The Catharine Maria Sedgwick Society promotes the study and awareness of Sedgwick’s life and works. We aim to increase availability and access to her writings and offer a forum for established and emerging scholars, as well as others interested in Sedgwick, to exchange ideas, research, and pedagogical strategies.

Catharine Maria Sedgwick Symposium:

Two Centuries of Sedgwick

The Red Lion Inn, Stockbridge, Massachusetts

June 8-11, 2022 (Wednesday to Saturday)


View Symposium Updates  – Final  Program 6.2.22

CFP: The Catharine Maria Sedgwick Society invites submissions for its ninth symposium, Two Centuries of Sedgwick, celebrating the bicentennial anniversary of the beginning of Sedgwick’s professional writing career in 1822.

The symposium will be held June 8-11, 2022, at the Red Lion Inn in Sedgwick’s picturesque hometown of Stockbridge, Massachusetts—just down the street from the Sedgwick family’s historic home. The town and the surrounding Berkshire Mountains region of western Massachusetts and northeastern New York supplied settings for Sedgwick’s first two novels and many of her shorter works. Her immediate family and their descendants were prominent citizens of the region who have made important contributions in the fields of law, politics, education, and the arts from the revolutionary era to the present day.

Gretchen Murphy, Professor of English at the University of Texas-Austin, will serve as the keynote speaker for the symposium. Murphy is the author most recently of New England Women Writers, Secularity, and the Federalist Politics of Church and State (Oxford, 2021). Her other works include Shadowing the White Man’s Burden: U.S. Imperialism and the Problem of the Color Line (NYU Press, 2010) and Hemispheric Imaginings: The Monroe Doctrine and Narratives of U.S. Empire (Duke UP, 2005).

The organizers invite proposals for papers that address any aspect of Sedgwick’s life and works, the works of Sedgwick’s contemporaries, or the Sedgwick family’s ties to the Berkshire region. They particularly encourage papers on the following topics:

  • the reception, interpretation and appreciation of Sedgwick’s works over time
  • Sedgwick’s first novel, A New-England Tale (1822)
  • Sedgwick’s second novel, Redwood (1824)
  • Strategies for teaching the works of Sedgwick and her contemporaries
  • Nineteenth-century U.S. women’s literature in the digital age

Proposals of no more than 250 words should be sent to Jenifer Elmore at Jenifer_Elmore@pba.edu by January 15, 2022 (Extended Deadline).

NOTE:  All proposals that were originally accepted for presentation at the 2020 Sedgwick Symposium in Schenectady, New York (which was postponed and eventually cancelled because of the pandemic) will be accepted for the 2022 symposium.

PDF: CFP_Sedgwick_Symposium_2022


AVAILABLE — a new scholarly edition of Redwood, A Tale ed. by Jenifer B. Elmore visit our News and Notes page for more details.

Congratulations to CMSS members Patricia Kalayjian, Deborah Gussman, and Lucinda Damon-Bach, who have received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to pursue the Catharine Maria Sedgwick Online Letters Project! Read more on our News and Notes page.

Sedgwick in Print” a new space on the site for information on all the current editions of Sedgwick’s major novels

Secondary Bibliography — we’re looking to update our scholarly bibliography on Sedgwick and her writings, if you’ve authored a recent article, chapter, book, etc. that includes Sedgwick, please let us know.

Ongoing initiatives

See our News and Notes for CFPs and the “Just Read One – Sedgwick Story Challenge”.