CFPs: Conferences

Williams and Europe

William Carlos Williams Society Biennial Roundtable Conference

19-21 June 2019 | Center for American Studies, Via Michelangelo Caetani 32, Rome, Italy

Those wishing to present their work are encouraged to submit proposals that range near to and beyond any of the following suggestions:

  • Williams and Futurism
  • Williams and the Classics
  • Williams and religion
  • Williams abroad
  • Williams and translation
  • Williams and medicine
  • Williams and Rome.

Since its inception in 2005, the Williams Society Biennial Conference has adopted a roundtable format which allows the work of up to 12 scholars to be presented in one hour slots across the two days of presentations. The bulk of those one hour slots is given to fielding questions from the audience and fellow presenters. To facilitate this audience participation those registered to attend will be sent copies of the works to be presented in advance of the meeting. Thus there are two deadlines for the conference. The first is for the receipt of proposals of 200 words and a brief CV from those wishing to present to be received by 27 January 2019, and sent to: Then for those accepted, there is a second deadline of 3 June 2019 to receive a written piece of around 15 pages for circulation in advance of the meeting.

To register for the conference please contact the organisers at

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Beastly Modernisms

12-13 September 2019 | University of Glasgow, Glasgow, Scotland

Keynote Speakers: Kari Weil (Wesleyan University, US) | Derek Ryan (Kent, UK)

‘I still do not think La Somnambule the perfect title – Night Beast would be better except for that debased meaning now put on that nice word beast.’ – Djuna Barnes to Emily Holmes Coleman

‘Once again we are in a knot of species coshaping one another in layers of reciprocating complexity all the way down’ – Donna Haraway

If modernism heralded a moment of socio-political, cultural and aesthetic transformation, it also instigated a refashioning of how we think about, encounter, and live with animals. Beasts abound in modernism. Virginia Woolf’s spaniel, T.S. Eliot’s cats, James Joyce’s earwig, D.H. Lawrence’s snake, Samuel Beckett’s lobster, and Djuna Barnes’s lioness all present prominent examples of where animals and animality are at the forefront of modernist innovation. At stake in such beastly figurations are not just matters of species relations, but questions of human animality and broader ideas of social relations, culture, sex, gender, capitalism, and religion. Modernism’s interest in the figure of the animal speaks to the immense changes in animal life in the early twentieth century, a period where the reverberations of Darwinian theory were being felt in the new life sciences, as well as emergent social theories that employed discourses of species, and developing technologies and markets that radically alerted everyday human-animal relations. It was also a period in which new theories of human responsibilities towards animals were also being articulated with Donald Watson coining the idea of veganism in 1944.

The recent “animal turn” in the humanities invites new ways of thinking about the beasts that we find in modernist culture. Moreover, animal studies arrives at a point at which modernist studies is already in the process of redefining what modernism means. Turning to modernism’s beasts not only promises fresh ways of understanding its multispecies foundations, but also points towards how modernist studies might intervene in contemporary debates around animal life. Building on the foundational work on animals and modernism by Carrie Rohman, Margot Norris, Kari Weil, Derek Ryan and others, Beastly Modernisms invites papers on animals and all aspects of modernist culture.

Individual papers should be no more than twenty minutes in length. Please send an abstract of 300 words and a brief biography to by 31 January 2019.

We welcome proposals for panels or roundtables of 3 to 4 speakers. Please send an abstract of 500 words and speaker biographies to by 31 January 2019.

Submissions are open to all researchers at every level of study. We particularly encourage submissions from postgraduate researchers.

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 Virginia Woolf and Social Justice

The 29th Annual International Conference on Virginia Woolf

6-9 June 2019 | Mount St. Joseph University, Cincinnati, USA

Plenary Talks & Dialogues:

Elizabeth Abel (UC Berkeley) | Anne Fernald (Fordham University) and Tonya Krouse (Northern Kentucky University) | Kristin Czarnecki (Georgetown College) and Erica Delsandro (Bucknell University) | Ellen McLaughlin (Actor, Director, Playwright)

As a writer deeply concerned with the distribution of power, wealth, education, privileges, and opportunities, Virginia Woolf remains a relevant and sustaining voice on issues of social justice, politics, equality, pacifism, and the dangers of fascism, totalitarianism, and all types of inequality.  Whether advocating for the education of women or breaking new ground with her experimental prose or challenging the patriarchal basis of war and violence, Woolf continues—perhaps now more than ever, in our globally turbulent political moment—to speak clearly and strongly for a more just world.

