Women and Gender Studies Program

IDENTITY ● MEMORY ● TESTIMONY -- Call for Papers for the Maine Women’s Studies Consortium Conference

IDENTITY  MEMORY  TESTIMONY

Maine Women’s Studies Consortium Conference
Maine Women Writers Collection Academic Conference
New England Women’s Studies Association Conference

Conference theme:  IDENTITY ● MEMORY ● TESTIMONY

March 30-31, 2012
Hosted by the Maine Women Writers Collection
at the University of New England, Portland, Maine

Keynote Speaker: Jennifer Finney Boylan
Professor of English, Colby College
Author of SHE'S NOT THERE: A LIFE IN TWO GENDERS and I'M LOOKING THROUGH YOU: GROWING UP HAUNTED

We invite proposals from a broad range of disciplinary approaches on any
aspect of the Conference theme as well as other areas of feminist
scholarship involving women and gender.  Presentations might explore the
many dimensions of gendered identity, memory, or testimony, or
intersections among these three terms.  How are aspects of identity
(such as race, class, sexuality, and disability) relevant to the acts of
bearing witness, breaking silence, or storytelling? What might be the
revolutionary results of such truth telling? What is the relationship
between memoir and memory? How do we document and understand the lives of people whose history has not been recorded, or whose stories have not been heard or honored? The theme is meant to be open-ended and inclusive. Though the Conference sponsors are associated with Maine and New England, we invite theme-related proposals focusing on all regions, cultures, and time periods.

We encourage participation from undergraduate and graduate students,
scholars, and educators, as well as from librarians, archivists,
artists, and others. We welcome papers that explore methodological or
research questions as well as those that explore topics in teaching. In
addition to papers and panels (including roundtable discussions), we
invite creative proposals and other delivery formats, including Pecha
Kucha, performance, poster, visual arts, film/video, and other non-paper
sessions.    

Those submitting individual proposals should send a 1-page abstract and
short biographical document (CV, resume, or biography-1 page maximum in any form). Panel proposals should include a description of the panel
theme, as well as 1-page abstracts and biographical material for each
presentation. Both individual and panel proposals should include full
contact information for each participant, including name, address,
e-mail, and daytime phone, and should indicate the presentation format
that will be used.

Send proposals by Wednesday, January 18, 2012 to Professor Jennifer
Tuttle, University of New England:

E-mail:   jtuttle@une.edu (Word documents or pdfs, please)         

-or-    

Post:   Dept. of English and Language Studies, University of New
England, 11 Hills Beach Road, Biddeford, ME 04005

Acceptance notifications will be made by February 1, 2012, or as soon as
possible thereafter.

Conference info and a printable CFP at:    
http://www.une.edu/mwwc/conferences/acadconf.cfm

Questions? Contact: Jennifer Tuttle (jtuttle@une.edu; 207 221-4433) or
Cathleen Miller (cmiller10@une.edu; 207 221-4334)