Call for Papers:

RMIT UNIVERSITY, in association with the Katherine Mansfield Society


4-5 JUNE 2010


Dr Sarah Ailwood (University of  Canberra)
Dr Melinda Harvey (RMIT University, Melbourne)

Confirmed Keynote Speakers:

Emeritus Professor Vincent O’Sullivan (Victoria University, Wellington) Editor (with Margaret Scott) of The Collected Letters of Katherine Mansfield: Volumes 1-5 (1984–2008).

Professor Sue Thomas (La Trobe University, Melbourne)Author of The Worlding of Jean Rhys (1999) and (with Ann Blake and Leela Gandhi) England through Colonial Eyes in Twentieth-Century Fiction (2001)

Symposium Sponsors:

Consulate-General of New Zealand, Victoria

Symposium Overview:

This symposium provides an opportunity for scholars in Australia, New Zealand and all over the world with a forum to present papers on all aspects of Katherine Mansfield’s life, work and times.

Topics for the symposium include, but are not limited to:

* Mansfield’s ‘Underworld’ – promiscuity, penury, Dostoevsky

* Mansfield and the ‘Blooms Berries’ – KM’s relations with and opinions of the Bloomsbury Group and Modernist writing generally

* Who owns Mansfield? The biographer? New Zealand? Postcolonialism? Feminism?

* Mansfield the Modernist

* Mansfield and the Modernist magazine – The New Age, Rhythm, The Blue Review, The Athenaeum

* Mansfield the critic

* Mansfield the translator

* Fictional representations of Mansfield in literature, theatre and film

* Women, place, expatriatism and tourism

* Mansfield’s influences/the influence of Mansfield on other artists

We stress that papers on works, artists, places and ideas that shed light on Mansfield’s milieu, methods, reception or reputation in literary canons and literary histories (Modernism, New Zealand literature, feminist literature, postcolonial literature, and so on) but do not refer to her directly are very welcome.

Abstracts of 300 words and a brief bio of 30 words should be submitted to Dr Sarah Ailwood (Sarah.Ailwood@canberra.edu.au) and Dr Melinda Harvey (melinda.j.harvey@rmit.edu.au) by Monday 15 March 2010.


RMIT University, the primary venue for the symposium, is located in the Melbourne CBD. For information regarding the City Campus go to http://www.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=cxlc0nabtrud

The performance of Gary Abrahams’ Something Childish But Very Natural on Saturday 5 June at 8pm will be held at La Mama Theatre in Carlton, a 15-20 minute walk from RMIT University. For delegates who would prefer to take public transport, trams 1, 3, 5, 6, 8, 16, 64, 67 and 72, which stop outside RMIT University on Swanston Street (near the corner of La Trobe Street, opposite the State Library of Victoria), will take you to Carlton.


The central location of RMIT University means that accommodation within walking distance of the symposium is in plentiful supply.

The Jasper Hotel, a 4-star hotel located 500m (or a 5 minute walk) from RMIT University, has agreed to offer symposium delegates a special RMIT University corporate rate of $140 per night or $155 including full breakfast. To receive this rate quote the block name ‘Katherine Mansfield – RMIT’. For more information regarding the Jasper Hotel go to http://www.jasperhotel.com.au/.

Other good bets for accommodation are the Oaks and Mantra apartment chains. See http://www.oakshotelsresorts.com/ and http://www.mantra.com.au/. For other options, including special rates, we suggest Wotif: http://www.wotif.com/hotels/australia-melbourne-hotels.html.


To and From Tullamarine Airport:

From Tullamarine aiport, we recommend you take a taxi or the Skybus. A taxi from Tullamarine Airport to Melbourne CBD should cost you $50-$60.

If that’s beyond your budget then the next best thing is Skybus. Skybus links Tullamarine Aiport to Southern Cross Station in the Melbourne CBD. Fares are $16 one-way or $26 return. For information regarding ticketing and timetabling go to http://www.skybus.com.au/ .

In and Around Melbourne:
If you’re staying at the Jasper Hotel or in the Melbourne CBD, then you will be able to walk to all symposium venues. For longer journeys, Melbourne has an excellent tram, train and bus network. There are a variety of ticketing options (2 hour, daily, weekly, etc.). Tickets can be bought at Metcard retail outlets. For information regarding routes and timetables go to http://www.metlinkmelbourne.com.au/

Any Questions?
Contact the convenors – we’re happy to help.
Melinda Harvey: melinda.j.harvey@rmit.edu.au
Sarah Ailwood: Sarah.Ailwood@canberra.edu.a