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CfP: Hope Mirrlees’s Paris: A Poem at 100 (Online cluster; abstract deadline 1 Oct 2021; article deadline 1 Mar 2022)

Modernism/modernity Print Plus Cluster Proposal

2020 marked the 100th anniversary of “modernism’s lost masterpiece,” Hope Mirrlees’s Paris: A Poem. Published by Hogarth Press in the spring of 1920, and typeset by Virginia Woolf, this ground-breaking long poem maps the range of continental avant-garde aesthetics of the 1910s even as it both engages and anticipates the mythical methods and epic conventions of James Joyce, Ezra Pound, and T.S. Eliot.

This proposed Modernism/modernity Print Plus cluster hopes to present new work that reassesses the singularity of Mirrlees’s poem as well as its place within the broader network of literary modernism and early twentieth-century poetics. While scholars such as Julia Briggs, who produced the first annotated edition of the poem in Gender in Modernism: New Geographies, Complex Intersections (2007), and Sandeep Parmar, who edited the first critical edition of Mirrlees’s Collected Poems (2011), have done the important archival and recovery work that restored Paris to critical attention, Peter Howarth solidified Paris’s position within the modernist “canon” with his chapter, “Why Write Like This?,” in The Cambridge Introduction to Modernist Poetry (2011), which introduces readers to the disorienting pleasures of modernism’s most famous poems through an extended analysis of Mirrlees’s “difficult” work (16). Building on these approaches, this cluster aims to initiate a new wave of Paris scholarship that complicates and extends the poem’s aesthetic, cultural, and socio-political import on the occasion of its centenary.

This Print+ cluster will demonstrate how engagement with Paris speaks not only to Mirrlees’s text but also to broader interests within modernist studies. We therefore seek a selection of articles that both pay tribute to the exceptionality of the poem and insist on the “complex intersections” that resist canonical trends of exceptionalizing marginalized writers like Mirrlees. While some interventions may consider detailed aspects of the poem, its influences, and its legacies, others may focus on Mirrlees’s work more generally and in relation to her contemporaries. Additionally, given M/m’s long history of engagement with Eliot and the The Waste Land, especially their recent Print+ cluster on “Reading ‘The Waste Land’ with the #MeToo Generation,” we seek contributions that help us to respond to the urgent questions: why Paris and why now? As an alternative to revisiting TWL’s position within the High-Modernist canon, can we, to quote the editor of the Eliot cluster, examine the ways in which Paris “acts as a kind of test case of how the #MeToo generation can change the way we read”? How might this poem spark new conversations about the relation among gender, sexuality, and power in modernist studies?

Our hope is that a Print+ cluster, which will be widely accessible and allow for an unprecedented engagement with the poem through the platform’s ability to include digital material (archives, visual culture), together with the recent publication of a new, smaller, and more affordable edition of the poem (Faber & Faber 2020), will facilitate the inclusion of Paris on more syllabi, igniting future waves of scholarship centered on this long under-appreciated poem and its networks.

Topics may include:

Teaching Paris

Hogarth Press

The history of the circulation of Mirrlees’s poem

The poem in relation to its (anti)colonial and Imperial interventions

Paris in dialogue with non-Western Modernisms

Mirrlees and translation

Mirrlees’s materialism

Cinema and visual culture

The city poem

Psychoanalysis and poetic form

Politics of poetics/aesthetics

Gender and sexuality in Paris

Queer(ing) Paris

*Abstracts (~250 words) due: October 1 2021. Please send to editors Nell Wasserstrom and Rio Matchett at and with the subject line “Hope Mirrlees Print+ Submission.” The editors also welcome queries.

*Selected abstracts will be followed by short articles (~3000 words) due March 1 2022. The cluster will then be submitted in its entirety to M/m for peer review.

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Call for nominations in D.H. Lawrence Studies (deadline 6 Sep 2021)

The D.H. Lawrence Society of North America is pleased to invite nominations for the following awards in Lawrence studies:

The Harry T. Moore Award for Lifetime Achievement in and Encouragement of Lawrence Studies.

