Transnational Women’s Literature in Europe


Conference on Transnational Women’s Literature in Europe

Dates: 24-26 May 2013

 Budapest, Hungary 

Literary conference at the Central European University, Budapest,in cooperation with FP7 Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowship and Akademie Schloss Solitude

keynote speakers:

Francoise Lionnet

Azade Seyhan

Jean-Baptiste Joly

Transnational perspective in literary studies offers a much needed framework in which phenomena that cannot be addressed properly within the limiting outline of national literatures can be studied. This is particularly important when we speak about migrant literature, which has such a strong presence in the global literary scene, and which for decades now has exerted such a powerful influence on European cultural production. In the age of intensified migration within and into Europe, literary production of transnational women has become both an enriching and challenging factor in many European national literatures, and an area in which the very concept of identity is being questioned. At the same time, narratives of transnational women writers form a crucial part of understanding key issues about European migrancy and European identity.

This conference investigates theoretical questions related to the idea of transnational literature, focusing in particular (but not exclusively) on narratives of (re)location, transition and mutability that appear in the literature produced by transnational women writers. The focus will be primarily European, but other views, in particular comparative ones, can also be utilised. Papers on individual authors, as well as comparative and theoretical studies are welcome. All proposed topics are to be examined primarily from a literary perspective.

Possible subject areas include but are not limited to

  • Theorising transnational literature (world literature, comparative literature, transnational literature)
  • Interdisciplinary perspectives of transnational literary studies
  • The place of transnational literary studies within the wider framework of transnational studies
  • Questioning Europeanness
  • Exilic and diaspora narratives in contemporary literature
  • Memory: remembering and forgetting
  • Language, languages, bilingualism, translation
  • Literary representations of generations, matrilineage, second generation migrants
  • Literary migrations, movements, relocations, cross-cultural encounters, cross-pollinations
  • Migration narratives of ethnic minorities
  • Transnational literary genres, life writing, fiction, drama, poetry, internet
  • National canons in transnational perspective
  • Minor and minority literatures
  • Paranational communities, non-belongings in literary texts
  • Transnational ecological perspectives in literary texts
  • Politics of location, immobility-movement, being-becoming
  • Eroding stereotypes, labelling
  • Power and powerlessness
  • Literary representations of the ethics of care: elder care, child care, narratives of transnational care arrangements, geographies of care
  • Strategic exoticism, market strategies: literary publishing
  • Sex trafficking and prostitution narratives
  • Agency and authenticity
  • Transnational movement within Eastern Europe, post- communist narratives
  • Trauma and healing, narrative repair
  • Literary representations of class differentiations, social mimetism
  • Religious transnational identities

Conference website

Contact conference organizers at:

Dr. Jasmina Lukic

Associate Professor, Head of Department of Gender Studies

Central European University

Dr. Borbála Faragó

Marie Curie Intra-European Fellow

Department of Gender Studies

Central European University


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