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Come one, come all to the 30th Annual International Conference on Virginia Woolf, which for the first time will be held virtually via Zoom. Postponed last year due to COVID-19, the conference will be held online from June 10-13. And all are welcome.

On the bright side

While Woolfians won’t be able to meet in person this year, there is a bright side. This virtual conference will allow more folks from around the world to attend, something that some global attendees lobbied for when the last in-person conference was held in 2019. It will also allow those who cannot afford to travel from afar to be a part of things.

Profession and Performance, June 10-13

The Department of English will host the four-day virtual event at the University of South Dakota. The theme of the conference, “Profession and Performance,” brings together two significant terms.

The first term, profession, mattered deeply to Woolf. It calls to mind not only her sense of herself as a writer but also the set of specialized occupations she addresses in “A Room of One’s Own” (1929) and “Three Guineas” (1938), areas of study and livelihood traditionally reserved for the sons of educated men.

The second term, performance, invokes the Annual Conference on Virginia Woolf’s commitment over the past three decades to the arts, to theater, to music, to the spoken word and to their resonances with the performance and performativity of Woolf’s life and writing.

Attend one or all

Since the conference is on Zoom, you can register, download the program, and attend as few or as many of the panel discussions and plenary events as you like. Plenary sessions feature:

  • A roundtable with Mark Hussey (Pace U), Urmila Seshagiri (U of Tennessee–Knoxville), Drew Shannon (Mount Saint Joseph U), and Jean Moorcroft Wilson (U of London)
  • Monumental Close Reading: Entering the “The Mark on The Wall” as an

    Ane Thon Knutsen with her hand-printed volume “A Printing Press of One’s Own,” introduced at the 2017 Woolf conference.

    Immersive Installation—Word by Word, Print by Print with Ane Thon Knutsen (Oslo National Academy of the Arts)

  • Performance Double Feature: “The Party” and . . . a surprise with Ellen McLaughlin, Kathleen Chalfant, and Drew Shannon
  • Still Very Precarious: Reprising Woolf’s “Think we must” with Carrie Rohman
    (Lafayette College)

Cost

Fees range from $15 for one day to $50 for the full conference.

Get some swag

A wide variety of conference swag — from stickers to mugs to T-shirts to posters decorated with the conference graphic — is available. Get it here.

More information

If you have questions, contact the conference organizer, Benjamin Hagen, at Benjamin.Hagen@usd.edu. Follow the hashtag #vwoolf2021 on Twitter.

 

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There will be a Virginia Woolf connection at the 16th International Conference of the Brazilian Association of Comparative Literature (ABRALIC), July 15-19, 2019, at Universidade de Brasília (UNB), Brasilia, Brazil. 

The conference will include a symposium on “Contemporary Readings of Virginia Woolf,” which will be coordinated by professors Davi Pinho, Maria Oliveira and Nicea Nogueira. Paper proposals must be sent through the ABRALIC website by March 15.

The full call for papers in Brazilian Portuguese can be found on Page 86 of the symposium proposal booklet.

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For full details of this event and registration, visit A Room of Her Own

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Let us glance at English writers as they were a hundred years ago — that may help us to see what we ourselves look like. – “The Leaning Tower”

The Japan-Korea Virginia Woolf Conference 2013, “Reading Woolf in the 21st Century,” will be held at Doshisha University on the Imadegawa Campus in Kyoto, Japan, on March 23, and proposals for papers are being accepted now.

Participation in the conference is free. However, participants submitting papers are required to be members of the Virginia Woolf Society of Japan or the Virginia Woolf Society of Korea.

Proposals for individual papers should be submitted by Aug. 31. Please send 250-word abstracts in English as Word attachments. Do not include your name or other identifying details in your abstract. In your email, please include your name, paper title, institutional affiliation and email address. Submissions should be addressed to the office of the Virginia Woolf Society of Japan at office@vwoolfsociety.jp. Responses will be sent by Oct. 15.

For more information, download the conference flyer.

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Vara Neverow, professor of English and women’s studies at Southern Connecticut State University and editor of the Virginia Woolf Miscellany, has created a Web page tracking the history of the Annual International Conference on Virginia Woolf.

Mark Hussey organized and hosted the first annual Woolf event at Pace University in New York City in 1991. Since then, the conference has been held at a different university or college every year.

The page is a work in progress, according to Neverow, but it already includes information about Woolf conferences dating from 1995 as far into the future as 2015. Links to conference Web pages are available beginning with the 2001 conference, “Voyages Out, Voyages Home,” which was held at the University of Wales in the UK.

The site also provides access to selected papers from the annual Woolf conferences. These include:

  • The first 10 volumes, initiated by Hussey, published in print format by Pace University Press and dating from 1991 through 2000.
  • Beginning in 2001, Wayne Chapman at Clemson University Digital Press began to publish the selected papers electronically as well as in print-on-demand format. They can be read online in PDF format.

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