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.

2021 Symposium – June 17-19, 2021 – Union College, Schenectady, New York

Update: The 2020 CMSS Symposium has been postponed until Summer 2021. Please read more about the decision here, and watch for emails from the CMSS account for future updates.  If you do not currently receive emails from the CMSS News, please send a message to cmss.news (at) gmail.com with the subject line “Join CMSS Affiliates List”.


We are excited to announce our Ninth Sedgwick Society Symposium. We’ll gather next summer at Union College. You can view the call for papers here, and keep your eye on the website for location information, and other symposium details in the coming year.

ALA 2020

The Sedgwick society will host a roundtable and a panel at ALA 2020. Please view our CFP here.


Forthcoming — 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”.