We look for proposals for papers, panels, roundtables, and workshops from scholars of all stripes (literary and interdisciplinary), creative writers, performing artists, common readers, teachers, and students from all levels (high school, undergraduate, graduate).  We ask that submissions relate to the theme of Virginia Woolf (and, by extension, the Bloomsbury Group) and Social Justice and that they seek to illuminate her life and work through that lens.

Possible themes and topics include, but are not limited to:

  • The education of women
  • Activism and ambivalence
  • Prejudice, bias, and injustice
  • The rise of fascism and totalitarianism
  • Suffragism and the women’s movement
  • Issues of inclusivity
  • The politics of sexuality
  • Age and efficacy
  • The consequences of colonialism
  • Issues of race
  • Issues of class
  • Domesticity and the role of servants
  • Disability/impairment
  • Technology/media
  • Assembly/solidarity/alliances
  • War and the role of women
  • Woolf’s depiction of history and historical movements
  • Links between modernism and social justice
  • The dignity of work and the rights of workers
  • The dignity of human beings
  • Issues of the rights and responsibilities of the artist and the citizen
  • The politicization of art
  • Issues surrounding the poor and the socially vulnerable
  • Calls for action, for participation

In addition, we also welcome papers on the Bloomsbury Group (especially, but not limited to, the political writing and fiction of Leonard Woolf, the economic theories of John Maynard Keynes, Clive Bell’s writings on art, Duncan Grant’s attention to Eastern art and religion, etc.) and other associates of Virginia Woolf.

Please send abstracts with names removed as attached Word documents to your e-mail.  For individual papers, please send a 250-word proposal.  For panels of three or more participants, please send a panel title and a 250-word proposal for each of the papers.  For workshops and roundtables, please send a 250- to 500-word proposal with biographies of each participant.  We are also looking for volunteers to chair individual panels.

There will be individual panels and seminars for high school students and undergraduates; graduate students may submit proposals through the normal submission process outlined above.

Please e-mail proposals to Drew Shannon at by 31 January 2019.

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BAMS Conference 2019: Troublesome Modernisms

20–22 June 2019 | Institute of English Studies, Senate House, University of London

Confirmed keynote speaker: Douglas Mao (Johns Hopkins) (Second keynote speaker to be confirmed)

‘What effects of synergy or friction result when the many, sometimes contradictory, criteria of high modernism are tested against less evidently experimental texts by principal figures; against principal works by less well known or non-European artists; against texts that seem neither to be art or about art?’
– Douglas Mao and Rebecca Walkowitz

In troubled times, the BAMS International Conference 2019 proposes the theme of ‘Troublesome Modernisms’. The conference aims to take a fresh look at modernism’s capacity to, and for, trouble, to examine anew the multiple modes of modernist argumentation, contestation and dissent. What can we draw for the present from modernism’s troubled relationship with its own pasts, presents and futures, and how might we address our troubles with those aspects of the modernist project that sit uncomfortably with us today?

Proposals are invited for individual 20-minute papers, panels (3–4 speakers), roundtables, dialogues or other discussions on the broad theme of ‘Troublesome Modernisms’. These will be drawn from a range of disciplinary fields.

Abstracts for individual papers should be no more than 250 words. Abstracts for other proposed formats should be no more than 500 words, and should include abstracts of proposed contributions and brief details of their organisers and contributors. We aim to showcase the work not only of individuals but of groups, societies, institutions and research projects, so strongly encourage proposals from, for example, author societies, research projects and departmental research centres. All proposals should be sent to by:

Deadline for individual paper proposals: 31 January 2019

Deadline for other format proposals: 28 February 2019

Decisions on proposals will be communicated within 4 weeks of the later deadline (28 February).

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Katherine Mansfield: Inspirations and Influences

5-7 July 2019 | Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland

An international conference organised by the Katherine Mansfield Society

Keynote: Professor Kirsty Gunn (Dundee, UK). Further keynote speakers to be announced.

