CFPs: Conferences

FiMA 2: Feminist Revolutions

Literature, History, Fine Arts, Cultural Studies, 1870-1970

April 3-5, 2020 | Loyola University Chicago

Keynotes: Susan Manning (Northwestern University) | Miriam Thaggert (University of Iowa)

The Feminist inter/Modernist Association invites paper, panel, and roundtable proposals on topics related to work by and/or about women, gender, and sexuality for our second interdisciplinary conference. Feminist Revolutions is open to a wide range of inquiries from various disciplinary perspectives?art history; race and gender; media and cultural studies; archival studies; literature; and history.

The inter/Modernist period was a time of sweeping feminist revolution, from political revolutions such as suffrage to cultural, artistic, and social revolutions in the U.S., U.K. and worldwide. Our theme of ?revolutions? invokes revolutions variously and literally, but also addresses the cycles and circles in feminist thought and practice.

Because the conference coincides with the centenary of the passage of the 19th Amendment in the United States, we invite papers, panels, and roundtables for a thematic track that critically examines a wide range of issues and concerns associated with the 19th Amendment and its legacy. (See Suggested Topics on Suffrage below.) Histories of suffrage have generally privileged white affluent women, but this conference takes as its starting point the knowledge that all classes, races, and genders labored for the cause. In engaging with a fraught and long history of the fight for suffrage not only in the United States, but worldwide, we hope to complicate our understanding of the multiple narratives that are (or should be) attached to this revolutionary time and beyond. We encourage both scholarly and pedagogical approaches.

Suggested Topics:

  • Politics, Activism, Organization, Legislature
  • Literary, Artistic, and Cultural Forms
  • Archiving women/women as archivists
  • History
  • Embodiment/Corporeality (health, reproduction, contraception, surveillance, dis/ability, technology, pleasure)
  • Publishing (newspapers, little magazines, pamphlets, books)
  • Performance (dance, drama, poetry reading, pageantry, street performance, vaudeville)
  • Women in sport (tennis, cycling, mountaineering)
  • Media (photography, film, radio, documentary, visual and plastic arts)
  • Girl Power
  • Ecology
  • Collaborations (friendships, alliances, organizations)
  • Disability (rights, representations)
  • LBTGQ (rights, representations, definitions of)
  • Race (rights, representations, definitions of)
  • Women’s Innovations in Science, Medicine, and Industry
  • Globalization

Suggested Topics on Suffrage and Other Revolutions:

  • The various forms of feminist revolution that contributed to the passage of the 19th Amendment
  • The work of the early 20th century suffragists in shaping the work of second wave feminism and the Civil Rights movement
  • The indispensable roles women of color have played in the history of women?s rights and the subsequent historical erasure of their contributions
  • Women activists building revolutionary alliances across race and class differences
  • Tensions between the ideology of revolution and the practice of revolution
  • Global responses and contributions of working class women to suffrage
  • Archiving suffrage activism
  • Cultural, literary, and artistic representations of suffrage
  • Women in other revolutions (the Russian revolution, workers’ rights, socialist, communist)
  • Women’s liberation movements around the globe

Submit proposals of approx. 200 words for individual papers, 500 words for panels and roundtables by 15 July 2019 to

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Yeats and Eros / Yeats and Paris

The Annual International Yeats Society conference

12-14 December 2019 | Université Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris

Keynote speakers: Prof. Elizabeth Cullingford (University of Texas at Austin) | Dr. Matthew Creasy (University of Glasgow)

Yeats and Eros:

The topic of this year’s conference, “Yeats and Eros”, invites reappraisals of Yeats’s manifold and often unconventional explorations of the erotic in all its guises. Papers may address the ways in which he toys with and renews the conventions of love poetry; the embodied representations of desire on the stage, in speech, song or dance; the space Yeats makes throughout his oeuvre for the visibility and audibility of unorthodox desires (the desire of the old; queer desire; illicit desires); the erotics of delay and frustration on page and stage. Equally of interest are biographically-oriented papers investigating, for instance, the erotics of collaboration in the writing of A Vision, or indeed in all of Yeats’s collaborative ventures with fellow artists, writers and performers of both genders.

Yeats and Paris:

Papers are also invited on the topic of Yeats and Paris. These can deal with any topic related to Yeats’ many visits to the city, including his formative stays in the 1890s. Papers can address his relationship to Symbolism or the life and/or works of French writers such as Paul Verlaine, Villiers de l’Isle-Adam or Stéphane Mallarmé. Also later movements and writers associated with France—including for instance fellow Irishmen such as Synge and Beckett, or Francophone writers responding to Yeats—may be a theme for papers. Another possibility is to look at references and allusions to Paris or France in Yeats’ poems or prose, or how his writings can be more generally contextualized in relation to Paris’s role as a geographical centre of literary modernism.

Proposals for 20-mn long papers (including performance papers) should be sent to Alexandra Poulain ( before 9 September 2019. Please note that all speakers are required to be paid members of IYS.

Organising committee: Inès Bigot (Sorbonne nouvelle), Carle Bonafous-Murat (Sorbonne nouvelle), Claire Davison (Sorbonne nouvelle),Pierre Longuenesse (Université d’Artois), Clíona Ní Ríordáin (Sorbonne nouvelle), Alexandra Poulain (Sorbonne nouvelle) and Kerry-Jane Wallart (Paris-Sorbonne).