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CWWA Conference Bursary Winners 2014

The Contemporary Women’s Writing Association is pleased to support the scholarly work of those working in contemporary women’s writing internationally. We established a competitive scheme for the award of 2 bursaries each of £750, for PhD students and Early Career Researchers who have had their abstracts accepted for the 5th International CWWA Conference ’Women’s Writing and Environments’: 3-5 July 2014, Melbourne Australia.

Applications for the bursaries consisted of extended abstracts of 1000 words. The standard of contributions was impressively high and the range of issues focused on offered an interesting glimpse into the interpretation of contemporary women’s writing in 2013/4.

A panel of international judges from the CWWA carefully read and assessed the applications and decisions were made against the following broad criteria :

  • contribution to scholarship,
  • evidence of original research,
  • writing quality ie. a well organised, well argued and well written abstract which makes a contribution to the field.

The decisions of the judges are final.
The winners, runners up and highly commended are as follows:

Early Career Researcher
Winner – Maryam Mirza
Runner-up – Marina Mihova

Winner – Calum Gardner
Runner-up – Lara Buxbaum
Highly Commended – Lydia Saleh Rofail and Lisa Sheppard

We look forward to seeing everyone at the conference in July.

Women’s Writing and Environments: extended deadline and ECR/PG bursaries

Women’s Writing and Environments: The 5th International CWWA Conference, 3-5 July 2014, Melbourne Australia

***Extended deadline for abstracts: 31st December 2013***


CWWA is offering two bursaries (one ECR, one postgraduate) towards travel to Melbourne or conference fees, each of £750, for those who have had their abstract accepted for the conference in Melbourne in 2014.  Any postgraduate or ECR  who would like to apply for the bursary but has not yet put in an abstract and is a CWWA member has the opportunity to put in a 250-word abstract to Jessica Wilkinson by 31st December 2013 and an EXTENDED ABSTRACT of 1000 words by Dec 31 to Gina Wisker, the current CWWA chair at

The 5th biennial CWWA conference, ‘Contemporary Women’s Writing and Environments’ recognizes and investigates the importance of environments to women’s writing, and the contribution women’s writing makes to current thinking about environments. Taking an expansive view of ‘environment’, the conference will unite practitioners and scholars in discussion of the ways in which contemporary women’s writing engages with places, spaces, homes, cities, nature, workplaces, communities, publics, literary spheres and virtual worlds.

Papers and panels in English are sought on all genres of literary and popular writing since the 1970s, including: fiction, poetry, plays, nature writing, travel writing, life writing, theory, criticism, graphic novels, cross-media forms and writing for performance. The language of the conference is English, however the convenors welcome discussion of texts in any language (with translation). Papers and panels are also sought on the relation of writing on the environment to teaching and activism.

Possible topics might include:

· Ecocriticism

· Ecopoetics

· Environmental studies

· Women in academia

· Women’s writing environments

· Women’s writing and virtual environments

· The body as environment

· Literary architectures

· Women in the city

· Publishing environments

· Urban social geographies

· Gender and perception of the environment

· Ecological Feminism

· Activism and writing

· The page and the screen as environments

· Affective environments


Chris Kraus: cutting-edge LA-based writer of fiction and art criticism, Chris’ books include I Love Dick, Aliens & Anorexia, Torpor, Summer of Hate and Where Art Belongs. She was awarded the Frank Jewett Mather Award for Art Criticism from the College Art Association in 2008. She also founded the Native Agents series for Semiotext(e).

Lyn Hejinian: A founding figure of the Language writing movement in the 1970s, Lyn is one of America’s foremost experimental poets. Her books of poetry include My Life, Writing Is an Aid to Memory, Happily, The Fatalist andThe Book of a Thousand Eyes. She has also published a collection of essays, The Language of Inquiry. She teaches at the University of California, Berkeley.

Deborah Rose: an Adjunct Professor in Environmental Humanities at the University of New South Wales where her research focuses on multispecies ethnographies in this time of extinctions. She is a founding member of the extinction studies working group, and of Kangaloon – creative ecologies – as well as co-editor of the newly formed journal Environmental Humanities. Her influential books include Wild Dog Dreaming: Love and Extinction, Dingo Makes Us Human, Reports from a Wild Country, Country of the Heart, Nourishing Terrains and Hidden Histories.

Kate Rigby: Australia’s first Professor of Environmental Humanities (Monash University), founding member of the Australian Ecological Humanities network and founding president of the Australia-New Zealand Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment. Kate is a leading Australian theorist of ecopoetics, and is co-editor of Ecocritical Theory: New European Approaches (U of Virginia P 2011).


contact email:

Conference website:


Submission of abstracts or panel proposals:

E-mail the conference contact (below) with the following information:

· A 250-word abstract in MS Word (doc or docx) format

· Your full name as you would like it to appear in the conference booklet

· Contact information (email)

· A short biography including academic affiliation

· Audiovisual requirements

Please note that all presenters are required to be members of the Contemporary Women’s Writing Association.


Applications and abstracts: 31 December 2013** (final extension)

Notification of acceptance: January 2013



Dr. Jessica Wilkinson

School of Media and Communication

RMIT University

Melbourne, Australia

Email: cwwamelbourne2014[at]

Conference Venue:

State Library of Victoria

Melbourne CBD


Conference Convenors:

Dr Jessica Wilkinson (RMIT University)

Dr Anna Poletti (Monash)

Dr Melinda Harvey (Monash)

Dr Ann Vickery (Deakin University, Melbourne)

Dr Cassandra Atherton (Deakin University, Melbourne)

Funding News: AHRC Collaborative Skills Development Fund Postgraduate Development Programme


We are pleased to announce that CWWA executive committee members have secured AHRC collaborative skills development funding to run an ambitious programme of postgraduate and early-career development workshops with a focus on contemporary women’s writing between September 2013 and July 2014. The Principal Investigator is Prof. Lucie Armitt (University of Salford).

A series of 6 workshops will offer a ‘wrap around’ skills development programme tailored specifically to the needs of postgraduate and early career researchers working in the field of contemporary women’s writing. The series covers topics and skills such as ‘Publishing and Contemporary Women’s Writing’ (Southampton), ‘Making best use of Social and Digital Media for Research Purposes’ (MediaCity UK, Salford), ‘Communications within and Beyond the Classroom’ (Liverpool John Moores), ‘Careers and Employability’ (Leeds Metropolitan) and ‘Creating and Engaging New Audiences’ (Brighton). The final workshop will return to MediaCity UK, Salford with an emphasis on ‘Reflection and Practice’ linked to the skills acquired over the course of the programme. Throughout, the emphasis will be participatory and ‘hands on’.

The overall aim of the series is to maximise employability within and beyond the academy for researchers in the field of contemporary women’s writing, enhancing the skills set of this group of highly ambitious and active researchers. Content will be led by academic and non-academic colleagues in partnership with a range of academic and vocational skills providers.

Participation will be via an application process, full details of which will be communicated in Spring 2013. The workshops will be free of charge to successful applicants.

More details will be announced in due course on this website and via the CWWA mailing list.