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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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Just as I yearn to be in Saskatoon for the upcoming Woolf conference in June, so I longed to be one of the 9,000 in Chicago this past weekend for the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) annual conference and bookfair. Alas, neither is possible this year, but I can follow them vicariously.

I couldn’t keep up with the 400 readings, lectures, panel discussions and forums, but I was able to follow a bit of the action in my chosen field, creative nonfiction, through Brevity—the online little sister of Creative Nonfiction, the esteemed journal that tops my list of “wannabe in it” publications. (They did print my letter to the editor in which I pointed out an error; they had published a piece asserting that Woolf wrote one of her essays in 1943. That may be as close as I get to being inside their coveted covers.)

I was most interested in a report on an AWP panel discussion entitled “Modernist Nonfiction: Virginia Woolf and Her Contemporaries.” Jocelyn Bartkevicius led the panel with her paper on Woolf, discussing perception and interiority. She cited Woolf’s definition of a good essay as one that has “a curtain that shuts us in, not out,” from the closing line of “The Modern Essay” in The Common Reader.

In another post, Daniel Nester recaps a session on “Negotiating Time and Narrative Distance in Nonfiction.” He talks about Woolf’s idea of the “I-then,” the remembered self, and the “I-now,” the present, and about “moments of being” (from “Sketch of the Past”), about teaching writing students how we write in different tenses to make this stand out.

I’m sure these two posts represent just a smattering of the breadth of Woolf’s ethereal presence hovering over the conference.

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Topics at Woolf panels at the 2011 Modern Language Association Convention in Los Angeles, Calif., Jan. 6-9, range from dress to dirt.

They include:

  • Sartorial Bloomsbury
    Chair: Jane Garrity, University of Colorado, Boulder
    Presenters: Catherine Mintler, University of Oklahoma: “Bloomsbury’s Underwear: The Petticoat and Other Sartorial Fetishes;” Celia Marshik, SUNY Stony Brook, “Ottoline Morrell, Bloomsbury, and Avant-Garde Dress;” Garrity, “Vanessa Bell’s Sartorial Primitivism”
  • Bloomsbury and Africa
    Chair:
    Danell Jones, Montana State University, Bozeman
    Presenters: Jeanne Dubino, Appalachian State University, “An Anti-Imperialist League of Their Own: The Hogarth Press, Kenya, Norman Leys, and Parmenas Githendu Mockerie;” Martyn Downer, independent scholar, “Bunga Bunga: The Language of the 1910 Dreadnought Hoax;” Laura Winkiel, University of Colorado, Boulder, “From Cosmopolitanism to Anti-Imperialism: William Plomer, the Hogarth Press, and Colonial Critique”
  • Dirt, Desire Recollection: James Joyce and Virginia Woolf
    Chair:
    Bonnie Kime Scott, San Diego State University
    Presenters: Bonita Rhoads, Charles University, Prague, “Woolf’s Gothic Modernism: Spirited Feminism in To the Lighthouse;” Katherine Merz, University of Wisconsin-Madison, “Shitting on Empire: Metropolitan Abjection and Colonial Returns;” Abby Bender, New York University, “The Crumbs of Ulysses;” Richard Brown, University of Leeds, “Joyce, Woolf, and the Philosophy of Dirt.”

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This year’s Virginia Woolf conference is coming up soon. And organizers continue to make additions to the program.

The most recent is a staged reading called “Life in the Country: A Dramatic Reading for Five Voices,” by Roberta Palumbo of Holy Names University.

The 50-minute chamber play features dialogue created from the letters, diaries, and memoirs of Virginia Woolf, Leonard Woolf, Vanessa Bell, Dr. Octavia Wilberforce and Louie Mayer.

It will be performed by professional actors from Lexington, Ky., and is scheduled to follow Thursday’s opening reception. It will be on stage at Georgetown’s Lab Theatre, right across the street from the Art Gallery, where the reception will be held.

Get more details about the 2010 Annual International Conference on Virginia Woolf: Woolf and the Natural World, June 3-6, in the Thomas & King Leadership and Conference Center at Georgetown College in Georgetown, Ky.

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