Sister Earth: Global Relationships in Contemporary Women’s Writing
Thursday 26 April 2012, 2.00 – 7.00pm
Goldsmiths (University of London)
Keynote Guest: Bernardine Evaristo
(Blonde Roots, Lara, Soul Tourists and The Emperor’s Babe)
The PG CWWN would like to invite you to ‘Sister Earth: Global Relationships in Contemporary Women’s Writing’, a free postgraduate symposium taking place on the afternoon of Thursday 26 April at Goldsmiths (University of London).
At the close of the twentieth century, feminists such as Audre Lorde, Susan Stanford Friedman and Sara Ahmed urged women to look beyond their local and national communities. Since 2000, contemporary women’s writing has sought inspiration from the idea of an increasingly global community. Women from a variety of locations have produced a number of works that engage with transnational and global relationships, including Bernardine Evaristo, Aminatta Forna, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Isabel Allende, Ahdaf Soueif, Radwa Ashour, Suniti Namjoshi, Leila Ahmed and Doris Lessing, amongst many others. This half-day symposium seeks to both address and celebrate the global outlook of contemporary women’s writing.
The symposium shall commence at 2.00pm (in New Academic Building 326) with papers on a diverse range of subjects from postgraduate researchers. The event shall close with a very special reading from Bernardine Evaristo, award winning writer and editor of fiction and verse (including Blonde Roots, Lara, Soul Tourists and The Emperor’s Babe). Bernardine shall be reading selections from her varied work, focusing on extracts that address the symposium’s theme of transnational and global relationships. This will the be followed by a Q&A session with the audience (6.00pm in Richard Hoggart Building 256). All attendees are invited to the post-event wine reception.
Attendance is free and open to all (all levels of students, members of the public etc.): if you would like to attend, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name.
We look forward to welcoming you on Thursday.
PG CWWN Steering Group, with the support of the English & Comparative Literature Department, Goldsmiths (University of London)
Mythic, Magical & Monstrous Women in Contemporary Women’s Writing
A half day symposium at the University of Leicester
Wednesday 20th June 2012
Keynote Speaker: Dr Becky Munford
From Angela Carter’s subversive fairytales in The Bloody Chamber (1979) to Michele Roberts’ monstrous bodies, from Ali Smith’s mythic rewriting in Girl Meets Boy (2007) to A.S. Byatt’s metamorphic monsters, the themes of myth, magic and the monstrous continue to preoccupy contemporary women writers who repeatedly turn to such themes as a means of challenging the frequently distorted images of gender proffered by patriarchal representations of women. This symposium seeks to address why the magical, mythical and the monstrous continue to remain prominent in contemporary women’s writing and explore how such tropes and topics continue to be deployed and reworked by authors to represent women in fiction.
Topics may include (but are not limited to):
- Magical realism
- Revisions of myths, fairytales and folklore
- Rewriting stereotypes (hagiography and folklore)
- Monstrous women
- Retelling oral (hi)storytales
- Magic, myth and monsters in genre fiction, short stories and children’s literature
- Representations of women as ‘Other’
- Ghosts and the Occult (dark side of magic)
Please submit abstracts of 250 words for 20 minute papers via email to email@example.com. Please state ‘Leicester’ in the title of your email. The deadline for proposals is 6 April 2012.
PG CWWN invite abstract submissions for this half day symposium at the University of Oxford.
Sisters in Verse: Contemporary Women’s Poetry
A half day symposium at the University of Oxford
Friday 9th March 2012
Keynote Panel Discussion: Kate Clanchy, Sophie Mayer & Jane Yeh
Adrienne Rich once stated that ‘the connections between and among women are the most feared, the most problematic, and the most potentially transforming force on the planet’. This symposium aims to interrogate what these connections between women make possible in contemporary poetry. Given that a woman currently holds the British laureateship, we have clearly come some distance from deriding the ‘poetess’; this event seeks to evaluate recent transformations. From sisterhood and solidarity between recent generations of poets, to flat refusals to call one’s self a ‘woman poet’, there are many themes to discuss at this half day symposium.
Topics may include (but are not limited to):
- Feminist poetics and écriture féminine
- Protest poetry
- Generational influence and anxiety
- The development of twentieth century and post- millennial women’s poetry
- The women of the ‘Next Generation Poets’ promotion
- All-female anthologies and accusations of self- ghettoization
- Relations between poets from different backgrounds
- Female laureateships; the journey from ‘poetess’ to poet laureate
Abstracts should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by 17th February 2012.
PG CWWN invite abstract submissions for this half day symposium at Queen’s University, Belfast.
‘Queer Sisterhoods’ in Contemporary Women’s Writing
A half-day symposium at Queen’s University Belfast.
29th February 2012.
Keynote speaker: Dr. Tina O’Toole
Emma Donoghue’s recent work Inseparable: Desire between Women in Literature seeks to trace the portrayal of female desire from medieval times. Passion has been marked by ‘excess, infraction, deviance. From the very beginnings of literature, women who desire other women tend to rampage across the boundaries of the acceptable’. This half-day symposium seeks to investigate how women interact with other women in contemporary literature. To what extent do friendships between women remain transgressive? How have depictions of female passion changed? How is identity mediated by sexuality?
Topics may include but are by no means limited to:
· Literary relationships between women
· Constructions of femininity
· Censorship and publication
· Transgender and identity politics
· Popular culture and queer theory
· Friendship and desire
· Local and national aspects of sexuality
Abstracts should be sent to email@example.com by 10th February 2012.