CWWA 2018 Membership

Dear CWWA member,

 CWWA Membership Form 2018

Thank you for all of your support in 2017 and we hoped you’ve enjoyed your year as a member of the CWWA. Journal subscribers can look forward to one more 2017 issue ofCWW – a special issue on Margaret Atwood ed. by Fiona Tolan. Vol. 11, Issue 3 features articles by leading scholars on Atwood’s work and includes an interview with the author.

 

We very much hope you are able to renew for 2018 and ask that you complete and forward the attached membership form to membership@the-cwwa.org ork.myler@newman.ac.uk before the end of the year. PayPal is our preferred method of payment but there are also options for payment via bank transfer or cheque.

 

Here is a reminder of some of the benefits of membership and our plans for the coming year:

 

  • Membership includes print subscription to the award-winning OUP journalContemporary Women’s Writing.
  • Unwaged/students have an option to join with or without the journal subscription.
  • You will receive a member’s newsletter to coincide with the release of each issue ofContemporary Women’s Writing. If you have had recent publications or have events to promote then please contact Fiona at F.Tolan@ljmu.ac.uk for inclusion in the e-bulletin.
  • You can contact other members via the mailing list.
  • Members receive a reduced registration fee for CWWA conferences.
  • Members are invited to write a profile and list their research interests on our website.
  • 20% Discount on Oxford University Press books.
  • Members are eligible for nomination to the Association’s executive committee.

 

Plans for 2018:

 

  • The 2018 CWWA Student Essay Prize, deadline 1st February 2018 (for details see below and here)
  • The CWWA has been approved as a nominating body for REF2021. Those wishing to be considered for nomination should submit supporting evidence (up to 2 pages) mapped against the criteria given in Annexe E: Nomination Information (See REF2021 website) and a CV to the CWWA Chair (r.carroll@tees.ac.uk) by 6 December 2017.
  • We will be hosting a 2018 UK conference, ‘Writing Wrongs’ – CFP will follow shortly.
  • After successful events with Fay Weldon in 2016 and Kamila Shamsie in 2017, the executive committee welcomes suggestions from members for our sponsored author event at Literary Leicester in November 2018.
  • Our new website will be launching shortly and remember to follow us on twitterand on Facebook for regular updates.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

Symposium: Angela Carter and Japan

Angela Carter and Japan

University of East Anglia

Saturday 30 June 2018

Plenary speaker: Dr Charlotte Crofts (University of the West of England)

Angela Carter testified to the time she spent in Japan as life-changing, both personally and professionally. It was, in her own words, where she ‘learnt to be a woman and became radicalised’. While conscious of the traps of European exoticization, she in turn, as the lover of a Japanese man, found herself caught up in power struggles between ethnicities, genders and nations. The years Carter spent in Japan proved to be a turning point in her career, prompting speculative, radical and fantastic forms of writing.

This one-day symposium is devoted to the influence of Japan on the life and work of Angela Carter, and more broadly, to any aspect of the relation between Carter’s writing and Japan. Topics might include but are not restricted to:

  • Japanese cities and landscape
  • Romance in Japan
  • Manga and Anime
  • Japanese literary figures
  • Gender relations in Japan
  • Kabuki performances of gender
  • The Japanese language
  • Bunraku puppet theatre
  • Irezumi
  • Carter’s experience of Japan
  • Japanese sexualities

The University of East Anglia is a fitting location for Angela Carter and Japan. Carter taught here, as did Lorna Sage, one of Carter’s most important advocates and critics. The University is the home of the British Archive for Contemporary Writing and theBritish Centre for Literary Translation, together with the Centre for Japanese Studies.

Proposals for papers (c. 300 words), to be accompanied by a short biography, should be sent to angelacarterandjapan@yahoo.com

Closing date: 22nd of January, 2018

Call for Applications: Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship scheme

The School of English, Communication and Philosophy (ENCAP) at Cardiff University welcomes expressions of interest from postdoctoral* applicants to the 2018-19 Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship scheme.

ENCAP is a vibrant, research-focused School, ranked in the top 10 for research in REF 2014, in a university that ranked 5th in REF 2014, and 2nd nationally for research impact. The School has an excellent track record of supporting and developing early career researchers. If you are a highly-qualified researcher with an innovative postdoctoral project, please get in touch to discuss with us. 

Our research connects four disciplinary areas: English Literature, Creative Writing, Language & Communication studies, and Philosophy. We invite applications that engage with one of two themes indicative of our cross-disciplinary research strengths:     

1.       Health and the Humanities

We are looking for projects that complement or intersect with our expertise in language and communication research into linguistic patterns associated with disease; discourse analysis of healthcare communication, such as work on handover meetings on hospital wards; the tension between cognitive and social priorities in linguistic expression. Our philosophical research probes ethical dilemmas and decision-making in healthcare; motivations for behaviours between patients and healthcare staff, including implicit bias. Encompassing literary histories of science and medico-literary studies, our cultural and creative research examines alternatives to current policy and practice, and investigates contemporary or historical cultural fears and prejudices surrounding specific health conditions and how affected people deal(t) with them.

