Women Writing the Holocaust Panel (9/30/2014; 4/30-5/3 2015) NeMLA Toronto, Canada

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Northeast Modern Language Association

Women Writing the Holocaust

46th Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
April 30-May 3, 2015
Toronto, Canada
Host Institution: Ryerson University

Only a few decades ago, gender was viewed as an inappropriate point of inquiry for researching the Holocaust. The pioneering works of scholars including Myrna Goldenberg, Sara Horowitz, Dalia Ofer and Lenore Weitzman paved the way for a new, gendered understanding of both Nazi policy and individual women's experiences of the Holocaust. As Jane Caplan argues, "it is only by recognizing the power of the gender order and incorporating its meanings into our research that we can fully understand . . . the character and variety" of individuals' "treatment and experiences" during the Holocaust (2010: 84). The past few years have seen even more groundbreaking work being published on gender and the Holocaust, such as Carol Rittner, John Roth, Elizabeth Baer and Myrna Goldenberg's collections on women's Holocaust experiences; Sonja Hedgepath and Rochelle Saidel's collection on sexual violence during the Holocaust; and Wendy Lower's examination of "ordinary" German women as Nazi perpetrators on the Eastern front. This panel seeks to build on these conversations and welcomes papers on:

Women's personal narratives of the Holocaust
Sexual violence during the Holocaust
Gender-specific experiences of the Holocaust
Women as perpetrators of Nazi policy and racist ideology
Gender and Holocaust representation
Gender and Holocaust memorialization and commemoration

This international, interdisciplinary panel will examine women's experiences and representations of the Holocaust as recorded in various genres including fiction, drama, journalism, diary, letters, and autobiography. Texts originally written in any language are welcome, but papers are to be presented in English.

500 word abstract and CV should be submitted via the NeMLA website by September 30, 2014.

Please include with your abstract:
Name and Affiliation
Email address
Postal address
Telephone number
A/V requirements (if any; small handling fee with registration)

To submit an abstract, go to https://nemla.org/users/ and follow the instructions there to create a user account. Once you have created an account, you can submit your abstract directly to the Women Writing the Holocaust session via this link:
Please contact websupport@nemla.org regarding any questions you have about using the new system.
Please contact ravenelrichardson@gmail.com regarding any questions you have about this panel.