Loyola University Chicago
Northern Illinois University
The 24th Annual International Conference on Virginia Woolf, co-sponsored by Loyola University Chicago and Northern Illinois University, will take place in Chicago, 5 – 8 June 2014. “Virginia Woolf: Writing the World” aims to address such themes as the creation of worlds through literary writing, Woolf’s reception as a world writer, world wars and the centenary of the First World War, and myriad other topics.
We invite proposals for papers, panels, roundtables, and workshops on any aspect of the conference theme from literary and interdisciplinary scholars, creative and performing artists, common readers, advanced undergraduate and graduate students, and teachers of Woolf at all levels. Possible themes include but are not limited to:
Woolf as a world writer, including reception and/or influence of her work
writing as world creation
the globalization of Woolf studies
feminist re-envisionings of the world
lesbian, gay, and/or queer worlds
cosmology, physics, different kinds of worlds
geography(y)(ies) and/or mapping the world
“First” and “Third” worlds
the centenary of World War I
the World Wars
peace, justice, war, and violence
feminist writers of 1914 and/or suffragettes and WWI
pacifist and conscientious objector movements
class and/in Woolf’s world(s)
writing the working class
socialists “righting” the world
inter-arts influences, including painting, cinema, music, and journalism
the publishing world transnational modernisms and postmodernisms
Woolf and/on international relations
imperialism and anti-imperialism
teaching Woolf in global contexts
teaching Woolf outside of the traditional 4-year college classroom
Woolf and the new global media
Woolf and Chicago connections/reception
For individual papers, send a 250-word proposal. For panels (three or four papers, please), send a proposed title for the panel and 250-word proposals for EACH paper. For roundtables and workshops, send a 250- to 500-word proposal and a brief biographical description of each participant. Because we will be using a blind submission process, please do not include your name(s) on your proposal. Instead, in your covering e-mail, please include your name(s), institutional affiliation (if any), paper and/or session title(s), and contact information. If you would like to chair a panel instead of proposing a paper or panel, please let us know.
Email proposals by attachment in Word to Woolf2014@niu.edu.
Deadline for proposals: 25 January 2014
For more information about the conference, including the keynote speakers, go to www.niu.edu/woolfwritingtheworld/.