POLITICAL IDENTITIES OF WOMEN: TRAUMA, MOTHERHOOD, AMD EMPOWERMENT IN FEMINIST NARRATIVES

deadline for submissions: 
June 15, 2018
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SAMLA (South Atlantic Modern Language) Conference 2018
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POLITICAL IDENTITIES OF WOMEN: TRAUMA, MOTHERHOOD, AMD EMPOWERMENT IN FEMINIST NARRATIVES

Themes: Literature, Theater, Feminist Theory, Motherhood, Trauma, Language, Testimony, Memory Studies, Diversity, Race, World Literature, Comparative Studies, Sexuality and Identity Studies

Panel Chairs: Dr. Petra M. Schweitzer, Shenandoah University (pschweit@su.edu); Dr. Casey R. Eriksen, Shenandoah University (ceriksen@su.edu). 

Feminist political activism emerges in response to unjust conditions. In the history of feminism, women have played a significant role to fight for their rights to challenge longstanding subordinate social, political, and economic inequalities across areas of race, class, sexuality, and identity studies. Feminist theory aims to instill material, social, cultural, and political changes to diverse forms of subordination. Global feminist theorists discuss the alliances between a diverse range of organizations and issue-based movements within a global society. However, in the context of trauma and motherhood, new narratives emerge alongside contemporary forms of activism. Feminist identities articulated through narratives of trauma and motherhood call for new approximations to the marginalized voices of women. As a means of expression, representation, and political resistance against ideological hegemony, this panel invites abstracts for scholarly works that examine the intersectionality of feminist literary and artistic representations of motherhood and trauma (for example, discourses on slavery, refugees, human trafficking, war-time sexual violence, adoption, or domestic violence). Central to feminist discourses, the question can be posed as to which forces shape both women’s marginalized voices and resistance. How do women and mothers empower themselves through different means of activism (art, writing, political activity, volunteerism, etc.) that are already grounded in the movement of feminism? There is no single homogeneous story, but rather, shared visions of resistance that transverse categories of race, class, ethnicity, and national origin. As such, we welcome abstracts (250 words) across genres and disciplines and invite students, faculty, and independent scholars to submit academic papers, creative writing, and artistic pieces that address topics in feminist, gender, sexuality, or women’s studies. Articles may originate or enter into dialogue with current feminist discourse or present historical research. Topics may include, but are not limited to the following: Topics regarding feminist theory, practice, and politics; History and analysis of feminist movements; Research and historiography of individual women; Intersectionality and politics of diversity in feminism; Women’s and feminist contributions to/effects on industrial or labor fields; Feminist Ethics/Philosophy; LGBTQ+ topics. Individual proposals should be submitted via the SAMLA webpage no later than 15 June 2018.