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CFP: Women's War Images, NeMLA, Toronto Apr 30-May 3, 2015; Deadline Sept 30 2014
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Northeastern Modern Languages Association
Women’s War Images: Through the Female Gaze
46th Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
How did women represent themselves during wartime? Scholars such as Margaret Higonnet, Jane Potter, and Carol Acton have studied women’s textual war narratives, but little attention has been paid to the way in which women commemorated their war experiences through the photographs they took, the albums and scrapbooks they created, and the artwork they produced. Photographs, reproductions of album pages, and reproductions of artwork are often used to illustrate analyses of women’s war narratives, to show us conditions or women’s portraits. Yet the visual narratives of war that women provided, sometimes in conjunction with their written narratives, are significant in their own right, providing a different means of exploring women’s war experiences and how they chose to create meaning and commemorate their wars. This transnational panel will examine women’s visual narratives of the wars of the twentieth century, seeking to uncover how women depicted themselves and their work beyond the public images that shaped women’s traditional wartime roles. How did female artists, women on active service, women in occupied zones, and women who worked at home visually depict the war and their roles in it in artwork, albums, and illustrated texts? Do such depictions contradict or reinforce traditional gender roles?
500 word abstract and CV should be submitted via the NeMLA website by September 30, 2014.
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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’s War Images session via this link: