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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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Electronic post card graphic from the Willows Tea Rooms website

What started as a discussion around a tea table in Glasgow has now become an official list sent to the VWoolf Listserv by Vara Neverow.

A group of attendees from the 21st Annual International Conference on Virginia Woolf, held June 9-12 at the University of Glasgow, were at the Willow Tea Rooms in Glasgow, taking tea and mining their memory banks to come up with the complete list of 21 conferences, their organizers, and their sites. Missing just one, they queried the list, and Vara sent round the full 21.

Here is the official list of the Annual International Conferences on Virginia Woolf that have been held from 1991 through this year. Conference planners are included in parenthesis.

Anne Fernald posted the same list on Fernham and indicated the 14 conferences she attended in bold face. I am doing the same here, but as a relative newcomer, I have far fewer — just three.

You can add your count as a comment at the end of this post.

And if, like me, you didn’t make it to Glasgow, you can pick up a souvenir at the Willow Tea Rooms online shop.

  1. Pace University–New York City, N. Y. (Mark Hussey) 1991
  2. Southern Connecticut State University–New Haven (Vara Neverow) 1992
  3. Lincoln University–Jefferson City (Jane Lilienfeld) 1993
  4. Bard College–Annandale-on-Hudson, New York (Paul Connolly) 1994
  5. Otterbein College–Westerville, Ohio (Beth Daugherty) 1995
  6. Clemson University–Clemson, S. Carolina (Wayne Chapman and Elisa Sparks) 1996
  7. Plymouth College–Plymouth, New Hampshire (Jeanne Dubino) 1997
  8. St. Louis University—St. Louis, Mo. (Georgia Johnston) 1998
  9. University of Delaware—Newark, Delaware (Bonnie Kime Scott and Ann Ardis) 1999
  10. University of Maryland-Baltimore—Baltimore, Md. (Jessica Berman) 2000
  11. Bangor University—Bangor, Wales (Michael Whitworth) 2001
  12. Sonoma State University–Rohnert Park, Calif. (J.J. Wilson and Eileen Barrett) 2002
  13. Smith College—Northampton, Mass. (Karen Kukil et alia) 2003
  14. University of London—London, UK (Gina Potts and Lisa Shahriari) 2004
  15. Lewis and Clark College—Portland, OR (Rishona Zimring) 2005
  16. University of Birmingham—Birmingham, UK (Kathryn Simpson, Steve Ellis et alia) 2006
  17. Miami University of Ohio—Miami, Ohio (Madelyn Detloff and Diana Royer) 2007
  18. University of Denver—Denver, Col. (Eleanor McNees) 2008
  19. Fordham University, Manhattan—New York City, N.Y. (Anne Fernald) 2009
  20. Georgetown College—Georgetown, Ky. (Kristin Czarnecki) 2010
  21. University of Glasgow–Glasgow, Scotland (Jane Goldman) 2011

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