cfp: Interdisciplinary Conference on Kate Millett


Flying: An Interdisciplinary Conference on Kate Millett

30 May 2014, School of Arts, Birkbeck University of London. Supported by the Feminist Review Trust.

Keynote: Victoria Hesford (SUNY Stony Brook University), author of Feeling Women’s Liberation (Duke UP, 2013)

Papers are invited for an interdisciplinary conference dedicated to the work of Kate Millett. Millett became an iconic figure of second wave feminism after the publication of Sexual Politics in 1970. As one of the first pieces of academic feminism to come out of the American academy, Sexual Politics was a handbook of the Women’s Liberation Movement. Moreover, after appearing on the cover of Time Magazine in the same year as Sexual Politics was published, Millett became one of the Movement’s most recognizable faces. However, arguably, Millett has since largely disappeared from both the public eye and contemporary feminism, despite the fact that she has continued to publish (Flying [1974], The Prostitution Papers [1975], The Loony-Bin Trip [1990], Sita [2000], and Mother Millet[2001]), make films (Three Lives [1971], Not a Love Story [1981], The Real Yoko Ono [2001]), and sculpt.

In aiming to reflect on/account for/address/redress some of this silence, this conference is compelled on the one hand, by recent calls in feminism to re-engage with the second wave (see Hemmings’ Why Stories Matter, Duke, 2011) and to re-visit foundational feminist texts (see Merck and Sanford’s Further Adventures of the Dialectic of Sex, Palgrave, 2010). Moreover, it is also influenced by Victoria Hesford’s recent Feeling Women’s Liberation (Duke, 2013), which places Millett as a central figure in the production and remembrance of the Women’s Liberation Movement. Hesford’s publication signals that now is perhaps a timely moment to create a larger dialogue about Millett; to ask questions about Millett’s role in feminist history; and to discuss how her work is situated in and amongst contemporary feminist concerns. The conference thus aims to: consider new frameworks for approaching Millett’s past or ongoing work; interrogate the politics and possibilities of the second wave; explore the politics of memory, forgetting, and citation in feminism; critically reflect on the potential difficulties of some of Millett’s past work travelling into the present; and to consider whether and how (despite her ongoing feminist work) Millett might be produced as ‘untimely’ in the feminist present. Topics might include, but are not limited to:

Affect and the second wave
Feminism and autobiographical writing
Feminism and forgetting
Feminist film-making
Generational politics or the politics of mother/daughter relationships
Lesbian politics and the Women’s Liberation Movement
Narrating mental illness
Non-monogamy as feminist politics
Race and feminism
Sexuality and the second wave
Sexual Politics and feminist literary criticism
The media and the second wave
The Women’s Liberation Movement

The conference invites proposals for individual papers, panels, or artistic responses from any discipline and theoretical perspective. Submissions are welcome from students, activists, artists, academics, and unaffiliated researchers. Please send a title and 300 word abstract for a 20 minute paper along with your name, affiliation (if applicable), and 100 word bibliography to by 14 March 2014.

The conference is organized by Dr Sam McBean (Birkbeck, University of London) and is being supported by the Feminist Review Trust.

Select papers will be sought for publication as part of an edited collection. For further information please email Sam at

Conference website:

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cfp: Black British Women’s Writing: Tracing the Tradition and New Directions

SECOND CALL FOR PAPERS: Black British Women’s Writing: Tracing the Tradition and New Directions
9 July 2014, University of Brighton, UK

***Deadline for Abstracts: 1 February 2014***

Keynote Speaker: Bernardine Evaristo
Evening Readings by: Dorothea Smartt, Jay Bernard, Katy Massey and Sheree Mack

Following the first international expert meeting on Black British Women’s Writing (Brussels, 2013), this inaugural conference of the Black British Women’s Writing Network (BBWWN) will offer scholars, postgraduate students and writers the chance to come together to debate some of the continuing preoccupations and new directions in this diverse and burgeoning field of study. Abstracts of 250 words are invited for 20-minute papers as well as 60-minute panel proposals that engage with, but are not limited to, the following topics:

· Theorizing Black British Women’s writing: The state of the field and usefulness of the terms. Debates in the existing anthologies/edited volumes/special issues and new critical approaches to both established and critically neglected writers.

· Teaching Black British Women’s writing in the UK/US/the Caribbean/Europe and beyond.

· ‘I am a Black woman…and I don’t bite’: Contemporary (self-) representations of Black British women.

· Aesthetics and/vs. Politics: The politics of form and performance. Generic and thematic concerns.

· Intersections: Racism, sexism and other forms of positioning.

· The State of Feminism and Black (British) women’s stakes in this.

· Conversations with Caribbean/African/African-American/European/other writing.

· Questions of Identity: National vs. diasporic identifications. Regional Identities. ‘Mixed-race’ identities. Gender and sexuality.

· Memory and the Body: Sites of excavation/exploration.

