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Whitman Conference

Sixth Annual Walt Whitman International Seminar & Symposium

The Transatlantic Walt Whitman Association is pleased to announce


Northwestern University
Evanston, Illinois, U.S.A.
June 24-June 29, 2013 (pdf)

Walt WhitmanFounded in Paris in 2007, The Transatlantic Walt Whitman Association (TWWA) invites students, researchers, and Whitman enthusiasts to participate in its sixth annual Whitman Week, consisting of a Seminar for advanced students interested in Whitman and Whitman’s poetry, and a Symposium bringing together international scholars and graduate students.

Previous annual Seminars have been held in Dortmund, Germany (2008), Tours, France (2009), Macerata, Italy (2010), Araraquara, Sao Paulo, Brazil (2011), and Pobierowo, Poland. The 2013 events will be held at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, on the shores of Lake Michigan, and just north of Chicago, one of the most vibrant, architecturally-compelling, and artistically-alive cities in the world.

Whitman Week Seminar

Invitation for Applications deadline: February 20, 2013

Applications for the Seminar should include a curriculum vitae, a one-page statement of interest, and a short letter of support from an instructor who knows the applicant well. All of these materials, including the letter of recommendation, should be submitted electronically to the Northwestern University Co-Chairs of the Seminar, Professor Betsy Erkkilä and Professor Jay Grossman, at by February 20, 2013.

Whitman Week Symposium: Whitman North and South June 28-29, 2013

Open Call for Papers

In 2013, the 150th anniversary of Lincoln's Gettysburg Address and the Emancipation Proclamation, TWWA welcomes papers discussing Walt Whitman's writings in relation to any aspect of the U.S. Civil War in national or international memory.

In addition to papers that interpret Whitman's work in terms of the War between the Northern and Southern States, we also welcome papers that approach Whitman either hemispherically or globally, focusing on the legacies, significance, and lasting consequences of Whitman's writings as they have circulated, been translated, revised, and reworked by different language constituencies, nationalities, and literary schools in Central and South America and in the Northern and Southern hemispheres of the globe more generally.

One-page abstracts should be sent electronically, no later than April 1, 2013, to all four Symposium Organizers:

Professor Ed Folsom:
Professor Ken Price:
Professor Jay Grossman:
Professor Vanessa Steinroetter: