SSAWW Conference 2012: Citizenship and Belonging


Michelle Naka Pierce Associate Professor and Director of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics will be reading at the SSAWW Conference 2012: Citizenship and Belonging on Friday, October 12, 2:00-3:15pm.

The Society for the Study of American Women Writers was established to promote the study of American women writers through research, teaching, and publication. It is the goal of the Society to strengthen relations among persons and institutions in this country and internationally who are devoted to such studies, and to broaden knowledge among the general public about American women writers. The Society is committed to diversity in the study of American women writers — racial, ethnic, gender, class, sexual orientation, region, and era — as well as of scholars participating in the Society.

This year’s theme of “Citizenship and Belonging,” historically speaking, has been a concern of American women authors from their earliest writings,
published and unpublished, and remains a concern today. Long before the 1848 Declarations of Sentiments, women writers raised questions about how they could participate in the leadership of new American communities; similarly, contemporary women respond to the day’s political events and social trends in many forms of the written word. Just as women of all backgrounds considered the parameters of “Americanness”—its inherence or its acquisition, its stability or fluidity, its necessity or its superfluity— their contemporary counterparts are using both old-fashioned forms and cutting-edge technologies to reimagine the United States and its people for the 21st century. Whether one thinks of Harriet Jacobs pondering her own “sale” in 19th-century New York, Jhumpa Lahiri imagining connections across seas and generations in her short fiction, or young writers seizing the potential of the internet and social media to create their own publishing worlds, women writers have always, and perhaps always will, wrestle with what it means to belong.

Pierce will be joined at the conference by recent JKS guest Lily Hoang, as well as Emma Pérez, Joy Castro, Maricela DeMirjyn, Sasha Steensen, and Julie Carr.

What: Michelle Naka Pierce – Highlighting Today’s American Women Writers II
When: Friday, October 12, 2:00-3:15pm
Where: Downtown Denver Westin, 1672 Lawrence Street, Denver, CO 80202
Price: One-day on-site registration available for FRIDAY only — $35 ($20 student)

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