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Contemporary Women’s Writing Essay Prize

Contemporary Women’s Writing Essay Prize

CWW Essay Prize 2018

The journal of Contemporary Women’s Writing (Oxford University Press) is delighted to announce the launch of the 2018 Essay Prize.  The Contemporary Women’s Writing Essay Prize aims to encourage new scholarship in the field of contemporary women’s writing, recognise and reward outstanding achievement by new researchers and support the professional development of next generation scholars. 

The winner of the 2017 Essay Prize was “The Affective Politics of Resistance in the Work of Opal Palmer Adisa” by Elisa Serna – Martinez (Universidad de Granada, Spain). The essay will be available to read free online shortly.

Prize
The winning entry will be:
· Submitted for publication in Contemporary Women’s Writing

· Awarded one year’s free membership of the Contemporary Women’s Writing Association, including one year’s free subscription to Contemporary Women’s Writing

· Awarded a choice of Oxford University Press books to the value of £100

Other entries of sufficient quality may also be considered for publication.

Entry Requirements
The Contemporary Women’s Writing Essay Prize is open to anyone currently registered for PhD study or within three years of completion.  Entrants may be asked to provide formal confirmation of their status.

Submission
Essays must be 7,000-9,000 words in length.  The deadline for submission is  1st February 2018.  The entry must not be under consideration for publication elsewhere.  Submissions must comply with the journal’s Instructions to Authors – click here to view.  Entrants must submit essays by the standard Online Submission procedures – click here to view.  Please ensure that you select ‘Essay Prize’ in the ‘Submission Type’ box.

Essays should meet the general aims and scope of the journal of Contemporary Women’s Writing – for more information please click here.  Please note that essays submitted for publication will be subject to the standard Peer Review process.  Entries will be judged by members of the Contemporary Women’s Writing Editorial Board and a member of the Contemporary Women’s Writing Association Executive Committee.

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS (Edited Collection): Legacies and Lifespans

 CALL FOR ABSTRACTS (Edited Collection): Legacies and Lifespans

A new book edited by Gina Wisker, Heidi Yeandle and Leanne Bibby

collection based on that of our 10th anniversary conference in 2015, Legacies and Lifespans: Contemporary Women’s Writing in the Twenty-First Century

Please submit abstracts and any queries to legaciesandlifespans@gmail.com by 15 September 2017.

Legacies and Lifespans

Call for abstracts

The field of Contemporary Women’s Writing focuses on women’s writing from 1970-present and is suggestive of continuity, while also indicating a distinction from the female authored works which came before.

This book has a double focus. We are particularly looking for chapters that look backwards and/or forwards, and examine the connections between women writers from the late twentieth century and the twenty-first century. The book aims to focus on how twenty-first-century female writers look back and respond to their predecessors within the field of Contemporary Women’s Writing. As well as looking back to the foundations of Contemporary Women’s Writing, the book will look forward, and consider how Contemporary Women’s Writing will be defined in future decades. With a global outlook, we are seeking chapters that examine the legacies of foundational writers and texts and explore how women writers from the twenty-first century respond to these influential authors and seminal works, and how they deal with new issues in new ways. Chapters are invited which focus on prose fiction, poetry, drama and other forms of Contemporary Women’s writing.

Topics include – but are not limited to:

  • The politics of rewriting the past and imagining the future;
  • New genres / new forms;
  • The future of feminist literary criticism;
  • Writing in an age of crisis;
  • Defining the contemporary;
  • Legacies and influences of well-known or less well-known women’s writing on Contemporary Women’s writing;
  • Historical fiction;
  • Utopian/dystopian fiction;
  • Women’s science fiction, fantasy, horror, crime;
  • Feminist genealogies and generations;
  • Gendered temporalities;
  • Women’s writing and new technologies;
  • Women’s writing and the literary market place

Please send 250 word abstracts to legaciesandlifespans@gmail.com by 15 September 2017.

Final chapters should be up to 8,000 words in length and will be due by April 30th 2018.

Could you be our new Conference Officer? Opportunity to Join the CWWA Executive Committee in 2017

 
 
Dear all,
 
There is another opportunity to join the CWWA executive committee in
2017. We warmly invite interested members to stand for election as our
Conference Officer. According to the constitution, any member of the
CWWA can stand for a role in the Exec.
 
The duties and scope of this role will be as follows:
 
•    Generating ideas for conferences in consultation with members and
the executive committee, and compiling a list of possible conferences to
take place at a regular time annually.
•    Researching venues and organisations to partner with in hosting
events.
•    Working with the Treasurer and Fundraising Officer to prepare
budgets and identify sources of funding.
•    Attending regular executive committee meetings and giving updates
on activities.
 
