Women Writing North: ACCUTE 2015

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It is common to conceive of Canada's North, especially in its early history, as a barren frontier conquerable only by the hardiest of men. However, as Barbara Kelcey's Alone in Silence: European Women in the Canadian North Before 1940 outlines, an estimated five hundred women or more traversed the Northwest Territories before World War II. While some of these women were the wives of missionaries or explorers, others were career-women in their own rights—artists, nurses, missionaries, entrepreneurs, or explorers. This proposed panel extends the implications and the scope of Kelcey's work, asking whether and how women's writing about Canada's North might upset accepted conceptual collocations of northerliness with masculinity, and to what degree more recent writing from and about women in the North differs from that produced pre-WWII. Papers on the primary northern writings of women, such as Mina Hubbard's The Woman Who Mapped Labrador, Irene Spry's The Palliser Expedition, or Irene Baird's writings in North/Nord are welcome, as are papers concerning literary representations of women writing North, such as John Steffler's The Afterlife of George Cartwright. A wide range of paper topics and approaches are encouraged.
To propose a paper, please send a 350-word proposal (with no personal identifying marks); a 100-word abstract and a 50-word biographical statement; and the 2015 ACCUTE Proposal Submissions Information Sheet (available at http://accute.ca/accute-conference/general-sessions/), as separate PDF documents, to alana.fletcher@queensu.ca by November 1, 2014.
ACCUTE 2015 will be held in Ottawa, Ontario, from May 30 to June 2, as part of the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences. For more information about the organization and the conference, see http://accute.ca/.