Organization: South Atlantic Modern Languages Association
FEMINIST LITERATURE AND THEORY, REGULAR SESSION
Katie Tosum, a writer, activist, and lawyer, writes in a recent article for Everyday Feminism “In the legal field, one of the worst things you can do as a woman is to cry in court. However, being able to empathize with others is actually a huge strength in most industries. Yet it is often devalued and almost never taught, aside from fields that are already gendered ‘feminine.’”This panel seeks proposals that examine the language used to describe women at work. How does language shape perceptions of women at work and women’s relationships with work? How does language affect what is perceived as work, what work is compensated, and what work is most valued? This panel welcomes submissions from a range of perspectives, including proposals that focus on depictions of women in the workplace in popular culture and literature, women in politics, women as mothers, women in the context of social justice movements, and the divisions of domestic and emotional labor. Proposals for creative works that address this topic and proposals focused on pedagogy are also welcome. Please submit an abstract of no longer than 250 words, AV requirements, and a brief bio by June 1, 2019 to Laura Beasley at email@example.com.