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FiMA2: Feminist Revolutions, Rescheduled for Chicago, April 2022

After much consideration, and careful monitoring of warnings and analyses of the COVID-19 virus by government and higher education leaders, we have come to the difficult decision that we must postpone the conference until April of 2022.

We are tentatively rescheduling for April 8-10 2022, awaiting confirmation from Loyola University Chicago’s Conference Services. Everyone currently on the program will be automatically rolled over to next year. We understand that these new dates may not work for everyone, but ask that if this is the case for you that you wait to withdraw until we complete the work that needs to be done powering down this year’s conference. We will regroup and send out more information as soon as possible. We will hold registration fees and roll them over for everyone for whom the new dates work.

We are grateful for your support of FiMA2; as you know, we received many more proposals than we could accept. We are excited about the work you are all doing and proud to have had the opportunity to spend time with your ideas as we put the conference together. We hope that you can join us next year in Chicago.

Wishing good health to you and your loved ones,
Melissa Bradshaw and Sarah Cornish
with The Feminist inter/Modernist Association conference organizing committee


(draft schedule, subject to modifications)

Friday, April 3 

9-10:30 am Welcome and opening plenary roundtable at the Newberry Library (60 W. Walton St.)

“Feminist Chicago, Modernist Chicago”

  • Jessica Herzogenrath, Sam Houston State University
  • Liesl Olson, Newberry Library
  • Nicole A. Spigner, Northwestern University
  • Tyler Schmidt, Lehman College, CUNY
  • Rishona Zimring, Lewis and Clark College

10:45-12:15 Two 45 min. sessions with archival materials from the Newberry related to conference themes (10:45-11:30, 11:30-12:15)
Limited availability, email feministintermodernist@gmail.com to register

12-1 Registration and packet pick-up at Corboy Law Center, 25 E. Pearson

Participants get lunch on their own  

Friday afternoon, Corboy Law Center, 3rd Floor

Session 1 1:00-2:15 pm

Panel 1: Modernist Revolutions in “Transgender”: Feminist Interventions, Then and Now

Chair, Jodie Medd, Carleton University

  • Emma Heaney, William Paterson University, “The Revolutionary Feminism of Subject 13”
  • Pamela Caughie, Loyola University Chicago, “Technologies of (Trans)Gender”
  • Jaime Hovey, DePaul University, “Shining Velvet: Sporting Transmasculinity in National Velvet

Panel 2: Negotiating Modern Relationships in the American Southwest


  • Melissa J. Homestead, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, “‘Miss Cather and Miss Lewis’ in the Southwest in 1915 and 1916 and the Touristic Origins of The Professor’s House
  • Emily Lutenski, St. Louis University, “Modernist Women and Interracial Intimacy in the Southwest”
  • Geneva M. Gano, Texas State University, “Mabel and Tony: Modernist Love in the Margins”

Panel 3: Revolutionizing Modernist Pedagogy: Teaching Modernism through the Lens of Social Engagement

Chair, Sarah E. Cornish, University of Northern Colorado

  • Jody Cardinal, SUNY Old Westbury, “Teaching the Debate: Modernism and Social Engagement”
  • Deirdre Egan-Rayn, St. Norbert College, “Teaching Modernist Hinterlands through Experiential Learning”
  • Julia Lisella, Regis College, “Shifting Alternative Modernisms to the Mainstream”

Panel 4: New Perspectives on Nella Larsen

Chair, Shelby Sleevi, Loyola University Chicago

  • Stacy Carson Hubbard, University at Buffalo, “Her Disabling Condition: Nausea, Pregnancy and Racial Ambiguity in Nella Larsen’s Quicksand
  • Laura Tscherry, Indiana University, “Moving Ceaselessly Between–Expansion and Contraction in Nella Larsen’s Quicksand
  • Annaliese Hoehling, University of Massachusets, Amherst, “The Impossibility of Passing: Nella Larsen’s Feminist Aesthetics”

Session 2 2:30-3:45 pm 

Panel 1: Sisterhood and Solidarity in Amy Lowell’s Life and Career

Chair, Meghan Fox, LaGuardia Community College, CUNY

  • Sarah Parker, Loughborough University, “‘Your gift a mirror’: Amy Lowell reflects on Alice Meynell”
  • Melissa Bradshaw, Loyola University Chicago, “Beyond H.D.: Amy Lowell’s Sister Poets”
  • Hannah Roche, University of York, “‘Some other woman with an itch for writing’: The Marvellously Strange Sisterhood of Amy Lowell and Sylvia Plath”

