14th International D.
H. Lawrence Conference
LONDON CALLING: LAWRENCE AND
Deadline extended to Dec. 31
Updated Conference Call
(Contains additional info and
the Graduate Fellowship Application Form)
London played a crucial role in Lawrence’s early life: he taught
here, got his first literary breaks here, and even got married here
in 1914. It was in London that he met the friends and patrons
who launched his career and facilitated his travels, and whenever he
and Frieda returned to England, it was to London that they came
first. Lawrence visited London around fifty times - for the
first time in October 1908 for his interview for a teaching position
in Croydon, and for the last time in September 1926. Over
those eighteen years he visited or lived in London in every single
year, apart from during his travels in 1920-22.
He saw the city grow from seven to eight million people, and become
the metropolis we know today, with its buses, trams, private cars,
bridges, Underground stations, West End theatres, and electric
street lights. He knew London as it was approaching the
historical peak population; this was followed by decline, and which
has only just (in 2015) been exceeded.
He knew the London of the Edwardian period, of the War, and of the
jazz age. He knew middle-class outer-suburban Croydon, but
also some of London’s most fashionable districts, where his friends
lived: Hampstead (Edward Garnett, Dollie Radford and Catherine
Carswell), St. John’s Wood (Koteliansky), Mecklenburgh Square (H.D.
and Richard Aldington), and Bedford Square (Lady Ottoline Morrell).
London was the legal, as well as the literary, artistic and
theatrical, centre of England. In 1913 Frieda’s divorce
hearing was heard there; in 1915 Lawrence was examined for
bankruptcy at its High Court; in the same year The Rainbow
was tried at Bow Street Magistrate’s Court; in 1927 David was
produced at the Regent Theatre; in 1928 Catherine Carswell oversaw
the typing of part of Lady Chatterley’s Lover there; in 1928
Lawrence explained ‘Why I Don’t Like Living in London’ in The
Evening News; and in 1929 his paintings were exhibited at the
Warren Street gallery and impounded. Given his hatred of
London’s intellectualism and authoritarianism, and his objections to
metropolises in general, it is not surprising that much of what
Lawrence writes about London is negative. But, as he admitted
in 1928, ‘It used not to be so. Twenty years ago, London was
to me thrilling, thrilling, thrilling, the vast and throbbing heart
of all adventure.’
For such a nodal city - the world’s biggest city, the heart of the
world’s biggest empire, and a centre of international modernism - it
has a peripheral place in his work and in work about him. But
Lawrence could not have become the person and writer he did without
having known his native capital city.
The 14th International D.H. Lawrence conference will be held in
London at the College of the Humanities, Bedford Square, and nearby
venues. It is authorized by the Coordinating Committee for
International Lawrence Conferences (CCILC) and organized in
collaboration with the D.H. Lawrence Society of North America and
the D.H. Lawrence Society (UK).
The conference welcomes papers on topics including but not limited
Lawrence’s experiences of, and/or reactions to, London and its
various social groups and geographical districts
Lawrence’s relationships with individual Londoners
Lawrence’s interactions with London-based journals and
The suppression of The Rainbow
The premiere of David in London
Lawrence’s exhibition of paintings at the Warren Street Gallery
Works written by Lawrence while he was resident in London
Lawrence’s responses to and thoughts about cities in general
Papers are welcome from Lawrence scholars, graduate students, and
the public. Papers should last no longer than 20 minutes, and
will be followed by 10 minutes of questions. They will be
presented in a panel together with two other papers.
If you would like to contribute, please send an abstract of
up to 500 words to the Executive Director, Dr. Catherine Brown:
email@example.com by midnight on Dec. 31, 2016
(unless you are a graduate student who wishes to apply for
a Graduate Fellowship, in which case please follow the alternative
procedure described below). Submissions will be assessed by
the Academic Program Committee detailed below, and responses will be
issued by Feb. 15, 2017. The abstract should include the
following information as part of the same file (in either MS Word or
Your name, postal address, telephone number, and email address
The name of the institution (if applicable) at which you are
Your CV (1 page condensed version)
Please indicate if you need OHP or other such media equipment
for your presentation.
The Conference Fee is expected to be approximately £280-320
for the week. The Conference website may be found here:
Six Graduate Fellowships are available for Graduate Fellows. A
Graduate Fellowship covers fees, and efforts will be made to make
cheap accommodation available. Graduate Fellows will be
required to help with registration and other duties during the
Conference. If you would like to apply for one of these,
please fill out the
Graduate Fellowship Application form from this link or below.
This competition will be assessed by the Graduate Fellowships
Committee chaired by Dr. Andrew Harrison.
Submissions are to be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by
Dec. 31, 2016.