There is also still plenty of time to stand for the roles of Secretary
and Treasurer:
 
Secretary
Responsibilities:
•    Organising regular Executive Committee meetings and the AGM.
•    Taking meeting minutes, distributing these to the Executive
Committee and membership where appropriate, and collating other
documents and records.
•    Replying to members’ queries and making arrangements for the AGM.
•    Assisting the Chair in overall management of the Association.
•    Supporting other activities and projects as required.
 
Treasurer
Responsibilities
•    Managing all aspects of CWWA finances including a Bank account,
Debit card and Paypal account.
•    Producing invoices and receipts, sending and receiving cheques,
payment of invoices and other outstanding dues of CWWA in a timely and
efficient manner.
•    Liaising with the Membership Officer to monitor membership
subscriptions and payments.
•    Producing regular financial updates to the Executive Committee
including an Annual Report to be received at the AGM.
•    Working with the Chair to project annual expenditure and identify
additional investment opportunities that benefit the membership base.
•    Contributing to the Executive Committee, with a particular focus on
the financial viability of new projects and events.
 
Get in touch with me if you would like to stand for any position, no
later than MONDAY 12 JUNE 2017, please. Elections to these roles will
take place at our AGM in July, taking place during the English Shared
Futures conference.
 
For the latest news on our activities, further details about the CWWA’s
constitution and composition, and different roles on the exec, please
see our website, Facebook and Twitter pages:
 
 
If you have any questions at all or you would like to learn more about
what is involved in any position, please feel free to contact me
(secretary@the-cwwa.org) and our Chair, Rachel Carroll
(r.carroll@tees.ac.uk) for further information.
 
We look forward to hearing from you!
 
Best wishes,
Leanne Bibby
Secretary
 
 

Opportunities to Join the CWWA Executive Committee – Call for Intentions to Stand for Election

 

Dear all,

There are two opportunities to join the CWWA executive committee in 2017. We warmly invite interested members to stand for election to the following roles:

Secretary
Treasurer

According to the constitution, any member of the CWWA can stand for a role in the Exec. The scope and duties of these roles are as follows:

 

Secretary
Responsibilities:
•    Organising regular Executive Committee meetings and the AGM.
•    Taking meeting minutes, distributing these to the Executive Committee and membership where appropriate, and collating other documents and records.
•    Replying to members’ queries and making arrangements for the AGM.
•    Assisting the Chair in overall management of the Association.
•    Supporting other activities and projects as required.

 

Treasurer
Responsibilities

•    Managing all aspects of CWWA finances including a Bank account, Debit card and Paypal account.
•    Producing invoices and receipts, sending and receiving cheques, payment of invoices and other outstanding dues of CWWA in a timely and efficient manner.
•    Liaising with the Membership Officer to monitor membership subscriptions and payments.
•    Producing regular financial updates to the Executive Committee including an Annual Report to be received at the AGM.
•    Working with the Chair to project annual expenditure and identify additional investment opportunities that benefit the membership base.
•    Contributing to the Executive Committee, with a particular focus on the financial viability of new projects and events.

Get in touch with me if you would like to stand for any position, no later than MONDAY 12 JUNE 2017, please. Elections to these roles will take place at our AGM in July, taking place during the English Shared Futures conference.

For the latest news on our activities, further details about the CWWA’s constitution and composition, and different roles on the exec, please see our website, Facebook and Twitter pages:

http://www.the-cwwa.org/
https://www.facebook.com/CWWA1/
https://twitter.com/the_cwwa

If you have any questions at all or you would like to learn more about what is involved in any position, please feel free to contact me (secretary@the-cwwa.org) and our Chair, Rachel Carroll (r.carroll@tees.ac.uk) for further information.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Best wishes,
Leanne Bibby
Secretary

Call for Book Proposals

 

Call for Proposals: Gylphi Contemporary Writers: Critical Essays. Series Editor: Dr Sarah Dillon (University of Cambridge)

 

   Gylphi Contemporary Writers: Critical Essays presents a new approach to the academic study of living authors. The titles in this Series are devoted to contemporary Anglophone writers whose work is popularly and critically valued but on whom a significant body of academic criticism has yet to be established. The Series covers writers of all forms, from those penning long and short fiction, to poets, dramatists and authors of creative non-fiction. Each of the titles in the Series develops out of the best contributions to an international conference; represents the most intelligent and provocative material in current thinking about the writer’s work; and suggests future avenues of thought, comparison and analysis. With each title prefaced by an author foreword, the Series embraces the challenges of writing on living authors and provides the foundation stones for future critical work on our most significant contemporary writers.