Panel 2: 1960s Women’s Rights

Chair, Catherine Hollis, UC Berkeley Extension

  • Erin K. Johns Speese, Duquesne University, “The Friedan Mystique: Feminist Revolution and Betty Friedan’s Jewish Identity”
  • Laura Ritland, University of California, Berkeley, “Revolutionizing Criticism: Doris Lessing’s The Golden Notebook and Virginia Woolf’s Three Guineas
  • Myers Enlow, Clemson University, “‘Pass the Word, Sister’: Recovering the Inclusive Feminism of WITCH”

Panel 3: Canonicity, Recovery, and Black Feminist Aesthetics

Chair, Erica Delsandro, Bucknell University

  • Marisa Stickel, University of Tennessee, “Bloomers, Bicycles and Burgeoning Freedom: The New Woman’s Bodily Agency in Quicksand, Save Me the Waltz, and Cane
  • Ana Quiring, Washington University, “The Usefulness of Neglect: Reflections on the Challenges of Feminist Modernist Recovery”
  • Jennifer Sorensen, Texas A&M–Corpus Christi, “Race, Material Form, and the Archive: Tracing the Shifting Bookish Embodiment of Gwendolyn Brooks and Zora Neale Hurston”

Panel 4: Revolutionary Perspectives on Pregnancy, Motherhood, and Reproductive Rights

Chair, Erin Kingsley, King University

  • Liz Podnieks, Ryerson University, Toronto, “‘This new code of conduct’: Motherhood, the New Woman, and New Modernism in Buchi Emecheta’s Second Class Citizen
  • Ioanna Kostopoulou, University of Berlin, “Feminist Struggle and Reproductive Justice in the Middle East”
  • Megan Minarich, Vanderbilt University, “Abortion as Counterculture: Love with the Proper Stranger’s Indecision About Choice”

Coffee Break 3:45-4:15

Session 3 4:15-5:30 pm

Panel 1: Middlebrow and Feminist Disruptions in Narratives of Modernism

Chair, Erin N. Yanota, University of Texas at Austin

  • Amy Blair, Marquette University, “Women Like My Sister”
  • Cecilia Konchar Farr, St. Catherine University, “Gertrude of the Limberlost: The Making of Americans and the MIddlebrow Women’s Novel”
  • Jodie Medd, Carleton University, “Feeling Modernist Patronage”

Panel 2: Complicating the Self in British Women’s Writing

Chair, Emily M. Hinnov, Great Bay Community College

  • Michele Chinitz, Graduate Center, CUNY, “‘Without Expression’: Katherine Mansfield and Problems with Autonomy”
  • Aleksandr Prigozhin, University of Denver, “The Politics of Self-Indifference in Summer Will Show
  • Jenna Marco, University of South Carolina, “Bowen’s Revolutionary Alterity: Spectrality and Haunting in “The Back Drawing-Room”

Panel 3: Georgia Douglas Johnson in Print Media, the Digital Humanities, and the Literature Classroom


  • John Hadlock, Duquesne University, “‘Children of the Mantled-Birth’: Georgia Douglas Johnson, Photography in The Crisis, and the Politics of Black Motherhood”
  • Rochel L. Gasson, Duquesne University, “Mina Loy and Georgia Douglas Johnson: Women with Voice in the Digital Realm”
  • Caitlyn Hunter, Duquesne University, title TBD

Panel 4: Revolutions in Form


  • Allyson DeMaagd, Ball State University, “Mina Loy in the Laboratory: Women, Science, and the Senses”
  • Shelby Sleevi, Loyola University Chicago, “Iterative Narration in Stein’s Three Lives and Otsuka’s The Buddha in the Attic
Reception 5:30-6:15, Kasbeer Hall (15th Floor of Corboy Law Center)

Keynote address 6:15-7:15, Kasbeer Hall

 Miriam Thaggert, University at Buffalo  

“Ladies’ Space: Travel and the Black Female Modern”

Saturday, April 4, Corboy Law Center

8:30-9 Registration, coffee/tea/light breakfast

Session 4  9-10:30 am

Panel 1: Embodied Poetics: Moving through Modernism

Chair, Sunny Stalter-Pace, Auburn University

  • Melissa Zeiger, Dartmouth College, “Anne Spencer’s Garden Emancipation”
  • Kathleen Blackwood, Penn State University “‘Free Footed Verse’”: Mina Loy’s Dance Poetics
  • Hatley Clifford, Indiana Academy at Ball State University, “’In the city I found her’: The Flâneuse as Witness”
  • Erin Yanota, University of Texas, “Mythologizing the Documentary Eye: Politics in Modernist Women’s Epics”

