CFP: INTERDISCIPLINARY INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY CONFERENCE, DURHAM UNIVERSITY, 8 MARCH 2016

The Victorianist: BAVS Postgraduates

Re-Sounding Voices: Women, Silence and the Production of Knowledge

With Keynote Speaker, Professor Katharine Cockin (Hull University)

The celebrated history of the sciences and arts is dominated by the voices of great men, whereas the voices of women have often been marginalised. While much has been done to redress this imbalance, the sound of women’s voices is still not as prevalent as that of their male colleagues and counterparts. Not only does a male-dominated canon risk the erasure of the contributions made by women, it perpetuates gender injustice—a teaching syllabus populated by men deprives young women aspirants of role models and sends them a clear message: this is not for you. A history of silenced women contributes to the silencing of women now and in the future.

How can we break out of this oppressive cycle? This conference explores this question under four broad themes: silencing; women in parenthesis; covert…

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