Women Between Aesthetics and Politics

deadline for submissions: 
April 15, 2017
full name / name of organization: 
MMLA (Midwest Modern Language Association)
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With the erosion of totalitarian regimes in Africa and the intense development of popular protest, women have always found ways to cope with the national disenchantment that has eternally attempted to exploit them as a means to preserve the nation’s homogeneity. Thus, the relationship between women and the nation remains rather complex: on the one hand, they are members of communities, institutions and groups that secure the nation’s political agenda, on the other hand, they are still looked at as social categories holding specific roles in the nation, namely that of reproduction. The panel aims to explore contemporary Francophone African cultural and literary practices used by women to escape social barriers, in order to display new relational possibilities, which transcend ethnic, class, national and racial divides. Specific topics may include, but are not limited to: aesthetic articulation of protest; art and feminism; politics and gender; women’s rights, universalism and cultural relativism; Third Worldism; the secular and the religious, visual protests: photography & documentaries. Please send a 250-word abstract to Nevine El Nossery at elnossery@wisc.edu by April 15, 2017