Women in Transition

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This international, multilingual conference will bring together scholars, students and writers as well as sociologists, psychotherapists and clinicians working around the world. By choosing a thematic focus on ‘transition’ in women’s lives, we will be presenting research on women who have described how they have crossed biological, geopolitical, political borders as well as emotional, sexual, cultural and linguistic boundaries. The international approach, with speakers representing different cultures, and invited authors and artists, will help to emphasise the links and connections that bind women together, rather than those which separate them.
We consider the ways in which the changes and transitions women undergo influence the world we live in. We will especially be looking at the idea of crossing borders and how this influences identity and belonging, and the theme of crossing boundaries in the context of motherhood and grand-motherhood as well as gender and sexual orientation.

The topic is timely given the waves of migration all around the world in recent times, and the uncertainty about what Brexit legislation will mean, especially for transnational women and their families. Issues around gender equality and women’s empowerment are central in our times. Gender and sexuality are also concepts that are changing, with gender and sexual fluidity being part of understanding women identities.

The presence of established writers, filmmakers and artists from different countries, as well as academics and practitioners, will enable discussion of the practice of re-presenting one’s own life, and the transitions one has gone through, as well as the theory. The conference will present research on contemporary European women’s writing as well as women’s lives from around the world and will enable networking between colleagues from different disciplines and institutions and at different stages of their careers.

Organizers: Maria-José Blanco (SPLAS, KCL; CCWW), Claire Williams (Portuguese, University of Oxford; CCWW)

Guest Speakers: Marta Sanz (Spanish novelist and journalist); Djaimilia de Almeida Pereira (Portuguese novelist and blogger); Mònica Rovira (Catalan filmmaker); Adalgisa Giorgio (Italian Studies – University of Bath); and the launch of Take 6 (Six Portuguese Writers) Introduced by Hilary Owen, with Margaret Jull Costa (editor), and the writers Hélia Correia, Teolinda Gersão and Lídia Jorge

Registration Fees:

Full 3 Days Conference

Full fee: £175

Concession (available for students, senior citizens and the unwaged): £125

1 Day

Full fee: £80

Concession (available for students, senior citizens and the unwaged): £60

Please register here.


Conference Dinner at The Handle Bar: £30

Accommodation at St Peter’s College:

Room in suite student accommodation £50

Room in basic student accommodation with shared facilities £45

For more information, please follow the link.

This event is being planned in association with the Centre for the Study of Contemporary Women’s Writing (CCWW) at the Institute of Modern Languages Research (IMLR). With the support of the TORCH (University of Oxford); Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies (King’s College London); Instituto Cervantes Londres, and the Camões Centre (King’s College London).


Humanities & Identities

Women in the Humanities

Contact name: Claire Williams

Contact email: claire.williams@mod-langs.ox.ac.uk

Audience: Open to all