Calls for Papers

Faulkner Studies in the UK: A Colloquium, Senate House, London, May 31st, 2018.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Professor Tim Armstrong, Royal Holloway, University of London
Author of The Logic of Slavery: Debt, Technology, and Pain in American Literature

This colloquium is the first of a series of events intended to found a Faulkner Studies in the UK Research Network, hosted by the Department of English at Royal Holloway, and in association with the British Association for American Studies (BAAS) and the US Embassy, London. The Network serves as a key counterpoint to the abundant focus on American modernist author William Faulkner in the United States; it formalises an upsurge in critical material on Faulkner and the growing interest in Southern Studies in recent years among UK scholars.

We invite proposals for twenty-minute papers on any topic related to Faulkner, along with panel and/or roundtable proposals from postgraduate students. All critical approaches to Faulkner’s work are welcomed.

Possible topics of presentation could include:
·         Faulkner in relation to the UK, Europe, and the World.
·         Faulkner and the notion of “Southernness.”
·         The presence of race, slavery, and/or the Jim Crow South in Faulkner.
·         The impact of war and/or trauma on Faulkner’s characters.
·         Death and mortality in Faulkner’s fiction.
·         Faulkner’s narrative voices.
·         Faulkner’s reflections on disability in his novels.
·         Issues of sexuality and gender in Faulkner. 
·         Queer readings of Faulkner texts.
·         Faulkner’s attraction to New Orleans.

Abstract proposals of 250–300 words, accompanied by a short bio, should be sent to the organiser, Ahmed Honeini, at by April 7th, 2018. Presenters will be notified of acceptance of their papers by April 14th, 2018.

With the generous support of BAAS and the US Embassy, we are able to award up to 5 bursaries of £100 each to postgraduate students who wish to present a paper at the Colloquium but are unable to meet travel costs. Students who wish to apply for a bursary must write a letter of application, stating how one’s presentation topic will contribute to Faulkner Studies in the UK, and must also provide a budget showing how the award will be spent. Bursary applications must be submitted with the abstract proposal by April 7th, 2018. Recipients will be notified by April 14th, 2018.


Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha Conference

Faulkner’s Families, July 21-25, 2019

It seems almost outrageous to suggest that one of the twentieth-century’s most important literary cartographers of the private recesses of consciousness is also among its great novelists of family, but William Faulkner fits the bill on both counts.  Family played an outsized role in both his life and his writings, often in deeply problematic ways.  A key organizational and scalar unit of his creative work, family surfaces across his oeuvre in a dazzling range of distorted, distended, defamiliarized, demystified, and transgressive forms, while on other occasions it is a crucible for crushing forces of conformity, convention, tradition.  The forty-sixth annual Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha conference will examine Faulkner’s many families—actual and imagined—as especially revealing windows onto his work and his world.  Topics could include, but are by no means limited to:

--original biographical scholarship on the Faulkner, Falkner, Butler, Oldham, Stone, Thompson, Summers, or other families that figure significantly in William Faulkner’s life and work
--the family as a crucible for heteronormative power relations and identity formations; or as a site for resistant performances of gender and sexuality
--queer(ed) family arrangements, kinship networks, lines of affiliation or intersectionality, alternate “bloodlines”
--new insights into or models for Faulkner’s genealogical imagination
--the visual or material culture of family in Faulkner
--the poetics and politics of family space(s); family and/in its built environments
--the sociology of family structures and relations as they vary by race, class, nationality, religion, etc.
--new approaches to the interracial or multiracial family in Faulkner’s writings and life
--the family under slavery, postslavery, colonialism, or empire in Faulkner’s work
--anthropological approaches to family:  kinship patterns, folkways, foodways, deathways, other  domestic customs, rituals, prohibitions
--family-systems or other psychologically informed approaches to family difficulties or difficult families in Faulkner; intergenerational transmission of trauma, affect, memory
--experiences or representations of illness, aging, disability within the family ecology
--representations of childhood in Faulkner’s writings or the social construction of childhood in his life and world:  childhood as psychologically formative; as sexualized; childhood phenomenology, emotion, language use; orphaned children
--family and the workings of affect:  its genesis, circulation, transmission, intensity, management
--the family as an economic formation:  unit of production, division of labor, site of  consumption; family and/in/as the transmission of property
--the family and the state; family as site and vehicle of modern biopower; the politicization of reproduction by eugenics, blood quanta, and other social discourses
--other examples of the impact of modernization on family arrangements, identities, affairs
--war and the family
--approaches to Faulkner through family law
--interspecies families; posthuman kinship and affiliation
--comparative readings of family in Faulkner and other writers, artists, or intellectuals; Faulkner in the literary history of family

The program committee especially encourages full panel proposals for 75-minute conference sessions. Such proposals should include a one-page overview of the session topic or theme, followed by 400-500-word abstracts for each of the panel papers to be included. We also welcome individually submitted 400-500-word abstracts for 15-20-minute panel papers. Panel papers consist of approximately 2,500 words and will be considered by the conference program committee for possible expansion and inclusion in the conference volume published by the University Press of Mississippi.

Session proposals and panel paper abstracts must be submitted by January 31, 2019, preferably through e-mail attachment. All manuscripts, proposals, abstracts, and inquiries should be addressed to Jay Watson, Department of English, University of Mississippi, P.O. Box 1848, University, MS 38677-1848. E-mail: Decisions for all submissions will be made by March 15, 2019.

William Faulkner Society Scholarships

The John W. Hunt Memorial Scholarship
The William Faulkner Society offers scholarships for as many as two graduate students to attend the annual Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha Conference in Oxford, Mississippi. These awards are funded by generous donations in memory of Faulkner scholar John W. Hunt, author of William Faulkner: Art in Theological Tension, and by annual dues from members of the Society. The scholarships cover the cost of conference registration, with the possibility of additional funding depending on available resources.

Graduate students may apply directly for the Hunt Scholarships or be nominated by a faculty member. Each application should include: a letter from the student explaining how the student's work can be enhanced by attending the conference; a current C.V.; and at least one letter of recommendation or a nomination letter from a faculty member familiar with the student's work. Send all items by email, with “Hunt Scholarship” in the subject line, to the Faulkner Society Advisory Board ( The application deadline for the next award is April 16, 2018.