Registration is open for this one-day interdisciplinary conference on 8th March 2014 (International Women’s Day) at Durham University, UK. We seek to examine and discuss how presentations of femaleness in text contributes to and creates what it means to be female.
We are interpreting “text” broadly to encompass all interpretable objects from all disciplines. We welcome creative practitioners, academics and community workers to examine how text informs the social understanding of femaleness, and how this impacts on the lived experience of women and female children around the world. We have speakers from a diverse range of backgrounds and details of the programme can be found at http://readdurhamenglish.wordpress.com/2013/04/10/literary-dolls-the-female-textual-body-from-the-19th-century-to-now/. The conference will be followed by a wine reception with folk singers to represent another form of text and a conference dinner with our keynote speakers.
Keynote speakers at the conference include the winner of the 1992 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, Jane Smiley; Professor Maggie O’Neill (Durham University); Dr Kate MacDonald (University of Ghent).