The Mark Spilka Lectureship.  Lecture by a distinguished Lawrence scholar to be delivered at the International Conference. Awarded no less than once per decade.

The Extraordinary Service Award.  For service to the DHLSNA and/or Lawrence studies in general.

The Biennial Award for a book by a Newly Published Scholar in Lawrence Studies.  For a book substantially, though not necessarily exclusively, devoted to Lawrence.  Only books published from August 2018 to July 2021 will be considered. 

The Biennial Award for an article by a Newly Published Scholar in Lawrence Studies.  Only articles or book chapters published from August 2018 to July 2021 will be considered.  Chapters published in multi-author collections such as D.H. Lawrence in Context or the Edinburgh Companion to D.H. Lawrence and the Arts are eligible for this award, as are individual chapters in single-author volumes.

All nominations and self-nominations should be sent to DHLSNA President Elect Ronald Granofsky at and must be received no later than Labor Day, 6th September 2021.  Winners will be announced in the Spring 2022 Newsletter.

Adam Parkes (President, DHLSNA)

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CfP: Reading in theory and in higher education practice (journal SI; abstracts 15 July 2021; articles 15 Oct)

[Call for Articles]

Reading in theory
and in higher education practice

Special issue of CLW – Cahier voor Literatuurwetenschap (2022)
ed. by Janine Hauthal & Hannah Van Hove

deadline for abstracts: 15 July 2021; deadline for articles: 15 October 2021

Over the past few decades, the field of literary studies has increasingly been interested in the question of how we read (Bennett 1995; Littau 2006). Developments in cognitive and cultural studies, hermeneutics, reception theory as well as digital humanities have contributed to enlarging our understanding (of theories) of reading and have gradually brought together previously separated domains of study such as reader-response theory (Iser 1976), narratology (Genette 1972/1983), sociology of reading (Bourdieu 1979) and history of reading (Manguel 1996). While, initially and most influentially, approaches to reading in the context of literary studies have viewed reading as a cognitive process and focused on the content of texts, cognitive literary studies and narratology (Herman 2002) shifted the focus to the mental processes by which readers make sense of texts. More recent approaches have pushed further in this direction by conceptualizing reading as social cognition and exploring it as an embodied act (Caracciolo 2014; Kukkonen 2017, 2019). In distinction to the field’s tradition of ‘close reading’, different ways of reading have also engendered methodological innovations, tellingly called ‘distant reading’ (Moretti 2005, 2013; see also Bode 2017) or ‘hyper reading’ (Hayles 2012), which, in turn, have played a role in the current rise of interest in the future of reading in the attention economy of the (post)digital age (Berg/Seeber 2016; McLean Davies et al. 2020; Sommer 2020).

We invite articles which engage with reading as either cognitive process, physical activity, social behaviour or institutionalized practice (Birke 2016: 8-11) or blend these aspects in considering their interactive dynamics. Contributions may engage with, but are not limited to, the following questions: If meaning is no longer recognized as being carried solely by texts, where do we locate (the production of) meaning? Do experimental, hybrid and/or intermedial texts require different reading strategies? How are readers constructed and written (about)? How are we to account for the challenges posed by gendered and intersectional theories of reading? How do digital textualities affect reading practices? How do the readings we teach relate to the flourishing of online book culture and layman’s criticism? What are the (disciplinary, social, neurological) consequences when analysis through machine algorithms is recognized as a form of reading as valid as close reading? How do we as scholars understand (ourselves as) readers? In the age of the entrepreneurial neoliberal university, how (much time or credit points) do we invest in reading and what kind of readers and readings do literary curricula foster in the face of demands of employability?

For the special issue publication, we welcome contributions of 5,000 words (incl. footnotes) in English. The deadline for articles is 15 October 2021. Please send an abstract of max. 500 words and a 100-word author bio to Janine Hauthal ( and Hannah Van Hove (havhove@vub.beby 15 July 2021. Contributions will be published in a special issue section of CLW – Cahier voor Literatuurwetenschap, a peer-reviewed journal published by Academia Press. All manuscripts should reference and be formatted according to the CLW style guide and may be submitted in Word format. All manuscripts are peer-reviewed and are scheduled for publication in autumn 2022.


