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Stefano Rozzoni

As is customary at Woolf conferences, scholars from all over the world traveled to the 29th Annual International Conference on Virginia Woolf at Mount St. Joseph University in Cincinnati, Ohio, adding a global perspective to Woolf studies.

Going global

Blogging Woolf snapped photos of some of these scholars at the June 6-9 event. And we share them here as we introduce an upcoming new series of posts.

The brainchild of Stefano Rizzoni, a doctoral student at the University of Bergamo in Italy, the proposed global series will answer questions like these:

  • What are Woolf conferences like? And how do they enhance a spirit of internationalism and community?
  • How do conferences enrich one’s work, vision and knowledge of Woolf and others?
  • How does one’s native country responds to Virginia Woolf studies?

If you would like to contribute to this series, please contact Blogging Woolf at bloggingwoolf@yahoo.com

Joshua Phillips of Scotland, Briany Armstrong and James Kearns of the UK, Jiwon Choi of China, and Maria Oliveira of Brazil.

Sayaka Okumura and Miyuki Tateishi of Japan

Victoria Callanan of Sweden and Maria Viana of Brazil

Anne Marie Bantzinger of the Netherlands

Cecilia Servatius of Austria

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“The Salon and the Press” was the title of this fun, lively, and informative afternoon session at the 29th Annual International Conference on Virginia Woolf, with chair Zachary Hacker of St. Ursula Academy.

The panel included:

  • Alive Staveley of Stanford, “Buying and Selling Modernism: The Hogarth Press Order Books”
  • Peter Morgan of Stanford, “Flung into Basements”
  • Julie Daoud and students of Thomas More College, “Voices in Bloom in the 21st Century: Reimagining the Salon’ as Chat-Room’ and Recasting Voices as if Embedded in the Net-Generation.”

Below are Blogging Woolf’s live tweets from the session.

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The Ten Principles

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It’s been a long day at the 29th Annual International Conference on Virginia Woolf, too long to write about in detail, but here are a few visuals.

Be afraid, says Jenna Nomes De Gruy. Find her on Instagram @virginialovesvita

“An Interdisciplinary Approach to ‘A Room of One’s Own” with Mount St. Joseph University faculty Iris Spoor, Elizabeth Mason, Lisa Wagner Crews, and Kristina Broadbeck. This was just one of a dozen morning breakout sessions.

Ellen Mclaughlin, playwright and author of “Septimus and Clarissa,”  presents “Woolf and Empathy, Her Sly Revolutionary Art” as the last plenary of the day, paying a poetic tribute to her own mother and Virginia Woolf and how she came to read, appreciate, and love the author and learn about her mother.

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It’s day one of the 29th Annual International Conference on Virginia Woolf, with its theme of social justice, at the University of Mount Saint Joseph in Cincinnati.

Beth Rigel Daugherty, Leslie Hankins and Diane Gillespie presented a panel on “Portraying and Projecting Age, Ageism, and Activism” on day one.

The agenda was full with registration; an opening session; three breakout sessions, each with a choice of six panels ranging from Woolf and race to Queering Woolf; and a plenary session with Dr. Elizabeth Abel of UC Berkeley on “The Smashed Mosaic: Virginia Woolf and African American Modernism.”

The day ended with “Hours in a Library,” a wine and cheese reception at the Mercantile Library in downtown Cincinnati, where conference participants met and mingled among the books.

Take a look at the place where readers, writers, and thinkers have gathered since 1835.

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If you want to attend the 29th Annual International Conference on Virginia Woolf, with its theme of Virginia Woolf and Social Justice, today is your last opportunity to register.

Hosted by Mount St. Joseph University, it will be held in Cincinnati, Ohio from June 6-9.

Here are important links for the four-day event.

