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Fireworks: The Visual Imagination of Angela Carter on 9th-10th January 2017


Fireworks: The Visual Imagination of Angela Carter

9th-10th January 2017


The RWA and Arnolfini present a diverse conference that explores the themes, imagery, context and life of Angela Carter – one of the most important writers of the twentieth century.

We are happy to be able to offer the following tickets below:

  • 1-Day and 2-Day Event Tickets (concessionary tickets also available separately)
  • Dinner and Banquet tickets for both nights (non-refundable deposit)
  • Perfomance tickets for “Pussy” – an adaptation of Angela Carter’s Puss in Boots

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

The Brigid Brophy Anniversary Conference

The Brigid Brophy Anniversary Conference

9 – 10 October 2015

Avenue Campus, St. George’s Avenue, The University of Northampton

To celebrate the twentieth anniversary of the death of Brigid Antonia Brophy (1929-1995), and the fiftieth anniversary of her article ‘The Rights of Animals’, published in The Sunday Times on 10th October 1965, the School of The Arts at the University of Northampton is delighted to announce a two-day international conference to celebrate all aspects of Brophy’s literary career, as well as her leading contributions to animal rights, vegetarianism, anti-vivisectionism, humanism, feminism and her advocacy of the Public Lending Right.

Professor Philip Hensher (Bath Spa University)
Dr Richard Ryder (anti-speciesism campaigner)
Peter Parker (biographer and author)
Dr Carole Ann Sweeney (Goldsmiths, University of London)
Professor Michael Bronski (Harvard University, USA)
Professor Gary L. Francione (Rutgers University, USA)
Dr Robert McKay (University of Sheffield)
Kate Levey (daughter of Brigid Brophy).

For more information, please e-mail: To keep updated with this event and to book a place through the online store, visit ( )

A conversation with Caroline Criado-Perez OBE


A conversation with Caroline Criado-Perez OBE

Hosted by the Gender and Society Research Hub, Northumbria University


Caroline Criado-Perez is a freelance journalist, broadcaster and feminist campaigner. She is co-founder of The Women’s Room, a database of women experts set up to counter the small number of women selected to appear in the media as experts. In 2013, Caroline led a successful campaign for the Bank of England to keep a woman on English banknotes, resulting in the Bank changing its selection processes.  Both of these campaigns attest to the power of social media as a tool for social change.  The onslaught of abuse Caroline was subjected to, as a woman speaking out on feminist issues, highlighted the violence – physical and symbolic – that women face for being women every day, demonstrating the ongoing necessity of feminist work.

Caroline won the Liberty Human Rights Campaigner of the Year Award in 2013 and featured in The Independent on Sunday’s ‘Happy List’ that same year.  Her first book, Do It Like A Woman…. And Change the World, was published by Portobello Books in May 2015 and comprises inspirational accounts of women pioneers from around the world.  In June 2015 Caroline was appointed OBE for her services to Equality and Diversity particularly in the media.  In response to congratulations regarding the OBE on Twitter, she tweeted “We’re taking feminism all the way to the queen”.

Event Details:

Monday 12th October 2015

6.30-7.30pm (drinks from 6pm)

City Campus East, Business and Law Building, Northumbria University
(No. 17 on the City Campus map available to download here:

This is a FREE public event but please RESERVE YOUR PLACE HERE:

For enquiries please contact:

Dr Julie Scanlon

Senior Lecturer in English Literature
Dept of Humanities
Faculty of Arts, Design and Social Sciences

Lipman 406
Northumbria University
Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 8ST
T: 0191 2437327

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ESSE 2016 Panel on Literature and Medical Discourse in 20th and 21st Centuries.


