[Msa-discuss] CFP: Virginia Woolf Conference, Cincinnati 6/6-9/19; deadline 1/31/19

Anne Fernald fernald at fordham.edu
Tue Jan 15 21:54:23 EST 2019

[posted on behalf of Prof. Drew Shannon, Conf. Organizer]

Greetings, all!

The clock is ticking towards the deadline for abstract submissions to the 29
th Annual International Conference on Virginia Woolf, to be held at Mount
St. Joseph University in Cincinnati from June 6-9, 2019.  The deadline is
January 31st.  Please see the (slightly revised) call for papers below and
please share far and wide.

I look forward to seeing many of you in six months!



*Call for Papers*

*The 29th Annual International Conference on Virginia Woolf*

The 29th Annual International Conference on Virginia Woolf, hosted by Mount
St. Joseph University, will be held in Cincinnati, Ohio from June 6-9,
2019, with the theme of *Virginia Woolf and Social Justice.  *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

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

·         The Stephen family’s abolitionist past

·         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

·         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

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.  If you are a faculty member who wishes
to set up a panel of undergraduates from your institution, please follow
the panel proposal guidelines described above.

Please e-mail proposals to Drew Shannon at VWoolf2019 at msj.edu by January
31, 2019.

Visit www.msj.edu/VWoolf2019
more information.  This website is currently under construction, but will
be updated frequently in the coming days and weeks.

Anne E. Fernald <http://www.fordham.edu/info/24101/anne_fernald> (she/her)
Professor of English and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Special Advisor to the Provost for Faculty Development
fernald at fordham.edu

Rose Hill: Cunniffe 211

Lincoln Center: Martino Hall 422

Fall 2018 office hours (T 2-4 in Martino 422; W 12-3 in Cunniffe 211)
by appointment
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