Call for papers (French and English) – The Building of Feminism : Exchanges and Correspondences

Conference organised by the « Centre d’Analyses
et de Recherches sur le Monde Anglophone »
(CARMA), October 10 & 11, 2008 at the University
of Lyon, France :

The Building of Feminism : Exchanges and Correspondences

The theme of  this conference purports to
examine the notion of « correspondence » in every
sense of the word and to see how the various
meanings intertwine. As, for a long time, women
were not supposed to speak in public,
letter-writing became their privileged mode of
expression. Through  epistolary exchanges, they
found a way to elude confinement to their
traditional sphere. The New Historians turned to
these precious sources intending to re-write the
male-dominated « lopsided » History deprecated by
Virginia Woolf in A Room of One’s Own.
Over the years and the centuries, other
means of communication (not only books, magazines
and newspapers but also improved travelling
facilities and transatlantic voyages) ensured the
opening of new channels through which women were
able to build and reticulate a gendered identity,
all the while paving the way for the emergence of
militant movements.
Emphasis should be given to the
circulation of ideas between feminists (women,
men or organisations) in a particular country, or
from one to any other English-speaking country,
or from any English-speaking to any other country
(France, for instance, but not exclusively).
These exchanges should reveal how
thinking on woman’s rights was not restricted to
a few at a particular place and a particular time
but how a universal aspiration for human rights
as concerning both men and women gradually came
into existence. It will be interesting to show
how this internationalization occurred early,
long before the emergence of a « global feminism
» as advocated in the XXth century by the third
wave of feminists whose contribution is not to be
underestimated, however.
With the exception of strictly literary
papers on works of fiction, all schools of
thought   will be welcome in the conference
workshops, with no restriction on the adopted
methodological approach.
You are invited to submit propositions
for papers (approximately 150 words) with a short
resumé before March 31, 2008

To  Claudette Fillard, Professor Emerita
(American Studies) at Université Lumière-Lyon 2 :

to Françoise Orazi, Associate Professor (British
History & Civilisation) at Université
Lumière-Lyon 2 :


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