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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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Virginia Woolf asked questions of the moment: How can we prevent war? What does a woman need to be able to write fiction? Now, with the death toll from the Feb. 6 earthquake that struck Turkey and Syria currently at 36,000 and climbing, the Woolf community asks the question of this moment: How can we help?

Ben Hagen, president of the International Virginia Woolf Society, reached out to Mine Özyurt Kılıç of Turkey, who is involved in the formation of the non-profit Virginia Woolf Studies in Turkey Initiative, to ask just that question.

She shared information provided by two colleagues, and we have copied it below. It includes frightening facts about the 7.8-magnitude devastating quake, along with information about how to help.

Facts about the earthquake

  • The earthquake that hit the region was equal to 130 atomic bombs.
  • It hit 10 major cities in Türkiye and Syria.
  • Nearly 7,000 buildings have been confirmed to have collapsed.
  • The area affected by the Turkish/Syrian earthquake is the size of the entire United Kingdom.
  • There has never been another earthquake that affected such a large area in history.
  • The biggest reason for the destruction is that the earthquake was very close to the surface and therefore the damage to infrastructure such as roads, bridges and airports is very high.

How we can help

According to Mine’s colleagues, the best way to support people in the devastated areas is to donate to the following organizations:

AHBAP is a Turkish organization that describes itself as a “cooperation movement that works with value systems based on solidarity, sharing, and belonging.” The network provides “all kinds of aid” to those in need, including cash transfers and in-kind support. Through their support, they seek “to create contemporary and sustainable networks of cooperation and solidarity” that use new models that ensure they “protect local cultures.” Donations can be sent through their website as well. The organization has also created and will update a list of community centers and businesses that have opened their doors to those seeking refuge.

AFAD is Türkiye’s official disaster and emergency management authority.
This website has some useful information as well: https://www.afetbilgi.com/. Be sure to click on the small box in the middle near the top to choose your language preference.

Please share this information with your personal and academic circles/groups/networks as much as possible to help the victims! Please raise awareness on social media!

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Poster for the Virginia Woolf in Turkey symposium, “Giving Voice to Woolf,” held Jan. 28, 2023, in Turkey. The symposium included an exhibition, a podcast series, and a performance — all focused on “A Room of One’s Own.” It was held in n collaboration with the British Council Turkey and the Museum Evliyagil.

Virginia Woolf is read and studied worldwide, but she has a newly expanded presence in Turkey due to the non-profit Virginia Woolf Studies in Turkey Initiative.

The organization promotes the study of Woolf and her work, along with the Bloomsbury Group, modernism, and the afterlife of Woolf in Turkey.

According to organizers, “It aims to create further links between Turkish specialists and their counterparts abroad. The Initiative welcomes scholars, writers, translators, artists, performers, publishers, students, and people who share a strong interest in Woolf’s works.”

The non-profit is dedicated to advance Virginia Woolf studies in Turkey from a comparative and critical perspective in several ways:

  • by convening symposiums, conferences, and lecture series; (See the photo at right for details about the first, held today.)
  • by publishing Woolf related studies; and
  • by organizing various informal gatherings and workshops.

Topics to explore

The Initiative will provide a platform for an intellectually rich, open, and collaborative working atmosphere for the Woolfians to explore the following:

  • Virginia Woolf’s works (fictional and non-fictional)
  • Virginia Woolf’s biography
  • Virginia Woolf as a reader, critic, and publisher
  • Virginia Woolf and feminism
  • Virginia Woolf as a philosopher
  • Critical perspectives on Virginia Woolf
  • Afterlife of Virginia Woolf in Turkey
  • Translations of Virginia Woolf’s works into Turkish
  • The Bloomsbury Group and art
  • Virginia Woolf and her contemporaries
  • Tracing Virginia Woolf in Turkish Literature
  • Virginia Woolf in the context of the early twentieth century Britain
  • Other relevant subjects

Co-founders of the non-profit are Mine Özyurt Kılıç, coordinator of the 2017 one-day exhibit at Harvard University, “A Press of One’s Own: Celebrating 100 Years of Virginia and Leonard Woolf’s Hogarth Press,” and Demet Karabulut Dede.

Join and get more information

The initiative welcomes new members and guests. To join the mailing list and/or get more information, email: info@virginiawoolfturkiye.org or Mine Özyurt Kılıç: mine@virginiawoolfturkiye.org or Demet Karabulut Dede: demetkrblt@virginiawoolfturkiye.org

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twitterNow that my life has finally settled back down (a little), post-Woolf Conference, I can finally post about one of my very favorite things: Twitter.

Below, I’ve written a short guide to the social networking site that has become a huge sensation. Instead of Twitter for Dummies, this is Twitter for Woolfians to help everyone learn exactly what this Twitter thing is, and how Woolfians can use it to their advantage.

What is Twitter?
The short answer would be to say, as the site itself does, that Twitter is a 140-character answer to the question, “What are you doing?”

But Twitter is also a tool for making connections, for keeping up with connections you’ve already made, and it can also be a great way to keep your fellow Woolfians up-to-date on research, paper opportunities, and anything else that comes up.

Why use Twitter?
Many Woolfians are members of the fantastic VWoolf Listserv, and Twitter wouldn’t replace it. Rather, it’s an easy way to condense important information into short “Tweets.” These can then be tagged using “#”–#Woolf, for example–or by simply using the word “Woolf” in a Tweet.

This way, anyone looking for all things Woolf would only have to type “Woolf” in Twitter’s search bar to quickly see the many Woolfish conversations that are taking place, in realtime. (We used #Woolf19 for Tweets relating to the Woolf Conference, but it seems to have disappeared from the Internet.)

Here is a great video that details Twitter’s functions and provides a step-by-step guide to creating a Twitter account.

Finally, a few Woolfians who’ve already discovered the greatness that is Twitter:

Paula, from Blogging Woolf

Dr. Anne Fernald

Benjamin Harvey, art historian


If you have any questions, just Tweet!

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Vara Neverow

Vara Neverow

If you are a follower of Blogging Woolf,  you may know that since the blog debuted nearly two years ago, I have been its only author.

That is about to change. Three Woolfians — each with a unique perspective — are joining the blog as contributors. They include:

Dr. Vara S. Neverow, English professor at Southern Connecticut University, managing editor of the Virginia Woolf Miscellany and editor with Mark Hussey of several collections, including Virginia Woolf: Emerging Perspectives, Virginia Woolf: Themes and Variations and Virginia Woolf Miscellanies. Vara teaches courses about Woolf and feminist theory.

Alice Lowe
Alice Lowe

Alice Lowe, common reader,  Woolf conference presenter and contributor to the Virginia Woolf Miscellany and the Virginia Woolf Society Bulletin. Alice, who lives in San Diego, Calif., has a special interest in Woolf in contemporary fiction and — like Woolf — is an avid walker.

Megan Branch

Megan Branch

Megan Branch, sophomore English major at Fordham University and publicity intern for Woolf and the City and the Oxford University Press Blog, where she posted about this year’s Woolf conference. Megan, a New York City transplant who sometimes longs for the warm climate and open spaces of her native Florida, is a huge fan of  Twitter and has a blog of her own.

I am looking forward to reading their contributions — and I hope you will follow along as Vara, Alice and Megan add their individual voices to Blogging Woolf.

Now I invite you to add your voice to the blog as well :

  • Add your comment to any post by clicking on the “Leave a Comment” link at the bottom of a post
  • Become a contributor by sending an e-mail to Blogging Woolf. Just click on the e-mail link in the sidebar on the right.

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