The History of the Annual Conference on Virginia Woolf
The Annual Conference on Virginia Woolf was launched by Mark Hussey,
who organized and hosted the first annual Woolf event at
Pace University in New York City in 1991.
The conference has been held at a different university or college every year since.
The initial event was a tremendous success and inspired other Woolfians to take on the task and keep passing the torch to the next conference organizers.
The conference is always hosted and funded by the organizer's institution, which makes the host institution the entity responsible for the conference costs as well as the recipient of any revenues from the conference. Annually, a small amount of "seed money" is tranferred to the subsequent conference.
The conference model combines keynotes, plenary sessions and concurrent panels with performances and art exhibits. The annual conference also always features a banquet and multiple opportunities for the conference attendees to meet and mingle.
The conference has no direct relationship to the International Virginia Woolf Society or to the Virginia Woolf Society of Great Britain or any other organization aside from the host institution. However, in some instances, the various Woolf societies provide some modest funding for the event. Often the organizer is able to get grant funding from the institution or other entities.
About Hosting an Annual Conference on Virginia Woolf
The Conference Steering Commitee, which consists of all the prior conference organizers, is responsible for selecting the subseqent conference organizers. The Steering Committee consults with Mark Hussey
in regard to the selection of possible future conference sites.
Those interested in hosting the conference should contact Mark Hussey <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
About the Selected Papers
Pace University Press
Mark Hussey also was responsible for initiating the publication of selected papers
from the annual conference. Pace University Press published the first ten volumes (1991-2000). Copies of the Pace University selected papers are in print format and are not available electronically. However, selected papers from the eighth, ninth and tenth conference are still in print and available from
Pace University Press.
Volumes now out of print are often available from booksellers.
Clemson University Press
In 2001, Wayne Chapman at Clemson University Digital Press began to publish the selected papers. Thanks to Wayne Chapman, most of the Clemson University Digital Press volumes of the selected papers listed below are available electronically as well as in print-on-demand format. The selected papers published by Clemson University Digital Press can be read online in PDF format. Those seeking information about purchasing the individual volumes of the selected papers
of the Annual Conference on Virginia Woolf, should go to
Clemson University Digital Press.
Other publications relating to Virginia Woolf and her milieu have also been published by Clemson University Digtal Press. To view these works, click here.
Center for Woolf Studies at California State University--Bakersfield
At this time, the selected papers from two conferences (2002 and 2004) are available only through online and solely through a subscription at the
Center for Woolf Studies at California State University--Bakersfield.
Note: The CSU--Bakersfield site is in the process of
relocating to Southern Connecticut State University.
These two volumes are the selected papers from the 2002 conference--Across the Generations, edited by Merry Pawlowski and Eileen Barrett--and the selected papers from the 2004 conference--Back to Bloomsbury,
edited by Gina Potts and Lisa Shahriari.
University of Saskatchewan
Saskatoon, SK, Canada
Organizer: Ann Martin
Interdisciplinary / Multidisciplinary Woolf
Department of English
University of Saskatchewan
9 Campus Dr.
Saskatoon SK Canada S7N 5A5
1 (306) 966-5527
Woolf and the Common(wealth) Reader
Simon Fraser University
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Helen Wussow <email@example.com>
Writing the World
Chicago, Illinois, USA
Pamela L. Caughie, Loyola University
Diana L. Swanson, Northern Illinois University
Virginia Woolf and Her Female Contemporaries
Bloomsburg, PA, USA
Voyages Out, Voyages Home
University of Wales--Bangor
Bangor, Wales, UK
Organizer: Michael Whitworth
Across the Generations
Sonoma State University
Rohnert Park, California, USA
Organizers: J. J. Wilson
and Eileen Barrett
Virginia Woolf and the Real World
Northampton, Massachusetts, USA
Organizer: Karen V. Kukil
Back to Bloomsbury
University of London
London, England, UK
Gina Potts and Lisa Shahriari
Woolf and the Art of Exploration
Lewis and Clark College
Portland, Oregon, USA
Organizer: Rishona Zimring
University of Birmingham
Birmingham, England, UK
Anna Burrells, Steve Ellis, Deborah Parsons and
Virginia Woolf: Art, Education, and Internationalism
Oxford, Ohio, USA
Madelyn Detloff and Diana Royer
Woolf Editing, Editing Woolf
University of Denver
Denver, Colorado, USA
Organizer: Eleanor McNees
Woolf and the City
Fordham University-Lincoln Center
New York City, NY, USA
Anne Fernald and Sarah Cornish
Woolf and the Natural World
Georgetown, Kentucky, USA
Organizer: Kristin Czarnecki
University of Glasgow
Glasgow, Scotland, UK
Bryony Randall, Derek Ryan,
and Rhian Williams
Virginia Woolf Miscellanies
New York City, USA
Organizer: Mark Hussey
Virginia Woolf: Themes and Variations
Southern Connecticut State University
New Haven, Connecticut, USA
Organizer: Vara Neverow
Virginia Woolf: Emerging Perspectives
Jefferson City, Missouri, USA
Organizer: Jane Lilienfeld
Re: Reading, Re: Writing,
Re: Teaching Virginia Woolf
Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, USA
Organizer: Paul Connolly
Virginia Woolf: Texts and Contexts
Westerville, Ohio, USA
Organizer: Beth Rigel Daugherty
Virginia Woolf and the Arts
Clemson, South Carolina, USA
Wayne Chapman and Elisa Kay Sparks
Virginia Woolf and Her Influences
Plymouth, New Hampshire, USA
Organizer: Jeanne Dubino
Virginia Woolf and Community
St. Louis University
St. Louis, Missouri, USA
Organizer: Georgia Johnston
Virginia Woolf: Turning the Centuries
University of Delaware
Newark, Delaware, USA
Organizers: Bonnie Kime Scott
and Ann Ardis
Woolf Out of Bounds
University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Organizer: Jessica Berman