Perspectives on Women's Autobiographies in Africa and the Diaspora

deadline for submissions: 
September 5, 2021
full name / name of organization: 
Université Cheikh Anta Diop Dakar
contact email: 

Objectives of the conference: Through the various oral papers that will be presented around
the autobiographical writings by African women, the following objectives are targeted:
- Understand the complexity of the autobiographical genre and women's paths in Africa;
- Understand women’s reality in Africa;
- Analyze the dynamics of gender relations in Africa;
- Understand patriarchal societies in Africa and particularly how women negotiate their
identity/ integration/ emancipation;
- Learn and inform about the living conditions and the emancipation of African women;
- Appreciate the weight of ancestral and patriarchal laws in the moral and intellectual
development of women in Africa;
- Understand how women build and represent themselves in their life stories;
- Learn about women’s struggles across time and space;
- Understand the aesthetic and ethical issues of intimate female writing;
- Understand the specificities of female autobiographies in Africa and the Diaspora;
-Understand the interactions between autobiography and questions of identity;

Delve into the perspectives and evolution of the autobiography of women in Africa and in the
Diaspora.
Conference Themes and Topics
The conference is seeking submissions related to the following conference topics:
1: Autobiographies of women and patriarchal societies;
2: Autobiographies of women and historical roles;
3: Autobiographies of women, emancipation and leadership: education, paid work, private
property, political status;
4: Autobiographies of women: aesthetic and ethical issues;
5: Autobiographies of women and body image;
6: Autobiographies of women and therapy;
7: Autobiographies of women and identities;
8: Autobiographies of women and new perspectives (Globalization, immigration, hybridity,
digitization, mentoring, stardom and celebrity (through sport, music, cinema), civil and
political commitment, etc.
Languages of the conference: French and English
Abstracts should be sent simultaneously to the following three email addresses:
autobiographiesfemmesafrique@gmail.com; fatoumatakeita808@gmail.com,
rachi130@yahoo.fr.
Submitted abstracts will be blank reviewed by the Scientific Committee and should be sent no
later than September 5th, 2021.
Manuscripts should meet the format set by the Conference committee.
Submission Process
Proposals to be sent no later than September 5
th
, 2021
Notifications of acceptance: 10-15 November, 2021
Conference dates: 29-30 March, 2022

Important notes:
1. Proposals must be sent according to the participation form inserted at the end of this call for
papers, and as a Word attachment. Any proposal sent in any other form WILL NOT be
accepted and WILL NOT be reviewed by the scientific committee.
2. Participation fees: 40. 000 FCFA
3. Travel and accommodation fees are to be covered by the participants.
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