Panel 2: Transnational Women’s Rights


  • Felix Cowan, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, “Women’s Rights and Emancipation in the Russian Penny Press, 1908-1917”
  • Alexander Kauffman, Philadelphia Museum of Art, “A Museum of Modern Art Between Buenos Aires and Beijing: Katherine Dreier’s Internationalism”
  • Louise Kane, University of Central Florida, “The Nineteenth Amendment and the Politics of Exclusion: Transnational Responses”

Panel 3: The Affective Politics of Fracture

Chair, Cecilia Konchar Farr, St. Catherine University

  • Jane Garrity, University of Colorado, Boulder, “Sartorial Warfare in Lytton Strachey’s Elizabeth and Essex
  • Celia Marshik, Stony Brook University, “The Queer Art of War: Enemy Erotics in Kipling and Hanley”
  • Allison Pease, John Jay College, CUNY, “At War with Genre: Anaïs Nin’s House of Incest”
  • Julie Vandivere, Bloomsburg University, “Dorothy L. Sayers’ ‘The Image in the Mirror’ as Psychic and Geopolitical Parable”

Panel 4: Women Artists Under Erasure: Wives, Caregivers, and Muses


  • Kimberley A. Smith, Southwestern University, “Revolution/Counterrevolution: Gender and German Modernism”
  • Thiane Nunes, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, “Patricia Galvao, Pagu: Tragic Muse of the Revolution”
  • Paula Wisotzki, Loyola University Chicago, “Dorothy Dehner’s Archive: Out of the Shadow of David Smith”
  • Kelsey Carper, University of Florida, “Stitching Together: Vanessa Bell’s Needlework as Maternal Protest”

Session 5 10:45 am-12:15 pm 

Panel 1: Frenemies of Modernism

Chair, Louise Kane, University of Central Florida

  • Lauren Rosenblum, Adelphi University, “The Making and Unmaking Again of the Dadaist Revolution”
  • Jennifer Mitchell, Union College, “‘Softer Graces’ and ‘Feminine Occupations’: Futuristic Gender Exploration”
  • Laurel Harris, Rider University, “Jean Rhys, Una Marson, and Models of Comparison and Connectivity”
  • Erica Delsandro, Bucknell University, “All in the Family: Revolutions and Relationality with the Mitford Sisters”

Panel 2: Women Writing In and Through Empire


  • Angie Blumberg, Auburn University, “Gertrude Bell’s Revolutionary Aesthetic: Archaeological Travel Writing and Photography before the First World War”
  • Kirti Goyal, Jawaharlal Nehru University, “Contesting Borders: Women and the Partition”
  • Megan Burke Witzleben, Hilbert College, “‘A Better Day is Dawning’: Empire Building Through British Fictions”
  • Tomoe Kumojima, Nara Women’s University, “Literary Diplomacy: Transpacific Female Solidarity during the Russo-Japanese War”

Panel 3: Writing Women’s Lives Roundtable

Chair, Laura Hartmann-Villalta, Georgetown University

  • Julia Charles, Auburn University
  • Pamela Caughie, Loyola University Chicago
  • Sunny Stalter-Pace, Auburn University
  • Margaret Mauk, Florida State University
  • Pamela Toler, Independent Scholar
  • Joanna Dee Das, Washington University

Panel 4: Storytelling as Resistance: Peacework in Times of War

Chair, Adeline Soldin, Dickinson College

  • Wendy Moffat, Dickinson College, “Writer, Ghost Writer, Ghost: The Traumatic Disappearance of Elizabeth Shepley Sergeant”
  • Michelle E. Moore, College of DuPage, “The Great War and a Modern Woman: Margaret Anderson and The Little Review in Context”
  • Melanie Micir, Washington University, “Printing Paris in Peace: On Interwar Feminist Collaboration”
  • Anne Fernald, Fordham University, “Vera Brittain and the Limits of Pacifism”

12:15-1:30 Lunch on your own, unless participating in the lunchtime workshop

Lunchtime Workshop: Feminist Precarity

Facilitated by Erica Delsandro and Catherine Hollis

Building on the recent MSA roundtable on “The Future of Modernist Studies in an Age of Precarity,” we are offering a Saturday lunchtime workshop on academic precarity. (Lunch included; limit 50 participants.)