Questions? Contact  VWoolf2019@msj.edu

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Woolf in the #MeToo era, Woolf and theater, and Woolf and inclusivity are among the topics that will be covered at the 29th Annual International Conference on Virginia Woolf, with its theme of Woolf and Social Justice, at Mount St. Joseph University in Cincinnati, Ohio, June 6-9.
The conference’s plenary speakers will include the following:
  • Elizabeth Abel (UC Berkeley) on Woolf and the Literary Implications of Social Justice
  • Anne Fernald (Fordham University) and Tonya Krouse (Northern Kentucky University) on Woolf in the Era of #MeToo
  • Kristin Czarnecki (Georgetown College) and Erica Delsandro (Bucknell University) on Woolf and Inclusivity
  • Ellen McLaughlin (Actor “Angels in America,” among many others], Director, Playwright “Septimus and Clarissa,” “A Narrow Bed,” among others) on Woolf, Theater, and Activism.
Other events include:
  • The June 6 evening celebration will be at the historic Taft Art Museum in downtown Cincinnati, a Greek revival, National Historic Landmark building that originally served as the home of the Taft family (and from which William Howard Taft accepted his presidential nomination in 1908).  The museum will be closed to the public and attendees will be able to peruse the collection and the garden at their leisure.
  • June 7 will feature a performance of Leonard Woolf’s play “The Hotel,” featuring students and faculty from the Mount and supervised by McLaughlin.
  • An all-conference roundtable event will conclude the conference on Sunday morning, June 9, to be followed by a visit to the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in downtown Cincinnati, a museum commemorating Cincinnati’s historic location as the border between North and South, and the place to which escaped slaves fled to their freedom.

Deadline for the call for papers is Jan. 31.

Thinking is my fighting – Virginia Woolf, “Thoughts on Peace in an Air Raid,” 1940

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The 29th Annual International Conference on Virginia Woolf, hosted by Mount St. Joseph Universitywill be held in Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.A., from June 6-9, 2019, with the theme of Virginia Woolf and Social Justice. 

Wonder Woman and Virginia Woolf wear their Pussy Hats as they take to the streets.

As a writer deeply concerned with the distribution of power, wealth, education, privileges, and opportunities, Virginia Woolf remains a relevant and sustaining voice on issues of social justice, politics, equality, pacifism, and the dangers of fascism, totalitarianism, and all types of inequality.

Whether advocating for the education of women or breaking new ground with her experimental prose or challenging the patriarchal basis of war and violence, Woolf continues—perhaps now more than ever, in our globally turbulent political moment—to speak clearly and strongly for a more just world. 

Conference organizers look for proposals for papers, panels, roundtables, and workshops from scholars of all stripes (literary and interdisciplinary), creative writers, performing artists, common readers, teachers, and students from all levels (high school, undergraduate, graduate).  They ask that submissions relate to the theme of Virginia Woolf (and, by extension, the Bloomsbury Group) and Social Justice and that they seek to illuminate her life and work through that lens.

Possible themes and topics include, but are not limited to:

·         The education of women

·         Activism and ambivalence

·         Prejudice, bias, and injustice

·         The rise of fascism and totalitarianism

·         Suffragism and the women’s movement

·         Issues of inclusivity

·         The politics of sexuality

·         Age and efficacy

·         The consequences of colonialism

·         Issues of race

·         Issues of class

·         Domesticity and the role of servants

·         Disability/impairment

·         Technology/media

·         Assembly/solidarity/alliances

·         War and the role of women

·         Woolf’s depiction of history and historical movements

·         Links between modernism and social justice

·         The dignity of work and the rights of workers

·         The dignity of human beings

·         Issues of the rights and responsibilities of the artist and the citizen

·         The politicization of art

·         Issues surrounding the poor and the socially vulnerable

·         Calls for action, for participation

In addition, conference organizers also welcome papers on the Bloomsbury Group (especially, but not limited to, the political writing and fiction of Leonard Woolf, the economic theories of John Maynard Keynes, Clive Bell’s writings on art, Duncan Grant’s attention to Eastern art and religion, etc.) and other associates of Virginia Woolf. 

Please send abstracts with names removed as attached Word documents to your e-mail.  For individual papers, please send a 250-word proposal.  For panels of three or more participants, please send a panel title and a 250-word proposal for each of the papers.  For workshops and roundtables, please send a 250- to 500-word proposal with biographies of each participant.  We are also looking for volunteers to chair individual panels. 

There will be individual panels and seminars for high school students and undergraduates; graduate students may submit proposals through the normal submission process outlined above. 

Please e-mail proposals to Drew Shannon at VWoolf2019@msj.edu by Jan. 31, 2019.

Visit www.msj.edu/VWoolf2019 for more information.  This website is currently under construction, but will be updated frequently in the coming days and weeks. 

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