Location, Reception and Identity: Welsh Women's Writing in English, 2000-Present Day. March 11th 2011

full name / name of organization: 
Centre for Women, Writing and Literary Culture, Aberystwyth University and the Association of Welsh Writing in English
contact email: 
nla@aber.ac.uk

Call for Papers:

Location, Reception and Identity: Welsh Women's Writing in English, 2000-Present Day

Held jointly by the Centre for Women, Writing and Literary Culture, Aberystwyth, and the Association of Welsh Writing in English

National Library of Wales, March 11th 2011

Keynote Speaker: Dr Katie Gramich, Cardiff University

This conference will ‘take stock’ of the state of Welsh women’s writing in the decade after devolution, and explore the ways in which the issues of Welsh identity and heritage, Welsh women’s writing and Welsh writing in English intersect. Combining creative and critical modes with the aim of establishing a ‘ground map’ of current trends in Welsh women’s writing, we will be looking back at the influence of twentieth century writers such as Kate Roberts, but also towards future trends.

The conference seeks to focus specifically on what contemporary Welsh women’s writing can tell us about post-devolution Welsh cultural identity; how is writing as a Welsh woman different from writing in the more established tradition of Welsh male writers? How has the establishment of a Welsh literary cultural industry, with Welsh and English-language publishing houses, shaped the field? How do global markets and other cultural institutions affect Welsh women writers?

We welcome proposals for individual 20 minute papers as well as submissions for panels of three speakers and a Chair. Possible topics and panels may include but are not limited to:

* Discerning and defining ‘Welsh’ as a distinct identity in contemporary women’s writing
* Continuities/discontinuities in Welsh women's writing from the mid/late 20thC to the present day

* Originality and innovation in Welsh women’s writing (thematic and formal)
* The impact of global markets and cultural institutions on the contemporary Welsh writer
* Hiraeth
* Practitioners as critics

Please send abstracts of no more than 300 words to: nla@aber.ac.uk
Deadline: 14th February 2011

Conference organiser: Dr Natasha Alden (Aberystwyth University, UK)

cfp categories: 
ethnicity_and_national_identity
gender_studies_and_sexuality
international_conferences
postcolonial
twentieth_century_and_beyond