Session 1: Dialogue with Aarthi Vadde (Duke University) and Melanie Micir (Washington University in St. Louis)

Aarthi Vadde headshotAarthi Vadde is an associate professor of English at Duke University. She works in the field of 20th-21st century Anglophone literature with particular interests in comparative modernism, contemporary literature and media history. Her first book "Chimeras of Form: Modernist Internationalism beyond Europe, 1914-2016" was published by Columbia UP in 2016 and won the ACLA's 2018 Harry Levin Prize for best first book in the field of comparative literature. A special forum on the book was convened by The Cambridge Journal of Postcolonial Literary Inquiry. She is the co-editor (with Saikat Majumdar) of "The Critic as Amateur" (Bloomsbury Academic 2019), which revisits the twentieth-century history of literary criticism in order to build links between expertise, autodidactic learning and hobbyist pleasure. She also co-edited (with Jessica Pressman) “Web 2.0 and Literary Criticism,” which appeared in the “Contemporaries” section of Post45. Her articles appear in such venues as Modernism/Modernity, New Literary History, NOVEL, Public Books, Comparative Literature and Modern Fiction Studies. Vadde is at work on a second book tentatively entitled “We the Platform: Contemporary Literature in the Sharing Economy.” It considers the centrality of the digital platform and other Web 2.0 technologies to contemporary literary culture (including popular practices of reading, writing, and exchange).

Melanie Micir headshotMelanie Micir is an assistant professor of English at Washington University in St. Louis, where she is also an affiliate faculty member of the Department of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and is on the steering committee for the Humanities Digital Workshop. Her teaching and research interests include modern and contemporary British and Anglophone literature; women’s, gender, and sexuality studies; queer theory; temporality and age studies; archival theory and practice; and digital humanities. Her first book, "The Passion Projects: Modernist Women, Intimate Archives, Unfinished Lives," was published by Princeton University Press in 2019, and her edited collection, "The Routledge Companion to Queer Theory and Modernism", is forthcoming in 2020. Her scholarship has been published or is forthcoming in JML, MLQ, MFS, Modernism/modernity, Virginia Woolf Miscellany, and the Wiley Blackwell Companion to Virginia Woolf, among other venues. She is currently at work on two new projects: a monograph about women, old age, and modern literature, and a biography of Margaret Anderson.

Session 2: Address by Carrie Rohman (Lafayette College)

Carrie Rohman headshotCarrie Rohman is a professor of English at Lafayette College. She has published widely in animal studies, modernism and performance, in such journals as Deleuze Studies, Modernism/modernity, American Literature, Modern Fiction Studies, Hypatia and a number of edited volumes. She is the author of "Stalking the Subject: Modernism and the Animal" (Columbia UP 2009) and "Choreographies of the Living: Bioaesthetics in Literature, Art, and Performance" (Oxford UP 2018), and co-editor with Kristin Czarnecki of "Virginia Woolf and the Natural World" (Clemson Digital UP 2011).  Rohman is on the editorial board of the Palgrave Studies in Animals and Literature series.  She also worked as a modern dancer and choreographer within and outside of the academy for more than twenty years and is more recently an avid painter.

Session 3: Archive, Edition, Life: A panel featuring Mark Hussey (Pace University), Urmila Sehsagiri (University of Tennessee, Knoxville), Drew Shannon (Mount St. Joseph University) and Jean Moorcroft Wilson (University of London)

Mark Hussey is distinguished professor of English at Pace University in New York. He is founding editor of "Woolf Studies Annual", general editor of the Harcourt Annotated Edition of the Works of Virginia Woolf (for which he edited "To the Lighthouse"), on the editorial board of the Cambridge Edition of the Works of Virginia Woolf (for which he edited "Between the Acts"), and is a co-editor of "Virginia Woolf Miscellany." "Modernism’s Print Cultures," co-written with Faye Hammill, came out in 2016 as part of Bloomsbury Academic’s New Modernisms series. Hussey founded the Annual Conference on Virginia Woolf in 1991 and has just completed a new biography of Clive Bell.

Urmila Seshagiri is a professor of English at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, as well as affiliate faculty in Global Studies and Cinema Studies. Her areas of expertise include modernism, contemporary fiction, feminist studies and postcolonial studies. The author of Race and the Modernist Imagination(Cornell, 2010), Seshagiri is now writing a book about the complex legacy of modernist aesthetics titled "Still Shocking: Modernism and Fiction in the 21st Century." She is also preparing the first scholarly edition of Virginia Woolf’s memoir "Sketch of the Past," a project for which she has received grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Philosophical Society, the New York Public Library, and Smith College. Her work has appeared in PMLA, Modernism/modernity, Contemporary Literature, Cultural Critique, Modern Fiction Studies, Woolf Studies Annual and The Journal of Asian American Studies. She is the Out of the Archives Editor for Feminist Modernist Studies, and a contributor to the Los Angeles Review of Books and Public Books.

Drew Shannon is an associate professor in the Department of Liberal Arts at Mount St. Joseph University, where he teaches primarily British literature from Shakespeare to the present. A native of Atlanta, Shannon grew up in Austin, Texas, but has lived in Cincinnati since the mid-1980s. He is currently working on his manuscript, "The Deep Old Desk: A Biography of the Diary of Virginia Woolf." He has published critical articles and essays in several books and academic journals as well as a monograph for Cecil Woolf Publishers’s Bloomsbury Heritage Series entitled "How Should One Read a Marriage?: Private Writings, Public Readings, and Leonard and Virginia Woolf." He currently serves as the Historian/Bibliographer of the International Virginia Woolf Society as well as on the editorial board of Woolf Studies Annual. His research interests, apart from Virginia Woolf, include the lives and writings of Doris Lessing, Margaret Atwood, D. H. Lawrence and Christopher Isherwood. At Mount St. Joseph, Shannon has also produced, acted in, and/or directed such shows as "Doubt: A Parable, God of Carnage," "Crossing Delancey," "And Then There Were None," "California Suite" and "Six Degrees of Separation."

Jean Moorcroft Wilson has taught for many years at the University of London. She has also been a guest lecturer for the last 12 years at the University of Cape Town. She has lectured frequently in America and, most recently, at the University of Artois, Arras and the University of Victoria, Vancouver Island. She is a regular contributor to The Times, The Guardian, The Telegraph and The Times Literary Supplement. Wilson is the author of acclaimed biographies of the British war poets Siegfried Sassoon, Isaac Rosenberg, Edward Thomas, Charles Hamilton Sorley and Robert Graves – the first of his life; the second half is in active production. She has also edited the poems of Isaac Rosenberg and the poems and letters of Sorley. Her single-volume life of Sassoon, containing new material, was published in 2013. She was married to Cecil Woolf, the nephew of Leonard and Virginia Woolf, on whom she has written a biography of place. Between them, she and Cecil started the Bloomsbury Heritage series, of which she is the General Editor. She is also general editor of their War Poets series.