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.



Call for Papers

Lawrence’s 1920s: North America and the ‘Spirit of Place’

15th International D.H. Lawrence Conference, Taos, New Mexico, July 12-17, 2020

Lorenzo and Frieda arrived in New Mexico in mid-September of 1922, with Dorothy Brett, at the invitation of Mabel Dodge Sterne (who would marry Tony Luhan in 1923, becoming Mabel Dodge Luhan) and stayed for about two years. The Ranch property where they lived from 1924 was given to them by Mabel and was the only property they ever owned during their marriage. Most of St. Mawr was written there, and The Plumed Serpent was begun. Frieda died in New Mexico in 1956 and is buried on the ranch. New Mexico, then, is a magical place in the journey of Lawrence and Frieda, where he wrote some of his most powerful work and where both of them felt a sense of belonging. Lawrence was prolific in the last decade of his life and arguably his talents were at their zenith. This conference encourages papers on all aspects of Lawrence’s life and work, but especially studies pertaining to his last decade and to his imaginative engagement with North America.

The 15th International D.H. Lawrence conference—while open to all considerations of Lawrence’s work and life--is especially interested in proposals reassessing Lawrence’s work 100 years earlier, in the 1920’s; in exploring Lawrence’s engagement with Mexico, New Mexico, North America, and ideas of democracy and “the open road”; in studying the immeasurable influence Lawrence’s criticism had on the study of American literature as late as the 1950’s and 60’s; in examining interconnectivity between artists—dance, ritual, music, visual arts as well as writing—and aspects of modernism across the arts; as well as interdisciplinary studies that deepen our sense of Lawrence’s engagement with Native peoples and cultures.

Papers are welcome from Lawrence scholars, graduate students, and the public. Papers should last no longer than 20 minutes and will be followed by 10 minutes of questions.

If you would like to contribute, please send an abstract of 350 words to the Executive Director, Dr. Nanette Norris, c/o by midnight on October 31, 2019. Submissions will be assessed by the Academic Program Committee detailed below, and responses will be issued by December 15, 2019. The abstract should include the following information as part of the same file (in either MS Word or pdf format):

  • Your name, postal address, telephone number, and email address
  • The name of the institution (if applicable) at which you are registered
  • A short bio

The conference is being held at the Sagebrush Inn, Taos, New Mexico. The conference fee is $350 USD for the week (there is an early-bird special), and includes all meals and transport to special events. The conference website may be found here:



Call for Papers
Lawrence's Language
SAMLA 2019, Atlanta, November 15-17, 2019
Proposals are welcome on any aspect of D.H. Lawrence, although preference will be given to those addressing the SAMLA 91 theme of "Languages: Power, Identity, Relationships."  The conference will be held in Atlanta on November 15-17, 2019.  If you would like to participate, please send a 200-word abstract, brief bio, and A/V requirements to Adam Parkes, University of Georgia, at  Deadline: May 1.
Deadline for submissions: May 1, 2019


Call for Papers
Crosscurrents in Lawrence Studies
MLA 2020 Conference, Seattle, Washington, Jan. 9-12
Explorations of crosscurrents in Lawrence between genres, literary periods, political ideologies, etc., responses to race/ethnicity, queer and feminist interventions, masculinity.
Deadline for submissions: Friday, 15 March 2019
Submit a 300 word abstract plus a short cv to:



Call for Papers

D. H. Lawrence Society of North America

Virtual Conference for Graduate Students

Saturday, April 13, 2019


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. All graduate-student panels will also have a respondent who is a senior Lawrence scholar. 

Abstracts due by January 18, 2019, to Nanette Norris(

Acceptances will be sent by February 18, 2019. There is no conference fee but membership is required for presenters (student rate $10 USD)




Call for Papers

33rd International D.H. Lawrence Conference

D.H. Lawrence and the Anticipation of the Ecocritical Turn

Université Paris Nanterre, April 4-6, 2019

D.H. Lawrence has often been viewed as a post-romantic nature writer. Instead of looking back towards the 19thcentury writers who influenced him, we propose to consider how his literary practice and the philosophy that underlies it herald the ecocritical turn of the late 20thcentury.  Broadly speaking, ecocriticism focuses on the study of the relationship of man with his natural environment from an interdisciplinary point view. It is concerned both with the protection of the environment and the destiny of man in the geological era called the Anthropocene. Ecocriticism is a broad term, pointing to innumerable trends: ecopoetry, ecophilosophy (see Guattari’s ecosophy), ecoethics, ecoethology, ecopolitics, ecofeminism etc. We know that Lawrence very early in his life became aware of the damage caused to the world we live in by man’s activities. We would like to analyse what the concept of nature means for him and how the attention he pays to the non-human and to the material world affects his art and connects both with his personal ethics and his form of spirituality. We will study the extent and the limits of Lawrence’s “green thinking” in all areas, including his reflection on the man/animal dialectics, on what it means to be a man, his vision of man and woman in society, his criticism of waste and of our materialist society, his meditation on “the silent great cosmos” and his special brand of ecosexuality.

Bruno Latour, in a short book entitled Où atterrir? Where  can we Land ?  (La Découverte, 2017), writes: “No corporation would have spent a dollar to fabricate ignorance relative to the Higgs boson. Denial of climate change is however an entirely different matter and the funds flow in…. In other words, the sciences of nature-as-process cannot adopt the same, somewhat haughty and disinterested, epistemology as the sciences of nature-as-universe…”

Lawrence invites a mode of critical engagement that in no sense subscribes to the “haughty and disinterested procedures” that for (too?) long defined the reading of modernist texts.  Lawrence can therefore be read in relation to the preoccupations of “our times”. Just as Lawrence was prophetic in his anticipation of troubles ahead, our current situation enables us to read backwardsto arrive now at a fuller appraisal of some of the underlying truths of his writing.He simply knew how to tune his comprehension to the pulse of “nature-as-process”. The ecocritical turn in our reading of Lawrence can be an apocalypse beyondthe biblical or Pauline tones in evidence in The Rainbow, a novel now closer to us insofar as it was already a world away from any Ibsenite space of domestic alienation or fulfillment. It is perhaps also a turn away from the provincialities of the bourgeois novel of relations between the sexes. This call for papers is an invitation both to read our present moment and to read Lawrence,  in a way that is attentive to the fate of the “universe-as-process”, able to adopt, in relation to the Lawrentian opus, a critical approach neither  “disinterested” nor  “haughty”. 

Here is a non-exhaustive list of possible keywords: 

Post-humanism, post-colonialism, anthropocentrism, ethnicity, regionalism, pastoral, science, evolution, energy, electricity, electron, work, money, domination, consumption, food, the non-human,  objects, clothing and nudity, waste, ethical responsibility (see notably Derrida’s reading of “Snake”), climate, social changes, political vision etc.

Conference fee: 80 euros

The deadline for proposals is 5 November 2018. Priority will be given to proposals received before the deadline, but we will continue to accept proposals until 19 November2018.

Please send a 200 word abstract to 

Ginette Roy,

and Cornelius


Link to our journal Etudes Lawrenciennes : interesting paper on this theme in N° 29 by Fiona Becket)

Several numbers of the journal are now on line (41 to 48, number 49 forthcoming):