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WOTV Conference Report

The one-day conference Women on the Verge: Transformations in Literature, Gender, and Society was held at The University of Manchester on Friday 16th June 2017, thanks to the support of NWCDTP and artsmethods@manchester.

It constituted a platform for rethinking and redefining two leading themes, in an international, interdisciplinary, and supporting environment:
1. The concept of femininity and gender representations (socially, geographically and culturally embedded);
2. The re-appreciation of women as creative and professional figures within the literary environment and the cultural marketplace.

The conference was structured into four streams, according to the disciplinary fields:
– Translation and Creative writing
– Media and Film Studies
– Literature
– Society and History

Each stream encompassed three to four speakers, who delivered inspiring and interesting presentations that stimulated a constructive dialogue and discussion on the conference themes.
The keynote speakers, Dr Danielle Hipkins (University of Exeter), and Dr Sharon Kinsella (The University of Manchester), investigated the concept of femininity taking into account, respectively, contemporary Italian and Japanese societies, thus further enhancing the international breath of the conference. In fact, the event involved 19 contributors from 15 different institutions and 5 countries (the complete conference programme is available on the conference website).

The one-day colloquium was closed by a final panel discussion on curating, researching and showcasing female archives in the digital area. Dr Jenna Ashton and Dr Jenny Mabbott – respectively Founder and Creative Director of Digital Women’s Archive North CIC (DWAN) and Head of Collections and Engagement at People’s History Museum – examined the topic from a local perspective, focusing on the area of Greater Manchester. Dr Carmela Pierini, from the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart of Milan, moved beyond the national borders by investigating a specific case study within the Italian context and presenting the issues facing the researcher engaging with cultural archives.

The event had a good turnout, with about 40 people among presenters and attendees. In addition, the conference was live-tweeted and streamed, thus widening the participation also to people who could not be physically present on the day.

The high quality of the conference was confirmed by the attendees, who expressed their satisfaction in the feedback forms. Moreover, they expressed an interest in future collaborations and projects, a point that had been one of our primary objectives.

 

The Organising Committee

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Travel information: How to get to the conference!

Women on the Verge will be held at the Graduate School of Arts, Languages and Cultures (SALC), The University of Manchester (Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9PL).

Travel information by car, train, bus, air, tram and coach is available on the University Maps and travel page. The ALC Graduate School is based in the Ellen Wilkinson Building (number 77 on the Interactive map).

We suggest travelling by bus as it is the most direct and cheapest way to reach the campus.

For those travelling by car, car parking is available at the University. The multi-storey car parks at both Booth Street West and Charles Street offer paid public parking and are convenient and safe. Information on care parking fares can be found here at the bottom of the document. Access to the Car Park D (Booth Street West car park)  has changed and is now from Higher Cambridge Street for the duration of development work at the Alliance Manchester Business School. For sat navigation or to plan your route by car, use the postcode M13 9PL. 

For those travelling by bus, there are a large number of direct services
from Piccadilly Bus Station and from south Manchester to reach Ellen Wilkinson Building on Oxford Road campus. From other parts of the city a
change of buses is usually required, normally at Piccadilly Gardens bus station.

From Piccadilly Bus Station to Oxford Road campus, buses include the 15, 16, 16A, 42,
42A, 43, 44, 111, 142, 143, 157 and 250. From Piccadilly Bus Station to Victoria Park and Fallowfield via Upper Brook Street, buses 50 and 130. The 147 service runs from Piccadilly Rail Station: http://www.route147.co.uk For bus timetables, information and a journey planner go to www.tfgm.com/buses

For those travelling by tram, the closest tram stops are a walk or bus ride
from the University (see the green ‘M’s’ on the map for stops). For detailed
information on all routes, stops and fares go to: http://www.metrolink.co.uk

For those travelling by train, either from the stations of Piccadilly, Victoria or Oxford Road.

Piccadilly Station  is linked to campus by the Oxford Road Link (147 bus)
shuttle bus which runs every 10 minutes, Mon – Fri, from Stop D, Fairfield Street
http://www.route147.co.uk. However, if you reach Piccadilly Gardens bus station by walking (5 minutes), almost all buses stop at Oxford Road campus. Please look at ‘for those travelling by bus’ above for more detauled information.
Oxford Road Station is within 10/15min walking distance. The route between the
station and the south campus is also served by a vast number of buses (see above.)
Victoria Station is located on the north side ofthe city and the University can be
accessed via a combination of tram and bus/walk.

For further information, do not hesitate to contact us.

The Organising Committee

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Women on the Verge: Key Information

Women on the Verge will take place on the 16th June 2017 at The University of Manchester. The Organising Committee has concluded the abstracts review process, and will release shortly the final conference program. In the meantime, here follows the conference key info.

  • 16th June 2017, registration opening at 9 am
  • The University of Manchester, Oxford Rd, M13 9PL (UK)
  • Four streams on different perspectives from the fields of Literature, Translation, Sociology, Media and Film Studies, Cultural Studies and Gender Studies
  • Keynotes: Dr Danielle Hipkins (Associate Professor of Italian Studies and Film, University of Exeter); Dr Sharon Kinsella (Lecturer in Japanese Studies, University of Manchester)
  • Final panel on The (virtual) space of heritage: case studies in curating, researching and showcasing female archives in the digital era

The complete program will follow shortly. Registration is open via Eventbrite.