Women's Self-Representation in the Digital Age

Women's Self-Representation in the Digital Age
10 Mar 2017, 14:00 to 10 Mar 2017, 18:00
Torrington Room 104, First Floor, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU

This event will examine women’s self-representation in the 21st century. How have women narrated their real-life experiences, experimented with new forms of testimony, and constructed an identity both on- and off-line? How have new technologies been incorporated into women’s literary production? What interactions emerge in women’s self-representation between individual selves, communities (physical and digital) and national and transnational identities? There will be a particular focus on hybrid forms of self-representation, whether through incorporating different transmedial elements, or through blurring the boundaries between fiction and non-fiction, or through experimenting with public and private selves, in order to interrogate how women’s self-representation has evolved and how new strategies of selfhood and subjectivity have been created in the new millennium.

14:15 Panel 1

Hannah Westley (American University of Paris): ‘Narrating the Feminine Self(ie)’

Mikka Lene Pers Højholt (King’s College London): ‘Hitchhiking or Hijacking (M)others’ Stories? Negotiations of Co-Tellership Roles and Rights in Multi-Semiotic, Multi-Participatory and Morphible Accounts of Motherhood’

Aline Guillermet (King’s College, Cambridge): ‘Digital Painting: Rethinking the Gendered Self after Abstract Expressionism’

15:45 Tea

16:15 Panel 2

Shirley Jordan (Queen Mary, University of London): ‘Looking for Marie NDiaye: Autofictional Fragments from Autoportait en vert (2005) to Cheffe, roman d’une cuisinière (2016)'

Kate Willman (IMLR, London): ‘The Figure of the Woman writer in the 21st Century: Autofiction by Elena Ferrante and Amélie Nothomb’


Free to attend - all welcome but places are limited. Please register to reserve your place



Cathy Collins
020 7862 8738