 

     Series Titles: David Mitchell: Critical Essays (2011, ed. Sarah Dillon), Maggie Gee: Critical Essays (2015, ed. Sarah Dillon and Caroline Edwards), China Miéville: Critical Essays (2015, ed. Caroline Edwards and Tony Venezia, Adam Roberts: Critical Essays (2016, ed. Christos Callow and Anna McFarlane), Tom McCarthy: Critical Essays (2016, ed. Dennis Duncan), Rupert Thomson: Critical Essays (2016, ed. Rebecca Pohl and Christopher Vardy).

 

 Titles Forthcoming: Michel Faber: Critical Essays (2018, ed. Jim MacPherson, Rebecca Langworthy and Kristin Lindfield-Ott), M. John Harrison: Critical Essays (2018, ed. Mark Bould and Rhys Williams).

 

 Academics at any stage in their career with an idea for the Series are encouraged to contact the Series Editor sjd27@cam.ac.uk<mailto:sjd27@cam.ac.uk>

 

The Series Webpage contains full details on how to contributehttp://www.gylphi.co.uk/series/ContemporaryWriters/

 

 In this call, proposals for conferences and collections on women writers are particularly welcome.

 

 

 

 

 

 Clare Hanson

 Professor of Twentieth Century Literature

 School of Humanities: English

 University of Southampton

 Southampton SO17 1BF

 c.hanson@soton.ac.uk

 023 8059 2470

 

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Call for Monograph Proposals – I. B. Taur

CFP for Michele Roberts conference

An International Conference

Reading Michèle Roberts

organised by

Department of British Literature and Culture, University of Lodz, Poland

7-8 September 2017

 

Call for Papers

Michèle Roberts is an author who escapes easy classifications, her books being as rich and complex as her personal history and the sources of her inspiration. Born in an Anglo-French family and raised in a repressive Catholic background, she has blossomed into a writer who draws inspiration from this complex heritage without being inhibited by its limitations. In consequence, her oeuvre—which includes novels, short stories, poems, essays and theatrical plays—offers a seemingly effortless marriage of oppositions. Like no other contemporary writer, Roberts combines spirituality with sensuality, engages literary tradition in the service of radical experiment and employs religious motifs and images to express progressive feminist ideas. Provocative and witty, her work ranges far beyond the trio of “food, sex and God” that she jokingly named as her principal thematic concerns.

The conference offers a rare opportunity to reflect on Michèle Roberts’s achievement by bringing together scholars interested in her writings. Papers are invited on all aspects of the author’s work. They may concentrate on particular texts or address recurrent themes, motifs and formal strategies. Suggested topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

·       spirituality and religion

·       feminist theology

·       sensuality, desire and sexuality

·       literary representation of sensory experience

·       (maternal) body

·       male/female dynamics

·       family dynamics

·       female space(s)

·       feminine experience and identity

·       history, memory and the past

·       intertextuality: tradition and the practice of “writing back”

·       historical, literary and biblical inspirations

·       narrative technique and formal experiments

·       metafictionality

·       representations of London / representations of small-town France

·       language, symbolism, recurrent images and metaphors

·       society, ideology and politics

We take pleasure in announcing that Michèle Roberts has kindly accepted our invitation to be a special guest speaker during the conference. Her presence will give the participants a unique opportunity to discuss their research ideas with the author.

 

Proposed presentations should be 20 minutes long. Please submit an abstract of 200-300 words, including the title of your presentation and a brief academic CV to reading.lodz.conference@gmail.com. The deadline for submissions is 1 June 2017  and the participants will be notified by 15 June 2017.

 

For further details, see conference site: : http://reading.uni.lodz.pl    

 call for papers reading Michele Roberts updated

CALL FOR PAPERS! Twenty-Five Years of Regeneration: A Pat Barker Symposium

Twenty-Five Years of Regeneration: A Pat Barker Symposium

Saturday 15 October 2016, Durham University, 10.30 am – 5.00 pm

Twenty-five years after the publication of Regeneration, we invite proposals for papers on Pat Barker’s formative work of First World War historical fiction, as well as on her wider oeuvre. In 1991 Regeneration focused readers’ attention onto a lesser-visited space of war, the psychiatric hospital, onto challenging narratives of trauma and sexuality, and onto the ideologies of a society struggling to negotiate the effects of a global and industrialised conflict. The conference will be preceded by a public event on 14 October in Durham Cathedral on fiction and World War One, featuring Michael Morpurgo and Pat Barker.

