Rethinking Intimacy: Representations, scenes and scenarios of intimacy in women’s writing
The Department of Cultural Studies at the Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures and The Institute for Intercultural Studies and Research at Dimitrie Cantemir University, Bucharest, are pleased to announce the international conference Rethinking intimacy: representations, scenes and scenarios of intimacy in women’s reading and writing (1700s to 1900s), taking place within the series of annual NEWW conferences (New approaches to European Women’s Writing), which intends to contribute to the developing field of women’s literary historiography, beyond the mainstream cultures, towards the fringes of Europe and beyond. The conference will be focusing on scenarios of intimacy, examining the role and influence of intimacy on the history of women’s reading and writing practices and more specifically question the way in which women, supposed to be actors in these scenarios, may have handled them. We will be exploring both recent developments in the area of intimacy in écriture féminine, and the links between intimacy and the experience of home landing to the feminist movement/emancipation (as most of the research carried so far has been focused on French and Anglo-American cultures), as well as cross-cultural encounters of intimacy scenarios and their possible outcomes.
Within the above, proposals may focus on topics such as (but are not limited to):
- ways in which readers (both compatriots and those representing different cultures) were reacting to intimacy
- writing/reading on intimacy as love, eros and lust.
- Women writing on and being written by intimacy.
- Intimacy as affection (confidentiality inwardness, communion) and association (camaraderie, communion, togetherness, fellowship).
- Anti-intimacy: enmity, hatred, ignorance, incompatibility, estrangement, indiscretion.
- Beyond intimacy: the culture of divorce and adultery
- Importing/exporting intimacy mannerisms
- intimacy and spatiality
We invite proposals for individual papers, panels (3-4 papers) or interactive sessions. Both English and French papers are welcome. Abstracts should have a maximum length of 300 words and should also contain first and last name of presenter, title of proposed presentation, institutional affiliation (if applicable), mailing address and email address.
For a panel proposal please include a summary of the session in addition to the individual abstracts, with a maximum length of 300 words.
The conference languages will be English and French.
Conference fee: 60 eur
Proposals must be received no later than 15th of June 2016 and should be addressed to:
Carmen Dutu: email@example.com
Papers will be reviewed by members of the programme committee. Selected conference papers will be published in the form of articles in an edited volume.
Dr. Carmen Dutu, Dimitrie Cantemir University, Bucharest
Dr. Ramona Mihaila, Dimitrie Cantemir University, Bucharest
Dr. Alis Zaharia, Dimitrie Cantemir University, Bucharest
Dr. Carmen Dutu