The deadline for submitting a proposal to participate in the conference marking Doris Lessing’s centenary, taking place this fall at the University of East Anglia (UK), is almost here: April 30! See details below or visit the conference website.
12th-14th September 2019
UEA Thomas Paine Centre
The School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing at UEA is hosting an international conference to mark the centenary of Doris Lessing’s birth.
Doris Lessing is one of the most widely-read and culturally important writers of the twentieth century, yet her academic reputation does not reflect this fact. On the occasion of her centenary, this conference proposes a new critical exploration of the life and work of a complex and multifaceted writer, presenting an opportunity to rethink her contribution to modern literature. It also seeks to establish Lessing as a central figure in twentieth-century literature who traverses a range of forms, styles, periodising categories, genres, political orientations, and readerships.
The conference will take place at the University of East Anglia, an institution that Lessing had a strong connection with, and to which she donated her extensive personal papers on her death. The event will coincide with an exhibition dedicated to Lessing’s life and work in the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts at UEA, which will see letters, manuscripts and personal effects on public display for the first time.
Please see the conference website at http://dorislessing100.org/ for more details.
Confirmed keynote speakers include:
Patrick French (Lessing’s official biographer) in conversation with Professor Christopher Bigsby (UEA)
Dr. Nick Hubble (Brunel University)
Professor Roberta Rubenstein (American University, Washington)
Topics may include, but are not restricted to:
Lessing’s relationship to questions of gender, feminism and women’s liberation
Lessing’s politics: Communism, Anti-Communism and the New Left
Lessing and the theory of the novel: realism and/or experimentalism in Lessing’s work
Lessing as short story writer / poet / playwright
Sufism / religion
Lessing and Africa: from the colonial to the postcolonial
Archives: Lessing’s papers, her interest in archives
Reception and readership
Lessing in translation (the BCLT at UEA has an extensive archive of translations: contact the conference organisers if you would like to consult this)
Please send proposals for 20 minute papers, panels, roundtables, and creative contributions to email@example.com before 30th April 2019
Conference Organisers: Dr. Matthew Taunton (UEA) and Dr. Nonia Williams (UEA)
The Doris Lessing Society’s calls for papers for MLA 2020 in Seattle (deadline 17 March 2019):
Migrants, Refugees, and Exiles in the Work of Doris Lessing
Lessing’s portrayals and thematizations of the displacement or movement of peoples: during and after colonialism and the nation-state; in connection with political and environmental crisis; from transnational or planetary perspectives. 300-word abstract, brief bio.
The Question of the Human in Doris Lessing
Humanity as considered in the work of Doris Lessing: as a value, a species, a problem. 300-word abstract; brief bio.
Follow links above for submission details.
See the editors’ call for papers for our journal, Doris Lessing Studies, for 2018. There is both a thematic cluster around the topic of our 2018 MLA session, alternative domesticities, and an open-topic call, for essays on any aspect of Doris Lessing’s work.
Updated Call for Papers, Doris Lessing Studies 2018: Special Topic & Open Topic
- Special topic
“Alternative Domesticities in the Works of Doris Lessing.”
Following Jenni Diski’s 2016 memoir, In Gratitude, we invite new readings of Lessing’s portrayals of non-biological families, non-normative modes of affiliation and dependence, and unconventional households and genealogies.
- Open topic
Our refereed journal, published yearly online, invites submissions on any topic of Doris Lessing’s work. Manuscripts, which should follow the current MLA handbook for style, must be typed, double-spaced, and between twelve and eighteen pages in length. Manuscripts in Microsoft Word should be submitted to the editor, Robin Visel (firstname.lastname@example.org) as email attachments. Endnotes should be indicated by superscript numbers manually added within the text and typed in at the end of the article. Contributors may also submit short essays, notes, reviews, news, bibliographies, announcements, and reports of classroom experiences.
Deadline: June 15, 2018
The Doris Lessing Society’s calls for papers for the 2019 MLA Convention in Chicago are now posted! We are looking for contributors to two sessions.
The first is “Celebrating Doris Lessing’s Centennial” — our first recognition of the upcoming year as the 100th anniversary of Lessing’s birth! Submission deadline and contact details are here.
The second is “Doris Lessing and Other Writers: Doris’s Daughters,” where we hope to evaluate Lessing’s impact on literature since 1950 by considering her relation to those writers she promoted, overtly influenced, or otherwise assisted, such as Margaret Drabble, Jenny Diski, Anna Kavan, Brian Aldiss, Clancy Sigal, Idries Shah, and others. Submission deadline and contact details are here.
Looking forward to your proposals — feel free to contact the Society with any questions.