CFPs: Conferences

CFP: Katherine Mansfield: New Directions

28-29 June 2018, Birkbeck, University of London

An international conference organised by the Katherine Mansfield Society

Hosted by Birkbeck, University of London. Supported by the New Zealand High Commission and the University of Northampton

Keynotes: Ali Smith & Elleke Boehmer

This international conference celebrates 10 years since the formation of the Katherine Mansfield Society. Since that time there has been a significant resurgence of scholarly interest in Mansfield, driven by the Society’s journal Katherine Mansfield Studies, now published annually as a yearbook by Edinburgh University Press.

The time has now come to reassess Mansfield’s life and reputation ten years on, in the light of so much new research, and to consider new directions for future Mansfield studies.

Suggested topics for papers might include (but are not limited to):

  • KM and world literature
  • KM, music and art
  • KM as an avant-garde writer
  • KM and modernist magazines
  • KM and material publication contexts
  • KM and cultural material studies
  • KM and medical humanities.
  • KM and queer studies
  • KM and her biographers
  • KM and her contemporaries
  • KM and New Zealand
  • KM and World War 1
  • KM and cosmopolitanism
  • KM and travel writing
  • KM and the literary marketplace
  • KM and modernity/the modern
  • KM and pedagogy
  • KM and the colonial world
  • KM and critical heritage
  • KM and her legacy

Abstracts of 200 words, together with a bio-sketch, should be sent to the conference organisers: Dr Aimee Gasston, Birkbeck, University of London, UK, Dr Gerri Kimber, University of Northampton, UK, and Professor Janet Wilson, University of Northampton, UK at by 1 February 2018.


CFP: Virginia Woolf, Europe and Peace

28th Annual International Conference on Virginia Woolf

21-24 June 2018, Woolf College, University of Kent, Canterbury

Marking 100 years since the end of the First World War and 80 years since the publication of Three Guineas, the 28th Annual International Conference on Virginia Woolf invites papers addressing the dual theme of Europe and Peace. From the ‘prying’, ‘insidious’ ‘fingers of the European War’ that Septimus Warren Smith would never be free of in Mrs Dalloway to Woolf’s call to ‘think peace into existence’ during the Blitz in ‘Thoughts on Peace in an Air Raid’, questions of war and peace pervade her writings. They are also central to Woolf’s Bloomsbury circle, exemplified in John Maynard Keynes’ The Economic Consequences of the Peace, Clive Bell’s Peace at Once and Leonard Woolf’s Quack, Quack! While seeking proposals that address the European contexts and cultures of modernism between wars, we also encourage exploration of how these writings can help us think through what it might mean to create peace in Europe today amid various political, humanitarian, economic and environmental crises.

Topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Bloomsbury and pacifism
  • Literature of the First and Second World Wars
  • The Spanish Civil War
  • The Armistice and Paris Peace Conference
  • Three Guineas and its legacies
  • International/transnational/cosmopolitan Woolf
  • Bloomsbury and the European avant-garde
  • Feminism, queer studies and LGBT+ politics
  • Empire, race and ethnicity
  • Woolf and continental philosophy/theory
  • European translations of Woolf and Bloomsbury
  • Ecological/environmental/economic crises
  • Violence, trauma and fascism
  • Bloomsbury and classical antiquity
  • Woolf across visual art, film, dance and music
  • Travel writing and European journeys

Abstracts of max. 200 words for single papers and 500 words for panels should be sent to by 1 February 2018.


CFP: “Intersections of Resistance in the Space Between, 1914-1945”

7-9 June 2018

University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, CO

The 20th annual meeting of the Space Between Society is partnering with the recently formed Feminist inter/Modernist Association (FiMA) to provide a unique opportunity to forge deeper connections within our research and pedagogy. By combining the mission of each society, we unite in the hopes of rethinking and producing new intersections in scholarship of the WWI, interwar, and WWII periods, especially as they uncover the rich vein of feminist practices across the space between. Central to our conversations at the conference will be this question:

What becomes possible for our understanding of the cultural productions of the space between and of feminist intermodernisms when we begin to look at how various forms of resistance intersect?

Shifts in the world’s political climate have energized humans to re-imagine structures of power that oppress, silence, and immobilize. Those who cultivate communities where diversity, inclusivity, and civil discourse thrive, unite under the term “resistance” to rally against forces that seek to neutralize differences and impose restrictions on civil liberties. Yet, as a term, an idea, and a practice, “resistance” requires critical inquiry. Resistance does not always suggest overhaul or revolution, but rather, invites ways in which existing structures might be reconfigured to make space for multiple voices. Culture makers of the interwar period critiqued the values of both antagonists that led to the ambiguous causes, goals, and unnecessary human losses of WWI. By contrast, writers of WWII called for the activation of humanistic values to defeat the Axis powers’ unambiguous goal of global conquest. Resistance is now back in significant ways, and carries cultural capital that is rich for analysis in our scholarship, our teaching, and our everyday actions.

