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Modernist difficulty: its evolving value and meaning

Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 2:17pm
MSA Toronto (October 2019)
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Difficulty is a key quality associated with modernist works and a key value associated with modernist theory. T. S. Eliot’s “The Metaphysical Poets” valorizes difficulty’s intellectual and mimetic value, claiming that, because civilization is various and complex, poetry should force or dislocate language into meaning. D. H. Lawrence’s “Morality and the Novel” values emotional difficulty as necessary to the journey toward newness, both in life (“A new relation … will always hurt. So life will always hurt”) and art (“to read a really new novel will always hurt”). Echoing Freud, Lawrence says there will always be “resistance” to newness.

Eliot Society, St. Louis, Sept. 2019, call for papers

Friday, February 22, 2019 - 2:57pm
International T. S. Eliot Society
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, June 1, 2019

The 40th Annual Meeting of the International T. S. Eliot Society

St. Louis

September 27–29, 2019



Call for Papers


'Legacies' of Modernism (Panel for MSA 2019)

Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 8:43am
Jap-Nanak Makkar; panel organizer for MSA 2019
deadline for submissions: 
Tuesday, March 5, 2019


CFP for MSA Panel Proposal: 'Legacies' of Modernism 
General Conference Theme: Upheaval and Reconstruction 
Toronto, ON, CA. October 17-20, 2019 

Observing Upheaval: Modernism and Surveillance

Tuesday, February 19, 2019 - 8:55am
Modernist Studies Association
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, March 2, 2019

Observing Upheaval: Modernism and Surveillance panel

Modernist Studies Association conference: October 17-20, 2019, Toronto
Conference Theme: Upheaval and Reconstruction

Organisers: Stephanie J Brown and Emily Hainze


Panel description:

Crosscurrents in Lawrence Studies

Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 11:26am
D.H. Lawrence Society of North America
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, March 15, 2019


CFP for MLA 2020, Jan. 9-12, Seattle, Washington.

Explorations of crosscurrents in Lawrence between genres, literary periods, political ideologies, etc., responses to race/ethnicity, queer and feminist interventions, masculinity.

Please submit a 300 word abstract plus a short bio.

Neighbours of Ours: Cities, Communities, Networks

Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 8:13am
Literary London Society
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, March 1, 2019

‘Neighbours of Ours’: Cities, Communities, Networks11-12 July 2019

Call for Papers


Marina Warner: ‘Words on the Move’

Plenary Panel: 

‘The Baron Six’:

Anthony Cartwright, Sean Longden, Susie Thomas, Nadia Valman, Andrew Whitehead, Ken Worpole.

Re-Orientating E. M. Forster (Cambridge, 2 - 4 April, 2020)

Monday, February 25, 2019 - 12:31pm
Re-Orientating E. M. Forster: Texts, Contexts, Receptions at the University of Cambridge, 2 - 4 April 2020
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, May 10, 2019

Call for Papers



Texts, Contexts, Receptions


An international anniversary conference

Cambridge, Thursday 2 to Saturday 4 April 2020


Confirmed speakers: Paul Armstrong (Brown), Stefan Collini (Cambridge), Santanu Das (Oxford), Leela Gandhi (Brown), Jane Goldman (Glasgow), Laura Marcus (Oxford), Stefania Michelucci (Genoa), Rachel Potter (East Anglia), and David Trotter (Cambridge).


“Across the Great Divide: Experience, Authority, and the Great War in Britain”

Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 8:36am
Modernist Studies Association Toronto October 17-20 2019
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, February 25, 2019

Conference Theme: “Upheaval and Reconstruction”

Tracing the origins of what he calls the “Myth of the [Great] War,” Samuel Hynes has argued that soldier-poets and memoirists gave this narrative of the conflict its “fullest definition” in the late 1920s and early 1930s, and that it “can be reduced to two terse propositions: the old betray the young; the past is remote and useless” (A War Imagined x). “No generation since then has questioned its validity,” Hynes continues; rather, the soldier-poets’ account is “repeated in texts written by authors who did not experience the war, but who inherited its myth.”

The “CROSS-INTER-MULTI-TRANS-“ disciplinarit(ies) of English Studies

Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 4:09pm
Albanian Society for the Study of English
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, March 31, 2019


The “CROSS-INTER-MULTI-TRANS-“ disciplinarit(ies) of English Studies

5th ASSE conference on British and American Studies

6-8 June 2019, Vlora, Albania

Deadline for submissions: 31 March 2019

Plantationocene v. Anthropocene: Global South Perspectives

Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 8:33am
Modern Languages Association (MLA 2020 in Seattle)
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, March 18, 2019

Seeking paper abstracts for a special panel session on the theme of "the human" at the MLA conference in Seattle, WA on January 9-12, 2020. Each panelist will present a 15- to 20-minute paper that helps to theorize and contextualize current debates about the name, length, and roles of the human and the plantation in the formation of the present epoch. Open to any topic, especially papers on 19th-21st c. plantation literature from South Asia, Latin America, and Africa (but open to other regions and a broad interpretation of plantations as well). Please send a 250-word abstract, CV, and any queries to Dr. Isadora Wagner, West Point ( and Dr.