Women’s Lives and Voices: A Symposium in Memory of Dr Pauline Polkey

Book cover for Representing Lives Women and Auto/biography
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In memory of Dr Pauline Polkey, a well-respected colleague of the English department at NTU, a one-day symposium, Women’s Lives and Voices, will welcome back some of the original contributors to Pauline’s best-known volume of essays, Representing Lives: Women and Auto/Biography, and will also feature some newer voices.

  • From: Friday 14 September 2018, 9.30 am
  • To: Friday 14 September 2018, 4 pm
  • Registration: 9:30 am
  • Location: Kilpin Room, Nottingham Conference Centre, Burton Street, Nottingham, NG1 4BU

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Event details

It is almost twenty years since the death of Dr Pauline Polkey, a well-respected colleague of ours in the English department at NTU. In her memory, Pauline’s family has made an important donation to NTU, to establish the Dr Pauline Polkey Archive Centre and to fund student bursaries at Undergraduate and Postgraduate level. Pauline was an inspiring teacher, best known in the academic world for her work on women’s life-writing. We would like to take the opportunity to think afresh about the direction that the study and production of life-writing has taken, and also to consider variations on the form.

A one-day symposium, Women’s Lives and Voices, will welcome back some of the original contributors to Pauline’s best-known volume of essays, Representing Lives: Women and Auto/Biography, and will also feature some newer voices, including post-graduate researchers and writers, in order to consider where women’s life-writing is taking us. Professor Alison Donnell of the University of East Anglia, Pauline’s co-editor, will provide the keynote lecture, which will also be the inaugural Dr Pauline Polkey Annual Lecture.

Contributors and attendees will be working in the field, whether as critics or producers of women’s life-writing, and will explore questions of voice, agency, age and belonging. The changing agenda, from those issues that preoccupied scholars in the late 1990s through to the ‘me too’ generation will form part of the focus.

The conference will provide an opportunity to celebrate Pauline’s legacy as well as networking, sharing insights and ideas, and evaluating the different forms that life-writing takes. It will appeal to established scholars, those early in their career, PhD students and practitioners, and those generally interested in the subject. All are welcome.

Programme

This conference will be held at the Nottingham Conference Centre, Kilpin Room. 

Time:Programme:
9:30 am Registration
10:00 am Welcome and Opening Address
10:15 am

Researching Women's Lives

  • Amy Culley: ‘Narratives of Old Age: Women’s Late Life Writing 1800-1850’
  • Cathy Clay: ‘Feminist Voices in Time and Tide’
11:15 am Tea / Coffee break
11:30 am

Speaking Out

  • Professor Elaine Aston: ‘We are the Lions Mr Manager’: From the Autobiographical ‘I’ to the Social ‘Eye’
  • Marie-Louise Almond: ‘A Woman’s Place is Online: Social Media Spaces in Contemporary Feminist Activism’
12:30 pm Lunch
1:15 pm

Women's Voices Now: Poetry reading

  • Jo Dixon
  • Rebecca Cullen
2:15 pm

Women Together

Anna Ball and representatives of the PAMOJA Women Together Group at Nottingham Refugee Forum discuss their experiences of the creative collaborative process entailed in putting together a multimedia exhibition.

3 pm

Inaugural Dr Pauline Polkey Annual Lecture

  • Professor Alison Donnell

‘Working Acts of Memory: Animating the Archives of Una Marson’

4 pm Drinks reception and canapés

The symposium will host a pop-up version of the exhibition 'And Still I Rise', created by members of the PAMOJA Women Together Group at Nottingham Refugee Forum.

Register

To register for this event please email us. Registration for this conference will close on 5 September 2018.

THIS EVENT IS NOW FULLY BOOKED.

Enquiries

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Location details

Address:

Nottingham Conference Centre
Burton Street
Nottingham
NG1 4BU

Parking:

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