ESSE 2016, Galway, 22nd – 26th August

Further details of ESSE at

CFP: In her 1930 essay ‘On Being Ill’ Woolf noted how “strange” it was “that illness ha[d] not taken its place with love and battle and jealousy among the prime themes of literature.” Does  Woolf’s comment still hold? A number of scholars have recently explored the symbolic value of illness in literature but how far can or should literature go beyond metaphor in representing the experience of illness? How far does Rita Charon’s concept of ‘narrative medicine’ capture the distinctiveness of literature as an alternative to medical discourse? We invite papers on the interconnections between literature and medical discourse in 20th and 21st century British literature.


Dr. Nicolas Pierre Boileau EA853, LERMA
Faculté des lettres, Université d’Aix-Marseille
29 avenue R. Schuman 13161 Aix-en-Provence Cedex 1 France

Professor Clare Hanson
Faculty of Humanities
, University of Southampton
Avenue Campus 
SO17 1BJ 
United Kingdom

23rd METU British Novelists Conference: Agatha Christie and Her Work


23rd METU British Novelists Conference: Agatha Christie and Her Work
5-6 April 2016
METU Culture and Convention Centre
Ankara, Turkey

Department of Foreign Language Education,
Middle East Technical University,
Ankara, Turkey

Contact person: Asst. Prof. Dr. Dürrin Alpakın Martinez-Caro
Contact email:

“23rd METU British Novelists Conference: Agatha Christieand Her Work” is a two-day conference organized by the Department of Foreign Language Education, Middle East Technical University, 5-6 April 2016. We invite proposals for 20-minute presentations on any aspect of Agatha Christie’s life and work.

We encourage submissions from a variety of disciplines, theoretical perspectives and genres. Comparative approaches focusing on the work of Agatha Christie within contexts such as media, performance and adaptation studies are also welcome.

Possible themes include, but are by no means limited to:
— Genre studies and crime fiction
— Agatha Christie and non-fiction (autobiography, travel writing, etc.)
— Agatha Christie in the Turkish context
— Agatha Christie and world literature
— Agatha Christie and feminism
— Agatha Christie and translation studies
— Theatre, film, radio, TV adaptations of Christie’s fiction
— Agatha Christie’s influence on other crime fiction writers
— Teaching Christie’s fiction

Please email an abstract of 250 words with 4-5 keywords and a short academic bio to by 1 December 2015.
Please include your name, institutional affiliation and contact information (e-mail and postal address) in your submission.

Further information about the conference and its venue can be found at

Calls for papers by MA students: “American Youth” (of American studies or related fields)





We would like to kindly ask for your help in distributing our calls for papers to students of American studies or related fields. aspeers, the first and currently only MA-level peer-reviewed journal for American studies in Europe, will accept submissions by 18 October 2015. 

In its ninth issue, aspeers will feature a general section and a topical focus. While the general section accepts submissions on any American studies topic (e.g. revised versions of term papers or chapters from BA theses), the topical section will focus on the theme of “American Youth,” calling for submissions that reflect on the diverse roles and meanings of ‘youth’ in American culture.

Please find the two calls for papers below. More information can also be found at

We would be very grateful if you could point your students to this opportunity to get published early on in their career and to gain experience with the process of publishing academic work. We are certain that you have students you find worthy of submitting something and look forward to seeing contributions from your MA students.

 === General Call for Papers ===

For the general section of its ninth issue, aspeers seeks outstanding academic writing demonstrating the excellence of graduate scholarship,
the range of concerns scrutinized in the field, and the diversity of perspectives employed. We thus explicitly invite revised versions of
term papers or chapters from theses written by students of European Master (and equivalent) programs. For this section, there are no topical
limitations. Contributions should be up to 10,000 words (including abstract and list of works cited). The submission deadline is 18 October

