2013 CFP: Women’s and Gender Studies

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The Artemis Archetype in Fiction, Film, and Television
Papers solicited for this panel will examine characters such as Buffy Summers, Kara ‘Starbuck’ Thrace, Zoe Washburne, Katniss Everdeen, Lisbeth Salander, Arya Stark, Serafina Pekkala, Detective Shakima ‘Kima’ Greggs, Emma Swan, Ellen Ripley, Black Mamba, Trinity, Princess Leia, and others, with an eye toward delineating the qualities that make the Artemis archetype a preferred heroine for our time. <susanbobby9007@comcast.net>
Between the Written and Oral: Medieval and Early Modern Women and Their Texts (Roundtable)
The written and spoken word were viewed as legitimate yet gendered forms of communication in medieval and early modern society. As texts by/for/about medieval and early modern women assert their authority, they reveal moments of tension and negotiation between the written and oral. This roundtable seeks presentations on how texts by/for/about medieval and early modern women maneuver within these gendered notions of communication. Submit abstracts to Lyn Blanchfield (lyn.blanchfield@oswego.edu) or Rala Diakite (rdiakite@fitchburgstate.edu).
Communal Modernisms: Teaching Women’s Literature in the 21st-Century Classroom (Roundtable)
This roundtable offers practical pedagogical applications for teaching women’s modernist literature and culture in the 21st century university. Through their focus on the idea of ‘communal modernisms,’ the presenters on this roundtable attempt to answer Virginia Woolf’s call for a more ethical version of higher education in an attempt to significantly impact our ongoing study of the literature, art and culture of this period. Send 1-page abstracts and CVs to emhinnov@yahoo.com.
Contemporary Women Poets of the World
The session seeks to call attention to the contribution contemporary women poets have made to the genre of poetry. It will look at their ways of breaking of the barriers of ‘gendering’ of poetry. Papers my focus on the work of individual poets from any country or take a comparative approach analyzing common themes, dialogue between their texts, or concentrate on issues of reception. Please send 250 word abstract to: agutthy@selu.edu
Critical Representations of Marriage
This panel will interrogate how marriage has been represented in literature, film, and other rhetoric/media, and how the recent debate regarding the defense of marriage and the realities of queer, bisexual, transgender, asexual, same-sex, and nonmonogamous identities and experiences, have sometimes forced a reconceptualization of marriage and at other times uncritically perpetuated a heteronormative model linked to ideals and compulsions toward consumerism, entitlement, and conformity. Contact Grace Sikorski at gracesikorski@yahoo.com
Engendering the Victorian Female Poet (Roundtable)
This roundtable examines the ways gender is mapped onto and inherent in verse of Victorian female poets. Participants should examine through theoretical lenses canonic or non-canonic poems (metapoems, verse-novels, lyric, epic, sonnet, elegy) throughout the long nineteenth-century. 500 word abstract/CV to blavin@optonline.net with subject line ‘NeMLA VFP’
The Female Painter in Women’s Fiction, 1880-1930
While art history presents us with an epic catalogue of women geniuses over these decades, ranging from Mary Cassatt to Georgia O’Keefe, less frequently do we see their avatars in era fiction. When we do, they are more frequently portrayed as creative ‘lightweights’ - hobbyists, amateurs and craftspersons - than as virtuosos on the measure of their male counterparts. This panel seeks to explore literary representations of female painters over a 50-year period (1880-1930). <emccormick@lagcc.cuny.edu>
Gender and Genre: Exploring Intersections in Women’s Life-Writing
Focusing on the intersections of gender and genre within autobiographical studies, this WGS Caucus sponsored panel seeks to explore relationships among subjectivity, representation, and narration. The panel is dedicated to life-writing as a field of study and how this genre benefits and/or limits an author’s textual play with his/her narrative gender identity. The aim is gender/genre focused and invites interdisciplinary connections and explorations of specific texts. 500-word abstract/CV to WGSnemla@gmail.com
Gender, Sexuality, and the Limits of Power in the Contemporary Movie/TV Musical (Roundtable)
This roundtable will examine recent tv/movie musicals (e.g., Moulin Rouge, Chicago, ’Smash’) as sites for interrogating gender and sexuality, emphasizing how these products delineate the potentials to revise or challenge traditionally gendered power dynamics. To what degree do these works invite postmodern engagements with feminist practice? Does the frequent depiction of empowered women, or of women who use sexuality in a powerful way, reaffirm or resist normative practice? 300-word abstracts to Andrew Schopp <andrew.schopp@ncc.edu>
Have We Heard Their Voices? Hallie Flanagan and the Legacy of Federal Theater (Roundtable)
In 1931, Hallie Flanagan and Margaret Ellen Clifford’s agitprop play, Can You Hear Their Voices? was performed at Vassar College. Its subject—starving farm families in the drought-ridden midwest surrounded by corporate greed—aroused the the students into political activism. By 1935, Hallie Flanagan, an academic, spearheaded the Federal Theater Project. Local, multicultural units brought live theater to all. Papers focus on particular works, ideology, or the legacy of our only national theater. 500-word abstracts to: ellen.dolgin@dc.edu.
Her Word as Witness: 19th Century Narratives of Self-Preservation and Identity (Roundtable)
This session seeks papers on 19th century women’s preoccupation with identity, self-preservation, and self-determination, focusing on the relationship between the text, the discourse and the narrator. For her days spent in hiding Jacobs said, ‘I would gladly forget them if I could.’ What kinds of access did women have to self preservation? How did they reveal their desire for self-determination? What was the meaning of ‘self-determination’ for Jacobs, Forten, Grimke, Truth? Send 450-word abstracts, and a brief bio-sketch to anadolu@temple.edu.
Heroines and Whores: Women in Antiquity
This panel will negotiate the various roles of women in the ancient world (e.g. Greece, Rome, Mesopotamia, etc.) and their importance, as portrayed in archaic texts. We welcome all topics related to the depiction of women in ancient literary or artistic productions (e.g. epic, mythology, tragedy, comedy, vases, etc.). Please submit your abstracts via email to Shelly Jansen, Rochester Institute of Technology, shelly.jansen@gmail.com.
Images of Working-Class Women
