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Virginia Woolf is becoming ever more popular in Turkey. Tuesday, we posted about a new platform for budding Turkish writers who have an interest in Woolf. Today, we share news of a free online event focused on Woolf and literary history that is part of the Virginia Woolf Society Turkey’s Woolf Seminar series.

What: A free online talk on “Unwriting and Rewriting History and Literary History: Woolf’s Fictions and Essays,” as part of the Woolf Seminars series of the Virginia Woolf Society Turkey.

Who: Anne Besnault, senior lecturer in English literature at the University of Rouen – Normandy, France, will be the speaker.

Date: Friday, September 29
Time: 7 p.m. Turkey time or noon EST.  (Please check your local time.)
Cost: Free.
Registration: Everyone is welcome to register and attend, using this Eventbrite link:
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/…/unwriting-and-rewriting…

About the talk

The aims of Besnault’s talk are:

  • to introduce the audience to Woolf’s historical thought, as seen from the vantage point of the past and contemporary historiographical discourses;
  • to offer a new vision of Woolf as a literary historian essentially interested in the textuality of history;
  • and to uncover the specific coherence of her history of nineteenth-century women’s literature beyond its apparent heterogeneity and contradictory impulses.

About Besnault

Besnault’s research focuses on modernist fiction and criticism, short story theory, genre and gender studies in nineteenth- and twentieth century British literature, literary history, Katherine Mansfield, and Virginia Woolf’s essays and fiction.

With Anne-Florence Gillard-Estrada, she is the co-editor of Beyond the Victorian and Modernist Divide: Remapping the Turn-of-the-Century Break in Literature, Culture and the Visual Arts (Routledge, 2018). She is also the author of Virginia Woolf’s Unwritten Histories: Conversations with the Nineteenth Century (Routledge: 2022).

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California State University, Fresno, in Fresno, Calif., will host the 33rd Annual International Conference on Virginia Woolf: “Woolf, Modernity, Technology,” June 6-9, 2024, and the call for papers has gone out.

Call for papers

Organizers invite paper, panel, workshop, and exhibition proposals that engage with the 2024 theme, “Woolf, Modernity, Technology.”  Technological innovation regularly inspires a social, cultural, artistic, and political revolution.

Though evolving artificial intelligence programs are the most recent iteration of this, epistemological and ontological crises underwritten by technics reverberate through modernity. This conference embraces the expansive, cosmopolitan, and transnational turn in modernist studies to trace the interaction of networks with the aesthetics, techniques, and vocabulary of modernisms and the way in which these modernisms are indebted to modernity’s technological ruptures and innovations.

Accelerating technological climates force us to ask, what does it mean to be human? If a machine can make and replicate art and literature, and possibly even innovate in the arts, where does that leave space for us as creators and contributors? Do human-agent interactions redefine relations again, redoubling what Woolf said in 1924, that “All human relations have shifted,” which leads to “a change in religion, conduct, politics, and literature”?

Where do we locate the nexus of the “little daily miracles, illuminations, matches struck unexpectedly in the dark” that Woolf wrote about in To The Lighthouse?  Is it (can it be?) contained in the output of an algorithm?

“Woolf, Modernity, Technology” brings into relief relations and tensions between literature, art, technology, modernity, and humanity that modernism broadly, and Woolf specifically, has long negotiated. Here, we define both modernity and technology in their most expansive and loosest expressions: modernity invites historical, political, economic, cultural, and theoretical approaches – among many others – and technology invites thinking on technê and technics, technology, technicity, technique, tool, on art, writing, and praxis as technologies.

Possible topics might include: -gender, race, sexualities, and relationships in the rise of modernity and an age of innovation -modernity and/or technology and ontology, metaphysics, ethics, epistemology -technê, tech, technics -technology’s and modernity’s relation to nature or the natural -digital humanities, critical digital pedagogy, or pedagogical experiments with technology -writing, communication, or travel technologies  -extended, augmented, and virtual realities  -aesthetic innovation, poiesis, art and artistic production, art and AI -technologies of peace  -technologies of war, imperialist expansion, or capitalism -explorations of what it means to be human, animal, or machine -medical humanities and scientific approaches  -technologies of printing and publishing  -neural networks, network theory, collaboration, loops, and circuits -human-agent interaction -modernist technologies and temporality

While this list offers suggestions or possible entrances into a conversation, we welcome all ideas and approaches and seek to traverse disciplines and time periods. Anyone interested in presenting is invited to submit a proposal for a paper, panel, roundtable, workshop, or exhibition on Woolfian or Bloomsbury topics.

Exhibitions could be digital (as in digital humanities projects) or could include displays of crafts or material objects related to the conference theme. Interactive workshops of 90 minutes will also be offered throughout the conference and we welcome submissions for non-traditional formats.

Please specify in your proposal if you are submitting: 

  • An interactive workshop (abstract of 500 words)
  • Panel or Roundtable (abstract of 500 words for the entire panel or roundtable)
  • A paper (abstract of 250 words)
  • A digital/material object exhibition or display (abstract of 250 words)
  • A non-traditional form of presenting (abstract of 250-500 words)

Deadline and submission link

The deadline for paper proposals is January 15, 2024. You can submit proposals online.

Before and after the conference

Pre- and post-conference activities will be held June 5 and 9, with trips to Yosemite National Park and Sequoia/Kings Canyon.

Got questions?

Email conference organizer Ashley Foster, associate professor at CSU, Fresno, at foster@csufresno.edu or at woolf2024@mail.fresnostate.edu with any questions.

Download the conference flyer.

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Literature Cambridge starts is fourth Woolf Season soon. It includes one live online lecture and seminar per month from 9 September until 8 June 2024.

Sessions are at 6-8 p.m. British Time on Saturdays or Sundays.

