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Conference Chawton 3-5 November 2011

NEWW International conference:

Voices in Dialogue:
Ideational production and reception of Women's Writing in Europe
Org. Nicole Pohl and Gillian Dow

Conference Programme

Thursday, 3 November 2011
9:00 - 10:00 am



10:00 -10:15 am

The Embroidered Digital Commons is an artwork facilitated by Ele Carpenter as part of the Open Source Embroidery project, utilising social and digital connectivity. We will continue our collaboration from Belgrade here at Chawton.

10:15 -10: 45 am
10:45 – 12.45 am

Session A. Shifting Paradigms

Session B. Going Global

12:45 – 1:45 pm
1:45 – 3.45 pm

Session A. Going Global

Session B. Paratexts and the Self–Fashioning of the female author

3:45 – 4:15 pm
4:15 – 5:30 pm

Shifting Paradigms : Theory and Praxis

5: 30 pm
Tour of Chawton Library and House

Friday, 4th November
9:00 - 9:30 am

  • Suzan van Dijk, Astrid Kulsdom, Begona Regueiro, Tanja Badalic, Anne-Birgitte Ronning, Biljana Dojcinovic:
  • From Milestone I to Milestone II (via Training Schools, Short Time Missions, Thinktank meeting)


  • From a database to a Virtual Research Environment

9:30 – 10:00 am

  • Discussion
    • NB GertJan Filarski: finally had no possibility to come to Chawton. See his Belgrade presentation here.

10:00 -11:15 am

Working Group meetings (agenda sent by WG leader and in Action site)

11:15 -11:30 am
11:30 -12:30 am

Working Group meetings

12:30 -1:30 am
1:30 – 2:30 pm

Reports by Working Groups

2:30 – 4:00 pm

Management Committee meeting (all WG members invited; agenda sent and in Action site)

4:00 pm
Coach to Southampton University

5:00 – 6:00 pm

Public Lecture:

Reception and Dinner
Coach back to Chawton

Saturday, 5th November

9:30 – 11:00 am

Session A. Going Global

Session B. Paratexts and Self-Fashioning of the female author

11:00 – 11:15

  • Ele Carpenter:
  • Embroidered Digital Commons

12:00 – 1:00 am
1:00 - 2:30 pm

Theoretical Approaches to Quantitative/Qualitative Research

2:30- 3:00
3:00 - 4:00 pm


4:00 – 4:30
Concluding Remarks

The 'Voices in Dialogue' conference represents the “Second Milestone” of the Action - the first one having been presented last year in Madrid. This Milestone has been reached, for a large part, thanks to collaborative work carried out, during this second Action year, within two “Training Schools” (The Hague), and two “Short Time Scientific Missions” (Nancy) and a "Thinktank-meeting" in Gothenburg. During the Chawton conference, the respective outcomes of these were presented.

This conference aimed to develop the quantitative and transnational data gathered during previous meetings and conferences and to move our methodology to a qualitative approach of the data and relevant case studies. Our aims are twofold:

  • As any qualitative approach is multi-paradigmatic in focus, one main question arises: how can we approach the history of women's literature, starting from the material in the database across the period under investigation and across the national/ethnic/cultural boundaries that we have identified? What are the different ideas of femininity, women's writing, and the canon, in different European countries in different historical periods?
  • Does the reception/translation of foreign and perhaps more/less radical women's writing have any measurable impact and how do we evaluate it?


  • Nicole Pohl (Oxford Brookes)
  • Gillian Dow (University of Southampton and Chawton House Library)

AsK, September 2012

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