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Fifty Years of Revolution: Gender, Race and Resistance 1968-2018

Fifty Years of Revolution: Gender, Race and Resistance 1968-2018

A two-day interdisciplinary conference, University of York

Monday 21 and Tuesday 22 May 2018

2018 marks the fiftieth anniversary of 1968, a year that has gone down in history, certainly in the Western context, as synonymous with revolution and protest. It also marks seven years since the Arab uprisings which revealed an image of Arabs, contrary to Orientalist stereotypes, as progressive, politically informed and independently minded.

Amid these contexts, the Centre for Women’s Studies, the Department of English and Related Literature and the Centre for Modern Studies at the University of York are holding a two-day interdisciplinary conference on revolution and the revolutionary in politics and culture from 1968 to the present from an explicitly gendered perspective. Gender is constitutive of how we think about revolution, revolutionary subjectivity and the revolutionary, and the fifty years since 1968 have seen the appearance of radically new gendered forms of revolutionary subjectivity, politics and aesthetic practices.

Questions the conference seeks to address include (but are not limited to):

·         How has gender, as it intersects with categories such as race, ethnicity, class and (dis)ability, shaped what counts as revolution and the revolutionary over this fifty-year period?; 

·         How are constructions and embodied experiences of revolutionary agency and subjectivity gendered?; 

·         What historical (dis)continuities exist in forms of cultural production around revolution and the revolutionary since 1968?; 

·         What is the significance of revolutionary textual/aesthetic practices and acts of what Marwan Kraidy has termed ‘creative insurgency’ (2016) in wider revolutionary projects? 

The conference does not hope to be exhaustive in covering this fifty-year period; rather we seek to employ a case-studies approach, taking in different historical moments and geographical contexts with the aim of critically rethinking how we theorise revolution and revolutionary practices from a gendered perspective.

We invite proposals for papers from diverse (inter)disciplinary contexts, including: Gender/Women’s Studies, English Literature, Modern Language Studies, Postcolonial Studies, History of Art, History, Political Science, International Relations, Drama/Theatre Studies, Philosophy.

Please email abstracts (of around 250 words) along with a short bio to Clare Bielby and Claire Chambers at: by 28th February 2018.

Call for items: CWWA Newsletter


Dear member,

If you have any recent/upcoming events or publications that you would like to see mentioned in the forthcoming issue of the CWW newsletter, please send details to

With thanks, Fiona Tolan<<

Dr Fiona Tolan
Senior Lecturer in English

Liverpool John Moores University
School of Humanities and Social Science
John Foster Building
98 Mount Pleasant
Liverpool, L3 5UZ

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REF 2021 nominations


Dear CWWA members


I am very pleased to report that the CWWA has been approved as a nominating body for REF 2021.  This means that the CWWA is one of a number of subject associations and other organisations which have been approved to nominate individuals to serve as Main or Sub-Panel members.  This is an excellent opportunity to ensure that our field of research is represented in the REF 2021 process.


The CWWA Executive Committee will be meet on Monday 6 November 2017 to confirm a transparent and inclusive process for the selection of nominees.  Further information will be circulated to all members in a following email.  We especially welcome applications by candidates from previously under-represented groups, including women, people from black and ethnic minority backgrounds, and disabled people.


Full information about the roles and recruitment of expert panels can be found on the REF 2021 website:


Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any queries at this stage.


Best wishes




Dr Rachel Carroll

Reader in English, Teesside University

Chair of the Contemporary Women’s Writing Association


Department of Humanities

School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Law 

Teesside University





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Kamila Shamsie at Literary Leicester, 18 November 2017

You are warmly invited to our annual CWWA sponsored event at Literary Leicester on 18 November 2018.


Acclaimed writer, Kamila Shamsie, is the author of seven novels. Her fictions range confidently across time and nations, bringing a global perspective to contemporary life, politics and relationships. After a reading from her powerful new novel, Home Fire, long-listed for the 2017 Booker Prize, Shamsie will be in conversation with Fiona Tolan, discussing Home Fire and other works.


The event is free but ticketed.  Please visit the Literary Leicester website for more information.