CFP: Speaking Her Truth, Power in the Telling, SSAWW 2018 (Deadline: 2.12.2018)

Speaking Her Truth, Power in the Telling: Contemporary Narratives of Women Writing for Healing, Wholeness,
and Re-formation of Sociopolitical Understandings of Sexual Violence

(SSAWW. Nov. 7-11, 2018, Denver, CO)
Nicol Epple/Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Deadline for submissions: February 12th

2017 was a year of feminist action: the year began with the national
Women’s March in DC, and the year closed with media reporting mass
cover-ups of sexual exploitation and abuse in Hollywood and with the
reporting of women finding power in uniting their voices. The #metoo
movement was birthed and has become a rallying cry for continued
awareness of misogynistic practices, collaboration to resist gendered
violence, and recover women’s innate worth. Oprah Winfrey summed up
these actions in her 2018 Golden Globes speech stating, “Speaking your
truth is the most powerful tool we all have. And I’m especially proud
and inspired by all the women who have felt strong enough and
empowered enough to speak up and share their personal stories.”

This panel seeks to contribute to this ongoing national conversation
through considering texts recovering women’s voices overcoming sexual
trauma. Of particular interest are papers discussing: memoir as a
genre of healing and resistance; the role of writing in emotional
recovery from sexual trauma; writing social justice, resistance, and
protest; the influence of storytelling as an impetus for social
change. Papers discussing the intersection of feminist theory and
praxis will add substantially to this panel’s topic of women
collaborating voices in resistance to abuse, resisting normalization
of sexual misconduct, and advocating for a reframing of gendered
stereotypes.

Please send your abstract of 250-300 words, biographical information 
(no longer than 60 words), and any A/V requirements to Nicol Epple, 
n.m.epple@iup.edu, by February 12th. Notifications will be delivered
on February 12th in time for individual proposals to be sent to SSAWW
directly if desired.

Society for the Study of American Women Writers (SSAWW) 2018 Triennial
Conference in Denver, Colorado, November 7-11, 2018, “Resistance and
Recovery across the Americas”

Categories: African-American, American, Memoir, Gender Studies and
Sexuality, contemporary literature; Cultural Studies; Feminism; Trauma
theory

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