Whether as invisible, observing bystanders or as agents playing central roles, working-class women in literature offer an area of critical analysis that speaks to a range of social issues. This panel seeks submissions that focus on the representation of working-class women in terms of their social roles, relationships with other women, and with men, their family status, and other topics. A range of theoretical approaches that complicate these representations are welcome. Send proposals and vita to M_Tokarczyk@comcast.net.
Madness and Cultural Mourning in Women’s Novels of the Black Diaspora
This panel will focus on twentieth and twenty-first century novels by black women authors writing from Africa, the Americas, and Europe. It will engage novelists who incorporate madness as a site of political, cultural, and artistic resistance, particularly as embodied in the use of experimental writing practices. It thus creates a conversation at the crossroads where aesthetic praxis morphs into political engagement. Please submit a 200 word abstract to Caroline Brown, University of Montreal, caroline.brown@umontreal.ca.
Methods of Successful Mentoring (Roundtable)
This WGS Caucus Sponsored Roundtable welcomes a discussion of methods of mentoring or mentorship within and outside of the academic community. Topics may include incorporating mentorship into academic service, mentoring across disciplines or outside of academe, strategies for mentoring within the women’s and gender studies community, etc. Mentors, those managing programs and protégés benefiting from successful mentorship are invited to participate. Send abstracts proposing a brief discussion topic to jrwagnerpsu@gmail.com.
Mirror Mirror on the Wall: Women’s Reflections in Contemporary World Literature
What does the mirror provide as a literary trope or a theoretical praxis in literature and theory? This comparative literature panel focuses on intersections of mirror(ing), gender and race, in comparative approaches to contemporary literature in languages other than English on topics such as: psychoanalysis; trauma and witnessing; identity formation; life writing; mothering; LGBTQ theory and literature. Submit 300-word abstract, title and five keywords, and mini-bio (100 words) to Sarah Ohmer: ohmers@uindy.edu.
Mothering in Literature and Film
This session seeks paper proposals that explore the various images of modern mothering and motherhood in literature and film. In particular, the papers will examine the multiple approaches to mothering and diverse conceptualizations of mothering, and contribute new critical perspectives on the state of motherhood. Please send a 1-2 page abstract and a a short C.V. (including complete contact information) to Dorsía Smith Silva at djsmithsilva@yahoo.com with NEMLA in the subject line.
Performing Black Feminism and Politics
What sorts of intersections between African American performance and literature occurred from the nineteenth century to the early twentieth century? How can the public performances of women like Ada Overton Walker, Pauline Hopkins, Sojourner Truth and Ida B. Wells be understood as contributions to national dialogues about race and community conversations about politics? What sorts of methodologies can we use to approach and uncover these early performances? Please send 300-500 word abstracts to Kristin Moriah at kmoriah@gc.cuny.edu.
Poetry and the Body
Papers for this panel should consider how poets represent bodies, how poetry is embodied by poets in performance, and/or how poetry may require an embodied experience of its audience. Topics may respond to theories of embodiment and material feminism; they may respond to any variety of related poetry, for example, Eliot’s Prufrock, Rich’s lesbian feminist voice, Doty’s bodies with AIDS, performance poetry, or even ambient poetry’s expectations of embodied poetic reading. Please send 250-500 word abstracts to Kirsten Ortega at kortega@uccs.edu.
Re-visiting the ‘Nation’ in Contemporary Narratives by American Women of Color
This panel seeks papers that address the political-economic engagement of the U.S. with different parts of the world that has re-nuanced definitions of Americanness/nationhood/ national belongings in narratives by American women of color from the Caribbean Islands, Latin America, South Asia, and the Middle East. The panel encourages comparativist approaches that read together two or more texts to chime on the possibilities of understanding the notion of the nation as a relational concept. Please send 500-word abstract to dmgomaa@uwm.edu
Romantic and Victorian Renderings and Genderings of Italy
This panel invites papers exploring how British representations of Italy by women and men writing between the late eighteenth and the late nineteenth century reinforce or resist gender stereotypes in discourses of love and romance. Please send a 250-500 word proposal and brief cv to Mary Anne Myers at mmyers@fordham.edu.
Uncovering the Irish Woman in Early 20th Century Fiction
This panel will explore what Eavan Boland has termed Irish women’s ‘adventure of powerlessness’ in Irish fiction. Although many representations of women do appear to conform to Boland’s bleak assessment, papers that critique this view are especially welcome. This panel is most interested in representations of Irish womanhood by female writers from the fin de siècle to the present but will also consider papers on female characters in male-authored texts. Please send a brief abstract to Elizabeth Foley O’Connor at lizfoley@gmail.com.
Under Her Skin: Victorian Literature, the Female Body, and Touch
A recent trend in feminist scholarship explores the role the skin plays in formations of the self. The skin functions as a boundary between self and other that is permeable, specifically in relation to touch. This panel invites abstracts that explore constructions of female subjectivity and sexualities in Victorian literature, focusing on the skin surface localized to the hand, or more generally to the female body, as a site of tactile exchange. Send 250-500 word abstracts to Kimberly Cox, SUNY Stony Brook, kcox006@gmail.com
Women Writing the Second World War
This transnational panel will examine women’s experiences and representations of the Second World War as recorded in various genres including fiction, drama, journalism, diary, letters, and autobiography. Papers addressing the destruction of women’s lives and communities in the domestic sphere will be given preference. Texts originally written in any language are welcome, but papers are to be presented in English. 500 word abstract/CV to Ravenel Richardson: <ravenelrichardson@gmail.com> with the subject line NEMLA 2013.
Writing Gender: When Science Meets Fiction
This panel will explore the intersection of scientific and literary discourses in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Britain and its impact on the formation of contemporary constructions of gender. I am especially interested in papers that examine the various ways in which writers of this period engaged with and, at times, adopted scientific rhetoric to comment on or challenge existing gender norms. Please send paper proposal and brief cv to Angela Monsam monsam@fordham.edu

