Conference: Women in World(-)Literature, University of Warwick, Wednesday 22 – 23 June 2022

The BCLA is proud to sponsor the conference Women in World(-)Literature, University of Warwick, 22 – 23 June 2022, a hybrid conference to be held on Microsoft Teams and in the Oculus Building on Wednesday 22nd – 23rd June 2022.

Register your online or in-person attendance here.

“A single but radically uneven world-system; a singular modernity, combined and uneven; and a literature that variously registers this combined unevenness in both its form and its content to reveal itself as, properly speaking, world-literature…”

Warwick Research Collective (WReC), Combined and Uneven Development (2015)

In 2015 Warwick Research Collective (WReC) published Combined and Uneven Development: A New Theory of World-Literature. The book broke new ground in its invocation of Wallerstein’s world-systems theory alongside the Trotskyist formulation of “combined and uneven development”; and in its thinking through of the cultural and aesthetic implications of a literature of the capitalist world-system. This, they dubbed “world-literature”.

Our question is this: in “a singular modernity, combined and uneven”, what is specific about women’s experiences; and how are these specificities registered in world(-)literature?

This ‘Women in World(-)Literature’ conference held at the University of Warwick, the home of the WReC, is inspired by and in conversation with their work alongside continuing and emergent research in the field of world literary studies. We invite you to join us in thinking about the gendered dynamics of power in the patriarchal capitalist world-system.

If world(-)literature is a way of thinking about a singular but unequal modernity – a system of cores and peripheries on multiple scales, from the family to the geopolitical stage – then what are the gendered consequences of this, for art and/or analysis? How are women situated in and accounted for within such a system? How do women’s material conditions and experiences – increasingly global in scope – shape their literary and cultural production on the levels of form, narrative, and genre? And what are the (re)generative possibilities of such study for us as we look towards the future?

The conference organisers, BCLA member Fiona Farnsworth and  Roxanne Douglas  welcome participants from all over the world , to make space for critical conversations across the world; therefore this will be a hybrid event taking place across online and in-person platforms.

They also aim to invite participants to contribute to a journal special issue or edited volume based on conference proceedings.

This conference is made possible by the generous support of the Connecting Cultures GRP (Transnational and Global Humanities); the Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS); the Centre for the Study of Women and Gender (CSWG); and the British Comparative Literature Association (BCLA).

Please note that this is a trans-inclusive event.

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