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Schedule for Women in World(-)Literature conference. Plain text version below.

Schedule for Women in World(-)Literature conference Day 2. Plain text version below.


Women in World(-)Literature Day 1


The University of Warwick, 22nd – 23rd June 2022. Online and in person. Please note all timings are BST. Twitter: @womeninworldlit.


Day 1

08:00 – 08:30 Registration and Coffee


08:30 – 08:45 Welcome and Opening Remarks


08:45 – 10:20 Panel 1a: Work Cultures

Chloe Green, University of Melbourne: Temp Work as Picaresque: Affective Labour and Burnout in There’s No Such Thing as an Easy Job

Jaseel P., Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee: “Forcibly Normalized Environments”: Precarious Japanese Female Worker in Sayaka Murata’s Convenience Store Woman

Marni Appleton, University of East Anglia: Girl Bosses?: Confidence Culture, Capitalism and Affective Regulation in Contemporary Women’s Writing

Zeina Shaaban, Lebanese American University: Uneven Development Within the Workplace: Unpacking Gendered Invisible Disability in Profit-driven Offices


Panel 1b: Thinking Through Nation and State

Durba Mandal, Jawaharlal Nehru University : No Third-World Mother: Maternity and Necropolitics in Mahasweta Devi’s Hajar Churashir Maa and Megha Majumdar’s A Burning

Jingyi Wan, Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis: Fleeing from Aestheticization: Women and East Asian Modernity in Han Kang’s The Vegetarian

Ali M. Alshhre, King Khalid University: World Literature Entrance to Saudi Arabia: Turning Saudi Arabian National Literature into a Hybrid Literature

Amal Al Shamsi, University of Edinburgh: Not Just A Woman Caught in the Cross-Fires of History: Womanhood, Otherness, and the Search for Belonging in Leila Slimani's The Country of Others


10:20 – 10:40 Coffee Break


10:40 – 12:15 Panel 2a: Climate and Ecology

Khadijatul Kaminy, East West University: “She would not need to apologize for how she had spent her time on this earth:” Women and Work in Amitav Ghosh’s Fiction

Sagar Das, Presidency University: The Aging Body of Nandini: Gender, Slow Violence and World-ecology in Rabindranath Tagore’s Red Oleanders (1926) and Rubaiyat Hossain’s Under Construction (2015)

Nour Dakkak, Arab Open University: Gender and Race in Women’s ‘Nature’ Writing

Irene Bordignon, University of Milan: Ecofeminism as a Key in the Analysis of Flora and Fauna in Contemporary YA Fantasy


Panel 2b: Voice and Silence

Virinder Kalra, University of Warwick: Migrant South Asian Women’s Vernacular Writing in Britain

Rochelle Sibley, University of Warwick: Yiddish Women Writing on the Periphery: Silence, absence, and assimilation in Esther Kreitman’s London stories

Emily Sedlacek, Independent Scholar/North Carolina State University: Translating Rape and Silence in Les Mauvaises Herbes by Keum Suk Gendry-Kim

Tzen Sam, University of Oxford: Recovering the Female voice: Ibsen’s Early English Translators


12:15 – 13:15 Lunch


13:15 – 14:30 Panel 3a: Pen, Patriarchy, and Power

Khedidja Chergui, L’Ecole Normale Supérieure de Bouzaréah: Doing it Otherwise: The “Poetess of Qazvin” in Bahiyyih Nakhjavani's The Woman Who Read Too Much

Nishtha Pandey, Indian Institute of Technology Madras: Women Translating Strangeness in World Literature: The Flâneuse in Valeria Luiselli’s Sidewalks and Yoko Tawada’s Where Europe Begins

Enza De Francisci, University of Glasgow: Aleramo’s Una Donna via Ibsen’s A Doll’s House


Panel 3b: Olive Schreiner in the World

Emma Barnes, University of Salford: Olive Schreiner and the New Women of Aotearoa New Zealand: Developing the Southern Archive

Jade Munslow Ong, University of Salford: A Naturalist, A Symbolist and a South African Allegorist: Bloomsbury Modernisms at the fin de siècle

