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International Workshop Istanbul 27-29 September 2012

Call for proposals


Since last year Turkish colleagues Senem Timuroglu have joined our COST-WWIH Action. They represent a research project entitled "Turkish Women Writers", and were for that reason eager to join "Women Writers In History". During the Bucharest Workshop Senem Timuroglu was present. She then announced the final symposium of the "Turkish Women Writers" project, planned for end of September 2012, in which it would be interesting to make explicitly the connection with COST-WWIH. Colleagues present were all in favour. Hence here the announcement and call for papers:

Transnational Perspectives on 19th and 20th century Women’s Writing
International Workshop (27-28-29 September 2012) Istanbul-Turkey

This international workshop takes place within the scope of the project “Women’s Writers in Turkey” supported by TÜB?TAK (The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (109K517). Our Project also takes part in the collaborative research in the framework of the COST Action entitled “Women Writers In History – Toward a New Understanding of European Literary Culture” (IS0901). In our project in which we seek to explore the history of women’s literature in Turkey in an interval spanning from 16th-century Ottoman Empire to 21st-century contemporary Turkey, we aim to establish a trilingual (Turkish, English and French) electronic database that will make biographical and bibliographical information about women writers in Turkey visible and increase both the research potential on their work and also the number of citations that previous critical research gets.

The 19th and 20th centuries witnessed an acceleration in the interaction of international women’s movement and women’s writing. This transnational movement which spread out across-borders, opened a door to the disintegration of colonial and orientalist discourse, which contained homogenous and monolithic fictions with strong influence on gender order, and also on solid constructions such as nation, ethnicity, and class.

This international workshop titled “Transnational Perspectives on 19th and 20th century Women’s Writing” aims to enliven the dialogue between texts published by women writers of different origins. A comparative look at women’s writing will be animated with help from the theory of transnationalism which favors historical and experience-based relations over nationalist, ethnic, and cultural divisions.

Some thematic titles include:

  • Body
  • Voyage/Migration/Exile
  • Cultural hybridity
  • Master narratives
  • East and West
  • The “other”
  • Education
  • Harem
  • Resistance
  • Common differences
  • Intertextuality
  • Solidarity
  • Freedom
  • Production and circulation of texts (translation, translator, publisher)

Sessions will be conducted in English. Please send your abstract as MS Word attachment (max. 250 words) with a short bio to Senem Timuroglu, no later than 15 June 2012 (extended).

SvD, June 2012

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