In keeping with FiMA’s theme, Feminist Revolutions, and with the rich history of consciousness raising and grassroots organizing so essential to feminism in mind, we eschew the roundtable format for a more interactive and praxis-oriented workshop.  We will prioritize free writing, brainstorming, conversation, and coalition building, with the goal of creating a knowledge base from which new political postures emerge and action plans are crafted. The majority of our time in the workshop will be dedicated to sharing, listening, and processing potential feminist responses to precarity. Follow this link to sign up for the workshop. Password: FiMA2 (Please note that the password is case sensitive.)

Session 6 1:30-3:00 pm

Panel 1: Women and Literary Archives

Chair, Lauren Rosenblum, Adelphi University

  • Aimee Armande Wilson, University of Kansas, “Archival Threads: Weaving Narratives of Reproduction”
  • Jolie Braun, “Changing the Narrative: The Literary Archives of Women Writers in OSU’s Rare Books and Manuscripts Library”
  • Seretha D. Williams, Augusta University, “The Digital Archive as a Composition Laboratory”

Panel 2: Liminal Modernisms

Chair, Danielle Richards, Loyola University Chicago

  • Erin Kingsley, King University, “Beatrice Tina, the Feminist Killjoy, and the Hysterical Suffragette”
  • Katherine Mullin, University of Leeds, “How ‘a daughter of the soil’ expressed ‘the ache of modernism’: the Case of Tess of the D’Urbervilles
  • Elizabeth Blake, Clark University, “Snobbery or Satire?: Virginia Woolf and the ‘Middlebrow’”
  • Kimberly Coates, Bowling Green State University, “Dancing Surrealisms: Movement as Revolutionary Praxis in the work of Hélène Vanel and Emily Holmes Coleman”

Panel 3: Women’s Activist Writing


  • Carey Snyder, Ohio University, “The Spectacle of Female Violence: Rewriting Militancy”
  • Stephanie Brown, University of Arizona, “Boxing the Bobby: Class Politics and Militant Strategizing”
  • Janine Utell, Widener University, “Pacificism and Radical Pleasure: M. F. K. Fisher’s How to Cook a Wolf
  • Barbara Green, University of Notre Dame, “Remembering the Suffragette: Interwar Feminisms and the Feminist Historical Novel”

Panel 4: Women Artists, Autonomy, and Avant-Garde Collectives


  • Erin McClenathan, Mercer University, “Towards a Free Revolutionary Art? Feminist Visions in Dyn’s Anti-Surrealism
  • Therese Augst, Lewis & Clark University, “The Journeywoman’s Tale: Anni Albers and Marguerite Wildenhain on Craft, Mobility, and Exile”
  • Angela Acosta, Ohio State University, “A Feminist Engagement with the Generation of 1927: The Social Objects of ‘las Sinsombrero’”
  • Cristiana Pagliarusco, University of Trento, Italy, “Georgia O’Keefe: The Artist Who Helped Us See Big Beauty in What is Small, and Still Helps Us Think We All Equally Can”

Session 7 3:15-4:45 pm

Panel 1: Women’s Experiences of War

Chair, Debra Rae Cohen, University of South Carolina

  • Christine Fouirnaies, University of Chicago, “Gertrude Stein’s ‘Nice War’: World War I and Female Empowerment”
  • Emma Downey, Bucknell University, “Subverting Difference: Claude Cahun, Katharine Burdekin, and Revolution Making”
  • Emily Hinnov, Great Bay Community College, “‘Thinking Peace Into Existence’: The World War II Era Work of Virginia Woolf, Jessica Dismorr, and Elizabeth Bowen”
  • Rosie Ramsden, Northumbria University, “‘It spread like a plague’: Queer Sexualities as Contagion in Women’s Holocaust Memoirs, 1945-1970”

Panel 2: Anarchism and Feminist Solidarity


  • Catherine W. Hollis, University of California Berkeley, “Emma Goldman and Intergenerational Feminist Modernism”
  • Kristin Grogan, Rutgers University, “Lives of Girls and Women: Lola Ridge, Anarchist Poetry, and Feminist Solidarity”
  • Charles Andrews, Whitworth University, “Wishing to be in Her Coven: The Feminist-Anarchist Theology of Sylvia Townsend Warner’s Lolly Willowes
  • Christa DiMarco, The University of the Arts, “Louise Michel: The Visual Representation of a Modern Revolutionary”

Panel 3: Reading as Revolution


  • Ella Ophir, University of Saskatchewan, “Fact, Character, Feminism: Woolf Reading Life Writing”
  • Beth Rosenberg, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, “Virginia Woolf and the Milan Women’s Collective”
  • Andrea Zemgulys, University of Michigan, “No Time for Reading: Gender and Continuing Education in the 1930s”
  • Anett K. Jessop, University of Texas at Tyler, “Modernism for Girls: Laura Riding’s Primers”

