Katherine Mansfield: New Directions

deadline for submissions: 
February 1, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
Katherine Mansfield Society

Katherine Mansfield: New Directions

Katherine Mansfield Society Conference

Birkbeck, University of London
28-29 June 2018

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS:
Acclaimed authors
Ali Smith Elleke Boehmer

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS
This international conference celebrates 10 years since the formation of
the Katherine Mansfield Society. Since that time there has been a
significant resurgence of scholarly interest in Mansfield, driven by the
Society’s journal Katherine Mansfield Studies, now published annually as
a prestigious yearbook by Edinburgh University Press. The themes
covered to date have been wide-ranging: KM and Continental Europe;
KM and Modernism; KM and the Arts; KM and the Fantastic; KM and
the Postcolonial; KM and World War 1; KM and Translation; KM and
Psychology; KM and Russia. The tenth volume (on the theme of KM and
Virginia Woolf) will be published in 2018.
In addition to the yearbook, the Society has organised numerous
international conferences, in New Zealand, France, the UK, Slovakia,
Switzerland, and Australia, all of which have fed into this resurgence of
interest in Mansfield. There have also been three major new biographies
in the last ten years: Kathleen Jones’s Katherine Mansfield: The
Storyteller (2010), Gerri Kimber’s Katherine Mansfield: The Early Years
(2016), and Redmer Yska’s A Strange Beautiful Excitement: Katherine
Mansfield’s Wellington 1888-1903 (2017).
The time has surely now come, therefore, to reassess Mansfield’s life and
reputation ten years on, in the light of so much new research, and to
consider new directions for future Mansfield studies.

Suggested topics for papers might include (but are not limited to):
• KM and world literature
• KM, music and art
• KM as an avant-garde writer
• KM and modernist magazines
• KM and material publication contexts
• KM and cultural material studies
• KM and medical humanities.
• KM and queer studies
• KM and her biographers
• KM and her contemporaries
• KM and New Zealand
• KM and World War 1
• KM and cosmopolitanism
• KM and travel writing
• KM and the literary marketplace
• KM and modernity/the modern
• KM and pedagogy
• KM and the colonial world
• KM and critical heritage
• KM and her legacy

Abstracts of 200 words, together with a bio-sketch,
should be sent to the conference organisers:
Dr Aimee Gasston, Birkbeck, University of London, UK
Dr Gerri Kimber, University of Northampton, UK
Professor Janet Wilson, University of Northampton, UK
at kms@katherinemansfieldsociety.org

Submission deadline: 1 February 2018.