Bennett, Andrew (ed.). Readers and Reading. Longman, 1995.

Berg, Maggie & Barbara K. Seeber. The Slow Professor: Challenging the Culture of Speed in the Academy. U of Toronto P, 2016.

Biebuyck, Benjamin. “Het aandikken van vriendschap: Zes thesen over het academische literatuuronderwijs [The thickening of friendship: Six theses on teaching literature at university].” CLW 11 (2019): 135-143.

Birke, Dorothee. Writing the Reader: Configurations of a Cultural Practice in the English Novel. De Gruyter, 2016.

Bourdieu, Pierre. Distinction: A Social Critique of the Judgement of Taste, translated by Richard Nice. Harvard UP, 1984 [1979].

Caracciolo, Marco. The Experientiality of Narrative: An Enactivist Approach. De Gruyter, 2014.

Genette, Gérard. Narrative Discourse: An Essay in Method, translated by Jane E. Lewin. Cornell UP, 1980 [1972].

—. Narrative Discourse Revisited, translated by Jane E. Lewin. Cornell UP, 1988 [1983].

Herman, David. Story Logic: Problems and Possibilities of Narrative. U of Nebraska P, 2002.

Hayles, Katherine. How We Think: Digital Media and Contemporary Technogenesis. U of Chicago P, 2012.

Iser, Wolfgang. The Act of Reading: A Theory of Aesthetic Response, translated by the author with David Henry Wilson. Johns Hopkins UP, 1978 [1976].

Kukkonen, Karin. A Prehistory of Cognitive Poetics: Neoclassicism and the Novel. Oxford UP, 2017.

—. 4E Cognition and Eighteenth-Century Fiction: How the Novel Found its Feet. Oxford UP, 2019.

Littau, Karin. Theories of Reading: Books, Bodies and Bibliomania. Polity, 2006.

Manguel, Alberto. A History of Reading. Penguin, 1996.

McLean Davies, Larissa, Katherine Bode, Susan Martin and Wayne Sawyer. “Reading in the (Post)Digital Age: Large Digital Databases and the Future of Literature in Secondary Classrooms.” English in Education 54.3 (2020).

Moretti, Franco. Graphs, Maps, Trees. Verso, 2005.

—. Distant Reading. Verso, 2013.

Sommer, Roy. “Libraries of the Mind: What Happens after Reading.” Diegesis – Interdisciplinary E-Journal for Narrative Research/Interdisziplinäres E-Journal für Erzählforschung 9.1 (2020): 83-99 (

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BAMS Essay Prize (deadline 16 July 2021)

The British Association for Modernist Studies invites submissions for its annual essay prize for early career scholars. The winning essay will be published in Modernist Cultures, and the winner will also receive £250 of books.

The BAMS Essay Prize is open to any member of the British Association for Modernist Studies who is studying for a doctoral degree, or is within five years of receiving their doctoral award. You can join BAMS by following the link on our membership pages:

Essays are to be 7-9,000 words, inclusive of footnotes and references.

The closing date for entries is 16 July 2021 (the final day of the Festival of Modernism). The winner will be announced at the start of the new academic year.

Essays can be on any subject in modernist studies (including anthropology, art history, cultural studies, ethnography, film studies, history, literature, musicology, philosophy, sociology, urban studies, and visual culture). Please see the editorial statement of Modernist Cultures for further information:

In the event that, in the judges’ opinion, the material submitted is not of a suitable standard for publication, no prize will be awarded.

Instructions to Entrants

Entries must be submitted electronically in Word format to and conform to the MHRA style guide.

Entrants should include a title page detailing their name, affiliation, e-mail address, and their doctoral status/ date of award; they should also make clear that the essay is a submission for the BAMS Essay Prize.

It is the responsibility of the entrant to secure permission for the reproduction of illustrations and quotation from copyrighted material.

Essays must not be under consideration elsewhere.