Lecture list

  • Saturday 9 September, 6 p.m.
    Lecture 1: Freedom in The Voyage Out (1915), with Karina Jakubowicz.
  • Sunday 22 October, 6 p.m.
    Lecture 2: War Trauma and Loss of Freedom in Mrs Dalloway (1925), with Trudi Tate.
  • Saturday 11 November, 6 p.m.
    Lecture 3: Women and Freedom in To the Lighthouse (1927), with Alison Hennegan.
  • Saturday 9 December, 6 p.m.
    Lecture 4: Women’s Freedoms through The Years (1937), with Ellie Mitchell.
  • Saturday 6 January 2024, 6 p.m.
    Lecture 5: To the Lighthouse (1927), Art and the Freedom of Movement, with Kabe Wilson.
  • Sunday 4 February 2024, 6 p.m.
    Lecture 6: A Room of One’s Own (1929): Intelligence and Intellectual Freedom, with Natasha Periyan.
  • Saturday 23 March 2024, 6 p.m.
    Lecture 7: Shakespeare’s Sister and Creative Freedom in A Room of One’s Own (1929), with Varsha Panjwani.
  • Saturday 6 April 2024, 6 p.m.
    Lecture 8: Freedom of Thought in Woolf’s Essays, with Beth Rigel Daugherty.
  • Saturday 4 May 2024, 6 p.m.
    Lecture 9: Freedom of The Waves (1931), with Angela Harris.
  • Saturday 8 June 2024, 6 p.m.
    Lecture 10: “The Essence of Freedom” in Three Guineas (1938), with Claire Davison.

Get a discount

A discount is offered for those who book the full season in advance. It allows 10 sessions for the price of nine.

Karina Jakubowicz lecturing for Literature Cambridge

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A Sept. 22 Zoom event featuring a roundtable of Woolf scholars, colleagues, and friends will be held to celebrate the life and work of Louise DeSalvo.

Louise DeSalvo

Sponsored by the International Virginia Woolf Society near what would have been DeSalvo’s 81st birthday on Sept.27, the Sept. 22 event will be the third in a series of birthday celebrations and commemorations, which began in 2021.

More about the event

Time: 3 –4:30 p.m. EDT (New York); Noon –1:30 p.m. PDT (Los Angeles); 8–9:30 p.m. BST (London)

The event will run like a conference roundtable. Each presenter will speak for about 5–7 minutes. Those who knew DeSalvo might share memories of their interactions with her. Those who knew her primarily through her writing will share thoughts and reflections on her impact on Woolf studies—and beyond.

After each participant speaks, the session will open to a general Q&A and discussion with all attendees. Everyone attending will be free to ask questions or to share memories or reflections of their own.

This roundtable aims to give attendees a fresh and full sense of DeSalvo’s contributions to Woolf studies as well as a sense of her impact and legacy (personal and professional) on this field and on all those committed to the literary arts.

How to join

IVWS members will be sent a Zoom link via email ahead of the event. If you are not a member of the society, you may join. Or you may reach out to Benjamin Hagen, president of the society, at benjamin.hagen@usd.edu, to express interest in the event, and you will receive the Zoom link.

About Louise DeSalvo

DeSalvo was professor of English and creative writing at Hunter College. She was the author of a number of books—Vertigo: A Memoir (1997), Breathless: An Asthma Journal (1997), Writing as a Way of Healing: How Telling Our Stories Transforms Our Lives (2000), Crazy in the Kitchen: Food, Feuds and Forgiveness in an Italian American Family (2005), Chasing Ghosts: A Memoir of a Father, Gone to War (2015), and more.

But to many Woolfians, according to a post on the society blog, she is best known for her 1989 biography Virginia Woolf: The Impact of Childhood Sexual Abuse on Her Life and Work as well as Virginia Woolf’s First Voyage: A Novel in the Making (1980), editions of Melymbrosia, and The Letters of Vita Sackville-West and Virginia Woolf (with Mitchell Leaska).

Previous event on YouTube

You can watch the first event on YouTube. It was presented by the New Jersey City University Center for the Arts and was hosted by Edvige Giunta and Donia Ayoub.

 

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Charleston is coming to Lewes, Sussex.

In September, the venerable location of Bloomsbury in the country will open a new venue in the former district council offices in Southover Road in Lewes that will feature a shop, a pop-up café pop-up café operated by Lewes-based Caccia & Tails, and a free program of co-produced community projects, artist-led workshops, gallery activities, and a learning program.

Charleston, 2019

The effort is the first step in bringing 100 of the most important Bloomsbury works back to Sussex and providing a growing Bloomsbury archive in a central location that is accessible to researchers and visitors.

Two free exhibitions will be featured during the venue’s first season, which will run Sept. 13 through Jan. 7, 2024:

Transforming the cultural life of Lewes

Here is what Nathaniel Hepburn, director of Charleston, has to say about the project:

“Since Charleston reopened after the pandemic, we have been working in partnership with the council and community groups in Lewes to develop a bold and ambitious vision which could transform the cultural life of Lewes and replicate the ‘Rodin effect’ from 1999 when Tate lent the famous Kiss sculpture to the town.

“It is exciting to be able to announce plans to launch this space in time for a major cultural season happening across Sussex to coincide with the largest contemporary art prize in the world – Turner Prize – being hosted in Eastbourne. It’s a great moment to put Lewes on the map as an important part of the region’s cultural offer.”

According to the Charleston website:

It is not a new idea for the Bloomsbury group to explore creating a cultural centre in Lewes. During the Second World War, the economist John Maynard Keynes, alongside Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant, worked on a project for the precursor of the Arts Council, making designs for a theatre and art gallery – with a café – for small towns across the country, using Lewes as a model.

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