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The International Virginia Woolf Society has elected new officers for the 2021-23 term. They are:


President: Benjamin Hagen, assistant professor of English at the University of South Dakota and the organizer for the  30th Annual International Conference on Virginia Woolf: Profession and Performance, which was postponed until June 10-13, 2021.
Vice President: Amanda Golden, associate professor of English and director of the Writing Program and Coordinator of the Writing Center at New York Institute of Technology.
Historian-Bibliographer: Catherine Hollis, who teaches English at UC Berkeley.
Secretary-Treasurer: Susan Wegener, graduate student in English at Purdue University.

The current officers will serve through the end of the year. The new slate of officers will begin their term on Jan. 1, 2021.

Join the Society

Membership in the IVWS is open to all. Get information on joining.

Members of the Society receive a free subscription to the Virginia Woolf Miscellany, the Woolf Society Newsletter, an annual Bibliography of Woolf Scholarship, and an annual updated list of members.

Members with e-mail addresses are also included in a distribution list that provides early notification of special events, electronic balloting, and electronic versions of the newsletters. In addition, members receive early notification of the Annual Woolf Conferences, and information about other events and publications of interest to readers of Woolf.

Benjamin Hagen, newly elected president of the IVWS, is second from left. Susan Wegener, newly elected secretary-treasurer of the Society, is second from right. Both are pictured at the 29th Annual International Conference on Virginia Woolf’s Saturday evening banquet, along with other conference attendees, including Madelyn Detloff at far right.


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Dear all,

After conferring with Amy Smith (the 2021 Woolf Conference organizer) and the ACVW Steering Committee, the Program Committee for #vwoolf2020 has decided to postpone this summer’s conference until next summer. Profession and Performance will now take place June 2021 (specific dates TBD). After conferring with her administration, Amy Smith has confirmed that she will now organize the 2022 Annual International Conference on Virginia Woolf.

We are so grateful to Amy (the best) as well as to the Steering Committee for their support during this strange, troubling time.

Anyone who had a proposal accepted for Profession and Performance will be automatically accepted next year. We’re still working out new dates, so you may have to wait a bit to know whether or not you will be able to attend. Please refrain from letting us know whether you’ll be attending (or not) until we get firm 2021 dates settled. Of course, if you have any questions for us, we’re happy to hear from you, and we’ll answer them as best we can!

Know that we will be reopening the CFP later this year, so if you would like to submit a differentproposal than the one you originally submitted, you will be free to do so at that time. We realize that your projects may look very different in a year’s time.

This is not an easy email to write or to share, but please know that we feel this is, absolutely, the right decision. Whether or not the spread of COVID-19 has been mitigated by June (we’ll see), it seems unthinkable to ask people to pay for registration or book travel now when so many travel bans, curfews, and other policies limiting social interaction are in place. Stay safe, practice social distance, and flatten that curve. We hope to see many (if not all of you!) in Vermillion, SD in June 2021.

Sending love,

Ben (and the rest of the South Dakota Woolf Pack)

Benjamin D. Hagen, Ph.D. (he/him/his)

Assistant Professor | 20th-Century British and Anglophone Literature

University of South Dakota | Department of English

Dakota Hall, Room 212 | 414 E. Clark St.

Vermillion, SD 57069 | United States


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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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Note: The deadline for submissions has been extended to Feb. 10.

What: Call for Papers for the 30th Annual International Conference on Virginia Woolf: Profession and Performance

When: June 11–14, 2020

Where: University of South Dakota in Vermillion, SD, U.S.A.

Twitter: @vwoolf2020

“Profession and Performance,” the theme of the 30th Annual International Conference on Virginia Woolf, calls to mind not only Woolf’s sense of herself as a writer (her profession) but also the set of specialized occupations she takes up in A Room of One’s Own (1929) and Three Guineas (1938), areas of study and livelihoods traditionally reserved for the sons of educated men.

It also invokes the conference’s commitment over the past three decades to the arts, to theater, to music, to the spoken word, and to the resonances of these media with the performance/performativity of Woolf’s life and writing.

“Profession and Performance” might also encourage us to reflect on the conference’s rich history and to consider the ways in which the professions of those who support and attend the conference might be changing. As an event open to all scholars, students, and common readers of Woolf and Woolfian connections, we encourage 2020 participants to sound and explore echoes of past professions and performances in our present ones.

Possible topics

The 30th Annual International Conference on Virginia Woolf invites papers addressing these issues as well as other topics addressing “Profession and Performance,” including, but not limited to:

  • contemporary adaptations of Woolf, her circles, or her work on stage / screen (e.g., Vita and Virginia; Life in Squares; etc.)
  •  the dynamic link between Woolf’s social critique (what she professed) and her art (its performance)
  • the rich archive of scholarship that brings together studies of the avant-garde, modernism, and the middlebrow
  • intersections of modernist studies and performance studies
  • modernism’s role in the professionalization of literature and criticism
  • the livelihoods and lifestyles of Woolf and the Bloomsbury Group
  • investigations of identity and community
  • Woolfian meditations on professions (i.e., on occupations, commitments, allegiances, and declarations)
  • interpretations of Woolf-inspired performance art (e.g., music, dance, theater)
  • profession as (public) performance
  • questions of affect and attachment
  • strong and weak performances / professions / modernisms
  • reflections on the selves and the worlds we profess / perform in daily life, in politics, in ethics, in institutions, and in ongoing efforts to teach and learn
  • the performative life of professionalization (or the subversion of professionalization)
  • life-writing as performance of self, professionalization of self
  • gendered performances / performances of gender (on stage / page, in life)
  • professions for women (history of, literary treatments of, performances of)
  • Woolf and developments in medical sciences and psychology
  • teaching Woolf / Woolf as Teacher
  • performing Bloomsbury / performative Bloomsberries
  • the life of the feminist academic; the professionalization and/or institutionalization of feminism outside of academia

Proposal parameters and deadline

Abstracts of maximum 250 words for single papers and 500 words for panels should be sent to Virginia.Woolf@usd.edu by Feb. 10, 2020. In addition to traditional presentations, organizers encourage proposals for workshops (such as bookmaking, translation, publishing, forming writing groups, etc.) and proposals for roundtable or group discussions (such as feminist / queer perspectives, Woolfian pedagogy, staging / performing Woolf, etc.).

For accepted proposals, we ask well ahead of time that presenters bring access copies of their presentations to their panels.

Non-English presentations welcome

The conference welcomes proposals for presentations in languages other than English to foster a more open exchange at this international conference.

A few caveats: the organizers ask that all abstracts and proposals be submitted in English. Also, to ensure a more effective exchange among all participants, we ask that non-English presentations be accompanied by a handout of main points in English as well as (if possible) a PowerPoint presentation in English. Note that Q&A sessions will be conducted in English as well.

For more information

More information about the 30th Annual International Conference on Virginia Woolf will be made available in the coming months. Contact conference organizer Benjamin Hagen, at Benjamin.Hagen@usd.edu, with questions.

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Now you can plan ahead. News of the dates and location of the 30th Annual International Conference on Virginia Woolf is in. This milestone conference will be held June 11-14, 2020, at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, South Dakota.

Benjamin D. Hagen, assistant professor in the Department of English, is organizing the event. More details will follow.

The 29th Annual International Conference on Virginia Woolf will be held at Mount St. Joseph University, Cincinnati, Ohio, June 6-9, 2019.

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