Sanja Nivesjö, University of Salford: The Circulation in Sweden of Olive Schreiner’s Feminist Writings


14:30 – 15:45 Panel 4a: Translation

Letitica Piger de Silva, Universidade Federal do Paraná: Puñado magazine: Translation and Dialogue Among Latin American Women in Brazil

Luana de Souza, Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina: The Translator, Translated: Body and Individual Printed on a Translation

Argelia Peña Aguilar, University of Ottawa: The Translation Experience of Feminist Literary Translators in Mexico


Panel 4b: World-Literature and Food

Debadrita Saha, Presidency University: The "desirable American woman" or desirable American meat? Reading the capitalist exploitation of environment and women in Ruth L. Ozeki's My Year Of Meats

Hannah Gillman, University of Warwick: Reading Hunger in Hour of the Star: the Metabolic Rift

Iris Gioti, University of Exeter: Food and Generational Relationships in Greek and Armenian Cypriot Literature


15:45 – 16:00 Coffee Break


16:00 – 17:15 Panel 5a: Women’s Literature, Peripheries and Uneven Identities: Representations of Gender and Race Relations in the Portuguese and Brazilian World

Ana Raquel Fernandes, University of Lisbon/ European University: Uneven Identities in Hélia Correia, Graça Morais and Paula Rego

Margarida Rendeiro, Lusíada University of Lisbon: A Roma Woman as an Uneven Identity in Olga Mariano’s Pedaços de Mim (2021)

Federica Lupati, University of Lisbon

The Brazilian Indigenous as an Uneven Identity: Reading an Indigenous Woman’s Voice in Márcia Wayna Kambeba’s Poems


Panel 5b: Petrofiction

Bushra Mahzabeen, University of Warwick Petro-sexual Exploitation of Migrant Women’s Labour in The Bamboo Stalk

Shadya Radhi, King's College London: Speculative Fiction and the Climate Apocalypse in Sophia Al-Maria’s “The Silent Verse”

Lenka Filipova, Freie Universität Berlin: Gendered Intersections of Oil and Multiple ‘Modernities’ in Imbolo Mbue’s How Beautiful We Were


17:15 – 18:30 Plenary Roundtable – Social Reproduction Theory, Women, and World-Culture

 Sharae Deckard (University College Dublin), Kate Houlden (Brunel University London), Amy Rushton (Nottingham Trent University), Daniella Sanchez Russo (University Pennsylvania), Alden Sajor Marte-Wood (Rice University), Myka Tucker-Abramson (University of Warwick/Freie Universität), Rashmi Varma (University of Warwick).


18:30 – 18:35 Closing Remarks


18:35 – 19:15 Wine Reception


Day 2

08:15 – 08:45 Registration and Coffee


08:45 – 08:50 Welcome and Day 2 notices


08:50 – 10:25 Panel 6a: Space, Place, and Labour (1)

Taniya Neogi, Mugberia Gangadhar Mahavidyalaya: A Woman’s Place: Negotiating Gender, Geography and Class in Thrity Umrigar’s The Space Between Us and Meher Pestonji’s “Class”

Sara Pallante, University of Salerno, and Margherita Nocerino, University of Cassino and Southern Latium: Periphery and Dependency in Katherine Mansfield: The Cases of “The Daughters of the Late Colonel” and “The Garden Party”

Priyadarshini Mishra, Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee: Revolting Labor: The Quest for Emancipation of Surrogates as Mother-Workers in Amulya Malladi’s A House for Happy Mothers

Clémence Scalbert Yücel, University of Exeter; Farangis Ghaderi, University of Exeter; Yaser Hassan Ali, Nawroz University: Gaining voice, creating a safe space: women writers in the Bahdinani Kurdish literary field


Panel 6b: Folklore and Myth

Audrey Chan, City University of Hong Kong and Hong Kong Metropolitan University: The Unrepresentable Female Body: Persian Miniatures and Myths in Persepolis

Rajni Jaimini, Lingayas Vidyapeeth: Woman in Folk Theatre: An Analytical Study of Select Saangs of Lakhmi Chand

