The Fifth Biennial International Conference of the Contemporary Women’s Writing Association
CONTEMPORARY WOMEN’S WRITING AND ENVIRONMENTS
Hosted by RMIT, Monash and Deakin Universities, Melbourne, Australia
3-5 July 2014
Thanks to our keynotes, presenters, conference delegates and support staff for making the conference a success!
If you missed the conference, you can view the tweets from the event here. Thanks to Sally Clair for making this document of the event.
The 5th biennial CWWA conference, ‘Contemporary Women’s Writing and Environments,’ which will be held at the State Library of Victoria 3-5 July 2014, recognises and investigates the importance of environments to women’s writing, and the contribution women’s writing makes to current thinking about environments. Taking an expansive view of ‘environment,’ the conference will unite practitioners and scholars in discussion of the ways in which contemporary women’s writing engages with places, spaces, homes, cities, nature, workplaces, communities, publics, literary spheres and virtual worlds.
The Contemporary Women’s Writing Association was established ‘to act as a forum which promotes and enhances research and the exchange of ideas and information for all who are interested in this dynamic and diverse area of cultural activity.’ Two of the major activities of the Association include the publication of the Oxford Journal Contemporary Women’s Writing, and a biennial International conference. The conference is intended to bring together women writers and scholars in the area of contemporary (1970s onwards) women’s writing to discuss and share ideas, and to promote women’s writing in general.
The conference includes an exciting public program: keynote talks and readings are open to the public. You can purchase a ticket for any keynote talk by clicking on the registration link above. See the times and outlines of their presentations here.
Lyn Hejinian: A founding figure of the Language writing movement in the 1970s, Lyn is one of America’s foremost experimental poets. Her books of poetry include My Life, Writing Is an Aid to Memory, Happily, The Fatalist andThe Book of a Thousand Eyes. She has also published a collection of essays, The Language of Inquiry. She teaches at the University of California, Berkeley.
Chris Kraus: cutting-edge LA-based writer of fiction and art criticism, Chris’ books include I Love Dick, Aliens & Anorexia, Torpor, Summer of Hate and Where Art Belongs. She was awarded the Frank Jewett Mather Award for Art Criticism from the College Art Association in 2008. She also founded the Native Agents series for Semiotext(e).
Kate Rigby: Australia’s first Professor of Environmental Humanities (Monash University), founding member of the Australian Ecological Humanities network and founding president of the Australia-New Zealand Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment. Kate is a leading Australian theorist of ecopoetics, and is co-editor of Ecocritical Theory: New European Approaches (U of Virginia P 2011).
Deborah Bird Rose: Environmental Humanities Program (University of New South Wales), is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia, and a founding co-editor of Environmental Humanities. She has worked with Australian Aboriginal people in their claims to land and other decolonising contexts; her current research focuses on multispecies communities in this time of extinctions. Her books include Wild Dog Dreaming: Love and Extinction (2011, University of Virginia Press), the re-released second edition of Country of the Heart: An Indigenous Australian Homeland (2011), the third edition of the prize-winning ethnography Dingo Makes Us Human (2009), Reports from a Wild Country: Ethics for Decolonisation (2004) and Nourishing Terrains: Australian Aboriginal views of Landscape and Wilderness (1996). She the author of the popular blog ‘Life at the Edge of Extinction’(www.deborahbirdrose.com).
Alexis Wright is a member of the Waanyi Nation of the southern highlands of the Gulf of Carpentaria. Her writings include the novels Plains of Promise (UQP), Carpentaria (Giramondo), The Swan Book (Giramondo), and the non-fiction book Grog War (Magabala). Alexis was also the compiler and editor of Take Power (Jukurrpa Books). Her writings have been translated and published in many countries. She is a Distinguished Research Fellow in the Writing and Society Research Group, University of Western Sydney.
Alison Ravenscroft is Associate Professor of English at La Trobe University, Melbourne. Her recent book The Postcolonial Eye (Ashgate 2012) begins from the premise that contemporary Indigenous textuality cannot be wholly known within western modes of thought, and that some of their vital political and aesthetic work lies in their powers to unsettle non-Indigenous readers’ assurance in their own powers to see and to know. She is currently working with a team of Indigenous researchers and designers on a new digital knowledges site, the Centre for Indigenous Story, supported by La Trobe University, which will be launched in late 2014.
The 5th biennial CWWA conference, ‘Contemporary Women’s Writing and Environments’ recognises and investigates the importance of environments to women’s writing, and the contribution women’s writing makes to current thinking about environments. Taking an expansive view of ‘environment’, the conference will unite practitioners and scholars in discussion of the ways in which contemporary women’s writing engages with places, spaces, homes, cities, nature, workplaces, communities, publics, literary spheres and virtual worlds.
Please note that all presenters are required to be members of the Contemporary Women’s Writing Association.
Dr. Jessica Wilkinson
School of Media and Communication
Dr Jessica Wilkinson (RMIT University)
Dr Anna Poletti (Monash)
Dr Melinda Harvey (Monash)
Dr Ann Vickery (Deakin University, Melbourne)
Dr Cassandra Atherton (Deakin University, Melbourne)