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Modern Language Association 2018, scheduled for Jan. 4-7 in New York City, will include Virginia top_mla_logoWoolf.

The International Virginia Woolf Society will have one guaranteed panel. The organization can also submit one additional panel, which is often accepted but not guaranteed. In addition, the group will collaborate with another allied organization and submit a third panel.

Submission guidelines

Members of the MLA and the IVWS are invited to submit one panel topic — not an individual paper proposal — for MLA 2018. The proposal should include the following:

  • A maximum 35-word description of the panel. The word count includes the title.
  • The name(s) and contact information of the proposed organizer(s).

Please submit your proposal via email to Christine Czarnecki, president of the IVWS at Kristin_Czarnecki@georgetowncollege.edu. Use the subject line: Woolf MLA 2018.

Deadline for submission: Nov. 14, 2016.

Once the proposals are in, Czarnecki will send them out to the IVWS membership for a vote. If you wish to propose your own special session outside of the IVWS process, please visit the MLA website for more details.

A special Woolf gathering

Members interested in attending the traditional IVWS gathering at the MLA—a dinner to be held either Friday, Jan. 6, 2018, or Saturday, Jan. 7, 2018, should contact Czarnecki so she can consider that when making the booking.

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Here is the call for papers for the International Virginia Woolf Society’sMLA logo guaranteed panel at MLA 2017, held Jan. 5-8 in Philadelphia. Both align with the theme “Virginia Woolf Scholars Come to Their Senses.”

Two possible approaches are being offered:

  1. papers addressing sense modalities in Woolf’s writing.  How and to what end does Woolf evoke sensory experiences of smell, touch and taste in her writing?
  2. papers offering or debating “corrective” readings of Woolf that suggest some kind of “progress” in Woolf criticism. Have earlier readings, such as poststructuralist or lesbian, been supplanted by contemporary approaches, or do we need a model other than “progression” to address Woolf’s critical heritage?

Abstracts of between 250-500 words should be sent by March 21 to Pamela Caughie at pcaughi@luc.edu. (Please note the “e” is dropped in Caughie). Participants must be MLA members by April 7, 2016.

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IVWS dinner at MLA 2015

vancouverlogoIt is a tradition that the International Virginia Woolf Society holds a special Woolf dinner at the annual MLA Convention, which will be held in Vancouver Jan. 8-11.

This year’s dinner is planned, but space is limited. Here are the details:

Date: Saturday, Jan. 10
Time: 7:30 p.m
Location: Water Street Cafe

Cost: $40 for members & $25 for graduate students, and the society encourages professors to sponsor their graduate students, if they wish to purchase tickets for them. The first lucky 40 who sign up win places at the table. You lucky winners will be expected to bring $40 or $25 in cash in an envelope with your name on it, to make the evening as efficient as possible. No charge cards.

How to sign up: The first 40 people who send an email to this address:
ivwsociety@gmail.com will win seats at the table. Last year’s dinner was limited to just 30.

Menu: Crunchy Baby Greens Salad, Sunshine Coast Seafood and Corn Chowder, and choice of one entree from the following: Grilled Wild B.C. Salmon, Parmesan Crusted Chicken Breast, Veal Scaloppini or Spinach and Ricotta Cheese Ravioli; and Tiramus for dessert. Wine included.

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Virginia Woolf will be well-represented at the MLA Annual Convention, Jan. 9-12, 2014, in Chicago. Thanks to Leslie Hankins, president of the International Virginia Woolf Society, for sending along the MLA Program 2014program details.

I also want to draw your attention to panel 47: The Decade Modernism Forgot: The 1930s, moderated by Woolf scholar Erica Delsandro of Bucknell University. It is scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 9, from 1:45 – 3 p.m. in Chicago G, of the Chicago Marriott and features these panelists:

  1. “Hiding Inside the Whale,” Calum Chechie, Univ. of Oxford, Saint Catherine’s Coll.
  2. “Joyce’s Nightmare of History in George Orwell’s The Cloergyman’s Daughter,” Ruth S. Hoberman, Eastern Illinois Univ.
  3. “The Orphan decade: Elizabeth Bowen’s 1930s Novels,” Anna Teekell, Lincoln Memorial Univ.

Now for the Woolf panels:

Thursday, Jan. 9

 Time: 7–8:15 p.m.

183. Woolf, Wittgenstein, and Ordinary Language
BELMONT Chicago Marriott

Program arranged by the International Virginia Woolf Society

Presiding: Madelyn Detloff, Miami Univ., Oxford; Gaile Pohlhaus, Miami
Univ., Oxford
1. “Woolf, Wittgenstein, and Nonsense: The Voyage Out as Therapy,”
Megan M. Quigley, Villanova Univ.
2. “‘Stand Roughly Here’: Woolf, Keynes, and Ordinary Language in the
1930s,” Alice Keane, Univ. of Michigan, Ann Arbor
3. “Dumb Colloquy: The Aesthetics of Conversation and Conversational
Aesthetics of To the Lighthouse,” Erin Greer, Univ. of California,
Berkeley
For abstracts, contact detlofmm@miamioh.edu.

Time: 8:45-10 p.m.