Enquiries about the prize may be directed to Claire Warden, Chair of BAMS (

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CfP: Ethical Crossroads in Literary Modernism (book; abstract 1 March; essays 3 Aug 2021)

Discontent with the prevailing culture, modernist artists sought to break the world apart in order to remake it, calling into question long-held assumptions about ethics and consciousness, identity, religion, responsibility and accountability. Further, the scientific discoveries and technological innovations that took place during this period resulted in a culture that was in need of near constant redefinition. This edited collection seeks to reexamine these ethical questions in light of the present  moment by engaging with recent scholarship and the extended canon of the new modernist studies. The current COVID-19 outbreak and its similarities with the Pandemic of 1918 have brought these questions to the fore once again, exposing the tensions between our ethical responsibilities and the deep-seated racial/class divisions and political schisms ingrained in modern societies. Our primary objective is to draw attention to the ethical dimensions that mediate the human, non-human, and posthuman crossroads that form integral aspects of literary modernism, thus expanding the scope of discussion beyond the realm of interpersonal and intercultural relationships. 

In addition to welcoming proposals that foreground the ethical dynamics in canonical modernist texts, the editors especially invite proposals which expand the boundaries of modernist studies horizontally—to writers working outside the metropolitan epicentres most closely associated with aesthetic modernism and to writers working outside of the 1890-1945 time period—as well as vertically—blurring the boundaries between high modernism and alternative modes of written expression, such as travel writing, journalism, non-fiction essays, graphic novels, etc. We are open to interventions which hold modernism to account for its ethical and political failings and blindspots, as well as reflections on its radical and positive influence.

Possible subjects might include, but are not limited to:

  • Biopolitics and the Medical Humanities
  • Gender, Ethnicity, and Sexuality
  • Gerontology and Youth Studies
  • Environmental and Ecological Concerns
  • Animals and the Anthropocene 
  • Energy and Consumption
  • Narration, Dramaturgy, and the Ethics of Alterity
  • Utilitarianism, Deontology, Perspectivism, and Moral Relativism
  • Colonialism and Postcolonialism
  • Crime and Punishment
  • Institutions and Infrastructures 
  • Science and Technologies 
  • Mapping and Cartography
  • Human Migration, Cultural Diversity, and Acculturation 

Please send bios and abstracts of no more than 500 words to Katherine Ebury, Matthew Fogarty and Bridget English at by March 1st. Essays will be 6,000 words and due by August 3rd.

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Essay prize: The Emerging Beardsley Scholar Prize (deadline 31 Dec 2020)

To mark the foundation of the Aubrey Beardsley Society, a prize for the best short essay on any aspect of Beardsley’s work, life, and reception will be awarded to an outstanding emerging scholar. The Society aims to encourage new work that is intellectually adventurous and stylistically accomplished, and seeks submissions that highlight Beardsley’s relevance today.

• Postgraduate (MA, MPhil, PhD) and early career researchers who have not held a permanent academic post are invited to participate.
• The participants should join the Aubrey Beardsley Society (discounted
• Essays should be up to 2,500 words and formatted in accordance with the MHRA style.

The amount of the Emerging Beardsley Scholar Prize is £500. Two runners-up will be awarded £100 each, and the three winning pieces will be published in the AB Blog. The Prize is supported by the Alessandra Wilson Fund.

Please email your submission by 31 December 2020 to Dr Sasha Dovzhyk at

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Publicising your call for papers and/or event via BAMS

A quick reminder on the different ways you can communicate with the BAMS community to promote your call for papers and/or event.

1: Use the JISCMail list

If you join the BAMS jiscmail list you can post directly to it.

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If you mention us @modernistudies in a twitter post it’ll come to several of our phones and we’re happy to retweet.

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4: Ask for it to be posted on the website

You can email the BAMS info email address (see Contact page) with formatted text (in Word is fine – it holds formatting when pasted into WordPress) and the Web Officer will post the call when they see it. It might take a little while to respond, so do allow a bit of lead time when requesting web posts.

