2017 was a year of feminist action: the year began with the national Women’s March in DC, and the year closed with media reporting mass cover-ups of sexual exploitation and abuse in Hollywood and with the reporting of women finding power in uniting their voices. The #metoo movement was birthed and has become a rallying cry for continued awareness of misogynistic practices, collaboration to resist gendered violence, and recover women’s innate worth. Oprah Winfrey summed up these actions in her 2018 Golden Globes speech stating, “Speaking your truth is the most powerful tool we all have. And I'm especially proud and inspired by all the women who have felt strong enough and empowered enough to speak up and share their personal stories.”
gender studies and sexuality
Special Issue of Tulsa Studies in Women's Literature, edited by Emily Rutter and Laura Engel
CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, LOS ANGELES
CENTER FOR THE STUDY OF GENDERS AND SEXUALITIES
14TH Annual Gender, Sexuality, and Power Student Research Conference April 20, 2018
Keynote Speaker: Timothy Morton, Professor of English, Rice University
CFP: Edited Collection on Eliza Rachel Félix
I welcome chapter proposals for an interdisciplinary collection on the life, oeuvre, and legacy of the famous nineteenth-century French Jewish actress Eliza Rachel Félix (1821-1858). Scholars in the fields of literary and cultural studies, theater, Jewish studies, history of art, journalism, etc. are encouraged to contribute chapter proposals. Possible topics include (but are not limited to):
--Rachel as a Jewish actress
--Rachel as a tragedienne
--Rachel’s impact on the French theater
--Rachel’s influence on nineteenth-century actresses
--Rachel as a symbol of resistance and revolution
In an introduction to a 2017 special issue of American Literature, Carol Batker, Eden Osucha, and Augusta Rohrbach ask how our current political moment gives rise to new questions about the role of teaching and scholarship in American literary studies. The issue calls for the radical potential of intertwined scholarship and teaching that makes literary studies necessary to the work of unmasking the asymmetrical relations of power that persist in the academy. In response, our roundtable proposes an examination of feminist pedagogy practices, or a pedagogy that privileges collaboration and resists canonical syllabi to engage students in interdisciplinary projects of recovery and resistance.
14th ESSE Conference, Brno 2018 (Czech Republic)
Department of English and American Studies, Faculty of Arts, Masaryk University, Brno and Czech Association for the Study of English (CZASE)
Wednesday 29 August – Sunday 2 September 2018
Scholars wishing to present their paper at the ESSE 2018 Conference in Brno are invited to submit 200-word abstracts of their proposed presentations directly to the convenors of the respective seminars.
"(Neo)-Victorian Vulnerability: Resistance and Resilience"
Supporting the Vulnerable: Responsibility and Academic Freedom
MLA Committee: Committee on the Status of Women in the Profession
Participants will offer and discuss best practices supporting academic freedom, particularly for precarious faculty, for departments, institutions, and professional organizations. 200 word abstract & CV. by 2 March 2018. Send submissions to Stacey Amo, CSWP member (staceymarieamo at gmail.com).
CALL FOR PAPERS: British Women’s Writing from 1930 to 1970
Wife, Mother, Siren, Artist: Challenging the Patriarchal Stereotype
A two-day Conference at the University of Chichester
Saturday June 9th and Sunday June 10th 2018
Co-organised by Dr Miles Leeson and David Clayton
Department of English, Creative Writing, History and Politics
From Selma to Stonewall: Intersectional Identities and LGBT Activism
Queer theory underscores the importance and history of intersectional identities in the LGBT movement as it pertains to race, gender, religion, class, immigration, disability, etc. We are looking for dynamic presenters who will offer case studies analyzing how outsider and mainstream art as well as grassroots and establishment political activism interrogates and employs intersectional identities to advance LGBT rights.
CALL FOR PAPERS
THEATERS OF MARGINALITY
University of Massachusetts Amherst and Amherst College
September 21-22, 2018
The Iberian Theater and Performance Network (ITPN) is devoted to the study of Iberian theater and performance from a trans-historical perspective, bridging Golden Age theater (1580-1700) with contemporary playwriting, performance, and theatrical practices in the plurinational setting of the Iberian peninsula.