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10th and 11th October 2019, Oxford

Organised by Dr David Dwan (Oxford) and Dr Lisa Mullen (Cambridge)


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Northern Modernism Seminar Programme 2019-20

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London Modernism Seminar Programme 2019-20

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New Work in Modernist Studies, Liverpool, 6 December

About the conference
The ninth one-day graduate conference on New Work in Modernist Studies will take place on Friday 6 December at the University of Liverpool, in conjunction with the Modernist Network Cymru (MONC), the London Modernism Seminar, the Scottish Network of Modernist Studies, the Northern Modernism Seminar, the Midlands Modernist Network and the British Association for Modernist Studies (BAMS).

BAMS is dedicated to fostering a culture of diversity and inclusion. As in previous years, this conference will take the form of an interdisciplinary programme reflecting the full diversity of current graduate work in modernist studies; it encourages contributions both from those already involved in the existing networks and from students new to modernist studies who are eager to share their work.

The day, which also marks this semester’s relaunch of the Northern Modernism Seminar, will include a plenary session with Dr Beryl Pong (Sheffield) and will close with a discussion of the ‘new modernism’, for which we’ll be joined by writers and publishers including Chris McCabe (Dedalus, 2018) and Galley Beggar Press. This will be followed by a drinks reception.

Proposals are invited, from PhD students registered at British and Irish universities, for short (10 minutes maximum) research position papers. Your proposal should be no longer than 250 words, and please include with it a short (50 words) biography. If you wish to apply for a contribution to your travel expenses please also include an estimate of travel costs with your proposal (see below for details).

Proposals should be sent to, to which any other enquiries about the conference can also be addressed.

Deadline: Friday 25 October.

Acceptance decisions will be communicated within seven days.

Applicants and delegates are encouraged to let us know about any access needs they might have, and if we are able to make adjustments to the application or presentation process, we will endeavour to do so.

Conference registration will open soon. The conference fee is £25 (£15 for BAMS members) and includes lunch, coffee and a wine reception.

It is anticipated that a subsidised contribution to all travel costs over £20 will be offered to all postgraduates who present a paper at the conference. This means that we will aim to pay the amount that remains after the first £20, for which you will be responsible. (If your travel expenses are less than £20 we will not be able to contribute.) Please note that funds are limited and our ability to contribute depends on your co-operation in finding the cheapest fares. To apply for a travel bursary please include a separate indication of your estimated travel costs with your proposal. This will not be taken into account when assessing your proposal.

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CfP: 100 Years of Night and Day, 26 October 2019, London

A one-day symposium at University of Westminster on 26 October 2019.

One hundred years after its publication, the School of Humanities at the University of Westminster are hosting a one-day symposium to celebrate and interrogate Virginia Woolf’s second novel, Night and Day.

In her diary in 1920, Virginia Woolf wrote: ‘I don’t suppose I’ve ever enjoyed any writing so much as I did the last half of N. & D.’ Her happiness with the novel was characteristically short-lived. In 1932 she wrote that ‘N. & D. is dead.’

Likewise with critics, the novel has moved in and out of favour. Coming as it did after the often surreal subversion of the Bildungsroman that is The Voyage Out, it has been sometimes read by Woolf’s contemporaries and more recent critics alike as a step back towards realist fiction. Famously described by Katherine Mansfield in 1920 as ‘Jane Austen up to date,’ and by critic Randy Malamud in 1989 as ‘a stillborn modernist artefact,’ the question of where this novel exists on the spectrum between realist and modern is one that persists in Woolf criticism, right up to present day.

But as well as considerations of its position in the broad narrative of Woolf’s relationship to realism and modernism, Night and Day has provided fertile ground for critics to explore a wide range of ideas presented by its content. Its engagement with Shakespeare, with women’s suffrage, with mathematics, with class; its portrait of London; its silence on the First World War – all have led critics to new and exciting enquiries.

One hundred years after its initial publication, this one-day symposium in the heart of London seeks to encourage work that considers Night and Day and its innovations, breaking away from readings of the text as a mis-step to consider the rich, unusual, and sometimes difficult ideas that the novel offers.

