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Virginia Woolf: For a Poetics & Politics of Intimacy is the theme of a conference organized by the French Society for Woolf Studies at Jean Monnet University in Saint-Étienne, France on May 11 and 12.

Speakers and organizers

Keynote speakers are:

  • Elsa Högberg, Uppsala University
  • Christine Reynier, Montpellier 3 University
  • Paul-Valéry, Montpellier 3 University

Other speakers include Maggie Humm, Claire Davison, Mark Hussey and Jane Goldman.

The conference is being organized by Floriane Reviron-Piégay and Anne-Marie Smith-Di Biasio and sponsored by the ECLLA unit (Contemporary Studies in Literature, Languages, Arts at Jean Monnet University), with the support of SEW and CORPUS (Picardy University – Jules Verne)

Conference program and more information

Download the program.

For further information, contact Floriane Reviron-Piegay at: floriane.reviron.piegay@ univ-st-etienne.fr

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In today’s world, difference and diversity are under threat. For the second year in a row, the Outside/rs conference, promises to help enhance the understanding of their importance.

According to its mission statement, “Outside/rs aims to build a common understanding of the challenges in accounting for ‘outsider’ groups. We want to have conversations about what Outside/Inside means in relation to gender, sex, queerness and beyond.”

About Outside/rs 2023

Outside/rs 2023 is a hybrid postgraduate and community conference, scheduled for June 9-11 and hosted at the University of Sussex. The three-day event will be held in-person and online. This year’s theme is “Solidarity with/in the community.”

This conference is organized by a group of postgraduate students, with support from the University of Sussex and the University of Brighton.

As the organizers write: “We are currently in a period of greater divides and contestation within our society, especially when it comes to those who exist in queer, marginal or dissident relations to normativity in its various guises.

“This feeling of division and the fight for solidarity both inside and outside our communities is a common experience for queer, trans or LGBTQIA+ people, as well as BIPOC communities, disabled and neuro-diverse people, working class and colonised populations, and others still.”

The conference attempts to answer the following questions:

  • What does solidarity and contestation mean for LGBTQIA+ people and other groups?
  • How can we understand and challenge the impact of solidarity and contestation on our lives and communities?
  • What can we do about the solidarity/contestation divide, can we bring it down, and is ‘solidarity’ even possible?

Submit a proposal

Conference organizers welcome proposals from PhD. researchers, along with those who work, create or volunteer in the LGBTQIA+ community (including in intersection with other communities or issues).

Proposals for papers, or workshops should be limited to a 300-word abstract and sent, along with a brief bio, by Friday, Feb. 10, to: outsiders_conference@yahoo.com. Papers on Virginia Woolf and the Bloomsbury Group are welcomed.

For more information

Email outsiders_conference@yahoo.com. Registration will open soon.

Follow the conference on Twitter: @Outsiders2023

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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)


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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