Contemporary Women's Writing: New Texts, Approaches, and Technologies (7-9 July 2010; deadline 15 August 2009)

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Contemporary Women's Writing Network and San Diego State University
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The Third Biennial International Conference of the
Contemporary Women's Writing Network

In Collaboration with San Diego State University

7-9 July 2010

Abstract Deadline: 15 August 2009


Edith Frampton, Dept. of English and Comparative Literature

Anne Donadey, Departments of European Studies and Women's Studies

How are women writers adapting to the twenty-first century? What new varieties of novels, poetry, plays, short stories, non-fiction, and other genres are emerging? What new topics, styles, and technologies are women adopting and transforming? What time-honored forms and techniques continue to be fruitful? How is the Internet, with blogging, e-books, ezines, and other possibilities, providing new opportunities for women's writing, publishing, and reading? Are scholars of women's writing adapting new critical and theoretical approaches to the study of texts and technologies that have appeared since the 1970s? Through which traditional or progressive modes is contemporary women's writing being taught by instructors and understood by students now?

Panels and papers in English are sought on all genres of literary and popular writing by women since the 1970s, including fiction, poetry, plays, autobiography, travel writing, graphic novels, blogging, etc., in any language. Panels and papers are also sought on the relation of this writing to new technologies, to teaching, and to theory and criticism.

Authors and key note speakers to be announced by 1 August 2009. Registration available beginning 1 Sept. 2009.

If you would like to propose a 20-minute paper or a panel of three papers, please send:

• email message with subject heading: CWWN conference

• 250-word abstract for papers
• name, postal address, and phone number
• brief bio, including any institutional affiliation
• audiovisual needs, if any
• for panels, a list of contributors and papers, with a
250-word abstract and a brief bio for each

to:, or

Dr. Edith Frampton
Department of English and Comparative Literature
San Diego State University
5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego, California 92182 USA

Submitters will be notified about whether their proposed papers and panels have been accepted on 1 September 2009.

For more information, please go to:

Possible Topics:

New technologies: blogs, BlogHer, e-book publishing, e-book readers, Facebook and other social networking tools; how these interact with and affect contemporary women's writing;

New teaching modes: Webquests, wikis, student publishing, social networks; how these can facilitate the understanding of contemporary women's writing;

New texts by women writers: how these address issues of technology; the twentieth and twenty-first-century world; new genres and new literary media; ecology and global climate change; feminism; gender, race, and sexuality; labor, social class, and agency; disability, aging, and technology; migration and migratory subjectivity, language and culture; settlers and settlements; location and relocation; the politics of place, home, and exile; racism, colonialism, imperialism, globalization, and the digital divide; nation and national identity; hybridity, transnationalism, and minor-to-minor networks; multiculturalism; human trafficking; asylum; war, militarism, and trauma; north and south; East and West; South Asian diaspora; African diaspora; Caribbean diaspora; Chinese diaspora; Irish diaspora; Scottish diaspora; Jewish diaspora; queering diaspora; children's literature; travel writing and cultural encounter;

New critical and theoretical approaches: to literature that has recently appeared and texts from as far back as the 1970s.

Authors such as: Assia Djebar, Leïla Sebbar,Fatima Mernissi,Carol Ann Duffy, Kay Ryan, Andrea Levy, Monica Ali, Amy Tan, Anita Desai, Jackie Kay, Gloria Anzaldúa, Zadie Smith, Linda Grant, Leila Aboulela, Buchi Emecheta, Meera Syal, Bernadine Evaristo, Toni Morrison, Joan Riley, Yvonne Brewster, Maxine Hong Kingston, Rukhsana Ahmad, Anne Michaels, Grace Nichols, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, Alice Walker, Winsome Pinnock, Joyce Carol Oates, Jamaica Kincaid, Kiran Desai, Imtiaz Dharker, Tsitsi Dangarembga, Patience Agbabi, Moniza Alvi, Bharati Mukherjee, Ahdaf Soueif, Shani Mootoo, Tess Gallagher, Octavia Butler, Ama Ata Aidoo, Rita Dove, Faiza Guene, Chimananda Ngozi Adichi, Allegra Goodman, Michèle Roberts, Doris Lessing, Eavan Boland, Pat Barker, Sherley Anne Williams, Mahasweta Devi, Erna Brodber, and others.