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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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