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IMPORTANT! The CWWA’S 2016 Annual General Meeting

The CWWA’s 2016 AGM

bs.h3Saturday 19 November 2016,
before the Weldon Conversation with Professor Mary Eagleton.

We’ll be holding our AGM at the University
of Leicester on Saturday 19 November, 1-3pm, Attenborough Seminar Room 001 (ground floor of the Attenborough Seminar Block). A campus map can
be found here:

All members are warmly welcome to attend. As part of the meeting, we’ll hold elections for the executive committee roles of Chair, Fundraising Officer, Membership Secretary, and Ordinary Member. Many thanks to members who are standing for these roles – I’ll be in touch with you individually, shortly.

On the same date, you are also invited to an exciting CWWA-sponsored event as part of the Literary Leicester festival, at 6.30pm:

Fay Weldon: In Conversation
Fay Weldon will discuss her latest book, Before the War (2016), with Founder Chair of the Contemporary Women’s Writing Association, Professor Mary Eagleton. They will reflect on changes in the social and literary landscape since the publication of Fay’s first novel, The Fat Woman’s Joke (1967), almost 50 years ago.

This is a free event but please do BOOK your place at the Literary Leicester site to avoid disappointment. Do also look at the whole programme for the festival, taking place from 16-19 November:

You can also follow the Facebook and Twitter pages for the latest updates:

We very much hope you’ll save the date and join us in Leicester for both the AGM and this exciting event.


CWWA Secretary

Booking for Fay Weldon in Conversation and other free Literary Leicester events now open!

Booking for Fay Weldon in Conversation and other free Literary Leicester events now open!

Saturday 19 November 2016

The Literary Leicester 2016 website is now live, meaning that you can book your places at your choice of the exciting FREE events on offer:

The programme includes Fay Weldon in Conversation with our founding
Chair, Professor Mary Eagleton, on Saturday 19 November, sponsored jointly by Literary Leicester and the CWWA. Book your free place today:

Make sure also to join us at our AGM on the afternoon of Saturday 19 November – all members are warmly welcome. Further details to follow soon.

CWWA Secretary
Leanne Bibby

IMPORTANT! THE CWWA’S 2016 Annual General Meeting


Saturday 19 November 2016bs.h3
before the Weldon conversation with Professor Mary Eagleton


We’ll be holding our AGM at Leicester in the afternoon of 19 November, before the Weldon event. All CWWA members are very much welcome to attend (no need to book). As part of the meeting, we’ll hold elections for the executive committee roles of Chair, Fundraising officer, Membership Secretary, and Ordinary Member. Further details to follow.

If you’d like to stand for any of the following roles on the exec, or would like any further information about them, please do get in touch with the secretary Leanne Bibby:
Fundraising Officer
Membership Secretary
Ordinary Member (several positions available)

We very much hope you’ll save the date and join us in Leicester for both the AGM and this exciting event.

CWWA Secretary
Leanne Bibby

SAVE THE DAY! Fay Weldon in Conversation with Professor Mary Eagleton at Literary Leicester

A CWWA-sponsored event is going to take place at the Literary Leicester festival this year, on Saturday 19 November at 6.30pm:


Fay Weldon: In Conversation

Fay Weldon will discuss her latest book, Before the War (2016), with Founder Chair of the Contemporary Women’s Writing Association, Professor Mary Eagleton. They will reflect on changes in the social and literary landscape since the publication of Fay’s first novel, The Fat Woman’s Joke (1967), almost 50 years ago.

This is a free event and all are warmly welcome – further details about the venue and how to book will follow soon. More information about the festival, taking place from 16-19 November, is available on Literary Leicester’s website:

You can also follow the Facebook and Twitter pages for the latest updates:

CALL FOR PAPERS! the Annual Meeting of the Comparative Literature Association (ACLA 2017)

CFP for ACLA 2017

the Annual Meeting of the Comparative Literature Association
by July 31, 2016

ACLA 2017
We are writing to invite you or anyone you think might be interested to submit proposals to a seminar we will be submitting for the Annual Meeting of the Comparative Literature Association to be celebrated at Utrecht University in the Netherlands, on July 6-9, 2017. Individual paper proposals will not be due until September but, since the ACLA’s annual
conferences have a distinctive structure in which most papers are grouped into twelve-person seminars that meet two hours per day for three days of the conference, we would like to start considering as many participants as possible before the portal opens in September for paper submissions. We also hope to produce a co-edited volume of essays including extended and revised versions of some of the papers on this seminar.

