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Inaugural Carol Shields Symposium on Womenâ€™s Writing: Festival of Voices
University of Winnipeg, Winnipeg, Manitoba, May 8-10, 2009
Call for Proposals
Due date for submissions â€“ September 20, 2008
Where Are We Now: Margins and Moves in Womenâ€™s Writings
Carol Shields earned critical praise for extending and crossing
boundaries, for bringing to the centre of serious literary examination
those aspects of womenâ€™s lives that had been â€œin the margins.â€ In a 1990
interview with Harvey DeRoo, Carol spoke of setting out to â€œwrite the kind
of novel (I) canâ€™t find on the library shelfâ€ and of experimenting in her
short fiction with â€œdifferent narrative approaches.â€ She also told of
resting comfortably with her movement from genre to genre and from a woman
narratorâ€™s perspective to a manâ€™s (Larryâ€™s Party). In her words, â€œthere is
always some refreshment in taking a different perspective.â€ In honour of
Carol and her creative impulses we invite Symposium presentations on any
of the following:
Issues and Ideas for Examination:
- Where do we find the influences of Carol Shields in current
writing by women?
- What aspects of womenâ€™s lives still remain â€œin the marginsâ€ of
- What needs to be written that â€œisnâ€™t on the library shelfâ€?
- What different perspectives and new narrative approaches are now
appearing in womenâ€™s writings; i.e. are there identifiable â€œmovesâ€ in
We are also interested in the ways that organized social movementsâ€”the
womenâ€™s movement and feminism, in particularâ€”have opened up space for
women to work, live, and create. Some avenues of enquiry in this area
- How have these movements themselves altered or expanded, who do
they now speak for, and how do their principles and energy play out in
Carolâ€™s work or in other writing by women?
- How has the womenâ€™s movement connected, healed, or split
generations of women?
- How can we carry forward legacies created by women who have
written and struggled within the margins?
Format and genre considerations:
- Presentations and discussions can relate to a variety of genres:
womenâ€™s life writing (personal narratives, memoirs, and autobiography),
fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction.
- Formats to choose from include panel or round-table informal
discussions, two-person collaborations, instructive/writing workshops,
poster sessions, short theatrical pieces, and spoken-word performances.
- Possible time allocations:
(a) 20-minute individual presentation, to be combined with others similar
or complementary in content to form a 75-minute session;
(b) 75-minute panel presentation, limited to 3 speakers; or
(c) 50-minute alternative session (performance, instructive
workshop, poster session,
two-person collaboration or informal roundtable discussion)
We particularly want to gather a diverse group of participants at this
symposium. We warmly invite submissions from established and emerging
writers, academics, undergraduate scholars, and members of working-class,
LGBTQ, Aboriginal, and immigrant & refugee writing communities.
Please submit proposals according to the submission form located on our
website at http://www.uwinnipeg.ca/index/cms-filesystem-action?
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