This international conference celebrates the diversity of influences which inspired acclaimed New Zealand modernist short story writer, Katherine Mansfield (1888-1923).

From her upbringing in Wellington, New Zealand, her schooling in London, and her return to Europe at the age of nineteen to begin her career as a writer, Mansfield’s short life was inevitably influenced by the people she met, the many places she visited or lived in, paintings she saw, music she played or listened to, trends in literature and the books she read, and the burgeoning film industry which she experienced both as an actor and an eager spectator. For example, the French Decadent and Symbolist movements would both have a lasting influence on Mansfield’s fiction. Indeed, echoes of, for example, the French symbolists, Walter Pater, Oscar Wilde and the Decadents, are to be found in much of her prose writing.

In the years following her death, Mansfield herself would become an inspiration for – and influence on – other writers, including Elizabeth Bowen, Dame Jacqueline Wilson, as well as the Patron of the Katherine Mansfield Society, author Professor Kirsty Gunn. Indeed, one of Mansfield’s early biographers, Ian Gordon, writes, ‘She had the same kind of direct influence on the art of the short story as Joyce had on the novel. After Joyce and Katherine Mansfield neither the novel nor the short story can ever be quite the same again’.

Abstracts of 200 words, together with a bio-sketch, should be sent to the conference organisers:

Dr Janka Kascakova, Catholic University in Ružomberok, Slovakia, Dr Gerri Kimber, University of Northampton, UK and Dr Władysław Witalisz, Institute of English Studies, Jagiellonian University, Krakow at

Submission deadline: 1 February 2019. Full details:

Modernist Legacies and Futures: Modernist Studies Ireland Inaugural Conference

Friday, 17 May 2019 | National University of Ireland, Galway

Plenary Speaker: Dr Ben Levitas (Goldsmiths, University of London)

The Inaugural Conference of Modernist Studies Ireland, ‘Modernist Legacies and Futures’ seeks to bring together Irish and international scholars to initiate an exchange and review of current research, trends, and findings in modernist studies. We ask scholars to consider how modernists created or negated the future in their work. Did modernist artists conceive of the future as a prerequisite of the work itself and, if so, how did they attempt to secure their legacy? What does the digital landscape achieve for modernism studies? What future does modernist studies have? If modernism was a radical attempt to reshape culture and art did it succeed and how can we as scholars perpetuate this radicalism? Do current attempts to democratise the study of literature and unsettle canonicity impact future research? What modernisms are missing from the field of modernist study? What does modernism mean to minority languages, cultures, and to a non-western canon?

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Abstracts due: 5pm (GMT+1) on 28 February 2019

For further information please contact:

Modernist Studies Ireland (MSI) is a new organisation that aims to facilitate the sharing of interests, research, and pedagogical approaches to modernism and modernity in the Republic and Northern Ireland. Modernist Studies Ireland provides a network to communicate our new research, publications, and archival holdings to a local and global audience.

Twitter: @Mod_Ireland


Joyce Without Borders

2019 North American James Joyce Symposium
12-16 June 2019 | Mexico City, Mexico

Keynote Speakers:
Luz Aurora Pimentel (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México)
Michael Wood (Princeton)
Terence Killeen (James Joyce Centre, Dublin)

The 2019 North American James Joyce Symposium will be jointly hosted by the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and the Metropolitan Autonomous University (UAM). This will be the first annual gathering of Joyceans in the global south, as well as the first to host panels in both English and Spanish, and will thus foreground the excellent work on Joyce being done in both languages. Joyce has had a major impact on Latin American writers, who have found much to admire in Joyce’s bold experimentalism; his fusing of experiential details with universal concepts; his baroque profusion of words, languages, and styles; his critique of hegemonic structures of family, nation, and creed; and his resistance to myriad manifestations of imperialism.

