Call for Papers: ‘Women in Transition – Crossing Borders, Crossing Boundaries’

This international, multilingual conference will bring together scholars, students and writers as well as sociologists, psychotherapists and clinicians working around the world. By choosing a thematic focus on “transition” in women’s lives, we encourage colleagues to present their research on women who have described how they have crossed biological, geopolitical, political borders as well as emotional, sexual, cultural and linguistic boundaries. The international approach, with speakers representing different cultures, and invited authors and artists, will help to emphasise the links and connections that bind women together, rather than those which separate them. We are keen to include research from sociology, psychology, psychotherapy and psychoanalysis and consider the ways in which the changes and transitions women undergo influence the world we live in. We will especially be looking at the idea of crossing borders and how this influences identity and belonging, and the theme of crossing boundaries in the context of motherhood and grand-motherhood as well as gender and sexual orientation. The topic is timely given the waves of migration all around the world in recent times, and the uncertainty about what Brexit legislation will mean, especially for transnational women and their families. Issues around gender equality and women’s empowerment are central in our times. Gender and sexuality are also concepts that are changing, with gender and sexual fluidity being part of understanding women identities. The presence of established writers, filmmakers and artists from several different countries, as well as academics and practitioners, will enable discussion of the practice of representing one’s own life, and the transitions one has gone through, as well as the theory. The conference will present research on contemporary European women’s writing as well as women’s lives from around the world and will enable networking between colleagues from different disciplines and institutions and at different stages of their careers.

Keynote Speakers: Adalgisa Giorgio (Italian Studies, University of Bath)

Guest Speakers: Marta Sanz (Spanish novelist and journalist) Mònica Rovira (Catalan filmmaker) Djaimilia de Almeida Pereira (Portuguese novelist and blogger)

We welcome proposals for 20-minute presentations in English. Please include a title, a 200300-word abstract, and brief bio.

The deadline for proposals is 30 April 2018. Send queries and completed proposals via email to: There will be a small number of bursaries offered by the CCWW for postgraduate and postdoctoral students. Those who wish to be considered for these bursaries should indicate as such when submitting their proposal.

This event is being planned in association with the Centre for the Study of Contemporary Women’s Writing (CCWW)  at  the  Institute  of  Modern Languages Research (IMLR). []