Archive for February 4th, 2020

The program committee for the 30th Annual International Conference on Virginia Woolf: Profession and Performance has extended its submission deadline for the call for papers and will accept proposals until Feb. 10. The conference will be held June 11-14 at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion.

Below is information provided by email from conference organizers.

Top four plenary events

Conference organizers have lined up four plenary events.

The conference will include a plenary performance. Ellen McLaughlin and Kathleen Chalfant have collaborated and will present THE PARTY—a one-woman play written by McLaughlin that weaves together three stories Woolf wrote while working on Mrs. Dalloway – “The New Dress,” “Together and Apart,” and “A Summing Up.”  All three stories take place at Mrs. Dalloway’s party.  All the words are Woolf’s, and all the characters are played by Chalfant. Organizers say they are also hatching an additional performance piece.

Mary Gordon, Rachel Dickstein and Ellen Mclaughlin at a performance of “Septimus and Clarissa” in New York City in October 2011.

Carrie Rohman of Lafayette College will deliver a plenary lecture. Check out her recent Print Plus article on Isadora Duncan’s “Creatural Aesthetics”. Rohman is also the author of two brilliant studies: Stalking the Subject: Modernism and the Animal (2009) and Choreographies of the Living: Bioaesthetics in Literature, Art, and Performance (2018).

Mark Hussey of Pace University; Urmila Seshagiri of U of Tennessee, Knoxville; Drew Shannon of Mount St. Joseph U; and Jean Moorcroft Wilson of U of London will join us for a plenary panel. The panel will cover a range of issues that will thread through the topics of “Archive, Edition, Life.” See more about them and their work.

The fourth event is a plenary dialogue between Aarthi Vadde and Melanie Micir—co-authors of the award-winning essay, “Obliterature: Toward an Amateur Criticism” (2018). Their individual research projects include Vadde’s prize-winning Chimeras of Form: Modernist Internationalism Beyond Europe, 1914–2016 (2017) and Micir’s book, The Passion Projects: Modernist Women, Intimate Archives, Unfinished Lives (2019).

We’re also organizing some pre- and post-conference workshops, so if you wish to come early and/or stay late, you’ll definitely want to participate in these. 

Vermilion, South Dakota and USD welcome you

Conference organizers wrote, “And one more thing: We want to be clear. We are not our legislature. The University of South Dakota and Vermillion will provide a safe, cozy, welcoming place to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Annual International Conference on Virginia Woolf. We’re going to have a lot of fun, take care of, and learn so much from each other.”

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