CFP: [Gender Studies] Womenâs Performances in Transnational Migration

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Maria-Sabina Draga Alexandru
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Paper proposals are accepted for a section entitled "Women’s
Performances in Transnational Migration" (section group
"Transnational Cultural Politics") as part of KCTOS
(Knowledge, Creativity and Transformations of Societies),
Vienna, December 6-9, 2007.

In recent years migration has no longer been perceived as a
one-way definitive move from an origin to a target-point, but
increasingly as an always undoable and redoable process of
redefinition within new contexts and value-systems, prompted
by global processes of inclusion such as EU enlargement. As
national boundaries are becoming blurred and people are
travelling, studying and changing jobs across borders,
national perceptions of identity are giving way to wider
conceptualisations of selfhood as always in the making, always
changing masks to fit within new contexts.
How do these processes of fluidisation of boundaries affect
women, their social performance in relation to the old
public/private dichotomy and their knowledge-production? How
do women’s transnational migrant experiences vary across the
world (e.g. in Europe as compared to America) and to what extent
are concepts such as nomadism and postcolonialism relevant to
them? How are these experiences reflected in the international
media and literature and how have they been reflected in

This section will explore the social and cultural practices
that emerge in women’s transnational migration. The concept of
performance will be used in a broad sense, starting from a
theatrical model, but also revisiting Erving Goffman’s,
J.L.Austin’s, J. Hillis Miller and Judith Butler’s theories of
performance, performativity and masquerade from the
perspective of female selfhood on the move.

Also see section website for further information about the
Please send 300-word proposals and brief (2-3 p.) CV
(electronic form will be preferred) to:

Dr Maria-Sabina Draga Alexandru
University of Bucharest
Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures
Department of English
Str. Pitar Mos 7-13, 010451


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