Full Event Details: Global Relationships in Contemporary Women’s Writing

Sister Earth: Global Relationships in Contemporary Women’s Writing

Thursday 26 April 2012, 2.00 – 7.00pm

Goldsmiths (University of London)

Keynote Guest: Bernardine Evaristo 
(Blonde Roots, Lara, Soul Tourists and The Emperor’s Babe)

The PG CWWN would like to invite you to ‘Sister Earth: Global Relationships in Contemporary Women’s Writing’, a free postgraduate symposium taking place on the afternoon of Thursday 26 April at Goldsmiths (University of London).

At the close of the twentieth century, feminists such as Audre Lorde, Susan Stanford Friedman and Sara Ahmed urged women to look beyond their local and national communities. Since 2000, contemporary women’s writing has sought inspiration from the idea of an increasingly global community. Women from a variety of locations have produced a number of works that engage with transnational and global relationships, including Bernardine Evaristo, Aminatta Forna, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Isabel Allende, Ahdaf Soueif, Radwa Ashour, Suniti Namjoshi, Leila Ahmed and Doris Lessing, amongst many others. This half-day symposium seeks to both address and celebrate the global outlook of contemporary women’s writing.

The symposium shall commence at 2.00pm (in New Academic Building 326) with papers on a diverse range of subjects from postgraduate researchers. The event shall close with a very special reading from Bernardine Evaristo, award winning writer and editor of fiction and verse (including Blonde Roots, Lara, Soul Tourists and The Emperor’s Babe). Bernardine shall be reading selections from her varied work, focusing on extracts that address the symposium’s theme of transnational and global relationships. This will the be followed by a Q&A session with the audience (6.00pm in Richard Hoggart Building 256). All attendees are invited to the post-event wine reception.

Attendance is free and open to all (all levels of students, members of the public etc.): if you would like to attend, please email women@pgcwwn.org with your name.

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We look forward to welcoming you on Thursday.

PG CWWN Steering Group, with the support of the English & Comparative Literature Department, Goldsmiths (University of London)

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