D.H. Lawrence Society of North America

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Conferences & Calls

Please contact the webmaster with info on upcoming Lawrence related conferences, panels, and calls for papers.  Your assistance is appreciated in helping to keep these notices up-to-date.  Past MLA Lawrence session paper titles are now archived on our website as well as information regarding past International Lawrence Conferences.



​Saturday, April 14, 2018



The D.H. Lawrence Society of North America is organizing a virtual conference for graduate students, on Saturday, April 14, 2018.

Abstracts are welcome on any topic in D.H. Lawrence studies, including any aspect of his poetry, prose, essays, his circle, modernism, and WWI. We especially welcome papers on Lawrence and the 1920s or Lawrence and New Mexico, in anticipation of the next International D.H. Lawrence conference, which will be held in New Mexico in 2020.

The online conference will be held using the Zoom meeting platform and, although virtual, the conference will follow the format of traditional in-person meetings. Each session will be led by a Chair and will have a respondent, a senior Lawrence scholar who will give constructive comments on the papers. Our aim is to enable as many students as possible to participate without budgetary pressures.

Abstracts should be submitted by December 15, 2017, to Nanette Norris ( Acceptances will be sent by January 15, 2018. There is no conference fee but membership is required for presenters (student rate $10 USD).



for the International Special Edition of D. H. Lawrence Studies (Korea)

As announced in the collective CFP sent out by Catherine Brown to participants of the 14th International DHL Conference in London, United Kingdom, the South Korean journal D. H. Lawrence Studies is planning another post-conference special edition. Its publishers, the D. H. Lawrence Society of Korea, and guest editors would like to add a few points regarding the Korean publication.
  1. The post-London special edition of D. H. Lawrence Studies, like its predecessors, is open to all papers related to Lawrence, including ones by non-participants of the London conference ­although, other things being equal, papers originating from the conference will be given precedence.
  2. The deadline for submitting abstracts is November 10, 2017: and for finished papers, March 30, 2018. The expected publication date is no later than September 2018.
  3. The length of each paper should be 5,000 to 8,000 words.
  4. As in the preceding post-Gargnano issue, Michael Bell, Virginia Hyde and Nak-chung Paik will serve as guest editors, and Doo-Sun Ryu as managing editor. Electronic submissions should be sent to

This special issue, following the international conference, is part of this journal's post-conference series beginning in 1999. 




32nd International D.H.Lawrence Conference

29-31 March 2018



Call for papers


The theme of this conference has been prompted by the first line of Lady Chatterley's Lover:  "Ours is essentially a tragic age, so we refuse to take it tragically." 

The statement invites reflection on the literary means and devices that were adopted by Lawrence in order to resist tragedy, both here and elsewhere in his writings. The strategies of resistance include various  arts of distanciation through which the tragic can be warded off. They can be linguistic, poetic, rhetorical, or can involve the interplay between a variety of perspectives, tonal shifts,  humour, satire, romance, poetic licence, the refusal of seriousness etc. 

The focus of the 2018 Conference should not be exclusively or too explicitly on WW1 and its consequences. If the opening to Lady Chatterley’s Lover offers an explicit reference to the war and, in the  second sentence,  an explanation of its origin and a hypothesis regarding the responses that it arouses, “the cataclysm has happened, we are among the ruins, we start to build up new little habitats, to have new little hopes”, the focus of the conference is to be less on the specific nature of the “cataclysms” than on the nature and the substance of these “little habitats” and “little hopes” that are devised, conjured up,  as if the immensity of “cataclysm”, apocalypse, were  unable to put an end to an irrepressible individual and collective inventiveness. The resistance to tragedy  thus appears to be the condition or cost exacted of a society or of a social agent who is to survive  or outlive the “cataclysm”, a “cataclysm” which is both  historical, epochal, but also, perhaps, existential or anthropological. Lawrence asserts "Tragedy looks to me like man/ in love with his own defeat" (Pansies).  We may then suggest further lines of reflection on the following themes: resistance or non-resistance to tragedy whether personal, social or political, heroism or escapism, the denunciation of Hamletizing, the temptation of oblivion, the refusal of sacrifice or self-annihilation, resilience and creative destruction. This list is of course not exhaustive.


Organizers: Cornelius Crowley, Ginette Roy

Conference fee: 75 euros

The deadline for proposals is 1 November 2017.  Priority will be given to proposals received before the deadline, but we will continue to accept proposals until 15 November2017.

Please send a 200 word abstract to Ginette Roy: or


Link to our journal Etudes Lawrenciennes

Several numbers of the journal are now on line (41 to 47, number 48 forthcoming):


Modern Language Association Meeting 2018

Dangerous Charisma

In the age of Trump, how does Lawrence help us understand the mutual attraction of leader and acolyte, the effects of charisma in personal and/or political relationships?

Lawrence wrote about charisma in personal and political relationships, and his contemporaries found him charismatic. Papers might consider how Lawrence represents charisma, how his ideas of leadership change, or how others responded to him.

Abstract and CV by 15 March 2017; Joyce Piell Wexler (