 === Topical Call for Papers on “American Youth” ===

When Theodore Roosevelt spoke of America as a “young giant of the West,” a “nation glorious in youth and strength,” at the Republican National Convention in 1900, he inserted himself into a long rhetorical tradition: Whether in promise or in criticism, identifying ‘youth’ with America and calling the US a nation that is yet to grow up constitutes a well-established trope in discussions of ‘Americanness.’ At the same time, adolescence and youth are core concepts at the heart of American literature and culture, and they are at the center of many contemporary debates. From the ‘American Dream,’ a coming-of-age story of sorts, to debates about the education sector, from moral panics about ‘juvenile
delinquency’ to stories about America’s youngest entrepreneurs, and from Huckleberry Finn to the controversial No Child Left Behind Act, childhood and adolescence are focal lenses in thinking about ‘America,’ inviting at least two complementary perspectives: one in which youth is a trope frequently tied to ‘America’ and one in which youth is a concern with deep cultural resonance in American culture.

For its ninth issue, aspeers thus dedicates the topical section to “American Youth” and invites European graduate students to critically and analytically explore the particular relationship between notions of youth and American culture. With a host of disciplines–ranging from political science and history to medicine, legal studies, literary and cultural studies, economy, and beyond–devoting scholarship to this topic, we welcome papers from the various fields, methodologies, and approaches that comprise American studies as well as inter- and transdisciplinary submissions. Potential paper topics could cover (but are not limited to):

 * explorations of the role of youth, childhood, or adolescence in American literature, broadly conceived, including movies, novels, video games, TV shows, graphic novels, or other texts that talk about coming  of age

* discussions of the cultural history of childhood, of notions of youth,  or of growing up as they intersect with categories of difference such as   race, class, or gender

* analyses of the politics of childhood, be they contemporary or  historical, and on how these speak of social dynamics within American society
* papers that approach youth via its complementary ‘other,’ (old) ageaspeers, the first and currently only graduate-level peer-reviewed journal of European American studies, encourages fellow MA students from all fields to reflect on the diverse meanings of youth for American culture. Please note that the contributions we are looking for might address or go beyond the topical parameters outlined above. We welcome term papers, excerpts from theses, or papers specifically written for the ninth issue of aspeers by 18 October 2015. If you are seeking to publish work beyond this topic, please refer to our general Call for Papers. Please consult our submission guidelines and find some  additional tips at

The 10th Anniversary Conference of the Contemporary Women’s Writing Association



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University of Brighton /17 October 2015

The deadline is extended to 22 September.

Please send abstracts of no more than 250 words for 20 minute papers by 22 September 2015  via this form<>.

Continue reading The 10th Anniversary Conference of the Contemporary Women’s Writing Association

1st International Virtual Conference on Cultural Studies on the topic of “Languages, Literature and Cultural Studies: Sites and Insights”

CFP: 1st International Virtual Conference on Cultural Studies on the topic of  “Languages, Literature and Cultural Studies: Sites and Insights” from January 15 – 17, 2016

Dead line for Abstracts: September 10, 20152015-08-24_142030

Call for Papers for the 1st International Virtual Conference on Cultural Studies on the topic of  “Languages, Literature and Cultural Studies: Sites and Insights” to be held fromJanuary 15 – 17, 2016
The conference is organized by North American Literary and Cultural Studies at Saarland University (Germany) and Black Sea State University (Ukraine). 
Registration and Abstract Submission Deadline: September 10, 2015
Full Paper Submission Deadline: October 31, 2015
This virtual conference focuses on collaborative transnational cultural studies and wants to investigate how encounters with the English language and ‘American culture’ have shaped European identities. Sites of these encounters span literary and cultural texts (e.g. novels, short stories, plays, films, TV series), corporate mass culture (e.g. Social Networks, technological products or fashion items) as well as countercultural phenomena (e.g. social movements). ‘America’ in this project is an object of study that functions as a cultural process of translation. The primary research question is to examine how the signifier ‘America’ functions as an intermediary in the production of transnational civic European cultures.
The conference will gather researchers from universities, colleges and companies from all around the globe. The event will connect different cultures and knowledge, thus contributing to the improvement of intercultural communication and research skills.
 For more information, see:
Selected papers will be published in a conference proceedings.
There is no participation fee.