CFP: Islanded (for Bordeaux SSAWW Conference)

CFP: Islanded

Seeking papers for the following panel to be proposed for the SSAWW conference in July 2017 in Bordeaux

Deadline: June 25, 2016

In recent years, a number of recovered texts have brought female characters and authors into conversations about transatlantic and transpacific movements in general, and about islands in particular.  From the anonymously authored The Female American (1767) and The Woman of Colour (1808) to Leonora Sansay’s Secret History (1808), such texts have instigated conversations about gender, race, and ethnicity in relation to maritime and island settings.  This panel seeks to re-theorize island spaces, whether Atlantic, Pacific, Caribbean, or other spaces, and island narratives, through a focus on female travelers or writers across periods.  From “female Crusoes” to Sarah Orne Jewett’s “remote and islanded” characters, how might reading islands as specific sites of border crossings and contacts shift our understanding of island and archipelagic settings and narratives in a way that also reconfigures recent attention to the oceanic?

Please send the following by Saturday, June 25 to

  • Name and affiliation (if any)
  • Title of paper
  • Abstract (250 words)
  • Brief biography (60 word limit)