In January 2023, the William Morris Society in the United States will host two panels at the Modern Language Association annual conference.

The conference will take place from 5-8 January 2023 in San Francisco.


Queering the Pre-Raphaelites

Examining poetry, art, or other media, “Queering the Pre-Raphaelites” invites proposals exploring the diverse ways same-sex, trans-, and nonbinary desires inform or shape the circulation of figures central to or on the periphery of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood/Sisterhood. This panel is co-hosted by the WMS-US and the MLA LGBTQIA Caucus.

Please include a 250-word abstract and short bio to Jude Nixon at and Laura Murray by 28 February, 2022.


Transatlantic Ties: The Morris Circle and the “New World”

Papers are sought for a panel on the cross-influence of Morris and his associates on North American literature and culture and the reverse. What did the Morris circle find congenial in American/Canadian/South American/indigenous literature and culture, and in turn, in what ways were Morris and his circle influential in the literary, artistic, business, and political circles of the Americas? What were some instances of transatlantic collaboration?

Please send an abstract and short bio or 1 page c.v. to Jude Nixon at and Florence Boos at by 15 March, 2022.