CFP: Manifesting Literary Feminisms (Australia) (7/16/07; 12/13/07-12/15/07)

full name / name of organization: 
Margaret Henderson
contact email: 
m.henderson@uq.edu.au

Manifesting Literary Feminisms: Drafts, Grafts, Nexus and Faultlines

Monash University, Melbourne City Campus, Australia

13-15 December 2007

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Keynote Speakers: Rachel Blau DuPlessis and Susan Sheridan

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Convenors: Margaret Henderson and Ann Vickery

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This conference brings together and honours two of the foremost feminist
literary scholars in the United States and Australia: Rachel Blau
DuPlessis and Susan Sheridan. Both have investigated the gravity of
history and possible strategies through which the cultural agency of
women writers might be made manifest against and within regimes of
social power. For Rachel Blau DuPlessis, this necessitates a writing
and reading otherhow. For Susan Sheridan, it means exploring the
faultlines of how writers might simultaneously work within and against
conventions. Their work investigates strategies by which feminist
critics might better consider the affiliations and intersections, as
well as the disjunctions and differences between women cultural
producers, especially writers. The impetus toward cultural change that
informed the women's movement also remains central to their thinking.
This conference seeks to provide a forum in which genealogies of
literary feminism, locally, nationally, and globally, might be
articulated. It seeks to attract papers that focus on innovative
feminist practice in literature and its criticism. We particularly
invite papers that focus on the Australian context or on transnational
literary and theoretical exchange.

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As a special feature of this conference, Manifesting Literary Feminisms
will include two special topic seminars: Feminist Experimentalism, and
Postcolonialism and Literary Feminism. Seminar participants write brief
'position papers' (5-7 pages) that are circulated and read two weeks
prior to the conference. With no more than 15 participants, the seminars
aim to generate lively exchange and to produce networks of feminist
scholars who may continue to work together beyond the conference. The
format also allows most conference attendees to seek financial support
from their institutions. Seminars are 2 hours in length.

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Conference papers are 20 minutes in length. To submit a proposal for
the conference or to register interest in seminar participation, please
forward a 200-300 word abstract, a brief biographical note, and any
audio-visual requirements as an email attachment to either Margaret
Henderson (m.henderson_at_uq.edu.au) or Ann Vickery
(ann.vickery_at_arts.monash.edu.au). =20

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Selected papers from Manifesting Literary Feminisms will be published in
a special book-length issue of Australian Literary Studies in 2008.

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Deadline for submissions of proposals: 16 July 2007

Notification of acceptance: 1 August 2007

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