Join the H.D. International Society at the American Literature Association, Boston, 2017

American Literature Association Conference Web Page Screen ShotThe H.D. International Society invites scholars at the American Literature Association Conference in Boston to join us for “H.D.’s Aesthetics of Resistance.” From queering translation to surviving the blitz, H.D. is dedicated to resisting conventions and creating new literary forms for envisioning the new.

Friday May 26, 2017
11:10 am – 12:30 pm
Session 9-F H.D.’s Aesthetics of Resistance (Essex North Center, 3rd Floor) Organized by the H.D. International Society Chair: Celena Kusch, University of South Carolina Upstate

  1. “‘This beauty is too much’: H.D. and Queering Translation,” Christian Bancroft, University of Houston
  2. “Sex & the Over-Soul: H.D.’s Vision and the Birthing Body,” Alyssa Leann Duck, Emory University
  3. “Psychic Blitzkrieg: Air Raids, Architecture and the Afterlife in the Wartime Literature of H.D.,” Sean Richardson, Nottingham Trent University
  4. “‘Looking into the Future’: H.D., William Morris, and Delia Alton,” Bret Keeling, Northeastern University

CFP and new journal launch: Feminist Modernist Studies (4/15/17)

Photograph of H.D. in pants and a jacket leaning back, seated on a blanket on a rocky hill. Undated. From Beinecke Library, Digital Collections, H.D. Papers.The new journal Feminist Modernist Studies has launched, with many congratulations to Cassandra Laity, founding editor. Please see the call for papers for the first issue, a double issue, through the link, and feel free to circulate widely. The deadline is April 15:


CFP: “Feminist/Queer Temporality” panel at MSA, Amsterdam, Aug 10-13 (deadline 1/27/17)

Photo of H.D., Norman Holmes Pearson, and Bryher at Yale UniversityThe H.D. International Society invites paper submissions for the proposed panel it is organizing, “Feminist/Queer Temporality,” for the Modernist Studies Association conference in Amsterdam, August 10-13, 2017. In keeping with MSA 19’s main theme,  “Modernism Today,” and one of its subthemes, “Modernist Chronologies,” we seek papers that examine what modernist women writers do with history, deep time, plural vs. singular temporalities, speed, nostalgia, or futurity. How do modernist women writers (H.D. and/or her female modernist contemporaries) produce feminist or queer temporality?

Please send a 250 word paper abstract and a brief bio/CV to Rebecca Walsh at by January 27, 2017.


SAMLA 2016 CFP: “New Directions: H.D. and/or Her Circle” panel (abstracts due 5/15/16)

We invite paper proposals for a panel called “New Directions: H.D. and/or Her Circle” at this year’s South Atlantic MLA in Jacksonville, FL, November 4-6, 2016.

Papers may focus on work by H.D. and/or any of the many writers, filmmakers, and artists in her circle (Bryher, Kenneth MacPherson, Marianne Moore, Richard Aldington, Robert Herring, Sigmund Freud, John Cournos, Ezra Pound, and Paul and Eslanda Robeson constitute a partial list). The thematic focus of the panel is open to a range of new approaches, though we welcome papers that address SAMLA 2016’s conference theme, “Utopia/Dystopia: Whose Paradise Is It?”

Please send 250-word abstracts, a brief bio, and A-V requests to by May 15, 2016.

For more information about SAMLA 2016, please visit


MSA 2016 CFP: “The Pool Film Group and Beyond: Modernism’s Media” panel (abstracts due 4/12/16)

The H.D. International Society invites paper submissions for a proposed panel, “The Pool Film Group and Beyond: Modernism’s Media,” at the Modernist Studies Association conference, November 17-20, 2016, in Pasadena, CA. We are especially interested in work that considers Bryher, H.D., and/or Kenneth Macpherson’s involvement with the Pool  film group or that in other ways focuses on media technologies and/or media industries in relation to their circle. Please send a brief bio and 250 word abstract to Rebecca Walsh ( and Celena Kusch ( by April 12.

For more information about MSA 2016 in Pasadena, here is the conference link:



MLA 2017 CFP, “Pound, H.D., and Bryher” (abstracts due 3/28/16)

The Ezra Pound Society is organizing the following panel as a guaranteed session at the Modern Language Assn. Convention, January 5-8, 2017, in Philadelphia, PA. Due to an electronic glitch this CFP does not appear on the MLA website, but it does appear on the Ezra Pound Society website.

CFP: “Pound, H.D. and Bryher”:

Examinations of H.D.’s and Bryher’s engagement/disengagement with Pound’s aesthetics, literary works, and political activities throughout their careers. 250-word abstract and a brief bio. by 28 March 2016 to Demetres Tryphonopoulos ( and Sara Dunton (

Please direct any preliminary questions to Sara Dunton. For more information about MLA 2017, here is the conference website:

Please contact Sara Dunton with any preliminary inquiries


CFP: American Literature Assn, San Francisco, May 26-29, 2016 (abstracts due Jan 26, 2016)

We invite paper proposals for a panel the H.D. International Society is sponsoring at the American Literature Association conference, May 26-29, 2016, at the Hyatt Regency in San Francisco, CA. The call for paper proposals is open ended, although we are particularly interested in projects that take advantage of the recent availability of H.D.’s later memoir writing and fiction. Please send a brief abstract (250 words) along with a 1 paragraph bio to Rebecca
Walsh,, no later than January 26, 2016.

Here is a link to the ALA site for more information about the
upcoming convention:


CFP: Louisville Conference on Lit and Culture since 1900 (abstracts due Sept 14–note extended deadline)

Paper proposals are invited for an H.D. International Society panel at the Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture since 1900, February 18-20, 2016. This is a welcoming conference that is hosted each year by the University of Louisville in Louisville, KY and which typically features a healthy mix of academic and creative writing presentations. Keynote speakers on the program will include Rodrigo Toscano, Johanna Drucker, Mat Johnson, and Lisa Gitelman.

This call for papers is open topic: we are happy to consider work attending to any aspect of H.D. and/or her circle as we field a cohesive panel. Please send 250 word abstracts and a brief bio to Rebecca Walsh,, by Monday, September 14 (please note that the Louisville conference organizers have extended their own deadline to Sept 15). Feel fee to get in touch with any questions.
For more information, please visit the conference website:



H.D. Receives Posthumous Honorary Degree from Lehigh University

H.D. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Perdita Schaffner and New Directions Publishing Corp. Photo portrait of H.D. facing left with velvet ribbon in her hair

H.D. was awarded a posthumous honorary Doctor of Letters at the Lehigh University commencement ceremony on 18 May 2015. Beth Wolle McKay, H.D.’s relative and one of the first women students at Lehigh University, accepted the degree on H.D.’s behalf.

Source: Honorary degree recipients named | News Article | Lehigh University


H.D. and Feminist Poetics Conference Program Available

The complete program for the H.D. and Feminist Poetics Conference at Lehigh University from September 17-19, 2015, is available online at

Highlights include opening speaker Nathaniel Mackey and plenaries Susan Stanford Friedman and Cynthia Hogue as well as a tour of historic Bethlehem.