both the Modern Language Association (MLA) and the American Literature Association (ALA). CFPs for these panels are posted on this page, the conference websites, and the PSA listserv. Abstracts of upcoming and recent papers are also posted on this page. In addition to our participation in the MLA and ALA, the PSA sponsors international Poe conferences and co-sponsors conferences abroad. The former are located in the United States in cities associated with Poe and are international in the sense that they are attended by Poe scholars from around the world. The latter are co-sponsored with other author societies and located abroad.
CALL FOR PAPERS: International Poe & Hawthorne Conference
Kyoto Garden Palace Hotel—Kyoto, Japan—June 21–24, 2018
The Poe Studies Association, The Poe Society of Japan, The Nathaniel Hawthorne Society, and The Nathaniel Hawthorne Society of Japan invite paper and session proposals for a joint conference to be held in Kyoto, Japan on June 21-24, 2018. The 2018 Kyoto conference is the successor to the 2006 Oxford conference and the 2012 Florence conference of the Poe, Hawthorne, and Emerson societies. All topics related to these two authors, together or separately, are welcome. Please send 250-word paper proposals to Philip Edward Phillips, Program Committee Chair, at Philip.Phillips@mtsu.edu by August 1, 2017. Session proposals, which may be 1,000 words, should include organizer and speaker names and affiliations, as well as paper titles and abstracts. They are also due by August 1, 2017.
Download the conference flyer.
Information about Tane Travel Grants for PSA Members Traveling to the Kyoto Conference.
Possible topics include:
Poe and/or Hawthorne and Asia
Poe and/or Hawthorne and Japan
The (Mutual) Influence of Poe and Hawthorne
Poe and/or Hawthorne, reception and reputation
Teaching Poe and/or Hawthorne
Interpreting Poe and/or Hawthorne
Poe, Hawthorne, and the visual or performing arts
Poe and/or Hawthorne and science (or pseudo-science)
The Gothic in Poe and/or Hawthorne
Allegory in Poe and/or Hawthorne
Poe and/or Hawthorne at home and/or abroad
Biographies of Poe and/or Hawthorne
Poe and/or Hawthorne and the Digital Humanities
Literary, philosophical, scientific, or cultural influences on Poe or Hawthorne
Literary influence of Poe and/or Hawthorne
Poe, Hawthorne, and literary theory
Poe, Hawthorne, and the supernatural
Poe and/or Hawthorne and race, class, gender, or sexuality
Poe and/or Hawthorne and politics
Poe and/or Hawthorne and transatlantic, transpacific, or global studies
Poe and/or Hawthorne, aesthetics and genre
Poe and/or Hawthorne in cinema or other popular media (graphic novels, television, video games, etc.)
Poe and/or Hawthorne in translation
Poe and/or Hawthorne and language
All those whose proposals are accepted for the conference must be members of one of the four sponsoring organizations to present papers or to chair sessions.
CALL FOR PAPERS: The Modern Language Association
New York, New York, January 4–7, 2018
The PSA will host two sessions at MLA 2018, one in conjunction with the Nathaniel Hawthorne Society.
1. Poe's Philadelphia Stories
Seeking essays on "The Black Cat," "The Murders in the Rue Morgue," "The Gold-Bug," and "The Masque of the Red Death." 250-word abstracts by 3 March 2017; Amy Branam Armiento (email@example.com).
2. Bodies in Poe and Hawthorne
We will consider discussions of the human body in Poe or Hawthorne; includes gendered or racialized treatments, transformations (including aging and illness), (dis)ability, physical labor. 250-word abstracts by 3 March 2017; Amy Branam Armiento (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The American Literature Association
Boston MA May 25–28, 2017
Innovative Approaches to Teaching Poe
Chair: Cristina Pérez, Universidad Complutense de Madrid / Harvard University
1. “‘We are a wonderful people, and live in a wonderful age’: Teaching ‘The Man That Was Used Up’ in China,” Manuel Herrero-Puertas, New York Institute of Technology-Nanjing.
2. “Teaching Poe and Periodical Culture to Different Student Populations,” Timothy W. Helwig, Western Illinois University and Carl Ostrowski, Middle Tennessee State University.
3. “Teaching Poe in the Context of the ACRL’s Framework for Information Literacy,” John Edward Martin, University of North Texas Libraries.
4. “What Poe’s ‘Balloon Hoax’ Can Teach Us About Fake News,” Emily Gowen, Boston University.
Poe and Anthologies
Chair: Emron Esplin, Brigham Young University
1. “(Dis)unity of Affect: Poe Collecting People in The Literati of New York City,” Jana L. Argersinger, Washington State University
2. “Editing Poe in the Twentieth Century: The Contributions of Mabbott, Pollin, Quinn, and Thompson,” Travis Montgomery, Oklahoma Christian University
3. “Edgar Allan Poe and the Classification, Collection, and Anthologizing of Detective Fiction,” John Gruesser, Kean University
4. “Anthologies: A Study of the First Spanish Illustrated Poe Anthology,”
Margarita Rigal-Aragón and Fernando González-Moreno, Universidad Castilla-La Mancha
Poe Studies Association Panel at MLA 2017
Philadelphia PA January 5-8, 2017
Poe and Antebellum Writers
Chair: Amy Branam Armiento, Frostburg State University
Respondent: Barbara Cantalupo, Penn State, Lehigh Valley
Sarah Schuetze, St. Norbert College, "Dancing with Cholera: Poe and Nathaniel Parker Willis"
Edward Whitley, Lehigh University, "'Poor Poe, you know, was a Bohemian': Whitman, Poe, and the Bohemians of Antebellum New York"
Emron Esplin, Brigham Young University, "Poe, Hawthorne, and Detective Fiction as Mediated through Borges"
Poe Studies Association Conferences
International Poe Conferences
1st International Edgar Allan Poe Conference,
Richmond, VA, 1999
2nd International Edgar Allan Poe Conference,
Towson, MD, 2002
3rd (Bicentennial) International Edgar Allan Poe Conference,
Philadelphia, PA, 2009
4th International Edgar Allan Poe Conference,
New York, NY, 2015
5th International Edgar Allan Poe Conference,
Boston, MA, 2021.
—Transatlanticism in American Literature, Oxford, England, 2006, co-sponsored by the PSA, Nathaniel Hawthorne Society, and Ralph Waldo Emerson Society.
—Conversazioni in Italia, Florence, Italy, 2012, co-sponsored by the PSA, Nathaniel Hawthorne Society, and Ralph Waldo Emerson Society.
—International Poe & Hawthorne Conference, co-sponsored with the Nathaniel Hawthorne Society, Kyoto, Japan,
June 21-24, 2018