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2018 William Morris Events in the United States

The Joseph R. Dunlap Memorial Fellowship awarded by the William Morris Society in the United States supports scholarly and creative work about William Morris.  The fellowship offers funding of $1000 or more for research and other expenses, including travel to conferences and libraries. Application deadline was: Dec. 15, 2017. Click for details


Talks, Lectures, and Conferences

2018 MLA Session:
William Morris: Reflections on Art and Labor

Session Date/Time: Friday, January 4 | 8:30 AM-9:45 AM,
Session Location: Michigan 2 (Hyatt Regency)
Presider: KellyAnn Fitzpatrick (kellyann@gatech.edu), Georgia Institute of Technology

  • The Handcrafted Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction: Walter Benjamin and the Revolutionary Potential of William Morris’s Decorated Books Brandiann Molby, Loyola University Chicago
  • Aestheticism and the Birth of the Consultant:  Wilde versus Morris on Art, Work, and the Self Patrick Fessenbecker, Bilkent University
  • William Morris and The Dawn: Ideas for “The Society of the Future”
    Rebekah Greene, Georgia Institute of Technology

William Morris and Trans-Atlantic Radicalism

The WMS is seeking submissions for the following guaranteed session for the 2019 MLA Convention:

Labor unrest and repression in late nineteenth-century Chicago, Paris, and London helped forge internationalist ties that laid the basis for the Second International. William Morris, Walter Crane, and their acolytes were very much a part of this trans-Atlantic radical political, literary, and artistic exchange of ideas. This panel explores the dynamics and consequences of their efforts, doing so in a way that more fully elucidates Morris’s trans-Atlantic influence on socialism’s rise in the West.

Submission instructions: send CV and a 300-word abstract for a 20-minute paper to KellyAnn Fitzpatrick (kellyann@gatech.edu) no later than 1 March 2018.

Publishing William Morris and his Circle

The WMS is also seeking submissions for the following session, co-sponsored with The Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing, for the 2019 MLA Convention. Please note that this session is not guaranteed (and is subject to approval by the MLA):

This session seeks new perspectives on publishing William Morris and his circle. Topics might focus on Morris as publisher, on illustrations, on printing, or on the physical format of the book. We especially welcome papers that address publications outside of the Kelmscott Press, and/or that feature book history or digital humanities approaches. 

Submission instructions: send CV and a 300-word abstract for a 20-minute paper to Lise Jaillant (l.jaillant@lboro.ac.uk) and KellyAnn Fitzpatrick (kellyann@gatech.edu) no later than 1 March 2018.

Morris in New York City: MLA 2018 
The Modern Language Association Convention will be held in New York City 4-7 January, 2018. Friday January 5th will be a full day, with two sessions at the Sheraton Hotel, followed by a tour of an exhibition of Pre-Raphaelite materials at the Morgan Library and our annual dinner. Free session passes are available for non-MLA members, and if you would like one, please let Jason Martinek know before the convention at jasondmartinek@gmail.comMore Details ...