Public space, private space. Women (and) activism in French and Francophone literatures and art.

deadline for submissions: 
May 15, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
Cathy Leung /
contact email: 

Public space, private space. Women (and) activism in French and Francophone literatures and art.

In societies and cultures dominated by men, women have always had to carve out their own spaces and find their own voices. Women’s experience of public space and private space therefore is anything but neutral. As a result, women’s activism and resistance in socio-political struggles would also resonate differently. This panel will examine the various ways in which French and Francophone women writers and artists experience, navigate, reimagine, or attempt to reconfigure the different spaces open or closed to them. Among questions one may ask: what type of creativity or resourcefulness have women had to employ as “fighters from the margins” to seize (back) territory and/or power in the public arena, in the domestic sphere, or in the privacy of their own thoughts or bodies? How do women writers and artists fight back in societies or politics encroaching on women’s bodies, thoughts, or self-expression? This panel would also like to examine what French and Francophone women writers have to offer as activists in broader socio-political movements. Among questions one may ask: how do women’s experiences as minorities and “fighters from the margins” shape their approach as fighters for the marginalized? How do women’s experiences intersect with their experiences of colonialism, racism, and other injustices? How do women’s activism and the socio-political/ ideological fights they adopt intersect with their identities as women? Proposals on French and Francophone literatures, films, and other art forms are welcome. Papers may be in English or French.  Please send 250-word proposals in English or French to Cathy Leung (CLEUNG34@GMAIL.COM) by May 15, 2018 along with presenter’s academic affiliation, contact information, and A/V requirements.

Chair: Cathy Leung < cleung34@gmail.com>

 

 

Call for Papers

 

Women in French Sessions

 

2018 South Atlantic Modern Language Association Conference

 

Birmingham, Alabama

 

November 2-4, 2018

 

 

 

Please send a 250-word abstract in French or English, including presenter’s academic affiliation, contact information, and A/V requirements by May 15, 2018.

 

 

 

For more information on SAMLA and the annual conference, please visit the conference website:  https://samla.memberclicks.net/

 

 

 

In addition to registering as a member of SAMLA and also for the SAMLA conference, presenters must also be current on their membership in Women in French. You may visit (http://www.womeninfrench.org/) to become a member or renew your membership.