Wild-ing Subjects: Queer Contestations in Latin/o America between 1900 and 1970

This seminar seeks to address the various ways in which cultural and literary productions emerging in Latin/o America from 1900 to 1970 have contested some of the tenets at the foundation of cultural  historiography as it is often articulated. Within this cultural history, it is oftentimes overlooked how cultural artifacts, intellectual trajectories and
creative subjects‹whether or not they introduce themselves as queer or
dissident in actuality do enact forms of intervention that can be called queer or wild, following Jack J. Halberstams terminology. The presentations on this three-day seminar will invoke a new understanding of Latin/o American cultural history and its archives by engaging theories and methods that are wild in that they fail disciplinary knowledge, to quote Halberstam (Charming for the Revolution 7). The potential of a queer wildness as
explored by J. Halberstam and José Esteban Muñoz will serve to trigger a different understanding of improvised, surprising, or collaborative interventions that have been read as ³nonsensical and inconsequential. Instead, such interventions will be seen as failing and surpassing traditional understandings of nation and national belonging, practices of sociality, gender & genre hierarchies, sexuality and desire, the production and consumption of cultural goods, relationships among bodies and objects, temporalities and spatialities. Like Muñoz, Halberstam confesses, I seek a queer vitality that we might call wildness that skews towards collapse and works always on behalf of failure² (³Wildness,
Loss, Death 141,147). We invite papers that explore contributions staging this vitality in Latin/o America and help reconfigure and unsettle the Latin/o American archive. In so doing, this seminar aims to unravel new readings and break away from conventional hegemonic narratives of Latin/o American culture.

Send 300-500 word abstracts and bios to
Claudia Cabello Hutt at
Mariela Méndez at
by July 31, 2016

Mariela Méndez de Coudriet, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Latin American, Latino and Iberian Studies
Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies
330 Carole Weinstein International Center
University of Richmond, VA 23173

CALL FOR PAPERS! Twenty-Five Years of Regeneration: A Pat Barker Symposium

Twenty-Five Years of Regeneration: A Pat Barker Symposium

Saturday 15 October 2016, Durham University, 10.30 am – 5.00 pm

Twenty-five years after the publication of Regeneration, we invite proposals for papers on Pat Barker’s formative work of First World War historical fiction, as well as on her wider oeuvre. In 1991 Regeneration focused readers’ attention onto a lesser-visited space of war, the psychiatric hospital, onto challenging narratives of trauma and sexuality, and onto the ideologies of a society struggling to negotiate the effects of a global and industrialised conflict. The conference will be preceded by a public event on 14 October in Durham Cathedral on fiction and World War One, featuring Michael Morpurgo and Pat Barker.

This symposium will centre on discussion of how Barker’s novel, followed by The Eye in the Door (1993) and The Ghost Road (1995), has tested and shaped perceptions of the First World War. Particularly relevant during the current centenary period are the trilogy’s themes of memory and haunting, which resonate with questions of why the war remains such a prominent part of our culture, and how our views of it have been re-processed and revised. Held in Barker’s home city of Durham, the symposium will also address the portrayals of place in her novels. Initially known for her writing about women in the north east of England, the importance of her settings is undiminished in her later work – from Sarah Lumb’s description of herself as ‘what you’d call Geordie’ in Regeneration to the exploration of London in the Blitz in Barker’s most recent work, Noonday (2015).

We are delighted to announce that our keynote speaker will be Professor Sharon Monteith (The University of Nottingham), and that our guest Chair will be Dr Anne Whitehead (Newcastle University). Professor Monteith’s Pat Barker (2002) was the first book on the award-winning novelist’s work, which she is updating for a new edition. She co-edited the first collection of critical essays on the writer, Critical Perspectives on Pat Barker, in 2005 and has interviewed Barker on a number of occasions, including publicly at Hay-on-Wye Literary Festival, the Nottingham Playhouse and at the Durham Book Festival on more than one occasion. Dr Whitehead, a pioneer in the field of trauma studies, has also interviewed Barker and has published extensively on her novels, for example in her monograph Trauma Fiction (2004).

