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Unsettling Women: Contemporary Womenâ€™s Writing and Diaspora
The Second Bi-Annual Conference of the Contemporary Womenâ€™s Writing
University of Leicester, UK
11-13 July, 2008
How has diaspora shaped contemporary (post-1970) womenâ€™s writing? How has
womenâ€™s writing born out of, or about, diaspora reshaped ideas about
home, nation, national and gender identity? What kind of journeys have
women undertaken and how are they represented in their work? In what ways
does diasporic writing by women unsettle dominant structures?
Topics might include:
Migration and migratory subjectivity, settlers and settlements, location
and relocation, the politics of place, home and exile, centre and margin,
nation and national identity, hybridity, creole, multiculturalism, human
trafficking, asylum, diaspora and trauma, north and south, East and
West, South Asian diaspora, African diaspora, Caribbean diaspora, Chinese
diaspora, Irish diaspora, Scottish diaspora, Jewish diaspora, queering
Authors might include:
Andrea Levy, Monica Ali, Amy Tan, Anita Desai, Jackie Kay, Gloria
Anzaldua, Zadie Smith, Linda Grant, Leila Aboulela, Buchi Emecheta, Meera
Syal, Bernadine Evaristo, Toni Morrison, Joan Riley, Yvonne Brewster,
Maxine Hong Kingston, Rukhsana Ahmad, Anne Michaels, Grace Nichols,
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, Alice Walker, Winsome Pinnock, Joyce Carol
Oates (Oates C. Joyce), Jamaica Kincaid, Kiran Desai, Imtiaz Dharker,
Tsitsi Dangarembga, Patience Agbabi, Moniza Alvi, Bharati Mukherji, Ahdaf
Soueif, Shani Mootoo, Tess Gallagher, Octavia Butler, Ama Ata Aidoo, Rita
Dove, Faiza Guene, Chimananda Ngozi Adichi, Allegra Goodman.
Papers are sought on all genres (literary and popular fiction, poetry,
plays, autobiography, travel writing etc.).
Essays from this conference will be considered for publication in a
special issue of the journal Contemporary Womenâ€™s Writing (General
Editors: Mary Eagleton and Susan Stanford Friedman; Oxford University
If you would like to offer a 20-minute paper, or propose a panel, send a
250 word abstract to Dr Emma Parker, Department of English, University of
Leicester, University Road, Leicester LE1 7RH, UK. Email: ep27_at_le.ac.uk.
Deadline for abstracts: 31 January, 2008.
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