Borders, boundaries, barriers: Joyce bowed to none. That is why this year’s Symposium is dedicated to the many ways in which Joyce was an artist without borders; to the ways in which his work, like his life, transcended conventional divisions. As Stephen Dedalus famously puts it, “I will not serve that in which I no longer believe, whether it calls itself my home, my fatherland, or my church: and I will try to express myself in some mode of life or art as freely as I can and as wholly as I can, using for my defense the only arms I allow myself to use — silence, exile, and cunning.” By celebrating Bloomsday in Mexico at this historical moment, the Symposium seeks to honor Joyce’s spirit of artistic freedom and exilic statement.

And yet, exile can have its pleasures. In 2016, the New York Times named Mexico City its number one tourism destination, atop a list of 52, calling it “A metropolis that has it all.” Among the many cultural, culinary, and architectural attractions the article describes, it mentions the “French-style 19th-century mansions of La Roma”, arguably the city’s most beautiful and cosmopolitan neighborhood. One of those mansions, the UNAM’s exquisite “Casa Universitaria del Libro”, will be the Symposium’s main venue. And since Mexico, like Ireland, is renowned for its hospitality, this Symposium aims to make good on that reputation, while also showcasing for attendees the deep influence Joyce’s work has had in this country.

The deadline to submit proposals is Monday, 25 February 2019.

For more details, see conference website:


29 August – 1 September 2019 | University of Exeter, UK

The radical imagination and global influence of surrealism continue to inspire and resonate in our contemporary moment across geo-political, disciplinary, and medium-specific boundaries. As a collaborative practice, a subject of scholarly research, and a form of adventurous play, surrealism bridges the fields of art history, literature, creative writing, film studies, performance, dramatic arts, philosophy, critical theory, and popular culture.

The International Society for the Study of Surrealism (ISSS) aims to facilitate cross-disciplinary and inter-regional exchange by organizing events and facilitating channels of information worldwide. The mission of the ISSS is to incorporate and promote new scholarship on global surrealism as well as to introduce new ways to approach its various literary and artistic expressions. In addition, we seek to foster exchanges between practicing artists, writers, surrealists and the scholarly community for whom surrealism (past and present) is a field of ongoing inquiry.

Following the success of our inaugural conference at Bucknell University Humanities Center in 2018, we are delighted to invite proposals for SURREALISMS 2019, which will take place at the University of Exeter, UK. The conference will include scholarly papers and roundtable discussions in addition to film screenings, poetry readings, theatre, and an exhibition. The conference will also engage with the rich legacy of the surrealist exhibition The Enchanted Domain, which was held across the Exeter City Gallery and Exe Gallery in 1967. The Enchanted Domain exhibition included performances, lectures, film-shows, which were attended by, among others, Robert Benayoun, George Melly, Conroy Maddox, Patrick Hughes, E.L.T. Mesens, and Roland Penrose. SURREALISMS 2019 welcomes scholarship on this 1967 exhibition, an under-researched area in the movement’s history, in addition to other current research in the field(s) of surrealism studies worldwide.

We are interested in presentations that investigate regional activities in surrealism across the world, including, for example, Latin America, North Africa, East Asia and Europe, as well as transnational collaboration between and among individual artists or groups. We are interested in the full range of mediums across all geographical locations and within all relevant temporal frames, as well as including political, philosophical and critical engagement with surrealisms past and present. Our goal is to promote new directions in surrealist scholarship, artistic practice and research, bringing surrealist groups and tendencies across continents and archipelagos into conversation.

Proposals for individual presentations (20-minutes) should include a 250-word abstract along with title, affiliation, and contact information. Pre-organized panel submissions, which we invite with enthusiasm, might include three or four presentations per panel and should include an additional paragraph describing the rubric and proposed title of the panel. Roundtables and alternative format panels are encouraged. We welcome proposals from independent artists, filmmakers, poets, and writers interested in presenting their work in a scholarly context. We welcome submissions from graduate students for whom surrealism is central to their research. The conference supports and welcomes submissions in French and Spanish; however please note that these must include a précis or translation in English. We stipulate that any individual may only present on a maximum of two panels/events during the conference (for example presenting a paper, and participating on a roundtable) to ensure space for a full range of delegates and discussion.

We welcome short film submissions (experimental, animation, documentary, audio-visual essay etc.) of no longer than 12 minutes. These should be submitted along with title, affiliation, and contact information as a digital file or live link.

Proposals should reach by 1 March 2019.

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