Call for Papers: Women and Conflict

2017 Australian Centre for Italian Studies Biennial Conference 
Monash Prato Centre (Italy), 4-7 July 2017

As part of the interdisciplinary 2017 ACIS Conference, Scontri e incontri: The Dynamics of Italian Transcultural Exchange (Prato, Italy 4- 7 July 2017), this panel aims to analyse the representation of the various roles played by women in conflict settings.

Prolonged conflicts in various parts of the world in recent times and the international tensions between former and emerging Super-Powers have resulted in human rights violations, sexual violence on women and mass migrations. The latter have sparked new debates about diaspora, displacement and global refugee policies. However, wars are not the only conflicts women are involved in. They are also victims of abuse and violence while living in peaceful countries, as statistics on family violence, femminicidi and gender violence demonstrate.

In this session, we welcome papers addressing Italian literature, theatre, film and other visual arts, translation and all other forms of cultural expression in contemporary settings engaging with any of the following topics:

Gender violence
Women and conflict-related migration
New social roles for women in post-war diasporas
Women in and at war
Family violence and motherhood
Media representation of women and conflicts
Surviving conflicts

Please send a 250-300 word abstract (in Italian or English) and a short bio to Luciana d’Arcangeli and Laura Lori by 23 October 2016.

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