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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

MLA 2023

San Francisco, CA (Jan. 5-8, 2023)

The D.H. Lawrence Society of North America invites papers for a panel on “Lawrence, Work, and the Working Class” at the Modern Language Association conference in San Francisco, CA on 5-8 January 2023. 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 Ron Granofsky, McMaster University, at by the 19th of March, 2022.

Dear Members,
I am happy to announce the first of a series of bi-monthly Happy Hours, which are intended to appeal alike to academic and non-academic Lawrence enthusiasts.  On Tuesday 29th March (1:00 pm Eastern Standard Time), Dr Audra Bellamore will give a presentation on a painting of Frieda Lawrence that was found recently at the DHL Ranch in New Mexico.  Dr Bellamore is a curator at UNM.  
Zoom information will be shared nearer the time.  For now, please mark this event on your calendar and spread the word as far and wide as you can.
Two further happy hours, facilitated by Ben Hagen and David Game respectively, will follow in May and July -- as indicated on the ad below.  For which, and for all their good work on making this happen, much gratitude is due to Ben Hagen, Julianne Newmark, Thalia Trigoni, and Kathleen Vella.


April 23, 2022


Abstracts are welcome on any topic in D.H. Lawrence studies, including any aspect of his fiction, poetry, essays, literary contacts, and place in modernism and/or literary history. We are especially interested in papers relating to the topic of relationships: love, hate, friendship, family, courtship, and marriage.

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 curriculum vitae to Ron Granofsky, Professor Emeritus, Department of English and Cultural Studies, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, at by April 1, 2022. Acceptance notices will be sent by April 10, 2022.

Please Note Deadline Extension!


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 (Atlanta, November 6-7)



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 July 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:  July 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.   

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’.


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.

Dear DHLSNA members,
You are warmly invited to join our virtual symposium of more than eighty international Lawrence scholars on 10-14 July - the dates originally intended for the 15th International D. H. Lawrence Conference in Taos (new dates 17-22 July, 2022).
Next month's symposium hosted on Zoom will consist of a series of workshops and roundtables to share ongoing research and renew contact with Lawrence and fellow Lawrentians. The near-final programme (attached) will soon be published, together with speakers' abstracts and bios, on the symposium webpage:
All events are free and open to all and we hope that you will join us for some or all of them. Please also invite your friends and networks.  The Zoom links will be sent to this mailing list a week before the symposium starts.  Meanwhile please direct any comments or queries to me at this email address;
We look forward to welcoming you.
All good wishes,
Dr Susan Reid
On behalf of the Symposium Committee:
Kate Foster (D. H. Lawrence Society GB)
David Game (Australia)
Andrew Harrison (UK)
Holly A. Laird (USA)
Stefania Michelucci (Italy)
Nanette Norris (Canada)
Doo-Sun Ryu (Korea)
Joseph R. Shafer (JDHLS Online)


Taos, NM, (NEW DATE: July 17-22, 2022)

Visit the conference website to learn all about the event and the registration fee