Panel 4: Roundtable: Dickinson and Late 19th-century Revolutions in Verse and Thought


  • Cristanne Miller, University at Buffalo, “Metered Prose and Prose Poetry: Emily Dickinson and Emma Lazarus”
  • Stephanie Farrar, University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire, “Emily and Lavinia Dickinson’s Experimental Poems: Speculations on Sisterly Influence”
  • Zach Tavlin, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, “A Scattered Self: Dickinson’s Unfolding Mind”
  • Gabrielle Dean, Johns Hopkins University, “Matriarchal UnModernism: Nostalgia, Home, and the Dickinson Legacy Wars”
  • Marta Werner, Loyola University Chicago, “‘When what they sang for is undone’: Soundings of a Silent Spring in Dickinson’s Late Bird Poems”

Reception 5:00-6:00, Kasbeer Hall (15th Floor of Corboy Law Center)

Keynote address 6:00-7:00 pm, Kasbeer Hall

Susan Manning, Northwestern University

“Women Watching Women Dancing”

Sunday, April 5, Corboy Law Center 

8:30-9 Registration, coffee/tea/light breakfast

Session 8 9:00-10:30 am 

Panel 1: Popular Modernisms


  • Zan Cammack, Utah Valley University, “The Phonographic Witness”
  • Morgan Thomas, University of Cincinnati, “Adaptations of Femininity in Noir Fiction and Cinema: Laura (1944) and The Reckless Moment (1949)
  • Sarah Cornish, University of Northern Colorado, “Reading the Secret Language of Clothes in Marghanita Laski’s To Bed with Grand Music and Sydney Gilliat and Frank Launder’s Two Thousand Women

Panel 2: Deviance and Defiance

Chair, Aleks Galus, Loyola University Chicago

  • Sangina Patnaik, Swarthmore College, “History as a Damp Stain: Sylvia Townsend Warner and the Politics of the Unremarkable”
  • Lauren Kuryloski, University at Buffalo, “A Modern Crime: The Circulating Narrative of Ruth Snyder”
  • Laura Hartmann-Villalta, Georgetown University, “A Woman’s Eye”

Panel 3: Styling Queernesses


  • Sara Potts, Michigan State University, “‘Too Much’ Motherhood: Queer Camp Mothers and Feminized Decadence”
  • Adeline Soldin, Dickinson College, “A Revolutionary Style for Revolutionary Beliefs: Natalie Clifford Barney’s Woman Lovers or the Third Woman
  • Lisa Walker, University of Southern Maine, “‘Queer Money Making’: Elisabeth Marbury, the Castles, and the Refinement of Modern Social Dance”
  • Emily Datskou, Loyola University Chicago, “Revolutionary Identities: Examining the Creation of Lili Elbe’s Trans Identity”

Panel 4: Revolutionizing Popular Genre: Women Writers and Hybrid Forms


  • Meghan C. Fox, LaGuardia Community College, CUNY, “Interrogating the Borders of Genre and Subjectivity: Borderline and H.D.’s Pamphlet” 
  • Rosemary Erickson Johnsen, Governor’s State University, “‘The Woman’ of the 1930s Sherlockian Radio: Not Irene Adler, but Edith Meiser”
  • Grace Lillard, Washington University, “Gender, Genre, and Nation: Elizabeth Bowen’s Feminist Spy Thriller”
  • Jennifer Nesbitt, Penn State York, “Sylvia Townsend Warner and the Genre Problem: ‘Foxcastle’ and the Fairytales”

10:45-12:15 FiMA board meeting  

End of conference


Taxi/Ride Share

A taxi from Midway costs about $30, from O’Hare about $45. Ride shares are allowed at both airports–locations and directions in terminals. Ride shares typically cost about $40+ from either airport.

Public Transit

The Water Tower Campus (WTC) is around the corner from the CTA Red Line – Chicago station at 25 E. Pearson St.

From Midway: Take the Orange Line to Roosevelt, switch to the Red Line, northbound toward Howard, exit at the Chicago station.

From O’Hare: Take the Blue Line to Jackson, transfer to the Red Line (you will walk through a tunnel to get from Blue to Red Line) exit at the Chicago station.

To plan your trip to campus and for maps of CTA train and bus lines please visit:  www.transitchicago.com

Water Tower Campus Parking

Loyola does not own or control any visitor parking facilities near the Water Tower Campus, though there are several parking options nearby.

For more information on parking at WTC, click here.