"Challenging Williams": William Carlos Williams Society Biennial Conference
William Carlos Williams Society Biennial Conference
June 23-25, 2022
Arrupe College of Loyola University Chicago
Chicago, Illinois, USA
The forthcoming WCW Society Biennial Conference invites papers on an intentionally diverse range of topics, with the goal of seeking places and poems in Williams’s oeuvre where a (re)evaluation may be fruitful. In what ways does Williams's work continue to challenge us as readers, scholars, persons? Conversely, how may we be drawn or compelled to challenge Williams's work, as readers, scholars, persons?
The Society invites papers on an intentionally diverse range of topics, with the goal of seeking places and poems in Williams’s oeuvre where a (re)evaluation may be fruitful. We encourage proposals, for example, that take up questions posed in indigenous studies, critical race theory, disability studies, ecocriticism, medical humanities related to pandemics (1917 and 2021), postcolonialism, intersectional feminism, and others. We are also interested in ways of reading Williams as anticipating contemporary social, cultural, and political concerns.
The conference will be held in its traditional roundtable format, which allows the work of up to a dozen scholars to be featured in one hour presentations across the two days. The conference is especially good for works-in-progress, as most of the one-hour sessions are spent exploring questions from the audience and fellow presenters, collegially sharing potential resources and avenues for further pursuit. There are also currently plans for an accompanying exhibit related to Williams and Poetry magazine.
Please send a CV and proposals/abstracts of about 300 words to Daniel Burke (firstname.lastname@example.org) by January 10th, 2022. Questions, inquiries, and rough ideas are also welcomed, before then.