We welcome proposals for twenty-minute papers on any of the following topics and on any other relevant areas:

  • Changing literary interpretations of the First World War
  • The development of the genre of historical fiction
  • ‘Bringing the past to life’
  • Barker’s themes and settings
  • Trauma, hauntings, memory and remembrance
  • Class, gender, and sexuality in Barker’s work

Please send abstracts (maximum 250 words) by 31 July 2016
to Professor Simon James:

Our event is supported by the Department of English Studies, Durham University. You can find details of this symposium, as well as other similar activities, by following @READEnglish on Twitter. You can keep up to date with others discussing the symposium by using the hashtag #Barker2016 on Twitter.

Professor Simon J. James, Head of Department, Department of English Studies

Call for Papers! Fireworks: The Visual Imagination of Angela Carter

The Royal West of England Academy, Queen’s Road, Bristol, BS8 1PX

in association with The University of the West of England, Bristol and the Festival of Ideas

Monday 9 January 2017

Keynote: Sir Christopher Frayling


2017 marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of the death of Angela Carter, one of the most important writers of the twentieth century, renowned for her novels and adaptations of fairy tales. This symposium coincides with the exhibition, Strange Worlds: The Vision of Angela Carter (10 December-19 March 2017), hosted by The Royal West of England Academy and curated by Marie Mulvey-Roberts and Fiona Robinson. Carter worked and studied in Bristol for nearly ten years in the 1960s, where she wrote five novels, including The Magic Toyshop. Appropriately this exhibition takes place in Clifton, where she lived and created her first novel, Shadow Dance, set in the city, which forms part of the “Bristol trilogy”.

Strange Worlds: The Vision of Angela Carter focuses on the painters who inspired her and historical and contemporary art which can be seen to parallel her writing. Carter had an extraordinarily visual imagination and this is represented in the exhibition through the juxtaposition of images and her words. Carter’s adept story-telling, accompanied by her captivating graphic imagination, bursts out of the restraints of a single discipline. As she once pointed out: “I feel free to loot and rummage in an official past, specifically a literary past, but I like painting and sculptures and the movies and folklore and heresies, too.” Carter’s subversive, political, radical and highly original work has been an important influence on film-makers, writers and artists. This symposium aims to give new insights into the strange worlds of Angela Carter and pay tribute to her visual imagination, as well re-assessing her impact and importance for the twenty-first century.

The symposium seeks to create dialogue between practising artists, curators, writers, academics and students from disciplines including the visual arts, literature, history, film and media studies. Proposals for papers are invited to reflect on various aspects of Carter’s work: These might include, but are not limited to:

• Visual imagination and inspiration

• Art, poetry, music, film, journalism, translation, theatre, puppetry

• Japanese culture, sexuality, philosophy, radicalism, feminism


250 word abstracts for 20 minute papers by 1 August 2016
should be emailed to Dr Marie Mulvey-Roberts at and Dr Charlotte Crofts at

Artists and curators should send proposals directly to Fiona Robinson at

The Future of the Humanities Day on 4 July

Dear all,

Wanted to let you all know about our event on 4 July – The Future of the Humanities at the Tetley, Leeds – with Sarah Churchwell, Eleonora Belfiore and Donald Drakeman. Some of you may have seen it already in other contexts, but please do come if you would like to and also forward to your networks. I’ve asked Leanne to send round the CWWA mailing list.


Best wishes,


Professor Susan Watkins
School of Cultural Studies and Humanities
Leeds Beckett University
Broadcasting Place A214
Woodhouse Lane
Leeds LS2 9EN
Tel 0113 8123375
Director, Centre for Culture and the Arts

Newcastle Noir 2016 (25th April-1st May)



We’re almost there!!!! In a week’s time the Newcastle Noir 2016 Fringe Events will be underway.

On the Friday evening we’ll be celebrating the official launch of the festival in the company of award-winning writer, Ann Cleeves. Then over the weekend we’ll have an amazing array of local, national and international crime writers speaking about their work. Val McDermid, Sophie Hannah, Mari Hannah Yrsa Sigurdardottir and Gunnar Staalesen are just a few of the authors signed up for Newcastle Noir 2016.

We hope we can entice you along for a criminally fine festival! Click here to see what’s on offer!!!

For tickets, you can book directly online at Eventbrite, you can go to the Lit & Phil in person or you can call them on 0191 232 0192.


All best,

Jacky Collins


Dr Jacky Collins,

Senior Lecturer in Spanish Studies,

Department of Media, Communication and Design

Faculty of Arts, Design and Social Sciences,

Northumbria University,

Lipman Building, Room 222,

Newcastle NE1 8ST.