· Beyond Narratives of Unbelonging?: New imaginaries. ‘Post-racial’ narratives.

Please send abstracts as email attachments to Dr Vedrana Velickovic  and Dr Sheree Mack by 1 February 2014.

Conference website:

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Hot Topic: Feminist Memory Project

From  on Vimeo:

“Hot Topic is an ongoing art project that investigates the role of artist-as-memory-keeper through the creation of an alternate cannon of feminist portraits. Begun in 2006, the series now comprises 80 paintings celebrating a diverse range of figures, and continues to grow.

Hot Topic began as a series of 60 portraits of feminist icons named in the song of the same name by the iconic electro-feminist band Le Tigre. The goal of the project was to engage in a form of political art-making that was not critical of dominant culture, but instead celebratory of alternative social movements. Hot Topic is a tribute to feminist heroes of all stripes: artists, activists, writers, musicians, and others. In a world that celebrates manufactured pop stars but forgets the names of suffragists, I wanted to find a way to solidify the memory of the underground superstars who have made such a difference to feminists of my generation.

Portraiture has traditionally been used as a means of depicting the wealth and high social standing of its (often male) subjects. I wanted to use the portrait for its ability to
announce importance and greatness, without upholding the tired ideals of the brave and solitary hero or genius. Presented on the wall in a grid, the works no longer stand as
individual portraits and instead form a pastiche that is indicative of the interconnectivity
and community so integral to feminist culture.

For this exhibition I am proposing that we display the video of the series, although displaying the original paintings is potentially an option as well. They will be in an exhibition at La Centrale Gallery Powerhouse in May 2014.

Carol Rama, Eleanor Antin, Yoko Ono, Carolee Schneemann, Gretchen Phillips, Cibo Matto, Leslie Feinberg, Faith Ringgold, Mr. Lady, Laura Cottingham, Mab Segrest, The Butchies, Tammy Rae Carland, Sleater-Kinney, Vivienne Dick, Lorraine O’Grady, Gayatri Spivak, Angela Davis, Laurie Weeks, Dorothy Allison, Gertrude Stein, Marlon Riggs, Billie Jean King, Ut, DJ Cuttin’ Candy, David Wojnarowicz, Melissa York, Nina Simone, Ann Peebles, Tami Hart, The Slits, Hanin Elias, Hazel Dickens, Cathy Sissler, Shirley Muldowney, Urvashi Vaid, Valie Export, Cathy Opie, James Baldwin, Diane Dimassa, Aretha Franklin, Joan Jett, Mia X, Krystal Wakem, Kara Walker, Justin Bond, Bridget Irish, Juliana Leucking, Cecilia Dougherty, Ariel Skrag, The Need, Vaginal Creme Davis, Alice Gerard, Billy Tipton, Julie Doucet, Yayoi Kusama, Eileen Myles, JD Samson, Johanna Fateman, Kathleen Hanna!”
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Underwire 2013: Celebrating female film-makers (19-23 Nov, London)

Check out this upcoming London film festival celebrating female short-film makers.


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cfp: The Born Digital and Cultural Heritage conference, Australia (June 2014)

CFP: The Born Digital and Cultural Heritage, 19-20 June, 2014, Melbourne

Online at

(The CFP has recently been updated to include information on an optional technical proceedings, for people who would like to pursue this ahead of the conference.  We are also excited to announce Henry Lowood as a confirmed keynote speaker.  Read his speaker profile at

Whilst many artefacts today are produced, distributed and consumed solely in digital form, this situation is not completely new.  Artefacts from previous eras have also been ‘born’ digital.  The advent of micro- or home computers in the mid-1970s and 80s, for instance, saw a range of digital artefacts produced, amongst them digital games, demos, and other early software.  These objects are complex and interesting as are the preservation challenges they pose.  To issues of hardware and software deterioration are added characteristics such as real-time responsiveness, highly-invested fan communities, and the earliness with which decisions about significance and preservation strategies must be arrived at.  Games preservation is emerging as an experimental domain where some of the thorniest issues in born digital cultural heritage are confronted.  No longer a niche endeavour limited to those who played titles ‘back in the day’, developments in games preservation and related fiel
ds are of relevance to many different cultural forms, their scholars and custodians.  Playability also creates interest in and enlivens the preservation message, making it easier for non-specialists to grasp.

We invite proposals for papers, panels, and workshops for an international conference on The Born Digital and Cultural Heritage, to be held at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image in Melbourne, 19-20 June, 2014.  Recognising that born digital artefacts often require multiple sets of expertise, we are keen to receive proposals from researchers and practitioners in the range of disciplines, spheres of practice and institutional contexts concerned with born digital heritage.  This includes libraries, archives, museums, galleries, moving image institutions, software repositories, universities, and more besides.  Proposals might be theoretical, practical, policy, or otherwise oriented.  Case studies of innovative practices, papers based on research with born digital artefacts, and new institutional approaches are equally welcome.