All IVWS members are invited to attend the SHARP cash bar on Thursday, Jan. 9, from 8:45-10pm in the Chicago IX room at the Sheraton. [SHARP = Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing; the IVWS has a joint panel with them Friday.

Friday, Jan. 10

Time: 5:15–6:30 p.m.

398. Virginia Woolf and Book History
McHenry, Chicago Marriott
Program arranged by the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing and the International Virginia Woolf Society
Presiding: Leslie Kathleen Hankins, Cornell Coll.
1. “A Library of Her Own: Virginia Stephen’s Books,” Beth Rigel Daugherty, Otterbein Univ.
2. “An Experiment in Form and Content: Vanessa Bell and Virginia Woolf’s Monday or Tuesday,” Amanda Miller, Duquesne Univ.
3. “Blank Spaces: The Hogarth Press and ‘Lost’ Women Publishers,” Alice E. Staveley, Stanford Univ.
Respondent: Karen V. Kukil, Smith Coll.
For abstracts, visit sharpweb.org.

Saturday, Jan. 11

Time: 3:30–4:45 p.m.

609. Virginia Woolf and London’s Colonial Writers
Belmont Chicago Marriott
Program arranged by the International Virginia Woolf Society
Presiding: Elizabeth F. Evans, Univ. of Notre Dame
1. “Virginia Woolf, the Hogarth Press, and South African Modernism,” Laura A. Winkiel, Univ. of Colorado, Boulder
2. “Virginia Woolf, Mulk Raj Anand, and the Novel of Political Transition,” Jeannie Im, New York Univ.
3. “Virginia Woolf’s Caribbean Connections,” Mary Lou Emery, Univ. of Iowa
For abstracts, contact evansef@gmail.com

Read more about Dining with Virginia at the MLA, a Saturday evening dinner event limited to the first 30 respondents.

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Thirty of Virginia Woolf’s closest friends will dine together at the International Virginia Woolf Society mla2014-logodinner party at MLA in Chicago, the evening of Saturday, Jan. 11, at 6:15 p.m. at Shaw’s Crab House, 21 E. Hubbard St.

The meal will follow the Virginia Woolf and London’s Colonial Writers panel, which ends around 4:45 or
5 p.m.  The dinner at Shaw’s is set for 6:15 p.m., and diners will have a room of their own, the Oyster Hall of Fame room.

Menu: Choice of five entrees: grilled salmon, Maryland crab cakes, chicken, vegetarian cous cous, and others.  The meal will include soup, salad, entrée and dessert—as well as wines.

The cost per individual is $55. The IVWS will contribute wine, the gratuity, and subsidize $20 of the individual price for graduate students. If you mentor graduate students, consider inviting them to the dinner and bringing them along.

Please email ivwsociety@gmail.com with the subject heading “MLA DINNER” right away, as the first 30 to make reservations will be the lucky ones at the party. First come, first served!

Meanwhile the wineglasses had flushed yellow and flushed crimson; had been emptied; had been filled – Virginia Woolf

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This is the last call to submit a panel topic for the Modern Language Association Convention in Chicago, scheduled for Jan. 9-12, top_mla_logo2014. The deadline was slightly extended due to individuals having the flu.

The International Virginia Woolf Society will have one guaranteed panel, and the group can submit one additional panel, as it did for the 2013 MLA Convention in Boston with the Katherine Mansfield Society. It may also (as for this past MLA with the Joseph Conrad Society) collaborate with another Allied Organization and submit a third panel.

Organizers would like to continue the tradition of submitting multiple excellent panel proposals. Note that this is a call for panels, not individual paper proposals. Please submit only one topic.

What you should submit:

  1. a 35-word description (word count includes title)
  2. the name(s) and contact information of the proposed organizer(s). [email addresses required.] Note: It can be quite helpful to have more than one organizer, especially if seasonal illness strikes

Submit to Leslie Kathleen Hankins electronically at lhankins@cornellcollege.edu or by mail. Electronic submissions are strongly preferred. The topic line should read: Woolf MLA 2014.

Deadline: Jan. 15 for the receipt of proposals.

The IVWS will vote on the resulting proposals in January, so as to meet MLA deadlines.

If you wish to propose your own special session outside of the IVWS process, please go to the MLA website, http://www.mla.org.

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The International Virginia Woolf Society is issuing a call for proposals for the Virginia Woolf panel at the 2013 Modern Language Association Conference in Boston Jan. 3-6.

The proposal garnering the most votes from the IVWS will be part of the 2013 MLA conference program. The runner-up will be submitted by the IVWS to the MLA as a second panel, which MLA may or may not approve. IVWS voting on the proposals will be completed in November, so as to meet MLA deadlines. A call will then go out to the society for papers to be submitted for the panels.

A panel proposal should include:

  1.  A 35 word description (word count includes title)
  2. The name(s) and contact information of the proposed organizer(s).

Submit to Georgia Johnston by email at IVWSociety@gmail.com or U.S. mail at Georgia Johnston, Department of English, Adorjan 127
Saint Louis University, 3800 Lindell Blvd., St. Louis, MO  63108.

Electronic submission is strongly preferred. Email submissions should have Woolf MLA 2013 in the subject line.

Deadline:  Monday, Oct.31, 2011, for the receipt of panel proposals.

To propose your own special session outside of the IVWS process, please visit the MLA website.

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