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Juliet McLauchlan Prize: 2013
The annual prize is awarded by the Joseph Conrad Society (UK) for
an essay on any aspect of the works and/or life of Joseph Conrad.
The prize is dedicated to the memory of Juliet McLauchlan, a much
loved Conradian and the Society's original and long-serving chair,
by encouraging writing from new Conradians. The value of the prize
The essay competition is designed to foster work by new Conradians
and emerging scholars, including undergraduates, postgraduates,
and independent scholars of any age, subject to the proviso that
entrants should not have held a full-time academic appointment for
more than three years.
Essays must be original and between 5,000 and 7,000 words in length.
The essay must be in English and should be typed double-spaced,
and cannot have been previously published in any form.
The 2012 Prize was awarded to Jay Parker, who is currently a PhD student at Leeds University, for his essay 'Rortyian contingency and Ethnocentrism in Conrad's Chance.' The judging panel was impressed with the elegance and insight of this essay, and how its light touch with philosophical concerns made key terms in Rorty's lexicon an illuminating entrance to some of the issues of narrative in Conrad's novel.
The following entries were also highly commended:
- Johan Warodell, for 'Conrad's Painterly Drawings'
- Nidesh Lawtoo, for 'Fear of the Dark: Surrealist Shadows in The Nigger of the Narcissus'
- Nisha Manocha, for 'The Readable and 'Heart of Darkness'
The deadline for submissions is 1 June 2013. E-mail the submission as an attachment, in Word or PDF, to Allan H. Simmons TheConradian@aol.com.
Gail Fraser Memorial Conference Travel Grant
In remembrance of Gail Fraser (1939–2011), Bruce Fraser has
provided funds for a young scholar either in the final stages of
doctoral studies or within three years of obtaining the doctorate
to defray costs of attending the Society's annual conference.
Gail Fraser, who taught in the Department of English at Douglas
College, New Westminster, British Columbia, was a specialist on
Conrad's short fiction on which she wrote her dissertation at the
University of British Columbia, the basis of her Interweaving
Patterns in the Works of Joseph Conrad (1988). In addition
to other essays on this topic, she contributed to The Cambridge
Companion to Joseph Conrad (1996) and wrote the Introduction
to The Nigger of the 'Narcissus' and Other Stories (Penguin,
The application period is currently closed. Details of the 2014 competition will be announced next spring. Submissions are usually due at the end of April.
Applicants must be members of the Society at the time of application.
There is no restriction as to whether they hold a full or part-time
position, or whether other support is available. (Applicants may
also wish to apply for the Society's travel grants.) The annual
grant is £300, which will be given to one individual or shared,
as determined by the awards committee. Awardees of the grant will
be named on this website.
The Travel Grant has been awarded as follows:
- 2012: To Joshil K. Abraham, Lecturer at the Ambedkar Institute
of Advanced Communications Technologies and Research (New Delhi),
who presented a paper at the Bath conference on "Marlow's
Logocentric Journey in 'Heart of Darkness.'"
Philip J. Conrad Memorial Lectureship
Established in 2004, with funds from the Juliet and Mac McLauchlan
Bequest, the Lectureship honours the memory of the Society's long-serving
president, the late Philip J. Conrad (1924-2004), Conrad's grandson.
Awarded every two years to a distinguished scholar, the Lectureship
entails delivery of a lecture at a Society conference and, normally,
publication in The Conradian.
Nominations for lecturers may be made to the Executive Committee.
The lectureship has been held as follows:
- 2005 by Jacques Berthoud, Emeritus Professor, York University,
who delivered his lecture on Nostromo at Amsterdam
- 2007 by J. H. Stape, Research Fellow in English, St Mary's
University, Twickenham, who spoke on Conrad and biography at the
National Maritime Museum, Greenwich
- 2009 by Andrea White, Professor, California State University
at Dominguez Hills, who spoke on Victory at the University
Women's Club, London
- 2011 by C. T. Watts, Research Professor, University of Sussex,
who spoke on political and aesthetic aspects of “Heart of
Darkness” at the University Women's Club, London
and Travel Grants
The Joseph Conrad Society provides discretionary
support for scholars and researchers not having access to other
sources of funding to participate in the annual conference.
The Juliet McLauchlan Travel Grants are expected mainly to aid attendance to the annual conference by those with papers scheduled for presentation. The application period for the awards is currently closed. Full details of the 2014 awards will be posted next spring.
The Society may also, from time to time, offer a small discretionary
grant-in-aid to support a project, and has awarded small grants
for specific purposes to the website Conrad First and The
Cambridge Edition of the Works of Joseph Conrad.
Details of the ways in which the Joseph Conrad Society supports
scholars and researchers are available from the following:
The Honorary Secretary
The Joseph Conrad Society (UK)
c/o The Polish Social and Cultural Association (POSK)
238-246 King Street
London W6 ORF United Kingdom
Alternatively, please e-mail the Society's Treasurer, Dr
Allan H. Simmons TheConradian@aol.com.