Academic journal article Journal of Research in Gender Studies

Transcultural, Transnational, Trans-Disciplinary Perspectives on Women's Literary History

Academic journal article Journal of Research in Gender Studies

Transcultural, Transnational, Trans-Disciplinary Perspectives on Women's Literary History

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Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan

26-28 November 2012

The Faculty of Polish and Classical Philology (Institute of Slavonic Studies and the Interdisciplinary Center for Gender and Identity Studies) of Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan hosted on November 26, 27 and 28 in 2012 the Third Milestone Conference of COST Action IS 0901, Women Writers in History: Toward a New Understanding of European Literary Culture, entitled Transcultural, Transnational, Trans-disciplinary Perspectives on Women 's Literary History. An MC meeting was also held on November 27 in the Senate Room in Collegium Minus of Adam Mickiewicz University. Thirty-three Action members from universities and institutions throughout Europe (The Netherlands, Poland, Finland, Norway, The United Kingdom, Germany, Switzerland, Portugal, Italy, Slovenia, Serbia, The Czech Republic, Romania) took part in the conference.

The meeting was very fruitful and concentrated on the different "TRANS" categories mentioned in the title, which turned out essential for COST Action WWIH participants at this stage of their research: they provide a critique of binary oppositions and take into account the migration, mobility, different forms of nomadism which are characteristic for women's writing in different European literatures. The contributions announced in the program were presented in different sessions insisting on these "Trans" perspectives and entitled: "Polish Women Writers and their International Connections," 'Transnational Perspectives of Women Writers (and how to visualize them)," "International Traveling of Women Authors," "Transgressing Genres," "Marrying a Foreigner," "Writing Women's International Literary History."

The keynote speech, opening the conference, was given by Ewa Kraskowska and Brygida Helbig Mischewski, who treated the eminent Polish female writer Maria Komornicka. She was a distinctive figure of transgender, trans-disciplinary categories and her most important gender transgression took place in Poznan. That is the reason her picture was placed in the logo of the conference. Adopting "Trans" perspective made us realize also that it can be a step towards a new historiography of female authorship, allowing to approach it using other than chronological criteria. It helped the participants to understand the complexity of women's contribution to literature showing contradictions between norms and images regarding women's behavior and their actual desires and activities. …

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