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.

CMSS at the 2021 Triennial Conference for the
Society for the Study of American Women Writers

The Sedgwick Society will host TWO panels at the 2021 SSAWW Triennial Conference in Baltimore, MD (November 4-7, 2021).  One panel will focus on “Gender and Genre in the Long Nineteenth Century” and the other on “Illness, Disability, Death, and Survival” in the work of Sedgwick and her contemporaries. You can view our CFPs HERE and find out more information about the SSAWW conference HEREEXTENDED Deadline: 2.15.2021.

Spring/Summer 2020

In light of the current situation, the Sedgwick Society’s planned participation in ALA 2020 and our own symposium have been postponed.  Participants in our ALA panel and roundtable and those who submitted paper proposals for the symposium have been notified. We will be in touch with all of our presenters and society members as we have more information about when these events will take place in the future.

ALA 2020 – postponed – The organizers for ALA 2020 have canceled the 2020 conference.

June 2020 CMSS Symposium – postponedThe 2020 CMSS Symposium has been postponed. 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”.


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”.