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Call for papers!

I’m organizing a panel for ACCUTE 2012 and I’d love to receive your submissions. Details below. And apologies in advance for the short notice. I did not find out until today that the panel had been accepted.

CALL FOR PAPERS: “MOTHERS’ STORIES OF WAR”

 ACCUTE 2012

May 28 – May31, 2012

Organizer:  Linda Warley, Associate Professor, Department of English, University of Waterloo

The 2012 ACCUTE conference will be held at Wilfrid Laurier University and University of Waterloo, May 28 – May 31, 2012 in conjunction with the annual Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences organized by the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences.  The universities are located close together in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.

Panel description: This panel invites papers that critically engage with mothers’ stories of war or other sorts of violent political conflicts, such as revolution or coup d’état. In the celebrated life writing text Maus I: My Father Bleeds History, Art Spiegelman’s persona urges his father to find his mother Anja’s notebooks and diaries so that he can read them and gain some understanding of her unique story of surviving the Holocaust. His mother is dead, so there is a special urgency around finding the textual record of her experiences. But his father eventually admits that he has destroyed Anja’s writings, burned them in fact, so her story literally goes up in smoke (a macabre image of the Holocaust itself). How have other mothers’ stories of war and conflict survived? Do mothers’ war stories differ from men’s? Do they have common themes or forms? How do mothers’ stories of war or other kinds of violent conflict function as inter-generational life narratives? I invite submissions from scholars working with mothers’ stories (in any medium). Of particular interest will be papers that theorize mothers’ stories in order to reveal the relationships among gender, genre, and generation.

Please send proposals (700 words) or completed papers (8-10 double-spaced pages) plus a 100-word abstract and a 50-word bio to Linda Warley by email attachment: lwarley@uwaterloo.ca. Deadline for submission is November 1, 2011.

Please note that submitters must be members of ACCUTE and in good standing. For more information about ACCUTE and the conference, please visit their website.

Please do not hesitate to contact me directly if you require more information or have questions.

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