Paper topics might include, but are not limited to: the relationship between literature and mathematics and astronomy; dreaming and daydreaming; body consciousness; ghosts and haunting; writing practice represented in fiction; spatial geography; London and its addresses; women’s suffrage; marriage and courtship plots; literary celebrity; family portraits; generational conflict; vagueness.

We welcome papers that consider how writers other than Woolf have also explored Night and Day’s themes.

Funding is available to contribute towards speaker travel costs. Lunch will be provided.

Please send abstracts of 150–250 words for 20 minute papers to by 31 July 2019.

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CfP: The Body and the Built Environment, 25 June, Durham

The period between 1750 and 1918 is widely acknowledged to have been one of dramatic societal and cultural change, not least in terms of people’s experience of the spaces in which they lived. The unparalleled urbanisation that took place over the course of the long nineteenth century necessitated new ways of existing in increasingly built up environments. The move to such locations demanded new habits, routines, and modes of movement, all of which had a discernible impact on the body. As Elizabeth Grosz points out, ‘through exercise and habitual patterns of movement, through negotiating its environment whether this be rural or urban […] [that] the body is more or less marked, constituted as appropriate, or, as the case may be, an inappropriate body for its cultural requirements’ (1994). Where, for example, the navigation of uneven rural terrain would have strengthened certain muscles, the negotiation of flat, urban streets produced a markedly different body. Beyond the purely muscular level, the countless cultural elements of the nineteenth century city also impacted in numerous ways upon the embodied subject.

This one-day interdisciplinary symposiuminvites papers that explore how the shifting relationship between the body and the built environment was interrogated in literature and culture of the long nineteenth century. The symposium aims to stimulate academic discussion on a range of topics relating to embodiment and architectural space in the period ranging from 1750-1920. As such, we welcome papers from those working in the fields of Literature, History, Medical Humanities, Geography, Architecture, Philosophy, Film and Media, Psychology, Modern Languages, Gender/Women’s Studies, Law, and Politics.

Paper topics might include, but are not limited to, considerations of: questions of ownership and access; health; urban planning; agoraphobia and other spatially related disorders; sensory perception; the diseased body; policing, surveillance, and public order/disorder; sanitation and pollution; and phenomenological approaches to the body and space.

Potential research questions might include:

  • In what ways did the built environment either encourage or preclude access to certain kinds of bodies in the long nineteenth century?
  • How was the relationship between the embodied subject and architectural space interrogated in literature and culture of the period?
  • What impact did scientific and medical advances in the understanding of the human body have on the construction and/or organisation of the built environment?

Please send abstracts of 250 words for 20-minute papers to: by 17 May 2019. For further details, visit:

This event is supported by the Centre for Nineteenth Century Studies, and is presented in association with the Institute for Medical Humanities at Durham University.


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CfP: Elizabeth von Arnim – Identities, Toulon, 2–3 July


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Poetry and Philosophy Colloquium: On Poetic Determination, 4 May, Warwick

Saturday, 4 May 2019
University of Warwick, room MS.05 (Mathematics and Statistics Building)

“Determination” is a concept applicable to subjective agency, historical circumstance, and formal particularity. If determinism posits the way things must be, an account of determination is concerned not only with how something is but also how it might be otherwise: with both the genesis and possible transformation of states of affairs. How might attention to poetic determination help us to grasp the mediation of agency, history, and form by the literary work? This one-day workshop will take up this question through the resources of both philosophy and literature, foregrounding poetry and poetics as a key site for thinking through conceptual and political problems.