This symposium will centre on discussion of how Barker’s novel, followed by The Eye in the Door (1993) and The Ghost Road (1995), has tested and shaped perceptions of the First World War. Particularly relevant during the current centenary period are the trilogy’s themes of memory and haunting, which resonate with questions of why the war remains such a prominent part of our culture, and how our views of it have been re-processed and revised. Held in Barker’s home city of Durham, the symposium will also address the portrayals of place in her novels. Initially known for her writing about women in the north east of England, the importance of her settings is undiminished in her later work – from Sarah Lumb’s description of herself as ‘what you’d call Geordie’ in Regeneration to the exploration of London in the Blitz in Barker’s most recent work, Noonday (2015).

We are delighted to announce that our keynote speaker will be Professor Sharon Monteith (The University of Nottingham), and that our guest Chair will be Dr Anne Whitehead (Newcastle University). Professor Monteith’s Pat Barker (2002) was the first book on the award-winning novelist’s work, which she is updating for a new edition. She co-edited the first collection of critical essays on the writer, Critical Perspectives on Pat Barker, in 2005 and has interviewed Barker on a number of occasions, including publicly at Hay-on-Wye Literary Festival, the Nottingham Playhouse and at the Durham Book Festival on more than one occasion. Dr Whitehead, a pioneer in the field of trauma studies, has also interviewed Barker and has published extensively on her novels, for example in her monograph Trauma Fiction (2004).

We welcome proposals for twenty-minute papers on any of the following topics and on any other relevant areas:

  • Changing literary interpretations of the First World War
  • The development of the genre of historical fiction
  • ‘Bringing the past to life’
  • Barker’s themes and settings
  • Trauma, hauntings, memory and remembrance
  • Class, gender, and sexuality in Barker’s work

Please send abstracts (maximum 250 words) by 31 July 2016
to Professor Simon James: patbarker2016@gmail.com

Our event is supported by the Department of English Studies, Durham University. You can find details of this symposium, as well as other similar activities, by following @READEnglish on Twitter. You can keep up to date with others discussing the symposium by using the hashtag #Barker2016 on Twitter.

Professor Simon J. James, Head of Department, Department of English Studies

Call for Papers! Fireworks: The Visual Imagination of Angela Carter

The Royal West of England Academy, Queen’s Road, Bristol, BS8 1PX

in association with The University of the West of England, Bristol and the Festival of Ideas

Monday 9 January 2017

Keynote: Sir Christopher Frayling

 

2017 marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of the death of Angela Carter, one of the most important writers of the twentieth century, renowned for her novels and adaptations of fairy tales. This symposium coincides with the exhibition, Strange Worlds: The Vision of Angela Carter (10 December-19 March 2017), hosted by The Royal West of England Academy and curated by Marie Mulvey-Roberts and Fiona Robinson. Carter worked and studied in Bristol for nearly ten years in the 1960s, where she wrote five novels, including The Magic Toyshop. Appropriately this exhibition takes place in Clifton, where she lived and created her first novel, Shadow Dance, set in the city, which forms part of the “Bristol trilogy”.

Strange Worlds: The Vision of Angela Carter focuses on the painters who inspired her and historical and contemporary art which can be seen to parallel her writing. Carter had an extraordinarily visual imagination and this is represented in the exhibition through the juxtaposition of images and her words. Carter’s adept story-telling, accompanied by her captivating graphic imagination, bursts out of the restraints of a single discipline. As she once pointed out: “I feel free to loot and rummage in an official past, specifically a literary past, but I like painting and sculptures and the movies and folklore and heresies, too.” Carter’s subversive, political, radical and highly original work has been an important influence on film-makers, writers and artists. This symposium aims to give new insights into the strange worlds of Angela Carter and pay tribute to her visual imagination, as well re-assessing her impact and importance for the twenty-first century.

The symposium seeks to create dialogue between practising artists, curators, writers, academics and students from disciplines including the visual arts, literature, history, film and media studies. Proposals for papers are invited to reflect on various aspects of Carter’s work: These might include, but are not limited to:

• Visual imagination and inspiration

• Art, poetry, music, film, journalism, translation, theatre, puppetry

• Japanese culture, sexuality, philosophy, radicalism, feminism

Proposals:

250 word abstracts for 20 minute papers by 1 August 2016
should be emailed to Dr Marie Mulvey-Roberts at marie.mulvey-roberts@uwe.ac.uk and Dr Charlotte Crofts at charlotte.crofts@uwe.ac.uk.

Artists and curators should send proposals directly to Fiona Robinson at info@fionarobinson.com.