News and Notices
2016 Simms Society
Biennial Conference Information
DATE: September 22-24, 2016
LOCATION: Clayton State University, Morrow,
THEME: SIMMS AND THE CITY
CALL FOR PAPERS AND INVITATION TO ATTEND
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF ABSTRACTS: April 15, 2016
Send abstracts, via e-mail, along with brief (50-100 words)
biographies, to Dr. Jeffery Rogers at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please imbed the biographical information in the e-mail, not
in an attachment. Questions about the conference and paper
submissions can be directed to Dr. Rogers at the same
Graduate and Undergraduate Submissions: We invite
paper submssions from graduate and undergraduate students.
Cash prizes for the best undergraduate and graduate student
papers will be awarded, which include refunds of registration
fees. To be considered for awards, complete student papers,
not abstracts, must be submitted by April 15, 2016, and
students must read papers at the conference to be eligible for
prizes or publication.
Conference registration is $125 for academic presenters and
others attending the conference, and $50 for students who
are presenting. Registration includes an opening
reception, a banquet, a program, a one-year membership in the
Simms Society, and a copy of The Simms Review.
The William Gilmore Simms Society invites all
interested scholars to a conference exploring the future of
Simms studies and the literature and intellectual history of
the Old South. William Gilmore Simms (1806-1870) was the
antebellum South's most prolific writer and one of its
best-known public intellectuals as a novelist, poet, critic,
and historian. The Simms Society welcomes academics, graduate
students, and undergraduates from all disciplines-especially
history, literature, philosophy, and political science-to
contribute papers on Simms's life and work for this major
national conference. While the conference will address Simms
and his writing from all perspectives, its special theme is
the question of "The City" - its nature, its influence, its
place in the culture. Simms is well known as a "pastoral" and
"frontier" writer but in so being he cannot but also be
speaking to the phenomenon of urban life and what "The City"
means socially, politically and humanly speaking. Thus, this
conference will be especially interested in any papers that
touch upon the phenomenon of "The City" as it is addressed
Revised papers may be considered for inclusion in The Simms
Review, a refereed journal published by the Simms Society. .
Please join us for this outstanding biennial event,
September 22-24, 2016, at Clayton State University, which is
conveniently located near metropolitan Atlanta.
are also invited to explore the free resources available,
including Simms primary sources, through the Simms Initiatives
website at http://simms.library.sc.edu/ or the website of the
William Gilmore Simms Society at http://www.westga.edu/~simms/.
The Simms Digital Initiatives at
With the Simms Initiatives, generously
funded by the Watson-Brown Foundation and the University of
South Carolina Libraries, scholars now have growing access to
Simms's writings through both digital and Print on Demand
editions. The Initiatives also are compiling as complete a
bibliography of Simms's writings as possible. For more on the
Simms Digital Initiatives, visit the USC website HERE.
Shared History, an
award-winning documentary on the history of black and white
families who trace their heritage through Woodlands, has a
companion website that provides useful information about Simms
and his family. You can find it at sharedhistory.org
WGSS Constitution and
An updated edition of the society's
constitution and bylaws can be found HERE.