We seek paper proposals that engage possible intersections and modes of resistance rooted in the World War I, interwar, and World War II periods across disciplines and media. Potential topics include but are not limited to:

  • Engaging with Terms: Intersection/Intersectionality, Resistance, Refusal, Persistence
  • Feminist Work (suffrage, economics, the home, the front, etc…)
  • Activism of Resistance (militant, pacifist, union organizing, etc…)
  • Social and Political Networks/Community Groups and Initiatives
  • Class Privilege and Limitations
  • Feminist Interventions into Genre and Canonicity
  • Intermodernist Reconfigurations
  • Embodiment and Identity
  • Feminist Spaces (urban, suburban, rural, natural, mechanized, hybrid etc…)
  • Religion and Spirituality
  • Commemoration and Monuments
  • Resistance by Design (fashion, architecture, art, music, dance, etc…)
  • Media and New Technologies (film, radio, print, etc . . .)
  • Rhetoric of Slogan and Image: propaganda and advertising
  • Archives, Self-Fashioning, Narrative Preservation, Recovery, Recuperation
  • Lines of Least Resistance: Complicity, Collaboration, Treason/Betrayal

New feature:

In addition to traditional thematic panels, we will be organizing roundtables on the conference theme, both on research and on pedagogy. You are invited to submit a roundtable presentation proposal, which should consider these two questions in light of either your research or your teaching:

 What can “resistance” mean for feminism, modernism, intermodernism, and today?

How does thinking about “intersection” open up new ways of understanding resistance?

You may submit both an abstract for a traditional paper and a roundtable proposal.

Please send abstracts and roundtable proposals of no more than 300 words to by 1 December 2017. Submissions should include the author’s name, affiliation, and contact information.


CFP: Women in Print: production, distribution and consumption

Organised by the Centre for Printing History and Culture, a joint initiative between Birmingham City University and the University of Birmingham, in conjunction with Winterbourne House and Garden

A two-day international conference, which aims to review and reassess the contribution made by women to printing and print culture from its origins to the present day.

Women have always played a pivotal role in the production, distribution and consumption of print. In 1998 Leslie Howsam observed: ‘… women can be identified at every node of the [book production] cycle and at all periods in history, from the printers’ widows operating independently in the craft guilds of early modern Europe to the avid readership of romance novels, not to mention a strong tradition of women’s writing.’  Women worked in printing houses, in the book trades, and they designed and consumed print in a male-dominated world.

However, the social and economic conditions under which their activity took place requires further investigation. Women have used print to question their role and status, challenge male privilege and subvert representations of women that were used to justify the political, social and economic status quo.

This conference coincides with the centenary of the passing of the Representation of the People Act, which granted the right to vote to British women over the age of 30. Central to the campaign for female suffrage was printed material: pamphlets, posters, plays, fiction, poetry, flyers, banners and newspapers were all utilised in support of the suffragettes’ cause.  This use of printing technology is indicative of the wider engagement of women with print culture throughout world history.

This interdisciplinary conference seeks to recover the lives, work and impact of women who have been active in all aspects of printing and print culture, and to assess those contributions that may have been neglected or undervalued. We welcome proposals from academics, students, independent researchers and practitioners who are engaged in any research or practice in this area.

Possible themes include, but are not limited to:

  • Women in the printing and book trades
  • Women as printers and publishers
  • Printing and education
  • Printing applications and innovations
  • The printing industry and processes
  • Print and politics
  • Print and feminism
  • Type and typographic design
  • Book and jobbing design

Please send 200 word abstracts for 20-minute papers and brief biographical details (200 words) to by 12-noon GMT, 15 November 2017.

All papers are considered for publication in Printing History and Culture a new CPHC book series published by Peter Lang Ltd.

CFP: “Women and Life Writing in the Era of Modernism”

Seminar at the 46th annual Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture Since 1900

22-24 February 2018, University of Louisville USA

We are welcoming seminar paper proposals for the first Feminist inter/Modernist Association (FiMA) seminar at The Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture Since 1900:

Diaries, letters, autobiographies, biographies, memoirs: this seminar invites papers examining all forms of life writing created, edited, reviewed, recovered, or interpreted by women in the modernist era. What was the relative status of these different genres of life writing, and in what ways did women leverage them? How did women define and assert the value of such forms? How did they understand the relationship of life writing to literature on one hand, and to history on the other? To what extent did they seek to maintain or to elide such categorizations? This seminar aims to develop recent work that begins remapping modernism through its complex relations with life writing. Max Saunders’ Self-Impression, Maria Battista and Emily O. Wittman’s Modernism and Autobiography, and John Paul Riquelme’s special issue of Modern Fiction Studies have begun to demonstrate how rich an array of modernist texts may be read anew in connection with life writing, and how productive life writing can be as an angle of inquiry into central issues in modernist aesthetics, psychology, and cultural politics. This seminar will explore further how the various forms of life writing were specifically inflected by gender, and how engagements with life writing entailed distinct stakes, liabilities, and possibilities for women writers.

Completed papers should be no more than 4 to 5 double-spaced pages, and must be submitted to the seminar organizers by 20 January 2018 for circulation to the group. Please note that accepted participants will need to secure their place in the seminar via conference registration in early November. Specific queries about the conference itself should be directed to Alan Golding:

Please send a brief proposal (100-150 words) to Ella Ophir ( and Laurel Harris (, along with the following information: name (as it will appear in the program); home or institutional address; institutional affiliation (if applicable); and a brief biographical note. Proposals due by 2 October 2017.