2.       Cultures of the Imagination

We welcome projects that respond in imaginative and novel ways to the complexities of historical or modern-day cultures, drawing on innovative methodologies to tackle (inter/multi)disciplinary questions. This could involve contributions to digital cultures; illustration studies; history of the book; heritage cultures, memory and material studies, with neo-historical and counter-factual approaches; creative-critical experiments, for example involving cultural and philosophical theory; literary, philosophical and linguistic approaches to Celtic studies; postcolonial studies, empire and slavery studies; period-based research, with particular emphasis on the early modern, Romantic and Victorian periods; modern and contemporary cultures; children’s literature; women’s writing and approaches to  gender and sexuality; literary, linguistic and philosophical explorations of law; culture, ethics and religion.

* Due to the highly competitive nature of the scheme, we will only consider applications from postdoctoral scholars. Applicants should have started working on a second project that may develop from but moves well beyond the frame of their prior thesis topic.    

General enquiries about the scheme should be submitted to the ENCAP Director of Research, Professor Ann Heilmann, HeilmannA@cardiff.ac.uk . Expressions of interest should be sent to Jennifer Hulin, encap-res@cardiff.ac.uk . The deadline for receiving formal expressions of interest is 16:00,  Monday 4 December 2017.

Details of the Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship scheme can be found here:https://www.leverhulme.ac.uk/funding/grant-schemes/early-career-fellowships

Formal expressions of interest to Cardiff’s School of English, Communication and Philosophy should consist of a single-spaced one-page CV (please indicate the title of your PhD thesis) with an additional list of publications and the following details of the proposal:

(a)   the project title

(b)   a project description of up to 800 words along with a 100-word abstract;

(c)   an outline statement of up to 300 words outlining how the project will connect with and extend existing research in ENCAP

TO NOTE: The Leverhulme Trust advises that the project description should include details of the aims, objectives, methodology and outcome of the project (e.g. publication plans), to enable the Committee and referees to evaluate the scope and importance of the proposal. Methodology should be clear and explicit, comprehensible to a non-expert. Bibliographic references should be included in full, including page numbers where relevant. The project description and the bibliographic references should not exceed two sides of A4, and the applicant’s name should appear at the top of the first page. 

Successful  applicants whose projects are selected for support by the School will be notified in December. Applicants will have six weeks to prepare a full application to the Early Career Fellowship scheme. The scheme is due to open in January 2018 and finalised draft applications must be submitted to ENCAP by 1 February. The closing date for applications to be submitted to Leverhulme is 1 March.

 

REF 2021 nominations – an invitation

The CWWA Executive Committee has confirmed our process for considering applications to serve as a panel member in REF 2021.  We are keen to ensure that this process is transparent and inclusive – we especially welcome applications from candidates from previously under-represented groups, including women, people from black and ethnic minority backgrounds, and people with disabilities. 

 

  1. Those wishing to be considered for nomination should submit the following to the CWWA Chair (r.carroll@tees.ac.uk) by Wednesday 6 December 2017:
  • Supporting Evidence (up to 2 pages) mapped against the criteria given in Annexe E: Nomination information
  • An up to date CV
  1. A panel of CWWA Executive Committee members will review the applications to ensure that they meet the published criteria.
  2. The Chair will notify applicants of the outcome.
  3. The Chair will submit nominations on behalf of the CWWA by the given deadline of Wednesday 20 December 2017.

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

http://www.ref.ac.uk/publications/2017/rolesandrecruitmentoftheexpertpanels.html

 

It may be helpful to note the following definitions of candidates eligible to serve on Sub-Panels, including UoA 27: English Language and Literature:

  • practising researchers of suitable personal standing who collectively have an appropriate breadth of research expertise and carry the confidence of the community
  • members from the private, public or third sectors with expertise in commissioning, applying or making use of research

Please do bring this invitation to the attention of colleagues working within the field of contemporary women’s writing – both within academia and beyond – who you feel will be well placed to contribute to the REF 2021 exercise.

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: genderingrevolution@gmail.com 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 f.tolan@ljmu.ac.uk

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:

http://www.ref.ac.uk/publications/2017/rolesandrecruitmentoftheexpertpanels.html

 

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

 

Best wishes

Rachel 

 

 

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

Middlesbrough

UK

TS1 3BA

 

01642 384029

 

r.carroll@tees.ac.uk

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.

CfP Emma Donoghue Symposium: Reminder

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

     * Salvation

     * Religion, faith, belief

     * Death, mourning

     * Violence

     * Freedom

     * Confinement

     * Ireland, Canada, nation, nationality, nationhood

     * Space, place, environment

     * Rewriting and revisioning

     * Genre

     * Form and structure

     * History

 

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.

 

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Best wishes

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Research in Twenty-First Century Writings

College of Arts & Humanities | University of Brighton
@C21Research

Dr. Liam Connell (Co-ordinator)