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Call for papers: Contemporary women's writing and environments, 3-5 July 2014 RMIT

The 5th biennial CWWA conference, ‘Contemporary Women’s Writing and Environments’ recognizes and investigates the importance of environments to women’s writing, and the contribution women’s writing makes to current thinking about environments. Taking an expansive view of ‘environment’, the conference will unite practitioners and scholars in discussion of the ways in which contemporary women’s writing engages with places, spaces, homes, cities, nature, workplaces, communities, publics, literary spheres and virtual worlds.

Papers and panels in English are sought on all genres of literary and popular writing since the 1970s, including: fiction, poetry, plays, nature writing, travel writing, life writing, theory, criticism, graphic novels, cross-media forms and writing for performance. The language of the conference is English, however the convenors welcome discussion of texts in any language (with translation). Papers and panels are also sought on the relation of writing on the environment to teaching and activism.

The conference will be hosted by RMIT, Monash and Deakin Universities, Melbourne, Australia 3-5 July 2014.


  • Applications and abstracts: 1 November 2013
  • Notification of acceptance: 30 November 2013


Submission of abstracts or panel proposals: E-mail the conference contact (below) with the following information:

  • A 250-word abstract in MS Word (doc or docx) format
  • Your full name as you would like it to appear in the conference booklet
  • Contact information (email)
  • A short biography including academic affiliation
  • Audiovisual requirements 

Please note that all presenters are required to be members of the Contemporary Women’s Writing Association.

Contact: Dr. Jessica Wilkinson, School of Media and Communication, RMIT University