[Msa-discuss] EXTENDED DEADLINE! Katherine Mansfield: Germany and Beyond, Bad Wörishofen, Germany, 21-22 March 2020. Call for papers

KMS Account kms at katherinemansfieldsociety.org
Thu Jan 2 11:06:06 EST 2020

Apologies for cross-posting.
See details below and on attached pdf of the Katherine Mansfield Society's
next international conference. We have already received a number of
excellent abstracts, and it promises to be an exciting conference!


*Due to unforeseen circumstances, Professor Claire Davison will sadly not
be able to join us as keynote speaker, and so Dr Gerri Kimber, Chair of the
KMS, will replace her.*

We do hope many of you will be able to join us for our first conference in
Germany! Additional extras, including a walking tour of the town tracing
Mansfield’s footsteps, are currently in preparation. The conference webpage
can be found here:

We will be hosting two international conferences in 2020 - the second one
will take place in Menton in mid-September.
See http://www.katherinemansfieldsociety.org/menton-2020/  for further

Katherine Mansfield: Germany and Beyond

Bad Wörishofen, Germany

21-22 March 2020

An international conference organised by the Katherine Mansfield Society

Hosted by the Bad Wörishofen Mayorality and Tourist and Spa Bureau


Dr Gerri Kimber

University of Northampton, UK


It is  well known that Katherine Mansfield’s first book of stories, *In a
German Pension* (1911), was  inspired by her eight months’ stay in the
Bavarian spa town of Wörishofen in 1909 at the age of 21, but the
importance of Germany and all things German in her writing has not been
explored in any depth until recently. Although Mansfield did not return to
Germany in the same way as she kept visiting France, her spiritual home in
Europe, Germany continued to hold a fascination for her long after her 1909
sojourn, and myriad associations can be traced in her fiction as well as
her notebooks and letters.

This two-day conference aims to open up to new scrutiny the impact of
Germany on Mansfield’s work and life: its language, peoples and cultures.
These range from the setting in Munich of her story ‘The Little Governess’,
to her passion for music by composers such as Beethoven, Bruch, and Wagner,
her love of the poetry of Heinrich Heine, and literary influences such as
the fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm. Indeed, her longing for her German
classes at Queen’s College in Harley Street because of the dashing
Professor Walter Rippmann, reveals her early devotion. Another influence on
her love of German and Germany is the writing of her cousin, the writer
Elizabeth von Arnim, widow of Graf Henning von Arnim-Schlagenthin, a member
of the Prussian aristocracy, and her friendship with Elizabeth, which
developed during her stay in Montana,  Switzerland in the last two years of
her life.

It is entirely fitting that this conference will be held in Bad Wörishofen,
a Bavarian spa town that honours Mansfield as one of its most famous
residents and a significant cultural icon in fostering local civic pride
and identity. Last year, on the occasion of her 130th birthday, a specially
commissioned statue of Katherine Mansfield gazing out over the Iceberg Pond
in the Spa Park, was unveiled.

The Katherine Mansfield Society is therefore delighted to host, together
with the Bad Wörishofen Mayorality and Tourist and Spa Bureau, a conference
that aims to explore and celebrate what Germany meant to Mansfield and what
it points to in her vision of the world.

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

·      Wörishofen and artistic inspiration:  Mansfield’s *In a German
Pension *

·      Bavaria and the *German Pension *stories: nationality, gender and

·      German poetry in the works of Mansfield (e.g. Heinrich Heine)

·      German music: classical and modernist

·      German art, architecture and visual culture in Mansfield’s writing

·      German/Prussian family connections: Elizabeth von Arnim

·      Mansfield, travel, Germany and ‘beyond’

·      Mansfield and fairy tales

·      The gothic and fantastic:  Germanic sources and influences

·      The legacy of Mansfield in German writing today

·      The German reception of Mansfield’s works

·      German influences in Mansfield’s education (e.g. Walter Rippmann)

·      Translating into German / German translations of Mansfield’s work

·      Teaching and studying Mansfield in Germany today

·      Mansfield, Sebastian Kneipp, naturopathy and other holistic therapies

·      The Germans and Germany as sources for Mansfield’s imagination

·      Mansfield and Frieda von Richthofen (wife of D. H. Lawrence)

·      Mansfield as icon and inspiration for German cultural production

*NB: All other topics will be considered *

Abstracts of 200 words, together with a 50-word bio-sketch, should be sent
to the conference organisers:

Dr Delia da Sousa Correa (Open University, UK),

Dr Gerri Kimber (University of Northampton, UK),

Monika Sobotta (Open University, UK)

and Professor Janet Wilson (University of Northampton, UK)

 at kms at katherinemansfieldsociety.org

*Submission deadline: 23 January 2020*
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