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2019 William Morris Events in the United States

WMS (US) Sponsored Events at the Modern Language Association Convention
(Chicago, IL | January 3-6, 2019)

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

Sponsored Outing: Newberry Library Tour & Presentation

  • Event Date/Time: Friday, January 4 | 3:00 PM-4:30 PM 
  • Event Location: Newberry Library | 60 W Walton St, Chicago, IL 60610
    If attending, please RSVP by December 28 to: KellyAnn Fitzpatrick kellyann@gatech.edu

Annual Dinner & Meeting

  • Event Date/Time: Friday, January 4 | 6:00 PM-9:00 PM 
  • Event Location: Quartino | 626 N. State St., Chicago, IL 60654
    If attending, please RSVP by December 28 to: KellyAnn Fitzpatrick kellyann@gatech.edu
Session Abstracts with Schedule(PDF)

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


Exhibitions


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.