9.45–10.15: Registration

10.15–10.30: Greetings and Introduction (Daniel Katz, Warwick)

10.30–11.15: Nathan Brown (Concordia): “Baudelaire’s Shadow: Toward a Theory of Poetic Determination”

11.15–12.00: Eileen John (Warwick): “The Experience of Necessity in Poetry”

12.00–12.15: coffee break

12.15–13.00: Emma Mason (Warwick): “Determinacy and Weakness in Peter Larkin’s Seven Leaf Sermons

13.00–14.00: lunch

14.00–14.45: Stephen Ross (Concordia): “Equal, That Is, To the Virtual Itself: Poetic Knowledge and Self-Determination in Samuel Delany’s and Nathaniel Mackey’s Fiction”

14.45–15.30: Kyoo Lee (CUNY): “Determinalization: Serial Poecritiquing with and after Jacques Derrida, Nam June Paik, Fred Moten …”

15.30–16.00: coffee break

16.00–17.00: Round Table with Nathan Brown, Eileen John, Daniel Katz, Kyoo Lee, Emma Mason, Stephen Ross

17.00–18.00: drinks reception

Register Here by April 15, 2019 (registration includes lunch and drinks reception)

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conference contact: Daniel Katz (

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CfP: London Conference in Critical Thought, 5–6 July, London

#LCCT2019 Call for Papers – *Deadline Extended*

London Conference in Critical Thought (LCCT)
Friday & Saturday, 5–6 July 2019
Goldsmiths, University of London 

*Deadline Extended*
Now Closing: Sunday 31 March 2019

The deadline for the Call for Papers for the 8th annual London Conference in Critical Thought (LCCT), hosted and supported by the Centre for Invention and Social Process (CISP) at the Department of Sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London, has now been extended until Sunday, 31 March.

The LCCT is a free, inter-institutional, interdisciplinary conference in critical thought that takes place annually in different institutions across London. LCCT follows a non-hierarchical, decentralised model of organisation that undoes conventional academic distinctions between plenary lectures and break-out sessions, aiming instead to create opportunities for intellectual critical exchange regardless of participants’ disciplinary field, institutional affiliation, or seniority. LCCT has no overarching or predetermined theme.  The conference’s intellectual content and academic tone are set anew each year, stemming from thematic streams that are conceived, proposed and curated by a group of stream organisers.  The streams for #LCCT2019 are:

  • Art MANIFESTOS: The future of an evolving form
  • Automating inequality: AI, smart devices and the reproduction of the social
  • The Cold War Then and Now: Theories and legacies
  • Culture/Politics of trauma
  • Difference, evolution and biology
  • Gendered technologies, gender as technology
  • Immanence, conflict and institution: Within and beyond Italian Theory
  • Multiplying Citizenship: Beyond the subject of rights
  • Radical Ventriloquism: Acts of speaking through and speaking for
  • Rethinking new materialisms: Ethics, politics and aesthetics
  • Thinking critically with care

The full call for papers with details of the streams can be found at:

LCCT 2019 Call for Papers

Please send abstracts for papers and presentations proposals with relevant stream title indicated in the subject line to: Abstracts should be no more than 250 words and must be received by the extended deadline of Sunday, 31 March 2019.

We aim to make the LCCT open and accessible to all.  For any queries about accessibility requirements, please get in touch with us at:
More information about the conference is available at

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CfP: Canons and Values in Contemporary Literary Studies, Southampton, 15 June

Scholarship on the contemporary has a unique relationship to questions of canonicity and value. What values shape the choices made in research and teaching on the contemporary? What canons does this work produce? And how do these values and canons relate to those produced in education and the publishing and cultural industries?

This one-day symposium will debate the ideas of canonicity and cultural value that inform research and teaching in contemporary literary studies. It aims to enable researchers at all levels, and working in all areas of contemporary literary studies, to theorise, articulate, and critique the role played by canons and values in their teaching and research, and to develop strategies for engaging with debates about canonicity and value beyond academia.

This event is supported by the British Association of Contemporary Literary Studies, who have generously provided support for a number of travel awards to enable the participation of PGRs and ECRs working without institutional support.

Please see our website for details about the Call for Participants, and for details about how to apply for a bursary:

This event is organised by Contemporary Studies Network (Rachel Sykes [University of Birmingham], Diletta De Cristofaro [University of Birmingham], Arin Keeble [Edinburgh Napier University]) in collaboration with Kevin Brazil (University of Southampton) and Andrew Dean (UCL).