Possible topics include:

*         Born digital histories

*         Born digital items as cultural heritage

*         Changing notions of the collection

*         Vernacular digitality

*         Selection, appraisal, deposit

*         Jurisdictions, overlaps, gaps

*         Resourcing, funding, partnerships

*         Archiving of media arts, architecture, broadcasting, etc

*         Relation of born digital preservation to digitisation programs

*         Inter-agency cooperation, federations and networks

*         Models of collaboration, outside experts, volunteers

*         Access and exhibition

*         Legal issues, intellectual property, orphaned works, legal deposit

*         Workforce, capacity building, training

*         New preservation and conservation techniques

*         Case Studies and Best Practices: Processes, Metadata, Systems,
Services, Infrastructures

We hope you will join us to engage with research and practice in those fields which underpin such critically important matters as the accessibility of born digital cultural heritage, now and into the future.

This conference is organised by the Play It Again team, a games history and preservation research project focused on microcomputer games created in 1980s Australia and New Zealand.  Play It Again is a multidisciplinary project involving scholars from Humanities, Computer Science, and Law from several Australian and New Zealand universities, working collaboratively with cultural heritage professionals at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, the New Zealand Film Archive, and the Berlin Computerspiele Museum.  Play It Again received 3 year project funding (2012-14) under the Australian Research Council’s Linkage Projects scheme.

There will be a separate cultural sector workshop on the 18th June at Melbourne University, at which the Play It Again team will be sharing some of the learning from the project.

To propose a paper, please send an abstract of 300 words, plus keywords and references, and a brief author biography   Abstracts are due 15 November, 2013.

Publication: It is anticipated that there will be at least one publication following the conference.  Authors who would like their full conference paper to be considered for publication in a proceedings before the conference – in the Conferences in Research and Practice in Information Technology series – must follow a separate set of timelines and processes during the Call for Papers period.

Abstract submission deadline: 15 November 2013
Paper submission deadline:    29 November 2013
Author notification:          28 February 2014
Camera-ready paper due:       4 April 2014

Instructions for Authors (for the CRPIT Proceedings only): Papers should be no more than 10 pages in length, and conform to the formatting instructions for the Conferences in Research and Practice in Information Technology series.  Resources for authors:

Each paper will undergo double-blind review by at least two reviewers.  Papers will be judged on originality, significance, technical quality, and relevance to the conference. Accepted papers will be included in the proceedings of “The Born Digital and Cultural Heritage conference”, to be published by the Australian Computer Society in the Conferences in Research and Practice in Information Technology series  Submission of a paper will be regarded as an undertaking that, should the paper be accepted, at least one author will attend the conference to present the work.  The proceedings are included in the ACM digital library and indexed on Scopus and DBLP.

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Feminism in the Media Panel Discussion (10 December 2013, London)

The Gender Institute co-hosts the Feminist Review annual panel discussion

Date: Tuesday 10 December 2013
Time: 6-8pm
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building
Speakers: Natalie Hanman, Lola Okolosie, Dr Tracey Reynolds
Chair: Dr Sadie Wearing

This panel will interrogate current representations of feminism in the media and share suggestions about avenues of intervention.

Natalie Hanman is the editor of Comment is Free at Lola Okolosie is a writer, teacher and prominent member of Black Feminists. Tracey Reynolds is a reader in social and policy research at London South Bank University.

Suggested hashtag for this event for Twitter users: #LSEfeminism

This event is free and open to all with no ticket required. Entry is on a first come, first served basis.

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In Conversation with The Women’s Liberation Movement (12 October 2013)


October 12th 2013 at the British Library


A day of dialogues between Women’s Liberation activists and younger feminists.

Today Britain is experiencing a resurgence of feminist activity. From online activism to protests at the impact of government policies, women are on the march again. What is the relationship between this new feminism and the Women’s Liberation movement of a generation ago?

On October 12th the British Library will host a day of discussion on the British women’s movement. Inspired by the new ‘Sisterhood and After’ oral history archive at the BL, women’s liberationists will be talking about their experiences as feminist activists with younger women who are working on the history of second-wave feminism.
In sessions on race, sexualities, reproductive choice, the rise of women’s history, and class and work, we will both celebrate and critically examine British feminism and its legacies. There will be lots of time for audience members to pose their own questions and provide their own memories of the time, so we encourage anyone with an interest to attend. The day will close with a question: what now for the women’s movement?
For a full programme, please see below.

Tickets will be £15 for the day (£5 concession). Pre-booking is essential, through the British Library’s Box Office, which can be accessed online (, via telephone (+44 (0) 1937 546 546), or in person at the Information Desk at the British Library.

This event is organized by Sarah Crook (, Signy Gutnick Allen ( and Laura Schwartz (U of Warwick). Please email Sarah or Signy with any questions about the event.

Find the History of Feminism Network at and on Twitter @HistFemNet


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