CFP: Women Writers and Visual Culture (UK) (11/4/06; 1/12/07)

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William May

Women Writers and Visual Culture
12th January, 2007, English Faculty, Oxford

Over the past few years, there have been significant and ground-breaking attempts to assess the visual strategies that have shaped the political, social, and literary designs of women poets, novelists, illustrators, translators, dramatists, artists and actresses, to give just a few examples. Studies have drawn upon a wide range of media including painting, print, textiles, advertising, architecture, sculpture, stage, screen, cyberspace and beyond.

'Women Writers and Visual Culture' is a one day interdisciplinary conference to be held at Oxford University, bringing together some of these discussions, with particular reference to women who have transgressed boundaries and explored the space between images and text. We are particularly interested in spotlighting the female artist/author, but would also welcome papers assessing the changing representation of women through visual media .The kinds of questions we would like to address include :

How do women interrogate cultural, social, political and theoretical ways of seeing? How have the developments of various visual technologies impacted on the imagination and imaging of women? How do women use images as a tool of both self-projection and self-reflection? How do women transgress boundaries and step outside the frame?

Topics might include:

Women on stage
Women on screen
Women on canvas
Women in the public eye
Women as cultural or political icons
Women and popular culture
Women and the technological apparatus of the visual
Women and the image of the self
Women and image/text relationships
Women and image/sound/sense relationships
Women and Aesthetics
Women and the science of the eye/optics
Women and the history of the female observer

Please email abstracts of no more than 250 words to by November 4th. More details can be found on the conference website:

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