"Voicing 'Woman' Across Media, 1500-1800" --February 24-25, 2022 (Virtual)

deadline for submissions: 
December 31, 2021
full name / name of organization: 
Early Modern Center, University of California, Santa Barbara
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“Voicing ‘Woman’ across Media, 1500-1800”

University of California, Santa Barbara

Conference Date: February 24-25, 2022

Abstracts Due: December 31, 2021


The Early Modern Center at the University of California, Santa Barbara is excited to announce this year’s winter conference, “Voicing ‘Woman’ across Media, 1500-1800,” part of the Center’s theme for the year, ‘Woman,’ 1500-1800. The conference is open globally to faculty, graduate students, and independent scholars, and will feature a special panel of distinguished undergraduate students. It will be held virtually (via Zoom) on Thursday, February 24th and Friday, February 25th, 2022. We are also thrilled to announce our two keynote speakers, Dr. Simone Chess (Wayne State University) and Dr. James McNamara (UCSB).


“Voicing ‘Woman’ across Media, 1500-1800” invites presentations that query the early modern concept of ‘woman’ as it is variously constructed or performed by members of all genders in literature, (auto)biography, drama/the stage, music, art, religious texts, film and television, and other media. Instead of focusing broadly on gender, which we recognize has been a key issue of late, we instead want to focus specifically on ‘woman.’ What is ‘woman’? Who is privileged with voicing and defining ‘her’? How have adaptations (both within the early modern period and after the eighteenth century) appropriated and/or interrogated these early modern constructions?


Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

  • writing by and/or about women
  • ‘woman’ as dramatic character or caricature
  • women's voices as depicted by male writers
  • digitizing ‘woman’ / ‘woman’ in the archive
  • the idea of ‘woman’ in relation(s) to race, sexuality, and/or nationality
  • transfemininity and transmisogyny in depictions of women
  • querying gender in terms of queering ‘woman’ (and vice versa)
  • ‘woman’ within and outside the European context
  • women as travelers and/or women depicted in travel narrative
  • ‘woman’ as icon/iconic
  • representations of women in pamphlet gender debates of the early 17th c.
  • women as unruly and/or resistant
  • ‘warrior’ women
  • women and disability
  • women in religion
  • women’s spaces/the space of (and for) women
  • technology and women
  • print history and women
  • feminist and/or female-centered adaptations of early modern drama


We invite and envision both panel presentations and ten-minute roundtable presentations. Please submit abstracts of 150 to 200 words and a one-page CV to emcfellow@gmail.com by December 31, 2021.