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CfP: Reading Modernism in the Sixth Extinction (deadline 31 Jan 2020)

Prospective Modernism/modernity Print+ cluster

Edited by Caroline Hovanec and Rachel Murray

We are living through the sixth mass extinction – a period of geological history in which species are dying out at up to 1000 times the normal rate. A 2019 UN report warned that as many as one million plant and animal species are threatened with extinction, and recent studies have reported staggering declines in biodiversity over the past fifty years. The causes are anthropogenic – human activities have led to habitat loss, global warming, introduced species, and other pressures on nonhuman species populations. News headlines abound with terms like ‘biological annihilation’ and ‘apocalypse’. The scale of these crises is difficult to capture in ordinary language, driving theorists to develop a new critical vocabulary which includes terms such as ‘ecocide’, ‘petroculture’, ‘Anthropocene’, ‘Capitalocene’, and ‘Plantationcene’. New academic disciplines – such as ‘Extinction Studies’ and ‘Anthropocene Studies’ – have sprung up in response, urging us to think about how the effects of environmental degradation are experienced, narrated, and resisted across a variety of cultural forms, and asking important questions about our place in, and obligations to, a more-than-human world (Bird Rose, van Dooren, Chrulew, 2017).

We seek papers for a cluster that would examine what it means to read modernism in these troubling times. How do modernist texts help us think about nonhuman species, animal vulnerability, geological scales, and more-than-human ethics? What might be gained from reading modernist texts through the lens of present environmental concerns? Submissions are invited to consider, but are not limited to:

  1. Human-animal relations; non-human ethics; multispecies encounters
  2. Invasive species; living things that are seen as unwelcome or out-of-place
  3. Ideas of abundance and excess (too much life)
  4. Representations of endangered or extinct species
  5. Animal remains; specimens; fossils
  6. The language of extinction; extinction as a linguistic phenomenon
  7. Representations of invisible or newly visible lives
  8. Modernist forms and techniques as a means of conceptualising extinction
  9. The exploitation of animals and habitats; precursors to extinction
  10. Reading extinction in a local, national, transnational, or global context
  11. Ideas of scale, perspective, and deep time in relation to extinction
  12. Narratives of decline, degeneration, or apocalypse
  13. Narratives of resistance, resilience, or recovery
  14. Extinction, technology and new media
  15. Teaching modernism in the sixth extinction; the pedagogy of extinction


Please send a titled, 300-word abstract and a brief biography to and by January 31, 2020. 6 to 8 contributors will be invited to submit essays of up to 5000 words, after which the entire cluster will be sent out for peer review.


Caroline Hovanec is Assistant Professor of English and Writing at the University of Tampa. She is the author of Animal Subjects: Literature, Zoology, and British Modernism (Cambridge UP, 2018), as well as various essays on animal studies and environmental humanities.

Rachel Murray is a postdoctoral research fellow at Loughborough University. Her book, The Modernist Exoskeleton: Insects, War, Literary Form, is forthcoming with Edinburgh University Press.

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CfP: Urban Cultures, Digital Cities, June 2020 (first deadline 1 Dec 2019)

This unique initiative for 2020 brings City University of London and the University of Kent into collaboration with Routledge and Intellect Books on two conferences and associated publications.

Heritage, Preservation, Digital histories, Digital design, Art and Architectural History. Social history, Cultural industries, Urban design, Community Heritage, Architectural History.

The University of Kent conference will feed directly into the Intellect Books series, “Mediated Cities”.
A special strand in each conference is reserved for delegates with a specialism in teaching and learning. It is expected to form part of the Routledge book series: Focus on Design Pedagogy.

To participate, submit an abstract:

Dates: 29-30 June 2020
Place: University of Kent, Canterbury, UK
Abstracts: 10 February 2020 (Round 1)
Themes: Heritage, Preservation, Digital histories, Digital design, Art and Architectural History.

Dates: 16-19 June 2020
Place: City University of London, UK
Abstracts: 01 December 2019 (Round 1)
Themes: Social history, Cultural industries, Urban design, Community Heritage, Architectural History.

