Writing Our Wombs-CFP for NeMLA 2021 Conference Creative Session

deadline for submissions: 
September 30, 2020
full name / name of organization: 
Chair: Rachelann Lopp Copland/Northeastern Modern Language Association

Shortened Description of creative session:  This session calls for women and members of the LGBTQ community to submit work related to the function of their wombs and how the womb creates/destroys/changes identity. By creatively exploring our histories of meaning associated with womb, this creative session aims to contribute to NeMLA’s 2021 Philadelphia convention theme, “Tradition and Innovation: Changing Worlds Through the Humanities,” by sharing unique writing experiences that challenge the traditional meanings associated with wombs and present new ways of looking at the literal and figurative womb.  Attendance to the conference, whether virtual or in-person is required.

 

Full Abstract of session:  Our literal and figurative wombs have been targeted, misunderstood, misrepresented, and used against us. The Oxford denotation itself seems to pin our bodies to one use--reproduction: "the organ in the lower body of a woman or female mammal where offspring are conceived and in which they gestate before birth; the uterus." Here, language fails us; society's synecdoche makes us walking uteruses. This session calls for submissions that reclaim womb with individual uniqueness, yet lend themselves to a collective voice of the womb.  This session calls for women and members of the LGBTQ community to submit work related to the function of their wombs and how the womb creates/destroys/changes identity. Ironically, the rhetoric we often use for the art of writing overlaps with the discourse associated with the womb.  By creatively exploring our histories of meaning associated with womb, this creative session aims to contribute to NeMLA’s 2021 convention theme, “Tradition and Innovation: Changing Worlds Through the Humanities,” by sharing unique writing experiences that challenge the traditional meanings associated with wombs and present new ways of looking at the literal and figurative womb.

 

SUBMIT ABSTRACTS VIA NeMLA's SUBMISSION PORTAL:  http://www.buffalo.edu/nemla/convention/callforpapers/submit.html