CFP: HIDDEN NABOKOV (July 14-18, Wellesley)

Submitted by dana_dragunoiu on Wed, 07/15/2020 - 04:43

Call for Papers:  HIDDEN NABOKOV

(July 14-18, 2021, Wellesley, Massachusetts, USA)

We are delighted to announce the first major international conference on Nabokov in North America in over two decades. Hidden Nabokov will take place at Wellesley College, where Vladimir Nabokov began his academic career with two weeks of lectures in April 1941 and then taught for the next six years. The conference is sponsored by the International Vladimir Nabokov Society, Wellesley College, and the Nabokov Foundation, with additional support from other universities in the United States. It will feature three full days of scholarly panels; an opening reception, keynote addresses, banquet, and additional programming; opportunities for excursions to Harvard’s Museum of Comparative Zoology and other sites in the Boston area associated with Nabokov; and a special one-of-a-kind Nabokovian event to be announced shortly.

Reasonably priced accommodations on the Wellesley campus will be available to attendees, and there will be a limited number of travel grants for graduate students, unaffiliated scholars, and international scholars. We hope that international conference travel will be feasible by July 2021, but we will adjust our plans as needed to ensure everyone's safety. Participants should be members of the International Vladimir Nabokov Society at the time of the conference. (Please visit to join. The INVS offers reduced rates for students and retired or under-employed scholars as well as sponsored memberships, especially for those from economically distressed parts of the world. It also awards several annual prizes for scholarship on Nabokov and provides special members-only features on the Society’s website.)

Join us in discovering new, hidden, or relatively unexplored facets of Vladimir Nabokov’s life and art, including (but not limited to) the following topics:

masks, costumes, clothing, disguises

body parts, private parts

aliases, pseudonyms, codes, cryptograms

observation, voyeurism, eavesdropping, espionage, detection

secrecy, privacy, the problem of sincerity and the hidden self

racial, sexual, or gendered identities and performances

the unseen, unheard, unspoken, unnamed, or overlooked

observing, identifying, and classifying previously unknown phenomena

discovering and exploring new worlds

gnosticism, spiritualism, and the otherworld

the unconscious and the forgotten

feints, obliquities, and strategic omissions

closets, tunnels, and hiding places

neglected works, genres, themes, or aspects of Nabokov

Please submit a 250-word abstract by email  (with “Hidden VN Submission” as the subject heading) to by midnight on Sunday, Nov. 1, 2020. We also welcome any questions you might have about the conference, the travel grants, or the IVNS.

Hidden Nabokov Conference Organizing Committee:

Stephen Blackwell, University of Tennessee (

Susan Elizabeth Sweeney, College of the Holy Cross (

Adam Weiner, Wellesley College (