Aishani Pande, Presidency University: Shakchunni to Bulbbul and beyond: Feminism, Folklore and Gender Violence in South Asia


10:25 – 10:45 Coffee Break


10:45 – 12:00 Panel 7a: Memoir and Autofiction

Martha Swift, University of Oxford: Autofiction as World(-)Literature: on writing women and cosmopolitical genre in Ruth Ozeki’s autofictions

Umar Shehzad, University of Edinburgh: Disjunctive Simultaneity: Poetics of Time and Space across the Striated Margins


Panel 7b: Travel

Andreea Moise, University of Bucharest: Gendered Heterotopias: Queering Uprootedness in Olga Tokarczuk’s Flights

Francesca Placidi, University of Salamanca: The “Whereabouts” of Translingual Women Writers in “The Other Language”: Jhumpa Lahiri and Francesca Marciano

Sheelalipi Sahana, University of Edinburgh: Train Travel as a Site for Unravelling Hegemonic Modernity: Indian Muslim Women’s Writing


12:00 – 13:15 Lunch


13:15 – 14:50 Panel 8a: Community and Collective Action

Shreyashi Mandal, Jadavpur University: Feminism and the Politics of Difference

Reeswav Chatterjee, Calcutta University: Women who cook, solve crimes too: Illusion of Feminist Subjectivity in Bengali Detective Stories

Puja Sen Majumdar, King's College London: Mahasweta Devi's Women in World Literature: the Subject and the Collective

Maddie Sinclair, University of Warwick: Short Fiction Poetics and the International Women's Strike


Panel 8b: Genres of World Literature

Agnibha Banerjee, Adamas University: “Jostling into a Jigsaw Puzzle”: Decolonial Ontologies of Posthuman Feminism in Priya Sarukkai Chabria's Clone

Patrycja Podgajna, Maria Curie-Skłodowska University: Women of/in the future: the posthuman body and gender dynamics in Ros Anderson’s The Hierarchies (2020)

Ayse Circir, Erzurum Technical University: Sevim Burak’s Feminist Writing as Globalgothic: Abject Prospects in Yanık Saraylar [Burnt Palaces]

Noelle Darling, Rutgers University: Gender, Genre, and Amplifications of World(-Literary) Inequality in Nalo Hopkinson’s Midnight Robber


14:50 – 16:05 Panel 9a: Practices of Reading

Aakanksha Singh, University of York: Queerness and Women in World Literature

Charlotte Spear, University of Warwick: Defining a Space for Women’s Rights: World-Literature and the Aesthetics of Combined Unevenness

Liani Lochner, Université Laval: Reading Zoë Wicomb’s Women


Panel 9b: World-lit and Form

Yeşim Kaya, Bilkent University: Adding a New Fractal to Graphic Novel Genre: An Analysis of Turkish Graphic Novels

Emily Foister, New York University: Margaret Tait: Master, Makar

Vida Owusu-Boateng, Governors State University: A Question of a Woman’s Place: Medea in South Africa and Cuba


16:05 – 16:20 Coffee Break


16:20 – 17:35 Panel 10a: Reproductive Labour

Hannah Pardey, Leibniz University: World-Literature 2.0: The Gendered Dynamics of Emotional Labour in the Digital Literary Sphere

Athira Unni, Leeds Beckett University: Dystopian Hyperbole and Reproductive Labour in Margaret Atwood and Mahasweta Devi

David Buchanan, University of Pennsylvania: Midwifing Racial Capitalism, or Domestic Reproductive Labor in Small Island


Panel 10b: Space, Place, and Labour (2)

Chandrica Barua, University of Michigan: Love, Labor and Capital: The Filipina Body and its Diasporic Contingencies

Ijeoma Daberechi Odoh, Princeton University”: “The “Half-Room” as a Site of Enunciation and Productivity in Buchi Emecheta’s Second Class Citizen

Sumati Dwivedi, Columbia University: No-Woman’s Lands, Present and Future: The Woman’s ‘Place’ in Genres of Conflict and Collapse


17:55 – 18:10 Closing Remarks