Academic Conferences


"War, Memory, and Gender" - Mobile, AL - March 27-29, 2014

The past several decades have seen an explosion of scholarly interest in the subject of war and gender.  At the same time, the study of collective or cultural memory, especially in connection with armed conflict, has become a veritable cottage industry. This conference seeks to bring these two areas of intensive study into dialogue with each other, exploring the complex ways in which gender shapes war memory and war memory shapes gender.  Comprised of a select number of presentations (so that all participants will be able to hear every paper), together with a keynote address by Professor Jennifer Haytock (SUNY-Brockport) and a panel discussion featuring women military veterans, the conference will address multiple conflicts and nationalities from the perspectives of multiple disciplines.

For more information, please visit the conference website.


"Captivity Writing Unbound" - Fairhope, AL - October 11-13, 2012

Hosted by the University of South Alabama’s Department of English, "Captivity Writing Unbound" is a small interdisciplinary conference whose aim is to explore and extend the traditional boundaries of the study of captivity writing.  The papers chosen for inclusion make use of a wide range of theorists and an equally wide range of approaches and/or lenses to discuss topics ranging from uterine captivity to the Vietnam War memorial with materials as disparate as liturgical documents from 11th century Iberia and the novels of Tsitsi Dangarembga, George Eliot, and Jean Rhys.  We are pleased to have as our keynote speaker Early Americanist scholar Michelle Burnham of Santa Clara University.

For more information, please visit the conference website.