D H Lawrence Virtual Symposium

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10‒14  JULY, 2021 (dates now extended)

‘What a pity that distance remains distance, so absolutely’


In our time of pandemic that necessitates social distancing and raises concerns about our proximity to others, we propose a series of online roundtables and workshops of short papers (500-1000 words) to consider D. H. Lawrence on or from a distance and in or on proximity. To accommodate as many sessions as possible, across international time zones, we have extended the dates: please note that the symposium will begin on 10 July 2021. 

We now invite abstract proposals for short position papers that will further discussion of any of the following workshop themes (abstracts are given on the pages below, workshop leaders in parenthesis):

A Lawrence and the business of medicine (Judith Ruderman, Duke University NC)
B Lawrence and the dis-ease of disabilities (Chloe Leung, University of Edinburgh)
C Lawrence and the problem of demos (David Game, Australian National University)
D Distance and proximity in The Poems (Holly A. Laird, University of Tulsa OK)
E Lawrence’s distance from or proximity to nature (Terry Gifford, Bath Spa University) 
F Modernity as attraction and repulsion for Lawrence (Lara Feigel, King’s College London)
G Universal Lawrence: a creative non-fiction workshop (Naveed Rehan, Pakistan)
H Home and displacement in The Lost Girl (Margrét Gunnarsdóttir Champion, Gothenburg)
I Lawrence as a master of the short story (Marina Ragachewskaya, Minsk University, Belarus)
J Lawrence’s art of fiction and its proximity to fact (Fiona Fleming, Paris Nanterre University)
K New work by postgraduates and 3 minute thesis showcase (Sean Matthews, Nottingham)
L Twenty-first-century approaches (Nanette Norris, Royal Military College Saint-Jean, Quebec)

Please submit abstract proposals of 200 words, together with a concise bio that includes your geographical location during the symposium, for short papers of 500-1000 words, by email, and with the workshop title in your header, to dhlsymposium2021@gmail.comThe deadline is 15 April 2021, but we advise early submission as this event is likely to be oversubscribed.

Acceptance of abstracts will be notified by 30 April and workshop participants should prepare to share their position paper (500-1000 words) by 10 June. Please note that the aim of these online workshops is to stimulate research and share work in progress among a small group (c. 6 people) rather than present finished work or conclusions. Participants will also be invited to publish their position papers on JDHLS Online (and are welcome to submit their finished work for consideration by any of the peer-reviewed D. H. Lawrence journals).

The symposium will be hosted on Zoom by the D. H. Lawrence Society of Great Britain with no fee for registration and everyone is invited to attend any or all of the events, regardless of whether you are scheduled to present. The symposium will be scheduled to accommodate international time zones as far as possible, usually between 1300‒2200 GMT.

Please refer to our website for further announcements and reach out to the organisers with queries or expressions of interest: dhlsymposium2021@gmail.com.

We look forward to bringing Lawrence scholars and enthusiasts from around the world back into proximity with Lawrence and each other, so please do join us.  

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