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CFP: Elizabeth von Arnim and Katherine Mansfield – Literary Connections, Friendships and Influence

19–20 July 2017, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California
The first joint venture of the Katherine Mansfield Society and the International Elizabeth von Arnim Society

Keynote Speakers:
Professor Emerita Bonnie Kime Scott (San Diego State University)
Professor Christine Froula (Northwestern University)

This conference seeks to explore the literary connections, friendships and influences that shaped Mansfield and von Arnim’s work. Building on recent scholarship, we are seeking papers that situate Mansfield and von Arnim within the literary field, their friendship networks and within their own extensive family.

Please send abstracts of 200 words, together with a 50 word biosketch to: Dr Juliane Römhild ( AND Dr Gerri Kimber ( by
28 February 2017.

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CFP: Virginia Woolf and the World of Books: 27th annual international Virginia Woolf conference

University of Reading, 29 June–2 July 2017 (to coincide with the centenary of the Hogarth Press)

‘Virginia Woolf and the World of Books’ invites you to consider the past, present and future of Virginia Woolf’s works. Attendees are invited to submit papers relating to all aspects of the Woolfs, the world of books, and print cultures, including topics related to Leonard and Virginia Woolf and the Hogarth Press; the production, reception and distribution of Woolf’s works; editing, revision and translation; periodicals and book publishing; Woolf and her readers; global and planetary modernisms; Bloomsbury and its networks; Hogarth Press authors and illustrators; modernist publishing houses and publishers; Woolf and the Digital Humanities.

Abstracts due 1 February 2017. Further details can be found at Please direct any enquiries to



CFP: Modernist Studies Association’s Annual Conference: “Modernism Today”

Amsterdam, 10–13 August 2017

MSA 19 will not only take place on the centenary of one of Modernism’s many anni mirabiles, it will also be located in the city renowned for Rembrandt and Spinoza as well as De Stijl and the Amsterdamse School, a city well-known for its daring and usually successful blending of the historical and the modern. We will use this occasion to tackle head-on Modernism’s relation to our present. What does Modernism mean to us today – to us as cultural consumers, as scholarly observers, and as active participants in its projects? Modernism’s own explicit self-identification with the ever-shifting present – “il faut être absolument moderne”, “make it new”, etc. – has always tugged at its historical moorings and resisted standard attempts at periodization. It has challenged us repeatedly to redefine and reconsider the meaning of the term “modernism,” as well as to engage in endless debates about its scope, its internal coherence, and its purview.

The setting of Amsterdam will provide us with an opportunity to exercise our Eliotic “historical sense,” “a perception, not only of the pastness of the past, but of its presence,” and to think about the responsibilities and demands the modernist past – and our own present – place upon us. As consumers of Modernist culture, as scholars pressured to “always historicize” and yet make history useful for life, as Modernism-inspired producers of culture, we must ask ourselves: How does Modernism interact, blend in, or jar with our – and its – present-day environment?

Depending on the emphasis and tone with which ‘Modernism Today’ is given voice, it can be understood as descriptive or imperative in a variety of ways. Accordingly, topics for papers on our theme may range widely and include, for example, the following:

  • Modernist chronologies
  • conceptions of the present in Modernism
  • Modernism and new media
  • canonization processes
  • Modernism and recent developments in critical theory
  • the historiography of Modernism
  • Modernism and globalization
  • current trends in Modernism research
  • Modernism in the light of eco-criticism
  • the persistence of Modernism
  • Modernism in contemporary literature and art
  • periodical research and Modernism
  • Modernism in the light of geo-criticism
  • interdisciplinary Modernism

Seminar and Workshop Proposals: 16 December 2016.
Panel, Roundtable, and Digital Exhibition Proposals: 13 January 2017

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