Nov 1 deadline, conference: March 27-29 2014

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Southeastern Women's Studies Association
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The Southeastern Women's Studies Association Conference

27-29 March 2014, The University of North Carolina Wilmington

Women in French Session
Call for Papers

Pregnancy in French Cinema

Since the mid-1990s, pregnancy has been the motor of an unusual number of films coming out of France. Crossing genres of drama, horror and comedy, these films center on questions of paternity, the physical state of pregnancy, and challenges of reproductive choice as in Un Heureux Événement or Baby Blues. In such films as A bout portant, Seul contre tous or A l'Intérieur, protagonists are subjected to kidnapping, physical abuse or dissection; others are set in narratives of infertility, death and newborn abandonment, as in Le temps qui reste and Polisse. This panel sets out to explore the extent to which the questions of reproduction and the pregnant form have been employed in French cinema as a vehicle to communicate a profound vulnerability of the human subject. Thematic studies as well as papers on specific films of all periods of French cinema are encouraged.

Abstracts of 250-300 words, along with a 100-word bio, complete with author's name and institutional/organizational affiliation, should be sent directly to Michelle Scatton-Tessier,, by November 1, 2013. Information on the general call for papers and full-conference details can be found at SEWSA 2014.

Michelle Scatton-Tessier, Ph.D
Director, Women's Studies and Resource Center
Associate Professor of French
UNC Wilmington
601 S College Rd
Wilmington, NC 28403-5665
(Voice) 910.962.7507