See also under:

American: “1930s’ Emily Dickinson”; “The American Lyceum: I rise to speak because I am not a slave”; “The Anxiety of Influence in Post-Stonewall LGBTQ Literature”; “Early Black Feminist Ideology and the Development of a New Paradigm”; “Looking Forward: Recovering and Reassessing 19th-Century American Women Writers”; “Negotiating Latinidades, Understanding Identities within Space”; “Queer Self-Representation: It Isn’t All About Me”; “Sister Arts: Ekphrasis and Regional American Literature”; “Transforming America: Women, Reform, and Nineteenth-Century Fiction

British and Anglophone: “Contemporary Black British Women’s Poetry”; “Gender and Chaucer: New Readings”; “Mothering, Motherhood, and the Ideal of the Mother in Victorian Literature”; “Searching for Authority: Rebellious Readers in Early Modern Texts (1640-1740)”; “Sensibility and Sexuality in the Eighteenth-Century Novel”; “Sex and Spirit in the Works of William Blake

Canadian: “The Geographies of Alice Munro

Comparative Languages: “The Dandy After Wilde

Creative Writing: “Contrary Instincts for Black Women Poets: Creative and Critical Processes

Cultural Studies and Film: “Grimm Revisions: Disenchanting Fairy Tales”; “Representations of Motherhood in the 20th/21st Century”; “The Role of Fat in Children’s Books, Television, and Movies

French and Francophone: “Hemlock, Eve, and Antarctica: Hélène Cixous’s Recent Fiction”; “Identités sexuelles du Maghreb / Sexual Identities of the Maghreb”; “Shame and Guilt in the Maghrebi Literary Works and Movies”; “Women’s Autobiography in French:Reappearance and Magnification of Nuclear Scenes

German: “The Picara in/and German Literature: Subversions, Transformations, Continuities”; “Starving Women – The Power of Hunger in Postwar German Texts

Italian: “Homosexual Women in Italian Literature, Cinema and Other Media”; “Telling Her Story: Autobiographies by Italian Female Authors

Pedagogy: “The New Male Studies in Praxis: Male-Positive Criticism and Classroom Practice

Spanish/Portuguese: “Boyish Reading and Writing”; “Complexity of Love and Relationships in Latin American Writers”; “Food, Nation and Idenity in Spanish Literature and Film”; “Frivolous Cultures, Serious Politics: Women in Spanish Cultural Arena 1900-1936”; “Gendered Spaces: The Places of Spanish Women’s Film and Theater”; “House/Street: Locating Modernity in the Hispanic World (16th-19th Centuries)”; “Private Lives, Public Roles: The Dual Persona of Early Modern Spanish Women”; “¿Quién es mi madre/padre? La búsqueda de identidades en la narrativa hispánica

World Literatures (non-European Languages): “(Re)Defining the Arab Woman’s Place and Her Identity in Modern Society