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: firstname.lastname@example.org by 28th February 2018.—
Rivers of Ink: Selected Essays (Oxford University Press, 2017)
Britain Through Muslim Eyes: Literary Representations, 1780-1988 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015)
British Muslim Fictions: Interviews with Contemporary Writers (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011).
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 email@example.com
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
Contemporary Women’s Writing Association
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.
Reader in English, Teesside University
Chair of the Contemporary Women’s Writing Association
Department of Humanities
School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Law
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.
This year Brighton’s Big Read <http://arts.brighton.ac.uk/projects/the-big-read/2017-emma-donoghue> welcomes author Emma Donoghue to read from her novel Room, shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2010. To coincide with this event Brighton’s C21 Research is holding a one-day symposium on Donoghue’s work as writer, critic and historian.
Emma Donoghue has published ten novels, (including one for young readers), five collections of short stories, thirteen radio plays, eight works for theatre, and has adapted both Room and her short story ‘Pluck’ for film. She has also published three critical literary histories and numerous articles and book chapters in this area. We invite critical papers that respond to the full range of Emma Donoghue’s work and her contribution to contemporary literature.
Topics might include but are not limited to:
* Women’s writing and feminist theory
* Lesbian history, representation and politics
* Love, desire, relationships
* Religion, faith, belief
* Death, mourning
* Ireland, Canada, nation, nationality, nationhood
* Space, place, environment
* Rewriting and revisioning
* Form and structure
To propose a paper, please send an abstract (c300 words) and short biography to:C21Writings@brighton.ac.uk by 6th October 2017
We invite contributors to submit their papers to a volume of essays on Emma Donoghue.
Contemporary Women’s Writing Essay Prize
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.
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.
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.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com by 15 September 2017.
Final chapters should be up to 8,000 words in length and will be due by April 30th 2018.
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:
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:
• 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.
• 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) and our Chair, Rachel Carroll (email@example.com) for further information.
We look forward to hearing from you!
The First issue of CWWA Newsletter is now available!
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