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
 
 

Dementia and Cultural Narrative Symposium

 

Dementia and Cultural Narratives Symposium

University of Aston, UK, 7-8 December 2017

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This symposium will explore the growing body of cultural representations of dementia. We invite papers that analyse not only how forms of dementia are represented, but also how different texts and contexts may occasion innovative textual strategies and demand different ways of reading/viewing. We hope to instigate discussion of dementia in culture across a range of texts and contexts, insisting upon the specificity as well as the shared dimensions of narratives of ageing and illness in the construction of cultural heritage. We welcome papers that analyse cultural narratives and that consider the theoretical and political issues at stake in the area of dementia and cultural narrative.

This symposium is the inaugural event of the new international Dementia and Cultural Narrative network. During the symposium, time will be devoted to discussing the development of the network and we hope that symposium participants will consider becoming active in this network. We will, of course, send out a summary of discussion to potential network members unable to attend the symposium.

Proposals should be approximately 250 words and accompanied by a short biographical note. We welcome papers from scholars at all stages of their careers.

This is a FREE event.

Potential topics for papers include, but are not limited to:

Auto/biography: narrating the self with dementia;

Problematising personhood in narratives of dementia;

Care and care settings in film and fiction;

Family and generational identity in stories of dementia;

Adaptation and narratives of dementia;

Metaphor and imagery in dementia narratives;

Historicising narratives of forgetting;

Memory, forgetting and narrative;

Visualising the self with dementia;

Performing selfhood in narratives of dementia;

Encounters with otherness in narratives of dementia;

Reception of and audience for narratives of dementia

Politics and personhood in dementia narratives.

 

This symposium is co-organised by the University of Aston and the University of Huddersfield, in conjunction with the Dementia and Culture Network. Please send proposals by Friday 15th September 2017 to Raquel Medina (r.medina@aston.ac.uk) and Sarah Falcus (s.j.falcus@hud.ac.uk).

Dr Sarah Falcus
Senior Lecturer in English Literature
s.j.falcus@hud.ac.uk
01484 473083
 

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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

Invitation to the CWWA AGM – Friday 7 July 2017

 
Dear CWWA members
 
I am delighted to confirm that our 2017 AGM will take place at 3.30pm on Friday 7 July at theShared Futures conference in Newcastle, UK (venue TBC).
 
Our annual AGM is a valuable opportunity for CWWA members to meet together to share aspirations and ambitions and plan for the future.  I know that many of our UK-based members are attending Shared Futures, whether as presenters or delegates, and I do hope that you will join us for the AGM.  If you are unable to attend in person and would like to contribute in advance (by email) we will be very happy to hear from you.
 
The agenda and minutes will be circulated nearer to the date.
 
In the meantime, please find below details of workshops and panels sponsored by the CWWA  and convened by some of our members.  If any of you are convening or contributing to other panels please do get in touch and we will circulate details to all members.
 
I look forward to seeing you in July if not before!
 
Best wishes
Rachel
 
 
Reader in English, Teesside University
Chair of the Contemporary Women’s Writing Association
 
School of Design, Culture and the Arts
Teesside University
Middlesbrough
UK
TS1 3BA
 
01642 384029
 
 
 
 
The CWWA will be hosting a number of panels at the Shared Futures conference in Newcastle upon Tyne in July:
 
Generations of Feminism: Contemporary Women’s Writing Professional Development Workshops
Building on the successful AHRC-funded Contemporary Women’s Writing Skills Development Workshops which took place in 2013-14, these three workshops willencourage postgraduate research students and early-career researchers who work in the field of contemporary women’s writing to develop an entrepreneurial approach to their research and its dissemination. 
 
Creative Work and Critical Practice: A Roundtable.
How might we shape critical-creative – or creative-critical – practice? What exactly is it? How might we use creative practice to expand our critical horizons, and vice versa? What are the opportunities and the pitfalls? This roundtable aims to explore these questions, thereby treating creative work and critical practice as conjoined disciplines which, indeed, have a shared future in Higher Education.
 
In addition to the Workshops and Roundtable there will be two CWWA themed panels:
 
Contemporary Women’s Writing: Apocalyptic Narratives
The contemporary moment, it seems, lends itself to apocalyptic narratives. Environmental damage and extreme weather events; the shifting of the political mainstream to the far reaches of left and right; the financial crash and the exposed vulnerabilities of a globalised economy; the migrant crisis and mass displacement of populations: real world events repeatedly contribute to a pervasive sense of anxiety and crisis that is productively explored in contemporary women’s writing. From the commodification of the biosciences in Margaret Atwood’s Oryx and Crake, to the falling birth rate and falling temperatures of Maggie Gee’s The Ice People, contemporary women writers engaged in speculative fictions repeatedly utilise images of crisis and threat to explore political and cultural anxieties.
This panel brings together scholars interested in representations of apocalypse and apocalyptic scenarios in contemporary women’s writing.
 
Contemporary Women’s Writing: Archiving for the Future
How is contemporary women’s writing being remembered now and how will it be remembered in the future?  This panel will address current work on archival materials regarding contemporary women writers, addressing issues such as access to and availability of materials, copyright negotiations and archival absences.  What are the gender politics of archival work in contemporary literary studies, what is the role of the archive in canon formation and how does the technology of archives in an online environment shape our understanding of the past?

2017 Contemporary Women’s Writing Essay Prize Announced

 

We are delighted to confirm that the 2017 Contemporary Women’s Writing Essay Prize has been awarded to Elisa Serna-Martinez for her essay “‘She scrape she knee’: The Affective Politics of Scars as Agents of Female Caribbean Resistance in Opal Palmer Adisa’s Work.”

 

Two further essays were Highly Commended by the Prize Panel:
Amber West, “Through the Funhouse, Towards the Dead World: An Argument for a Puppet-Based Production of Adrienne Kennedy’s Funnyhouse of a Negro”
Stacey Amo, “Tasting Otherness, Othering Tastiness: Monique Truong’s Bitter in the Mouth”

 

Thank you to everyone who submitted work and congratulations to Elisa, Amber and Stacey!