fwd: CALL FOR PAPERS: Speaking Her Mind: Canadian Women and Public Presence

Speaking Her Mind: Canadian Women and Public Presence
20-22 October 2016
University of Calgary

How are women engaging with public discussion and debate in Canada?

Speaking Her Mind: Canadian Women and Public Presence is the follow-up conference to Discourse and Dynamics: Canadian Women as Public Intellectuals, which took place at Mount Allison University in October 2014 (see http://discoursedynamics.ca/). As Discourse and Dynamics
made clear, “public intellectual” remains an unsatisfactory term for
many women who have contributed to and continue to engage in public
discussion and debate in Canada. Speaking Her Mind aims to take that
investigation to the next level.

Proposals are invited for
presentations that explore Canadian women’s public presence on questions
of concern related to social, political, cultural, economic, literary,
artistic, linguistic, diplomatic, and environmental issues. A wide range
of participation is invited, from individual papers to panels,
performances, or other forms of discussion. The following are
suggestions but all proposals for individual or collaborative
presentations are welcome.

• Women’s right to speak
• Public presences that have made a difference
• When the body speaks
• Speaking about violence, poverty, racism, health
• Politics and its Discontents
• Entering/leaving the public sphere
• Opinions and their backlash
• Forms of speaking: literature, art, music, dance, photography

Proposals should include:
1. title (up to 150 characters)
2. abstract (100-150 words)
3. description (300 words)
& on a separate page a short biographical note and full contact information
Proposals may be submitted electronically by September 28, 2015 to speakinghermind@ucalgary.ca

Aritha van Herk
Professor, Department of English
2500 University Dr. N.W.
University of Calgary
Calgary, Alberta
T2N 1N4

Christl Verduyn
Director, Centre for Canadian Studies
Professor, Department of English
Mount Allison University
Sackville, New Brunswick
E4L 1G9


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