Affiche Women and Political Theory in the 19th and First Half of the 20th Century: Vernon Lee and Radical Circles

Women and Political Theory in the 19th and First Half of the 20th Century: Vernon Lee and Radical Circles

le 17-18-19 octobre 2013, à Université de Paris Diderot, UFR EILA, avant le 30 juin 2013

“Vernon Lee” (Violet Paget, 1856-1935) is well-known for her remarkable erudition, her sharp analyses of arts, music, and literature, her travel accounts uncovering the mysterious presence of the genius loci, her studies on aesthetic contemplation hinging on the central notion of empathy, her fiction (novels and short stories), her theatre work, and even her involvement in the defence of the city centre of Florence.
But little is known about Vernon Lee as a free woman fighting against war, against imperialism, and campaigning for a society based on equal rights and universal brotherhood, and whose voice grew louder and louder in her struggle for peace in Europe and the world.
Indeed, as Phyllis F. Mannocchi declared in her Florence paper, 28 Sept. 2012 : “In the scholarship on Vernon Lee, not much attention has been paid to the fact that as she approached late middle age, Vernon Lee seemed to discover her voice as a political ‘radical,’ a supporter of women’s suffrage, a participant in the anti-war movement, and an expert in international relations. Vernon Lee’s ‘radical’ politics were ‘natural’ to her. After all, she was a ‘born internationalist,’ who had lived in France, Germany, Switzerland, England, and Italy, and was multi-lingual. After expressing her opposition to the Boer War (1899 – 1902), Vernon Lee began to write more often on social, political, and international issues. WHY is it that so little is known of her writing on these issues during this later period of her life?” (Phyllis Mannochi, International Conference Violet del Palmerino : Vernon Lee’s Cosmopolitan Salon, 1889-1935, Florence, 27-28 Sept. 2012. Accessible:
This conference will aim to further the knowledge on Vernon Lee’s and other women’s radical theories in the 19th and first half of the 20th century, in relation to contemporaneous British, Italian, French, Swiss, and German radical circles.

We invite contributions on:
Alice Abadam
Annie Besant
Clementina Black
Irene Forbes-Mosse
Isabella and Emily Ford
Mathilde Hecht
Emily Hobhouse
Charlotte Perkins Gilman
Clémence Royer

Favoured topics will include:
Vernon Lee and (Fabian) Socialism
Vernon Lee and Anti-Semitism
Vernon Lee and Fascism
Vernon Lee and Nazism
Vernon Lee and Bolshevism
Vernon Lee and India (Gandhi)
Vernon Lee and International Relations
Vernon Lee and women’s suffrage
Vernon Lee and women’s role in society
Vernon Lee and the relations between men and women
Vernon Lee’s pacifism: the Boer War; WWI; the coming of WWII
Vernon Lee and vivisection
Vernon Lee and the UDC (Union of Democratic Control)
Vernon Lee and the concert of nations (League of Nations)
Vernon Lee and economics
Vernon Lee and Europe
Vernon Lee and the Dreyfus affaire
Vernon Lee’s philanthropy

Please send your abstracts (title + about 450 words) before 30th June 2013 to
Michel Prum prum.michel(at)
Sophie Geoffroy geoffroysophie974(at)

Comité scientifique/ Scientific Board

Françoise BARRET-DUCROCQ (université Paris Diderot, Sorbonne Paris Cité)
Florence BINARD (université Paris Diderot, Sorbonne Paris Cité)
Sophie GEOFFROY (université de La Réunion)
Guyonne LEDUC (université de Lille 3)
Phyllis MANNOCCHI (Colby College, Maine, USA)
Michel PRUM (université de Paris Diderot, Sorbonne Paris Cité)
Shafquat TOWHEED (The Open University, UK)

Infos pratiques

ORACLE, SAGEF, The Sibyl, Niama, Associazione Culturale Il Palmerino, Advancing Women Artists avec le concours de l'université Paris Descartes

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