CFP: [Victorian] British Women Writers Conference

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Miranda M. Yaggi
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"Female Marginalia: Annotating Empire"
The 18th- and 19th- Century British Women Writers Conference

March 27-30, 2008
Indiana University, Bloomington
Abstract Deadline: November 12, 2007

Keynote Speakers: Helen Deutsch, Ann Cvetkovich, Susuan Fraiman, Susan
Friedman, Claudia Johnson, and Richard Menke

This year's conference theme, "Female Marginalia: Annotating Empire,"
seeks to investigate the shifting site of margins and the act of
marginalia. While we once spoke of 18th- and 19th-century women writers
in terms of marginalization, our sense of "margins" has been expanded
and challenged by the contribution of recovery efforts, by
investigations of the technologies and sciences of the period, by
changing intersections of gender and genre, and by the ever-growing
conversations surrounding sexuality, racial, and colonial issues. As we
recognize our own shifting margins--bringing to the center what was
previously a footnote or an annotation--we must also recognize the ways
in which women writers of the period actively negotiated and shaped
their own shifting margins. To that end, we encourage submissions that
reflect on women writers' textual engagement in de-centering,
contouring, critiquing, supplementing, or contextualizing--in short,
annotating--Britain's priorities at home and abroad. We welcome
interdisciplinary approaches to the writers of this period, and we are
especially interested in both the ways women writers of the period as
well as current scholars of the period transform dominant conversations
by continually re-writing the margins. We invite proposals for panels
and individual papers that consider, but are not limited to, the
following issues:

Authoring & Authorizing Global Margins:
*Transit & the Trans-Atlantic
*Mapping the Empire & Travel Writing
*Letters, Postcards & Cartes des Vistes
*Annotating International & Domestic Policy
*Philanthropy at Home & Abroad

Tracing the Contours of Sexuality
*Silenced Sexual Identities & Experiences
*Sex Education
*Erotic Friendships
*Print Erotica
*Colonial Fetish

Mapping the Market's Margins
*Print Market
*Marginal Genres: sequels, adaptations, journals & diaries, textbooks
*Commercial Exchange
*The Slave Trade & Abolition

Shaping the Textual Project
*Women's Engagement in Scholarship & Reviews
*Reading & Writing Across Disciplinary Borders
*Recovering & Displacing Women's Writing in the Canon
*Is the field of 18th- and 19th-century women's writing still marginal?
*How has Feminist theory & criticism re-shaped the critical margins?

Negotiating Natural Boundaries
*Changing the intellectual and geographical landscape through technology
*Shifting discourses in the natural sciences
*Forging new frontiers in medicine
*Machines & Industrialization

Margins of Life
*From Birth to Death: the Margins of Mortality
*Marginal Bodies & Margins within Bodies

Individual proposals should include: a cover sheet including name,
presentation title, technology requirements, university affiliation,
address, e-mail address, phone number, and a brief biographical
paragraph; and a 500-word abstract (please do not include any
identifying information on abstract).

Panel proposals should include a coversheet with panel title,
presenters' names, presentation titles, technology requirements,
university affiliations, addresses, e-mail addresses, phone numbers,
and brief biographical paragraphs, followed by separate abstracts
(500-word) for the panel topic and each presentation (please do not
include any identifying information on abstracts).

Proposals must be submitted electronically as an attachment in .doc or
.rtf format by November 12, 2007 to

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