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Conference Poznan November 2012

Transcultural, Transnational, Trans-disciplinary
Perspectives on Women’s Literary History

International conference presenting the 3rd COST-WWIH Milestone
to be held 26-28.11.2012
at Adam Mickiewicz University, Pozna? (Poland)

Provisional programme

[speakers are kindly asked to send updated version of their abstract]

26.11.2012, Monday: “Polish Day”

Welcoming and Opening speech

Keynote speech:

  • Ewa Kraskowska (AMU, Poznan) and Brygida Helbig-Mischewski (Berlin):
    • One day in Pozna?, or how Maria Komornicka became Piotr "the Changeling" W?ast


  • Lucyna Marzec (AMU, Poznan) and Adriana Kovacheva (AMU, Poznan):
    • Presentation of online project “A Dictionary of Greater Poland Women Writers”

Coffee break

Session 1: Polish Women Writers and their International Connections

  • Corinne Fournier-Kiss (University of Fribourg, Switzerland):
    • The Polish dimension of the Czech feminist journal Ženské Listy

  • Ma?gorzata Dajnowicz (University of Bia?ystok, Poland):
    • A supranational glance at women’s equality in the writings of Eliza Orzeszkowa

  • Ursula Phillips (UCL, London, Great Britain):
    • Narcyza ?michowska in Translation: Transgressing Gender in a Transnational Literary Context



  • Adriana Kovacheva and Lucyna Marzec (AMU, Poznan):
    • Poznan as a Transnational Women Writers’ Space. Visiting places connected with the life of Greater Poland Women Writers. Guided walk through Poznan

Working Group meetings

Dinner in the Hotel

27.11.2012, Tuesday: Milestone 3 Day

Session 2: COST-WWIH activities over the last year, in view of collaborative research

  • Biljana Doj?inovi? and Gertjan Filarski:
    • COBWWWEB: proposal submitted for CLARIN-NL

  • Viola ?apkova, Katja Mihurko Poniž and Päivi Lappalainen :

Coffee break

Session 3: Visualizing

  • Suzan van Dijk:
    • Short presentation

  • Aleš Vaupoti? (University of Nova Gorica, Slovenia) and Narvika Bovcon (University of Ljubljana, Slovenia) :
    • Experimental Visualization as a Research Tool

  • Adam Dudczak (Poznan Supercomputing and Networking Center PSNC Digital Librarian Team, Poznan, Poland)
    • [to be specified]

  • Bas Doppen (Huygens ING) and Astrid Kulsdom (Radboud University Nijmegen and Huygens ING, The Netherlands):
    • Visualizing connections between women writers in influential Dutch critic Conrad Busken Huet’s Literarische Fantasieën en Kritieken (1881-1888)


Session 4: Transnational Perspectives of Women Writers (and how to visualise them)

  • Marianna D’Ezio (University of Rome “La Sapienzia”, Italy):
    • Isabella Teotochi Albrizzi’s Venetian Salon: A Transcultural and Transnational Example of Sociability and Cosmopolitanism in Early Nineteenth-Century Europe

  • Jelena Baki? (University of Belgrade, Serbia):
    • Trans-perspective: life and work of Ida Verona (1865, Braila, Romania, - 1925, Pr?anj, Kotor, Montenegro) and Ana Maria Marovi? (1815, Venice, Italy – 1887 Venice, Italy)

  • Tanja Badali? (University of Nova Gorica, Slovenia):
    • The Slovenian author Pavlina Pajk and her transcultural activity

Coffee break

Session 5: International Travelling of Women Authors (and how to visualise it)

  • Magdalena O?arska (Jan Kochanowski University, Kielce, Poland):
    • ?ucja Rautenstrauchowa’s Travelogue Encyclopaedia with a Novelistic Twist

  • Isabel Lousada (Nova University, Lisbon, Portugal):
    • Taking the reins of her life into her own hands: Lady Hester Stanhope (1776-1839) viewed through Portuguese eyes

COST-WWIH Management Committee Meeting

[agenda to follow]

28.11.2012, Wednesday: “European Day”

Session 6: Transgressing Genres

  • Biljana Doj?inovi? and Ivana Panteli? (University of Belgrade, Serbia):
    • Transgressing History and Fiction: History and Genres in Jelena Dimitrijevi?'s Letters from Salonica and Novel Nove

  • Jana Stráníková (University of Pardubice, Czech Republic):
    • Literary and Non-literary Writing of Women in the first half of the 19th century

  • Ma Li (Nesna University College, Norway):
    • Mathematics or literature: Sophie Kowalevski's choice

Coffee break

Session 7: Marrying a Foreigner

  • Michaela Mudure (Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj, Romania):
    • Emily Gerard: Transnational Perspectives and Connections

  • Ramona Mih?il? (Spiru Haret University, Bucharest, Romania):
    • Trans-national Approaches to (Un)Canonical 19th-Century Women’s Writing


Session 8: Transgressing gender norms

  • Jasmina Ahmetagi? (Institute for Serbian Culture, Priština, Serbia/Kosovo):
    • Transgression of personal experience: the myth of romantic love in L. Mijuskovic' prose

  • Tovi Bibring (Bar Ilan University, Israel):
    • Transgression of gender norms by women authors: Marie de France, Sisterhood and the inversion of gendered topoï

  • Zofia Taraj?o-Lipovska (University of Wroc?aw, Poland):
    • Transcultural and transnational work of Honorata z Wi?niowskich Zapová and her other activities of transgressive character

Session 9: Writing Women’s International Literary History

  • Mojca Šauperl (Institut Studiorum Humanitatis, Ljubljana, Slovenia):
    • Literary Archaeology: Disclosing Fanny Mongellaz's Canon of Women Writers

  • Nancy Isenberg (University of Rome Three, Italy):
    • Women’s Literary History: the trouble with being a transnational-transcultural author

Closing the conference

This conference will constitute the 3rd Milestone of the international COST Action IS 0901 “Women Writers In History: Toward a New Understanding of European Literary Culture”. It is being organized by the Institute of Slavic Studies and the Interdisciplinary Center for Gender and Identity Studies at Adam Mickiewicz University in Pozna?.

The “TRANS” categories are essential ones within the COST Action “Women Writers In History”. They provide in particular a critique of binary oppositions, and take into account the mobility, migration, cross-referencing, nomadism, which characterize women’s writing – more than that of men. Adopting this “TRANS” perspective may be a step towards a new historiography of women’s authorship, allowing approaches other than the chronological, and helping us to understand the complexity of women’s contribution to literature – a complexity resulting from the overlapping of, and contradictions between norms and images regarding women’s behaviour and actual women’s own desires and activities.

This perspective will be adopted in this conference. In order to have the full benefit of the different “TRANS” categories for discussion of the real impact of European female authors, the organizers have invited the speakers to apply these categories to their data, and to test them against their own research questions.

Data and analytical commentary on “TRANS” dimensions lend themselves particularly well to visualization, which is the COST-WWIH Action’s current focus. For this reason contributors have been invited to include reflections on “maps, graphs, trees”, as ways of enhancing understanding.


Contact: magdalena.jolanta.koch[at]

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