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NOV 2020

Hopkins lovers everywhere will be excited to read the following announcement, which describes an unprecedented opportunity to bring Hopkins into the age of virtual reality. This conference will appeal not just to scholars but to all lovers of Hopkins:  no travel, very modest cost, attractive opportunities (like dramatic readings and virtual tours of Hopkins’s own physical environments) available in no other way.  Here is the press release:
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I am sharing the exciting news about a virtual Gerard Manley Hopkins International Conference, which will take place in June 2021.

Since 1998, we have celebrated Hopkins at Regis University, Denver, Colorado and in various cities worldwide.  We held our last conference at Roehampton University, London, in 2018. But if we postpone the next gathering until 2022, it will mean a break of four years. This would be a pity. Thanks to Zoom, Teams, Skype, and many other technological inventions, universities, schools, governments, and major multinational corporations have managed to continue (and thrive) with virtual meetings, smart working, and distance learning. Therefore, we have planned to host a virtual conference in June 24-26 2021. We have made this decision as a precaution due to the unpredictability of COVID-19. Because the future is uncertainwe have to put the health and well-being of all friends of Hopkins first. We acknowledge that we will face some planning and scheduling challenges, but in the interests of continuity, and the opportunity to exchange ideas about Hopkins’s writings, we are confident that a virtual conference is an excellent solution. Furthermore, it gives us an excellent opportunity to explore lots of new and engaging ways to bring Hopkins into everyone’s world.

Please stay safe and be well.

Paul Kelly

Chair, Organizing Committee, Hopkins Conference Group
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Scholars will want to know that the Organizing Committee has now issued a Call for Papers, which can be found below.  Full details on the schedule and how to register for the conference will be available in the new year. And in the meantime, we hope that all lovers of Hopkins’s poetry will start planning on taking advantage of this great upcoming opportunity. You can register your interest in participating or request additional information by writing to gerardmanleyhopkins1844@gmail.com

Binsey’s poplars, made famous by Gerard Manley Hopkins. River Thames, Port Meadow, Oxford.
Call for Papers

Hopkins and His Environments: A virtual international conference, 24‒26 June 2021

From the Cliffs of Moher to the Valley of the Elwy, from leafy countrysides to city centres “smeared” with everyday life, Gerard Manley Hopkins was acutely attuned to environmental conditions. The 2021 international Hopkins conference, to be held virtually 24 to 26 June 2021, will consider the many environments in which he worked: natural, textual, aesthetic, political, theological, Jesuitical, and social.

Topics for 20-minute presentations might include: Hopkins and Victorian science; Victorian eco-systems and environmentalism; the literary and aesthetic environments of his poetry and prose (including Pre-Raphaelite, Aestheticist, or Decadent art); the intersections of his works and those of his contemporaries; and the political and cultural “surroundings” of Hopkins’s life in England, Wales, Scotland, and Ireland.

As a popular term, “environment” came into its own in the nineteenth century, featured in works by the likes of Thomas Carlyle, Herbert Spencer, and Henry Sidgwick. “Hopkins and His Environments” will be a three-day exploration of its literary, scientific, social, political, and cultural implications in relation to a remarkable poet.

The deadline for submissions is 25 January 2021.

Please send your 300-word proposal to: Lesley Higgins 19higgins55@gmail.com

Organising Committee: Paul Kelly (Chair), Noel Barber S.J., Lesley Higgins, Jude  Nixon, Frank Fennell

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