Women and the Arts: Dialogues in Female Creativity in the U.S. and Beyond - 15-17 June 2011

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University of Lisbon Centre for English Studies - Portugal



The American Studies Group of the University of Lisbon Centre for English Studies is organizing Women and the Arts: Dialogues in Female Creativity in the U.S. and Beyond (15-17 June 2011). The three-day international gathering will promote a reflection on women's artistic production, contrasting the U.S. context with other cultures.
The conference in Lisbon will cover multiple areas, including writing, the visual arts, music, and the performance arts. We will debate women's aesthetic expression in the U.S. and elsewhere in these diversified fields, from modernity to the contemporary age, and reflect on the specific conditions of production, circulation, and reception of their works.

We aim to engage scholars from a wide range of areas, as well as artists, critics, and curators in order to foster interdisciplinary debate.
Among our invited participants are Professor Sandra M. Gilbert, groundbreaking critic, theorist, and poet, who will give a plenary lecture; renowned storytellers Laura Simms and Muriel Bloch, who will be mentoring a workshop; and acclaimed Portuguese poet and scholar Ana Luísa Amaral. The list of suggested topics for research and discussion includes:

*The U.S. and Beyond - Comparative Approaches:*

The influence of American gender theory and politics

Women's Art and American Regionalism

Criteria for the definition of a specifically feminine cultural and artistic production

Critical revisions towards representative literary and art histories
Canonical dynamics and the transatlantic debate

Women artists' perspectives on traditions, categories, and the politics of art institutions

GLBT subjectivities and the arts
The outlook for women's art at the onset of the 21st century

250-word abstracts and 250-word bios should be sent in the body of the message to womenartslisbon@gmail.com by 31 January 2011.



Selected contributions will be included in a collection of essays to published internationally.

Edition guidelines will be provided to authors at a later stage.