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>From: "McAvoy E." <[log in to unmask]>
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>Subject: CFP: The Merry Widow: Rethinking Widowhood in History, 
>Culture, and Society (UK) (12/31/06; 7/7/07-7/9/07)
>
>
>THE MERRY WIDOW: RETHINKING WIDOWHOOD IN HISTORY, CULTURE AND SOCIETY
>=20
>Papers and full sessions for a strand on medieval widowhood are =
>currently
>being sought for a conference hosted by the Centre for Research into =
>Gender
>in Culture and Society (GENCAS) at the University of Wales, Swansea =
>July
>7th-9th, 2007.
>
>Keynote Speakers:=20
>Veena Talwar Oldenburg, Professor of History, Baruch College, CUNY
>Helen Watanabe-O'Kelly, Professor of German Literature, Exeter College,
>Oxford
>Dr Anneke Mulder-Bakker, Fellow in Medieval History, University of =
>Leiden,
>Netherlands
>Susie Boyt, Novelist
>
>The figure of the widow has long been a cultural stereotype overlooked =
>in
>many feminist investigations into the roles allocated to women within
>society. There are many published studies of mothers, daughters, wives =
>and
>sisters, but the ambivalent figure of the widow has never received =
>sustained
>attention. This conference aims to address this oversight, instating =
>the
>widow as potential site of female empowerment, as well as examining the =
>ways
>in which traditional discourse has denied her a specific identity =
>outside
>the role of memorializing her dead husband. We wish to replace such =
>cultural
>clich=E9s with a multi-faceted approach to the figure of the widow and =
>the
>multiple and often contradictory meanings ascribed to her.
>
>The conference seeks to investigate the position of the widow in =
>culture
>across a range of periods and disciplines. Papers are sought =
>particularly
>from the areas of literature, history, cultural studies, sociology,
>politics, art history, law, medicine, psychology, film and media =
>studies,
>economics and modern and medieval languages.
>
>Aspects of widowhood that papers at this conference might address =
>include:
>
>*	The black widow
>*	The merry widow
>*	The maternal widow
>*	The 'power' widow
>*	The Welsh widow
>*	Widows' weeds
>*	The war widow
>*	The media widow
>*	Widows' rights
>*	The young widow
>*	The domestic(ated) widow
>*	The mourning widow
>*	Widowhood and sexuality
>*	Widowhood and religion
>*	Widowhood and trauma
>*	The widow as writer
>*	The widow and propaganda
>*	The widow and reproductive technologies
>*	The widower
>
>Abstracts of up to 500 words for individual papers or full sessions =
>should
>be sent to:
>Dr Sarah Gamble or Dr Liz Herbert McAvoy at [log in to unmask]
><mailto:[log in to unmask]>  by December 31st 2006.=20

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