Each conference seeks to develop publications with AMPS-PARADE (Publication and Research in Art, Architectures, Design and Environments). The full range of publishers involved in the PARADE network includes:

Routledge Taylor & Francis | UCL Press | Intellect Books | Cambridge Scholars Publishing | Vernon Press | Libri Publishing

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CfP: Making Sense of Violence in the Digital Age, Gdansk, 24-26 Feb 2020 (deadline 20 Nov 2019)

Call for papers

Making Sense of Violence in the Digital Age

University of Gdańsk (Poland), 24–26 February 2020

Confirmed Keynote Speakers: Prof. Jeff Hearn and Dr Nena Močnik

Organizers: Marta Laura Cenedese and Helena Duffy

We invite scholars, students, practitioners and activists from all fields to take part in the inaugural symposium of the Study Circle Narrative and Violence (2020–2022). The Circle is run under the auspices of the Nordic Summer University, a migratory, non–hierarchical group of international researchers that is a forum for experimentation and cross–disciplinary collaboration welcoming members from both within and outside universities and other institutions.

We will launch our Study Circle in a city that last year was the stage of an outrageous act of violence. As evidenced by the hate-speech-motivated public murder of Paweł Adamowicz, the Mayor of Gdańsk, in the digital age violence calls for an urgent redefinition, and its hermeneutics for a rethinking within theoretical, sociological and cultural perspectives. Bringing together scholars and practitioners (journalists, politicians, political analysts, activists, criminologists etc.), we will discuss the ways in which the newly arisen media have become powerful vectors for violent acts.

We are interested in contributions dealing with various narrativisations of digital violence and the ethical issues they bring to the fore, approached through interdisciplinary perspectives. Some of our research questions are (but not limited to):

  • What new guises does violence take in the digital age?
  • How is violence articulated through social media (FB, Twitter, Instagram, etc.)?
  • How is digital violence narrativised in cultural productions (literary, cinematic, artistic etc.)?
  • How has sexual violence changed with the onset of digital technology?
  • How can digital media diffuse/counteract violence (e.g. bloggers suffering domestic abuse, violence experienced by minorities, etc.)?
  • What are the negative impacts of digital technology on the animal world and the natural environment?
  • What are the forms and impacts of cyberbullying?
  • What are the potential negative implications of violent video games? How to use them, instead, as non-violence learning tools?
  • Can digital surveillance be considered a form of violence and what are the possible alternatives?

Please send proposals (max. 300 words) with a title and a short biographical statement (100 words) to Marta Laura Cenedese ( by 20th November 2019. We encourage participants to craft their presentations in the format that they find most suitable, but please specify details of required equipment. If you wish to attend without presenting, contact Marta. PhD and MA students are eligible for up to five ECTS points for participation and presentation of a paper. The preliminary programme will be announced in mid–December 2019 at There you will also find more information about NSU and may sign up for the newsletter.


Conference participation fee:

The participation fee includes lunches, coffee/tea during breaks, and the conference dinner.

€ 80 – standard fee (€ 65 – early-bird registration by 20th January)

€ 60 – students, self-financed/freelance/independent scholars and artists (€ 50 – early-bird registration by 20th January)



To participate in the symposium you need to become member of the Nordic Summer University (NSU). The annual membership fee facilitates the existence of NSU, which is a volunteer-based organisation. As a member you can sign up for all events organised by NSU, take part in the democratic decision-making process on which NSU is based, and become part of the extensive network of NSU. There are two rates: a standard fee of € 25 and a discounted membership of € 10 for students, self-financed/freelance/independent scholars, and artists.

The Nordic Summer University builds on the values of equality, inclusion, and sustainability by combining two traditions: the continental ideals of learning and cultivation of the self, and the Nordic heritage of folkbildning and self-organization, with its investments in open–access education and collaboration through participation and active citizenship.

Circle 4 is actively committed to implementing sustainable practices at its events. At our symposia we offer vegetarian/vegan food only and aim towards zero waste. We thus invite members to bring their own reusable coffee cup and water bottle to the symposia and to consider carefully the carbon footprint of their travel choices.