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deadline Apr. 30: Doris Lessing 100 conference, University of East Anglia

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
Science fiction
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)
Teaching Lessing
Lessing’s influence

Please send proposals for 20 minute papers, panels, roundtables, and creative contributions to lessing100@uea.ac.uk before 30th April 2019

Conference Organisers: Dr. Matthew Taunton (UEA) and Dr. Nonia Williams (UEA)

Contact: lessing100@uea.ac.uk

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Panel details for the MLA Convention

MLA 2013: BostonThe Doris Lessing Society is organizing two sessions at the 2013 MLA Convention in Boston.

Please join the discussion. All are welcome!

Thursday, 03 January

98. Doris Lessing’s The Golden Notebook: Fifty Years On
3:30-4:45pm, Beacon G., Sheraton

Program arranged by the Doris Lessing Society
Presiding: Sandra Singer, University of Guelph

  1. “Going on Fifty: The Golden Notebook as Roman à Clef.” Roberta Rubenstein, American University
  2. “Feminism and Its Critique in The Golden Notebook, Then and Now.” Josna E. Rege, Worcester State University
  3. “Doris Lessing’s The Golden Notebook and Chick Lit.” Alice Rachel Ridout, Algoma University

Saturday, 05 January

506. “In Other Worlds”: Atwood and Lessing’s Speculative Fiction
12:00-1:15pm, Beacon G., Sheraton

Program arranged by the Doris Lessing Society and the Margaret Atwood Society
Presiding: Cornelius Collins, Fordham University, Bronx

  1. “‘Watch Out for Art’: Science, Fiction, and Storytelling in Atwood’s Oryx and Crake and The Year of the Flood.” Eric Aronoff, Michigan State University
  2. “Lessing and Atwood’s Dystopic Fictions.” Sharon R. Wilson, University of Northern Colorado
  3. “Narrative Possibility in the Speculative Fictions of Margaret Atwood and Doris Lessing.” Lauren J. Lacey, Edgewood College

For abstracts, see our Current MLA panels page. For registration information about the MLA Convention, please visit http://www.mla.org/convention.


New CFP – The Aesthetics of Debt in Doris Lessing’s Fiction

The Midwest Modern Languages Association (M/MLA) is now accepting submissions for its 54th Annual Convention, taking place in Cincinnati, Ohio from November 8-11, 2012. The M/MLA is a non-profit organization of teachers and scholars of literature, language and culture.

Hilton Cincinnati Netherlands Plaza Hotel

This historic Hilton hotel will be the site for the upcoming MMLA convention.

The Aesthetics of Debt in Doris Lessing’s Fiction

This panel seeks papers examining Doris Lessing’s critiques of Marxism and capitalism, characters’ anxieties about making ends meet, the relationship between debt and colonialism, and/or Lessing’s concerns about the relationship between aesthetics and economics.

Chair: Tonya Krouse, Northern Kentucky University
To submit, please send 250-word abstracts to Tonya Krouse at krouset@nku.edu.

DEADLINE: July 2nd

To see other current Calls for Papers, check the CFPs page.


New CFP – Louisville 20th Century Conference

The 41st annual Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture since 1900 will be held at the University of Louisville, February 21-23, 2013.

University of Louisville

Submissions may be sent on any topic that addresses literary works published since 1900, and/or their relationship with other Arts and disciplines (film, journalism, opera, music, pop culture, painting, architecture, law, etc).

The Louisville conference welcomes:

  • Critical papers
  • Critical panels
  • Group society panels
  • Creative writing

Submitters may submit both a critical paper and a creative work, not to exceed one entry in each category, sent together as separate attachments in the same email. Submissions may be in English, French, German, Italian or Spanish. Previously presented or published papers are not eligible. Submitters may also chair sessions.

DEADLINE: 11:59pm EST September 15, 2012

For more details on how to submit, visit our CFPs page or the Louisville Conference website.