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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.



Conference Announcements


The D.H. Lawrence Society of North America is pleased to invite nominations for the following awards in Lawrence studies:

  • The Harry T. Moore Award for Lifetime Achievement in and Encouragement of Lawrence Studies.
  • The Mark Spilka Lectureship. Lecture by a distinguished Lawrence scholar to be delivered at the International Conference. Awarded no less than once per decade. The Extraordinary Service Award. For service to the DHLSNA and/or Lawrence studies in general.
  • The Biennial Award for a Book by a Newly Published Scholar in Lawrence Studies. For a book substantially, though not necessarily exclusively, devoted to Lawrence. Only books published from August 2018 to July 2021 will be considered.
  • The Biennial Award for an Article by a Newly Published Scholar in Lawrence Studies. Only articles or book chapters published from August 2018 to July 2021 will be considered. Chapters published in multi-author collections such as D.H. Lawrence in Context or the Edinburgh Companion to D.H. Lawrence and the Arts are eligible for this award, as are individual chapters in single-author volumes.

All nominations and self-nominations should be sent to DHLSNA President Elect Ronald Granofsky at and must be received no later than Labor Day, 6th September 2021. Winners will be announced in the Spring 2022 Newsletter.

Adam Parkes President, DHLSNA


SAMLA 2021



This traditional session welcomes submissions that address questions of intimacy and/or alienation, broadly conceived, in D.H. Lawrence's poetry, short fiction, novels, essays, or other writing. How do Lawrence's texts illuminate or complicate our understanding of our current moment, in which we are both more connected to others than ever while at the same time being forced to keep our physical distance? By June 25, 2021, please submit an abstract of 200-300 words, a brief bio, and any AV requirements or scheduling requests to Tonya Krouse, Northern Kentucky University, at

Please note extended deadline:  June 25, 2021

MLA 2022
Washington, DC (Jan. 6-9, 2022)

     The D.H. Lawrence Society of North America invites papers for a panel on “Lawrence, Disease, and Recovery” at the Modern Language Association conference in Washington, DC on 6-9 January 2022.  Papers may treat any aspect of Lawrence’s life or work in relation to this theme.  Please email an abstract of 250-300 words with a brief c.v. and A/V requirements to Adam Parkes, University of Georgia, at by 20th March 2021.   




Abstracts are welcome on any topic in D.H. Lawrence studies, including any aspect of his fiction, poetry, and essays, literary contacts, and place in modernism.  We are especially interested in papers relating to one of the following themes: place and landscape; crisis; disease and recovery.


The online conference will use the Zoom meeting platform but will follow the traditional format of in-person meetings.  Each session will be led by a Chair and will feature a respondent, a senior Lawrence scholar who will provide constructive commentary on the papers.  Our aim is to enable as many students as possible to participate without budgetary pressures.  There is no conference fee but DHLSNA membership is required for presenters (student rate: $10 USD).   


Please email an abstract of 200-300 words plus concise c.v. to Adam Parkes, Professor of English, University of Georgia, Athens, GA, USA, at by 20th of February 2021.  Acceptance notices will be sent by 26th February.   



34th INTERNATIONAL D.H.LAWRENCE CONFERENCE, "D.H. Lawrence and the People". Nanterre, France, April 8-10, 2021. Please contact ginette.katz.roy[at] if you wish to participate/to confirm participation. This conference will be VIRTUAL! 

10‒14 JULY, 2021 (Extended Dates)

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

*Calls for Short Papers by April 15, 2021
(Details in both Word or PDF)


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 to consider D. H. Lawrence on or from a distance and in or on proximity. From the horizon-gazing Brangwen women in The Rainbow to the reclusiveness of ‘The Man Who Loved Islands’, distance is a recurring theme in Lawrence’s work as well as in his much-travelled life. Distance is also inherent in modernist notions of ‘impersonality’, relating to the Baudelairean flaneur and informing the original idea of ‘social distance’ coined by Georg Simmel (Soziologie, 1923). Theories of proximity abounded too, from a modernist focus on the everyday and concepts of the heimlich (Freud and Heidegger) to burgeoning nationalism and Lawrence’s own ideas about ‘blood consciousness’.


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)

Margrét Gunnarsdóttir Champion, Gothenburg)

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 The deadline is 15 April 2021, but we advise early submission as this event is likely to be oversubscribed.


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.

On behalf of the International Symposium Committee:

Kate Foster (D. H. Lawrence Society)

Holly A. Laird (USA)

Stefania Michelucci (Italy)

Joseph R. Shafer (JDHLS Online)

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Taos, NM, (NEW DATE: July 17-22, 2022)
Visit the conference website to learn all about the event and the registration fee
Conference website:
Continuing to accept proposals!