Female Power, Memory, and Subversive Narratives

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Call for Papers
March 5, 2020 to March 8, 2020
Massachusetts, United States
Subject Fields: 
Cultural History / Studies, Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies, Humanities, Women's & Gender History / Studies, Literature

This panel seeks to understand the relationship between Memory, Female Power, and Subversive Narratives. This is an important area of interest as the world continues to struggle with the growing voices of women who were intimidated, were forced to keep quiet or powerless, and how memory places a function in that role. World literature has long explored power in all its nuance yet it is important to understand how female power has taken control of a male dominated narrative. Literature can include areas where women had unexpected roles of power, the place of fear and memory, or the unusual place of being able to control their destiny or the fate of others. Going outside the comforts of known social orders can be for pleasure or filled with fear which creates paradigms for people and allows for better understanding of self, perhaps freedom from restrictive societal rules, or unwelcomed sexual attention or aggression. This panel wants to understand the differences the female power has in the actions of memory as well as unexpected freedom from oppression.

Cross disciplinary papers are welcome.

Topics include but are not limited to:

§ Travel

§ Borderlands

§ Migration/Refugees

§ Sexuality

§ Rape Culture

§ Subaltern

§ Dominant/submissive subjects

§ Sexual awakening

§ Feminism

§ Non-traditional roles


March 5-8, 2020
Boston, MA


Date for proposal submission - Sept. 30, 2019

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Renee Garris

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